Tracey Davis: Sammy Davis Jr.'s Story Broadway Bound?

Tracey Davis: Sammy Davis Jr.'s Story Broadway Bound?

Tracey Davis visits Access Hollywood Live to talk about her second book about life with her famous father, Sammy Davis Jr. What does she envision for telling her dad’s story on Broadway? And, who does the best impression of her father? Plus, Tracey’s daughter, Montana, joins her; what does she think of her grandfather’s old performances? Tracey’s book, “Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey With My Father,” is available now.

Welcome back to "Access Hollywood live." Sammy Davis Jr. Daughter's Tracey Davis. Somebody get me a martini. I know it's early. Just we're there. We're in the space. Tracey, you're thinking Broadway, taking your dad's story to Broadway. What are we envisioning? I just -- when I think about dad and like I said most of his career was on the stage live, I've been thinking about it for years and said where else does he belong where you can do all the singing and dancing and acting and go through history at same time and perfect natural fit for him. Who do you cast? Of all the Sammy Davis Jr. Impersonations like Billy Chris trol, a whole bunch of people, who does the sfwhes. Oh, gosh. I don't know. Every time I hear it, I think I don't know if that sounds like him. When Billy does it he makes me laugh. When I was talking to somebody about Broadway who's going to play him and goes Billy crystal. I bust out laughing and he goes, no, I was serious. I go no, you're not. No more politically incorrect thing to do than wear black face. You can't do that. I can see it on Broadway. Who played him before? Did don Cheadle play him? He played him once. You know, there's a -- when they redid "Hair spray" and on TV the lead -- the opposite lead, sang and danced and did a couple of steps and I said oh, my god he looks exactly like dad and he's not tall, you know, and his facial features look a lot like dad. So I like him. I like Andre Benjamin. I like him. Yeah. A bunch of other -- there's other people but I think like I said, it lends it itself. When you go to Broadway, you know they're going to move it in a second but you're ready to give yourself over to it. To Broadway wouldn't be Sammy's act on stage. No. It would be his life. Well, your dad would be very proud. Your daughter, Montana, who is here, we have to bring her over, is following in his footsteps a little bit. She is. Montana, come on over. Where is she? You got running sneakers on. She's horrified right now. Come sit by mom. Now do you sing? What a beautiful name, Montana. How did she get the name Montana? I shot commercials with Joe Montana and that was her name. Looking a the Joe Montana. I'm going to name my child after you. Have you studied your grand dad. I've looked at like when he was performing before and I'm just like it's so crazy, the audience. He just like everyone just is like, mesmerized by him. It's amazing. Talk about a guy who knows how to center the energy of the Earth. It's a difficult thing to do. You sing? I do sing. What do you sing? Do you sing old stuff like grandpa? I like acoustic pop. You write stuff? Yeah. Love writing. I'm studying in school too. Wait a minute. Nobody better to keep the legacy of Sammy going. On Broadway. Casting on Broadway. I know. New York. We have to go. James, control the casting yet. Tell me about being in your room and hearing a song you loved. Well she -- she is so fabulous, but when she was -- when she sent me music I didn't know it was her. I said who's that? She said mom, it's me. I said, it is? She said yeah. I said who wrote the song? She goes, I did. I said so -- she basically was in her room with a Mr. Microphone and E didn't have all this equipment, not like a studio. This great voice, this fabulous presence. I'm stunned by it I really am. So hopefully all good things to her. She deserves it. Can she sing now? That's a lot of pressure. That's tough. Mortified. Tell me a joke, tell me a joke. Be funny. I didn't know if she could be ready. You never know. What's the greatest advice your father, the great Sammy Davis Jr., ever gave you? Best thing he ever said? Learn and soak up every bit of knowledge you can and I learned that even when we were -- when dad was passing away and sometimes he couldn't talk and we held hands and he -- but he was such a student of life. You know, he loved every moment of it. And you saw him on stage you know he wasn't going to phone it in. You're going to sit back and sometimes he would do another 20 minutes because he felt like it and he really kind of -- he came up slowly and knew how to work the audience and I think people knew that. And they appreciated it. It's a time that I think is -- that people still reminisce about and love. What he navigated, entertainment wise, racially at that time, holy mackerel. Sammy Davis Jr. A personal journey with my father is in stores right now.