The Rat Pack swaggered onto the Arbroath Webster Memorial Theatre stage in a haze of whisky fumes and cigarette smoke on Sunday.
Needless to say it wasn’t real smoke, but that was the only noticeably fake aspect of a thoroughly entertaining tribute.
In fact, with the accents so sharp, the singing so authentic and the banter so cutting, it wouldn’t surprise me if the performers woke up believing they were actually the Rat Pack.
From the opening number to the finale, the trio of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr made the audience laugh and swoon.
They performed some classic Rat Pack numbers as a trio, such as ‘Ain’t that a kick in the head’ before splitting off and entertaining with a series of solos or duets.
The whole evening was exceptionally polished, but still came across as happy-go-lucky, with Frank, Dean or Sammy wandering on stage for a number or a quip to wind up whoever was performing.
Some of the comedy was clearly improvised as at one stage all three dissolved into a fit of giggles before launching into yet another fantastic tune.
All the favourites were there, ‘That’s amore’, ‘Old black magic’, ‘Mack the knife’, ‘New York, New York’ and too many more to list.
Short of travelling back in time to the Sands Hotel where they originally played in the 1960s, a more authentic and entertaining Rat Pack show would be hard to find.