Deana Martin returned as my guest last week on Las Vegas Backstage Talk (AM 970 KNUU) and The Web, to promote one of her most requested shows, “Deana Sings Dino.” It will be her first time performing a weekend engagement at the South Point Hotel and Casino. Show time is 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.
“Vinnie Falcone is my music director and I’ll have a five piece quintet,” Martin said. “It’s a great band, with fabulous arrangements. It’s such a fun show! We combine home movie footage, photos, clips from TV and movies, humor and classic songs with maybe just a little updating. Of course, all the popular ones like ‘Memories Are Made of This,’ ‘That’s Amore’ and ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ will be included.
“One of the highlights is when I sing a duet with my father; people just love it. Many memories and stories.”
When I asked her about Jerry Lewis she responded “I love him!
“We sang a duet together a couple of years ago on the MDA Telethon. He had made and played this fantastic video montage, and we sang ‘Time after Time.’ It was a beautiful moment in my life and in Jerry’s. I just adore my dear Uncle Jerry, and he is one of my biggest fans! I’m one of his biggest fans also. If Uncle Jerry is feeling well, he will definitely be there.”
I guess running into celebrities is not an uncommon experience when you are at a Deana Martin performance.
“One night I was at Feinstein’s in New York performing and I got to the part in the show where I say a movie is being made of my New York Times best-selling book ‘Memories Are Made of This.’ It will be produced and directed by Joe Mantegna, the screen play written by Bonnie Hunt.
“I would just love it if Jessica Love Hewitt would play the part of me,” Martin continued. “All of a sudden I hear a voice from the audience that said ‘okay, I’ll do it.’ I looked out and there she was sitting in the audience with her mother. Now she has signed on and it’s going to happen.”
With Deana’s life soon to be depicted on the big screen, I think it’s only a matter of time before she has her own showroom here in Las Vegas. When asked if she would be open to a steady run at a casino here, she responded, “Yes, I’d be open to that. I’ve always seen Vegas as my second home. It’s always been that for me.”
I think the Deana Martin Showroom is definitely in Deana’s future and would love to see all the memorabilia from Dean Martin’s life and career displayed in the casino where Deana has her own nightly show.
What really surprises me is Deana has not brought her show filled with memories here sooner. She’s a natural fit for Las Vegas!