Wed 30 Nov, Telford Theatre
Swing into the Christmas season with The Rat Pack and their famous Christmas Concert. The Official UK No: 1 Tribute show as voted by The Agents Association of Great Britain for three successive years, returns to Telford, direct From London’s Leicester Square Theatre, The 02 and a Royal Command Performance. The acclaimed David Alacey (Lovejoy & Inspector Alleyn) stars as Frank Sinatra alongside Paul Drakeley (Inside Out – BBC) as Dean Martin. They are joined by former Eastenders star and Central Television's “Mr Weather” - Des Coleman as Sammy Davis Jnr in the original Rat Pack show, now celebrating its 24th record breaking year.
Together they amaze audiences with their recreation of a magical Christmas at The Sands with Sinatra, Martin and Davis in this sensational show which brings the style, glamour and excitement of the Las Vegas heyday to vivid life. Including all the great hits - My Way, Mr Bojangles, New York New York, Amore, Fly Me To The Moon and seasonal classics such as Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow and of course White Christmas.
The sensational Natalie Atkins will perform many of the great songs associated with Marilyn Monroe, including: Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend and “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” She will also recreate an historic moment in Rat Pack history, by serenading a member of the audience with a special performance of Happy Birthday.
Just as the Rat Pack at The Sands had Joey Bishop to add even more comedy to their unique performances, Special Guest Star – Legendary Television comedian Don Maclean M.B.E joins the cast for the 2022 Christmas Tour. Don who found fame with as a “Crackerjack” regular, is one of Britain's most enduring and best loved stars and is known as the machine gun of quick-fire gags. He will have audience members in fits of laughter with a joke for every possible subject including of course the holiday season. This stylish yuletide treat for all the family, also features the fabulous Buddy Greco All-stars under the direction of BBC Musical Director Mac Shone – Christmas Memories really are made of this!
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“Boy have these guys nailed it”, said a male member of the audience when this tribute Rat Pack first appeared on stage in Potters Bar.
And how right he was. David Alacey (as Frank Sinatra), Paul Drakeley ( Dean Martin) and Des Coleman ( Sammy Davis Jnr) have all the swagger, the banter, the style and, most importantly, the voices of the famous threesome.
It was easy to believe you had been transported back a few decades to the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas and were watching an original Christmas special from these three giant talents.
The lovely seasonal set at the Wyllyotts Theatre added to the magical atmosphere and the four-piece band were outstanding musicians.
Mr Alacey performs My Way with great panache and he has the Hoboken accent down to a fine art as he introduces his buddy Dean who comes up with terrific lines like: “My mother-in-law’s 86 years old. She doesn’t need glasses – she drinks straight out of the bottle” as he performs hits like Little ‘Ol Wine Drinker and Everybody Loves Somebody.
It comes as little surprise to find out that Des, known for his many T.V appearances including the role of Lenny in Eastenders, has performed in the show as Sammy Davis Jnr for over ten years years. He has the mannerisms, dance moves and powerhouse jazzy vocals of the great entertainer; and his performances of What Kind Of Fool Am I and Candy Man were a joy to hear.
David makes being Sinatra look easy as he glides through classics including You Make Me Feel So Young, Fly Me To The Moon, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and New York New York.
This was a Yuletide show full of surprises and delights with no fewer than two special guests – singer, actor, composer and all-round family entertainer Kenny Lynch; and Charley Toulan who transformed into a stunning Marilyn Monroe.
If you get a chance to see this exemplary Rat Pack tribute show (at any time of the year) don’t miss it. David, Paul and Des will make you believe you’re back in 1963.
Lemonrock Music Magazine
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