The show is a celebration of the talent of three of the world’s greatest entertainers, Sinatra, Martin and Davis. It features some of their greatest hits, aided by a fifteen piece live band, and takes the audience back to the 60’s, the decade when these three artists ruled the charts.
The term "The Rat Pack" was supposedly first used by Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart’s wife, after watching her husband and his friends come back from a trip to Las Vegas. The original members of the group were Hollywood superstars, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, Sid Luft, Humphrey Bogart and Swifty Lazar to name a few. Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. were not members of the original pack.
Following Bogart’s death in 1957, the group incorporated new members and it now consisted of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Sinatra, Martin and Davis were considered the leading members of the group.
The Rat Pack started gaining widespread fame because often while a member was performing, the other members would surprise them by showing up and would usually perform an impromptu show with them. The result was an audience frenzy, which resulted in most of their shows being sold out, with people coming sometimes from out of the city to watch a member of the Rat Pack performing. Entertainment was guaranteed at any Rat Pack member show.
Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor, who is one of the best selling artists of all time. Considered as the first ever teen idol, Sinatra found unprecedented success as a solo artist during the 1940s. Along with his singing, Sinatra also starred in a number of films and had the honor of winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1983, for his contributions to music and film, Sinatra was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors and in 1985 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Regan. A winner of eleven Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, Sinatra was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997.
Dean Martin was an American singer, comedian, actor and television star, who was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his effortless charisma and self confidence. One of the most enduring and popular entertainers of his era, he was a huge crowd puller, especially during his live concerts and performances.
His unique crooning voice earned him multiple hit singles including Ain't That a Kick in the Head?, Memories Are Made of This, Everybody Loves Somebody, You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You, That's Amore, Sway and Volare.
Sammy Davis, Jr.:
Sammy Davis, Jr. was a singer, dancer and entertainer. Noted for his impersonations of celebrities and actors, he was an integral member of the Rat Pack and starred in multiple Rat Pack movies, like "Ocean’s 11". For his outstanding entertaining skills, he was nicknamed "Mister Show Business".
Davis was a recipient of the Kennedy Honors in 1987, and was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP. A Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 2001.
The Christmas special features Sinatra, Martin and Davis impersonators, singing their songs and giving the audience an auditory treat that will make their Christmas holiday’s all the more special.