Theatre Mirror Reviews-"Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show"

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"Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show"

A Review by Tony Annicone

The opening show of Theatre By The Sea's 81st season is Sandy Hackett's "Rat Pack Show". Relive the golden age of Vegas entertainment, the brainchild of Buddy Hackett's son, Sandy Hackett and his wife, the "Rat Pack Show" is a stylishly nostalgic look back at vintage Vegas' innest of in crowds. The show begins with God, who, described in the Bible, sounds suspiciously like Buddy Hackett, allows Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop to return to Earth for one last hurrah. This stellar cast captures the camaraderie of the kings of cool with dapper duds, corny jokes, and lots of music, complete with a Vegas-style big band. But this being the Rat Pack, expect some unscripted surprises and a healthy dose of off-color humor. Director Lisa Dawn Miller creates a spectacular musical revue straight from the Vegas Strip. Lisa is married to Sandy Hackett in real life. She brings her expertise in these marvelous showcase of talent that leaves the audience begging for more. The audience leaps to their feet at the end of the show, providing a successful opening night once again for Bill Hanney's Theatre by the Sea.

It is Bill's eighth year of ownership of Theater by the Sea. He spares no expense in bringing topnotch talent to this historic theater. Lisa infuses her performers with high energy to win the hearts of one and all with this high octane extravaganza. The four talented performers are Danny Grewen as Frank, Tom Wallek as Dean, Louie Velez as Sammy and Sandy Hackett portrays Joey Bishop. Some of the songs that entranced the audience bring back many pleasant memories to this crowd. Frank Sinatra songs include "That Old Black Magic", "My Kind of Town", "Come Fly With Me", "New York, New York" and "A Foggy Day". Dean's songs include "Drink To Me", "Volare" and "That's Amore". Sammy's songs include "Mr. Bojangles" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?" Joey Bishop joins in on a couple of numbers with Sammy as well as the outstanding "Sam's Song" which stops the show with his rendition. The jokes include making fun of the stupid U-turns on Route 1 to get to Theatre-by-the Sea. So for a Las Vegas style show by the south coast of RI, be sure to catch "Sandy Hackett's "Rat Pack Show". You will definitely leap to your feet at the close of the night. The opening night festivities aren't complete without an extravagant buffet after the show at the Bistro by the Sea prepared by Duane and his beautiful wife, Karleen. There is enough food here to serve the seventh fleet. Hurrah for the 81st season opener and the beginning of the summer season of hit shows.

Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show (4 - 22 June)
@ 364 Cards Pond Road, MATUNUCK RI

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