SAVANNAH – “The Rat Pack is Back!”, a tribute to the talented stars of the 1960s known as “The Rat Pack,” will play one performance in Savannah at the Johnny Mercer Theatre on March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets, priced from $22 to $47, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Johnny Mercer Theatre box office, online at www.savannahcivic.com or charged by phone at (912) 651-6556. Discounts are available for subscribers and groups of 20 or more by calling (912) 651-6557.
Experience the Ritz and allure of classic Vegas with this swinging party of a show. “The Rat Pack is Back!” transports the audience back through time and space to a balmy night circa 1960 when four show business legends—Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin—converged at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas for the first time. These stars delivered style with substance, swing with swagger and a non-stop party to which everyone wanted access.
Sandy Hackett, son of legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, is writer, producer and plays the role of Joey Bishop in “The Rat Pack is Back!” Even at a young age, Hackett was inspired to enter his father’s world of comedy and worked hard to realize his dreams of success in show business. Making his performance debut at the tender age of 11, Hackett has entertained audiences with his talents for over three decades. However, it is by playing longtime family friend, Joey Bishop that Hackett has become a regular in the Las Vegas circuit, just like his father.
“The Rat Pack is Back!” unites an accomplished group of actors from the Las Vegas circuit.
Stage actor Brian Dupery plays the legendary Frank Sinatra, while acclaimed jazz vocalist Kenny Jones plays Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Edwards, a master impersonator, brings the role of Dean Martin to life.
In “The Rat Pack is Back!” the voice of God (actually a recording of the late Buddy Hackett) urges Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean to go back and do it “just one more time.”
What ensues is an uncanny recreation of one of the Rat Pack’s raucous, antic-filled performances, featuring Bishop’s hilarious comedy and performances of such standards as Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “A Foggy Day,” “One For My Baby” and “All Of Me,” Martin’s “That’s Amour” and Davis’ “Mr. Bojangles.” Backing the singers is swinging 12-piece live orchestra performing period perfect orchestrations.
“’The Rat Pack is Back!’ recreates what one of those nights at the Sands might have been like, while also showcasing a few of the Rat Pack’s biggest hits from later in their careers,” said Hackett. “The actors in the show have spent countless hours diligently studying the people they portray.”
“The Rat Pack is Back!” is co-produced by Dick Feeney (“Viva Las Vegas,” “Showgirls,” “The Great Gleason”) and is directed and choreographed by Ben Lackey (“A Chorus Line,” “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band,” “Staying Alive.”)