Tuesday To-Do: 'The Rat Pack Is Back' | Rock Candy

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday To-Do: 'The Rat Pack Is Back'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

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‘THE RAT PACK IS BACK'
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$34.

Sandy Hackett, son of world-renowned comic Buddy, serves as both writer and producer of this nightclub tribute to Frank, Sammy, Dean and Joey, which recreates one of the famous “Summit at the Sands” gigs from the 1960s. Impersonators of the four hipster legends and favorite sons of Vegas, performing vocal recreations laced with free-wheeling gags, are backed by a swinging 12-piece big band certain to churn out numbers such as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “That's Amore” and “Mr. Bojangles.” The premise finds the voice of God (an actual recording of Buddy Hackett) urging the boys to split their digs in heaven for a groovy romp in the City of Lights, to do it “just one more time,” to which they oblige. On a side note, these boys smoked like freight trains, due to the staggering amounts of booze and Dexedrine they indulged in, so I have to wonder if this Pack will employ some sort of cig props, such as rolled bubble gum sticks with powdered sugar. Regardless, their three-night stay at Robinson Center should swing hard nonetheless.

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