We have a brand-new interest in the great showman Liberace. The HBO movie, Behind the Candelabra, has sparked an exhibit of some of “Lee’s” most interesting artifacts, such as his bejeweled piano, his roadster and some costumes.
After a 30-year absence, this new exhibit brings us back to the days of Liberace’s greatest performances. The Cosmopolitan is the temporary home for the exhibit from now through Jan. 2.
The plan is to move the exhibit to Neonopolis in January and have the exhibition space in operation by the end of 2014. This will be a major tribute to one of the great showmen who were instrumental in making Las Vegas happen.
As I’ve mentioned before, our community and the show business community are active in many worthy charities. Rich Little brought his comedy and “gallery of celebrities” to the Fountain Room at Mandalay Bay this past Monday night. All proceeds went to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Mac King has joined forces with the Susan G Komen Foundation for the “Magic For a Cure” project. Proceeds from items purchased at Mac’s show go to the Komen Center in finding a cure for cancer.
AFAN commemorates World Aids Day on Dec. 1 with a showing of the Tom Hanks movie, Philadelphia. After the film there will be a candlelight memorial walk. For specifics please contact www.afanlv.org.
I had reported that Ron O’Neal, the entertainment director at the Golden Nugget, was back at work. He is at work, but not at the hotel. Ron is at home rebuilding his strength and looking fabulous.
O’Neal has always been one of my staunchest supporters and a great friend to this entertainer and columnist. We wish him a quick recovery and are looking forward to his return to the Nugget.
I was on the phone about the Riviera’s new entertainment directors. As I mentioned in last week’s column Carlos Reynoso and Darin Feinstein hope to restore the Riviera to one of the great showplaces along the Strip. The Riviera once hosted many, many great stars, including Barbra Streisand.
Las Vegas may have a movie studio at Cashman Center and we will be building a sports arena behind New York-New York and the Monte Carlo hotels. We also have the gigantic Ferris Wheel almost completed and the Mob Museum is in mob mode, but we don’t have someone to take over the Fountainbleau on Las Vegas Blvd. This is a real masterpiece and maybe, after all the legal dust settles, it will become a reality.
Rumors abound about Jon Secada. He is reportedly about to sign a mini-residency contract to headline at the Wynn. This Grammy winner has worked with, among others, Gloria Estefan and Frank Sinatra. He has also worked on Broadway in several top shows.
Teller (of Penn and Teller) has co-authored a play, Play Dead, set to open this week in Los Angeles. The show has been set to run through Feb. 1 even though it hasn’t as yet opened. Johnny Thompson, the magician’s magician, created the magic for this play that deals with frightening crimes. Sounds like they have a hit on their hands.
Lady Gaga recently hosted Saturday Night Live, appearing in almost every skit and even poking fun at herself. This show had one of SNL’s highest ratings. Though she’s not Madonna, Gaga is one of the major talents of her generation.
What’s happening with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw? The tabloids have them divorcing. However, they denied all those rumors. They seem very much together in their show at The Venetian. These great country music superstars have been married for 17 years and have three beautiful daughters.
The new David Saxe production, “Zombie Burlesque” is open at the V Theater in the Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood.
The Rev. Monti wishes you a great holiday weekend. We all have much to be thankful for.
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.
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