Heavenly shades of night — this sounds like a blast. “Mad Men” cast members will host an old-fashioned, Rat Pack-style music and comedy revue next week at the El Rey Theater as a fundraiser for the L.A. chapter of the Recording Academy.
Lionsgate is calling it “a night of music, comedy and cocktails,” and to facilitate the latter it has recruited Chivas Regal as a sponsor. Cast members set to appear include Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano) pictured left; Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey); Maggie Siff (Rachel Menken); Robert Morse (Bert Cooper); Mark Moses (Duck Phillips); Patrick Fischler (Jimmy Barrett); Melinda McGraw (Bobbi Barrett); Colin Hanks (Father Gill); Alison Brie (Trudy Campbell); Crista Flanagan (Lois Sadler); and Joel Murray (Freddy Rumsen). Also on tap are “Mad Men” scribe Robin Veith, director Michael Uppendahl, set designer Adam Rowe, set decorator Amy Wells and costume designer Janie Bryant.
“Mad Men” composer David Carbonara said he got the idea “A Night on the Town with ‘Mad Men'” after hearing that BBC radio hosted a “Mad Men” night playing songs from the era. The fundraiser will benefit the local Recording Acad chapter’s music education and professional development programs. (As an added bonus, the El Rey happens to be a stone’s throw from Variety’s office.)
“Since fans always say the show makes them want a cocktail, I thought the perfect way to quench that ‘Mad Men’ thirst would be to do a live, musical show featuring our actors and celebrating not just the music but the culture of the time,” Carbonara said. “In the early 1960s these kind of shows were very popular; Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason and, of course, the Rat Pack loved to combine musical numbers with easy going banter and comedy – so why not bring back that format for all of us who watch the show and want to step into it for a night?”
Hey, I’m there.