Review: The Rat Pack was the Ultimate Event

Frank, Liza and Sammy
The Ultimate Event
Harlow Playhouse

By Sally Casey

ANOTHER very busy audience headed into the main auditorium at the Harlow Playhouse and were not disappointed with a two hour show that brought you back to a halcyon days when the star shone brightly from Hollywood to Broadway.

The show started off in intimate style as Frank Sinatra played by David Alacey appears with just a table and chair. The melancholic mood is wonderful but it soon bursts into action as Sinatra sings the songs that made him a legend.

David Alacey is clearly a student, no, a master of Sinatra as he displays every movement from hand gestures to head turns. It is a fascinating performance.

The show flows seamlessly as Maggie Moon comes on at Liza Minnelli and portrays all the brittle passion of Judy Garland’s daughter and then there was the fizz of Des Coleman’s Sammy Davis Jnr. Mr Bojangles was a show-stopper. My, can he hold a note!

This was the 25th anniversary of the show but it was as fresh as its premiere.

The audience loved it and would have stayed for more.

Another example of the great productions that come to the Harlow Playhouse.

Grab yourself a brochure, look it up on-line. You have a great theatre.

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