Grab your phone and immediately secure tickets to the newest production at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” that opened May 27 for a one-week run ending June 1, and resurrects the performances of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop in a performance similar to their Las Vegas shows of the early 1960s.
The show opens with the voice of the comedy master, Buddy Hackett, as God, and shows a video clip of Rat Pack in action, on stage at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. God sends them back to perform in one more show and this is it. One by one, each of the four headliners enters the stage in black tuxedos as they introduce themselves, and singing one of Frank Sinatra’s big hits, “My Kind of Town.”
After that, the ensemble cast re-creates what a ring-side-table at the Sands might have been like in the early days of the gambling an entertainment Mecca. The Sands, like the Rat Pack, are long gone, but certainly not forgotten. The saying, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” probably had its origins with the Rat Pack.