Orchestras team up for ‘Rat Pack: 104 Years of Sinatra’ in Temecula

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Alfredo Miller portrays Sammy Davis Jr. Nick D'Egidio as Frank Sinatra and Johnny Edwards will perform as Dean Martin in ‘Rat Pack: 104 Years of Sinatra’ Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Courtesy photo/Shawna Sarnowski Photography

Everybody knows the Rat Pack – the coolest cats of all time – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.

Sadly, they’re all gone now.

But the next best thing is coming to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Sunday, Jan. 5, in the form of the Big Band All Stars’ “Rat Pack: 104 Years of Sinatra.”

“Big band music is so powerful and full of energy with 11 musicians playing their hearts out,” Jeff Stover said. “The sonic dynamic range of the big band from quiet to full volume is very impacting. The Rat Pack performers capture thelook and classic feel of the originals down to the last move making them seem bigger than life, like the originals.”

Nick D’Egidio will be Frank Sinatra, Alfredo Miller is Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Edwards will perform as Dean Martin.

For this show, the band will team up with another swinging group, the Dry Martini Orchestra.

“Many of the players are in both groups anyway, so there will be many familiar faces in the band and some new ones,” Stover said. “The Dry Martini Orchestra has toured many times with the show across America, and they know the music inside out which makes a very strong performance. They have also been in several movies with Nick (Frank). We also like to bring new members to the stage to introduce them to our audience in Temecula.”

The music is special to Stover and the rest of the band.

“Sinatra and the Rat Pack had some of the best musical arrangements ever written and as musicians we love this music due to its difficulty and signature sound,” he said. “I love this show as it is our biggest seller of the year; it is always sold out 100% by showtime.”

Stover said he has a favorite portion of the show.

“I love the humor and banter and the best part is when all three singers do group numbers such as the fast song ‘Live Until I Die,’” he said.

He said ticketholders will be thrilled with the concert.

“They should expect the unexpected,” Stover said. “Anything can happen during the banter and humor and ad-lib changes of lyrics. The audience can expect a high energy show that transports them back to the glory days of Las Vegas entertainment. Some may even swear that it is Frank on the stage as Nick is an exact lookalike.”

The concert begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater at 42051 Main Street in Temecula.

Tickets range in price from $31 to $37 with discounts available and are available online at http://tickets.temeculatheater.org, by calling (866) 653-8696, or at the theater box office.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.