‘Second City’ on its way; Scintas to Rio?

Jan 2, 2001 12:56 AM

As predicted last month, The Second City comedy troupe is coming to the Flamingo, beginning sometime in March. The comics will stage two 75-minute shows nightly in the intimate Bugsy’s Celebrity Theater – a nice venue for this kind of front-anc-center show.

Expect to see classic Second City sketches and songs, with a lot of improvisation — the stuff that made the Chicago-based troupe famous. Tickets will probably run about 25 bucks.

My spies tell me that the show Scintas, which is a runaway hit at the Hilton, is all but signed to replace David Cassidy’s show At the Copa in March. David’s show closes out its Rio run this month. It’s a shame; David is still packin’ them in! Stay tuned.

At the Sahara, my favorite show The Rat Pack Is Back, which is a journey by itself and a hit with a proven formula, stars Steve Lippia doing an incredible Frank Sinatra. The status of co-star Tony Tillman is questionable: At a recent performance another "Sammy Davis" was flown in from L.A. Now, what could that mean I wonder?

The Rat Pack’s run was extended through February, and may get another year. The powers that be are currently deciding. My take: the Sahara would be foolish to close this gem of a show.

Also at the Sahara, Steve Wyrick is finally gaining momentum and ticket sales have been brisk. Steve has worked very hard this year and his big-time illusions are breathtaking. The Sahara built an incredible showroom to showcase this young man from Texas.

At Mandalay Bay, the new Latin variety show Storm, which is scheduled to open in February, is being reworked and re-choreographed. When it opens, look forward to a lot of hot salsa, cutting-edge dancing and contemporary Latin beats. It’s an intricate show with a lot of twists.

More Latin is on the horizon. After Caesars Palace closes its Magical Empire, it will reopen as a new Latin nightspot called Samba. The joint is owned by Jimmy Smits and Jennifer Lopez. The original is mucho grande in L.A.

The new Sam’s Town Live! has a winner on Jan. 14-15 with Gerald Levert, who is a rhythm and blues icon.

At the Flamingo, "Forever Plaid" is trying to find a new home; they have received a lot of interest by some properties, but nothing has been put to paper yet.

At the Suncoast, the irrepressible Frankie Randall puts on a great show, especially when he gets help from his friends. Case in point, last week Rich Little took the stage and had the audience in the aisles with his Richard Nixon schtick. Also taking the stage was Pat Cooper, who torpedoed everyone in earshot. What a night!

Lord of the Dance, the great show at New York-New York, has opened a touring show at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. I hope the Southerners take to the Irish dance show the way Vegas did.