A good impersonation can be indistinguishable from the real thing, which is why Method actors are no longer allowed to play dictators. Take in a safer form of imitation with this GrouponLive deal to see “The Rat Pack is Back” at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. For $29, you get one G-Pass for left-center or right-center floor seating in rows 17–29 on Saturday, January 26, at 8 p.m. (up to a $58 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
It’s a summery night in a Vegas showroom, circa 1960. The energy is crackling and warm. The crowd is ready to laugh and dressed to the nines, since it’s still a federal offense to go out looking like a schlub. Cigarettes are considered a food group, and even the air knows how to hold its booze. Then, they swagger into the spotlight: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop. It’s time to put on a show.
For 14 years, throughout more than 5,000 performances across the globe, the cast of “The Rat Pack is Back” has captured the razzle-dazzle, martini-swilling essence of the Rat Pack in a swinging, spiffy revue. Packed with creaseless crooning, soft-shoeing, and unapologetic cornball humor, each performance ropes the audience into one of entertainment’s most famous in-crowds. Sinatra surrogate Brian Duprey belts out standards such as “You Make Me Feel So Young,” Dean Martin doppelganger Drew Anthony puts his spin on “That’s Amore,” Kenny Jones takes on Sammy Davis, Jr., and Mickey Joseph dispenses rim-shot punch lines as wise guy Joey Bishop. Backed by a 12-piece big-band orchestra, The Rat Pack Show aims to be the closest audiences can get to ’60s Vegas magic without eating a copy of the original Ocean’s Eleven.
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Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app. ####Sands Bethlehem Event Center Sands Bethlehem Event Center was constructed only in 2011, and its striking charcoal-colored box still has the sheen of a piece of just-released technology. The space was designed so that no seat would be more than 137 feet or 20 Shaquille O’Neals away from the stage. Despite the intimate feel, the venue is large enough to support no-holds-barred audiovisual displays, and it regularly welcomes spectacle-loving national acts in a variety of genres.