June 15, 2022

“Anka Sings Sinatra” at State Theatre New Jersey

PAYING TRIBUTE: Legendary entertainer Paul Anka comes to the State Theatre New Jersey on June 22 with “Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way,” in honor of his longtime friend Frank Sinatra.

The newly renovated State Theatre New Jersey presents Paul Anka in Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way on Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45-$95.

This tour will feature Anka paying tribute to his friend, one of the greatest entertainers ever to take the stage: Frank Sinatra. “The Anka Sings Sinatra tour will honor a great artist who has influenced me more than anyone else throughout my career, Frank Sinatra,” said Anka. “This show will also feature the hits that have spanned my career on this 65th anniversary year. It will be a night filled with his songs, my songs, my way!”

In 2021, Anka released a new album called Making Memories, a new collection of reimagined classics and new recordings. Making Memories features a duet with Olivia Newton-John, and also a newly reimagined version of his 1957 hit, “You Are My Destiny,” which Anka performs with the multi-national classical crossover vocal group Il Divo.

Anka notably penned the longest running theme in television history for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

In the early 1960s he became a junior associate of Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Even with the British invasion, Anka still had chart records. He moved to Italy and outsold the Italians, selling four million records there. In the late ’60s, Anka wrote “My Way” for Frank Sinatra and by the ’70s, he had another string of hits like “(You’re) Having My Baby,” “Don’t Like To Sleep Alone,” and “Times Of Your Life,” which confirmed his status as an icon of popular music.

His later achievements as a recording artist included the charted song, “Hold Me ’Til the Morning Comes,” a hit duet with Peter Cetera in 1983, the Spanish-language album Amigos in 1996, and Body of Work, a 1998 duets album that featured Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Tom Jones, and daughter Anthea Anka.

In April 2013, Anka released his New York Times bestselling autobiography, My Way, about his decades-long career as an entertainer, actor, and songwriter. During the same time, his new 14-song album entitled Duets was released and featured artists such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Celine Dion, and Michael Bublé. Duets set a milestone in Billboard chart history and Anka became the only artist to have a CD on the Billboard Top 100 Chart for seven consecutive decades.

The State Theatre New Jersey is located at 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call (732) 246-SHOW (7469) or visit online at STNJ.org.