This year's Tony Awards show was the best yet
June 17, 2014 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
Final arrangements are being made for the tribute to Bill Acosta, one of my favorite impressionists, at the Golden Nugget on June 29. Bob Anderson, Rich Little and Gordie Brown with Vince Falcone conducting his 18-piece orchestra, are set to star.
I remember coming to town and Acosta was appearing in a great show at the Luxor, then he moved to the Flamingo. Bill is now suffering from Parkinson’s disease and must undergo additional surgery.
JACKMAN IS TOPS: This year’s Tony Awards show was one of the best yet. Hugh Jackman is arguably the most versatile and talented performer (Neal Patrick Harris a close second) to host this, the classiest awards show.
The opening number, from Bobby Van’s MGM film ”Small Town Girl,” had Hugh Jackman jumping endlessly for 4 minutes from street to Radio City Music Hall stage, which set the pace of the show.
Audra McDonald won her 6th Tony, the most of any performer, Neil Patrick Harris won for his transgender stint, and John Monroe Inglehart for his show-stopping performance in “Aladdin.” The multi-talented Hugh Jackman made the 3-hour show move quickly and effortlessly. It was most entertaining. Broadway stage performers seem to have a special talent that makes them unique.
MORGAN RECOVERING: Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan is recovering slowly from the tragic auto accident last week. He is still in the ICU unit and will be for some time. Hopefully he will have a full recovery. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. His close friend, comic Jimmy Mack, died and two others were hospitalized and are in critical condition.
The driver of the Walmart tractor-trailer has been charged for causing the accident and allegedly had not slept in the previous 24 hours. There has to be a way to check drivers to make sure they are fit to take the wheel.
MORE REALITY: Jeff Timmons, after his stint as guest host of Chippendales, has a new reality show on E!, “Men of The Strip.” It seems like male strip shows are the new “in” thing, but again I ask,-are there too many reality shows and how long will this trend last?
MISS USA: Miss Nevada, Las Vegan Nia Sanchez, was crowned Miss USA 2014. This 24-year-old beauty holds a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo and believes women should be able to defend themselves. So you guys, watch out! One of her priorities is to bring awareness to the problem of campus rape.
SINGLE AGAIN: Jennifer Lopez is “single” once again. She and Casper Smart have parted after an approximate 3-year relationship. Casper allegedly cheated on Jennifer, but he has denied all rumors. He reportedly gets to keep all the gifts he received, including a customized truck. It appears he is true to his name (Smart).
Jennifer has been seen lately with Maks Chmerkovskiy and the rumor mill has them an item.
Another breakup is Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith after 18 years of marriage. Let’s hope these two can work things out and stay together.
DE NIRO OPENS UP: Robert De Niro opens up about his gay father in his new documentary on HBO. He talks about his relationship with his artist father who died 20 years ago. He shares his father’s paintings with us and may open his diaries to the public in the future. It shows a new side of the actor never before seen. Watching it is quite emotional.
GOING FORWARD: My film with Mike Michaels and Justin Webb is still in the works and will show all. We leave nothing out regarding my past and how I became the person I am today. I am retiring from performing but will continue writing my gossip and food columns and my blogs. This, along with my film and book, are my priorities and, of course, learning to live with COPD.
Correction: The new Rick Lax six-episode reality show, “Wizard Wars,” will be shown on the SYFY channel beginning Aug 19. The magician competition show features Penn and Teller as judges.
NOW OPEN: The Monte Carlo Hotel/Casino has opened a casual dining plaza on the Strip. Included are restaurants Diablo’s Cantina, Yusho, Double Barrel Roadhouse, 800 Degree Pizza, Sambalatte Coffee Lounge and Espresso Bar, and BLVD Creamery. All of these new additions keep the Strip as the place to go to.
A SAD NOTE: Last week we lost the brilliant actress Ruby Dee, who passed away at 91 years of age. Ruby was highly successful on the stage, in film and on TV. She and her late husband Ossie Davis were awarded the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. One of her major achievements was her role in the Broadway classic “Raisin In The Sun.”
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you only the best – and remember, “Stay Cool.”
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.