Jerry Gretzinger Does The Rat Pack at Fort Salem Theater [Berkshire on Stage]
Fort Salem Theater and Gardenworks Farm announce two very special performances as popular Capital Region personality Jerry Gretzinger explores the The Rat Pack’s Songbook in an all-new production, Jerry Gretzinger in Concert: The Pack is Back – The Rat Pack in Vegas. On Saturday evening (August 12) a multi-course locally sourced Farm-to-Table dinner begins at 5:30pm at Gardenworks Farm, followed by an onsite cabaret concert. The same show, without the meal, will be presented at Fort Salem Theater at 2pm on Sunday (August 13). The Pack Is Back chronicles the chart-topping singing careers of arguably the greatest male entertainers of the twentieth century, namely Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., by duplicating the song selection from several of the Rat Pack’s Las Vegas shows from the early 1960s.
In The Pack Is Back, Gretzinger tackles the musical repertoire of the entire Rat Pack, celebrating the unparalleled relationship the three men had onstage. Gretzinger will share little-known facts about the performers, including the observation that Sinatra dealt with his loneliness by producing films and concert performances that would include jobs for people he admired with whom he had little or no social relationship, including Dean Martin. For the film Some Came Running, which Sinatra produced and in which he starred, he cast Dean in a role that was a dramatic tour de force for Martin, and followed that production with Sleep Warm, a record album in which Martin sang and Sinatra conducted. Their very warm professional relationship did not carry over into the social sphere.