Review: The Rat Pack Is Back, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
A PIECE of Las Vegas arrived in Cheltenham last night as The Everyman Theatre paid homage to three legendary singers.
Tribute acts for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr lit up the venue as The Rat Pack brought a little swing to the town.
The scene was set with a five-piece live orchestra and the show opened with the familiar notes of arguably Sinatra's most famous hit, My Way.
Sinatra himself (David Alacey who also devised and directed the show) strolled onto stage filling the theatre with a very close vocal of 'Ol Blue Eyes himself.
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He was good. Very good. Soon accompanied by Dean Martin (Paul Drakely) and Sammy Davis Jnr (Des Coleman) the show really got going.
Supported by dancing show girls to give it a real Vegas feel throughout, they reeled out many of the classics including Lady Is a Tramp, Strangers in the Night, Aint that a kick in the head and Candy Man to mention but a few.
There was a good amount of audience participation too, with a hairdresser from Gloucester doing her best Nancy Sinatra duet with Frank on the classic hit, Something Stupid.
She was a great sport and a lot braver than I would have been. A highlight for me was the feel-good Me and My Shadow, performed by Frank and Sammy brilliantly.
It was an evening of banter, comedy and ultimately, great performances.
And another performer who is worth a mention is Julie A Scott, who sang a medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs beautifully.
The finale of the show saw a whole host of songs including Can't Take My Eyes Off You and a full rendition of My Way which never fails to give me goosebumps.
Last but not least the three crooners all joined up for a belting rendition of New York, New York. As Frank put it at the end, "You have been wonderful tonight but then so have we."
I couldn't have put it better myself. Glamorous, glitzy and great fun, it was a memorable night.