Katarina Witt presents Kisses On Ice at Mandalay

Mar 6, 2001 7:56 AM

Internationally acclaimed figure skater and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Katarina Witt presents Katarina Witt’s Kisses On Ice at Mandalay Bay Events Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Reserved tickets are $65, $50 and $35.

The show will be an artistic and poetic presentation of figure skating and live music that will portray the most profound communication of love: a kiss.

Other special guest stars slated to appear in dazzling solo and team production numbers include Brian Orser, 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medallist and two-time World Champion; Viktor Petrenko, 1992 Olympic gold medallist; Alexei Urmanov; 1998 Olympic gold medallist; Maya Usova and Evgeny Platov, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Dance gold medallists; Nicole Bobek, 1995 U.S. National and World Champion and World Champion bronze medallist; Surya Bonaly, five-time European Champion and three-time World Champion silver medallist; Elisabeth Punsalan and Jared Swallow, five-time U.S. National Dance and World Professional Dance Champions; Elena Leonova and Andrej Khvalko, U.S. Open Professional Pairs Champions.

Teen idol Bobby Vinton visits Paris Las Vegas

On Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., Bobby Vinton, the man who gave us Mr. Lonely will perform at Paris Las Vegas in Le Theater des Arts. Tickets are $45 at the Paris Box Office.

Every era needs its crooner. In the early ’60s, it was Bobby Vinton. His sentimental balladeering and middle-of-the-road orchestral arrangements were a throwback to a decade earlier, before rock ‘n’ roll found its mass market.

If Vinton is sometimes identified with a rock ‘n’ roll audience, it’s only because young listeners bought his music for a time, and because he still catches some airplay on oldies stations. He sang vocal pop, landing some of the biggest hits of the early ’60s with Roses Are Red (My Love), Blue on Blue, There! I’ve Said It Again, Mr. Lonely, and Blue Velvet, the last of which has become his signature song.

Vinton originally aspired to lead a big band, and made big-band versions of contemporary hits on his first recordings in the early ’60s. There! I’ve Said It Again was knocked out of the No. 1 spot by the Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand.

Vikki Carr to play Boulder Station Railhead

Vikki Carr, one of the best-loved and most accomplished entertainers in show business, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, at The Railhead at Boulder Station.

Tickets, at $47.50, $42.50, $35.00 and $27.50 plus tax, are available from tickets.com or at the Boarding Pass Rewards Centers at all Station Casinos.

Carr is a three-time Grammy Award winner whose international success spans four decades. She has 59 best-selling recordings and has performed for the Queen of England, five U.S. presidents, wartime soldiers in Vietnam, and sold-out audiences around the world.

She has worked in radio, TV, film and theater. Her music embraces two languages. She was one of the first to bridge the culture of the U.S. and Latin America.

Carr’s latest project, the Public Broadcasting System special Vikki Carr: Memories, Memorias, is a salute to the English language hits of the ’40s and ’50s originally composed by Latinos. Produced by KCET/Hollywood, the program re-creates the elegant setting of Hollywood supper clubs and theaters where popular artists of the era performed. The show also features Jack Jones, Pepe Aguilar and Arturo Sandoval.

Mandalay hosts Barenaked Ladies

Inside a sunless studio on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard, a dreadlocked man hunches over a recording console. Pushing his ever-present sunglasses back on his nose, he listens attentively to the sounds coming back from the huge speakers, scrutinizing every detail. The song ends. The tape stops. Turning his swivel chair around, the producer is smiling like a proud papa.

"I think Maroon is the best record that they’ve ever made," the dreadlocked man declares. "Their songwriting, and their playing, has hit another plateau."

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and House of Blues Concerts/Hewitt/Silva present the unique sounds of the Barenaked Ladies for one night only, Sunday, March 11, at 8 p.m. Reserved tickets are $35 and $30 for this half-arena performance at the Events Center.

The Toronto band features vocalist Steven Page, guitarist Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn on keyboards, bassist Jim Creeggan and drummer Tyler Stewart. During the last decade, these talented performers have seen their grass-roots following grow with their live performances filled with catchy lyrics and audience participation. "Be My Yoko Ono" and "If I Had A Million Dollars" are crowd favorites.

