'Rat Pack Show' brings classic '60s icons alive

Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2:39 p.m.

LAKELAND — During the early- to mid-1960s, The Rat Pack was known as an informal entourage of actors, comedians and singers assembled under a name that still elicits a timeless aura of toasts, roasts, song and spirits.


If you go

WHAT: Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack

WHERE: Youkey Theatre, Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23

COST: $36, $44 and $65

CONTACT: www.thelakelandcenter.com, the box office or call 863-834-8111.

The core group was made up of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop, and they brought their act up and down the Las Vegas strip, namely the Sands Hotel and Casino.

Although Bishop, the last Rat Pack member, died in 2007, the kindred stylishness of the "Kings of Cool" lives on.

At 6:30 p.m., Feb. 23, in The Lakeland Center, the Pack comes alive when "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show" bring the suaveness of the early sixties to those who lived the time and to those who experienced the era through reflections of their parents, grandparents or maybe episodes of TV's "Mad Men."

Sandy Hackett is the son of late legendary comedian Buddy Hackett and plays the role of Joey Bishop in the current show. His wife, Lisa Dawn Miller, also produces and plays the role of Ava Gardner, the actress and singer who was Sinatra's wife from 1951 to 1957. Sandy Hackett is also the daughter of late legendary Motown songwriter Ron Miller, who composed several songs for the show.

From Los Angeles, Hackett, who made his first television appearance on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" at 11-years-old, said the "Rat Pack Show" is the "next best way to see the actual 'Rat Pack' in person." He said the current version of his Rat Pack show began in 2009, was re-launched with Miller and has since been performing about 100 shows per year around the United States and Canada, with 17 "holiday versions" of the show produced in Dec. 2015.

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