Shameless recreation of sixties swing

2009-11-10 00:00

DON’T go along and see The Rat Pack at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre if you want a nice, politically correct night out. But, if you fancy having a bit of a laugh with three whisky-swigging musical legends, then you’re sure to have a great time.

American singer Patrick Tobin plays Frank Sinatra in the show, which is on until November 14.

Tobin, who lives in Springfield, Massachusetts, in the United States, sang for much of his life and has his friends and a karaoke evening to thank for his professional success.

After being given a Best of Frank Sinatra CD in the early nineties, Tobin found himself singing along to it all the time and people would say he sounded a lot like Ol’ Blue Eyes. Six years later he was performing Sinatra’s songs on stage.

He candidly admits getting caught up in the karaoke craze of the nineties gave him the confidence to stand in front of people and perform. “There’s ever the slightest difference between singing in the mirror by yourself with a hairbrush for a microphone and doing it for real,” says Tobin with a wink and smile.

Asked why he liked Sinatra, he said: “He was able to convey every emotion in every song.”

In The Rat Pack, Tobin shares the stage with Dantanio Goodman as Sammy Davis Jnr and Matthew Stewardson as Dean Martin — and it’s clear that the three have great chemistry.

It’s the seventh show that Tobin has performed in South Africa in the last two years and he comes to Durban fresh from hot-ticket shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Asked what the audience could expect from the show, he said: “A shameless rendition of what would have happened in the sixties. It’s not politically correct in any way. I wouldn’t take a small child to see it.”

Tobin, Goodman and Stewardson perform hits like Fly me to the Moon, Mack the Knife, I Only Have Eyes for You and My Way as they recreate the era of swing, jazz and rock ’n roll, complete with a white-hot nine-piece big band. And thanks to a stunning set, lighting and audiovisual effects, you’re guaranteed to be transported back to the Las Vegas of yesteryear.

Tickets for The Rat Pack range from R95 to R150, available at Computicket. Don’t miss it.

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