The nation’s premier Rat Pack Tribute will return to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., Jan. 18 for an evening of music and comedy.
Featuring Monty Aidem as Frank Sinatra, Andy DiMino as Dean Martin and Lambus Dean as Sammy Davis Jr., the show recreates the legendary performers’ Las Vegas heyday of the 1960s at the Sands Hotel.
DiMino starred in Las Vegas’ permanent Rat Pack tribute, performing in Las Vegas and on the road. Dean has appeared in countless Rat Pack tribute shows across the nation and as far away as England, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Aidem started his career in broadcasting as a radio personality in cities such as Philadelphia, San Francisco and Atlanta. He also wrote original comedy material for radio personalities such as Rick Dees. He was a writer for TV specials starring Bob Hope and the Dean Martin Roasts. He also wrote for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” Vicki Lawrence and for Frank Sinatra, himself, on several occasions.
Aidem studied videos of Sinatra to get his mannerisms down and the voice just right.
“I don’t exaggerate it,” he said. “I like the tender side of him where he would speak softly and introduce a song.”
The Rat Pack Tribute show reveals each performer one at a time, starting with DiMino’s Dean Martin.
“He’s so good at that, I always know he’s going to knock them dead,” Aidem said.
The show includes favorites songs from each performer, such as Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody” and “That’s Amore” and Davis Jr.’s “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Gotta Be Me.”
“We do a lot of good comedy, clean comedy,” Aidem said. “We get a lot of good laughs there.”
The audience can also expect some interaction with the Rat Pack.
“It’s the most popular songs, some really good comedy,” Aidem said. “We interact with each other and we interact with the audience.”
Tickets cost $44 for pit, $29 for orchestra and $24 for balcony. For details, visit www.lpac.org, call 661-723-5950, or visit the LPAC box office at 750 West Lancaster Blvd.