The Rat Pack comes to life in Bradenton

A popular tribute show comes to the Manatee Performing Arts Center

January 9, 2014 

Geno Monroe portrays Sammy Davis Jr. in "The Rat Pack -- Together Again." PUBLICITY PHOTOS

Back in the early '60s, the loose affiliation of actors and singers informally called the Rat Pack defined the golden era of Las Vegas, and were the essence of cool.

The Pack's legend lives on thanks to several touring tribute shows. One of them is coming to Bradenton, for one show only.

It's called "The Rat Pack -- Together Again" and it features Tony Sands as Frank Sinatra, Geno Monroe as Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Petillo as Dean Martin.

The show comes to Stone Hall, the larger of the two theaters at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, for a matinee performance Wednesday.

Sands, Monroe and Petillo re-create the fraternal comedy of the Rat Pack shows, and also offer faithful versions of many of the songs that made Frank, Sammy and Dean some of the biggest solo artists of their era.

Videos make the impersonations seem impressive, both physically and vocally, and the show gets booked steadily up and down the east coast.

A review in a New York newspaper, cited on the show's website, said "The vocals and arrangements are complex and rich, filling the room with beautiful music."

Details: 2 p.m. Jan. 15, Stone Hall at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave, W., Bradenton. Tickets: $26-$36. Information: 941-748-5875, www.manateeplayers.com.

-- Marty Clear

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