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Dinner With Dean Martin (Philip Contini And His Be Happy Band)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

If you need to warm up a crowd, serve them a fine meal. While the diners enjoy light, fresh Italian food somewhat more elaborate than a big pizza pie, the Be Happy Band lays on background jazz, the applause increasing as the audience explores Vincaffe’s epic wine list. Over coffee, front man Philip Contini joins the band, giving a spirited performance of Dino’s best known songs. He doesn’t quite have the range to match his idol, though, and spends too long chewing over the Rat Pack legend’s biography, when he should be letting the songs speak for themselves. Still, with all the essentials served up and a merry, enthusiastic audience, the show’s better than a kick in the head.

Vincaffe, 14, 21, 28 Aug, 7.00 pm (10.30pm), £32.00, fpp203.
tw rating 3/5