From stars like Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow to millions of female fans, women adored Frank Sinatra. But seldom has an affair lasted as long as choreographer Twyla Tharp's with Sinatra, or at least with his music. Her Sinatra Songs was a showcase for Mikhail Baryshnikov in the 1980s then morphed into Nine Sinatra Songs, which continues to be performed by ballet companies all over the world. True, Tharp wandered off for a fling with Billy Joel (the Tony-award winning Movin' Out) and Bob Dylan (the verging-on-the disastrous Times They Are A-Changin) but came back to her first love with Come Fly Away, mining her earlier ballet versions, tackling additional songs from Ol' Blue Eyes, and amping things up for Broadway (garnering two Tony award nominations). Set in a ballroom reminiscent of the 1940s, Tharp gives physical illustration to the music, the lyrics and the subtext of Sinatra's singing as couples meet, flirt, fight, and love, aided by an astonishing company of dancers. At the Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., Nov. 4, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 5, 2 & 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 6, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $25-$105. (800) 982-2787 or

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