Wayne Newton's Las Vegas show continues re-tooling

Oct 27, 2009 4:04 PM


I’ve been running around the Las Vegas landscape gathering all my information – sometimes right, sometimes wrong, with rumors and innuendos along the way – while some sources provide bad, bad, bad input.

The Wayne Newton show at the Tropicana, which is really in previews, continues to go through the pain of re-writing and re-tooling. Sources say the show should be ready Oct. 28. From what I hear, Wayne shares the stage with film and video clips galore.

The economic downturn continues to headline in Las Vegas with such things as the reduced values of the CityCenter condos declining some 30 or 40% and news that the Fontainebleau, which was 90% complete, is being used for fire drills. How sad. Can’t somebody finish this project?

More signs of the times this week when we heard the Greenspun television show "Las Vegas One" had been canceled, and print media continue to struggle all across the country. The Boulder City and Henderson newspapers, both Greenspun publications, recently suspended publication. At least 22 people have been let go.

Stephanie Jordan, aka Sanchez, was the emcee and star of "Fantasy" at the Luxor for 10 years and apparently set the bar quite high. Her permanent replacement hasn’t been found. As Stephanie pursues other avenues, "Fantasy" continues the search. Since I consider creator and producer of "Fantasy" Anita Mann to be a friend, I can honestly say the show needs a great host or an emcee.

This week I had lunch with Adam Steck, and we discussed the possibility of a new show that would include Lainie Kazan, Carol Lawrence, Mimi Hines and Diahann Carroll with yours truly featured as emcee. It might be "Divas of Yesterday."

In the meantime, I’ll be heading to Atlantic City for another Disco Ball to be held at the Taj Mahal on Nov. 14. My last trip to Atlantic City for this production just couldn’t have been better. Everything was perfect. The music, the timing, the hotel all were the best. I expect this trip to be the same. And, by the way, I love meeting the new fans of Disco-Tex.

Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Kenny Kerr, who appears regularly at De Stefano’s, might be joining the cast of "Divas Las Vegas." I first met Kenny back in MY diva days while sitting in my yellow Rolls Royce and working with Trudy Heller in New York City. I feel like I’m Kenny’s great aunt!

Another diva of yesterday, Madame – yes Madame, the Puppet – is coming to town. Madame was the creation of the late, great Wayland Flowers and is now being "handled" by Rick Skye. Frank Marino, Kenny Kerr, Madame – can we handle these three?

The Nevada SPCA and Pause for Paws benefited from the Sahara Hotel & Casino special charity event in conjunction with Rick Thomas and the "Magic of Tigers." Rick is performing his show regularly at the Sahara, but I must say I was deliciously surprised. Those beautiful animals and the magic of Rick Thomas produced a first-class show. Not only did Rick perform his usual visual magic, he did a fabulous job of dancing. It was a great evening and I definitely would recommend the show to visitors and locals. That’s entertainment folks!

The Walk to Cure Diabetes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will take place Nov. 14 at UNLV North Field. Some 4,000 walkers are expected to show up in an effort to meet this year’s goal of $600,000. Be there at 9 a.m. on the morning of the walk for onsite registration or call JDRF at (702) 732-4795 to preregister or for more information. There’s always time for charity in all our lives.

Of course, we have to cover some of the television events for the week. Like aren’t we all tired of Kate Gosselin, her eight kids and carousing hubby? And what about the "Real Housewives of Atlanta?" To that one loudmouth broad (oh, oh… did I really say that?)… SHUT UP! For some people, their 15 minutes of fame is a bit too much for the rest of us.

As the "Dancing With the Stars" goes on and on and on, is it me or is the show getting tired? Anyway, our pick of the season, Donny Osmond, is fighting through his injury, and I must say his Argentine Tango was brilliant. Who knew? Then the entire group of the show’s professionals did an unbelievable Michael Jackson tribute. In the audience and announcing the tribute was LaToya, LaToya, LaToilet…

Let’s not forget the Latin Grammys are coming to Mandalay Bay. Unfortunately, my friend Charo is still on the mend and probably won’t be able to make an appearance this year. But the valiant star says she’s almost ready to return to work.

My partner and I went to Envy’s Steak House in the Renaissance Hotel on Paradise this week. The Renaissance is a boutique hotel that caters to business travelers and tourists alike. It’s really quite beautiful and offers something different from the Strip hotels. Not only was the dinner superb but we were able to enjoy our friend Wes Winters as he performed the musical renditions he’s become famous for in Las Vegas. Thank you, Wes Winters, for the beautiful evening.

To some it may be a bit early in the season, but because I am so committed to the support of my charities, I’m always looking ahead. I can already see the beginnings of this year’s Annual White Party that coincides with the holidays. I’m excited just thinking about the event.

Speaking of holidays, if you act fast, you might still catch the Electronic Media Cafe’s "Thriller on the Lake" Halloween masquerade cruise on Lake Las Vegas. The cruise takes place Oct. 30 and boarding begins at 7:45. The evening will be filled with lots of music, prizes for costumes and fun for all.

For weeks we’ve been talking about Norbert Aleman and his "La Cage" production that’s being re-invented. Jimmy Emerson is supposed to be the newest star of this updated version. Jimmy is currently appearing in "Naked Boys Singing" at the Onyx Theater and Commercial Center.

Remember, the Rev. Monti wishes you all a great week!

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