PEORIA, IL -- The Rat Pack Is Back touring show played the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Jan. 28. It's an OK show, about a B plus. It's kind of fun, but could be better.
The characters playing Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin were competent but not brilliant. The 6-piece band plus pianist was terrific, as were the arrangements of the Great American Songbook numbers in the show.
This show is unusual in that it presents live music from the past. Most live music today that plays the Civic Center is rock, rap, hip hop and country, all inferior music to the brilliant Great American Songbook.
The jokes were amusing, though slightly politically incorrect for our times. But as one of the characters said, "It's 1960, and we can say what we want to," eliciting cheers from the audience, mostly baby-boomers and older.
The music during the first half was not too loud, actually just right. But after the intermission the sound was cranked up, resulting in muddy music that hurt the ears. The Civic Center gets an F for its sound and the management of it. Our car radio is better.
In addition, this show didn't have a program, so we don't know the names of the players or anything about them. And no information on the wonderful band. Sad.
-- Elaine Hopkins