I’ve always been a fan of the Rat Pack. Frank, Dean, Sammy…each of their voices different, yet worked in harmony so well when they sang together. Their antics in Las Vegas are legendary, and they are back – well sort of. In a “new” “musical”, Frank, Dean, and Sammy are here again in The Rat Pack is Back. The show is pretty much a recreation of the Rat Pack’s stage antics, including a Joey Bishop who opens telling jokes.
I’ve heard various versions of their performances, via CD, including the great recording Live at the Sands. So, I knew I was in for a lot of racist jokes as well as jokes regarding Dean Martin’s drinking. What I wasn’t prepared for was the amount of dirty jokes. But the rest of the show? Wonderful. If you know anything about the Rat Pack’s shows, it wasn’t just songs, but comedy sketches as well, which are included in this new rendition. This show is also updated slightly with newer jokes making references to Viagra and Brokeback Mountain. The man performing as Dean Martin not only looked very much like the original, but sounded incredibly like the real deal. The performer playing Frank also sounded very much like Mr. Blue Eyes himself, however only his hair reminded me of Sinatra. As for Sammy, I was a little disappointed. He didn’t look or sound very much like the real Sammy, but he was a fantastic performer regardless.
I went to see the show Friday night with my dad (another Rat Pack lover) and loved it. So much so, that upon returning home, I bought tickets for Patrick and I to go last night and saw it again. I knew that this performance was as close as I was going to get, and it was well worth it. The Rat Pack was only in Eugene two nights, but you can catch it nightly at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where it’s a dinner and a show (just like it was in the 60s), unlike the touring version, which is only the show. So, if you’re in Sin City, check it out! I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed.