The Rat Pack ‘Returns’ to Arts Foundation Aug. 23

Long Beach Township — The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies will feel more like Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. with the “Rat Pack Together Again” show. Tony Sands, event producer and director, portrays Frank Sinatra. Robert Cabella plays Dean Martin while Jeff Foote impersonates Sammy Davis Jr.. Together, they bring their audience the best of the Rat Pack songs, comedy, skits, on-stage banter and their individual hits.

Sands said he will perform Sinatra staples such as “My Way,” “New York, New York,” “That’s Life” and “Come Fly With Me.” Cabella’s Dean Martin features hits such as “That’s Amore,” “Everybody Loves Somebody” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” Foote will sing Davis’ signature tunes including “Mr. Bojangles,” “Me and My Shadow” and “I Gotta Be Me.”

“Like Sammy, Jeff is also a great tap dancer,” said Sands. “This show is a lot more than singing. We like to portray how they interacted with each other. That was a huge part of their act.”

Sands, who has taken his Sinatra tribute all over the United States, caught the singing bug in South Philly.

“When I was 12 or 13 years old, that’s when I first wanted to sing,” he said. “My family played Sinatra records all the time, and I started singing along. The next thing I knew, I just fell in love with his music … and here I am.”

Sands has performed at the Zanzibar Blue Jazz Club and The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, The Harvard Club in New York City, and Atlantic City venues such as the Tropicana Casino & Resort, Trump Castle Hotel Casino and Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. Last year, he brought his “It Was a Very Good Year” Sinatra tribute to the Foundation.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For more information, call the Foundation at 609-494-1241.

—E.E.

Reposted from The Sandpaper