Dancing’s hot at Luxor

Sep 18, 2006 5:41 AM

The incredible opening of the new dance show Burn the Floor at the Luxor is this week. I saw a preview and it really is exciting, combining Latin and ballroom dancing. The troupe of 18 dancers is hot, hot, hot. Jason Gilkison, the director/chorographer, is a three-time world champion Latin ballroom dancer. The poor baby can’t move very fast now as he threw out his knee when he slipped on a just-waxed floor at the hotel, but his charges are magnificent.

Also this week I went over to the Mirage to see Danny Gans. All I can say is this man is the best of this genre. His comedy, his impressions are endearing. My history with Danny Gans goes back to when he was at the Stratosphere or was it the Rio? His manager was Lightman, who didn’t quite know how to take this upshot columnist eight years ago. That is way before the leopard car, and before I was such a character.

The credibility of any columnist or critic or journalist is that he has to have a point of view. Not everyone has to agree with you, but nothing is done with a mean spirit.

The same holds true of when I try to get my sources to tell me what is really happening with David Saxe and the V Theater. It’s like a messy divorce. Who gets custody? Who pays alimony? Did David have a prenuptial with his backers?

You have to give it to David for his legacy. His mother, Bonnie Saxe, was a queen of the four wall deals as we know it today. His sister, Melinda, the First Lady of Magic, broke ground as the first female magician that really had dancers, had illusions, and let’s not forget, she was once married to Lance Burton.

What is the truth about Planet Hollywood at the Aladdin and the Steve Wyrick Theater? You have to give it to Wyrick, like a cat with nine lives. From Lady Luck to his own theater at the Sahara, he pulls out financing like rabbits through a hat. I hear that he’s going to open his new place in nine weeks; isn’t that the number of lives a pussy cat has? I’m wondering where he got the money this time.

Those who read my column know I went to the Stardust for the party for the showgirls, the Don Arden girls of the last 40 years. It really was a class reunion. It had class and it was a reunion. Nostalgia is what this town was built on. These magnificent ladies who came from London, Paris, and most of them married well and still live here.

We still have Don Arden’s Jubilee at Bally’s. Don’t miss it. We still have the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana. With all the Cirque shows coming in we are all waiting for Bette Midler and Cher to arrive.

The countdown is on for Clint Holmes to close Sept. 30. At Harrah’s, Rita Rudner will open Oct. 2 with Wayne Newton joining in for the holidays. Barry Manilow is back in November at the Hilton.

We still have to marvel at the miracle of "Mama Mia" at Mandalay Bay. It’s been almost four years running. Now, "The Producers" is opening at the Paris some time next year. So, let’s give theater in Las Vegas another chance.

We have stars, we have T&A shows. We have Louie Anderson, the Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur and at Krave, Fastinistas is still running. So, I give it to all you producers who come and risk everything to be in Las Vegas.

Not to be missed, for readers of this column, a new book, Roll the Bones, recounts the history of gambling by David Schwartz. It tells the story of gambling way, way back until now. Not to be missed. Schwartz is the director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is the author of the academic books Cutting the Wire and Suburban Xanadu.

On October 6, Envy Magazine is doing the Vegas issue in which I am being featured as a Vegas icon. The party will be at Krave. On Oct. 5, CineVegas Film Festival in association with Las Vegas will be screening "Thanks for Gravity" a film that had its world premiere at CineVegas Lake Las Vegas 2006 to great acclaim.

The cast incorporated gave the first Louie Prima Award to Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers. Bill Medley goes back to a club you worked in California in the early 60s called Red Velvet. I worked with the Band of Gold. I was featured with my dog act. Bow wow. Show biz is my life, man.

To all my readers, thank you for your support. It’s good to be The Full Monti.