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My View: Everybody Loved Somebody In New Jersey Last Night – Deana Martin At The Ciccone Theatre

My View: Everybody Loved Somebody In New Jersey Last Night – Deana Martin At The Ciccone Theatre

Deana Martin performs this tribute show to her father Dean Martin all over the country, but last night it was something special at The Ciccone Theatre in New Jersey.  The evening also honored the Scognamillo family’s world famous Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, the place that Frank, Dean, and families called their New York City home.  The evening was titled (Patsy’s) “If These Walls Could Sing”, and Paramus N.J. became Las Vegas for the night. Sal Scognamillo the Chef/Owner who proudly wears the the Chef Jacket and carries on the almost 70 year old tradition brought the food, a few stories (if his walls could talk) and the lobby of the Ciccone became his restaurant before and after the show. 

Deana Martin posses all the unique talents and charisma of her father and she recreates the music of the golden years of night club entertainment in her act.  The darkened room, an off-stage announcement “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Sands Hotel is proud to present”……..the exciting big band intro, and the coolest handsomest singer to ever walk out on a stage turning to his music director and asking “ How long have I been on”?  Deana did indeed make the walls sing with her dad’s music and she also brought along some touching home movies and memorable  vintage film clips of Uncle Frank and her father performing. Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti was her added guest for this show.  Peter A. LeDonne the Director of Community and Cultural affairs at The Ciccone Theatre brought history making music and history making food to his audience and Everybody Loved Somebody in Paramus last night.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to BroadwayWorld.com)

Deana Martin & Dean Martin

Deana Martin

Sal Scognamillo

John Griffith & Deana Martin

Eda Sorokoff & John Griffith

Tony Lo Bianco, Eda Sorokoff, John Griffith, Alyse Lo Bianco

Peter LeDonne & Tony Darrow

Stephen Sorokoff & Deana Martin

Jamie deRoy & Christina Rose

(For complete photos of this show go to BroadwayWorld.com)

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email: stephensorokoff@gmail.com

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