David Cassidy's The Rat Pack is Back Opens Dec. 19
The swinging performers of The Rat Pack will return to New York in The Rat Pack is Back: A Legendary Era Returns at
the The Supper Club (240 West 47th Street). Starring Michael Civisca as
Frank Sinatra, Julian Rebolledo as Dean Martin, Mark Cohen as Joey
Bishop and Eric Jordan Young as Sammy Davis Jr., the show will open on December 19th (it was originally to have opened on December 12th). The Rat Pack is Back began previews on November 17th.
Directed by David Cassidy
and with a book that he co-wrote with Don Reo, the show will also
feature Cassidy as Bobby Darin. Produced in association with Rachlin
Entertainment and Dave Clemens, The Rat Pack is Back will feature the renowned 15-piece Supper Club Big Band.
The show is set during one imaginary martini-drenched
night (December 12, 1961 - Frank's 46th birthday) during which Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop perform and celebrate on stage in Las Vegas. "Their
relationship with the blues is as sensually intimate as is their
white-hot obsession with jazz," state press notes. The songs they are singing are theirs;
they have made them internationally famous -- "Luck Be a Lady Tonight,
"One for The Road," The Lady is a Tramp," "What Kind of Fool Am I,"
"The Lady is a Tramp," Mr. Bojangles," "Birth of the Blues," "Volare,"
"You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You." The show's dancing and humor is
as legendary as it's songs are. Their friend and protégé is a rock idol
named Bobby. He joins the celebration and serenades the birthday boy
with some of his hits including "Mack the Knife and "Beyond the Sea."
The Rat Pack is Back
opened at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas on July 18th, 1999 playing to
sellout audiences for one year. It then moved to the Sahara Hotel &
Casino on Saturday, March 25th, 2000 where it was a hit for the next
three years. This is the first time the tribute to the legendary
foursome will be seen on a New York stage.
Cassidy hails from a theatrical family that includes mother Evelyn Ward, his father Jack Cassidy, stepmother Shirley Jones, and brothers Shaun and Patrick. He made his Broadway debut in The Fig Leaves Are Falling. A
TV talent scout offered him a screen test in L.A. which led to him
being cast immediately in TV shows such as "The Mod Squad." In a very
short time, he landed the pilot for "The Partridge Family" in which he
was able to embellish his musical talent as well as gain more
experience as an actor. The show's success was immediate which led to
numerous Grammy and Emmy Award nominations, several gold and platinum
and #1 records around the world, as well as concerts in 17 countries
for a 5 year span.
He returned to the theatre in regional productions of Tribute, Voice of the Turtle, the national company of George M. Cohan's Little Johnny Jones, Jesus Christ Superstar, and starred in the title role of the original Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. On London's West End, he was the lead in Time.
During this period of time, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best
Dramatic Actor for the telefilm "A Chance to Live," a two-hour episode
of "Police Story." Cassidy returned to the stage to star in Blood Brothers on
Broadway, then on the West End, followed by a tour of the U.S. and
Canada. He has written themes for television including the "John
Larroquette Show," as well as multiple songs recorded by other
successful artists such as Cher and Heart. In the last decade, he has
appeared in numerous TV shows and produced "Ask Harriet" (Fox), which
he also created. He has written for several other shows as well. He and
brother Shaun re-wrote the MGM Grand's EFX in which he starred. He then partnered with Don Reo and created At the Copa, which he headlined.
show's performance schedule is Monday through Saturdays, with doors
opening at 6:30 PM. Dining and dancing begin promptly as the 15-piece
Supper Club Big Band conducts and underscores the evening until The Rat
Pack takes the stage, which happens more than once throughout the night.
Tickets are $60, and dinner and drinks are a la carte as priced. For reservations, call Telecharge at 212-239-6200.
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