In September, Sinatra tragic Tom Burlinson will transform the Saraton Theatre into 1960s Vegas.
In September, Sinatra tragic Tom Burlinson will transform the Saraton Theatre into 1960s Vegas. John Mccutcheon

Saraton is in musical heaven

FRANK Sinatra fans, classical music lovers and discerning comedy junkies will be in their element over the coming months thanks to the Saraton Theatre.

The venue is continuing to bring world class live entertainment to the Clarence this year with four more new shows confirmed.

The very popular Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow will be tracking its way to Grafton at the end of May, with the Sydney equivalent, Comedy Festival Showcase, coming through the Jacaranda City in August.

Live comedy is becoming a favourite with Clarence Valley audiences after successful tours in 2012 and 2013.

Saraton Theatre manager Michelle Gilbert said people were definitely showing more interest in live shows. "It's really starting to pick up. They are keen to see more variety and are always asking what's coming next."

Classical music buffs and those in awe of the flute have the chance to see the country's queen flautist Jane Rutter bring a little bit of France to the stage at the end of June. "This is her first tour for a while and she hasn't been to this area for a long time."

Those who love the sounds of big bands will be keen to hear that the Glenn Miller Orchestra from the United States is also heading our way in July.

And fans of ol' blue eyes will witness the next best thing in legendary Australian performer and Sinatra tragic Tom Burlinson, whose Simply Sinatra show will revisit the crooner's swinging career with his All-Star band. Burlinson was honing the essence of Frank long before Mr Buble came along, so enjoy this seasoned performer live in Grafton as the Saraton transports you back to 1960s Vegas come September.

Michelle said the Saraton's reputation as a live venue was growing day-by-day.

"We are getting contacted by people all the time about performing here. Some really big names, so I expect there will be more shows coming this year. We just have to find the dates."

Tickets for the Melbourne Comedy Roadshow and Simply Sinatra are on sale now with the other shows soon to follow. For more information visit the Saraton's website.



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