SANDY HACKETT'S RAT PACK SHOW Announces 2012-2013 Tour
The only show with producers and cast members who have real ties to the real Rat Pack, "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show" has entertained millions of people worldwide. The most successful show of its kind, with over 70 performance dates across the country last year while maintaining its home base in Las Vegas, the talented ensemble (in association with Orin Wolf/OBB NYC - Off Broadway Booking) kicks off its 2012-13 U.S. Theatre Season and Casino tour at the Spirit Lake Casino in Spirit Lake, N.D. on August 31, 2012.
Stopping at some of the country's most renowned, high profile performing arts centers, including Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta and theKravis Performing Arts Center in West Palm Beach, Fl., the critically-acclaimed show (which has multiple touring casts) runs through 2013 nationwide.
In addition to enjoying a successful 2011-2012 tour, "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show" has been a mainstay in its original home of Las Vegas, continuing its thriving run at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton).
Hackett Miller Company Inc. today announced a new partnership with Los Angeles based Parallel 49 Agency who will be working to tour the show in numerous casino markets across the country while maintaining its exclusive partnership with OBB NYC for theatre performances.
Matt Charkow of Parallel 49 says, "Myself, Beth and the rest of the P49 team are extremely excited to work with Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show. This is the best Rat Pack show out there both on stage and from a marketing standpoint. This is proven by all of their success in the Performing Arts space and we look forward to expanding their casino business."
"'Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show' is very excited to be working with the remarkable team over at Parallel 49 Agency," said Lisa Dawn Miller. "Our show is a natural fit for casinos and we are grateful to have the best representation possible in those markets with Matt Charkow, Beth Jones-Mudaliyar and the entire team at Parallel 49 Agency. Sandy and I look forward to a long, very successful partnership with the P49 Agency."
Parallel 49 Agency is a subsidiary of Vancouver, Canada-based S.L. Feldman & Associates and has a diverse roster that includes music, comedy, television to live stage, Broadway, performing arts attractions and celebrity speakers. U.S.-based agents Matt Charkow and Elizabeth Jones bring 18 years of experience in representing a team dedicated to the highest level of service for artists, producers and talent buyers.
"Our show is very different than any of those 'tribute-type' shows out there crowding the market. We are not a 'tribute' show. In fact, we are not even in the same category. Rather, we are a theatrical production that includes original songs. I think we are unique for multiple reasons, starting with our own personal connections to the real Rat Pack" Miller adds.
"Our ties to these iconic legends through our fathers allows us to tell this story in a way that no other producers or performers can. Sandy is the only entertainer to have ever been chosen by a member of the real Rat Pack to represent their part for a live production or film project about the Rat Pack. Longtime Hackett family friend,
Joey Bishop personally handpicked Sandy to play his role" Miller continues. "Sandy brilliantly brings to life that nonstop party that everyone wanted access to by making his unsurpassed Hackett comedy, wit and humor the foundation of our show. It's also meaningful to me that each member of the real Rat Pack recorded my father's songs individually so there is a great musical connection for us as well."
In between performances, Hackett and Miller are working on exciting new projects connected with the legacies of their fathers. At a recent charity event in Aspen, actor Robert Wagner introduced a live presentation by Hackett, who performed well-received excerpts from "My Buddy," a one-man show about his dad. The younger Hackett explores the personal side of the deep bond between father and son, taking the audience on a unique journey of wonderful stories and personal anecdotes.
The show, which stars Sandy Hackett as Joey Bishop and David DeCosta asFrank Sinatra, will be previewing a special holiday edition called "Someday at Christmas," named after a popular Stevie Wonder song written by producer and cast member Lisa Dawn Miller's father, legendary Motown songwriter Ron Miller, at its December 1, 2012 performance at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington, Ill.
"Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show," a natural fit for an ultimate home on Broadway, includes several numbers penned by the elder Miller, including "Wasn't I A Good Time?" the title track from Lisa Dawn Miller's new vocal album of the same title. She was nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Musical in Broadway World's 2010 Awards for her portrayal in the show as "Frank's One Love."
Hackett, the son of the late legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, produces the show with Miller. He was nominated for Best Comedian and Best Performer in a Resident Show for Broadway World's 2010 Awards.
Miller is currently in pre-production for a documentary on the life of the late Ron Miller, whose catalog of 400 songs include renowned titles like "For Once In My Life," "Touch Me in the Morning," "Heaven Help Us All," "I've Never Been to Me" and "If I Could."
"As we continue to tour with our Rat Pack show, at some of the great historic theatres in America," Miller says, "Sandy and I are so grateful to have found ways to preserve our father's legacies. Our children, singing sensation, 11-year-oldOliver Richman and young actress, 6-year-old Ashleigh Hackett have continued the journey by introducing a whole new generation to the great comedy and musical legacies of our family."
Upcoming shows through 2012:
Spirit Lake Casino (Spirit Lake, ND)
Three Rivers Casino (Eugene, OR)
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Ctr (Pueblo, CO)
Ponce De Leon Center (Hot Springs, AK)
The Strand Theatre (Shreveport, LA)
Stephen Sondheim Ctr for Performing Arts (Fairfield, IA)
Bloomington Ctr for the Performing Arts (Bloomington, IL)