‘Mamma Mia’ still on strong run

Feb 22, 2005 3:11 AM

"Mamma Mia" is mamma marvelous! As our city’s only true Broadway production (no 90-minute time restraint with an intermission), it’s a feel-good evening of fun delivered by a talented, superb cast. Celebrating its second anniversary at Mandalay Bay, the show has undergone some cast changes. Jacquelyn Holland as Donna Sheridan, the mom whose intrepid past catches up with her on the eve of her daughter’s wedding, is a triumph. She’s an emotional powerhouse.

Other newcomers Kristine Zbornik (Rosie), Joshua J. Campbell (Sky) and Patrick Gallo (Bill Austin) are all assets to the glorious singing and dancing. Special kudos go to Elizabeth Share for doing a tremendous job in a fill-role as Sophie Sheridan. It’s hard to imagine this dynamo not playing Sophie when Suzie Jacobson Balsco returns from her throat problems.

Hoping to become a Strip mainstay, Frankie Valli will be performing in the Flamingo showroom when Gladys Knight is off. The extended series of engagements starts March 8-12 and continues throughout the summer. Knight’s contract ends in October and I’m hearing Valli is more than willing to sign on in her place. I’m predicting an uphill battle for my dear friend.

Is the Venetian playing Russian roulette with its gaming license? Though everything I’ve read has stressed that the new Vivid The Club, backed by the biggest name in the pornography business, is just going to be another Las Vegas nightclub, I’m still hearing that some members of the Venetian hierarchy are still very concerned. And it doesn’t help when the "star-studded" premiere event touts VIVID girls Jenna Jameson, Janine, Briana Banks, Savanna Samson, Tawny Roberts, Lexie Marie and Monique Alexander as the evening’s highlights!

Celebrating "100 Years of Vegas, 100 Years of Film," the 7th annual Cine Vegas Film Festival has been scheduled June 10-18 at the Palms Hotel and Brenden Theatres. Dennis Hopper, for the second year, will serve as chairman of the creative advisory board and will be an active presence at the festival. Tickets for the festival will be available after May 21 via www.CineVegas.com and at the Theatres.

According to an e-mail circulating around the Internet, a line of kosher computers is about to be released that includes the following: The cursor moves right to left, the star-up music is "Hava Nagila," should you click onto porno the screen says, "If your mother knew this she would die," it shuts down automatically on Fridays, all viruses can be cured with matzo ball soup, if it dies you must dispose of it within 24 hours," Internet Explorer has a spinning Star of David in the upper right-hand corner. But, best of all, with a kosher computer you can’t get spam.

If Las Vegas television show hunk Josh Duhamel’s career would come to a screeching halt, the actor tells USA Weekend "the thing I can say about all this stuff that’s going on right now is that I appreciate it. I’ll ride this out as long as they’ll let me. And, if it ends, I’ll probably go back to school and be a dentist."

On Stage: Bruce Willis & The Accelerators play the ballroom at the Golden Nugget March 4-5 followed by Bob Newhart April 15-16 and Tony Bennett May 27-29”¦Little Richard, who had a very successful January debut engagement at the Orleans, has parted ways with the hotel reportedly over money issues”¦The final afternoon performance of "The Magic of Rick Thomas" at the Tropicana will be March 17 with fellow animal trainer/magician Dirk Arthur rumored to take over the spot”¦ Ventriloquist Ronn Lucas, after testing other venue options similar to a free agent in baseball, has returned to the afternoon slot at the Rio with new two-year contract and a ticket increase to $35.45”¦A Musical Evening with Debbie Reynolds and Rip Taylor has been added to the Orleans lineup March 17-20”¦Beacher’s Madhouse holds court March 11 and 18 at the Hard Rock”¦Smokey Robinson plays Green Valley Ranch March 19”¦Sunset Station features Willie Nelson on May 7”¦ The current lineup for "Legends in Concert" at the Imperial Palace includes new tributes to Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder plus mainstays the Righteous Brothers, Gloria Estefan, Rod Stewart and Elvis”¦The Killers play the Hard Rock April 15 for a $35 ticket with Lenny Kravitz slated May 21 for a $103 and $128 price tab”¦Fear Factor host comedian Joe Rogan plays the House of Blue at Mandalay Bay March 25.