‘Producers’ overflows gaiety!

Feb 12, 2007 2:15 AM

Wunderbar, wunderbar! I just saw "The Producers," and as I said before, it is not Baywatch, it’s Gaywatch. I have always been a fan of Mel Brooks — his movies, his satirical comedy. "The Producers," starring David Hasselhoff, is a winner.

David is outrageous in this odd role. In drag he is camp. He has stage presence, he’s polished and not a bad singing voice. What a great, professional ensemble. I also enjoyed the live orchestra in the pit. Susan Stroman, the director/choreographer earned two of the show’s record 12 Tony Awards, one for Best Direction of a Musical and the other for Best Choreography. She also earned the 2001 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for both Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography.

Let’s take a minute to talk about the show’s opening: the fashions, which for most of the crowd, was like a "worst dressed" list.

I decided to dress in a black Boss suit for a change of pace. Everyone thought I was in mourning. Maybe I was. The opening had some of the meanest queens I have ever met in my life. Why do they let jealousy soil their psyche.

Nonetheless, the opening party was full of sweets, candy, popcorn, chocolate, creams, candy and cake. Bottom line is Paris Las Vegas and Harrah’s just might have a hit on their hands. It is all up to the marketing, the brokers and the ticket prices. I see a winner here, though the ticket prices might be a bit too high.

At the Wynn we have "Spamalot" opening in March. This Eric Idol and Mike Nichols presentation is a first class Broadway well-oiled production. So, we have "The Producers" at the Paris, "Spamalot" at the Wynn. First class Broadway battling first class Broadway. Now we can truly see if the Great White Way will work in Las Vegas!

As I reported last week, Steve Wyrick did open his $35 million-plus entertainment complex in Desert Passage. I am behind this young man. Again, if a cat has nine lives, he has 100.

This week our hearts are heavy. We have the tragic death of three stars of yesteryear, today and tomorrow. We all remember Barbara McNair. She was the first real African-American entertainer with her own TV show. I remember her replacing Diahann Carroll, whose hair I was doing and Barbara replaced her in "No Strings," an old Rogers and Hammerstein musical. This lady had more drama, from shootings to being a drama diva, being busted for drugs, her brother was murdered here. Her husband was murdered as well. We can’t forget she was a great entertainer. She will be missed.

At 93 years old, Frankie Laine and Mule Train will continue to live. I saw him here at the Suncoast and at 90 he was still on stage. God bless him. Frankie Laine was a real entertainer and was much loved. He will be missed.

Now, lets talk about Anna Nicole Smith. The Marilyn Monroe look-a-like was famous for being famous, but there was an honesty about her. It was a tragic end to a troubled life. Let’s keep good thoughts for her and her infant child.

We wish Tony Curtis a speedy recovery. I love Tony Curtis.

A tip of the leopard fedora to Paramount Entertainment and Hooters for taking me to King’s World for the 30th anniversary of "Saturday Night Fever." I am honored with their respect.