Casting has been announced for the West End production of the Olivier Award-nominated The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas, which returns to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in December.
The show features Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra, Nigel Casey as Dean Martin, and David Hayes as Sammy Davis Jr. They'll be joined by Joanna Walters, Amelia Adams-Pearce, Rebecca Parker and Laura Darton as 'The Burrelli Sisters', with the 12-piece Rat Pack Big Band led by Musical Director Matthew Freeman.
Garrett Phillips is an Irish actor and singer, and a familiar face on screen and stage, having starred in five series of TV drama Ros Na Rún, and his musical theatre roles including Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Grease.
Nigel Casey has enjoyed enormous success across Europe since beginning his career as Greaseball in Starlight Express. He's since played roles in Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
David Hayes has performed in The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas in the West End, touring the UK, in Germany, Denmark and across the US. Upon seeing Hayes perform in New Jersey, Sammy Davis Jr said: “That was the best singing impersonation of me that I’ve ever heard!”
From 13th December to 6th January, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas will have a Christmas theme, with 'the Pack’s' unique take on such festive classics as ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘White Christmas’, ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’, devised, directed and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian.
Nicola Emmanuelle will join the show from 9th January to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the First Lady of Song and Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald! This special edition of the production will feature songs such as ‘Night and Day’, ‘The Lady is a Tramp’, ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘S’Wonderful’.
Speaking of the announcement, director and choreographer Sebastian said:
"We are thrilled to introduce Ella Fitzgerald to the show for 2018 in both the West End, to celebrate the centenary of this great singer’s birth."
"The recipient of 13 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Ella was an artist Frank respected. The warmth of their friendship really shines through on the many videos of their amazing performances together. They duetted live and in several TV specials including The Frank Sinatra Show to a global audience of millions."
London-born Nicola Emmanuelle comes from a South African jazz dynasty. Her father, Nathan ‘Dambuza’ Mdledle, was the founder and lead singer of the Manhattan Brothers and a hall-of-famer, and her mother, Louisa Manuel, also in the South African hall of fame, was a singer with the Woodpeckers.
The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 13th December, with tickets available HERE.
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