At the Beverly Hilton
Samm Mapp & Tony
at The Cuillo Center
CABARET CROONER, TONY MESSINA,
October, 2008.....Cabaret crooner Tony Messina brings his successful show, DINO, A Tribute to Dean Martin, to Manhattan's Metropolitan Room for a four-night run beginning Wed., November 5th. He'll be backed by musical director/pianist Barry Levitt and bass player, Tom Hammond.
In preparation for his show, Messina researched Dean Martin's life for many years. Besides all the material in books, magazines, news articles and TV shows, he viewed film footage housed in Hollywood archives and not seen by most of the public.
"This is not an impersonation, nor an impression," Tony says, "but Dean Martin had such charisma, magnetism and charm when he performed, that my entire focus is attempting to capture that essence and have audiences enjoy and remember him for all the many songs he was identified with, made so popular and the infectious humor he shared with us, as well.
DINO follows Dean's lifetime path, and
covers his his film career, his iconic Rat Pack status,
competition with Frank Sinatra, and the ups-and-downs of his
relationship with Jerry Lewis.
Tony's previous sold-out DINO shows include engagements in Nantucket, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, Aspen and Tucson.
Stage and film producer Mel Brooks says, "Dino is blazingly funny and touching;" "Tony Messina's Dino show was brilliant," from Herb Goldsmith, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer of the 2006 Revival of Glen Gary Glenn Ross; "Dino is a must see," says Thom Smith of the Palm Beach Post; and Dick Robinson of WXEL, West Palm Beach said, "Dino is irresistible."
Messina, a native of Philadelphia, who resides in Manhattan and Palm Beach, is also known for his jazz vocal stylings and songwriting. He has appeared live in concert from coast to coast and internationally at jazz festivals.
Tony's performed with such entertainment luminaries as George Carlin, David Letterman, Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson, Rodney Dangerfield, Merv Griffin, Stan Kenton, Lionel Hampton, Louie Bellson, and Paul Smith.
A few years ago, Messina was a guest artist for a benefit honoring Tony Bennett held by the Sons of Italy Organization. For four consecutive years, he performed at the Sinatra Invitational in Ranch Mirage, CA for Frank and Barbara Sinatra who were big fans.
Messina has several CD's on R & M Jazz Records which combine the Great American Songbook classics and original compositions. His "Soft Nights in Vegas" was chosen by WHLI Radio, New York as one of the Top 40 Albums for 2007.
Tony's latest, Britney Superstar, a rock/pop single, is available on itunes and CDBaby.
DINO, A Tribute To Dean Martin,