‘Sinatra Forever’ and ‘Barney and Me’ come to Rancho Mirage Amphitheater

A salute to ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ and Hal Linden’s autobiography performance take the stage

It may be cooler in the desert this winter, but the entertainment is heating up. This season, LimonCarr Desert Theatricals is bringing two exciting productions to the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater that are sure to impress.

Paying homage to ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’

From 1954 to 1995, Frank Sinatra called Rancho Mirage home. What an appropriate place to now see a fantastic tribute to the man and his music. On January 12 and 13, 2019, Rick Michel, one of Las Vegas’ premier singers and impersonators, channels the greatest crooner of all time with spot-on vocals during “Sinatra Forever.”

Starting as a teenager and now performing over the last four decades, Michel has been singing Sinatra’s music with big bands. This salute is a timeless concert with all the original arrangements, a 12-piece Big Band Orchestra and some of the original musicians that backed up “The Chairman of the Board.” Variety says of Michel: “He is the closest thing to Frank Sinatra we have ever heard.”

Audience members will definitely recognize and enjoy many of the songs in the show, including “Come Fly with Me,” “That’s Life,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “One for My Baby,” “New York, New York” and many more.

“I have tried to touch upon all aspects of Mr. Sinatra’s life by choosing the variety of music that best represents his career,” Michel says. “There is so much material to choose from that I can continue adding new Sinatra songs to my show for years to come and never get to them all.”

General admission tickets are $35 for the 6 – 8 p.m. show. Michel takes the stage rain or shine. Seating is first come, first served, so audience members are encouraged to arrive a bit early to find a spot and enjoy food and beverages available for purchase from Acqua California Bistro.

Much more than Miller

You may remember Hal Linden as the police precinct captain on the classic television show, “Barney Miller,” but on the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater stage, he performs in a way you may never have seen before.

He debuted on Broadway in 1957 opposite Judy Holliday in “Bells Are Ringing” and Linden’s career has spanned more than 65 years as an actor, singer and musician. Starring over the years in musicals such as “Chicago,” “Cabaret” and “Anything Goes;” stage performances such as “The Pajama Game,” “I’m Not Rappaport;” and television shows, including “The Mindy Project,” “Gilmore Girls,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Will and Grace,” among others.

On February 9, 2019, the Tony, Golden Globe and 7-time Emmy Award winning actor brings a genuine and cleverly performed autobiography of his life in a production titled, “Barney and Me.” Throughout the evening, he will perform everything from Broadway tunes to Dixieland, accompanied by his seven-piece, high-energy band.

General admission tickets are $43 for the 6 – 8 p.m. show. There are no reserved seats for this performance, so arrive early to grab a great space and enjoy food and beverages available for purchase from Acqua California Bistro.

Exciting 2019 at Rancho Mirage Amphitheater

These two great shows are just the start of an entertaining year in Rancho Mirage.

Lift a glass January 30 to February 2, 2019, as Rancho Mirage again hosts the Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival. This event includes wine seminars on Wednesday January 30 and Thursday January 31at PIRCH in Rancho Mirage; five course wine dinners at Roy’s Rancho Mirage on January 30 and at Pinzimini in the Westin Mission Hills Rancho Mirage on January 31; a sunset Rare and Reserve tasting in the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater on Friday February 1; and the Grand Tasting event at the Rancho Mirage Community Park on Saturday February 2. Ticket prices vary by event.

The fourth annual Music in the Park concert series is free to the public and kicks off February 24 with Jimmie Allen. Other performances in March include Tom Scott and the LA Express, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Barry Minniefield, Rose Royce and Tenors of Rock.

“Apollo 13” launches the second annual Cinema Under the Stars event on April 13. This year’s free films are space themed to compliment the popularity and success of the Rancho Mirage Observatory. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages, and sit under the gorgeous Rancho Mirage stars to watch films, including “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Space Cowboys,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”