Strip’s stars shine brightest during holiday season

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Christmas and New Year’s Day are coming soon. There seems to be a great holiday spirit in and around the Valley.

I’ve always loved this time of the year when the Strip hotels go all out with their decorations and exhibits. One of the finest, if not the best, is the display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden. The snow globe and 42-foot tree are really something to see and enjoy, as are the thousands of white carnations used for smaller displays.

We went to see Shania Twain last week and were amazed to see how her show has become one of the best on the Strip. She is smooth and relaxed and appears to be really enjoying what she‘s doing. Shania belongs here and we hope she will be back in the not too distant future.

A Meno-pause

Menopause The Musical is on the move again. This long-running hit, featuring among others, Paige O’Hara, moves from the Luxor’s Atrium showroom to the Improv at Harrah’s. The final show at the Luxor will be Jan. 18. It should open at Harrah’s on Feb. 8. Menopause began in Vegas in 2006 at what was then the Las Vegas Hilton, then moved to the Luxor in 2009. It has been a box office success at each of these venues.

Almost J-Lo

The Jennifer Lopez Planet Hollywood residency has not yet been confirmed, but the final decision should be announced very soon. As I’ve said before, having Jennifer in Las Vegas would be a real plus. She sings, dances, acts, etc., and is a wonderful live performer. She also has created a successful business empire.

Here comes Bob

The great Bob Anderson will be appearing here beginning in January at the Venetian with his fantastic Frank Sinatra Tribute. Bob, with the help of some prosthetics and makeup, becomes the legendary Mr. Sinatra and he has the singing and mannerisms of ol’ Blue Eyes down pat. This is a must-see show.

Live from Railhead

Tony Sacca’s 29th annual Christmas show will be televised from the Railhead at Boulder Station. Tony has become a Las Vegas institution since he started here years ago with his late twin brother. We do admire his tenacity as he has remained constant and important to the Las Vegas scene.

A tour de Force

Last week the Luxor held an “invitation only” birthday party for one of their top casino employees, Sue LaForce. It was a disco-themed affair and I was there as Disco Tex to help judge a disco contest. Host Jean George and Tim Evans really know how to throw a party.

NFR scores again

The Wrangler National Rodeo Finals concluded last Saturday. These people also know how to party. Country music prevailed as there were stars galore performing in many of our hotel/casinos. The NFR at the Thomas & Mack brings about $100 million to the Vegas economy along with about 150,000 tourists.

Another ‘wynner’

Word has it that “Showstoppers,” the new show opening at the Wynn this Saturday, is a real winner. This Steve Wynn production is said to be one of the best shows of its kind in years and will have the audience singing Broadway show tunes as they leave the theater.

Lighten up, Jong

North Korea has been putting pressure on Sony Pictures and Seth Rogen to either withdraw distribution or at least “tone down” the movie “Interview.” It’s a comedy  about journalists hired as hit men to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. C’mon guys, don’t take the subject seriously.

Rev. Monti, wishes you the best.

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 [email protected].

 

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