The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will fete Frank Sinatra’s centennial with “Sinatra at 100,” a programming series centered around a screening of the digital restoration of Sinatra movie-musical “On the Town” followed by performances by Tony Bennett, Savion Glover and other talent.
Charles Walters’ “High Society” (1956) and Vincente Minnelli’s “Some Came Running” (1958), two more movies starring Sinatra, will also get a showcase during the festival (both in screenings set for April 24), but the lynchpin of the Sinatra initiative is the April 21 screening of the restored “On the Town” (1949), the Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen-directed movie version of the musical that’s currently running on Broadway in a well-reviewed revival.
Bennett, tap master Glover (gearing up for a new Broadway outing of his own next season), Lea DeLaria (“Orange is the New Black”), musician Brandon Flowers of The Killers and others will perform following “On the Town.”
Tribeca will bring its digital and new media focus into the mix by releasing footage from the concert both through a mobile app and in a 360-degree format usable by VR devices.
The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival runs April 15-26.