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“Show Good,Casino-NOT” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Rat Pack is Back

The Rat Pack is Back
3700 W Flamingo Rd, Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)
702 777-7776
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Ranked #171 of 569 attractions in Las Vegas
Type: Performances
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San Diego
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“Show Good,Casino-NOT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was the first time at this casino. We found parking and then had to walk, walk, walk to find the place which is typical for most casinos. The signage was POOR, the cigerrette smoke INTENSE. Finally found the place and picked up tickets and stood in line to wait for show.

Surprised that people did not dress up really as this was an evening show. Also, attendance on a weekend night was 1/2 full.

When you go into the theatre they try to take your picture with "Dean". To me this is tacky. If they want to do it after the show fine but not before!

Paid $10.00 more for VIP seating but was surprised that the theatre was kind of tacky! The the seats are not "theatre" seats but straight back chairs. For the most part they were comfortable but felt like a sardine. Luckily, the stage was close by so visibility was excellent, especially as we were above the Gold Ticket tables and therefore had no "heads" in our way.

Before the show they had large screens that showed old Vegas and had Rat Pack Trivia which was informative, i.e. what was Dean Martin's nick name? How many wives did Frank Sinatra have? What is a racket?..etc..wish I remembered more of it..

Coctail waitresses come around nad take yor drink order. I got wine ( $7) and my mother got water ( $4). The couple next to us got the same yet their bill was $10.00..hmmm

The act itself was good overall. I liked Frank and Dean the best and Joey provided comic relief. Sammy did not do justice to the real one, I thought. Not enough vocal diction..The music was fabulous. Loved it!! The audience was lackluster. As my 81 year old mother said " they were dead"..this hindered the show some. Felt bad for the performers.

The show was about 75 minutes...too short..would have liked a couple more songs. There were opportunities to have your picture taken will all of them at the end. ( where they show prices, I have no idea as I didn't see any and wasn't going to ask. ) There is a gift shop but it is small and it was too crowded so didn't look. I'll go on-line and get a Rat Pack CD to get my memories.

I am glad I went but I thought the venue was alittle over priced from what you got. Plus I found the casino to be TACKY!

Visited November 2012
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“Ain't That A Kick In The Head!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

It’s probably hard for most people who visit Las Vegas to imagine now, with all the gaudy casino-hotels that are practically built on top of one another, swallowing you whole on the Strip, but there was a time when casinos were smaller, more intimate. When going into the casino actually meant dressing up in suits, tuxedoes, and evening gowns. It was during that time, circa 1960, when a group of movie stars and singers put on one of the most famous all-star shows in history. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop: The Rat Pack. For hours on end, in between filming the action comedy “Ocean’s Eleven”, they put on live shows in which they improvised music and comedy skits. It was a free-wheeling and fun time. A time that seems long gone… Until now!

“The Rat Pack Is Back” show strives to recreate that magical moment in entertainment history. And it succeeds!

As you enter the theater, you get a chance to take a picture with one of the actors. We got lucky the night we went: We got to pose with the actor playing Dean Martin. He wasn’t just some guy “pretending” to be nice to people. He was very warm and friendly and playful… Just like the real Martin. But the actor was a genuine guy too. After everyone is seated, the band warms up and plays jazzy intro music as projector screens surrounding the theater show footage and images of old Las Vegas and the REAL Rat Pack. Then the show begins…

First on stage is Joey Bishop, a stand up comedian who had been discovered by Sinatra and cast in “Ocean’s”. Bishop tells a hilarious, yet old school cheesy (in a good way) array of jokes. Some jokes are off-color and suggestive. But he tells them without resorting to overt swearing. As expected, the people sitting front and center are the butts of many jokes.

Then comes Dean Martin, a smooth crooner who began as a part of the comedy duo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, the most popular comedians and actors of the 1950’s. Dean is loosey-goosey and always has a drink and a cigarette in his hands along with the microphone. Dean swings and sings while flirting and joking with the ladies down front. Of all the impersonators in the show, the guy playing Dean is the closest to the real thing as you can get. (Though all of them are good in their own way)

After that is Sammy Davis Jr, a jazzy song and dance man who had been performing since he was a small boy. He sings, croons, and dances His show is pretty straightforward in that regard in that he does not really mess around as much as the others, though he is fun to watch and does interact with the crowd. His real “show stopper” was a performance of “Mr. Bo Jangles”, the song story of a real life song and dance man. The actor playing Davis does a good job of performing the number. The only difference between him and the real Davis is that the real one would really go all out on the tap-dancing to that song. But there’s only one Sammy Davis so I don’t hold that against the actor. It was still a wonderful performance.

Finally comes Frank Sinatra, the legendary crooner and first real superstar of American music… He made girls scream and cry long before Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson or Justin Bieber! By the mid 1950’s, Sinatra’s career was on a downturn until Las Vegas and the Rat Pack show revived his career and turned him into the national treasure he ultimately became. Like Sammy Davis, Sinatra is more straight forward with his performance and interaction with the audience. An excellent performance. But the straight show doesn’t last long…

Soon the other guys are back on stage, picking on each other, picking on the audience, flirting with women, joking and drinking. And then finally they all sing together (with the messing around still going on…) as the show ends.

Afterwards, you can have your picture taken with the whole cast. Both the pre and post show photos are $15 each (we got both). Afterwards, if you want to stick around, you can get the whole cast to autograph the pictures in the adjoining gift shop. We got the pictures autographed but we missed getting Davis as he didn’t stick around very long. Sinatra and Bishop stayed around a little bit longer. Only Martin stayed longer to get everyone taken care of. Once again, he was the nicest, most accommodating of the four performers.

Overall, the show was excellent. A lot of fun and joy. Just the kind of show you should never EVER miss when visiting Las Vegas!

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Waipahu, Hawaii
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“Good Show at the Rio”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This was a good show. We enjoyed all of the entertainers. Some were better than others (the one who played Sammy was outstanding and the one who played Joey Bishop was excellent). We truly enjoyed this.

Visited March 2012
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Indianapolis
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“Rio needs help with their seating program for this show!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Paying VIP pricing for The Rat Pack is Back at Rio was a waste. No reserved seat, seated in a chair on a 2nd level and having to watch the show but turning your neck the entire show (instead of looking straight ahead) literally gives you a pain in the neck. Having seen the show several times at his former ,at The Plaza, this seating arrangement was truly a disappointment. The performers are good enough but The Rio needs to let people know where they will be sitting if they pay the extra cost for VIP seating. Save the extra costs, buy general admission and your view will be the same. Gold Circle Seating gets you a table and a T-shirt but not worth the extra dollars.

Visited October 2012
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“This show takes you back in time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

This is your chance to re-live the experience of seeing Dean, Frank, Sammy and Tony in action. It's one of the best value priced shows in town and there's not a bad seat in the house.

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