"I was born twenty years too late," quips Angelo Babbaro as he smirks and dabs out his cigarette. "the Stetsons, the work ethic, the smoke filled lounges and... The music!" Yes, the music. Babbaro was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1965. It was a generation before the likes of frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, and Tony Bennett jumped off the train at the B&O station and jumped onto the stages of Y-town hotspots like the State Theatre, The Palace and the Park Theatre. In fact, Youngstown is credited for finding both Como and Martin (The Jungle Inn).
Sometimes, it's just in your blood. You can't question it. At age twenty-five or so, having just graduated from Youngstown State University, his first boss gave him a choice. "You can either work here in the office or you can hit the road." Being a young guy with lots of energy and a new wife to support, Babbaro figured, "No way can I sit in the office all day and wait for things to come to me. Uh ah-- I'm gonna go out and get it!" Babbaro found himself driving alone, for hours each day, traveling from one client to another. In popped the Frank Sinatra cassettes, snap went the fingers, tap went the toes. And he sang. As loud as he wanted to. Soon he started to listen and to study. Until he knew every breath, every swallow that Frank took in between lines. How much air he took in and how much voice he let out. It became a challenge of the senses and he was on his way to mastering it. One day he got a little cocky and played with the volume as he sang along-- bringing Frank in and taking him out-- testing himself. He was right with his new pal. Babbaro would play co-pilot to Sinatra for 20 years, until one day he went out on a limb and got out of his car.
Gary Rhamy has been a sound engineer for over thirty years and produced over 500 albums. When he got the call from Angelo at Peppermint Studios, he didn't think much about it. They scheduled a session and that was that. A week later, Babbaro came in and sang Sinatra's, Just In Time. What did he think? "Well, what the hell took you so long-- is what I thought!" It was fresh air and familiar sounds blowing back into the iconic studio that has groomed such singers as Maureen Mcgovern, Sergeo Mendes, and pop groups such as Left End and Blue Ash. Peppermint is also the residence of 5 Grammy award winning albums, all engineered by Rhamy.
In the upcoming months, Babbaro spent as much time as he could, recording Sinatra's Capital years.
Capital, he felt, had the energy and the pop that he could relate to. The later years, which he refers to as the hat years, well, he'd have to grow into them. One year later his old adage of taking it to them rather than waiting for a knock at the door put Babbaro in very unfamiliar territory-- the spotlight.
It was Valentine's Day 2007 at the historic Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown Ohio and Babbaro gave the most romantic gift of all-- he sang his heart out. And, if you don't know already, Youngstown is a tough crowd. Sinatra has said himself, if you can play Youngstown, you can play anywhere. Babbaro was a natural. First he brought them back to a simpler, snappier time and then he brought them to their feet.
Today, Angelo is gearing up for a life on the road and under the lights. Trips to Philadelphia, New York and Chicago have paved the way to a future in music. He may have taken the long road, but ask him and he'll tell you the best story his grandpa ever told him. It was about a guy named "Steady Eddie". Everyone would pass him up on the highway, but at the end of the trip, who would they bump into? Steady Eddie. He may not go anywhere fast, but he gets to where he's going.
We think it's fair to say that Angelo Babbaro is certainly on his way.
Kenny Jones is a gifted singer, songwriter, musician and recording artist... One Dynamic Entertainer. He has received raved reviews and standing ovations worldwide.
Born and raised in Atchison, KS his love of music began at the tender age of eight. Kenny recalls his first stage appearance at the age of twelve with a local group called The Jive Five. singing and dancing to the music of James Brown. He later learned how to play the piano, bass guitar, and drums while attending Zion Baptist Church. Kenny became a member of the gospel group called The Jesus Children he than moved on to play bass for the Genetta Bradley Singers in the greater Kansas City area.
As a teenager Kenny became the front man for one of Atchison’s popular R&B bands called Soul Review. After Kenny’s discharge from the US Navy he returned to his home town to continue working in the church. Kenny left Atchison and relocated to Denver, CO to pursue his gospel career at The House of Joy where he cut his first gospel album and released his first single called Peanut Butter and Jelly. In 1989 and 1990 Kenny was voted The Best Male Vocalist of the Year by the Gospel Music Workshop of Denver.
In spite of his love for gospel music his love for R&B was calling. Kenny had the opportunity to become the front man for one of Denver’s hottest R&B bands called, 1UP. One of his career highlights was performing at the opening of The Hard Rock Café in Shanghi, China. Kenny was called to the Northwest when another opportunity to once again become the front man and lead singer for another hot R&B band called, Groove City. Groove City performed mainly in the Seattle/Spokane area until the band moved to Las Vegas in 2001 to seek other musical opportunities.
