Get set for more NY imports

Oct 3, 2005 11:39 PM

I am calling this column my New York excursion. Spending 10 days in the Big Apple is exhausting because you never stop doing things.

Based on first-hand research, a crystal ball and some cab driver comments, here are some of my predictions of what will come from New York to Las Vegas:

"Hairspray" with Harvey Fierstein will be a smash that you shouldn’t miss. Although I was treated to see him in "Fiddler On the Roof" with Rosie O’Donnell, I am old enough to appreciate Zero Mostel being the star.

The theatre season in New York is buzzing. First, everyone is mourning the death of Bernadette Peters’ husband in a tragic plane crash. But getting back to the theatre in Vegas, the show that I love the most is "Wicked." The show is wickedly good and, despite what people say, it is not my life’s story.

Also, I saw "Avenue Q" on Broadway, and let me tell you the cast at the Wynn Las Vegas is better!

I say that even though I was treated to a beautiful dinner party by "Avenue Q" producer Jeffrey Seller and his partner. This is an incredible man who sees Las Vegas as the theatre.

My other prediction is that "Phantom of the Opera" at The Venetian cannot miss. It is spectacular, incredible and marvelous. This is what theatre is really about — drama and spectacle.

As a young New Yorker years ago, I was once an aspiring actor. For the lack of talent and discipline, I fell short of my goals to become a Broadway star, but I did replace Divine in "Women Behind Bars."

I starred in a few more flops before I hit the jackpot with Disco Tex and the Sex-o-lettes. The theatre has always been in my blood, even though the DNA is running a little thin of late.

As a Las Vegas columnist, I absolutely adore Cindy Adams of the New York Post. Though I must wonder where, how and why she gets her info. For instance, she’s "reporting" Leona Hemsley’s mind has snapped and is walking around in pajamas saying, "Where’s Harry?"

Another tidbit from her pen is how Ivanna Trump lost the Plaza, where I always had my tea in the Oak Room. It is sad to see a landmark such as the Plaza being shut down to make way for a condo. But those things happen, I guess.

Shopping at Bergdorf’s, seeing the shop girls, strolling on 5th Avenue — Tiffany’s and all the rest — this is my New York.

But come to think of it, we have everything in Las Vegas they have here in New York. Walk into Wynn’s hotel, or the Bellagio or Forum Shops and you’ll find the same things — Chanel, Prada, Hermes ”¦ you name it, we’ve got it. Except for the obnoxious cabbies.

Well, just about everything. We’re still lacking that Upper East Side snobbery and the clubs, dinner parties and such. We’re lacking people like Penny Green, the well-known society hostess who throws those wonderful little dinner parties with Ruth Bowen, who handled Aretha Franklin, Donna Washington, Sammy Davis and a little known artist by the name of Monti Rock, III. Then there’s Penny Green’s beautiful apartment overlooking the water. I marvel at this great lady. As a widow, she misses her Eddie Green, the staple of fun in the city. They were personalities unto themselves.

In any case, let’s try a little gossip of our own. Hallie Berry is playing the wonderful queen, Ruth Bowen on the screen.

With that I’ll be home soon, hopefully, refreshed though spent, culturally stimulated, with a new wardrobe and a depleted bank account.