Saxe to try C&W at Sahara

Jul 4, 2005 3:33 AM

Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July with fireworks, free concerts, the shake-ups at Harrah’s and PR maven Michael Caldwell leaving Caesars Palace.

But this week will bring even more turmoil with more shake-ups at Harrah’s and other show changes. Stay tuned.

Last week as I reported in this column, the brouhaha at the Sahara Hotel with the show "Tropical Passions." Not only is most of the cast stranded, but most of the musicians, artists and Cubans from Miami have not been paid. Who is at fault here?

And now, word has come down to me that David Saxe is bringing a country and western show to the Sahara. We know David has the "V" show at Desert Passage. Maybe he can make this four wall deal work. We’ll see.

My great friend Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons, who left The Orleans to alternate with Gladys Knight at the Flamingo, didn’t fare well and is now trying to get back to The Orleans. It doesn’t look like it will happen.

There is a new star in town. The wonderful, divine, Bridgette Holmes, Clint’s daughter, hosted a party at Tlemui Nino, the new restaurant in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Clint has to be very, very proud of this wonderful Bridgette who did an incredible job of hosting this VIP party. It was one of the better nights of Las Vegas.

Another opening I attended was the reopening of the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio. Madeline Weekly, my favorite PR person, a beautiful creature was holding court for us in the media. Anthony Cools was looking handsome as ever talking about how he sold out at the Paris Hotel. As I said in the column before, there is a lot of shaking going on with the Harrah’s merger, but Madeline Weekly is one of our winners.

As I said before, Las Vegas is still going through all the changes and all the building and who is who and what is what, since Barrett sold their properties and the Golden Nugget is taking Gordie Brown back and the Lady Luck with John Stewart’s "Ovation." The big news is that the Russian Show, which was a mainstay at Fitzgerald’s, just moved to Krave, the alternative nightclub at Desert Passage. One has to marvel at the moving shows. Remember it is all about promotion, the brokers and the people who have deep pockets who do the advertising. That is the longevity for the show.

Now remember, this has been the week of moving shows, moving performances. Remember that the Chinatown Theatre opens around July 15 and I hear the show is delicious!

While guesting on Howard Stern’s radio and E! television show to plug his new CD, Paul Anka told some hilarious true Hollywood stories about his show business life. He told of Elvis Presley’s total dislike of local resident Robert Goulet and how he would shoot out the television screen if he saw Goulet on it. He also recalled an incident when Johnny Carson pinched a gal’s behind (she was a mobster’s girl friend) at Jilly’s, a celebrity hangout in New York when the Tonight Show originated from the Apple. The mistake got Carson tossed down some stairs and given a beating that would have gone further if it hadn’t been for owner Jilly Rizzo stepping in to stop it. Remember, Jilly was Frank Sinatra’s good buddy.

Comedian and local resident Marty Allen and his wife, singer Karon Blackwell, recently returned home from Japan after performing two shows during an emotional four-day cruise for more than 500 World War II veterans. The vets had an opportunity to revisit many war-zone areas in the South Pacific for the first time during the 11-day cruise. The Allens joined the vets in Okinawa for the final lap of the trip.

News And Notes: Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is offering a $5 admission ticket for each full price ($15.95) adult ticket purchased after 5 p.m. through Aug. 31”¦ Mac King’s syndicated comic strip, "Mac King’s Magic In A Minute," has been picked up by the Detroit Free Press”¦ Still no word on who will takeover the troubled La Bete, the nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas”¦ The Slanted Clam Tavern, 2717 W. Sahara Ave., is offering the ultimate summer promotion: 50 percent off its entire menu excluding breakfast and alcohol”¦ Hogs & Heifers Las Vegas has finally opened at 201 N. Third St., downtown”¦ "Mamma Mia!" at Mandalay Bay recently celebrated its 1,000th performance”¦ Disco queen Yvonne Elliman ("If I Can’t Have You" and "Jesus Christ Superstar") is back writing music and singing in Hawaii”¦ Ted Quillin gets inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame Aug. 20. He was part of Hollywood’s famed KFWB Color Radio Channel 98”¦ Wolfgang Puck’s newest restaurant Riva has opened on the pool deck at the Venetian.