It started with Sinatra, and it has never stopped. On Saturday evening, April 29th, Steve Kalafer and Peter LeDonne, will present Patsy’s: If These Walls Could Sing, at the Ciccone Theatre at 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. For one historic, and glittering night only, The Rat Pack comes alive, again.
Sponsored by Flemington Car & Truck Family of Dealerships, Patsy’s: If These Walls Could Sing, is a Gala Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and the restaurant they called home – the world-famous Patsy’s Italian Restaurant of New York.
This Red Carpet event will feature Patsy’s celebrated cuisine in a Under-The-Stars Reception, as well as a Post-Performance Party in the Ciccone Theatre’s Grand Lobby. Mingle with Hollywood legends, Industry singing sensations and award-winning musicians just like you can at Patsy’s every night in New York on West 56th Street.
Sal Scognamillo’s, Patsy’s globally esteemed Proprietor/Chef and award-winning author, of Patsy’s (If These Walls Could Sing) will host a line-up of Patsy’s regulars who will regale the audience with never-before heard “Patsy’s stories” between the evening’s concert performances. With an audience filled with Patsy’s regulars who knows who will pick up the mike!
Dean Martin’s daughter and singing sensation, Deana Martin, and her famous band will take the stage in an extraordinary tribute to her Dad and her “Uncle” Frank!
Opening for Miss Martin will be America’s Got Talent’s wunderkind, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti.
At the evening’s end during the Post-Performance Party, each audience member will be gifted with a copy of Sal Scognamillo’s newest and best-selling autographed cookbook.
Talk about dinner and a show!
For Reservations: 201-447–7428 or Tickets.bergen.edu
Patsy’s opened in 1944 with Pasquale “Patsy” Scognamillo as chef, his wife, Concetta, and, as soon as they were able, children Joseph and Anna lending a hand serving and greeting an ever-growing loyal following. In over seventy years, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has had only three chefs, the late Patsy Scognamillo himself, his son Joe and now, Joe’s son, Sal, who has been running the kitchen for the past 30 years.
Today, 236 West 56 Street, otherwise known as Patsy’s is one of the toughest places to get a table in New York. Being a celebrity, by the way, doesn’t help. It’s more difficult not to find a famous face at Patsy’s. The legendary dining destination has been known for years as Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant and has become a favorite with countless stars including Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, George and Amal Clooney, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Bublé, Ben Stiller, Tony Danza, Al Pacino, Placido Domingo, Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Tom Hanks, Madonna, George Clooney, Rappers Heavy “D” and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Keanu Reeves, Jonathan Demme, Tony Bennett, Don King, Robert DeNiro, Don Rickles, Jaclyn Smith, Phyllis George, Stephen King, Calvin Klein, Carroll O’Connor, Jon Bon Jovi, Rush Limbaugh, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara Stiller, Chris Noth, Jaime Farr, Chevy Chase, Cheryl Ladd, Huey Lewis, and Patty LaBelle, to name several. In addition, our patrons have also included the late Mario Puzo, James Gandolfini, John F. Kennedy Jr., Farrah Fawcett, Rosemary Clooney, and many others.
And, they don’t come ‘to be seen.’ They come to eat. Linguine Puttanesca, Penne alla Vodka, Tortellini Bolognese, Spaghetti or Whole-wheat Pasta Marinara, and Cannelloni with Meat Sauce. Patsy’s Italian Restaurant’s famous sauces, made from the freshest ingredients, are available in better supermarkets and specialty food stores throughout the U.S. The tomato-based sauces, 100% natural, with no preservatives or added sugar, are available in six varieties, including Marinara, Tomato Basil, Fra Diavolo, Puttanesca, Vodka, and Pizzaiola.
The show business connection started with a crooner named Sinatra. For him, it was home.
Aunt Anna Scognamillo tells it best: ‘He was at the Paramount, and he was brought into our restaurant by the Dorsey Brothers. ‘This kid can really sing,’ said Tommy, ‘but you got to fatten him up. He’s too skinny.’ Frank fell in love with our whole family, and we loved him right back.
