Kevin as Bobby at Stardust

Dec 21, 2004 4:09 AM

On Sunday and Monday nights, Oscar nominee Kevin Spacey takes center stage at the Stardust to bring his "Beyond the Sea" biopic role as Bobby Darin to life. Spacey doesn’t sound like Darin and doesn’t profess to, but he sure has the nuances down pat in what should be two special evenings with a 17-piece orchestra on board. Both four-wall dates are sold out. Spacey’s film about the complex Darin opens locally Dec. 29.

Barry Manilow has signed a 24-week contract starting Feb. 24 and continuing into 2006 to play the Las Vegas Hilton. Hilton boss Rudy Prieto was beaming at the press conference saying that the signing was the beginning of restoring the Hilton to its luster of old. Manilow, a better songwriter than a singer, said that he’s planning on writing a theme song for Las Vegas along the lines of "New York-New York."

This is about the only time of the year to reflect about Las Vegas and living here when the shows shut down and the entertainers take a break for the holidays to recharge their batteries.

I believe that the Las Vegas we’ve known for all these years is about to end. By 2010 we’ll be living in SoHo along the Strip. Gone will be the Tropicana, the Stardust, the Riviera, the Frontier. They will have all been imploded, replaced with gala new structures featuring condos to sublet. Steve Wynn will continue to leave his mark and Sir Donald of Trump will have joined the fray using, as usual, someone else’s money, but finally establishing himself as a player in this market.

The mergers will have taken place, though I’m hearing meetings have been going on for weeks and one would think that they are done already.

Mayor Oscar will still be touting his city and trying to get a professional sports team to move here. Remember, Mayor, we do have one already; it’s the guys with the tight pants who play indoor football.

As for me, I admit I’m a character who loves being part of the scene. I adore writing my column for the GamingToday reader, and I can’t thank enough my editor, my mentor Frank H. Lieberman and the publicity and marketing people who feed me all the information (and food). Happy holidays to you all.

On Stage: The Rock ’N Roll Reunion — featuring the Box Tops, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Orleans and the Classic Rock Allstars — has been rescheduled for Jan. 16 at the Orleans Arena ”¦ George Carlin moves to the Stardust Feb. 10-23, ending four years of performing in the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre ”¦ Jerry Seinfeld headlines at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace Dec. 26-27 ”¦ TV host Regis Philbin makes a rare local appearance Jan. 14-15 at the Golden Nugget ”¦ Cher brings her "Never Can Say Goodbye" tour to the MGM Grand on Jan. 29 with the Village People as her opening act”¦Hootie and the Blowfish perform at the Silverton on Jan. 8 ”¦ Sammy Shore, Elvis Presley’s former opening act, does the same for Karin Denis and the Sin City Boys at the Suncoast this weekend ”¦ Korean superstar Lee Jung-Hyun performs Saturday at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton ”¦ "Forbidden Vegas" at The Westin Casuarina has added 10 p.m. shows on Dec. 24, 26-28 and 30-31 ”¦ The Rio’s "Holiday Show in the Sky" continues through Saturday with performances at 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m.