Director: Jo Parsons
Reviewer: Tom Ralphs
The Rat Pack: Live attempts to recreate the legendary Las Vegas shows of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. With its current line up, it doesn’t really succeed, but does provide an enjoyable hour of classic songs
The show opens with Hugo Joss Catton performing as Dean Martin. Catton’s voice lacks the depth and smoothness that was Martin’s trademark, and while the mannerisms and moves are there it feels more like he is delivering the lines than getting the character.
As Sammy Davis Jnr, Alistair Nwachukwu comes closer to the vocal style but is further away from the physical appearance and movement. The handover between the two also lacks the zing needed to suggest that the between song chats are an extension of their off-stage personas.
Only Jamie Chidzey as Frank Sinatra really convinces with a relaxed, confident delivery and a voice that captures the essence of the younger Sinatra, while also having the weight to deliver a powerful rendition of My Way. However, the inclusion of this, and New York, New York, another song that was recorded some time after the Rat Pack ceased performing together, adds to the feeling that this is less a recreation of a Rat Pack show and more of a greatest hits set.
With all three performers only together in the final part of the show, the opportunity to recreate the atmosphere of a Vegas show is further limited, and with them all at least a decade younger than the original Rat Pack, the show ultimately lacks the sense of maturity and lives lived. While it is entertaining, it doesn’t feel that you are watching three performers who knew each other so well that they could put on a show without really trying.
Runs until 28 August 2017 | Image: Contributed