SANDY HACKETT'S RAT PACK SHOW Opens Tomorrow at Theatre By The Sea
Straight off it's hugely successful run at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City in May - where it earned rave reviews including a nod for "Best Show in Kansas City This Year" by Broadway World - Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show (www.sandysratpackontour.com) heads East for a June 4 thru 22 run at Theatre By The Sea in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
The show, which was previewed in a prominent article by Arts Writer Channing Gray in the Providence Journal June 1 has preview performances June 4 - 5. Its regular shows begin Friday, June 6th. Call (401) 782-8587 or visit www.theatrebythesea.com for more information.
Steve Wilson of Broadway World, who titled his review: "The Best Show in KC This Year," writes: "A chill went up and down my spine.... Most entertaining show performed in Kansas City this theatrical season."
Wilson adds, "Sandy Hackett magnificently portrays the late comedian Joey Bishop. His antics on and off stage keep the audience rolling in the aisles....The only woman to grace the Kauffman stage is Frank's one true love, played by Lisa Dawn Miller. She has a fantastic voice as she enters the stage passionately singing, "Wasn't I a Good Time?" a song that was written by her late father Ron Miller."
Bob Evans of the Kansas City Performing Arts Examiner praised: "The cast performs to perfection. Yes, they were to be the characters on stage, but each brought a sincerity to their role. They did not mimic, they created a vision you could grasp without thinking you were seeing a carbon copy...Sandy Hackett dominated the comedy aspects of the show. Louie Velez stands out for his strong vocals. Tom Wallek's Dean Martin showed Martin's playful side, singing ability, and impromptu adlib side. As Frank, Danny Grewen had the chance to actually give his character depth with the duet with Lisa Dawn Miller, who portrays the love of Frank's life, Ava Garner. With dark hair, chic costume, and ravishing good looks, the audience knows that Sinatra's, one-true love, Ava Gardner, broke his heart. The duet, "Things I Should Have Said/Wasn't I a Good Time" pierce the tough Sinatra facade, depicting a soulful, yearning Sinatra. Miller is the daughter of noted songwriter, Ron Miller who wrote many Motown mega-hits, including "For Once in My Life," "Touch Me in the Morning," "A Place in the Sun," and many more."
Anthony Rodgers of KC Metropolis writes: "Sandy Hackett as comedian Joey Bishop was an absolute riot. His opening jokes were not only impressive in rapid succession but also in his connections with the audience. As Frank's One Love, Lisa Dawn Miller sang with a beautiful and powerful voice ....The harmonies created by her and Grewen (Frank Sinatra) were quite lovely."
Currently in its fifth touring season for the 2013-2014 U.S. Broadway Season Theatre Tour, the hit, live theatrical production is produced by Hackett Miller, the jointly led production company of producers Lisa Dawn Miller and her husband, Sandy Hackett. Miller is the daughter of the late legendary songwriter, Ron Miller and also stars in the show as "Frank's One Love," a character based on Sinatra's great love, Ava Gardner. Hackett is the son of legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, who portrays "God" in the show via voiceovers he recorded prior to his death in 2003.
Hackett Miller recently premiered its new production, "My Buddy" at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. The show is directed by Miller and stars the younger Hackett, who shares stories and personal anecdotes about his father. Additional info can be found at www.mybuddyhackett.com.
Miller is also producing and directing a new documentary about her father entitled, "For Once In My Life - The Great American Ron Miller Songbook." The film focuses on Miller's significant contribution to American culture as one of the world's most prolific songwriters, while it explores the personal side of Miller's complex and colorful life, told by those closest to him. Hackett Miller is set to follow-up the film with a live theatrical musical production of the same name in 2016.
Hackett Miller also recently released a new music video, "Count On Me," by 13-year-old prodigy, Oliver Richman, a touching ballad rendition of the Bruno Mars hit.
Additional information is available online at http://www.SandysRatPack.com .