When my mother was busy, Frank would answer the phone, take reservations and mix drinks.’ ”
Peter LeDonne is now the Director of Community and Cultural Affairs at Bergen Community College. A successful advertising and marketing executive Peter LeDonne was the owner and partner of Ash/LeDonne, Inc. one of the most prominent entertainment marketing firms in the Industry. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and London, the agency represented theatre, films, personalities, record companies and major entertainment venues. While working on over 1000 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, Mr. LeDonne altered the way theatre was marketed – worldwide. He made the first live-action television commercial for the original Broadway production of Bob Fosse’s Pippin. The seismically successful commercial delivered an entirely new audience to Broadway and, by so doing, redefined the lengths of successful Broadway runs from several months to several years. In addition to Broadway, Ash/LeDonne also represented many other major clients such as: Resorts International Hotels and Casinos; The Sands Hotel & Casino; Helmsley Hotels; Radio City Music Hall Productions; Universal Studios; Crum & Forster Insurance; Marcal Paper Products; Metro One Cellular Telephone System; First Jersey Securities; Doubleday Publishing; St. Martin’s Press as well as Janis Joplin, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow and Elton John. He has also produced for the stage in New York and London and was one of the first Americans invited to The Soviet Union to produce films for several dance companies, folk troupes and The Moscow Circus. Over a period of several weeks, he and his film crew were permitted to travel throughout Russia, documenting both performance and behind the scenes material. The subsequent promotional films and commercials made the U.S. tours of those companies an unprecedented triumph. Upon his return to the USA, he signed The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Joffrey Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Moiseyev Dance Company and The Bolshoi to his Agency’s glittering roster. When he added television and film production to his endeavors, he achieved early success with his first production, Curtain Call, which began a partnership with Steve Kalafer and was nominated for an Academy Award®. One year later their Sister Rose’s Passion was also nominated for an Academy Award®. He has since produced four other films; directed two; the most recent production, Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer. Mr. LeDonne has been the recipient of several major advertising industry awards, including: The Clio, The Andy, The International Broadcasting Award, The Big Apple Award, The London International Advertising Award and others. He actively supports several non-profit organizations, which expose young people to the arts, particularly The Actors’ Fund of America, American Theatre Wing, Young Audiences and Arts Horizons. His pro-bono work has included producing, a live benefit performance of Come a Waltzing With Me, An Evening With Zoe Caldwell for Young Audiences and a documentary film, The Power of The Arts, featuring Harold Prince, Celeste Holm and Robert Whitehead, for Arts Horizons.
Deana Martin is a world-class entertainer who is equally comfortable with a celebrated symphony, at a legendary concert hall or on an intimate cabaret stage with a swinging jazz quintet. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, a gifted actor, a vocalist of incredible depth and passion and a licensed pilot. When talent is part of the family pedigree it can sometimes be difficult for an artist to forge an individual path, Deana Martin has successfully navigated that tricky terrain. Deana’s latest album, Swing Street is a collection of songs which capture the essence of this consummate entertainer who is equally at ease performing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind,” as she is singing Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” Swing Street was recorded at Capitol Records Studio A in Hollywood and features a cast of preeminent LA musicians under the batons of legendary arranger and conductor Patrick Williams and Chris Walden. On this, her fifth album release, Deana also pays tribute to three men who helped guide and encourage her performing career: Uncles Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra and, most certainly, her Dad, Dean Martin. The album is an elegant mix of jazz and blues inspired songs. Swing Street was produced by Deana’s husband John Griffeth. The orchestra is a who’s who of the best Hollywood musicians. Among them are: Gene Cipriano, Bob Sheppard, Don Shelton, Tre Henry, Sal Lozano, Wayne Bergeron, Bob McChesney, Andy Martin, Ray Brinker, Jason Lee and Deana’s pianist and music director, Rick Krive. Deana’s smash 2013 release, Destination Moon, offers her distinctive take on jazz and pop classics, including the song “True Love,” a duet with her father. “To record that song with my Dad,” says Deana, “was an incredible highlight in my life and another dream come true. When we listened to the playback I was thrilled to hear how beautifully our voices blended together. It’s an unbelievable memory that I’ll carry with me forever.” Destination Moon followed Deana’s 2006 top ten hit CD Memories Are Made Of This, her acclaimed holiday collection, White Christmas, and Volare, which entered Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart at No. 22 and Billboard’s Heatseeker chart at No. 7. Among the projects she is most passionate about these days, is seeing her best-selling book, Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughters Eyes, become a movie. Joe Mantegna is slated to direct the film with Jennifer Love Hewitt set to star as Deana. Actress/writer Bonnie Hunt is writing the screenplay. Speaking of her Dad, Deana says, “My dad would always say ‘Deana, when you dream, dream big, because dreams do come true. There’s nothing you can’t do, honey, if you really set your mind to it and work hard.’ And that’s exactly what I do, because knowing that he believed in me has always given me the strength and determination to shoot for the moon!” Armed with an abundance of talent, a dedicated work ethic and a buoyant personality, Deana was determined to step out from her famous father’s shadow and launch her own successful entertainment career. Deana received her formal education from Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom. She has amassed a wealth of stage experience including roles in Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Six Rms Riv Vu and The Tunnel of Love. Her first major break was in the National Touring Company of Neil Simon’s play, The Star Spangled Girl with Jimmy Boyd and George Hamilton. Deana’s acting career expanded into film with the 1968 western “Young Billy Young” co-starring Robert Mitchum and Angie Dickinson. Her movie career continued with staring roles in “Strangers at Sunrise” with George Montgomery and “A Voice in the Night” with Vitto Scotti. In addition to her work as an actress, Deana also signed a contract with Reprise Records and scored hits singles with the “Girl of the Month Club” and “When He Remembers Me” produced by Lee Hazelwood.
