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The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas - casting announced

Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra, Nigel Casey (Dean Martin) and David Hayes (Sammy Davis Jr).

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas, which returns to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket – home to its first West End run in 2003 – for a strictly limited season from Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to Saturday, February 3, 2018.

The line up includes Garrett Phillips (as Frank Sinatra), Nigel Casey (Dean Martin), David Hayes (Sammy Davis Jr), with Joanna Walters, Amelia Adams-Pearce, Rebecca Parker and Laura Darton as The Burrelli Sisters. Musical Director of the 12-piece Rat Pack Big Band is Matthew Freeman.

Nicola Emmanuelle will also join the show from Tuesday, January 9 to celebrate the 100th anniversay of the birth of the First Lady of Song and Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. Songs featured in this special edition of the production will include Night and Day, The Lady is a Tramp, Mack the Knife and S’Wonderful.

From December 13 to January 6, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas – devised, directed and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian – will have a Christmas theme with the Pack’s unique take on such festive classics as Baby It’s Cold Outside, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells and Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.

Director and Choreographer Mitch Sebastian said: “We are thrilled to introduce Ella Fitzgerald to the show for 2018 in both the West End and later UK tour dates, to celebrate the centenary of this great singers birth. The recipient of 13 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Ella was an artist Frank respected – ‘the best way to start any musical evening is with this girl. It don’t get better than this’, he says on one recording.

“The warmth of their friendship really shines through on the many Youtube videos of their amazing performances together. They duetted live and in several TV specials including The Frank Sinatra Show to a global audience of millions. It was the series of highly successful – and lucrative – concerts in 1974 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, and later for two weeks on Broadway headlining Ella, Frank and Count Basie, that are cited as an important incentive to bring Frank out of self-imposed retirement.”

As an Irish actor and singer Garrett Phillips is a familiar face on screen and stage, having starred in five series of the popular TV drama Ros Na Rún as Dr Cathal Hennessy. He also performs regularly with several bands including the 18-piece Black Magic Big Band, covering The Great American Songbook. His recent theatre roles include The Father in Blood Wedding and The King in Dr. Faustus.

Nicola Emmanuelle

Winner of Best Male Voice at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera, Phillips’ musical theatre roles have included Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cliff in Cabaret, Melvin Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Doody in Grease.

Nigel Casey has enjoyed enormous success across Europe since he began his career as Greaseball in Starlight Express. His other starring roles include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Danny in Grease, both Bernado and Riff in West Side Story, Monty in Saturday Night Fever and the Pharoah in Joseph and his Technicor Dreamcoat. His self-written and produced album, Forever’s A Long Time, was released to huge success in Germany. He previously played Dean Martin in The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas at the Savoy theatre and across America.

David Hayes has performed in The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas in the West End, touring the UK, in Germany, Denmark and across the US. Sammy Davis Jr actually saw Hayes perform as him in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and said: “That was the best singing impersonation of me that I’ve ever heard!” An accomplished comedian and emcee, he has opened for and worked with such greats as George Lopez, The Temptations, The Four Tops, KC & The Sunshine Band, Herbie Hancock, Tower of Power, and Florence Henderson.

London-born Nicola Emmanuelle comes from a South African jazz dynasty: her Father, Nathan ‘Dambuza’ Mdledle, was the founder and lead singer of the Manhattan Brothers and a hall of famer, and her Mother, Louisa Manuel, also in the South African hall of fame, was a singer with the ‘Woodpeckers’. Emmanuelle’s understanding of the feel and swing of the best of the past, and her own contemporary iconic style and individuality adds to and supports a voice of mesmerising purity and beauty.

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