Diana Krall hits Vegas

Jun 11, 2007 4:09 AM

Tumult and turmoil all about town. It took months for Steve Wyrick to open his theater complex in the Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood and now he’s the lone survivor from the original acts. Filipino star Martin Nievera hasn’t made up his mind if he’ll return to the complex and ventriloquist Ronn Lucas is departing for what he hopes will be greener pastures at the Luxor by the end of the month or sooner. Moving into a new 2 p.m. slot will be Aga-Boom, the Russian clowns that were with original opening act of Cirque du Soleil’s "O." Aga-Boom is physical comedy at its best!

No chaos at the Las Vegas Hilton, which hosts Diana Krall this week. What a superb artist; I’ve heard folks are flying into Vegas just for her concert dates. She’s worth it.

CineVegas is continuing this week. This is the ninth annual CineVegas Festival at the Palms. We all know that "Oceans 13," or was it 14 or 15 has opened? The great thing is that Danny Ocean and his crew has returned. There is no Julia Roberts. We do have Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle.

Of course, we have George Clooney looking fantastic, Ellen Barkin, making her comeback from her billion dollar divorce. It’s a franchise now. From a small movie years ago with the Rat Pack, stand up performance was Elliott Gould, who was once married to Barbara Streisand, but weren’t we all?

Despite a somewhat disorganized effort, the film festival has hosted some marvelous films and premieres that once upon a time debuted here. A film I wanted to see was "The Grand." The movie stars Woody Harrelson and Dennis Farina.

Also this week, I went to the Judy Bailey Theater to see my friend, Clint Holmes in "Just Another Man." They said he is taking it to Broadway. We do wish him luck.

At Planet Hollywood, I went back to see the "Beauty of Magic." The Beauty of Magic, which stars Hans Klok and Pamela Anderson doing few minutes, promised to be one of our great new shows. To me it was a hair commercial. I just love that hair. He has beautiful hair and so does Pamela. As a hairdresser I marveled at the hair. The blowing, the blonde, oh, oh, hair, hair.

What can we say about Pamela Anderson that hasn’t been said before? Poor darling. All I can say is what can I say? The show must go on and on and on. It is a train wreck. Even with all its financial backing and hype, Nathan Burton’s magic show at the V Theater at Wyrick’s show at his theater — I can’t believe I’m saying this — are better values and much better shows.

How about the Paris Hilton fiasco? And Lindsey Lohan? Paris had to go back to jail. You can’t buy this publicity. It was house arrest. It was house distress. The donuts and the cupcakes and the friends coming in. She wouldn’t get up to go to court. The judge threw the book at her. She had no moisturizer, she couldn’t shave her legs and she had no iPod or cell phone. When I went to jail, I was indicted and I became famous. I came out of jail with my roots showing and my ego glowing.

Have we all been watching the View? They are trying to find a co-hostess. Kathy Griffin, who is in town this week — I know she is edgy, but hard to watch. I think Whoopi Goldberg or Roseanne Barr would do a better job. Just a hint, my darlings.

This weekend saw the retirement of Bob Barker from The Price is Right. Fifty years on television. The man is 84 years old. Not bad. Not bad.

Benefits, benefits, benefits. All the Vegas musicals’ cast members had a benefit concert for Family Promise. This will take place Sunday July 14, to benefit Family Promise a local nonprofit organization to assist homeless families. It’s a very worthy cause. The cast members of "Phantom," "The Producers," "Spamalot" and "Mama Mia!" have worked together for this worthy cause.

Last but not least, the Osmonds completely sold out at the Orleans Showroom in minutes. That’s a record. With a TV special on PBS, all the Osmonds, including Marie are getting together. Now, when is the Jackson Five getting together? That’s what I’m waiting for.