Kenny has traveled and appeared in major showrooms, casinos, theaters and private country clubs throughout the world. Such as Chicago, Dallas, California, New York, Atlantic City, St Croix as well as Las Vegas and many more. Kenny has also made several radio and TV appearances. in June of 2013 Kenny was awarded the keys to the city in his home town of Atchison KS.
Kenny is now appearing in showrooms and theaters as well as corporate and private engagements paying tribute to the ultimate entertainer Mr. Showmanship, Sammy Davis, Jr.
"Son of a Gun!" Son of the late comedian Buddy Hackett, Sandy Hackett is hilarious in his warm portrayal of family friend, Joey Bishop, encompassing the charm and unique comedic style of a man he long admired in "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show - Shadows in the Desert."
If laughter is the best medicine, Sandy Hackett is a heart surgeon. At 15, he performed before 3,000 people at New York's Westbury Music Fair. Sandy attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas where he earned a degree in Hotel Management, then promptly launched himself into the world of stand-up comedy.
Young Hackett honed his comedic skills on stage at the famed Casbar of the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (never heard of it?... then disregard the word "famed"). Before long, Sandy was working the Playboy and Comedy Club circuit nationally. He got additional seasoning in aisle 5 of the neighborhood supermarket. A casting director for CBS saw Sandy and hired him for a TV pilot. As fate would have it Sandy got to work with the icons he would eventually create a show about when he appeared with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra in The Cannonball Run II. When asked what it was like to work with 3 of the greatest entertainers of all time Sandy said “It did wonders for my resume.” It wasn't long before he landed a feature role in "Hot Dog.The Movie." This was followed up with a starring role in "Hamburger. The Motion Picture". What was his next movie? (Make up your own joke; we've heard them all.) In 1988 Joey Bishop was shooting a pilot for a TV game show called Joey Bishop’s Punchline. Joey handpicked Sandy to work with him to develop the project. In case you’re not keeping track that means Sandy worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin & Joey Bishop. No wonder this show is so dear to his soul!
Although known primarily as a comedian, Sandy has worked as a dramatic actor in the films "Jack of Hearts", "Lovers & Liars", and "Ex-Cop." In 1998, he played District Attorney Martin Siegel in the acclaimed PBS series, "On Common Ground." Sandy's next film was also a drama, "The S.I.N.," a political thriller in which he portrayed private detective Bud Chelzer. He then appeared, singing and dancing, in a new musical holiday spectacular called "Twas." Does Sandy look familiar? He had starring roles in "The Indie-Pendant" and "Down & Derby" with Pat Morita released in 2005. He just finished production on an independent sit-com “Papagallo” and “In-Focus” an indie feature set for release in 2010. You can also look for him as the head of the family in Wise Guy Rentals an organized crime dramedy. Sandy has also been busy developing “Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime” a Rat Pack Murder Mystery by Crime Novelist Master Robert Randisi based on the book of the same name. The script is ready to go. Anybody got 5 million to produce this project?
Sandy has entertained audiences in just about every venue imaginable, from TV and Film and the main showrooms in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, to theaters throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and even New Zealand. Schedule permitting Sandy still loves doing stand-up. Book him! …He will make you laugh!
Playing Joey has brought unexpected dividends. Sandy met his stunningly beautiful and talented wife, while performing as Joey. He threw himself on her bringing the show to a stop. He asked for her number. She kissed him! Now, 7 years later they have a son, a daughter, this show and many other projects.
These nights, Sandy celebrates 50 years of the Rat Pack portraying Joey Bishop in "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show - Shadows in the Desert", a nostalgic revue that emulates the fun and recreates the relationships of four of the greatest show business buddies of all time. Add the music performed in the 1960s, throw in some original Ron Miller songs and the comedy lessons taught by his father and Joey Bishop and you have a show about the infamous Rat Pack that comes from the heart. For Sandy this was truly a labor of love!
Tom Wallek is a Brooklyn born comedian, actor, impressionist currently appearing in Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show at the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Tom moved to the Detroit area when he was young and graduated from Farmington High School. Voted the funniest in his class, he learned early on that making people laugh was a lot of fun. After a four year hitch in the US Navy, which took Tom to San Diego, the comedy bug hit hard. Tom started performing every Sunday at the world famous Comedy Store building an act of jokes mixed with impressions.
In 1984, Tom moved to Las Vegas where he met and became friends with Sandy Hackett, son of legendary comedian Buddy Hackett. Sandy was the host of a showcase at the Mint Hotel downtown. Sandy gave Tom the needed stage time and advice to hone his talent. Small clubs and venues followed. Then in 1991 Tom landed a part in Comedy Cabaret at the Maxim and later that year performed as the lead in Tropical Heat, a show at the Rio opposite the late Dana Plato.
