by Paula Citron.
The Rat Pack is back, and the musical is great fun. Christmas with the Rat Pack (Live from Las Vegas) features Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin at the Sands Hotel replete with a fabulous swing band led by Matthew Freeman, three luscious Las Vegas show girls, a bar in the shape of a sleigh, and politically incorrect banter. Along with the memorable hits, there are also Christmas songs crooned in their inimitable trademark styles.
Director/choreographer Mitch Sebastian has tried to capture the essence of these great artists rather than reproduce faithful clones. The hilarious Nigel Casey steals the show as Dean, but Stephen Triffitt is a sexy Frank, although he sounded a bit under the weather. David Hayes as Sammy has the personality and the voice but his pitch is erratic.
The audience cheered and screamed like it was the real thing.
Christmas with the Rat Pack continues until Monday.
From the Princess of Wales Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.