Ring-a-Ding-Dinging in the Holidays

by Joy Donovan on November 29, 2009

Dallas Summer Musicals will present the north Texas premiere of Christmas with the Rat Pack–Live at the Sands for a limited engagement Tuesday through Dec. 12 at The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. 

The Rat Pack played for four years to sold-out audiences in London’s West End and has since toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States.  The holiday version of the show, Christmas with the Rat Pack–Live at the Sands, was launched in London during the original West End engagement. 

This festive production will transport audiences to the early 1960s, when Frank Sinatra and his pals were filming the original version of the casino robbery caper Ocean’s Eleven in Las Vegas.  The “Rat Pack” legend was born when Sinatra and Dean Martin spontaneously joined Sammy Davis, Jr. on stage, and, to the surprise and delight of the audience, playfully interrupted his act. 

Director and Choreographer Mitch Sebastian re-creates the magic and glamour of that notorious nightclub gig when the audience was glittered with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Judy Garland, Tony Curtis, Sam Giancana and Jack Kennedy.  It’s an evening of wisecracking, hip-cat nostalgia mixed with holiday classics accompanied by a 15-piece big band.

Tickets cost $15 to $71 and are available at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, area Ticketmaster outlets, including The Majestic Theatre Boxoffice, by phone at 214-631-ARTS (2787) or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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