City to host mass wedding!

May 23, 2005 4:41 AM

Wedding bells will highlight June’s Centennial events as 100 couples from around the world will tie the knot in a joint ceremony under the Fremont Street Experience canopy June 9. "Once upon 100 Weddings" will have 98 couples from outside of Las Vegas and two local couples winning a wedding package that includes nuptials, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and numerous wedding gifts. Other events include a celebration of 100 Years of Faith June 15 — 16 at the Cashman Theatre and the 150th anniversary festivities of the founding of the Old Mormon Fort June 15 — 18.

A lawsuit has been filed here by David Cassidy and Don Reo against Sandy Hackett and others for trademark and copyright infringement and unfair competition for its production "The Tribute To Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean," written by Hackett. The pair created, wrote and produced "The Rat Pack Is Back!" Cassidy is seeking damages and an injunction to stop performances of the show at the Greek Isles Hotel. The show allegedly uses some of the same dialogue and musical material as Cassidy’s show. The Cassidy/Reo production played from 1999 through 2002 at the Desert Inn and at the Sahara hotels. Three of the cast members from that production, Henry Prego as Frank, Louis Velez as Sammy, and Rick Michel as Dean, were hired by Hackett for his show. Hackett plays Joey.

Local resident Robert Goulet started his Broadway career in "Camelot." "He was then loving a queen," recalls New York Post columnist Cindy Adams. "Now on Broadwat as Georges in ”˜La Cage aux Folles,’ he again loves a queen," says Adams. His co-star, Gary Beach told Adams, who is even older than me, "Goulet’s straight, but he loves to kiss me!"

Though he was best known for his role as the Riddler on the Batman television series, Frank Gorshin, who recently passed away at age 72, was among the first impressionists to become a headliner in local showrooms. Al Jolson, Kirk Douglas, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and James Cagney were among his many impressions. Gorshin is also credited with teaching Sammy Davis Jr. how to do impressions.

While the city’s birthday has come and gone, Centennial events continue with the announcement that Las Vegas is the next entry in PBS’s American Experience anthology of city portraits, joining New York and Chicago. The two-part documentary is the cornerstone of the American Experience fall season and is being directed by Stephen Ives. A home video and DVD will eventually be available through PBS Video.

Nevada filmmaking selections are included in the CineVegas 2005 Film Festival as it celebrates "100 Years of Las Vegas, 100 Years of Film" when it returns to the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres June 10 — 18. The seventh CineVegas will honor seven entertainment icons and will show nearly a dozen premieres, advance screenings, independent films and underground movies that make good on this year’s celebratory theme. The festival opens June 10 with the John Singleton-produced "Hustles & Flow" and concludes with the world premiere of George A. Romero’s "Land of the Dead," the newest of the director’s zombie flicks.

Local offerings include Tim Onosko’s "Lost Vegas: The Lounge Era," a look at the early singers and entertainers that defined young Las Vegas, and "As We Knew It: The Story of Classic Las Vegas," director Lynn Cook’s work in progress spotlighting the mom and pop business owners, dealers, ensemble performers and others who see themselves as the "real" Las Vegans. CineVegas also celebrates the centennial by showing four retro Las Vegas themed films selected through a fan poll: "Leaving Las Vegas," "Ocean’s Eleven," "Showgirls" and "Viva Las Vegas."

News And Notes: Auditions for Beacher’s Madhouse at the Hard Rock take place Thursday at The Joint at 5 p.m. The show resumes at the hotel June 4”¦ Allegiant Air begins nonstop service between Las Vegas and Rapid City, S.D. July 6 with a $59 one-way fare”¦ The Imperial Palace is hosting the first Celebrity Impersonator Convention May 29 — June 1”¦ Craig Cavileer has been named president of the Silverton Casino Lodge”¦ Mobile Billboards of Las Vegas President/CEO Marla Letizia has been named a finalist in the best executive category in the third annual American Business Awards slated June 6 in New York City... Arturo Fuente has opened its fir st store and Cigar Bar inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace”¦ A free Mac King Fan Club ( has been launched by the Harrah’s entertainer”¦ The Palms is hosting a noon and 7 p.m. daily No Limit Hold’em Summer Poker series May 28 — July 10”¦ Bill Kairis has been named director of sales for the Palms.