“Frank’s One Love” is a mystery, a character representing emotion many of us have felt at some point in our lives, in our own personal and unique way. A case could be made that Frank Sinatra’s greatest love was Ava Gardner but in adding the original, timeless, universal song, “Wasn’t I A Good Time” written by the late, legendary songwriter, Ron Miller, the show has decided to let the audience decide for themselves who “Frank’s One Love” is, thus the “One Love” exists somewhere in our own imagination.
New York Cabaret Scenes writes, “Lisa Dawn Miller’s show at The Metropolitan Room was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Very rarely do you get to see a singer cast a magic spell on stage and have the audience in the palm of her hand.”
Jeff Rossen, Chicago Editor/Recordings Reviewer, Cabaret Scenes Magazine said of Miller’s “Fly Away” CD debut, "Take a collection of songs of exceptional quality and breadth, set them in striking arrangements and then turn the lyrics and melodies over to a singer whose voice can cut straight through the heart, and you've got one heck of a dazzling debut."
Lisa's father was legendary songwriter, Ron Miller. Some of his hit songs include "For Once In My Life," "Touch Me In The Morning," "Place In the Sun," "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday," "Heaven Help Us All," "I've Never Been to Me," "Someday at Christmas," "If I Could” and many more. Selling in the hundreds of millions, Miller’s songs have been recorded by the top recording artists around the globe. "Heaven Help Us All," won a Grammy award in 2005 and “For Once In My Life," one of the most recorded and successful songs in history, won multiple Grammy Awards in 2007 for the Tony Bennett/Stevie Wonder collaboration. Most recently it was inducted into the 2009 Grammy Hall of Fame.
Lisa has produced several music videos, including for her son, 15 year-old singer/actor, Oliver Richman – who has already shared the stage with Stevie Wonder. She recently produced the single and video, “For Once In My Life – The 50th Anniversary Release” performed by Oliver. Lisa wrote and produced the debut single, “Let’s Go!” for her daughter, 9 year-old singer/dancer, Ashleigh Hackett, who recently headlined the Charleston Kids Fair and her follow-up hit, “Can You Feel It!” Lisa is currently producing and directing a documentary about her father with a live musical production to follow entitled, “For Once In My Life – The Great American Ron Miller Songbook.”
In 2016, Lisa released part one and part two of a three collection EP, entitled “Hello You” and “My Turn Begins Today,” respectively, in which she makes her songwriting debut. She wrote “It’s Christmas” and “My Favorite Time of Year” along with her creative partner, Mark Matson, which premiered in “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas,” during its nationwide holiday tour. She can be heard in the film, “When Comedy Went To School” for which she produced and performed the film’s opening and closing theme songs.
In addition to “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” Lisa, together with her husband, Producer/Director/Actor/Comedian, Sandy Hackett, Miller successfully launched “My Buddy” in 2014, a live theatrical production about the life of her husband’s father, legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett, in which Miller directs. The show opened to wonderful reviews and standing ovations at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and is now on tour throughout the U.S. Lisa is set to premiere her new show in April 2016, “Mandropause,” for which she is the co-writer and lyricist.
Buddy Hackett's life reads like a road map for comedy. Born in Brooklyn in 1924, Leonard Hacker was the son of an upholsterer and part-time inventor who wanted his son to follow in his footsteps. But Buddy (as he quickly became known) stood barely five feet six inches tall yet weighed over 200 pounds-and had almost no choice in the matter. He was born to be funny.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BUDDY: "IF IT'S DIRTY, IT'S NOT FUNNY. BUT IF IT'S FUNNY, IT'S NOT DIRTY."
A childhood bout with Bell's Palsy left him talking out of the side of his mouth - and the tendency of his voice to reach near-hysterical volume made everything that came out of his mouth sound hilarious. He was a man who was dearly loved for his gift of making people laugh. The man just "thought" funny.
His first job as a comedian was at the Pink Elephant, a tiny club in Brooklyn. His salary was $40 a week, where he was first noticed. In 1948 he met a car dealer named Frank Faske who became his de facto manager and even invested his own money buying jokes for Buddy. In spite of the written material by others, the two of them realized that Buddy was funniest when he was himself, and that's when his star really started to rise.
It began in California, at Billy Gray's Band Box, with an off-the-cuff routine about a Chinese waiter - and everything suddenly clicked. Buddy, with a rubber band around his head to slant his eyes, did 20 minutes on a befuddled Asian trying to sort out soup orders. It quickly became part of the American lexicon of comedy. ("Flied lice," anyone?)
