Castaways drifts into sunset

Jan 16, 2006 3:17 AM

My old hangout, The Castaways, has been imploded! The rubble raised a few mixed feelings on my part.

On the one hand, I was supposed to do a do-wop show there, plus I was also scheduled to be the spokesperson for what was to be the first alternative lifestyle hotel. It didn’t happen; like the hotel, my deals were destroyed by the wrecking ball.

Even then I knew the Castaways was a shipwreck waiting to happen, I felt a tinge of sadness that, just like it has happened to my career so many times, it had to be blown off the face of the earth.

I know we have to make way for the new Las Vegas, but I wish there was some way to maintain the old stuff, sort of like they do in Europe. Maybe Mayor Oscar has the right idea in wanting to merge the City of Las Vegas with North Las Vegas. Then we can take the old hotels and just move them north. It would make for a fantastic attraction and I could be the host! Kind of like an elephant burial grounds with a tour guide.

What’s with the George Clooney deal and Randy Gerber? What’s with Donald Trump’s Trump Towers? We know Ivana’s plan for condos went the way of the Castaways. I could tell it wouldn’t happen when I saw her hair. Too much hair, not enough money!

The so-called developers have to see that the real estate market is now soft. Expect more high-rise condos to pull the plug.

Over at the Mirage, there’s a new Cirque show earmarked for the old Siegfried & Roy Theater. This show hasn’t been named yet. But it’s supposed to deviate from the French-Canadian circus genre with some sort of star power. What I mean by star power is bringing something special to the table that is fresh and new. Now, isn’t that a novel idea.

I can’t wait for the opening of the new Hooters Casino Hotel! Hooters was the San Remo Hotel, and officially changes over on Feb. 3. I hear it has several restaurants and dance clubs. Isn’t it great they can theme an entire hotel from a restaurant chain. I shudder to think what they could do with Denny’s.

Over at the Silverton, we have Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone playing on Saturday. They recently completed a phase of renovation with phases that probably will include something from Paula Abdul, who has had almost as many shots at stardom as I had. The recent incident involving the "American Idol" judge sure got the Silverton national headlines. I’d be willing to bet that most of the public had no idea the place even existed and probably doesn’t even know where it is located.

Trivia question: what was Silverton called before its present incarnation?

At the Hilton, "Menopause, The Musical" opens Feb. 1. It’s about four uniquely different women who meet at a New York department store and discuss their life problems to the hits of the 50s and 60s. There will be two casts; one will have my darling Paige O’Hara as the lead. Baby boomers should enjoy this one.

Brad Pitt and Angelina becoming parents? When’s the wedding? Tom Cruise and Katie Homes, the baby, when’s the wedding? When’s the wedding? Do these celebrities have any morals whatsoever? What do they do with the kids from previous relationships as they waltz through life with partner after partner?

A belated happy birthday to the Queen of Soul herself Ruth Brown, celebrating her 78th at the Bootlegger.

Etta James, my favorite blues and jazz singer opens this week at The Orleans.

As the weeks go on, the Riviera’s dueling divas are, well, dueling like crazy. A real "he said, she said" slander-fest.

A few weeks ago I made mention of the show "Love is a Pain." It should be called "Love is Indigestion." People wanted their money back. The show opened and closed in two days. One has to marvel where the money comes from to produce this stuff.

I hear the rehearsals for the new show "Hairspray" (Harvey Feirstein and Susan Anton) at the Luxor are going great. Can’t wait, can’t wait.

They are building a wonderful theater at the Venetian for the Phantom of the Opera. Waterfalls, fountains, lighting, canals, state of the art. Remember, on Broadway Phantom became the longest running musical of all time. It’s a plus for Las Vegas!