‘Producers’ begins wacky run

Feb 5, 2007 3:38 AM

Well, they crowned Miss Oklahoma at the Miss America Pageant. It brought glamour and elegance to the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood, but it sure didn’t bring any television ratings. The ratings were down about 20 percent from last year.

No matter, Mario Lopez, hats off to him, was a great host. This is the second Oklahoma beauty to win. We hope all the drama of the pageant is behind us now, with rehab, rehab everyone comes out with a good story.

This week at Paris, the previews for "The Producers" at $60 a pop for the locals sold out. We all know David Hasselhoff is only there for three months and we don’t know what the status is of America Has Talent now that Brandy was in that terrible car accident and being sued for $50 million.

Hasselhoff, who was the star of Knight Rider and Baywatch and is a great recording star in Europe, they say he was born to play this part in The Producers. But he’s not playing a main character — Max or Leo — like Tony Danza did to rave reviews on Broadway (which is still bewildering to me). I will find out later this week!

The Princess with dark hair sporting a Jewish star, Brittany Spears, is here recording her album at The Palms. Is she also negotiating to be in a show?

With the dark hair and a new beau, can this Pop Princess make a comeback? I say yes. I mean, she is worth $100 million. The pop Princess has adoring fans. Just look at her web site.

If you have ever seen Lena Prima in concert, you know this lady is an outstanding singer and musician — like her father, Louis Prima. The Cast Inc. is sponsoring An Intimate Evening with Lena Prima.

The Cast is a social organization made up of entertainers, musicians and non-entertainers who are dedicated to supporting the Las Vegas community and performing artists in need of a helping hand by assisting with their career efforts. Seating is very limited for this event. Telephone Josette’s Bistro at 702-227-4575 for advance reservations and menu selection.

Forever Plaid will reopen at the Gold Coast on Tuesday. The production will run for eight weeks. Forever Plaid is a story about an endearing harmony group whose dreams of musical glory ended suddenly one fateful night in 1964. What a great and endearing show!

The lovely Liza Minnelli returns to the Luxor March 29-31 and she will be celebrating her birthday. Liza has won every major entertainment accolade including an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy. Recently, she has been on television’s Law & Order. Her legendary talent is better than ever.

Don Rickles, who has starred in Las Vegas longer than any other performer in the history of the city, has signed for a series of appearances at the Golden Nugget, starting March 22 -24. He first appeared on the Strip in 1959. To be targeted by Rickles became a "badge of honor" and remains so today. He is one of the great legends of comedy.

Surprise, surprise. Trent Carlini at the Sahara is the surprise hit of the season doing The Return of the King.

At the Coliseum we have The Red Piano with Elton John. It’s a great show; catch it if you can.

The sad closing of Earl Turner at Palace Station took place on Sunday. Mary Wilson is everywhere and was in attendance.

If you haven’t seen Carrot Top, you are in for a laugh a minute. He’s non-stop energy and plays to a full house every night. Don’t miss him in the Atrium at the Luxor. This is one show you will want to see again and again.

Is Steve Wyrick open? Is it a soft opening? Is it ready? It’s open, open, open, open.

This columnist wants to thank the producers of "Saturday Night Fever" and Paramount Pictures for coming to Las Vegas to include me in the 30th anniversary of a film that keeps going. Basically, I am the Butterfly McQueen of "Saturday Night Fever." For those who haven’t seen my acting ability, I play myself as a disc jockey and the film keeps going, going and going.

Last, but not least, what is up with Sylvia Brown, the psychic? I predict that she ... No, I don’t predict. I’m a mystic, not a psychic.

How was your week? I’ll let you know later.