Spider-Man the Musical is just about set to be a 2015 attraction at The Venetian.
This multimillion dollar production is closing in New York and the producers feel Las Vegas is the perfect place to support this most costly show. They were able to solve the safety and mechanical problems that hampered the production at the beginning. This should be a great addition to the attractions on the Strip.
The Golden Nugget will add a major 4 p.m, show to its entertainment roster. The new show is “Pawn Shop: The Live Show!” Producers feel a good 4 p.m. show will be very successful, noting matinees on Broadway are almost always sold out. They feel that can happen here too.
There are several other 4 p.m. shows reportedly in the works, including some produced by the young and talented John Bentham.
Cirque du Soleil is in the process of revamping Ka and Zarkana so as to refresh them and, more importantly, to add safety features that would avoid accidents like those that happened this year.
These two presentations have yet to reach the success of their original Las Vegas show, Mystere. Too many productions of this type become repetitious.
Their production of Elvis turned into a casualty and should have been tweaked early on to become the hit it could have been. That show, Michael One and Criss Angel’s Believe are the favorites of this columnist.
The American Music Awards was highlighted by the multitalented Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and the incredible Jennifer Lopez. Her tribute to the late Celia Cruz was a show in itself.
Jennifer’s singing, dancing, on-stage costume changes and performance in general brought the entire house to its feet. Bravo to Jenny from the Bronx.
I wish someone would produce a documentary on Cruz, the great Cuban singer who could show them all how to do IT. Learning about entertainers of the past would show the newcomers how easy they have it because of the barriers broken down by these old-timers.
Pitbull, the Latino rap star, proved to be a formidable host, using his winning personality to proper advantage. Katy Perry as a geisha, and Gaga on horseback, were also highlights. Taylor Swift was also a multiple-winner again (ho-hum).
Are we ready for Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood? Britney is busy, busy, busy with her show, restaurant, new perfume line, etc. She does have what seems to be a great marketing team behind her, but it still remains to be seen if she can maintain the two-year residency and fill that huge venue. Only Celine Dion has done that, and Britney is no Celine.
Why don’t we leave Alec Baldwin alone? Paparazzi keep hounding him, knowing how to bring on his explosive temper. Alec does need anger management therapy, but he is not wrong in trying to protect his family from the claws of the hungry stalkers and parasites.
My hat is off to Whoopi Goldberg and her HBO documentary on Moms Mabley. This entertainer was one of the great female comediennes of all time and arguably the first female to do stand-up.
Moms with no teeth, her apron and woolen cap, was something to behold. She was edgy, but never went over the line. All types of people could and did relate to her hilarious storytelling.
The pirate show “Sirens” at Treasure Island suddenly closed down to make way for a new shopping center, putting a number of performers out of work. They won’t forget this holiday season, that’s for sure! The hotel is reportedly working on developing a new water show after the reconstruction is final.
The Tropicana will be breaking ground next year on a new two-level, enclosed shopping center at the front of the property with restaurants overlooking the Strip. This is only one of the changes being made to renovate this iconic hotel/casino.
The Rev. Monti hopes everyone had a great holiday weekend and, as always, wishes you only the best.
Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta in the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at MontiRock@GamingToday.com.
Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) fought a gallant battle to keep its Sioux City, Iowa, riverboat operating but in the end it was all for naught. The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the casino must close as of Wednesday of this week.
A Maryland casino is looking to hire some of the soon-to-be-jobless Atlantic City casino workers. Maryland Live! is holding job fairs next week at the Sheraton hotel across from the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Louisiana’s 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier. State gambling revenues totaled $202.4 million in June 2013.
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Nevada officials say casino revenues shot up more than 14 percent in June thanks to a banner month on the Las Vegas Strip. The state Gaming Control Board reported that Nevada casinos brought in about $907 million in June.
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