Sal Valentinetti is an Italian-American crooner know best for his flawless vocals, larger than life personality and his heart of gold. Born August 26, 1995 to Steve and Maria Valentinetti, Sal was raised in the small town of Bethpage, New York. From a very young age Sal was influenced by his grandmother, Tina Valentinetti, to love the musical genius of the classic crooner sounds of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. At the young age of fifteen Sal realized the hidden talent he possessed and began performing his flawless tribute to the great Frank Sinatra. Before long the world would come to know him as “Sal the Voice” In 2016, Season 11 of the NBC hit show “Americas Got Talent” was taken by storm by Sal Valentinetti. The 20 year old College Student that delivered Pizza for his cousins Italian restaurant was now in the spot light. Belting out the classic Frank Sinatra hit “My Way” Sal not only received a standing ovation but got the coveted “Golden Buzzer” from judge Heide Klum, who he later performed a duo with singing “Santa Baby”. Although Sal did not win the overall competition, he rose to stardom and his professional music career was launched. Sal left for Hollywood as a pizza delivery man and returned home to Bethpage as a National Rock Star. His live show, featuring his new band “The Black Tie Brass”, is now in great demand. Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti sold out three Christmas Shows at the now famous, Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. Then his dream came true, an opportunity to perform in the round at one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite venues, The Theatre at Westbury- (Formerly The Westbury Music Fair). Sal loves to tell the story of how his father saved up just enough money to see Frank Sinatra on June 11, 1975 in Westbury. The Valentinetti family returned to Westbury on March 3, 2017 andthey watched with pride as Sal performed his 90 minute show to a sold out crowd of 3,000 people just like his idol, Frank Sinatra. After Sal’s successful sell out shows at home, he teamed up with some of the country’s top promoters and agents like Brian Rosenberg, Robert Maffia, Fever Entertainment and TCI Talent Agency and is now touring the country as one of the hottest new performers on the scene. In between shows on the road, Sal is in the studio working on his first EP which is scheduled to be out in Spring of 2017 and a Christmas Album due out September 2017. Sal has also become a dominate force on Social Networking reaching up to a quarter million people per video and over 300,000 followers. It all started with that first appearance on America’s Got Talent where the judges unanimously agreed he was a star, but Heidi Klum declared “I like the way you talk. I like the way you sing. I like everything about you” and she pounded the magical button that launched his “Golden Ticket” to stardom. We are currently finding out that it was not only a game changer for Sal but it has created a revival in music. The standards of yester-year are now being listened to by 4 generations of Americans and music lovers abroad. “Old Blue Eyes” would be proud.
Steve Kalafer is a distinguished businessman who entered the automotive industry in 1973 and has since grown his automotive business, Flemington Car & Truck Country to include showrooms and service centers in 8 locations for 18 franchises. Mr. Kalafer has been deeply involved in Somerset County, Hunterdon County and New Jersey civic undertakings. He has founded several boards and served as an appointee to Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Economic Master Plan Commission for New Jersey and chaired the Transportation subcommittee and served on the Department of Treasury’s transition team. Additionally, he is a board member of the New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Company, The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and RWJ/Barnabas Hospital. He served as Chairman of the Somerset Health Care Foundation, Chairman of the New Jersey Public Research Organization, Member of the NJIT Board of Overseers, and serves as Treasurer of the Actors Fund of America. He was awarded the Actors Fund of America Medal of Honor in April 2013. Steve has been presented with several Hunterdon County community awards including: the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, The Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Golden Award presented by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, the Citizen of the Year Award by the Flemington Elks and the Hunterdon County YMCA Man of the Year Award. He also has been awarded the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious Torch of Liberty Award, named the Ernst and Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year in New Jersey, honored by the Women’s Crisis Services of Hunterdon County and received the Spirit of Jane Rodney Award. He was honored as the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2016. Steve’s first love is baseball. He is the Chairman of the 6 time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots. Home for the Patriots is TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ. TD Bank Ballpark has been designated the Best of the Ballparks by Baseball Digest. Steve also produced many documentaries and entertainment projects through his company, New Jersey Pictures. He is a three time Academy Award nominee for his films MORE, an animated short film, CURTAIN CALL, and SISTER ROSE’S PASSION. Steve and his wife Suzanne reside in Gladstone, New Jersey. They have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua and five grandsons, Zachary, Broden, Caleb, Tristan and Elliot.