Rat Pack is back

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 17, 2013 - 12:14 PM |
Memories of the Rat Pack is returning to Theatre Cambrian March 22 to 24. Supplied photo.

Memories of the Rat Pack is returning to Theatre Cambrian March 22 to 24. Supplied photo.

The Rat Pack is coming back.

From March 22 to 24, the lives and music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy David Jr. will be celebrated at Theatre Cambrian, via Memories of the Rat Pack.

The performance explores the men behind the legend, as well as 30 of their most popular songs.

Act One opens with an ensemble rendition of Sinatra’s Witchcraft, followed by a brief explanation of the birth of The Rat Pack. The audience will then be treated to Sinatra singing I’ve Got You Under My Skin and I’ve Got The World On A String.

Those in attendance will also learn about Sinatra’s roots on the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey, as well his special crooning style and popularity with the ladies.

Martin then sings You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You and That’s Amore. The audience will also learn about his younger days in Ohio, his early boxing career, and his minor success on the New York club circuit.

Audiences are then introduced to Davis Jr. who sings You Can’t Take That Away From Me, Mr. Bojangles and Black Magic. The presentation reveals that Davis Jr. is considered the greatest entertainer of all time. Aconsummate variety artist, he was a singer, an actor, a dancer and a musician.

The first act then turns its attention to the success of The Rat Pack and their infamous Summit at the Sands in 1960, when they went to Vegas to shoot scenes for Ocean’s Eleven, while simultaneously playing The Sands Hotel and Casino at night.

The ensemble sings the No. 1 single of 1964, Dean Martin’s Everybody Loves Somebody. Their important contribution to putting an end to racial segregation in the United States is recognized, and their endorsement of John F. Kennedy is remembered in a rendition of High Hopes, which they performed in the Democratic Convention in Beverly Hills in 1960.

The production returns, after a brief intermission, with more classics.

Tickets to see Memories of the Rat Pack cost $40, and can be purchased from the Theatre Cambrian Box Office at 40 Eyre St., or online at www.theatrecambrian.ca.

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