The Rat Pack Remembered in Musical at London’s Theatre Royal

News   The Rat Pack Remembered in Musical at London’s Theatre Royal Frank Sinatra had more farewell tours than most people have trips to theatres, but Ol' Blue Eyes is back one more time when The Rat Pack opens at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, March 18.

Following a successful tour and runs at the Peacock and the Palladium, The Rat Pack is now set to bring a little touch of Nevada to the heart of the West End. Starring Stephen Triffit as Frank Sinatra, George Long as Sammy Davis Jr. and Mark Adams as Dean Martin, and featuring a 15-piece big band and full supporting cast, The Rat Pack celebrates the clique of late fifties/early sixties showbiz stars who hung out together — often in the casinos of Las Vegas. Headed by Frank Sinatra (“The Chairman of the Board”), this group included Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., along with less well-known but still important characters like Peter Lawford.

Lawford was John F. Kennedy's brother-in-law, and this closeness to Senator — then President — Kennedy gave the group an extra kudos that only power can bring. Sinatra organized the entertainment that celebrated JFK's inauguration: but was eventually dropped by the President — allegedly on the grounds of Sinatra's Mafia connections.

The Rat Pat recalls the songs and singers of this period, which came to end after the Beatles revolution in popular music in 1964. The smart black suits, white shirts and ties that characterized the group, went way out of fashion by the late sixties — the era of Flower Power.