Rat Pack Lounge
The Rat Pack Lounge
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Frank, Dean, and Sammy are up in heaven, but God tells them they left some unfinished business back on Earth. It seems Frank made an unfulfilled promise to Vic, the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. Now he and the boys have one night to make things right. No need for look-alikes or impersonators—just a cast who can charm your audience with hits like “My Way,” “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.” With over 30 hit songs, The Rat Pack Lounge will leave you singing and savoring the days of highballs and high rollers.

 


SYNOPSIS


The show opens with a nod to “It’s a Wonderful Life” as the stage fills with stars. We are in heaven where God explains to Frank, Dean and Sammy that in order for them to stay in heaven, they have to fix a little white lie Frankie told when he was down on earth. If not, they will be forced to spend the rest of eternity in the fires of hell with Peter Lawford!

God sets the stage and points our attention to Vic Candelino, the woebegone owner of the Rat Pack Lounge on the seedy side of Las Vegas. Back when Vic’s dad ran the place, Frank, Dean and Sammy stopped by when their limo got a flat. Frank told Vic’s dad he thought his son had talent. Frank was just being nice, but Vic grew up thinking he could be the next Sinatra. Now, some years later, without a hope in sight, Vic is ready to ‘off’ himself. God explains that no one can stay in heaven and be responsible for another human’s life. 

In order to secure their place in heaven, Frank, Dean and Sammy are forced to ‘go back down’ and right this wrong. How do they do it? By taking over the bodies of three people who happen to be in Vic’s bar at the time. Frank takes over the body of local developer, William Saunders. Dean’s spirit lands in Mr. Saunders’ Spanish speaking chauffeur, Jeorge Rodrigues, and Sammy feels right at home in the body of Bobby Goldberg, the bartender.

Our three stars love being back on earth! (“I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die”). They then meet Vic, owner of the bar. In order to convince Vic who they are and that life is worth living, they sing (“High Hopes”). Vic is finally convinced and immediately faints. When Vic comes to, he announces that he doesn’t care who they are, he is going to ‘end it all.’ His business is a failure, his love life is down the tubes, and he now knows he has no talent. Frank has a brilliant idea! They will make him good! They will teach him how to sing! Frank goes first with the hit, (“My Way”). Sammy is next, teaching him how to scat-sing with (“Bee-Bom”). Dean stops him…’You need to sing like this!’ Dean teaches Vic to sing with a smooth style with the song (“Volare”). None of these are working so Frank tries once more with (“Nice ‘N’ Easy”). Vic is now ready to put it all together and show us what he’s learned (“Come Fly With Me”). It’s a mess! Our three stars are doomed!  Until Mr. Saunders’ secretary, Katherine, enters. This gives Dean an idea – they may not be able to convince Vic that life is worth living, but a woman sure could! (“Young At Heart”). Their plan is working. They serenade our lovebirds with (“Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”). When Katherine thinks she is being scammed, she tries to leave, but before she can get out the door, her body is taken over by Angie. An angel from above. (“Too Close For Comfort”). Angie explains how she’s been helping men all through history with her powers. (“Angel Said”). As Vic and Angie get to know each other, our boys reminisce about the past. Knowing, one day, they will be forgotten. (“In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning”). This gives Sammy an idea… what if they make a deal with the devil so they can stay on earth forever! (“Bye Bye Blackbird”). They become almost drunk on the idea of living forever! They imagine their comeback!  (“That’s Amore’), (“You Make Me Feel So Young”), (“I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die” [Reprise]). When they realize this will not work, Frank suddenly becomes angry at Vic, accusing him of taking life for granted!  What Frank wouldn’t do to have one more day on earth! While Frank rants, Vic slowly sings (“My Way”).  The lesson is sinking in… all these years he was trying to sing like his heroes, The Rat Pack, but what he really needed to do was find his own voice. 

As the music plays, we jump to six months later.  We are now in the newly renovated Rat Pack Lounge.  Stars fill the stage as Vic, now in a tuxedo, rushes on to become our host! (“It’s A Wonderful World”). He welcomes the audience and introduces his new friends, here to help him celebrate opening night!

This starts a celebration of Rat Pack Songs! Dean’s set is up first. (“For Me And My Gal”), (“Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime”). Angie comes out and together they sing, (“I Love Being Here With You”). Next, Sammy explodes on stage with a rousing rendition of (“Something’s Gotta Give”) followed by (“What Kind Of Fool Am I?”). We now focus on Frank. He comes out and sings a sultry version of (“One For My Baby”). The others join Frank on stage for a fun filled (“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”). The Rat Pack are finally together. (“You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You”). It’s now time for our three friends to say goodbye and return to heaven. After a tearful farewell, Vic is left on stage to sing (“I’ve Got The World On A String!”).  As the audience exits, they hear ‘God’ trying to sing (“I’ve Got The World On A String”), because deep down… don’t we all want to be as cool as Frankie!

QUOTE


No matter the decade in which you were born, if you love music, this is a show you won't want to miss.

