The Rat Pack – Live

Fifty minutes of the classic Rat Pack numbers with a full swing orchestra, bringing a little bit of that onstage banter that the trio are known for, and adding in the two Burelli sisters makes this feel like a complete show as opposed to just a concert.

It's brimming with classic songs, there's a few laughs, a couple of dancing girls and a live band.

Each singer is introduced to the audience and has a short while to sing solo. Dean Martin, played fantastically by Nick Martland, is up first and not only is he vocally on point but has the whole audience on side with his comedic approach. Jibes about his wife and jokes about drinking too much feel friendly and relaxed and when he kicks into an up-tempo number he has the whole place singing and cheering him on. Sammy Davis Jnr, played by AJ Leroy is up next and doesn't quite measure up. He struggles for some of the top notes and ends up seeming a little bit like the awkward little brother of the trio rather than a strong lead in his own right. Edward Baxter as Frank Sinatra does well - vocally he definitely has that rich Sinatra tone and you can hear the difference from the other two, something which isn't easy with swing music. However he still doesn't quite match Martlands cool approach.

Overall I would say that if you are a fan of the music of the Rat Pack you are not going to be disappointed. It's brimming with classic songs, there's a few laughs, a couple of dancing girls and a live band. I was tapping my toe within 30 seconds and Im sure you would be too! 

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See Frank, Sammy and Dean's world-famous recordings brought to life on stage in this sophisticated evening of razor sharp wit and silky smooth swing. Backed by the sassy, scorching Burelli Sisters, and with a full jazz orchestra, this talented cast take a trip back to glamorous Las Vegas, when the Rat Pack ruled the town. With sell-out awards and a host of multi-starred reviews under its belt, this show is the ultimate Fringe swing sensation. 'Infinite amounts of cool' ***** (ThreeWeeks). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). Early booking recommended.

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