New shows
poised to debut

Mar 21, 2006 12:56 AM

Okay my darlings, there’s plenty happening at Harrah’s Entertainment properties. We know that "Skin Tight" at Harrah’s will be closing in May and the Scintas will depart the Rio at the same time. There’s also other rumors swirling, but I haven’t been able to confirm them. One of them is that the Scintas had a deal locked in at the Golden Nugget, but backed out when the Sahara offer came about. I’ve heard that that offer came from David Saxe and not the hotel and that Saxe wants to produce the family troupe.

At the Stardust, a new production from Jeff Kutash (Splash fame) called Headlights & Tailpipes will debut on April 4. The show celebrates fast cars, motorcycles and women. Knowing Jeff and his penchant for femme fatales, expect lots of skin that should be undulating to the sounds of heart-pounding music from Mobius 8. I think that’s a musical group of some kind, but I’m still trying to figure out Aerosmith.

I went to see Earl Turner and his band at the Palace Station Sound Trax. Great show! Great band! Will he draw? It’s all how they market it with the brokers and how much Station Casinos is willing to give away. If the locals support Earl, as they have in the past, he’ll survive. Otherwise, it’ll be a tough go as the Palace Station location isn’t the greatest.

The rumor about "The Producers" opening at the Paris — is it a done deal or not? In the meantime a production of "Rent" is headed for the showroom. It was originally going to play the Cashman Theatre, but some scheduling genius booked Major League Baseball into Cashman Field the same weekend, therefore the change.

Blue Man Group is looking for new people and looking for new acts. Open auditions are scheduled. "Hairspray" is doing a decent amount of business at the Luxor, but I hear that investors are concerned that it is not as much as they anticipated.

ShoWest, the film industry convention, has departed our city with a bright outlook for the remainder of the year. Who are they kidding? Anything is better than last year, when box-office receipts were down almost 10 percent

My great friend, Liza Minnelli, celebrated her 60th birthday last week and she is ready for a local performance. We know now that the Tropicana is not being torn down with new owner Pinnacle planning a two-year extension of the inevitable

Have you check out the Aladdin lately? It can be called Planet Construction. There are workers everywhere and I’m hearing that the service needs some construction. The PR people are saying that it will be Planet Hollywood by the end of the year. One thing is for sure, there will be a major television studio on property with Robin Leach as king!

CineVegas is just around the corner and that’s when you’ll be able to see a wonderful film ”¦ about me!

This weekend is the last for Jeff Beacher’s Mad House at the Hard Rock. This wonderful, brilliant show will be back very soon. The dynamic Charo is looking to come back here. A great entertainer. Can we find her a room? Mimi Hines, the terrific star and local resident, is opening in "Pippin" in Seattle after a successful run in Palm Springs with Peter Marshall from Hollywood Squares. I heard from Buddy and Lezlie Greco; they are opening a supper club in Palm Springs. I also heard from Bob Anderson. He is doing very well in Branson and says hello to all his fans in Vegas.