NEIL DIAMOND IMPERSONATOR
Tom Sadge (pronounced Tom Sage) has been a full-time entertainer his entire adult life. He began as a singer with bands and, later, became a popular mobile DJ / vocal impressionist whose repertoire included the voices of Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett and other singing legends. For the past sixteen years Tom has performed from coast to coast, in Europe and in Canada, as a Neil Diamond impersonator and tribute artist.
The celebrity impersonation act germinated in the summer of 1996 when Marion, Tom's wife and business partner of three decades, was inspired by a Legends In Concert booklet. Why not use makeup and costumes as did the impersonators performing on the Las Vegas strip? The transition from local entertainer to a national act as a tribute artist thus began and in November 1997 Tom debuted his Jazz Singer era Neil Diamond.
Since his debut, Tom has entertained at many major venues throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. "Diamondheads" (Neil's top fans) in both the U.S. and Europe have hired him to perform at fan club gatherings, eight consecutive Neil Diamond Chicago Birthday Party celebrations and three Carnival Fan Cruises.
Tom Sadge has met Neil Diamond and his band members on several occasions. Does Neil approve of Tom? During a 2002 concert in State College PA.Neil, spotting Tom in the front row, leaned over the stage and, pointing to Tom, told the crowd of many thousands, "This guy sounds just like me!."
Opening national act credits include Engelbert Humperdinck, comedian Jackie Mason, Kool and the Gang, The Guess Who (featuring Burton Cummings), Bare Naked Ladies, and The Lords (acclaimed German band). Tom Sadge considers superstar Engelbert Humperdinck, who has met with Tom many times, to be a friend. "Enge", like Tom, is a family man who often tours with his wife, sons and/or daughter.
Casinos regularly book Tom Sadge as a solo performer or with his tribute bands. "Tom Sadge As Neil Diamond" has appeared on casino theater marquees from Atlantic City, NJ to Las Vegas, NV. In 2013 Tom performed at Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains and was also one of the last entertainers booked into Mount Airy Lodge (late 1990s) and the Sands Casino Copa Room in Atlantic City (demolished in 2007). Tom Sadge has entertained twice at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA and has performed at Trump casinos, as well.
Production show producers choose Tom as their first choice to portray Neil Diamond: Legends In Concert (CT, MO, NV, NJ, SC), Memories Theatre (TN), Showstoppers Live! (AZ), A Really Big Shew (NJ, WA, NV) and Legends Alive! (CA) are just a few of the large U.S. and Canadian companies who repeatedly hired Tom for extended bookings.
Tom Sadge's 20+ years’ experience as DJ/MC enhances his ability to mesmerize an audience of three or a crowd of 62,000 (Philadelphia's Eagles). He is in demand for state and county fairs, corporate functions, conventions, outdoor concerts, amphitheaters, festivals, fundraisers, charitable events, country clubs and active adult 55+ communities. Guests at weddings, bar mitzvahs, landmark birthday, anniversary and retirement parties always pleased with the special magic Tom brings to celebration.
Dozens of radio and television personalities, as well as print journalists, have interviewed Tom throughout the years. The list includes New York City's popular morning drive DJs Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill. Tom was interviewed and then sang live from the WPLJ studios above Manhattan's Madison Square Garden. Television credits include The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet (NYC); ABC's The Next Best Thing; Inside Edition and AMC's special, Lookalikes.
The Tom Sadge Show averages 90 minutes, but Tom's been booked for one song or three hours. Tom adjusts his repertoire to suit any special occasion. Clients can book Tom as Neil Diamond and/or enjoy his alter ego (Tony Testosteroni) performing other vocal impressions (see first paragraph). While not a comedian, "Tony's" friendly banter and occasional jokes bring levity to the performance.