CAST & CREDITS
~ Playwright/Producer/EARLY NEIL DIAMOND ~
Why would good friends and some family members choose to believe in a dream and pursue a vision together? Why would they join their talents and passions to create an experience unlike any other? Because doing what makes us feel alive, and helping to care for other people along the way is what makes most of us love the life we are given!
This is an originally written theatre production about the early years of Neil Diamond’s music career, “Jason Lohrke As Early Neil Diamond” will take you back in time through this new and highly reviewed SHOW. (See Reviews Here) Be immersed mind, body, and soul with all the sight, sound, vision, feel, spirit, of “Classic Neil Diamond ” all while remembering when and where you heard Early Neil’s legendary songs for the first time.
Travel through time with the Performing Artist/Impressionist Jason Lohrke as early Neil Diamond. Join in the story teller’s years as you walk in his shoes and get an ‘Up Close’ and ‘Personal Experience’ of Neil Diamond’s life, history & music like you have never heard before. The era of show performance is set during the mid 1960’s, 1970’s, and to the epic songs from the acclaimed movie & soundtrack, “The Jazz Singer” in 1980. And it’s all performed with an incredible live band.
Jason, along with his wife Jen and their 3 children, live in Southern California. (Orange County) He began listening to and enjoying Neil Diamond’s music at the very early age of 6 because his mom played his albums over & over again.
Since that time, Jason became a musician himself… writing, becoming a signed recording artist, and playing live music in several different rock bands nationwide and internationally. Jason has come to love, deeply admire, & highly respect the mass volumes of amazing songs Neil Diamond has written through the years. Jason says, “Neil Diamond is an incredibly dynamic live performer! And his creative song writing/artistry comes from vast emotional depths, in which he most often times uses real life experiences to craft his music. I believe this is why so many of his songs have touched so many of our lives in some beautiful way or another. It’s an exciting honor to recreate Neil Diamond’s music & story with an incredible band who are all professional musicians and good friends of mine. Other huge blessings include my daughter Katriel (age 15) singing in our band with the other ladies, and one of my sons, Kade, (age 13) helping run the video & media. My beautiful wife Jen is also involved with image development, wardrobe, hair/make-up and some of the growing administration needs. What a blast and a gift from God to be able to perform Neil Diamond’s legendary and timeless music..!”
“I AM… Neil Diamond, I SAID” is an original, first and only musical about the early life of Neil Diamond. Written and produced by Jason Lohrke, who also becomes early Neil Diamond in the production, taking the audience in time. He shares true and fascinating stories of his childhood, teenage, and early adult years in Brooklyn, and Tin Pan Alley in New York City. All the scenes are packed with an incredible live band performance of Neil’s legendary songs. These were and are the legendary hits that moved Diamond into his international superstardom of the 1970’s and the epic Motion Picture Soundtrack, ‘The Jazz Singer.”
Filled with surprising points of drama, humor, sadness, excitement, disappointment, hope, loss, and tons of infectious inspiration. It is a true story lined with surprising and entertaining facts about the life of one of the world’s most beloved and celebrated musical legends of all time, Neil Diamond. Most of the scenes take you through the early part of his struggling years as a shy songwriter into his eventual international performances as a superstar. It portrays Neil’s belief of when you pursue doing something you love with passion, along with hard work, and add some pure luck… life just might fulfill those big dreams and produce a diamond. You can see this new musical currently throughout 2017 during a 40 show residency @ the 330 seat luxury resort Welk Theatre in San Diego, CA. See details and purchase tickets here: “I AM… Neil Diamond, I SAID” The Musical.
~ Drummer/FRED WEINTRAUB ~
I’ve always felt a connection to music and started playing drums as a teenager. Neil Diamond’s songs are masterfully dynamic in every way and are like comfort food for my soul. It is an honor to be in this band and feast for my ears whenever we’re together. Although so many of Neil’s song rival first place in my book, I’d say “Shiloh” is probably my fave.
~ Vocals/ROSE DIAMOND ~
My singing career started in church. Before that, I was part of the Spanish rock scene performing background vocals for various artists, including Luz Rios. My passion for Neil Diamond stems from the creativity of his music, alongside the sincerity and relatability of his lyrics. This is a very fun band to perform with! We laugh a lot and we’re all having a blast!
~ Lead & Synth Guitar/MAFIA GUY 2 ~
Paul “Goldin” Fingers
I’ve played in too many bands to list here and have always loved the creative music from the 1960’s and 1970’s. So playing Neil Diamond’s legendary music is incredibly fun. I’ve been in love with playing the guitar ever since my teenage years and I enjoy all kinds of differnt styles and genres. My favorite song of Neil’s to play is “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon.”
~ Bass Guitar/BERT BERNS ~
~ Keyboards/Vocals/AKIVA DIAMOND ~
~ Percussion ~
Magic! Neil Diamond is truly just that for me. I have always enjoyed the spirit of his songs and what they represent to millions; me being one of them. Luckily, as a drummer/ percussionist for most of my life, I am now able to express the joy that his music has always brought me. Amongst my favorites is “Longfellow Serenade” for its obvious musical expressions of unencumbered love. It is my honor to interpret these melodies with my fellow artists.
~ Vocals ~
Music takes me on a new journey everyday. It’s my love for Jesus and music that makes me feel alive! Singing with my dad is super fun & performing in the band with him just makes family time that much more of a good time & special. My favorite song by Neil Diamond is Cherry Cherry because it makes you want to move! I’m only 16 yrs. old so if you are an interested boy, please do not contact me. Thanks!!
(My dad put the last part in there)