Red Rock: rock me gently!

Apr 24, 2006 3:15 AM

Red Rock Casino & Spa opened with much fanfare and fireworks. Sting gave a surprise performance; guests partied to the wee small hours.

I, along with the rest of the local media, was not invited. That, I believe, a few months down the line, will prove be a mistake. Being Monti Rock, the inquiring journalist, I had to see what the hoopla was all about, so early the next morning I was touring the property. It is magnificent! It is breathtaking! The Fertitta brothers and their Station Casinos franchise have come up with a masterpiece.

The hotel, which could easily replace any major Strip property, has an excellent buffet at a very reasonable price.. The Grand Feast Buffet is only $7.99. The chandeliers alone take your breath away.

Their new club, Cherry, wasn’t open yet, but I’m hearing that the men’s room urinals are glass red women’s lips made in Holland. I can’t wait to check them out. I’m wondering if the other Westside local casinos are concerned with their new neighbor ”¦ they should be!

I went downtown to visit my girlfriend, Michelle, at Hogs and Heifers Saloon. Michelle has a big stake in downtown. She came from New York with a great concept — make downtown Las Vegas come alive with unique restaurants and one-of-a-kind clubs. She is holding her own. I am giving one of many parties on May 25 at her place. This one will be a costume bash and I’m asking everyone to come as their favorite country star. I am coming as Dale Evans meets Dolly Parton. Or, in other words, a drag queen with chaps.

Speaking of country stars, Reba McEntire makes her Hilton debut May 3. She’s also hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena later in May. I’m having a new outfit designed for her opening night. Something a little over the top with fringe and a plunging neckline. Don’t fret, I have a sensational scarf from Italy to go with it.

One of our city’s least kept secrets became official when Harrah’s Entertainment announced that the Tony Award-winning musical "The Producers" will debut at Paris Las Vegas in late summer. Mel Brooks, who created the Broadway masterpiece, but bombed with last year’s film version, and director/choreographer Susan Stroman, will be involved with the 90-minute production. The Broadway show runs 225 minutes. The major question now is if the show’s singing Nazis and goose-stepping showgirls will require big, recognizable names to support it. Of course that means Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the roles of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, respectively. They meant SRO when the Broadway show opened five years ago, but couldn’t salvage what was a bad movie. New York theater names have been played the roles since their departure with great success.

As I wrote in my column about the theater, Las Vegas as I see it, is still attempting finding its niche. Are the locals interested in theater? Do they care? The Venetian is being very tight-lipped about the success — or failure — of Blue Man Group, since its move from the Luxor. The marketability of a show and the brokers are an integral part of what makes a show work here in Las Vegas. The Venetian has Gordie Brown coming in. It still remains to be seen whether Gordie can generate the business at the Venetian? The "Phantom of the Opera" will be a masterpiece.

As part of the upcoming Celebrity Impersonators Convention on May 30, appropriately held at the Imperial Palace — longtime home of "Legends in Concert" — the show’s founder John Stuart will be honored by the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. The event will take place following the convention’s talent showcase and brunch. While Stuart may have come up with the concept, there’s talk he didn’t suggest the name. That, reportedly, was suggested by an IP executive. True or false? Only the former exec and Mr. Stuart knows for sure.

I went to another outing at the Luxor. Harvey is departing "Hairspray" at the end of the month, which means the show will probably make more money for its backers. He’s sensational, but the folks here didn’t know who he was. At the Excalibur, the Tournament of Kings is still doing brisk business. Louis Anderson was sick for a couple of days, sick as hell, but he is back.

I’m hearing that The Scintas still haven’t decided who will produce their new show when they open at the Sahara sometime next month. They depart the Rio on May 3.