He returned east and killed at the Concord, appeared on a pioneer television show called "Laff Time," and was even asked to replace the ailing Curly of The Three Stooges - a job he turned down so he could pursue his solo career.
In 1954 his acting studies paid off, as playwright Sidney Kingsley tapped him to appear in "Lunatics and Lovers" on Broadway, for which he won the coveted Donaldson Award for Best Newcomer-at age 21. Even the snobbish New York Times theater critic Brooks Atkinson praised his talent, extolling his "exuberance" in "the best part Mr. Kingsley has written." The role led to appearances on "The Tonight Show" with Steve Allen, on "The Jackie Gleason Show," and, eventually, to his own sitcom, "Stanley," which ran for only one season but was filmed live and launched the career of his co-star, Carol Burnett.
In 1958 Buddy drew critical raves for his role in the film version of Erskine Caldwell's "God's Little Acre." Variety praised his performance as having "perception and depth and real acting.' Buddy's career was so set that he even turned down Frank Sinatra's offer to be his opening act. "I'd rather be in competition across the street than be your opening act for the rest of my life," Buddy responded. Despite the refusal, Buddy became a lifelong friend of Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, appearing with them in several Vegas performances, as well as numerous incarnations of Joey Bishop's shows, the Dean Martin Show, and steadily worked with them all throughout their careers, even performing with them at Carnegie Hall in 1961. The following year he appeared as Marcellus Washburn - Robert Preston's sidekick in the film version of "The Music Man"-followed by his hilarious turn in the star-studded Stanley Kramer extravaganza "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", the number one grossing box-office movie of the year, and the number one comedy film of all time at that point.
But it was in the 1960s and 70s, holding court at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, that Buddy became a legend. Del Webb, owner of the Sahara, appreciated his talent and loved him for his audience appeal as well as his hotel sense - a trait he had learned from his Concord days and never forgotten. Webb appointed Buddy vice president of the Sahara (at a salary of $50,000 a year), and Buddy took the job seriously. One day, Buddy complained to Webb about the static electricity in the casino's carpet, then joked on-stage that night that Webb had "nailed a chain to his ass" to take care of the problem. But in his new job, Buddy made it a point to discover new talent.
"Buddy was the one who gave me my first big job," recalls David Brenner. "He saw me on 'The Tonight Show,' and the next morning he called the Sahara and told them to book me - not in the lounge, where I would have been thrilled, but in the showroom! He booked me on the spot as the opening act for Sonny & Cher." Charo was another recipient of his largesse, as was former "Gidget" singer and star James Darren. By this time, Hackett's reputation was so big in Vegas that, when he saw the Sahara put up big "Merry Christmas" lights on top of the building, he asked that the hotel put his name up in lights as well as on the marquee out front. The Sahara agreed, and many who drove along the Strip thought seriously that Buddy was the new owner.
"My Dad brought a lot of changes to this town," says his producer/writer son, Sandy Hackett. "He influenced comedy in ways no one fully appreciates today."
At just four years of age, Ashleigh Hackett brought down the house in her stage debut appearing with her father, comedian Sandy Hackett, in a holiday performance at the Las Vegas Hilton for over 2,200 people. Now at 12 years old – a singer, actress and an accomplished dancer, Ashleigh has released several music videos and single recordings. She has appeared live on stage at numerous performing arts centers across the country.
In 2017, Ashleigh released her fourth original single, “On and On and On,” following her 2016 single and music video release of, “Slay,” an original song about the power that girls have to change the world and to “fight for freedom and the choice.”
Ashleigh made her solo debut as a singer and dancer at nine years old with her first single release and music video, “Let’s Go!” Ashleigh was invited to South Carolina to headline the 2015 Charleston Kids Fair where she premiered her follow-up original song, “Can You Feel It?” In April 2015, Ashleigh released a behind-the-scenes video which chronicled the highlights of her journey to Charleston, South Carolina.
Ashleigh played the role of “the Angel” in the 2010 remake of “One Little Christmas Tree,” released by her then 10-year-old brother, Oliver Richman. The song was written by legendary songwriter, Ron Miller – Oliver and Ashleigh’s grandfather. Ashleigh has toured across the country making numerous guest appearances in “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” to rave reviews, performing alongside the character of “Sammy Davis, Jr.” in “Candy Man.”
Ashleigh was born into a long lineage of world-class entertainers, writers, musicians, and performers. Ashleigh’s paternal grandfather, legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett, starred in several blockbuster films including Disney’s “The Love Bug” and “The Little Mermaid,” and in other classics such as “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and “The Music Man.” Buddy received the prestigious Disney Legends Award and appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson more than any other entertainer.
