The people of Paradise were taken back to a swingin’ time filled with martinis, big band music, and the performances of Marilyn Monroe; Dean Martin; and Frank Sinatra, as the Rat Pack tribute band, Dean-O-Holics, took to the stage of the Paradise Performing Arts Center on Sept. 28.
Gigantic, sparkly, cardboard martini glasses and a mini bar were part of the decorations used to capture that 1960s Las Vegas feel for the small audience. Monroe, portrayed by Sherri-Lynn Labiossonniere, first came out in a lovely, foliage-style dress to perform “I Wanna Be Loved by You.”
The energy was cranked up 110 percent, when Peter “not Lawford” Petty came running out to the stage with his wild and crazy antics. He told the audience his name and admitted he was a “Dean-O-Holic.” Petty doesn’t impersonate any of the famous members of the original Rat Pack, but his presence is certainly a welcome one. He started his bit with a rendition of Sinatra’s “I’m Gonna Live until I Die” and followed it with Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife.”
Dean-O-Holics came to Paradise with the songs ready to go, but their antics were unscripted – which made the show extra special. When Martin, portrayed by Bob Caudle, would come out to sing “All in a Night’s Work” and “Everybody Loves Somebody,” the Swingin Lil Big Band would provide the music, but they would sometimes go off cue. Toward the end of one song, David Johnson busted out a cavalry call on the trumpet.
Between sets, Martin and Sinatra, portrayed by Mike Martas, would crack jokes about one another. Even during the songs, Martin, Sinatra, and Petty would slip in a few jokes that would make it difficult for the group to keep a straight face. But they were all having a good time, and their enjoyment was felt by the people in the audience.
The one member missing from the Rat Pack tribute was Sammy Davis Jr. But, fortunately, the band was able to get his son, Sammy Davis Jr. Jr., to perform a few songs. In actuality, it was Petty who came out – dressed in gold Hammer pants and sporting a pair of glasses with one of the lenses missing. As he made his way to the stage, the Swingin’ Lil Big Band performed MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.”
“Picture a white cat sounding like Sammy Davis Jr.,” Petty told the audience.
Petty performed “The Candy Man,” but substituted some of the lyrics with “The Sammy Man can,” and followed it with “Mr. Bojangles.”
The members of Dean-O-Holics are filled with energy during their entire two-hour performance. Caudle is near-perfect when it comes to his portrayal as the legendary Martin, and while Martas doesn’t quite sound like Sinatra’s, his singing is still superb.
With the unexpected jokes and the wonderful tunes, the Dean-O-Holics is a show for both the young and the old to enjoy. And Caudle mentioned in an interview that their show is not the same every time. So, if you’ve seen them before, be sure you see them again soon.
Set list (First half):
“I Wanna Be Loved by You” (Marilyn Monroe)
“I’m Gonna Live until I Die” (Peter Petty singing Frank Sinatra)
“Mack the Knife” (Peter Petty singing Bobby Darin)
“All in a Night’s Work” (Dean Martin)
“Everybody Loves Somebody” (Dean Martin)
“Come Fly with Me” (Frank Sinatra)
“I’ve Got the World on a String” (Frank Sinatra)
“The Candy Man” (Peter Petty singing Sammy Davis Jr.)
“Mr. Bojangles” (Peter Petty singing Sammy Davis Jr.)
“Return to Me” (Dean Martin)
“The Lady is a Tramp” (Frank Sinatra with the Dean-O-Holics version of The Gold Diggers)
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (Frank Sinatra with the Dean-O-Holics version of The Gold Diggers)
“Artificial Flowers” (Dean, Frank, and Peter)
“Reefer Man”/“When the Saints Go Marching In” (Peter Petty performing Cab Calloway)
Set list (Second half):
“The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else” (performed here by Frank, Dean, Peter, and Marilyn)
“Fly Me to the Moon” (Frank Sinatra)
“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?” (Dean Martin)
“Dance with Me” (Dean Martin)
“More” (Peter Petty singing Bobby Darin)
“The Way You Look Tonight” (Frank Sinatra)
“What Kind of Fool Am I” (Peter Petty singing Sammy Davis Jr.)
“King of the Road” (originally sang by Roger Miller; performed here by Dean, Frank, and Peter with “Queen” being used instead of “King”)
“Minnie the Moocher” (Peter Petty singing Cab Calloway)
“My Way” (Frank Sinatra)
“New York, New York” (Frank and Dean)
“That’s Amore” (Dean Martin)