The kings of swing are on their way to area

Rat Pack Live - Derby Assembly Rooms, March 8
Rat Pack Live - Derby Assembly Rooms, March 8

Derby’s Assembly Rooms hosts a tribute to those purveyors of cool, the Rat Pack, in a touring show to be staged there on Friday, March 8, starting at 7.30pm.

The Rat Pack Live show shines a spotlight on the combined talents of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, who were the very definition of cool. Combining the full sound of big band swing with charisma, panache and swagger, the trio – collectively known as The Rat Pack – had attitude to spare.

The evening’s Dean, Mark Halliday, comes fresh from a triumphant portrayal of Dean Martin in the West End.

Mark also spent two years in the States creating the role of Hades in Disney’s new musical Hercules and has had lead appearances in runaway hit shows Girls Night Out and Aspects of Love under his belt.

“Mark carries off Dino’s stage presence to a tee,” says show producer Michael Taylor. “Spirit glass in one hand, microphone in the other, he captures Martin’s polished irreverence on beautifully-performed songs like Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Mambo Italiano and That’s Amore.”

The evening’s Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr exude a similar stage presence, according to Michael Taylor.

Richard Shelton as Frank Sinatra gained rave revues as Ol’ Blue Eyes in West End hit Rat Pack Confidential while Jim Whitley as Sammy Davis Jnr has toured extensively as both Sammy and Nat King Cole.

Call the box office on 01332 255800 for ticket details for the show.