Tom Stevens has had nothing but "amore" for Dean Martin's music since he was 14 and would sing to a recording of "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" in front of the mirror. He's been crooning Dino's music since.
Audiences can hear Stevens, 57, who grew up in Valley Stream, when he teams with Aussie Tony Lewis as Jerry Lewis (no relation) for a tribute show to the musical comedy duo on Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.
"I never thought of doing a Martin and Lewis show because I could never find a Jerry to complement me," Stevens says.
That changed in 2012 when Tony Lewis saw a YouTube video of Stevens as Martin and emailed him. Then Stevens saw Lewis as Jerry doing the typewriter bit from "The Bellboy." After more emails and some Skypes, the two put together an act and premiered it in Sydney. They have been a team since.
The show opens with the pair performing together, then segues into Lewis' routines from Jerry's movies and Stevens' segment based on Martin's TV variety show. Says Stevens: "We really want to give the illusion that these guys are back and that they never broke up."
For info and tickets ($18-$38), call 631-207-1313 or go to patchoguetheatre.org