Award-winning vocalist Ben Jones and pianist/composer/musical director Ron Abel combine their considerable talent for an evening of side-splitting laughs and unbelievable music celebrating the deep catalog of Frank Sinatra. Let Me Be Frank includes swinging Sinatra standards and lush blue-eyed ballads from the songbooks of Cy Coleman, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Sammy Cahn. In this hilarious follow-up to Ben's two “Jaw-Dropping” (BroadwayWorld) 2022 solo shows–I Think I'm in Love and I Think We Should See Other People–Ben confronts Frank truths about marriage, family and a life in the entertainment industry.
Jones and Abel have brought their magic to stages all over the world and together bring an incredible depth and originality to Sinatra's hits and deep cuts alike. It’s a joyful presentation of some of the best music of the 20th century.
Ben Jones is a singer, comedian, storyteller and actor who has appeared in front of audiences worldwide, from the Edinburgh International Festival to the Shanghai Concert Hall. He's shared the spotlight with the likes of Rita Moreno, Michael Tilson Thomas, Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Helmuth Rilling, Michael Morgan, Val Diamond and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. His versatile voice has been featured on recordings on the Albany, Naxos and Delos labels, on A Prairie Home Companion, on the soundtracks for the best-selling video game franchises Halo and Civilization, and on commercials for Coors Light and Meow Mix. He was most recently seen as Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game in San Francisco, for which he received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Performance in a Musical. His last two solo shows–I Think I'm in Love and I Think We Should See Other People–were featured in BroadwayWorld's "Best of 2022."
Ron Abel won both the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards for his score for Twist of Fate. His other well-received stage musicals include Is This Your Life?, Rockwell: Life on a Palette and To Sir, With Love. Ron is the co-creator of the Off-Broadway musical Blame It On The Movies. His musicalization of the Dumas classic Camille premiered in Los Angeles. Film and television credits include composing, arranging and/or orchestrating for Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Lily Tomlin, Bea Arthur and Carol Burnett. He wrote the television theme songs for Animal Court and Nitecap. Ron was also the on-camera musical director for ABC's Nitecap as well as Name That Tune. As an actor, he appeared on the hit series Cheers in a featured role. He scored and supervised film music for Awakening Pictures. Ron was music director and arranger for the long-awaited albums from Petula Clark and Helen Reddy. He helmed the debut album of actress Linda Purl as well as producing a first album for television favorite Stephanie Kramer (Hunter). He co-produced the album George and Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration. As an arranger and conductor, Ron has appeared live on-stage with Bette Midler, Johnny Mathis, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Jones, Lucie Arnaz, Sam Harris, Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Jason Alexander, Joely Fisher, David Hyde Pierce and opera diva Julia Migenes.