New Jersey Stage

Thursday, October 13, 2011

State Theatre presents The Rat Pack is Back (10/22-10/23/11)

(New Brunswick, NJ) -— State Theatre presents The Rat Pack is Back! on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 8pm and Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 3pm.  The Rat Pack is Back! recreates the free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act, starring Vegas' four favorite sons: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop. Tickets Range from $25-57.

The Rat Pack is Back! stars Mickey Joseph as Joey Bishop, Drew Anthony as Dean Martin, Kenny Jones as Sammy Davis, Jr., and Brian Duprey as Frank Sinatra. This spirited show features uncanny vocal recreations, unbridled humor, and a live 12-piece orchestra. The program will include hits such as "That's Amore," "My Way," "Mr. Bojangles," and many more.

About the Cast

Mickey Joseph's (appearing as Joey Bishop) career as a comedian has flourished in the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years. He has worked the hottest comedy clubs on the West Coast and Las Vegas having performed with Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez, Bill Engvall, and Robin Williams. His well tailored, hysterically funny comedy act is what attracted The Rat Pack is Back! Producer, Dick Feeney. Joseph has been appearing as Joey Bishop in this show since 2005 at the Plaza in Las Vegas and on tour.

Since he received his B.F.A. from the Mannes College of Music Jazz Division in New York City, Drew Anthony (appearing as Dean Martin) has established himself as one of the finest jazz singers in the area. He has performed on many stages ranging from the Shubert Theater to the Intermezzo Night Club in the Foxwoods Resort & Casino.

Kenny Jones's (appearing as Sammy Davis, Jr.) love of music began with his first stage appearance at the age of 12 with a local group called Jive Five. He later learned how to play the piano, bass guitar, and drums and was a member of The Jesus Children and then the Genetta Bradley Singers. In Denver, CO, he continued his gospel career at The House of Joy where he cut his first gospel album and released his first single. Jones also served as the front man for bands such as Soul Review, Groove City as well as Denver's hottest R&B band, 1UP.

Brian Duprey (appearing as Frank Sinatra) is best known for his appearance on FOX© TV's, Performing As. Duprey won the first-place prize of $20,000 portraying his idol, Frank Sinatra. Talent judge Damon Elliott (music producer of Mya, Beyonce, and Jessica Simpson) was blown away the first time he saw Duprey perform; it was like he was watching Young Blue Eyes. Television viewers agreed and thousands flocked to FOX©'s website to compliment his uncanny likeness to Sinatra's own singing voice.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

The State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.