The SDM Talent Show Celebrates 20 Years of Singing, Dancing, and Laughing
May 2018 - Interested in a show that features Bollywood dance and a reinvention of Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificent? Look no further than Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine's (SDM) Talent Show.
The SDM Talent Show was revitalized two decades ago by Dr. Anthony Fazio. Now a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry, Dr. Fazio says he chose to lead the event because he, "just wanted to make everyone laugh and to enjoy themselves." It worked: this year's show was sold out in less than three hours.
The evening brought students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine to the stage for a talent-packed display of singing, dancing, comedy, and more. Highlights included a mid-set costume change by ska band Delusions of Grandeur, traditional Bollywood dance by "Bollywood Flow," and final performances by bands Cavity Search and John Wilkes Tooth.
While many performances featured SDM Talent Show veterans, the show welcomed several new stars to the stage including Yigit Gol's Dr. Percussion, musical act "Down to Floss," singing by Parandis Nejati, and singing by Lee Ann Brill.
"As a new employee to Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, I was so happy to be asked and to take part in this year's Talent Show," says Ms. Brill whose voice was described as the one of the best the show has offered in its history. Ms. Brill's song choices ranged from disco to Broadway.
Dr. Fazio, who both hosts the show and provides comedic charm as Karnac the Magnificent, says that he's planning on another 20 years of SDM Talent Show fun. "I have seen so many talented and wonderful people grace the stage over the years," says Fazio. "Being a small school, we are very lucky that we can showcase our talents outside the classrooms and clinics to show how truly special we are. I am humbled and honored to have kept this lovely tradition going."
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Thank you to Dr. Anthony Fazio for graciously hosting this event, to the stars of the show for sharing their immense talents, and to the SDM community for your support and participation.
|Anna Lubitz - National Anthem, vocal performance|
|Dr. Anthony Fazio - Host, Karnak the Magnificent|
|Yigit Gol, Jessica Lavery, Ryan Davis, Alexander McGuiness - Down To Floss|
|Dr. Thomas Grandville - Acoustic performance|
|Amanda Brijlal, Fariya Islam, Nabamita Kanjilal, Rebecca Geller, Sonia Motwani, Jamila Balooch, Rutu Shah - Bollywood Flow|
|Dr. Anthony Fazio, Dr. Thomas Fuschetto, Dr. Thomas Grandville, Gary T Peck - The Matrix Band|
|Parandis Nejati, Alejandro Maldonado - Vocal and instrumental performance|
|Paul Addamo, Michael Theiss, Sean Eccles, David Hanono - John Wilkes Tooth|
|Dr. Jimmy Kilimitzoglou, Dr. Jerry Romeo, Dr. Tom Patrie, Sean Eccles, Gabrielle Romeo, Jonathan - D.O.G. (Delusions of Grandeur)|
|Patula Mandrozos-Mamos, Fontini Mamos - Lady 88|
|Yigit Gol - Dr. Percussion|
|Gabrielle Bekov, Lindsey Barber - vocal performance|
|Lee Ann Brill - vocal performance|
|Cavity Search - vocal and instrumental performance|
|Dr. Thomas Fuschetto, Michael Theiss, Sean Eccles, Dr. Dan Macari, Yigit Gol, Jenna Chimon - vocal and instrumental performance|