Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas with The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas review, probably the best Christmas present you can treat yourself to

Before the Ocean Eleven (as we know it) that featured the slick George Clooney and the swaggering Brad Pitt, the 1960 original saw Frank Sinatra come together with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. But it wasn't Ocean Eleven that the trio were known for - they were in fact more popularly known in the Las Vegas circuit (together with Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford) as the Rat Pack.

This Christmas season, the Rat Pack is back to entertain the the London crowds with their Christmas with The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas performance at Adelphi Theatre. Frank Sinatra (by Louis Hoover) opens the performance and thrills the audience with his charismatic presence. Dean Martin (by Craig Els) as the tall, sauave and with the ever charming baritone crooner, and Sammy Davis Jr (by Jason Pennycooke) with his light hearted numbers and showmanship come right up and warm up the crowd.

While serenading the audience with songs that include 'White Christmas', 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer', 'Winter Wonderland', 'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!', 'Auld Lang Syne' among numerous other popular pieces that they have previously recorded, the performance intertwines the personalities and pet peeves within the almost 2hr 30min show.

Frank is sensitve about his thinning pate - Dean and Sammy never lets him forget about his 'reflective top'. Dean is forever tipsy and slurred over his words but never far from his whiskey. Sammy is ever conscious of his colour as segregation was still an issue in the 50s and 60s.


The Sands Hotel - the trio also starred in Ocean Eleven filmed over there in 1960

This is one of those shows that gets better as it goes along. The first half focuses mainly on the individual performances with the alluring Burelli sisters who are, by the way, serve as very welcome distractions. The second half, however, show the trio sharing the stage, relaxed and making merry around a mobile bar while still belting out evergreen songs one after another.

If there is just one show that you watch this Christmas, let it be the Christmas with The Rat Pack. Although I would advise against bringing teenagers along as they will be horrified to see their parents swaying with Frank Sinatra's voice and swooning over Dean Martin's come-hither eyes. There was one in front of me and she sunk low into her seat as her mother begin dancing in her seat to Sammy Davis Jr's beat. For fans of Frank, Dean or Sammy, Christmas with The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas will be a perfect early Christmas present. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!


Christmas with Rat Pack - Live from Vegas
Adelphi Theatre
409 - 412, Strand,
London, WC2R 0NS

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3 comments:

::karinuslai:: said...

hahaha. if you like sammy, i love this song of his - think it's one of the best personal anthems ever and definitely up there with frank's "my way"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUi3y-J8sRA&feature=fvw

C K said...

@karinsulai,
Gosh, I'm listening to it as I'm typing this. This is good! Thanks for the link to it.

You're an ardent fan, I suppose? When did you come across his songs?

Karin said...

actually not an ardent sammy fan yet... it's hard trying to figure out which albums by the rat pack to get, given it was way before my time!

no, came across this song because Paul Anka performs it live on his tour - "alongside" sammy, as a tribute to the latter. and i loved it when i heard it :)