Hey, Cool Cats & Swingin' Chicks! Welcome back to Las Vegas, the hippest place in the world!
Yep, my ol' agent and pal Ben Siegel, God rest his soul, dreamed for years about turning this spot of sand into the Atlantic City of the west, and damned if his dream hasn't come true! While his grand opening of the Flamingo didn't quite go as planned I'm sure Ben would be tickled pink to see how his dream has come true, and love to see the show we have tonight with those swingingest, most happenin' Cats Frank, Dean, and Sammy here at the fabulous Sands Casino.
These three are the epitome of Cool, and we're lucky to have them here for this New Year's Gala. And speaking of cool, did you know that those three are pretty much singularly responsible for integrating this town? Yep, Frank and Dean refused to play any Casino that didn't let Sammy have his own dressing room and place on the stage. Any other cats that tried that would be thrown out of the joint (or, let's be honest, into a hole in the desert...pretend I didn't say that out loud, folks!). And now see them all, solo, together, however. Seriously, these guys make it up as they go along. Who knows what's going to happen?
And forget the bubbly,folks, 'cause the old classic cocktail the Martini (did you know Dean's last name pre-Anglicization is Martini?) is on the stage tonight in a triple-feature of its own, in three different versions!
And next, the Dean, with his breakout hit Volare:
And last, but certainly not least, Sammy Davis, jr., with a few friends. You'll see what I mean:
Bravisimo! What could be better than that?
How about a Martini or three? First, the Classic itself:
Classic Gin Martini Cocktail:
Stir over ice, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an olive. Or, well, that's the classic. Find your own version is my advice. Remember, folks, experiment!
Next, how about an interesting take on the Martini, the Gibson:
Stir over ice, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a cocktail onion.
And Finally, an experiment favored by friend-of-the-show Ian Flemming's trendy new literary spy James Bond, the Vesper Martini. I hear Ian even has a movie deal in the works!
Shaken, not stirred, over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.
W...well, th...those were fan...fantast....great, folks. Have three more! Responsibly, of course. Tip y'r waitresses! And...wait, folks, is that...it is! Frankie and Sammy on the stage together!!
That's friendship, folks! Together forever like a man and his shadow!
And now, the count down as midnight approaches: 5...4...3...2..1...Ring-a-ding-ding, Happy New Year!! Auld Langsyne and all that from the Cabaret and the Cap'n to you and yours. Keep swingin' folks, and see you all next year!
Wait, could someone tell me what Johnny Carson is doing up on the stage? Woooo, folks, a final encore with the whole Pack!