By Sandy Zimmerman
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. was each known in their own right.
When all three of these lovable stars are in one show, it is an evening of nostalgic music and memories.
As a Las Vegas show reviewer for more than 25 years, I had the opportunity to see Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and some of the other great stars perform.
“Drinkin’- Singin’- Swingin’” brings a talented cast that recreates the illusion of the famous Rat Pack.
Rick Michel, Show Producer and Dean Martin impressionist, opens the show with one of Dean’s drinking songs “Drink to me only.”
Rick switched to the Dean Martin’s mega-hit and signature song “That’s Amore.”
He added a touch of romance with “Everybody loves somebody” and changed the tempo to “Ain’t that a Kick in the head?”
It was time for Kenny Jones to appear with his impression of Sammy Davis, Jr.
Rick joined Kenny for “Sam’s Song”, one of the songs Sammy Davis and Dean Martin used to sing together.
Kenny sang Sammy’s famous classics “That old black magic” and “Candy Man.”
Sammy Davis, Jr.’s signature song “Mr. Bo jangles” conveys the emotions of a homeless street performer.
His movements, dancing and lyrics are touching.
Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra sang the “Lady is a Tramp, Get me to the Church on time”, “New York, New York”, “You make me feel so Young” and of course, “My Way” during the big finale.
Each of the performers remains onstage after their act for a continual interchange of jokes and songs with each other.
The tribute trio has recreated Dean, Sammy and Frank’s personalities and their sound.
These catchy tunes have lasted throughout the years.
Anyone who remembers Las Vegas in the ‘70s and ‘80s will appreciate “Drinkin’- Singin’- Swingin’.”
These are the popular songs you would hear on the radio, television, movies and in night clubs.
Even if you are new to this style of music, just listen and you will become a fan.
Rick’s talents include performing his impressions of Frank Sinatra in his “Sinatra forever” show with a 24 piece orchestra.
Watch the newspapers as both productions are on tour now and will return to Las Vegas.
In the early fifties and sixties, the term Rat Pack was given to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin primarily but it did include Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.
They were close friends when one of them was appearing the others surprisingly showed up.
The historic Sands Hotel sign read, “DEAN MARTIN- MAYBE FRANK- MAYBE SAMMY.
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for more than 25 years. Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, Health columnist, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at (702)-731-6491.