In 2013 the hit show “The Rat Pack” was voted the number one tribute show in the UK by The National Agents Association of Great Britain at The National Tribute Awards.
The Rat Pack perfectly captures not only the wonderful music and comedy of the original legends, but also the remarkable personalities of the stars who truly ruled the entertainment world. The Rat Pack is Back is Britain's longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. In 2004 the guys were honoured to perform for HRH The Princess Royal at a Royal Command Performance and then appeared in front of 35,000 people with their Big Band as part of the VE Day celebrations. In 2011 they performed a sell-out show at The Indig02 at the 02 Arena in London.
David Alacey’s outstanding production ‘The Rat Pack’ accurately recreates the legendaryperformances of the pre-eminent entertainers of their time, together on stage and features Britain's best tributes to the fabulous originals. They are backed by the swinging Don Hunt band. Mr Hunt has also served as Bruce Forsyth’s musical director for over thirty years and during an amazing career has held the same role for the likes of Anthony Newley, Bing Crosby and even the real Sammy Davis Jnr.
‘The Rat Pack’ includes all of the hit songs made popular by the legendary performers such as "Ain’t That A Kick In The Head", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "My Way", "Mr Bojangles" and of course, ‘New York New York’.
These are performed with Amazing Accuracy and to achieve this, the producers found the very best tribute artists for the roles of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. These guys not only sing like their heroes, they physically resemble them on stage, share their unique mannerisms and even talk like they are at the Sands taking part in the summit.
David Alacey who also devised the show, plays Frank Sinatra and after working with the Vegas Legend - Buddy Greco, Buddy was moved to say that "This Guy Really is Sinatra" - quite a complement! but even this did not come close to the comment by Frank's daughter Nancy who said that David's recording of "New York New York" with a 35 piece orchestra for a new Atari PC game was "too close to my father’s recording" It really doesn't get better than that!
Des Coleman who plays Sammy Davis Jnr, was seen by millions for four years as Lenny in “Eastenders” for the BBC and can now be seen working as a presenter for "The One Show" again for The BBC.
Paul Drakeley who like his hero is also Italian, was a BBC Musician of the year finalist and since then has worked all over the world as Dino.