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The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas - Adelphi Theatre (Review)

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BACK in the 1960s, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin (aka The Rat Pack) were the toast of Las Vegas with an act entitled The Summit. In it they would croon, quip, one-up each other and roll out booze filled jokes accompanied by their on-stage liquor cart.

And it’s this that The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas attempts to re-create – nothing more, nothing less. So don’t expect a storyline of any kind because there isn’t one. And of course, Frank, Sammy and Dean are portrayed by actors – in this year’s show by Louis Hoover, Giles Terera and Mark Adams.

On the whole, they do a fine job and with a little imagination you can almost – but never quite – believe that they are the real McCoy. Adams, in particular, captures the charm and nonchalance of Martin and delivers old favourites such as Volare, On An Evening In Roma and That’s Amore with flair and imagination.

Terera’s Davis is a delight. His rendition of What Kind of Fool Am I? justifiably received rapturous applause; as did his dance routine with Adams. Sadly, it’s all too short. Davis could dance, really dance, so I would have liked to have seen more. Yet perhaps therein lies the problem – it’s hard to emulate a master.

Which leaves Hoover who can certainly belt out a song. Regrettably, his delivery lacks that indefinable magic that set Sinatra apart from his contemporaries – or anyone else for that matter. However, his comic timing is spot on and his infectious grin, though more Ricky Gervais than Sinatra, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Helping matters along and providing some Vegas style glamour are The Burelli Sisters – Charlie Bull, Grace Holdstock and Lizzii Hills – who positively sizzle in colourful curve-hugging costumes. And the on-stage band, though at times a trifle too enthusiastic, provide outstanding accompaniment.

The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas is undoubtedly good old-fashioned entertainment, the sort that ultimately puts ‘bums on seats’. But however good, it isn’t real so have no illusions. It is though, a fine tribute to three men who were not only first class entertainers but also friends and in keeping their memory alive, it could do a great deal worse.

Footnote: Don’t arrive late or let your mobile phone go off or you could unwittingly find yourself part of the show!

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