The Rat Pack Tribute

StageOne Productions presents a "Rat Pack Tribute" performance on Sunday, 20 March, at 12 noon SLT at the Hospice de Bourgogne in the Ville de Coeur.

A group of friends in New York in the 1950s gathered in the home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall that included well-known names such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, David Niven, Katarine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Rex Harrison, and others. They were known as the "Rat Pack", after a comment by Lauren Bacall. Bogart died in 1957, and the name "Rat Pack" was no longer used by the group.

By the 1960s, this group included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, with "Rat Pack Mascots" Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Juliet Prowse, Buddy Greco, and Shirley MacLaine. "The Rat Pack" continued to be used as the name for this group by journalists and outsiders.

When one of the members of the group was scheduled to give a performance, the others would show up for an impromptu show, resulting in a great following because one would never know who would actually perform. In 1965, the group performed at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis Missouri in their only televised concert. The famous St. Louis Gateway Arch was completed this same year and could be seen on the skyline at the time of this concert as two arching towers separated by a truss, forming the tallest U.S. monument.