Chinatown home to new venue

Jun 14, 2005 5:24 AM

Rene De Haven, who has been helping me dress for years, and is a fantastic choreographer, let me in on a secret — a spectacular new showroom has been built in Chinatown, of all places. It’s called the Chinatown Showroom and will launch a musical variety show called "No MSG" in early July. Producer/director Jerry Schafer, the man behind the showroom, is also bringing dinner shows back. In fact, he’s having two a night with a unique twist. Instead of being served in the showroom, the patron gets to select their dinner at one of six Chinatown Plaza restaurants. They can go before or after a performance, or even another night. There will be two shows a night Tuesday thru Sunday in the 300-seat theater with a live six-piece band and even a maitré d. Sounds like this is a place to check out! Since I’ll be invited to opening night, I’ll let you know all about it.

Two outside public relations firms and an in-house publicist have proclaimed "The Dream Has Been Fulfilled" in a press release announcing that "Le Reve" has added a sixth performance to its schedule at Wynn Las Vegas "due to popular demand." The release also states that "after weeks of standing ovations, and in response to tremendous audience feedback, guests will now be able to see "Le Reve — A small collection of imperfect dreams (this is the way it was written in the release) nightly Saturday through Thursday." Not surprisingly, the release did not mention that when the show opened April 28, it was scheduled to perform two shows a night, but cut back due to mediocre reviews and soft ticket sales.

Just wondering: When Steve Wyrick parted company with Planet Aladdin he said he had another showroom waiting. Still no announcement, though I hear it’ll be a free-standing venue. The rumors keep swirling that changes will be made in the Rio and Harrah’s showrooms. We’re all also wondering what’ll happen to the Bally’s, Paris and Flamingo showrooms once Harrah’s takes over this week. I’m hearing major changes.

The CineVegas Film Festival is in full swing. From what I’ve seen, a lot of the movies are playing second fiddle to the nightly parties, and there’s one just about every night.

"A Cause For Paws," a daylong festival and concert to benefit Noah’s Animal House (NAH) at Shade Tree, will be held Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. at Barley’s Brewery and Casino in Henderson. The festival is free and open to all ages. An array of local performers have volunteered to perform at the festival including Dave "The Sax Man" Brown, Loveshack, Yellow Brick Road, Capo Regime, Jay White, Frankie Perez and Matt Dusk. All proceeds from the event will go toward building Noah’s Animal House. Because domestic abuse shelters generally cannot accept pets, victims of family violence often stay in a dangerous situation out of fear for the safety of their pets. Unfortunately, this fear is well founded.

All too often, batterers punish victims for leaving by abusing or killing their pets.

Talented and likeable impressionist Gordie Brown is finally Strip bound. Talks are underway with the Venetian to build him a 500-700-seat new room contingent on the hotel working out another deal concerning space within the property. In Brown’s favor is that the Venetian’s casino team likes him and wants him to be part of their entertainment roster. In the meantime, Brown will probably return to the Golden Nugget starting July 1 since Joe Leone has decided to stay on at hotel as entertainment director.

Here’s one I can’t miss: A fencing World Cup Grand Prix, featuring female medalists from the 2004 Olympic Games, is being held this weekend at the Stardust. I sure know a lot of people I’d like to stick with one of the weapons!

I hear that the public relations staff at Wynn Las Vegas is romancing the local media? Oops, am I part of the media? I think I am a credible journalist. My columns are full of information. I pride myself with being on the inside.

News & Notes: The John Haig Orchestra will headline the eight annual Lamont Patterson Big Band Dance at the Stardust Monday. Admission is free to the three-hour concert”¦ The local version of the legendary Los Angeles nightspot, the Rainbow Bar & Grill, has finally opened at 4480 Paradise Road”¦ The top two floors of the new Palms tower will be a Playboy entertainment facility”¦ Military discounts have been dropped for the Lance Burton performances at the Monte Carlo”¦ Canadian Jason Scott is the latest winner in the Imperial Palace’s "Be A Legend" Celebrity Impersonator Karaoke contest with his impersonation of Neil Diamond”¦ Preferred PR honchos Michelle Tell and James Woodrow are expecting their second daughter.