Monday, April 9, 2018|2 a.m.
Deana Martin is a well-known singer and performer who’s released five albums and played phases across the nation for many years. Now she’s following in well-known father Dean Martin’s footsteps in another method.
The 2nd Deana Martin Celebrity Roast at the South Point Showroom is set for April 15. Patterned after the recurring NBC TV special “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast” that ran from 1974 to 1984– and was filmed at the New york city Friars’ Club including stars like Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, Rich Little, Redd Foxx, Kirk Douglas and Don Rickles– the upcoming Vegas occasion will honor actor Joe Mantegna, understood from movies like “The Godfather Part III” and “Searching for Bobby Fischer” and TELEVISION programs including “Criminal Minds” and “The Simpsons.”
“Everyone loves Joe. He’s just an amazing human being,” states Martin, who fulfilled Mantegna before the actor portrayed Dean Martin in the HBO movie “The Rat Load” in 1999. Mantegna got a Golden Globes nomination for Best Supporting Actor for that role. “I was really introduced to him by Dennis Farina and all of us went to supper, and for many years he’s concerned a great deal of my shows. Once I got him to get up and sing backup for me. I love him.”
Martin does not always adore the different stage and screen portrayals of her daddy, an icon with a long-lasting Las Vegas legacy who died in 1995. “All of it depends on who the star is and how they’re doing it. Joe was respectful and is an exceptional actor, but he just got him,” Martin states. “There’s an It aspect and Joe got that. When I see impersonators in some cases it actually upsets me because a lot of them play my papa intoxicated and if the audience does not know a lot about Dean Martin, I do not desire them to have that in their mind, this slurring drunk dropping onstage. He was an amazing and essential actor and singer, so amusing and dazzling at what he did, which legacy is important to me.”
Martin’s first roast in Las Vegas last year honored Dennis Bono, performer and host of his own syndicated talk program also produced at the South Point. “I enjoy to do it there because they really do it right. It looks much like the old Dean Martin Star Roast with the dais and the podium,” Martin says. “My partner and I utilized to come home from visiting and enjoy the old roasts when they came on and we constantly believed they were so amusing, and then we believed, I should do that. Last year was hysterical and we had numerous excellent guests– Rich Little, Robert Davi, Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton.”
This year’s roast lineup is stacked with Mantegna’s pals and co-stars, consisting of comic Joe Piscopo, Lou Martini Jr. from “The Sopranos,” Clifton Collins from “Westworld,” Kirsten Vangsness and Matthew Gray Gubler from “Lawbreaker Minds,” Gail O’Grady from “NYPD Blue” and comedians Mike Marino and Tom Dreesen.
Martin, who’s dealing with a follow-up album to 2016’s “Swing Street,” expects the roast to end up being a yearly event at the South Point. While she resides in California and spends a lot of time on both coasts, she values a little time in Las Vegas, especially when it connects her to her father’s tradition.
“The South Point wishes to bring it back all the time however it is difficult to obtain all the right people together,” she states. “It’s an event that’s hard to prepare ahead however the people in the entertainment biz understand that. We are going to do lots of roasts due to the fact that there are many people who wish to be roasted. It’s a great deal of work however it’s so much fun.”
The Deana Martin Star Roast honoring Joe Mantegna will exist at 6 p.m. April 15 at the South Point Showroom (9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-796-7111) and more information can be found at southpointcasino.com.