Review in the FT.
The Rat Pack, playing for a week at London's Peacock Theatre to round off the first leg of a national tour, should not be confused with Rat Pack Confidential. The latter, a stage adaptation of Shawn Levy's book staged at Nottingham in September, was more ambivalent about Frank Sinatra's showbiz gang. This, on the other hand, is celebration from beginning to end. MORE
The show aims to re-create the legendary, faux-shambolic joint performances given by Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr in the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas during the early 1960s. Indeed, not just the show: on opening night, guests were generously staked to $1,000 of play money to fritter away on the roulette and blackjack tables in the various foyers. But the business onstage is simply a concert-style group of impersonations; the patter is largely if not entirely scripted, but the only "plot" is that of three stars singing and joshing their way through an evening's cabaret.