Last night was a very special one at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre. It was the grand opening of the Ambassador’s Lounge, an exclusive area of the theatre to be used as part of deluxe packages for theatre goers. It was also the start of a three-day run of one of my favourite theatre shows, ‘Christmas with The Rat Pack’. So when I was invited to the launch of the Ambassadors Lounge, with the opportunity to watch the Rat Pack thrown in, I have to admit to being very excited.
The Ambassadors lounge almost resembles a private members bar mixed with the cool dark atmosphere of a 1920s speakeasy. Lit with vintage chandeliers, and boasting a stunning, thick, deep red carpet, the room has a relaxed atmosphere, with patrons seated at small, private table with intimate lighting and experiencing friendly, but non evasive table service. A private cloakroom and bathroom are all part of the service too. We were treated to Prosecco and nibbles, and were able to order our interval drinks, which were then left at our table when we came back after the first half performance. It is a fabulous service, perfect for a special occasion, or date night.
And then it was onto the show. I have seen The Rat Pack show on two separate occasions so it is safe to say I am a fan. The show is set in the iconic Las Vegas Sands Hotel in Circa 1960, when The Rat Pack was at the height of its fame, and features the three singing elements of the group, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davies Junior. (On this occasion played with perfect voices and characterisation by Tam Ward, Phil Barley and Jay Marsh respectively.) The show also features the ultra glamorous Burelli Sisters, who dance, sing backing vocals and also take the lead on ‘It don’t mean a thing’.
The show is a polished trip back in time to the era of Kennedy and lounge lizards, and those classic songs sound so wonderful, from ‘That’s Life’ and ‘Come Fly with me’, to ‘Everybody needs Somebody’ and the Spine tingling ‘Mr Bojangles (which I love!) and Mack the Knife. Add in some Christmas cheer with The Christmas Song and ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ and a whole heap more, and you get a perfectly wonderful evening of Christmas tinged entertainment.
Tickets are still available for the two performances remaining, so if you would like to experience a little festive cheer crooner style, I would so recommend this show.
To experience the Ambassador Lounge, click here to find more details.