Sandy Hackett has built a sort of show business empire bringing the music, charisma and comedy of Las Vegas’ most enduring showmen back to the stage. And still, it is particularly uncanny when he says “Hello” in his father’s voice.
“I might slip into Buddy at any time,” he said of the iconic inflection belonging to the late comedian and star of screens large and small. “We’re rehearsing.”
The production in prep — “My Buddy,” a one-man show starring Sandy Hackett as his father, and directed by Sandy’s wife and producing partner, Lisa Dawn Miller — will open with previews in Los Angeles at the end of the month, prior to the launch of its official run in Ohio in late October.
The homage, Hackett said, was born backstage, as he and his crew from “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack” — which comes to Strathmore on Friday — would gather to exchange stories of old Hollywood.
“I’d say, ‘Here’s another story about my dad, [and] here’s another one,’” Hackett mused. The time, he said, was right.
The Rat Pack revue, in fact, now in its fifth year and about to embark on its 2013-14 national off-Broadway tour, owes its heart and soul to dear old dad.