Kevin Spacey to debut in Vegas

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Though his first choice was the Flamingo because that’s
where Bobby Darin recorded his first album here, Kevin Spacey will bring his
Darin tribute performance to the Stardust on Dec. 26 as part of a tour promoting
his movie about the singer, “Beyond the Sea.” Darin, who died Dec. 20,
1973, at age 37 during heart surgery, was a dynamite Las Vegas headliner playing
the Flamingo, Sahara and Hilton.

The film was a labor of love for Spacey. Besides being
on-screen, the two-time Oscar winner produced, directed and co-wrote the film.
He also sang all 18 songs on the soundtrack, which was produced by rock legend
Phil Ramone.

Spacey insisted on recording the songs with a live band, just
the way Darin would, Ramone told Billboard magazine. “Kevin has a
determination, charm and work ethic that very few people have,” Ramone
said. “He even took guitar, drum and piano lessons because of the film. It
takes most singers 15 years to find their voices, but Kevin learned very
quickly.” The film opens here on Dec. 26.

A Greg Thompson-produced topless review “with a
twist” will open in the Rio’s Scinta Showroom at the end of January as a
late-night attraction.

And, “The Donkey Show,” the New York hit based on
Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that takes the audience
on a musical journey of euphoric lust gone haywire, is reportedly bound for the
ICE nightclub. Planned for a Valentine’s Day opening, the story takes place in
a 70s disco, the home of love-sick revelers lost in a forest of misguided
beings. Sounds enticing.

The Bally’s afternoon experiment by Society of Seven with
Lani Misalucha will come to an end in February at the conclusion of the group’s
six-month agreement with the hotel.

The group, I’m being told, has refused its renewal option
as the engagement has cost its backers over $500,000 more than anticipated.
Also, the hope of making Misalucha a solo star hasn’t come to fruition and she
reportedly will be returning to the Philippines where she is a superstar.

The get-away-from-your-troubles “We Will Rock You,”
the futuristic rock comedy at Paris Las Vegas set to the dynamic music of Queen,
has been re-priced and re-scheduled. In what may be the Strip’s top show
bargain, the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee is now $49 for all seats. For all other
shows, the Radio GaGa section is $70, Killer Queen seats go for $85, and it
costs $100 to go Bohemian, a 10 to 25 percent reduction from previous prices.
All tickets are plus tax and handling.

The Foundation for Positively Kids, a local non-profit
organization that is dedicated to developing services that provide comprehensive
care for Nevada’s medically fragile and terminally ill children, will be the
benefactor of a new CD entitled “Happy Holidays Las Vegas.” A
compilation of Las Vegas headliners and recording artists performing holiday
music, the CD includes a “Christmas in Las Vegas,” a duet by Clint
Holmes and Lesley Gore, “Christmas for the First Time,” written and
performed by Danny Gans, and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
by The Scintas, among many others. The Vezzo label CD is available for $20 at
local record stores or at their site, positivelykids.org.

A 60 by 90 foot ice rink has been built on the Caesars Palace
open-air Roman Plaza for public ice skating and a new theatrical show entitled
“The Stars Are Out Tonight” featuring skaters Elvis Stojko, Rudy
Galindo and Dan Hollander, among others. The show’s creative director is
former Olympian Randy Gardner (whose former pairs partner Tai Babilonia is David
Brenner’s lady friend) with performances scheduled on weekends through Jan.
15.

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