Packin' Them In

Sinatra and friends jazz up the Majestic

The "Rat Pack"—a name that Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and the rest of the gang never actually called themselves—were an enormous influence on a generation of young men whose sense of cool was shaped by the liquor-swilling, poker-playing, broad-banging entertainers. My Papa Salfi, a Caddy-driving New York-born Italian-American who fixed himself a martini every night after work, was one of them. It was through him that I gained an appreciation of Sinatra's music, though Sinatra died before we got a chance to see him live together. The Rat Pack—Live at The Sands, actors and a 15-piece band imitating a 1963 casino engagement, is the next best thing. If I can find someone to imitate my late Papa, I'll be there. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Tickets ($12 to $71) are available at 214-631-ARTS or ticketmaster.com.
March 3-8, 2009
 
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