CREATOR / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Connecticut-born Drew Anthony always had a desire to entertain and perform. He loved to sing and make friends and family laugh. His first foray onto the stage was in local musical theater in such shows as The Sound of Music, Carousel and Oklahoma.
Yet despite his love of the theater, Drew chose a different path. He had grown up singing the Great American Standards with his grandmother from a very early age, and this lead him to pursue a B.F.A in Jazz Voice at the prestigious New School University Jazz Division in New York City. Here he received the title of “Manhattan’s Smoothest Crooner”, after putting his first show together entitled Falling in Love.
After moving back to Connecticut he produced a show entitled Come Fly With Me, presenting it at Yale University’s Sprague Memorial Hall. He later returned to New York City and presented his show The American Standards at Danny’s Skylight Cabaret, which he then took to Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
In 2006 Drew decided to roll the dice and move to Las Vegas. Soon after his arrival, he landed a job at the historic Riviera Hotel and Casino where legendary artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Elvis Presley performed. Continuing his love of the American Standards his show was appropriately titled Old Vegas Style.
A new chapter in Drew’s life began when he took a starring role impersonating Dean Martin in the critically acclaimed Las Vegas hit show The Rat Pack is Back. Drew Anthony has since become one of the worlds ﬁnest Dean Martin impersonators:
“It is an honor to play Dean Martin, I have great respect for what he was able to do with his life. When you have left this earth and still are making people happy with what you did while you were here, I can’t think of any higher achievement one can accomplish with their life. I enjoy playing him, I appreciate his work and I do the best I can with every performance to be sincere, accurate, and respectful to the memory of Dean Martin.”
Drew is proud to present his new show DEAN LIVES, which celebrates the joy that only Dean Martin could bring to the masses, and the pride he gave to being Italian-American. This is not just an ordinary tribute show – it is a magical journey intertwining Dean’s most beloved hit songs with a beautifully arranged 12-piece orchestra, in a completely compelling and unique way!
MUSICAL ARRANGER / DIRECTOR
David Perrico: Trumpet, Conductor, and Award winning Composer is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and has earned a B.M. from Youngstown State University and M.M. from UNLV in Jazz Studies/Composition. Since relocating in 2004, Perrico is one of Las Vegas’ most in-demand musicians, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal naming David Perrico – Pop Evolution “Best of Las Vegas 2013” award winner. He has performed internationally with the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1994-2001) as soloist and Road Manager and featured in headlining shows including Donny & Marie, Pin Up, Natalie Cole, Cirque du Soleil-Viva Elvis, Gladys Knight, The Rat Pack Is Back, and numerous others.
As a composer, Perrico has received national awards for original Jazz, Symphonic compositions and a spotlight in the PBS series “ArtScene” with his 20-piece band Pop Evolution that headlined the Stratosphere & Palms. Perrico also served as Music Director for the shows “Dean Lives”, “Pin Up”, “Zowie Bowie-Vintage Vegas” & “ALICE” and Adjunct Faculty at UNLV Jazz Studies (2006-2012). He has 17 CD and 5 DVD recordings to his credit, including The Family Guy Live DVD, and the Grammy award-winning album One Voice by Gladys Knight and is endorsed by Phaeton Trumpets and Legends Brass.
His newest creation David Perrico-Pop Strings Orchestra that debuted at Red Rock Resort January 10, 2015, has quickly become one of the hottest acts in Las Vegas. Pop Strings is an exciting “super band”15-piece orchestra featuring 8-piece strings section, playing Perrico’s arrangements of Pop, Club, Rock, Classical, R&B, Jazz, and original songs. Featuring the ﬁnest musicians in Las Vegas, Pop Strings Orchestra and Pop Evolution Big Band continue to earn legions of new fans, delight critics, and generate incredible media excitement for the new Las Vegas sound. Both Super Bands have residencies at The Smith Center Fine & Performing Arts and Palms Hotel/Casino.