Reviewed by Jan Mellor
I have always loved the voice of Frank Sinatra and have watched the three famous singers – Sinatra, Sammy Davies Junior and Dean Martin – most commonly known as the ‘Rat Pack’ on shows on TV with joy and have enjoyed the antics and humour they shared on many a stage in Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles.
This show started with ‘Sinatra’ (the astonishing Garrett Philips) at the ‘Sands’ Hotel singing ‘It was a very good year’. Immediately we were in that hotel with Sinatra and transported from the theatre to a world of love songs, tailored suits and brash bourbon drinking evenings. The show continued with the introduction of the other ‘Pack’ members Sammy Davies Junior and Dean Martin. Sammy was depicted as a womaniser and ‘Jack the lad’ whilst ‘Deano’ portrayed himself as the humorous drunk who behaved like a naughty school boy. The three knitted seamlessly on stage and the magic that the actual pack shared and exuded was there for us all to see with Sinatra (Phillips), Sammy Davies Jr (David Hayes) and Dean Martin (Keiron Crook) portraying the trio to perfection. The infamous songs rolled on one after another – ‘I’ve got you under my skin’, ’That old black magic ‘, ‘That’s amore’, ‘Everybody loves somebody’, building up to a wonderful rendition of ‘New York, New York’ with the amazing dance and singing trio of the Burelli sisters backing Sinatra in their red glittering jackets. Oh, it was good!
The second half did not disappoint either. There was more humour, display of drunkenness, antics and one-liners than the first act but the songs were equally as delightful – ‘Volare’, ‘The lady is a tramp’ (joined now by an effervescent Ella Fitzgerald) ‘My kinda town’, ‘What kind of fool am I’, ’S’Wonderful’ and Mack the knife’. The finale of ‘That’s life’ had the audience singing along joyfully. Sinatra ended the show with a magnificent version of ‘My Way’ – the theatre was in raptures.
It was a marvellous show that I and my friend thoroughly enjoyed. The Rat Pack were very entertaining and authentic. I felt as though I was in Las Vegas at a private function with the three superstars of the 50’s there for my personal entertainment and pleasure. I must say that the amazing voice and stature of Garrett Phillips was absolutely sublime, and he not only sounded like the real man but he ‘IS’ Sinatra – I was in awe. If you like this era of music – enjoy real talent and an evening of songs delivered in a genuine and talented way – you will love this show. I came away completely fulfilled that I had seen the real ‘Rat Pack’
A great evening of entertainment.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £40.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas is at the Liverpool Empire from 13-17 February 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/liverpool or call the box office on 0844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017