Get in the swing with a cool show

The Rat Pack Live
The Rat Pack Live

Boasting stars from the West End, a brand new spectacular featuring the kings of swing is coming to Derby’s Assembly Rooms on March 8.

Described as possessing “all the panache and attitude of Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra during their Vegas heyday” hit show Rat Pack Live combines the sound of big band swing with a tribute to an all-star cast.

The evening’s Dean, Mark Halliday, has performed as Dean Martin to critical acclaim both in the West End of London and in international touring productions.

Mark also spent two years in the States creating the role of Hades in Disney’s new musical Hercules and has lead appearances in runaway touring 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 similarly astounding stage presence, according to Michael. Their impressive credentials include:

Richard Shelton as Frank Sinatra gained rave revues as Ol’ Blue Eyes in West End hit Rat Pack Confidential.

Jim Whitley plays Sammy Davis Jnr. As well as extensively touring the UK as both Sammy and Nat King Cole, the former Manchester City international footballer has previously performed alongside Judy Carmichael at New York’s famous Rainbow Rooms.

“Together the talented trio combine ‘swingsationally’ in Rat Pack Live,” says Michael.

The show at the Assembly Rooms gets under way at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20 (plus concessions). Call the box office on 01332 255 800.