Entertainment is taken to a new level on Fort Myers Beach! Jerry Nolan (of Fresh Catch Bistro and Junkanoos) and long time beach resident Bill Peter have formed a partnership to bring a never before seen entertainment spectacular to Fort Myers Beach.
Jerry Nolan (L) and Bill Peter
Thirty to thirty-five live performances will take place from New Year’s Eve to Easter. These shows will feature professional impersonators from around the world, many, appearing on Fort Myers Beach for the first time.
The first shows are scheduled for New Years Eve and will feature Don Rickles as the host and the guest stars will be the Rat Pack trio of Frank, Dean and Sammy. The early show will start be at 7:30pm. The late show begins at 10:30pm and will include a champagne toast at Midnight to bring in 2018.
Don Rickles Impersonator Michael Walter on the right will be hosting the New Years Eve show
The next extravaganza will be The All Star Show on January 19th and 20th. This show will feature Sean Connery as the host and special guest stars, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Jimmie Bush Jr. and Robert Cabella as Dean Martin.
We caught up with Jerry just after a triumphant trip to Dean's home town of Steubenville, Ohio, where Robert Cabella attended the Dean Martin Festival and took first place in the "Dino Singing Contest". Steubenville is where Dean Martin was born, 100 years ago, on June 7, 1917.
When I asked Jerry how the Steubenville trip came about he said "Well, we had many inquiries on our Dean Martin Impersonator, Robert Cabella. We contacted Steubenville, made the arrangements, and competed with sixteen other hopefuls. With Dean Martin’s Daughter looking on, we won hands down. Now, we have been invited to New York City’s 91st annual San Gennaro Italian Festival to take on all comers in a competition to determine who has the best tribute show for Dean Martin in the USA. Negotiations are in progress for this September 23rd event which will take place in New York's Little Italy. Cabella has appeared there a few times and is the most requested returnee."
Cabella is also registered to compete in New York on America's Got Talent, for his chance at winning the $1 million prize on December 17th, later this year!
I had the chance to watch Cabella be "Dean" when he performed at Fresh Catch/Junkanoo two years ago. He was the MC for the evening and he is amazing, not only does he look and sing like Dean but he talks and acts the part impecably as well, he has been impersonating Dean for over 20 years so he has had a lot of practice.
Robert Cabella will be performing Jan 19th, 20th, & 21st in 2018
Over the last four years Jerry has had thirteen sold out shows with his great impersonators such as The Rat Pack, Don Rickles, Abbott & Costello, Jerry Lewis, Tina Turner, and Jimmy Bush Jr. to name a few. "Fort Myers Beach has been a great to us" he said, "Bill and I had other venues we were considering but we wanted to keep the shows on the beach, with our past success on the beach, the word got out and we have now been contacted by performers from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Boston, and St. Louis. Talents such as Roy Orbason, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Bobby Valli (Frankie’s brother), Lucy Ball, Phyllis Diller, and many more have asked to join us to appear on the Beach."
Jerry wanted to make sure everyone was aware that the Fresh Catch Bistro will still be involved. "The #1 Fine Dining Restaurant on Fort Myers Beach will work diligently to accommodate all who are attending the shows. Dinner reservations should be made in advance for before or after the show".
If you purchase tickets for three separate shows, Jerry is offering a 15% discount and your choice VIP seating for all three shows, seating is first come first served, so if you get early ticketing, you will have your choice of seating for the show and select the best times for your reservations at the Fresh Catch.
As we finished up our interview Jerry told us "Shows will be 90-100 minutes in length. Regular tickets are $50.00 & $60.000 per person. We also have a seating chart available via email for early birds to pick their VIP seating; this arrangement has been very popular and convenient for guests to select the best seats available these past two years."
These shows are sure to sell out as the previous shows have, we recommend interested parties buy your tickets early.
Here is some contact information:
Fresh Catch Bistro reservations: