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Royal City Musical Theatre brings Sinatra direct to your living room

With live shows sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dane Warren performs Sinatra: Home for the Holidays in a virtual performance recorded at New West's Massey Theatre
Seasonal spirit: Dane Warren and Mandy Rushton, with Bryan Vance on woodwinds, Aaron Pang on piano, Tyler Murray on drums and James Hunter on bass, record Sinatra: Home for the Holidays at Massey Theatre. The show, presented by Royal City Musical Theatre, is online Dec. 18 through Jan. 2. Photo by Andrea Flello, contributed

The sounds of Sinatra are ushering in the holiday season, thanks to Royal City Musical Theatre.

With live shows a no-go in light of COVID-19, the company is instead offering up an online show, Sinatra: Home for the Holidays.

It features the talents of Dane Warren singing holiday classics in the style of iconic crooners such as Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and, of course, Frank Sinatra.

Warren has been a musical theatre actor for more than 20 years. He’s performed in a wide range of productions, including Oklahoma!, Crazy for You, Titanic: A New Musical, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Disney’s High School Musical, and Beauty and the Beast. New Westminster audiences may remember him from his award-winning turn as Riff in RCMT’s 2008 production of West Side Story (for which he won an Ovation Award as Best Supporting Actor).

In recent seasons, Warren has found great success with his touring production of Christmas With Sinatra, with a Vancouver Island run in 2018 and a Lower Mainland tour – including a Massey Theatre show – in 2019.

“Bringing his love of vintage music, the big band and the iconic style of Frank Sinatra to a Christmas setting was a huge hit, and he knows that home audiences are going to love staying in with their loved ones, curling up by the fire, and enjoying Sinatra: Home for the Holidays,” a press release says.

Warren is joined by vocalist Mandy Rushton and pianist Aaron Pang, backed by members of the Bruce James Orchestra.

The show was recorded at Massey Theatre.

It will open on Friday, Dec. 18 and continue on demand until Jan. 2 on Vimeo.

Tickets for the virtual concert are $10.