FABULOUS Vegas show girls, the Rat Pack Orchestra, and a raft of hits from the mid-60s. It can mean only one thing, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior are back in town.
At the Playhouse on Saturday, it’s for two performances only, as The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular returns to the Capital with a programme of easy listening classics from the purveyors of cool.
Tracks like Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Lady Is A Tramp, That’s Amore, Mack The Knife plus many more.
The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular is the brainchild of Wayne Kennedy, who plays Dean Martin in the current tour.
It’s been a meteoric journey for him. In September 2002 he did his first Rat Pack solo gig at Peggy’s Bar in Burton On Trent, to an audience of just 11.
A year later he expanded that solo show and The Rat Pack Trio was born, that in turn became the The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular.
By 2004, Kennedy was performing sold out shows in casinos across the USA and appearing on US and UK television.
Tours of Turkey, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and Spain followed.
As he prepares to return to the Playhouse on Saturday, Kennedy laughs as he reveals the reason he loves playing Dean Martin is because the singer was “always drunk!”
Consequently, he’s a fun character to bring to life on stage.
Despite his association with Dean Martin, Kennedy, who is a fanatical sportsman offstage (jumping horses, cycling mountain climbs and weight training filling his spare time) doesn’t have a favourite Rat Pack member. “I like them all,” he says. “I’ve no particular favourite.”
He does, however, admit to having a favourite track, Dean Martin’s Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime. “A fantastic song that topped the Billboard charts,” he explains.
It’s also the song he enjoys singing the most.
Completing his Top 5 Rat Pack tracks are Mr Success, Im Gonna Live Until I Die, Somethings Gotta Give and King Of The Road.
On Saturday, he will be joined on stage by Roman Marek, as Frank Sinatra, and former Manchester City and Norther Ireland professional footballer Jim Whitley, as Sammy Davis Jnr
Marek, who began his career in Channel 5’s Family Affair, reached the finals of The X Factor in its early days, before going on to front several bands. He joined the Rack Pack Vegas Spectacular in 2006 and is now the shows principle Frank Sinatra.
On Saturday why not join all three and let them take you on a trip back in time to vintage Las Vegas; hip, cool and a with their timeless soiree that still remains the hottest party around.
The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show, The Playhouse, Greenside Place, Saturday, 3pm and 7.30pm, £18-£23, 0844-871 3014