Ashleigh’s maternal grandfather, Ron Miller, has written some of the biggest hit songs/standards including, “For Once in My Life,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Place in the Sun,” “Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “Someday at Christmas” and “If I Could.” He was the recipient of the Heroes and Legends Award for Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Ashleigh’s parents, Lisa Dawn Miller and Sandy Hackett are accomplished writers, producers, directors and multi-faceted entertainers of live theatrical productions, music, film and television.
Ashleigh’s big brother, multi-talented 18-year-old singer/actor, Oliver Richman, has released numerous singles and music videos including “For Once in My Life – The 50th Anniversary Release,” “Count on Me,” “Believe” and “Celebrate Me Home.” He was invited by Stevie Wonder to share the stage at L.A. Live, where he received a standing ovation from over 7,500 people and was featured on Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studio’s “The Young Icons,” a nationally syndicated television show about young people changing the world. He is currently a New York University Tisch School of the Arts student studying drama | musical theatre.
Ashleigh is a 7th grade drama student in Los Angeles. She loves her family, performing, the theatre, music, dance, getting together with friends and her golden retriever, Charlie.
At a young age, Sandy Hackett was inspired by his father, legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett, to enter the world of comedy. Buddy was a powerful teacher and role model; an avid reader, studying diligently, and re-examining his comedy techniques. He taught his son by example. The younger Hackett soon learned that an evening with Buddy Hackett was an evening of comedy and entertainment at its best. [The senior Hackett passed away on June 30, 2003.] This was the foundation from which Hackett began his development, growth and versatility as a performer, producer, writer and entertainer.
At age eleven, Hackett accompanied his father for a scheduled appearance on the "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. " It was there that he caught the eye of the show's producers and made his first professional television debut with John Wayne.
Hackett graduated with a degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV for which he also served as UNLV’s Director of Entertainment. He produced "The Sahara Showcase of Talent" at the Las Vegas based Sahara Hotel & Casino for four years before it was renamed "Sandy Hackett's Talent Showcase" and ran for another decade. Additionally, Hackett hosted and produced the show at Sahara Reno, Sahara Tahoe and the old Mint and Dunes Hotel & Casinos. During this time, Hackett introduced over ten thousand acts, including many first -time appearances by Andrew "Dice" Clay, Howie Mandel, Gary Muledeer, The Unknown Comic, Tony D'Andrea, Kenny Kerr, George Wallace, and many others.
For the next 40 years he led his people through the desert in search of the Promised Land, stopping at comedy clubs to learn his craft and entertain the masses. His father came to see him one night and asked him to come share the stage with him. It was a dream come true for the younger Hackett. He accepted and then got to travel and learn from the master of comedy for the next 10 years as his opening act, road manager, stage manager, navigator and best friend.
Throughout the 1990’s, Hackett successfully ran his own comedy club in Laughlin, Nevada. An accomplished agent, manager, event planner, and buyer of talent, he became the Entertainment Director for Sun City Summerlin, booking talent for an incredible 400+ shows in two years at at the Starbright Theater.
When HBO announced it was going to do a movie about the Rat Pack, longtime family friend, Joey Bishop, called Hackett and said “Sandy, I think you’d be perfect to play me!” Hackett replied, “Uncle Joey, that’s great! Who do I call? What do I do?” Bishop said, “I don’t know! Nobody called me!” The idea of playing Bishop struck a chord with Sandy. Bishop (one of Buddy’s best friends and a man the younger Hackett grew up with) was someone Sandy had long admired. He decided to pen his own show, recreating Bishop and his famous buddies, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. ....and thus, "Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show" was born…and so was the baby Moses...but that's another story, for another time.
Hackett, together with his beautiful and talented wife, producer/director/singer, Lisa Dawn Miller, have created and produced “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” the most successful original live theatrical production of its kind. The show tours nationwide to great critical acclaim, earning thousands of fans from around the globe.
In 2014 Hackett successfully launched the premiere of his new show, “My Buddy,” a live theatrical production about the life of his father and the deep bond they shared. Directed by Miller, the show opened in 2014 to wonderful reviews and standing ovations at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and is now on tour throughout the U.S.
Hackett and Miller reside in Los Angeles with their two beautiful children, Oliver (13 years old), an incredible young, singer/actor (who has already shared the stage with Stevie Wonder), and 8 year old Ashleigh, an amazing young actress/dancer who has already shared the stage with her father.