–Broadway World


SONG LIST

  1. I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die
  2. High Hopes
  3. My Way
  4. Bee-Bom
  5. Volare
  6. Nice ‘N’ Easy
  7. Come Fly With Me
  8. Young At Heart
  9. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
  10. Too Close For Comfort
  11. Too Close For Comfort
  12. Angel Said
  13. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
  14. Bye Bye Blackbird
  15. That’s Amore
  16. You Make Me Feel So Young
  17. I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die
  18. My Way
  19. It’s A Wonderful World
  20. For Me And My Gal
  21. Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime
  22. I Love Being Here With You
  23. Something’s Gotta Give
  24. What Kind Of Fool Am I?
  25. One For My Baby
  26. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  27. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You
  28. I’ve Got The World On A String
  29. Birth Of The Blues
  30. I’ve Got The World On A String

Characters: 

Bobby Goldberg/Sammy Davis, Jr.: Lifelong friend of Vic, and Janitor at The Rat Pack Lounge… his body is taken over by Sammy Davis, Jr… he sings, dances, does impersonations with all the show biz prowess of Sammy! Vocal Range - Tenor A2 to D5

William Saunders/Frank Sinatra: Texan Real Estate Tycoon… his body is taken over by Frank Sinatra… he sings, drinks and takes control as only the Chairman of the Board can! Vocal Range – High Baritone G2 to G4

Jeorge Rodrigues/Dean Martin: Spanish Speaking Limo Driver… his body is taken over by Dean Martin… sings, talks, drinks like the great cutup and practical joker… Dino! Vocal Range – Baritone G2 to G4

Katherine Kerr/Angie: Overly officious secretary of William Saunders… her body is taken over by an angel who is remarkable reminiscent of the very sexy Angie Dickenson. Vocal Range – Belter F# 3 to D5

Vic Candelino: Owner of The Rat Pack Lounge… his life is changed when he is visited from above by the Rat Pack… and he finally finds his own voice! Vocal Range – G2 to G4

Secretary (Voice Over): Prerecorded so can be the same actress who plays Angie.

God (Voice Over): Prerecorded so can be one of the actors in show or is an opportunity for a local celebrity. 

Setting: The entire show takes place inside a small rundown forgotten nightclub on the wrong side of the Las Vegas strip called The Rat Pack Lounge.

Ray Roderick (writer) ‘S Wonderful! The New Gershwin Musical. Associate director A Christmas Carol Madison Square Garden. Associate director The Music Man Broadway Revival, director National Tour. Director/Script Adaptation Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang 1st US National tour, now licensed by MTI. Goodspeed Musicals Mame, Singin’ In The Rain, 42nd Street, My One And Only. Jerry Lewis assistant director Broadway bound The Nutty Professor. Co-writer/director/choreographer Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano, The Prince And The Pauper, The Ark, The Rat Pack Lounge! A Christmas Survival Guide, and I Love New York. Co-Founder Miracle or 2 Productions (Miracleor2.com) Are We There Yet? Coming To America, and The Bikinis! Director/Choreographer Denver Center: The Last 5 Years, The Taffetas, Five Course Love, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (Denver’s longest running show).  Creative director US Open Tennis: writer/director “Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Opening Night, Finals” for ABC TV and ESPN.

James Hindman - Off Broadway: Pete ‘N’ Keely (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, Pub. Samuel French); A Christmas Survival Guide (Pub. Samuel French); The Audience (Drama Desk nomination); Being Audrey and The Gorges Motel (TBG Theatre, NY Fringe Festival). His plays have had hundreds of productions across the country including The Bikinis! (Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre); The Drama Department (Terrence McNally Award finalist); Incubus (Pittsburgh Public Reading Series); The Rat Pack Lounge (Denver Center, Carbonell Award nomination); Are We There Yet and the upcoming production of Multiple Family Dwelling at New Jersey Rep. and Loveland Ski Lodge.  Member: Dramatist Guild of America. He has also performed in many Broadway and Television shows.

John Glaudini - As Musical Director: for Musical Theatre West - Sweeney Todd, Altar Boyz (LA Drama Critics Circle nom), Andrews Brothers (Ovation Award nom). I Love a Piano; For Musical Theatre Guild - Aspects of Love, Street Scene; Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess (West Coast Premiere), Defying Gravity, Curtains. As arranger/orchestrator and/or music director: Heaven Help Us (Florida Stage; Denver Center), The Prince and the Pauper (Lamb's Theatre), I Love a Piano (Denver Center, Florida Stage), Pete 'n' Keely (John Houseman). He co-wrote the revues Are We There Yet?, A Christmas Survival Guide, and I Love New York (NY Bistro award for best revue). His NY credits include working in the music departments on such shows as 9 To 5, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Bounce, and A New Brain - to name a few.

The Rat Pack Lounge is licensed by Stage Rights through the courtesy of Miracle or 2 Productions.

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“A Delight from Start to Finish!” –Boca Raton News

“A Ring‐a‐ding‐ding evening’s romp that is both swinging and heartfelt.” –Palm Beach Post

“The Rat Pack Lounge is a great musical for those who are still in love with The Rat Pack.” –Talkin’ Broadway

“If you want tickets to "The Rat Pack Lounge," go buy them right now. No, really, put down the newspaper and head for the phone or computer. Of course, it might already be too late. I say this because as of opening night on Friday, only a handful of tickets remained for the entire run of the musical comedy. The show features the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. If you want proof of their enduring popularity, look no further than the sold-out notices at the Playhouse.” –Orlando Sentinel

 

Materials: Your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production. They can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.
 
The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for The Rat Pack Lounge includes:

  • Production Scripts
  • Piano/Vocal Score
  • Vocal Scores 
Orchestrations:  

  • Piano/Conductor Score
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Percussion 
Official Logo Pack Now Included! To help you promote your show, Stage Rights now includes a logo pack with your license. The logo pack includes high resolution versions (both color and black and white) of our show logo. The logo is the portion of the artwork with the title of the show. The surrounding artwork is also available for an additional fee.
 
Optional Materials:  

  • Stage Manager’s Script – Printed on standard 8.5” x 11” 3-hole-punched paper, with the same page numbers and text as the Production Scripts, but with more space on the page for notes and cues.

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