At the start of the 60s, The Rat Pack led by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were the toast of Las Vegas. With the world’s rich and famous jetting in to see them joke around and sing some of the finest songs ever written, the guys also starred together in a series of glamorous Hollywood films, set fashion trends, rubbed shoulders with the US President, politicians and mobsters… and partied hard as the coolest cats on the planet.
The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas recreates that special time.
Prepare to drift back in time to an era of glitzy nights spent on the Vegas strip in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers as the Olivier Award-nominated The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas returns in triumph to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket – home to its first West End run in 2003 – for a strictly limited season from Wednesday 13 December – Saturday 3 February. Press night: Friday 15 December at 7.30pm.
This spectacular production – with a very special Christmas theme until 6th January 2018 – celebrates the incredible singing talent of three world-famous entertainers and performers and some of the finest music and song that has ever been recorded. Frank, Sammy and Dean are once again performing in the world-renowned Copa Room at the famous Sands Hotel, supported by the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band in a critically acclaimed show that clocked up over 1,000 West End performances on its West End premiere.
Frequently imitated but never bettered, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas features hit after hit, including Pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, What Kind of Fool Am I?, Volare, My Way, Candyman, Everybody Loves Somebody and many, many more.
From 13 December to 6 January The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas will have a Christmas theme and the show will include the Pack’s unique take on such festive classics as Baby It’s Cold Outside, Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells and Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.
If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance!
Prior to the West End, The Rat Pack – Live from as Vegas will play:
Tuesday 28 November Hull New Theatre
Wednesday 29 November Gateshead The Sage
Thursday 30 November Halifax Victoria Theatre
Saturday 2 December Basingstoke The Anvil
Sunday 3 December Brighton Theatre Royal
Tuesday 5 December Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thursday 7 December Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Friday 8 December Poole The Lighthouse
Saturday 9 December Sheffield City Hall
Following the West End season, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas will play:
Monday 5 – Saturday 10 February Glasgow King’s Theatre
Monday 12 – Saturday 17 February Liverpool Empire Theatre
Monday 19 – Saturday 24 February Manchester Opera House
Monday 26 February – Saturday 3 March Edinburgh Playhouse
Monday 5 – Saturday 10 March Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre
Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 March Sunderland Empire Theatre
Monday 19 – Saturday 24 March Cardiff New Theatre
Monday 26 – Saturday 31 March Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
Monday 23 – Saturday 28 April Blackpool Grand Theatre
Monday 30 April – Saturday 5 May Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
Monday 7 – Saturday 12 May Darlington Civic Theatre
More dates will be added later
The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas the show
Celebrating more than 15 years of standing ovations, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas, directed and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian, first played the West End in 2003, and it was nominated for an Oliver Award as Best Entertainment in 2004. It has since toured the world and returned several times for further West End seasons.
Cast to be announced.
Produced by Paul Walden & Derek Nicol for Flying Entertainment & TRH Productions.
The Rat Pack
Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack” – not initially called that – came about from their work in Las Vegas and their Hollywood contacts. The late 1950s early 1960s “Rat Pack” era begun in Las Vegas in January 1959 when Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) and Dean Martin (1917–1995) – then performing separately at The Sands – began appearing in each other’s acts. Sinatra was singing with Tommy Dosey’s band in 1941 when he first met Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925–1990), then an aspiring dancer with The Will Mastin Trio. They reconnected after Sammy was discharged from the US Army, and Sinatra would later help Davis in his career. By the early 1960s The Rat Pack became known for its multiple-person stage acts and The Sands, would advertise the horseplay on its massive marquee with billings such as: “Dean Martin – Maybe Frank – Maybe Sammy.” The Rat Pack “schtick” was part Vaudeville, part Hollywood, and part “bad boys”. It became a unique stage genre and vintage Las Vegas. In its day, The Rat Pack caught the national mood. Musically and culturally, it occupied the transition period between the first surge of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s by the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly – music which Sinatra initially derided – and the arrival of the Beatles in 1964. In addition to their stage act, the Rat Pack compadres also made films together – some shot in Las Vegas. Ocean’s 11 of 1960 was among the more famous of the Rat Pack films, but there were also nearly a dozen others. Through the early-1960s period, Sinatra and his Rat Pack group reigned supreme in contemporary culture; they became the “cool guys” of their generation
The Sands Hotel
The Sands Hotel and Casino, was opened in 1952 by Texan oil tycoon Jake Freedman. The Sands was designed with a prominent 56-foot-high sign, and during its heyday, it was the centre of entertainment and “cool” on the Las Vegas Strip, hosting many famous entertainers of the day, most notably The Rat Pack. Frank Sinatra made his performing debut at The Sands in October 1953 and he loved it so much he bought a share in the hotel. In 1960, the classic caper film Ocean’s 11 starring The Rat Pack, was shot at the hotel, and it subsequently attained iconic status, with regular performances by Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis. Jr., who performed regularly in the hotel’s world-renowned Copa Room, named after the famed Copacabana Club in New York City. The Copa Room seated 385 and the decor was Brazilian carnival style. At one point in February 1960 – at the height of The Rat Pack’s “Summit” shows – The Sands received 18,000 reservation requests for its 200 rooms. The hotel finally fell out of fashion and was demolished in 1996. Today The Venetian hotel stands on the same spot.
The Rat Pack at The Sands
Often, when one of the members was scheduled to give a performance, the rest of the Pack would show up for an impromptu show, causing much excitement among audiences. They sold out almost all of their appearances, and people would come pouring into Las Vegas, often sleeping in cars and hotel lobbies when they could not find rooms, just to be part of the Rat Pack entertainment experience. The Rat Pack’s appearances were of unprecedented value because the city would always become flooded with high rollers, wealthy gamblers who would routinely leave substantial fortunes in the casinos’ coffers.
The Rat Pack – the Sands recordings
A number of classic albums were recorded in the Copa Room, including Dean Martin’s Live At The Sands – An Evening of Music, Laughter and Hard Liquor, Frank Sinatra’s Sinatra at the Sands, and Sammy Davis, Jr.’s The Sounds of ‘66 and That’s All!. The Rat Pack: Live at the Sands, a CD released in 2001, features Martin, Sinatra and Davis in a live performance at the hotel recorded in September 1963.
The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas
Wednesday 13 December – Saturday 3 February
Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street
London, SW1Y 4HT
Two hours 20 minutes (inc interval)