Ogunquit Playhouse Season Opens May 22nd with The Rat Pack is Back
For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2013
Ogunquit, Maine–Straight from Las Vegas comes the award winning tribute show, The Rat Pack is Back, live on The Ogunquit Playhouse stage May 22 to June 8. The dynamic show has all the swing and swagger of the original Rat Pack, and recreates the days when this cool lounge act was the hottest show on the Las Vegas strip. Audiences will be transported to the Sands Hotel’s famed Copa Room, brought to life with a talented cast that honors the legendary Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. Combining side-splitting comedy with pitch-perfect music, and a twelve-piece swing orchestra on stage, the show highlights classic songs like "Fly Me To The Moon," "New York, New York" and "That's Amore," as only Frank, Sammy and Dean can perform them.
Appearing as Frank Sinatra is Brian Duprey, who got his start on FOX TV‘s “Performing As,” where he won the top prize by portraying his idol, Frank Sinatra. Since then he has appeared in Las Vegas and performing arts theaters across the U.S. and is considered to be the number one Frank Sinatra performer in the world. Dean Martin is portrayed by Drew Anthony who has established himself as one of the finest jazz singers in the New York area. He has performed hit musical shows at famed venues including Danny’s Skylight Room Cabaret and Jazz Spot in New York City, Yale University’s Sprague Memorial Hall, and the famous Shubert Theater. Kyle Diamond joins the cast as Sammy Davis Jr. Mr. Diamond has performed in bands throughout the U.S. and is a regular performer at numerous Las Vegas casinos. Rounding out the “Pack” is Mickey Joseph who plays Joey Bishop. Mr. Joseph is a stand-up comedian who has worked in the hottest comedy clubs on the west coast and in Las Vegas, and has performed with many comedians on the circuit, including Ellen Degeneres, Drew Carey, Richard Lewis and Robin Williams.
The Rat Pack is Back is directed by Robbie Howard. Mr. Howard hails from L.A. and has enjoyed a long career in theater and television. He has also worked as writer and director for many corporate clients, as well as for television shows such as, “General Hospital,” “Growing Pains,” and “Perfect Strangers,” and the prestigious comedy night club Crackers in California.
Lon Bronson will lead the “Pack” as the Musical Director. Mr. Bronson is a musical director, conductor, arranger, producer and technical director for national television, headline performers, production shows and for large scale corporate events and award presentations. He has brought his high-energy, world-class music to Las Vegas on a weekly basis since 1990, holding the record for the longest running band in Las Vegas history. Mr. Bronson has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Musical Direction for the TBS production of “Earth to America,” which starred Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Dustin Hoffman and Bill Maher. As a musical director he has worked with a vast array of stars including Drew Carey, Faith Hill, David Cassidy and Wayne Newton.
Mark your calendars now and be sure to see every electrifying show this year! Individual and season tickets are on sale now. Subscribe today to guarantee the best seats for the lowest price. Season ticket prices start at only $175 for a 5-show package or $99 for a 3-show package. Individual ticket prices range from $39-$78 per show. To learn more about becoming a member, or to purchase tickets and gift certificates, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Box Office at 207-646-5511.
The season continues when Sally Struthers returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse in the Tony Award winning Best Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, on stage June 12 to July 6. The hilarious Mel Brooks’ Musical Young Frankenstein hits the stage July 10 to July 27. This musical comedy is a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' film masterpiece. The Playhouse is going Technicolor® with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s irresistible family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from July 31 to August 24. Ballroom with a Twist is back by popular demand for one week only, August 27 to August 31. West Side Story, on stage from September 4 September 28, soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful and timely as ever. Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story, the most popular musical in Ogunquit Playhouse history, returns by popular demand to close the season from October 2 to October 13!