The Rat Pack is Back
David Alacey – Frank Sinatra
David’s long career in the entertainment business started at London’s prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts, where he trained for three years.
This prepared him for many acting roles and a spell with the respected ‘Break A Leg’ touring theatre company.
David’s favourite role was as the drunken (it was real alcohol!) Doc Pearce in ‘Calamity Jane’ directed by Chris Wallis at the famous Unicorn Theatre in the heart of London. During this period, David also appeared in various pantomimes throughout the country.
Television appearances include ‘Lovejoy’ and ‘Inspector Allan’ for BBC and most recently ‘Never Never’ for Channel Four.
These acting skills have certainly been useful throughout David’s career as although he is known as a high quality cabaret performer, it is his unique portrayal and tribute to the legendary FRANK SINATRA that has brought him rave reviews around the world and earned him the respect of both his audiences and fellow professionals.
Paul Drakeley – Dean Martin
Paul is a singer, arranger, conductor and trombone player. Influenced by greats such as Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, he studied the music at the University of Birmingham and soon went on to become one of the youngest Big Band leaders in England.
His band has won various prestigious awards and Paul is also responsible for the vocals in the band. The highlight of Paul’s career was when his band was chosen to perform at a concert held at The Royal Albert Hall and he was asked to sing the Dean Martin classic “Volare” to over five thousand people. He was also honoured to be selected as a finalist in the prestigious “BBC Musician Of The Year” competition.
As a vocalist Paul has performed at events held inBahrain,Dubai,Holland,Monte Carlo and other premier venues worldwide. As a result of his wide range of talents, he is in constant demand as one of The UK’s leading swing vocalists; however he finds most enjoyment when on tour with The Rat Pack performing his acclaimed portrayal of Dean Martin. On hearing Paul’s version of “An Evening in Roma” the late great Mel Torme commented “that was as close to my dear friend Dean Martin’s vocal style as anyone will ever get” – Now that’s style.
Des Colman – Sammy Davis Jr
Des, who plays the great Sammy Davis Jnr, attended the Guildford School of Acting. After graduating in 1993, he worked as a singer in Germany for six months in the stage musical Chicago. He then landed a starring role in the musical Miss Saigon.
In 1996 he was cast as wide boy Lenny Wallace in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and remained with the soap until 1999. His television work post EastEnders, has included: Is Harry on the Boat? (2001); Casualty (2003); The Bill (2004), and Doctors (2004; 2006). He also appeared in the 2001 film Submerged with Sam Neill.
On stage he has appeared inLondon’sWest End’s Rent, Simply Heavenly, and most recently in Trevor Nunn’s musical opera Porgy and Bess at The Savoy Theatre. When he is not touring with The Rat Pack, Des can be seen as a presenter for BBC East Midlands and “The One Show” also for the BBC. He is also seen regularly as a guest reviewer for “This Morning” on ITV.
All of The Rat Pack Is Back packages can be booked with playback – superbly recorded backing tracks featuring a swinging big band playing the original Nelson Riddle and Billy May arrangements. Or with an incredible live band, any size from a quartet to the full 35 piece Rat Pack orchestra with string section – and that’s an even bigger sound than the guys had back at The Sands.
To add even more glamour to the event the show can also be booked with special guests such as Judy Garland or Nancy Sinatra and Las Vegas Show Girl dancers.