Wynn set for ‘puppeteer’ role

Aug 15, 2005 3:06 AM

This week the producers, cast and crew of "Avenue Q," the Broadway play that won three 2004 Tony Awards, takes up residency at Wynn Las Vegas. They begin previews in a couple of weeks and officially open Sept. 9.

"Avenue Q" could have been my life story. It’s about Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a small bank account. Well, I was born and raised in New York with similar big dreams and was always scouring for a buck. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q.

"Avenue Q" is about finding a job, losing a job, getting an apartment, getting kicked out of your apartment, falling in love, avoiding commitment, dumping a sweetheart, wanting them back, having a party, fighting a hangover, hiding out and discovering the world. Simply everyday life.

Wow, what memories. His problems were nothing compared to mine. At least he remembers everything. I’m still trying to figure everything out so I can complete my best-selling book. It’s not easy. He’s got writers; all I’ve got is my brain that’s withstood countless efforts to destroy it. My darlings, no, I didn’t forget that Princeton was a puppet. I know how that feels, too. I’ve had so many people pull my strings through the years!

While "Avenue Q" debuts in its 1,200 seat theater, Montella has been told that Steve Wynn has "informed" his construction crew that he wants the "Spamalot" theater to be built in 14 months!

David Saxe has opened his latest effort — "Buck Wild!" — at the Sahara with a covered early effort and a topless 9 p.m. version. The show features Hee Haw-type skits, singing, dancing, audience interaction and a replica of the General Lee ’69 Orange Dodge Charger of Dukes of Hazzard fame. Let’s hope the show is better than the dreadful film featuring Jessica Simpson (as Daisy Duke) now in theaters. On second thought, it’s got to be better”¦doesn’t it? It can’t be worse”¦can it?

Look for Saxe to bring back the Fab Four to his V Theatre in Desert Passage. Saxe is also continuing his battle with the mall owners over Steve Wyrick’s plans to build his new complex. I’m still waiting for them to accept me as referee when the two divas square off in a ring to settle their differences. It could takes place in Krave!

Who would have thought that the Jewish kid from Brooklyn would be writing and singing Christmas songs? But that’s what Orleans star (he’s performing at the hotel this week) Neil Sedaka is doing. Sedaka was recently on television’s QVC to introduce plans for the two CD package and will return in October to reveal which five songs the QVC audience selected to be their choices on the CDs. Sedaka selected the remaining cuts. Sedaka also performs Yiddish songs, but only in selected cities.

Martin Nievera, who held court for two months a couple years back at the Golden Nugget, performs in concert Saturday night at the Rio Pavillion. Nievera is one of the world’s top international stars and recently played to more than 50,000 adoring fans at the Pasadena Rose Bowl that was televised live via satellite to the Philippines. Nievera is not only hot to look at, but can he sing! With a break, Josh Grobin would be looking over his shoulder to find Nievera right on his heels.

Dale Chihuly, whose multi-million artwork hangs in the Bellagio entrance, has donated his latest glass blown chandelier to the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) to illuminate the entrance at its flagship clinical research facility in the Summerlin district of Las Vegas. The facility’s formal dedication is set for Sep. 23. The chandelier hangs approximately 18 feet, weighs nearly 1000 pounds and is comprised of 550 pieces of glass. It incorporates the colors found in a neighboring water wall.