Critically-acclaimed hit musical
Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show
is back at Bristol Riverside Theatre April 5 – 7, 2019
Sandy Hackett Rat Pack Show, which has stacked up rave reviews over the years, is a theatrical, musical production which recreates what it would have been like to see legendary icons, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop live onstage together. After a successful run in 2013, it returns to Bristol Riverside Theatre April 5 – 7, 2019.
The theatrical production stars Sandy Hackett, son of the illustrious comedian Buddy Hackett, and his wife, Lisa Dawn Miller, daughter of legendary songwriter, Ron Miller. The two produce the show under their jointly-led production company, Hackett Miller.
“I grew up with the members of the Rat Pack. These were my father’s lifelong friends – his pals, his cronies,” Hackett said. “This isn’t me going out and doing research about strangers. This is me doing a show about my friends and my father’s friends.”
Miller has her own connection. Every singing member of the Rat Pack recorded and performed her father’s classic standard, For Once in My Life. Hackett continues, “My wife brings her musical genius to the show, both as a creator and performer, which really sets our show apart from anything else out there.”
“God sends the Rat Pack to do one last show. They arrive in their prime but they are sent back to modern day so we get to weave current events into show,” added Miller who plays “Frank’s One Love,” a character based on Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner. “Sandy’s father, Buddy Hackett, plays God. We recorded his voiceover before he passed away. Even though this is a book show, there is a lot of room for improv because that’s how it was with the real Rat Pack. Sandy is brilliant as Joey Bishop and is the comedy genius that has made our show so successful.”
Performances are Friday, April 5 at 2pm and 8pm; Saturday, April 6 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, April 7 at 3pm. Tickets start at $30 and are available by visiting brtstage.org or calling the BRT Box Office at 215-785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA.
Sandy, who just completed a book about his father, My Buddy, to be released in April 2019, tours nationwide as a comedian and with his one-man show of the same name (directed by Miller), a live theatrical production about his close relationship with his dad and the ten years they spent touring together. It will debut at Bristol Riverside Theatre June 28 – 30, 2019
Lisa, a producer and singer/songwriter, is developing a new musical, For Once in My Life, about the life of her father whose hits, in addition to For Once in My Life, include Touch Me in the Morning, A Place in the Sun, Heaven Help Us All, Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday, If I Could, I’ve Never Been to Me, Someday at Christmas, Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time and many more. She has released several recordings and directed numerous music videos. She also heads up her own music publishing company, LDM Publishing; manages her father’s vast legacy catalogue; tours throughout the country and manages the careers of her children, 18-year-old actor/singer, Oliver Richman, freshman at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and 13-year-old actor/singer/dancer, Ashleigh Hackett, a middle schooler, also a student of the performing arts.
Since 1986, BRT has continued to bring critically acclaimed professional theatre to Bucks County. The theatre is the recipient of over 71 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre, given annually by Theatre Philadelphia. Under the direction of Artistic Director Keith Baker, Founding Director Susan D. Atkinson, and Managing Director Kevin Maroney, the theatre serves as a cultural hub for the community. In addition to its Mainstage productions, BRT offers four concerts including the holiday tradition An American Christmas Songbook, the new play development series America Rising, and the summer theater arts camp ArtRageous. For information, visit www.brtstage.org
BRT’s concludes its 2018-19 Mainstage season with The Christians by Obie Award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath(April 30 – May 19, 2019).