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‘Deana Sings Dino’ coming to New Hope

Deana Mar­tin

Born to Dean Mar­tin, le­gendary sing­er/act­or/comedi­an and mem­ber of the le­gendary Rat Pack, daugh­ter Deana Mar­tin said she al­ways knew she wanted to be an en­ter­tain­er.

“Grow­ing up, I was giv­en tap, bal­let and pi­ano les­sons. I guess per­form­ing was just in my genes. And, to tell you the truth, I think all the Mar­tins are kind of hams,” she laughed.

Show­ing off her own vo­cal tal­ents, Deana Mar­tin will take the stage at the Rrazz Room, loc­ated in the Ra­mada Inn in New Hope, in a show she called “Deana Sings Dino,” June 12-15, just in time for Fath­er’s Day.

Mar­tin made her tele­vi­sion de­but on her fath­er’s show in 1966. Later, she trained pro­fes­sion­ally as an act­ress at the Dar­ling­ton Col­lege of Arts in the United King­dom, and sub­sequently amassed an im­press­ive ar­ray of the­at­ric­al cred­its, in­clud­ing the Eng­lish pro­duc­tions of Romeo and Ju­liet, The Tam­ing of the Shrew and A Taste of Honey, and the North Amer­ic­an pro­duc­tions of The Star Spangled Girl, Wait Un­til Dark, The Tun­nel of Love and more.

“And all the while, be­cause my dad was so well-loved and his name helped open doors, it was al­ways up to me to keep those doors wide open,” Mar­tin said. “He al­ways said he wouldn’t make phone calls for me, and that I had to do it all on my own. He also told me to work hard, be good, and please don’t em­bar­rass him. And I don’t think I ever did. At least, I tried hard not to.”

When Mar­tin gets to New Hope, she will be do­ing everything on her own — for the most part. She’ll be singing, telling stor­ies and show­ing home movies. But there will also be a sec­tion of her show where the sing­er/act­ress/au­thor will sing a “duet” with her fam­ous fath­er, thanks to the mir­acle of tech­no­logy.

“That’s some­times a very dif­fi­cult part of the show for me,” she said. “Just hear­ing his voice and the beau­ti­ful mu­sic that he made al­most brings me to tears. Every night, I just pray I don’t break down. But some­times, I look out in­to the audi­ence and some of them are tear­ing up, too.

“But I’ll be singing with him some of the songs he loved and made so fam­ous,” she con­tin­ued. “Songs like Amore, Volare and Memor­ies Are Made of This — songs the audi­ence ex­pects to hear when they come to a Dean Mar­tin’s daugh­ter’s con­cert.”

And speak­ing of Memor­ies Are Made of This, that’s the title of Deana Mar­tin’s book she wrote about her fath­er.

“I wrote it about 10 years after he passed away, and there was just so much I wanted to say. People kept ask­ing me to write one, and sud­denly I thought it was about time I did.”

Es­pe­cially, she adds, after a couple of oth­er books about him had been re­leased and were none too flat­ter­ing.

“There was one in par­tic­u­lar that I didn’t like at all. You know, it’s hard to read something by someone who doesn’t even know the per­son they’re writ­ing about. And so I thought, it’s about time to set the re­cord straight.”

In fact, she said proudly, “A screen­play is be­ing writ­ten now to turn the book in­to a movie, and I find that very ex­cit­ing.”

Today, just like her fam­ous fath­er, Deana Mar­tin, 65, puts in a lot of time do­ing char­ity work, in­clud­ing con­tinu­ing the work on a Dean Mar­tin Schol­ar­ship he star­ted years ago in his ho­met­own of Steuben­ville, Ohio

“Dad al­ways taught us that when you have so much, you have to give back, and so we all do,” she said. ••

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