Diva war at Binion’s

Jul 17, 2007 1:42 AM

I was going to report on Binion’s opening of the Speakeasy, an after hours club, after the Ranch Steakhouse closed. But, as I walked around the Binion property, I felt the ghost of founder, Benny Binion, and the ensuing battle over the Binion estate.

In one corner, we have Becky Binion and in the other, we have Sandy Murphy, who had an altercation, my spies tell me, at Piero’s Restaurant. We have mixed reports, but I hear that someone punched Sandy Murphy in the face and pulled her hair. She is in court now fighting to get her inheritance. This fight has already turned very nasty. Stay tuned.

Nonetheless, I stayed at the Binion property and checked out the Speakeasy. It is worthwhile to make a trip downtown. They do have VIP service, a full bar, DJ and dancing. The $10 cover charge includes one Skyy Vodka cocktail. They are open Friday and Saturday nights from 11:30 to 3 a.m. Tell them Monti sent you.

For weeks I have been trying to decide if I wanted to write about poker. Poker is the fastest growing game for celebrities, Hollywood, people such as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Don Cheadle had a tournament, very worthwhile, at the Rio. Ante up for Africa, with red carpet and all was a big hit. They were hoping for $500,000, and they probably got it.

In other news, Cheadle is up for the role of the late Miles Davis, great jazz trumpeter and friend of mine from New York. Miles Davis was one of the jazz geniuses of our time. He took a liking to this young performer in New York and I met his beautiful wife, Frances Davis. Those were the times, my friends.

I was watching local television, Dana and Kim Wagner, with their husband and wife morning show (Wake Up With the Wagners.) This is a very tricky market, but they will be interviewing local celebrities. Do we all remember the Clint Holmes/Shenna Easton outing on local TV? I’m here! I’m here! Why don’t you give me the gossip corner.

Over at Harrah’s, Wayne Newton closed last Saturday with standing ovations. He will be back in December. Rita Rudner has returned to Harrah’s. She is getting ready for a television show with Jon Lovitz. Rudner had a five year run at the New York-New York and the MGM. She’s a great lady of comedy.

We all know what happened to Rosanne Barr when she left the building. She is on the radio and she is up for The View.

Are Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson back together again? These two can’t seem to get enough of each other.

Have you all been watching ABC’s "The Next Best Thing?" Trent Carlini is one of the finalists as Elvis. What is the fate of his show at the Sahara? And we have the Simon show, "America’s Got Talent," with David Hasselhoff and Sharon Osborne, who comes off sweeter than Brandy. Can I say, there really is no talent on this show.

Defending the Caveman at the Golden Nugget is a great show. Don’t miss it! Hilarious! Kevin Burke has been starring in this Broadway play since 2003. He has been on Oprah and America’s Funniest People. This show is produced by local producer John Bentham and is all about the way men and women relate. Bring your honey and be prepared for lots of laughs.

The day, 7/7/07, the day of so many weddings in this city, really did not work out. The day was overbooked, weddings canceled, hungry, greedy wedding chapels spoiled the day for every one. In Lewisville, Texas, on June 30, 2007, the "99 Cents Only" store hosted a licensed minister to perform marriage ceremonies in the store. You sure can get a lot for a buck these days. Oops, there goes my Million Dollar Weddings. Am I aiming too high?

At the Venetian, this is my seventh time to see The Phantom. Again, redundant, it is the Jewel of the Crown. The show is superb. Anthony Crivello is the darker phantom. The production is first class. I recommend this show to everyone. You must not miss this production. It is not only superb, it is brilliant.

I got a lot of flack and feedback on last week’s column. I was trying to make a point. Can Las Vegas support Broadway-like theater? The ticket prices are a little high. The locals can always get a deal for tickets for tonight, 2 for 1. There is so much to choose from, but being a connoisseur of theater, I try to be unbiased on reporting.

Again, if you haven’t caught Celine Dion at the Coliseum, this is your time to go.

Also, if you haven’t seen Mama Mia!, this is the time to go.

We have to marvel at David Saxe and the V Theater for his marketing savvy and how he gets people to see his shows at The Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. I, for one, support any good show. But, there are so many bad shows that I choose not to talk about because my mother always told me, "If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all."

It’s good advice, but not easy to follow.