October 16, 2009 in Features

‘Rat Pack’ impersonators hit INB

By The Spokesman-Review
 

If you go

“The Rat Pack is Back”

When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Where: INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Cost: $25, $38 and $42

Call: TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com)

Most of us never got the chance to catch the famous “Summit at the Sands” nightclub act in 1960, featuring Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop.

But here’s what you can do on Sunday: Catch “The Rat Pack is Back,” a touring show out of Las Vegas that re-creates the look, sound and feel of those finger-snappin’ evenings.

It features four impersonators portraying the above-named Rat Packers and a 12-piece band playing the classic Count Basie-style swing,

Brian Duprey, who plays Sinatra, said he’ll be singing Frank standards such as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “New York, New York” and “My Way.” The Dean and Sammy characters will sing their familiar hits as well.

“But it’s not just about guys on stage singing,” said Duprey, 34, who has been called “Young Blue Eyes” for his uncanny vocal resemblance. “It’s about the comedy and everything. We do a lot of the banter that they were famous for.”

Some is authentic Rat Pack banter, but most was written for them by Sandy Hackett, the son of Buddy Hackett.

The show got its start in Las Vegas several years ago as “The Rat Pack is Back, With David Cassidy.”

After Cassidy’s run ended, it evolved into the current version, which still appears six nights a week in Vegas. When the show goes out on tour, an understudy cast takes over back home.

Duprey said that audiences are a mix of young and old.

“A lot of people come to the show wearing fedoras or zoot suits or tuxedos and then make a whole night of it,” he said. “That’s kind of fun.”


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