Carol O’Shaughnessy: The Rat Pack and Me

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Carol O’Shaughnessy

The Rat Pack and Me

Moonshine Room, Club Café, Boston, MA, November 13, 2021

Reviewed by John Amodeo

Carol O’Shaughnessy

If you weren’t at the Club Cafe’s Moonshine Room on Saturday, November 13to see Carol O’Shaughnessy’s show, The Rat Pack and Me, then you missed a happening. Such events of thrilling entertainment come along so rarely that you have to just pinch yourself to know that you are actually there and it’s not a dream.

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Using a tight script written by Jack Neary, Carol spent the evening confiding in the audience about her youthful brush with the famous members of the Rat Pack at the Sands Hotel in 1960. As she told her story, she had the audience in the palm of her hand every moment. In between confidences, she wove songs made famous by Frank, Sammy, and Dean.

Accompanied by the remarkable seven-piece Tom LaMark Orchestra with a full horn and reed section, Carol was in full swing from her opening “Ring-a-Ding-Ding!” to her closing “Just Once in a Lifetime.” “You Make Me Feel So Young” had a lovely bounce to it. Then there were her ballads, and few people can turn on a dime from raucous laughter to poignant heart-wrenching moments like Carol. During “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and “Mr. Bojangles” you could hear a pin drop.

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Same with “The Hungry Years,” a rarely heard gem recorded by Sinatra in 1976. And everyone enjoyed singing along to “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.” Sure, there were a few hiccups, but that’s to be expected with a first performance of a dense 90-minute play with music. Judging by the three standing ovations she received, we can only hope that Carol might do this again, when she’s fully settled into the role. She might need a bigger venue and a longer run, because I would bet good money that the whole sold-out room of more than 100 people would want to go again; never mind that those who missed this show who would want their chance at seeing such an extraordinary performance.

John Amodeo

John Amodeo has been a contributing writer to Cabaret Scenes since 1998, has written cabaret articles for, was a cabaret journalist for Bay Windows (1999-2005), and then for Edge Publications (2005-present).  John has been producer, assistant producer, and host for several Boston-area cabaret galas over the past 25 years, and produced Brian De Lorenzo’s MACC-nominated recording “Found Treasures.” His liner notes grace several cabaret CDs. John holds degrees in landscape architecture from Cornell and Harvard Universities, and has been practicing landscape architecture in Boston for 35 years, where he is a partner in his firm. John was a founding member of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA), and served as BACA Vice President for 2 terms. He is happily married to his favorite cabaret artist Brian De Lorenzo.