Are you planning on booking a Rat Pack tribute show? If so, you are in for a treat! However, as with any type of event entertainment, there are certain mistakes that you should avoid. This blog post will provide you with a comprehensive list of the top 10 mistakes to avoid when booking a Rat Pack tribute show. Whether you are planning a corporate event, a fundraiser, or any special event, this guide will help you make the most of your entertainment options and ensure that your guests have a great time.
Here are the top 10 mistakes to avoid:
1. The Talent
The talent and character portrayal not up to par – This is an easy one to avoid, but the tricky part is avoiding the temptation of lower pricing.
Their marketing is unprofessional – Not the deadliest of sins, but this is your first clue to problems down the road. If their follow-up is slow, their marketing materials and collateral are kind of cheesy, or looks like it was put together by a 6th grader, you may want to take a pass. How you do anything is how you do everything.
Inexperienced performers – If the show you are considering does not have a long client list, a great deal of testimonials, or references, perhaps they are not that experienced. Let them learn on someone else’s dime. One possible exception: If they really appear fabulous, and you have a tiny budget and not a lot at stake, it may be a wise compromise.
Last-minute substitutions that are not up to par – We all know that “life” happens, but like any professional production there are understudies and substitute performers who are well-trained and talented that should be available. Particularly in the case of a Rat Pack show, where the three principals are vital to the success of the show.
They are not flexible or adaptable – Not every situation is the same, and quite frequently some flexibility is required for some aspect of the engagement. Most situations can be dealt with in a creative and professional manner, so any excessive complaining, whining or “diva-like” behavior should raise some red flags.
Not getting everything in writing – Clarity is power, so get everything in writing, including logistics, pricing and payment, incidental charges, travel, dressing room, riders, contingencies, show requirements, venue requirements, meals, props, etc.
Show is not appropriate to the audience – Different strokes for different folks, and you will want to ensure ahead of time that the show is tailored to the crowd. Although a Rat Pack show may be a bit racy in the nightclub environment, it should be squeaky clean for the corporate event.
You are not clear on communicating your needs – How you want the show run is actually in your hands. It is up to you as the client to tell the group what you need, what you do not want to happen, and how they could accommodate your preference without compromising the entertainment the show has to offer.
Rehearsal time for the musicians included in fee – Not an issue if they bring their own recorded music (their technical playback needs should be in the rider). If using a live band, they bring charts and include rehearsal time for the musicians in their fee.
10. Promotional Materials
You can use their promotional materials – Performers should have promo materials for your use, such as posters, images, videos. Also, see if they will assist in promotion via media interviews or promoting to their database.
About the Guest Author
Art is the writer-producer of “The Rat Pack Now,” featuring his Dean Martin portrayal. In addition to this show’s current 17-year run, he’s previously toured locally, regionally, nationally and abroad with his original productions, “Lucy, We Have Company!” and “My Big Fat Italian Wedding” plus his many custom-designed tribute shows for the corporate entertainment and special events markets.
Hire the Best Rat Pack Tribute Show
Any one of these 10 mistakes could derail a wonderful Rat Pack tribute show, so consider all of the above when booking your show. This will not be a problem when dealing with experienced professionals like The Rat Pack Now.
Rat Pack Tribute Shows are available from Funny Business Agency. Booking the Rat Pack Now tribute show is easy. Just fill out the form on the right to get more information or to book the show.