Lisa spent the first part of her life as a successful business executive, serving as First Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley. Desiring a strong background and foundation in business, Lisa shunned the limelight of the entertainment industry, becoming a very successful stockbroker, financial planner, stock portfolio/wealth management advisor and retirement planning specialist focusing on 401(k) retirement plans. With this knowledge, experience and foundation in place, Miller decided to turn her interest back to her love of the arts – as songwriter, singer, producer and director.
Lisa is the President of Hackett Miller, Inc. which produces live theatrical musical productions that tour throughout the U.S. She is also the Managing General Partner of the Ron Miller Songbook Publishing Company, LLC, which manages, licenses and produces reimagined master song recordings of the Ron Miller Legacy Catalogue. She is also the Managing General Partner of LDM Publishing, LLC, which owns, manages and licenses Lisa’s growing catalogue of intellectual properties, including her own songbook of over one hundred titles.
As an artist and performer, Lisa portrays “Frank’s One Love” (a character based on Frank Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner), in the hit musical she produces, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show.” Broadway World writes, “The Best Show This Year!” for the show’s run at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where it played to record breaking crowds. The show tours extensively throughout the U.S. to rave reviews and has earned thousands of fans across the globe. Lisa produced and directed a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the musical. Her original songs can be heard in the show on the stages of hundreds of performing arts venues across the nation.
In 2016, Lisa released two EPs entitled, “Hello You” and “My Turn Begins Today,” in which she made her pop songwriting debut. She wrote “It’s Christmas” and “My Favorite Time of Year” which premiered in “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas” during its nationwide holiday tour. She also performed and produced the opening and closing theme songs for the film, “When Comedy Went to School.”
As a singer and performer, New York Cabaret Scenes writes, “Lisa Dawn Miller’s show at The Metropolitan Room was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Very rarely do you get to see a singer cast a magic spell on stage and have the audience in the palm of her hand.” Jeff Rossen, Chicago Editor/Recordings Reviewer, Cabaret Scenes Magazine said of Miller’s “Fly Away” CD debut, “Take a collection of songs of exceptional quality and breadth, set them in striking arrangements and then turn the lyrics and melodies over to a singer whose voice can cut straight through the heart, and you’ve got one heck of a dazzling debut.”
Lisa’s father was legendary songwriter, Ron Miller. Some of his hit songs include “For Once in My Life,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “A Place in the Sun,” “Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “Someday at Christmas,” “One Little Christmas Tree,” “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time,” “If I Could” and many more. “For Once in My Life” is one of the most recorded songs in music history, having been recorded by over 425 major label artists. In 2007, “For Once in My Life” won multiple Grammy Awards for the Tony Bennett/Stevie Wonder collaboration and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. Ron received the Heroes and Legends Award (posthumously) in 2007, a lifetime achievement award in songwriting.
Lisa has produced several music videos, including for her son, 18-year-old singer/actor, Oliver Richman – who was personally invited by Stevie Wonder to share the stage when he was just 10 years old. His performance received a standing ovation from over 7,500 people at the Nokia Theatre (now Microsoft Theater) in Los Angeles. Lisa produced Oliver’s recording and music video, “For Once in My Life – The 50th Anniversary Release.” She has also written and produced numerous songs and music videos for Oliver including “Today,” “You and I,” “Rise,” and “The Diagramming Rap.” Lisa has also produced several reimagined covers for the Ron Miller Legacy Catalogue, including several recorded by Oliver, such as, “Heaven Help Us All,” “Will I Still Be Me” and “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time,” a song which was co-written by her mother, Aurora Miller.
Lisa wrote and produced the debut single “Let’s Go!” for her daughter, 12-year-old singer/actress/dancer, Ashleigh Hackett, as well as her follow up singles, “Can You Feel It,” “Slay” and “On and On and On.”
Lisa is married to comedian/actor/producer, Sandy Hackett, son of legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett. In addition to “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” Lisa and Sandy launched “My Buddy,” a live theatrical production about the life of Buddy Hackett, in which Sandy stars and Lisa directs. The show opened to wonderful reviews at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and is on tour throughout the U.S.
Lisa is the co-writer and lyricist of “Growing Older,” a new musical about men going through the change of life and she is currently developing a new musical based on the life of her father entitled, “For Once in My Life.”
Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband and is the very proud mom of Oliver, a freshman at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Ashleigh, a middle schooler, also a student of the performing arts.
Legendary Comedian, Buddy Hackett (1924-2003), paved the way for every comedian today, shaping and influencing generations of comedy. For over 60 years, Hackett entertained audiences around the world. Having appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson more than any other comedian, Hackett was one of the most adored entertainers of his time.
