The Rat Pack, the musical celebrating the work of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin, featuring look and sound-alikes of the three crooners, has confirmed its closing date for 23 September 2006 at the West End’s Savoy Theatre, where it makes way for Trevor Nunn’s staging of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (See News, 30 Jun 2006). However, the tribute show is now looking for a new home in the West End.
The Rat Pack was booking until 18 November 2006, but Nunn's new musical adaptation of the classic jazz opera has scheduled its opening at the Savoy for 9 November 2006 (following previews from 25 October), making The Rat Pack homeless.
Producer Derek Nicol told Whatsonstage.com: "We are looking for a new theatre in the West End, and will be announcing the move as soon as possible so that we can start booking for our Christmas version of the show. In the meantime, The Rat Pack will be opening in America in October (See News, 26 Sep 2005)."
After touring the UK extensively since 2000, previously visiting London for one-off dates at the London Palladium and a limited run at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre, The Rat Pack opened for what was meant to be a limited West End season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March 2003. After extending at the Haymarket, the show moved in June of that year to the Strand Theatre (now renamed the Novello), where it again extended repeatedly. It then moved to the Savoy on 3 June 2005.
Hits made famous by Sinatra, Davis and Martin and performed in the show include "I've Got You Under My Skin", "That's Amore", "That Old Black Magic" and "My Way" to the accompaniment of a live 15-piece Big Band and a full supporting cast.
- by Caroline Ansdell