Honky Tonk Angels add Christmas spirit

December 05, 2000 6:35 AM
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The popular "Honky Tonk Angels" show at the Gold Coast Showroom adds the flavor of the season Wednesday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Dec. 23, featuring tributes to Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and the Judds.

Multitalented performers Sharon Haynes, Lori Legacy and Corrie Sachs add lots of laughs as well as favorite Christmas songs to the family entertainment. The Cool Country Crew Band of Michael Dubay provides live music. Show time for "Honky Tonk Angels’ Country Christmas" is 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The show is $9.95; dinner and show package, $14.95. For reservations, call (702) 367-7111.

Ricochet at Rio for free concerts

Country music’s top new vocal group of the year, Ricochet, will perform at free concerts in the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino’s RioBamba Cabaret while the National Finals Rodeo is in town. The concerts will be held through Dec. 10 from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

The band has received rave reviews from its debut album, "Ricochet," through such hits as "What Do I Know," "Love is Stronger Than Pride," and "Blink of an Eye." The trade publication Radio & Records has honored them as group of the year and recognized them for success as the No. 1 selling group in country music for 19 straight weeks.

They also won group of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Weekly Magazine.

The Rio also features the "Masquerade Show in the Sky," international hit De La Guarda, and David Cassidy’s "At the Copa."

Prince to perform at Aladdin Theatre

Prince brings his "Hit n’ Run Tour" to the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, Saturday, Dec. 9, for one show at 9 p.m. Tickets, $55, $85 and $135, are available at the Aladdin Box Office or call (702) 474-4000. The show is expected to exceed two hours.

The singer, who for a time performed without using a name, will include such hits as "I Would Die 4U," "Raspberry Beret," "Kiss," "Controversy," "Cream," "Purple Rain" "When Doves Cry" and "Little Red Corvette."

Grand Canal Shoppes decked for holidays

"Holiday on the Canal" has brought the Christmas spirit to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Hotel-Casino. Visitors over age 18 may pick up free Winter Passaporto booklets, with coupons valued at more than $3,000 while shopping in the area. The coupons may be picked up at Emporio D’ Gondola, adjacent to Godiva Chocolatier, while supplies last, and are good through the end of January.

The re-creation of Venice will also be holding Saturday and Sunday drawings for prizes, including works of art, and two-night stays at The Venetian. Winners’ names will be posted at Emporio D’ Gondola by 9:30 p.m. on each drawing day. Winners must claim their prizes within 30 days.

The Grand Canal Shoppes, lavishly decorated for the holidays, will also have elves, Vegas-style, to greet and help visitors. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

"St. Nicked" offers holiday mystery

You’ll have to figure out who’s naughty and who’s nice when you attend the holiday presentation of "St. Nicked," the Yule replacement for "Marriage Can Be Murder" at the Egg and I restaurant, 4533 West Sahara Ave. Mystery dinner shows are held Thursday through Saturday, with Wednesday performances added for office parties.

Dinner theater tickets are $39.95 and include a three-course meal with choice of Roasted Rudolph, a half roasted chicken, Santa’s Prime rib or Grinch’s goulash, or pasta with zesty Italian sausage. Tax and tip aren’t included; potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert are. For reservations, call (702) 616-3322.

Cast members include Jayne and Eric Post as well as selected members of the audience with comedy and improv. Doors open on Thursday and Friday at 5:30 p.m.; 8:30 on Saturday. The holiday show runs through Saturday, Jan. 6.

MGM’s ”˜EFX’ Tunes out Tommy

Tommy Tune, a nine-time Tony Award winner, will leave the lead role in "EFX" at the MGM Grand following his performance on Saturday, Jan. 13. A new star will be announced later. Tune has been in the role for two years. He said living and performing as a headliner in Las Vegas was a dream come true. He’ll return to the East Coast to pursue dreams yet unfulfilled.

Tickets for the shows starring Tommy Tune are available by calling (702) 891-7777.

Byrd and ”˜Bud’ At Silverton

Tracey Byrd, the country singer who sold more than five million albums, brings his hits and honest, easy style to the Silverton Hotel Casino Thursday, Dec. 7 for one show at 10:30 p.m. Ticket price of $10 includes a Bud or Bud Light.

His No. 1 hits, "Holdin’ Heaven" and "Keeper of the Stars," established Byrd as a star. He continued to win audiences with his newest album, "It’s About Time." He produced his latest effort using songs he felt have touched his life. Other albums include "Watermelon Crawl" and "I’m From The Country." For reservations or information, call (702) 263-7777.

In addition to his soaring music career, Byrd is host of the TNN Outdoors program, drawing an audience of eight million viewers.

Rodeo legends will do lunch

Rodeo fans are invited to "do lunch’ with such rodeo legends as Charmayne James, Larry Mahan, Walt Garrison, Tuff Hedeman, Sherri Cervi, Donnie Gay and others, Saturday noon at the Silverton Hotel Casino. Hostess for the luncheon will be TNN’s Pam Minnick. Tickets are $50 per person, with proceeds going to The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame. Call (702) 263-7777.

The Silverton is also hosting parties to watch the NFR each night, along with barbecue. The Bud Girls will be on hand. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, the Silverton presents adult comedian and singer Rodney Carrington in his first Las Vegas performance. Leave the young ones at home for the 10:30 p.m. shows, after the rodeo. Tickets are $20. You must be 21 or older. Call (702) 263-7777.

Rita Rudner extends run

"Laugh the Night Away with Rita Rudner" at the MGM Grand has been extended through Sunday, Dec. 31. Show times are 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday; 8 and 10 p.m. on Saturday. There is no show Tuesdays or Saturday, Dec. 17. Tickets before Dec. 27 are $44.90 exclusive of tax and handling fees and then increase to $49.90.

Rudner’s sophisticated and hysterically funny, award-winning show is presented in the Cabaret Theatre of the MGM Grand.

Legends cast scoots boots

"Legends in Concert," at the Imperial Palace, is adding tributes to Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and the Blues Brothers in keeping with the atmosphere of the National Finals Rodeo.

Tickets for "Legends Goes Country" are $34.50 for adults, $19.50 for children 12 and under. Shows are at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Dinner and show packages are available. Call (702) 794-3261.

Stacey Whitton brings her rendition on Shania Twain to the stage from Branson, Mo., where she has been earning praise with such songs as "Still the One," "Man, I Feel Like a Woman," and "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under." Backed by a live orchestra and no lip-syncing, this entertainer also does Twain hits, "I’m Out of Here" and "Honey I’m Home."

Dean Simmons returns to the show with such Garth Brooks staples as "Thunder Rolls," "Ain’t Goin’ Down," and "Friends in Low Places." He began his career with his own band, playing clubs in the U.S., Caribbean and South Pacific. He joined the "Stars of Country" show at Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and produced a solid crowd pleaser with his likeness of Brooks.

Eric Martin and Vince Salazar again bring their Blues Brothers to the stage with an act that has often delighted visitors. They manage the look, the sound and the atmosphere of the historic film team and always bring down the house with their rendition of the "Theme to Rawhide." Along the way, they produce big laughs with "Land of a Thousand Dances," "Soul Man," "Can’t Turn You Loose," and "Flip-Flop Fly."