Broadway’s ‘Jersey
Boys’ in the wings

Apr 2, 2007 3:51 AM

Negotiations are ongoing for the Frankie Valli play, "Jersey Boys," which is a smash hit on Broadway. One has to marvel at Frankie and the Four Seasons and this show which will be a mega hit here in Las Vegas.

I went to the opening of "Spamalot." It’s very funny. But what would you expect from Monty Python? Eric Idol, Mike Nichols, cast, and John O’Hurley from Seinfeld — he was brilliant.

Incidentally, John was the emcee of the Best of Vegas and I was a presenter along with Mike Weatherford and the winner was Lance Burton. It was one of the funniest afternoons with Clint Holmes, Rita Rudner, Page O’Hara, the stars of the "Phantom" and Gordie Brown. But the one who stole the show was George Wallace.

News is that George Wallace is bringing Sly Stone and the Family Stone to the Flamingo. I’m a Sly Stone fan.

What is happening with Prince? Is he gone for good? Is he going on tour? Rumor has it he is going on tour to promote his new album.

Last week Bette Midler was in town looking at every show. Bette will be replacing Celine Dion, who had a birthday this week. The wonderful Bette has been looking and studying to bring us the best show Las Vegas has ever seen. We all know that Bette had a deal with the Wynn Properties and at the last minute the deal went south. I said in this column a year ago that the Wynn would have had a magic hit with the divine Miss M.

On the Michael Jackson watch, there was a scenario of him doing a show from the Luxor. I can assure you and tell you that this is an out-and-out lie. The showroom will be closing to make way for the Criss Angel’s Cirque show. The other rumor is that Michael Jackson was rushed to the hospital. My spies tell me he had the flu. Why don’t you get your facts straight, columnists and reporters!

At the Hilton, Matt Dusk, has a new album and is doing the red carpet this week. Let’s not forget "Stomp Out Loud." This show is at the Aladdin, or is it Planet Hollywood? Previews go to April 16. This is the brand new theater at Planet Hollywood.

The sad news is "Forever Plaid" closed Sunday at the Gold Coast. The good news is that at age 85, Marty Allen will be opening at the hotel on April 14.

At the Steve Wyrick Theater at Desert Passage, don’t forget Ron Lucas in the afternoon with Martin Navarro. Steve is doing Extreme Magic and putting the finishing touches on his show.

This week the Tropicana had its 50th anniversary. Last Saturday I was proud to be one of the guests. Other guests were Rose Marie, Margaret O’Brian and a host of other stars.

Have you all been watching American Idiot, er, American Idol? It’s clear to me it is becoming a joke without a punchline. What is all the fanfare when people vote?

Do not miss David Copperfield at the MGM through April 19 and Danny Gans, best performer, 10 years running at the Mirage.

Rita Ruder has extended three more years at Harrah’s. She’s worth it.

How is "The Producers" doing at Paris? This week it was announced that Andre Aggasi closed a deal with Alfred A. Knops, for his memoirs. That should be a humdinger.

At this time of year, I always want to thank the people that pull Monti together. From Rene DeHaven, my costume designer, to Teresa Graves, my hair dresser.

At the Luxor, Liza Minelli has broken in a new show with four dancers and guest stars. It’s a tribute to Kay Thompson, whom I knew when she lived at the Plaza Hotel in New York. I met her with Peter Lawford. She inspired me to become a nightclub act.