by Julie Wallis twitter.com/NiceNic63
The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas, is at New Alexandra Theatre until 31st March.
Much like This is Elvis last week, this is a night of live music from even more of Vegas’ legendary performers. Last nights show was a cabaret show with no story necessary.
The Rat Pack, for younger readers, consisted of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. and last night the boys were joined by Ella Fitzgerald and the Burelli Sisters.
With 30 fabulous songs, the audience is in for a treat as hit after hit washes over them. Hits including the likes of You Make Me Feel So Young, Mr. Bojangles, Everybody Loves Somebody and of course New York, New York. That’s just act one! Act two has Volare, The Lady Is A Tramp, S’Wonderful and the evening ends with… Well I’m sure you can guess. The performers were joined on stage by a 12 piece band throughout the night, which only added to the evening.
Set in the Sands Hotel there are no set changes, none are necessary and the lighting changes are more than enough to set the varying moods of the night. The first of the Rat Pack on stage was Frank Sinatra and his voice is absolutely spot on. Played by Garrett Phillips who’s sounds uncannily like the great man himself and Frank is soon joined by Dean Martin played by Nigel Casey and David Hayes as Sammy Davis Jr.
Each of them has time to sing a couple of songs solo before all three of them are singing together, there was also time for a lot of goofing around as Dean and Sammy try to put Frank off of his routine. I won’t spoil the fun, but you will enjoy a few laugh out loud moments as the chemistry that was the Rat Pack is re-enacted.
Part way through the second half Ella Fitzgerald joins the Rat Pack on stage. Played by Nicola Emmanuel, we hear S’Wonderful. The only real shame was that we didn’t have more of the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald. I really wouldn’t want to pick a favourite from last night. In real life I always liked Dean Martin the best and I was glad that Nigel Casey did him justice (as all of last nights performers did) but Ella was so very good too, it was a shame we only had such a short time with her as I could have listened to her all night.
I did sing along last night, a lot! It was a fabulously entertaining evening and all the acts were great. Once again a wonderful opportunity to experience great acts that have sadly long departed us and if you are a fan of the real deal, these guys will not disappoint. So much more than a mere tribute act, the Rat Pack last night all had the voices, the mannerisms and the chemistry of the genuine article.
The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas is another must see event for any fans of Frankie, Dean, Sammy or Ella. See it at New Alexandra Theatre until 31st March. Tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/the-rat-pack-vegas-spectacular/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/
This isn’t a sponsored post. Julie was invited on behalf of #BrumHour to see The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas by New Alexandra Theatre.