It began back in 2000 in London, and now “The Rat Pack Live at the Sands” has been touring the world recreating that time in the 1960s when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin lit up the crowds in Sin City.
A large, great sounding dance band is on stage throughout, as is Alex Banks as Frank Sinatra, Giles Terera as Sammy Davis Jr. and Mark Adams as Dean Martin. Also in the cast is a trio, The Burelli Sisters, who sing and dance in several numbers and act as comic counter points in the show.
The principal cast members are all British. Banks is the alternate for the character of Frank Sinatra. Stephen Triffitt, who normally plays the role, is temporarily unavailable due to immigration issues.
Terera as Sammy Davis Jr. and Mark Adams as Dean Martin do nice, entertaining work. Banks as Sinatra doesn’t go well. His voice is nasally and lacks anything resembling the power and charisma of Sinatra.
The staging is colorful and has a holiday flair. If you are of the generation that enjoyed this famous trio the first time around, then odds are you’ll relish this recreation.