Tribute show for two of the Rat Pack rejuvenated by two modern day crooners

Tony Haley and Andrew Leonard will be performing as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin at Crookwell RSL on August 18.
Tony Haley and Andrew Leonard will be performing as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin at Crookwell RSL on August 18.

Love Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin?

Well, head over to Crookwell RSL Club on August 18 and see The Rat Bags perform their classic songs in their new show Come Fly With Me

Tony Haley, who plays Frank Sinatra, and Andrew Leonard, who plays Dean Martin, form the duet. 

They will perform songs such as That’s Amore, Fly Me To The Moon and – Haley’s favourite – New York, New York, as it means it is nearly time to go to the bar.

The Rat Bags were formerly a band of three with Leonard having the role of Elvis Presley, but after the member playing Dean Martin left, he took that role.

“We had a show called One Night In Vegas where there was another guy who was Dean Martin and I was Elvis,” Leonard said.

“The guy pulled out and I took his spot.”

Haley said the name of the band was the Australian equivalent of the then “Rat Pack”.

“You do what you do well, but don’t take it too seriously and have fun at the same time,” Haley said.

The Rat Bags have been entertaining for over a decade and althoughthey base their act on the two renowned singers, they like to incorporate their own individuality to it. 

“We put our own spin on it,” Leonard said.

“We don’t try to imitate them too much.”

Leonard has performed for more than 14 years around the country and internationally, while Haley has worked with big names in the industry, such as Glenn Shorrock and Doug Parkinson.  

Leonard said he loved Dean Martin because of his voice and funniness.

“He’s a very funny man and very talented,” Leonard said.

“I love his voice because it is so smooth, soothing and very easy to listen to.”

The two have been friends for about 15 years, so banter has long been strong between the two.

When Leonard said he felt he was the better singer of the two, Haley laughed it off.

“He wouldn’t say that when he’s sober,” Haley quipped.

“We’ll both be out to impress in Crookwell.”

Tickets are $25 and can be booked directly at the Crookwell RSL Club or by emailing Andrew Leonard at andrew@lemvis.com

Doors open at 7pm with the event commencing from 8pm.

You do what you do well, but don’t take it too seriously and have fun at the same time.

Tony 'Frank Sinatra' Haley