‘Dust closes in style

Nov 7, 2006 2:39 AM

After nearly 50 years, the Stardust, one of the last legends on The Strip, closed. I went to see Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme. Top professionals. The show was wonderful. The last customers at noon on Nov. 1 were led out of the casino with a Dixieland band and the doors were shuttered for good. The mega resorts might be bigger and more elaborate, but they will never outclass the Stardust. Maybe, just maybe, when the hotel is imploded some of her ashes will remain and be part of the new Echelon Place.

Across the street at the Riviera, producer Norbet Aleman christened a new edition of the Crazy Girls topless revue last week. Like previous editions, the show is well-choreographed with tantalizing musical numbers, outlandish costumes and some of the most beautiful showgirls in Las Vegas. The cast seems to bet getting younger (or am I getting older?) and the girls have that European "Le Femme" exotic ambiance.

Quite a coo for the Rio with the signing of world-renowned artist, Prince. He will be appearing there on Fridays and Saturdays starting Nov. 10. Tickets are $125, or special dinner and show package (which includes a brand new dinner menu by Executive Chef Lena Morgan) at $312 per person. Wednesdays are Prince Presents and features special guest performances by friends of Prince. The popular 3121 Latin Libido Night will remain on Thursdays.

Is Nicholas Cage moving to Vegas? He has his Bel-Air estate up for sale and rumor has it he was looking at real estate here. He is up for the lead in the film, Liberace. He does look a little like him.

Gordie Brown is doing good business at the Venetian, so I’ve been told. "Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular" is also doing well since they cut a couple shows. Louie Anderson, "Larger Than Life" is packing them in at the Excalibur.

Tickets are on sale now for Nick Lachey at the Luxor Theater for Nov. 10-11. He released "What’s Left of Me" after his breakup with Jessica Simpson in the spring of 2006 and it reached the top five on Billboard’s Pop chart.

Hobos and Gypsy’s, at the former IHOP space at the corner of Tropicana and Dean Martin Drive (Industrial Road) caters to the trendsetting, late night and after hours market with a diverse and very innovative menu. The menu is an eclectic fusion of comfort food with simple twists. Go by there check it out. Hobos and Gypsy’s is located in the Golden Palms Casino. Tell them Monti Rock, III sent you.

The Salsa Seven announces the second annual World Salsa Championships here in Las Vegas at the new South Point Hotel and Casino Dec. 13-16. The South Point is the former South Coast Hotel and Casino. Salsa dancing has become quite a phenomenon with shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing With the Stars." Jerry Springer even got in on the action. Now you can compete. If you weren’t able to audition beforehand, you can audition on the evening of Dec, 13 for a fee of $100 a couple. Tickets are available at the South Point box-office and are $20 for Wednesday and $40 Thursday through Saturday.

David Hasselhoff will star in the Mel Brooks musical, "The Producers" at the Paris. This musical swept the 2001 Tony Awards. Audiences around the world love "The Producers" and we can’t wait to see it here in Las Vegas. Finally, they have a star!

We all turned back our clocks an hour a couple of weeks ago but Maggiano’s Little Italy general manager John Gerarde turned his back a decade or more to the old Vegas by going "Late Night" with great food and music Tuesday thru Saturdays. The Fashion Show Mall establishment is the newest hot spot on the famed Strip to find celebrities and those in the know comparing notes into the wee small hours at reasonable prices with a great atmosphere. And, you don’t have to be Italian!

At the Riviera the wonderful, Steve Schirripa, who now has his own TV show on Fox, had an idea that I should have a late night hosting show at the top of the Rivera. I ran for my life, but he was right. Thank you Steve. This was nine years ago. Joe Leone at the Golden Nugget is refurbishing the showroom and Crazy Girls is opening next. What is happening at the Lady Luck? Is it reopening? Is it being redone?

To all my readers, email me at [email protected]. Thank you. It is great being Monti Rock, III.