The institution of Hackett speaks for itself. A brilliant film career, Buddy starred in some of the most successful movies of his time, “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “Music Man” and the Disney classics, “The Love Bug” and “The Little Mermaid.” Hackett starred in hundreds of television shows throughout the decades including his critically acclaimed performance as Lou Costello in “Bud and Lou” opposite, Harvey Korman.
He first burst on the scene with his now classic “Chinese Waiter” routine, which put him on the comedy map as the new funny kid on the block. Buddy Hackett’s tremendously versatile talent helped him conquer everything from the Catskills to Las Vegas, from Broadway to Hollywood and everywhere in between. Hackett was an idol and mentor to his comedy peers and countless young comedians and entertainers. Hackett’s contributions to the entertainment industry are, like his charitable and humanitarian contributions, enduring and profound.
Buddy received a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of Disney’s legendary El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Hackett also received a star in Palm Springs. In 2003 Buddy was the recipient (posthumously) of the prestigious Disney Legends Award, a lifetime achievement award for those with significant contributions to the Walt Disney Company.
Buddy Hackett is the father of comedian Sandy Hackett. Buddy originated and recorded the character of “God” for the younger Hackett’s hit show, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” before he passed away in 2003.
Legendary songwriter, Ron Miller (1932-2007), is one of the most prolific and significant writers of our time. As one Motown Records’ original staff writers, some of Miller’s hits include “For Once In My Life,” “Touch Me In The Morning,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday,” “I’ve Never Been A Woman Before,” “A Place In The Sun,” “Someday At Christmas,” “I’ve Never Been To Me” and “If I Could,” and many more.
Miller’s songs have sold in the hundreds of millions with recordings by some of the biggest recording artists of all time, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Harry Connick, Jr., Celine Dion and even Justin Beiber. His songs have been featured in numerous top-grossing films and on countless television shows throughout the decades and have won multiple Grammy Awards including for “Heaven Help Us All” in 2005, the last song ever recorded by Ray Charles. Miller’s classic standard, “For Once In My Life,” is one of the most recorded songs in history, being recorded by over 400 major label artists. In 2007, “For Once In My Life” won multiple Grammy Awards for the Tony Bennett/Stevie Wonder collaboration and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2009. Miller received the Heroes and Legends Award (posthumously) in 2007, a lifetime achievement award in songwriting.
Miller wrote the book and lyrics to many musicals including “Daddy Goodness,” “Clothespins & Dreams,” “Satchmo,” and “Cherry,” (based on William’s Inge’s ‘Bus Stop’), for which he was handpicked by director, Josh Logan. Miller is the subject of a new film directed and produced by his daughter, Lisa Dawn Miller, entitled, “For Once In My Life – The Great American Ron Miller Songbook.” The film examines Miller’s legacy as a songwriter while it explores all the tragedies and triumphs in his personal life and what may have inspired him to write some of the greatest songs of our time.
After Miller passed away in 2007, several songs were discovered which have never been heard by (or released to) the public… until now. Of this, the younger Miller says, “I feel like I just found a treasure chest! All of these beautiful songs – that no one has heard yet – are all just as amazing as the hits….all standards, just waiting to be born and I can’t wait to share this treasure with the whole world!”
Director Billy Karl is one of the original creative writers and energies behind "The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean." And, although "The Tribute" may be his directorial debut in a continuing show at a Las Vegas hotel, Karl is no stranger to show business.
A native New Yorker, Karl graduated at the top of his class at New York University's Film & Television School with Martin Scorsese. Mentored by legendary film director Nicholas Ray ("Rebel Without a Cause"), Karl worked hard to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry by working as a cinematographer while studying film and television. His impressive resume quickly received some attention after graduation; and, before Karl knew it, he was filming and directing commercials for such major clients as NBC, ABC, CBS, Warner Brothers, Citibank, Paramount Pictures, Purina, General Motors, DeLorian Motors and Nissan.
Karl soon found himself drawn to the stage, however; and, upon moving back to the West Coast, Karl started writing and directing performances with the Actors Company in Los Angeles. Karl's love for live productions eventually led him to the Entertainment Capital of the World, a place he describes as, "a one-of-a-kind experience for live theater-lovers" across the globe. Once in Las Vegas, Karl started doing commercial production for the Las Vegas hotel and casino and related industries; working in radio and television, including with host, comedian and "The Tribute" Producer, Sandy Hackett; and creating and producing signature live events.
In 2000, Karl became the creative director and producer of Las Vegas' only nationally syndicated radio and television show, cable television's "Backstage Live," a move that introduced him to the love of his life, one of the show's hosts and now his wife, Connie Ross.
