THE kings of swing are brought to life at the Royal Concert Hall this week as the Rat Pack Live swaggers into town.
The performance is Scotland’s chance to catch an international run, bringing with it Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr — or as close to them as you’ll get.
The original sharp-suited trio were the definition of cool in the 50s and 60s, and their associations with the bright lights of Las Vegas are legendary.
The big band sound remains popular (just look at the success of young fan turned performer Michael Buble) which is perhaps why the present tribute proves a crowd pleaser tour after tour.
As for the show itself, it’s an affectionate take on the threesome in their Vegas heyday and their legacy in the world of music, featuring all the songs you associate with them, from Mambo Italiano to My Way.
Taking on Dean Martin is Mark Halliday — a reprisal role from the show’s previous tour. The performer has since been working on stateside stages, appearing in Disney musical Hercules and touring in hits shows Girls Night Out and Aspects of Love.
According to Rat Pack Live producer Michael Taylor, Mark has the crooner “to a tee...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 and That’s Amore”.
Sharing the stage with Dean are Richard Shelton and Jim Whitley, playing Sinatra and Sammy and providing all the razzamatazz you’d expect between the trio and their audience.
And of course, there’s the music — and a back catalogue of 45 worldwide hits between the three of them means there’s plenty to choose from.
So start spreading the news — Friday night may be the perfect opportunity to don the gladrags and sing along to a bit of New York, New York.
n The Rat Pack Live arrives at the Royal Concert Hall on Friday. Performance at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £23.50 (£21.50 concession) available from 353 8000 or www.glasgowconcerthalls.com.