Weehawken Senior Citizens were treated to a live musical performance recently on the life and music of Frank Sinatra courtesy of Mayor Richard Turner and the Township Council.
“A Touch of Sinatra” is a musical show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra, from his birth on Dec. 12, 1915 in Hoboken to his death on May 14, 1998 in Los Angeles.
This hour plus two-man show was performed by Donnie Farraro and Joe Gilligan. Joe narrated the life of Sinatra, while Donnie sang the appropriate songs that went with Sinatra’s life. The two played off each other with their comedy routine.
Some seniors commented on how the show brought back wonderful memories and their jokes kept everyone laughing and thoroughly entertained. Donny sang like only Sinatra could, while Joe also belted out a couple of numbers from Dean Martin and Johnny Ray.
About the entertainers
In 2004, Donnie Farraro was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer and was not expected to live, let alone sing. Donnie has been an inspiration to many, singing at about 100 performances a year.
Joe Gilligan is a former singer and founder of the oldies group Reminisce. Reminisce warmed the hearts of many, singing nostalgic songs of the past.
Joe is also the creative writer for the “A Touch of Sinatra” show, having done research on some of the unknown facts of Sinatra and incorporated them into the show.
For more information about “A Touch of Sinatra” (atouchofsinatra.com) contact Donnie Farraro at (201) 906-5027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.