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Wilmington, DE native SEAN REILLY won the Frank Sinatra Idol Contest in Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ on Friday June 19th, 2009.
The event pays tribute to Hoboken’s most famous son with a contest to see who is THE best “Ol’ Blue Eyes”. The winning song was “THE BEST IS YET TO COME” (Count Basie version).
Says Reilly, “What a thrill for me! To win the Frank Sinatra Idol Contest in Frank Sinatra Park in Franks’ birthplace of Hoboken, NJ? C’mon now, try and top that!” Reilly continues, “At the end of the competition, after I was declared the winner and was awarded the “Chairman Of The Board” Trophy, all of us “Sinatra” contestants gathered closely and sang “NEW YORK, NEW YORK” and to my wonderment as I looked over my right shoulder, The Empire State Building lights came popping on one after another! “WOW that was chill bump stuff for me” said Sean.
Sean has put together The Sinatra Centennial Orchestra to honor the 100th anniversary of Sinatra’s birth. Sean performs a production called “SINATRA 101” where he tells the tales behind the tunes and then performs that song with the Band.
Says Reilly, “A song is just a song until it gets into Sinatra’s orbit, then it becomes a story”.
Reilly, born & raised in Wilmington, DE is a 1974 Salesianum High School graduate and a longtime Quaker Hill resident. He was the owner of The Shipley Grill Restaurant in downtown Wilmington, DE. He closed that business in 2001. Sean is presently an Executive Recruiter with Reilly Recruiting located in Wilmington.
Reilly can be found performing over a dozen times a month at places like Harrah’s Casino, Dover Downs Casino, The Hotel DuPont, Rehoboth Beach Country Club, University & Whist Club, DuPont Country Club and in various Restaurants/Clubs/Private Events/Parties in and around the East Coast.
dinner seating at 6:30pm / showtime at 8:00pm
$30 ticket / $20 food & beverage minimum