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Lots of fun as The Rat Pack meets The American Song Book
Fans of the Rat Pack and the music of the American Song Book are being offered a very British alternative at the Lichfield Garrick theatre. Crooners is a brand new comedy musical that puts a quintessential British twist to a genre symbolised by that special brand of singer called the crooner. And fans in Staffordshire will be able to see the show when it is performed at the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday 24 February. Crooners is a collaboration between comedy writer and performer Roman Marek and one of the UK's most prolific modern swing bands, The Mini Big Band. Featuring music of the greatest crooners of all time - Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, as well as Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and Britain's very own crooner, Matt Monro - Crooners will leave audiences smiling from ear to ear.
Script writer Marek said: "We love the music of the Rat Pack and the great crooners and wanted to combine that with our love of the British variety comedy show. We wanted a show that makes audiences laugh out loud - an all singing, all dancing musical comedy with echoes of Morecombe and Wise." Crooners follows the story of three very British gentlemen who, by their very nature, exhume the characteristics of a crooner; suave, self-assured, stylish. But, by the very same nature, it is not always obvious that these characteristics adopt quite so well by the quintessentially British. Cue a splendiferous injection of British comedy, tongue firmly in cheek.
The line up includes former Manchester City, Wrexham and Northern Ireland footballer Jim Whitley, who has exchanged his football boots for tap shoes. After injury cut short his football career, Jim broke into the theatre world with his portrayal of Nat King Cole in the production of Christmas Crooners and Strictly Swing before joining the Rat Pack tour as Sammy Davis Jr to critical acclaim. He is now excited to be part of this brand new show that plays homage to the music he loves. He said: "We're playing the music of all the greats completely live with an ace band, while throwing in some British comedy that's had me rolling around in laughter." The show includes the fully live on stage musicianship of the 10-piece modern swing band The Mini Big Band.
Crooners can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday 24 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £25 and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the theatre Box Office on 01543 412121.