A newcomer to the Las Vegas scene is Aaron Kwok, who will make his exclusive appearance at Wynn Las Vegas April 2-3, where he’ll perform in "Dancing King Concert – World Tour." In both Hong Kong and Asia, Aaron is known simply as the Dancing King and considered a star of both song and dance. Las Vegas is at the absolute top of the list when it comes to entertainment, so it’s no surprise Aaron Kwok picked Wynn Las Vegas as a stop on his world tour. Call (702) 770-7469 for tickets to this extravaganza.
Show biz lost veteran performer Cheri DeCastro of the famous DeCastro sisters last week. They went from the Cuban nightclub scene to Miami in 1945 and then on to appearances in films and TV. They were inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame as "Las Vegas Living Legends" in the late 1990’s. Cheri, in addition to her singing, was known for her great beauty and resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor.
For months I’ve been writing about Menopause the Musical at the Luxor, starring my friend Paige O’Hara. The show continues to run at capacity business. But one of its featured stars, Annette Verdolino, appeared in Seattle at the annual Moisture Festival last week, where she recreated her character, Blanche DeBris. True to her character’s attitude and name (which in French is white trash) she brought down the house. It’s always nice to see local Las Vegas talent make an impact in other shows nationwide.
Unfortunately the Sandra Bullock and Jesse James rumors turned out to be true. Her gracious acceptance speech at the recent Academy Awards was even more touching when the camera showed Jesse near tears. Hopefully, he hasn’t joined the Tiger Woods Fun Foundation. Can’t help but wonder if Sandra is another victim of the Oscar curse – winning the top honor only to have her marriage implode. Especially the same week as last year’s Best Actress Kate Winslet split from her husband, Sam Mendes.
Last weekend Jay Leno appeared at the Mirage to his usual full house. Jay likes to use stand-up gigs to introduce some of his new jokes. He continues to be one busy man, with personal appearances and helming the "Tonight Show." Other late hosts seem to find a certain sense of self-satisfaction with their mean-spirited banter about Jay’s return to late night television. Maybe it’s just sour grapes on the part of these other guys, especially Jimmy Kimmel. They should learn from the network evening news anchors, who compete on a daily basis but do not resort to putting each other down,
"American Idol" may not be my favorite TV show any longer, but I do find myself tuning in to catch glimpses of the action each week. I didn’t catch any of the young singers last week, but I did see Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell exchanging sharp verbal jabs. Are they really feuding or is it just part of the show? Maybe it’s all just for ratings. Could it be they’re trying to create some new interest in the show since former Idol judge Paula Abdul is reportedly considering hosting a revival of Star Search? Her new show would be in direct competition with Idol.
Another television favorite of the masses is "Dancing With the Stars, "which returns on March 22. They have a diverse line-up this year, as well as a new co-host, Brooke Burke. Brooke is well-known to TV viewers after winning Dancing’s mirrored-ball trophy two seasons ago. The show will also have its oldest contestant so far, 80-year-old moon-walking astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
It’s expected that March Madness will bring in the revenue for Las Vegas. This is one of the most popular sporting events for the year, according to Vegas casinos and sports books.
The Las Vegas Hilton will feature rock band Chicago with their long-time familiar sound on April 2 and 3. Vocal virtuosos Earth, Wind & Fire bring their unique sound and energy to the Hilton on April 16 and 17.
Frank, Sammy and Dean live on at Rampart Casino on March 26 and 28 with Ryan Baker (Frank), Bryan Clark (Sammy) and Rick Michel (Dean). They, of course, will be doing the standards, as well as new songs done in the style of those greats.
Once again the Rev. Monti wishes you all a great week.