Cary Hoffman has made audiences laugh and swoon for eight years with his one-man show “My Sinatra.” Now Off-Broadway My Sinatra has a brand new book and even more relatable, humorous stories.
Hoffman’s act includes spot-on renditions of Old Blue Eyes’ songs, intermingled with stories of his own childhood and how Sinatra came to affect him as an aspiring performer.
Over the past eight years, he’s played concerts had his own “My Sinatra” PBS Special.
The one-man musical, now playing at the Midtown Theatre, is about Hoffman’s adoration of his hero as he chronicles his own struggles to emulate the icon.
In My Sinatra, he talks about growing up with three uncles loaded with chutzpah, as he describes the real reason, i his view, that Sinatra was a good singer– his finger snapping.
“Sinatra can snap with both hands because he’s Superman,” says Hoffman. “I’m Clark Kent.”
Hoffman can only snap with his left hand, but that doesn’t stop him from demonstrating Frank’s three different snaps during renditions of “Fly Me to the Moon,” “What is This Thing Called Loved,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”
Hoffman’s favorite? “The ‘I don’t give a shit’ snap.”
Sinatra is put on a pedestal in Hoffman’s story in an endearing and thoughtful way.
“You know Sinatra can sing great before he opens his mouth,” the singer says. “I had to learn how to walk, how to hold the mic.”
Hoffman’s stories about Sinatra are mostly fun and easily identifiable for fans of the artists. But the performer’s story of his own upbringing and quest for a show business career really makes the show unique and engaging.
Hoffman recalls performing for the first time at his bar mitzvah, at which he came to the conclusion that Judaism is fine, but his own God was Frank himself.
From a gig at Staten Island’s Moulin Rouge (where he was introduced as “Old Jew Eyes”), to the 55-plus theaters he has visited over the past eight years, Hoffman’s own life stories pervaded his work.
His career extends beyond the stage as well, and has been richly diverse.
His stamp was most evident when he served as Executive Producer for Ray Romano’s Men of a Certain Age.
The show tracks the changing lifestyles and dreams of three 50-plus men (who showed similarities to Hoffman’s own uncles).
Hoffman is also a successful songwriter/producer, co-writing an Off-Broadway musical, What’s a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This with Ira Gasman.
As a personal manager, Hoffman discovered the R&B singer Luter Vandross and the comedy actor Zach Galifinakis.
His credits also include management of comedian Lynne Koplitz and TV writer Tom Hertz (creator of Rules of Engagement).
With My Sinatra, Hoffman dramatically explores the nature of his obsession, and why many people (including himself) want to be somebody else.
In the show, Hoffman says that Sinatra “was singing about things I knew nothing about.”
In 2011, it’s clear that Hoffman understands the man that was Sinatra on a level that lacks comparison.
Tickets are $75 premium seating/$55 general admission and are now available online at www.mySinatra.com or by calling 866.811.4111.
Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theatre box office, 30 minutes prior to performance.