TRAVERSE CITY – For Sandy Hackett, taking on the role of one of the members of the Rat Pack wasn’t a stretch. After all, as the son of legendary comic Buddy Hackett, he was there to witness the antics of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., “Uncle” Joey Bishop, and the Chairman of the Board himself – Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.
But putting together a show that would measure up to the lofty status that the group has assumed in the years since their deaths is a difficult task. Hackett and his wife and partner Lisa Dawn Miller believe they have succeeded by not trying to make it a tribute act harkening back to the ’60s. Instead, it’s more a theatrical presentation of what would happen should the Rat Pack suddenly materialize in the present day.
“There are a lot of tribute acts out there,” said Hackett by phone from Los Angeles. “If you’re a bad tribute act, it’s really bad.”
“It’s not a tribute, it’s a theatrical production,” added Miller. “We work really hard at being unique. It’s not what everybody else does.”