Last year, Barenaked Ladies released Maroon, their most spirited collaboration of original flavor and upbeat tunes.

The first single, "Pinch Me," is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance.

Most recently, the group was nominated for five Canadian Juno Awards, the equivalent of the Grammy Awards, including Best Group, Best Album, Best Songwriting, Best Single and Best Pop Album.

Toby Keith lights up the Railhead

Country sensation Toby Keith takes the stage at Boulder Station’s Railhead at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $24.95 to $42.50.

In a little more than a decade, Oklahoma-grown Keith has been an oil field worker, football player and honky tonk sensation.

His most recent CD, How Do You Like Me Now, is his first for new label DreamWorks Records. The title song spent more than five weeks as Billboard’s number one country single. He also released such hits as "Should’ve Been a Cowboy," his signature song, and the haunting, "Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You?"

Mars/Venus star may join Clint Holmes

By: Monti Rock III

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is making a big cast change. Their main ingenue, Janien Masse, who once starred as the fiery Esmeralda in Paris’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, may join Clint Holmes as his guest star with special material written for her.

The match could be a winning one. Clint is a terrific performer, and Janien has the strength and power to compliment him. She has a commanding stage presence of her own — many will remember how she conquered all seven female roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express. Stay tuned.

The wonderful Scintas are reworking and revamping their show in preparation for their move to the Rio.

Not so fortunate was Forever Plaid, which gave a wonderful farewell dinner at Planet Hollywood for the cast members. It’s too bad the show could not find a new home.

At Sam’s Town Live!, two great R&B performers, Regina Bell and Peabo Bryson will appear this weekend. I think Sam’s Town is going in the right direction with their R&B shows.

The Frontier has Kenny Kerr and friends, who put on a fabulous show. The other impersonator show across the street is also fabulous, so there’s no need for you two, Kenny and Frank, to continue your Dueling Divas routine. It’s unseemly.

At the Aladdin, rumor has it that Carmen Electra is just treading water, not a difficult task given her buoyancy, while other shows are being pitched for the Main Room. This week 110 employees were let go to streamline the ship. Is there an iceberg ahead?

I’ve heard that Ricky Martin is the money angel behind Storm at Mandalay Bay. There’s a lot of anticipation at the Bay over the opening of the new salsa hot show.

As everyone knows by now, Siegfried & Roy announced they will continue to work at The Mirage under a lifetime contract, as long as they’re physically able. That was good news for the hotel since they’ve generated more than a billion dollars in revenue in 10 years.

While their press conference at times lapsed into a maudlin exercise in self-congratulations, the speeches seemed emotional and heartfelt. An interesting sidebar to the event was Siegfried’s prodigy Darren Romeo, who was seen strutting around like a smug peacock. Apparently, Bernie Newman is now handling his hibernating career (as an afternoon magician, of all things), but the word is he will be working again soon.

It’s possible Darren will land in another MGM Mirage property, but it’s hard to envision him playing alongside the likes of Mystere (Treasure Island), Danny Gans (The Mirage) and EFX (MGM Grand). Maybe Darren will end up as den mother to the Femme Fatales, MGM’s new adult review.

Speaking of adult shows, rumor has it that Paris Las Vegas is looking into the Moulin Rouge as its next big show.

At the Excalibur Catch a Rising Star is opening March 29. You may recall the comedy club was a mainstay across the street at the MGM until Wheel of Fortune knocked them out.

The Tropicana, which houses the "Legends Hall Of Fame," will be inducting headliners Tony Orlando, Clint Holmes, Pat Cooper, Bernie Allen and Nat King Cole on March 23. Interestingly, four of the five are still "performing." Most halls (baseball, etc.) require an inductee to be out of the sport or activity for five years. At the rate the Hall is inducting bodies, there won’t be anyone left to induct by 2003. Bob Anderson will host the ceremony. Who knows, he could be inducted by intermission.