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Rat Pack - Vegas Spectacular Show

Published Tuesday 27 November 2012 at 12:24 by Sheila Tracy

A tremendously entertaining show, spoilt somewhat by over-amplification. The Benny Goodman Band played Carnegie Hall with three microphones. Here we have one mic each for the eight musicians on stage. The principals all have mics too, held too closely at times, resulting in a wall of sound where many of the lyrics are lost. Why? Here is this extremely well played reincarnation of the never to be forgotten Rat Pack, destroyed at times by the failure to control sound levels.

Roman Marek as Frank Sinatra, Wayne Kennedy as Dean Martin and James Jnr as Sammy Davis are the famous three and having seen Sammy Davis in person, Jnr is spot on, his tribue to Mr Bojangles a delight. He does not do a lot of tap dancing but he does play piano for one of Marek’s many Sinatra songs which is a nice touch, providing as it does, a few minutes of relief from the high level of sound. Kennedy, bearing not the slightest resemblance to Dean Martin gives a remarkable impersonation of the star. Joanne Leigh provides the glamour as Marilyn Monroe recreating her famous Happy Birthday song for President Kennedy.

This is Las Vegas, and Vegas means showgirls, four on this occasion and they are superb. So too are their costumes, changed for every appearance. A spectacular show on its tenth anniversary tour, which in January sold all 3,039 seats at the Edinburgh Playhouse, a box office record for a variety show. The audience love every minute of it, deafened or not.

Production information

November 26 then touring until October 12, 2013, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Wayne Kennedy
Masters Entertainment
Cast includes:
Roman Marek, Wayne Kennedy, James Jnr, Joanne Leigh
Running Time 2hrs 30mins

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15