From Enterprise Staff
“Let’s Rock Broadway” starring The Diamonds, a showtune extravaganza, will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Polk County Commerce Center located at 1017 U.S. 59 Loop North in Livingston, marking the first performance of 2022 hosted by the Livingston Community Concerts Association.
Best known for their 1957 hit Little Darlin’ which has now sold approximately 20 million copies, The Diamonds have performed with symphonies, in major concert halls, on cruise ships, in casinos and throughout the world.
“We’ve been pleased to find a growing audience among all age groups. They love songs they can understand, remember and actually sing the words to—today, tomorrow or even 20 years from now,” The Diamonds said.
One reason the group endures is the diverse background of its members which include Adam David Marino, Michael Lawrence, Jeff Dolan and Gary Owens. The members are well-educated as well as talented.
Marino attended Nazareth College as a theatre-arts major. Lawrence, originally from South Carolina, now resides in Las Vegas. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater from Coastal Carolina University. Both Marino and Lawrence have traveled extensively, performing on cruise lines. Dolan, who joined the group in 2011, has performed with Ray Conniff, was a member of the Dapper Dans of Disneyland and has a Grammy Award performing with the Phoenix Chorale. Owens, the longest performing member of the group, has an undergraduate degree in music from California State University Long Beach and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
“Our goal has always been to the keep that classic Diamonds’ sound intact. Although The Diamonds are four distinctive individuals, we have created one strong group personality. The four of us as a unit have a special chemistry and it is that chemistry that gives us our unique identity,” Owens said. He is a vocalist who also plays saxophone and flute and does much of the vocal arranging for the group.
Memberships in the Livingston Community Concert Association may be purchased for as little as $50 per person and family rates are also available. Membership will allow one to attend all concerts per season. For additional information go to www.livingstoncommunityconcert.org or contact Sally Frasier at 936-967-0219.