With a background in radio, television and film and a history of working alongside some of Hollywood's heavyweights (other A-list celebrities Karl's worked with include Dustin Hoffman, Keanu Reeves and Lily Tomlin), Karl seems like the natural choice when it comes to directing those legendary '60s bad boys, The Rat Pack.
Jeanne Quinn has been a professional graphic artist and award-winning web developer in the entertainment industry since 1996.
An eleven-time recipient of the prestigious Electronic Media Award (EMA), Quinn’s extensive portfolio includes designs for such artists as Brendan Bowyer of the Royal Irish Showband, Jack E. Leonard, Gordie Brown, Buddy Hackett, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na, Louie Anderson, Roy Rogers, and Emmy-Award winning Choreographer, Michael Darrin.
Jeanne has been commissioned for numerous high-profile projects up and down the Las Vegas Strip, the San Francisco theatre district, and for New York Off-Broadway productions.
A Washington, DC area native, Chrissy Sutphin moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to indulge her curiosity for the fascinating city, and more importantly, to pursue her passion for public relations in lifestyle and entertainment.
Chrissy’s early resume includes work in the hospitality and tourism industry, along with a two-year stint in marketing and advertising for a celebrity-studded TV show surrounding DC’s nightlife.
In 2009, she joined LUCK Media & Marketing, Inc. in L.A. and soon worked her way up to Senior Account Executive. It is here where she was afforded the opportunity to begin work with the esteemed Hackett Miller Company. In addition, she worked with established and emerging artists, including the legendary pop duo Air Supply and legendary record executive Jerry Greenberg, to name a very few. She also began working with TV and film clients. Chrissy was named Vice President in 2013.
Her background in communications and journalism, combined with savvy skill set and PR edge, has granted her the behind-the-scenes access to the media and entertainment world, which consistently delivers the excitement she craves.
In 2015, Chrissy decided to start her own company, CAS Public Relations (CAS PR) to continue her passionate and personalized work for clients, including her work with the Hackett Miller Company. She has also expanded her client roster to the health, beauty and lifestyle world.
Aside from her career, Chrissy has a love for the world of food and wine, dogs, as well as traveling to new destinations. She currently resides in California’s Bay Area.
Born into a musical family on September 11,1977 in Detroit Michigan, Ryan Rose started playing music at an early age. His grandfather, Billy Rose and uncles are professional musicians. His uncle Chris who is a drummer gave him his first drum set at the age of 5. He began to play music in school and take private lessons as well. At the age of 13 Ryan started playing in his grandfathers band. They would play club dates and parties around the Detroit area. By the time Ryan was in High School he was playing professionally around town. During his high school years he played in the jazz band which traveled around the country performing in competitions, winning numerous awards for outstanding rhythm soloist and superior ratings for musicality. After Graduation Ryan went to Wayne State Univ. were he received a full 4 year scholarship, to study music. He played in the big band, show choir, and vocal jazz ensemble. While studying at Wayne State, Ryan was still playing professionally around the Detroit area.
In 2001 Ryan relocated to the south Florida area were he got a chance to play with such jazz legends as Ira Sullivan, and Johnny O’Neil. During his stay in south Florida he began to work with a lot of different local musicians playing all different styles of Latin Music. This was a great experience for him, and made Ryan a well rounded and versital drummer. In 2003 Ryan Rose moved to Las Vegas, Nevada were he started working with the highly respected lounge band Fahrenheit. He got a chance to play with the best musicians Vegas had to offer. Ryan worked in almost every casino from Mandalay Bay to the Sahara. After leaving Fahrenheit he was playing at “Just Jazz Nightclub” with The Cocho Arbe Trio. Recently Ryan was working at the Rio Hotel and Casino with world renowned percussionist Michito Sanchez, performing Latin Jazz and Brazilian music. Currently he is on tour with Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show. Ryan enjoys working around the Las Vegas area as a musician, and is blessed he can make a living at what he loves to do. Play Music!
Chris Hardin has been a Music Director for over 30 years. His unsurpassed talents as a conductor, arranger and performer have made him an integral part of Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show. Some of Hardin’s credits include productions with Danny Gans, Tovah Feldshuh, Linda Hopkins, Theodore Bikel, Mare Winningham, Michelle Lee, Merv Griffin, Craig Taubman’s production of Hallelu, Goldie Hawn, Florence Henderson, Sally Kellerman, Estell Reiner, Frankie Laine, Trini Lopez, Warner Brothers Broadway on Sunset, Forever Plaid and The Caucus of Writers, Producers and Directors.
Theodis Rodgers Jr. is an American pianist, keyboardist synthesist and music director. He is from Chicago, Illinois. He has worked in theater, television and motion pictures as a performer, composer, arranger, producer and music conductor performing on stages across the United States and internationally.