Tom Sadge (pronounced Tom Sage) has been a professional entertainer his entire adult life.
Tom's early teen years were spent as a lead singer in local bands (Pennsylvania). After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, he returned to entertaining. Career moves brought him to Massachusetts, Florida and Mississippi. Always versatile, the multi-talented Tom performed as a professional MC, Singing DJ, comedian, nightclub manager, vocal impressionist, voice over artist - anything in the entertainment field - before launching a career as a celebrity impersonator of Neil Diamond. Tom has performed as Neil Diamond all over the U.S., Canada and in several European countries.
Career Adjustment in 2021: COVID19 effected Tom Sadge as it did every other American. Most bookings in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled by the talent buyers due to the pandemic / Wuhan / Chinese virus. Tom has chosen to continue his entertainment career to the best of his ability as a voice over artist.
Celebrity Impersonator: The celebrity impersonation act germinated in the summer of 1996 when Marion, Tom's wife and business partner since 1983, was inspired by a Las Vegas Legends In Concert anniversary booklet. She urged Tom to make the transition to full-time celebrity impersonator / tribute artist. 1996 was a year of research, hard work and rehearsal. In November 1997, Tom Sadge debuted his Jazz Singer era Neil Diamond act at University of Western Ontario. His show was an instant audience hit.
Since that first gig, Tom has entertained at hundreds of major venues (from Atlantic City casinos to European theaters) throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe. "Diamondheads" (Neil's top fans) everywhere hired him to perform at official fan club gatherings, unofficial "Neil Diamond" birthday parties - such as the Chicago event where Tom was chosen to entertain for 9 years in a row - three Carnival Cruises, and countless private events.
Tom Sadge has met Neil Diamond and his band members on several occasions. Does Neil approve of Tom? During a concert in State College PA, Neil, spotting Tom in the front row, leaned over the stage and, pointing the mic at Tom, told the crowd of many thousands, "This guy sounds just like me!."
Opening act credits for international celebrities include Engelbert Humperdinck, comedien Jackie Mason, Kool and the Gang, The Guess Who (featuring Burton Cummings), Bare Naked Ladies, Jay and the Americans and The Lords (Germany). Tom's has shared a stage with Kid Rock, Vanilla Ice, Nellie, C&C Music Factory, Phil Robertson family (Duck Dynasty), Lindsey Vonn and others.
Casinos & Production Shows Casinos throughout the U.S. and Canada have regularly booked Tom as a solo artist and with his tribute band. But while establishing his reputation as a top "Neil Diamond" impersonator, Tom paid his dues. He spent months at a time away from home and family while working in traveling and casino based tribute production shows such as Las Vegas's Legends in Concert and at Casino Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ.
Corporate Bookings: Coca-Cola, Exxon, and many other major corporations have booked Tom. Tom Sadge performed at Under Armour's 20th Anniversary celebration, where he was mistaken for the real Neil Diamond as he sang "Sweet Caroline" with CEO Kevin Blank. The Baltimore Sun chose to feature Tom as Neil's appearance in their story covering the event.
Professional and college sports teams regularly choose Tom Sadge to lead the crowd in renditions of the National Anthem and/or Sweet Caroline. Tom performed at Penn State / Beaver Stadium where he led 107,000 in a rendition of Sweet Caroline. Other pro sports clients include: Phoenix Suns; Arizona Rattlers; Philadelphia Eagles; Dallas Cowboys;and the retirement party for College Football Hall of Famer Tom Osborne - a party attended by Barry Switzer.
Television and radio interviews include a live interview at New York City's Top 10 radio station, WPLJ, with legendary Scott Shannon and co-host, Todd Pettengill at their Madison Square Garden studio. Television credits include national shows: The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet (NYC); ABC's The Next Best Thing; Inside Edition and AMC's special, Lookalikes and, in a 2017 episode of Adult Swim's Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter - as Neil.
Legendary Jeff Walker of KRZ 98.5 fame: :"It's mind-blowing how much he looks and sounds like Neil Diamond".