The success just goes on and on for The Rat Pack show which heads to Worthing’ Pavilion Theatre as The Rat Pack Is Back (Thursday, August 11, 7.45pm).
David Alacey, who plays the Frank Sinatra role and who is also the producer of the show, invites you to take a journey back to the Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas strip and hear Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin deliver classics including I Got You Under My Skin, The Lady Is A Tramp, Volare, Little Ol’ Wine Drinker, The Candy Man, The Impossible Dream, What Kind Of Fool Am I and many more.
“I am absolutely amazed at the way things have gone,” admits David. “It’s the longest-running Rat Pack show probably now in Europe. Each year you think that this is probably the year that the interest will start to fade, but actually we are now back to figures that we had about seven years ago.”
Partly it’s because the fans keep coming; partly also it’s that they are picking up plenty of new fans along the way. Not surprising when you consider that the trio were perfect complements the one to the other.
“Sammy could do everything. Dean added so much comedy. And without Frank nothing could have happened.
“I am fortunate enough to have seen Frank perform twice. By that time, some people were commenting that he was maybe a little bit past it, but absolutely incorrectly in my view. He was still on top form. Even if he was not always hitting as many top notes, there was still the same charm and charisma. I don’t think anybody had his presence, not even Elvis, and I don’t think that that just comes from the vocal performance.
“That man when he walked on stage encompassed the whole of 20th century entertainment, his political links to JFK, his links to the Mafia, his links to Marilyn Monroe. He was part of a special time. He carried that baggage with him whenever he went on stage, and that’s what made him so interesting.”
And you can add to that the great adaptability of the guy who managed to delight successive generations from the 1930s through to the mid-90s: “Throughout his long career, he adapted for each decade. Also he picked the songs so much better than his contemporaries. He knew the songs that worked, and he always wanted the best - the best song-writers, the best musicians.”
Tickets on 01903 206206.