Leaving the Bradford Alhambra following a performance of The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, one can’t help but feel a deep sense of disappointment. Disappointment that we will never see the likes of Frank, Dino and Sammy again. If they were anything like these three men who brought there spirits to life on stage of the Bradford theatre, they really must have been something. The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas takes the audience to one of the nights that Sinatra, Martin and Davis Jr performed at the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. In 1960, Sinatra gathered his buddies together to make the movie Ocean’s Eleven. They would film during the day and put on their show in the evenings.
Gary Williams, Timothy Sell and E Clayton Cornelious, playing Sinatra, Martin and Davis Jr, evoke the spirits of the three men in a way that is so spot-on it’s spooky.
Ol’ Blue Eyes opens up with the night with pitch perfect renditions of songs including I’ve Got You Under My Skin and The Lady Is A Tramp. It is amazing to see the essence of Sinatra live once again. When he is joined on stage by Sell and Cornelious, the show and the effect is jaw-dropping.
No-one will ever be as talented as Frank, Dino and Sammy, but the three come together to create something greater than the sum of their parts and a show that is staggeringly wonderful. Cornelious slips in to the soft shoes of Davis Jr effortlessly – his performance of Mr Bojangles is spine-tingling – and bear of a man Timothy Sell charms the audience with a smile brighter than any of the stage’s spotlights. A set that provides a simple, yet effective backdrop creates a home for an incredibly talented band which has their moment in the spotlight. Evocative, amazing, wonderful. Makes you disappointed that we’ll never see the the real thing again, but optimistic that their spirits live on. Review by Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post