Jerry Lewis returns to The Orleans Showroom

Mar 20, 2001 7:23 AM

The Orleans Showroom welcomes Jerry Lewis back Thursday through Sunday just weeks after very successful back surgery in Houston. Jerry has endured constant back pain for 35 years, due mostly to all his physical comedy and the tumble he took on the Andy Williams Show in 1965.

He celebrated his 75th birthday March 16 and 70 years in show business.

Jerry’s one-man, two-hour show is backed by a 26-piece orchestra. It’s packed with Jerry’s favorite comic routines and wonderful film footage featuring Frank Sinatra, Totie Fields and Dean Martin. His recital of the tongue-twisting announcer’s test always brings standing ovations.

Jerry started life in Newark, N.J., the son of two radio entertainers. His father was the total entertainer, while his mother played piano for a New York City radio station. His debut was a performance of "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" at a Catskills hotel. By 15, he had a standup routine, and in 1946, he hooked up with Dean Martin.

Jerry Lee Lewis rocks Sam’s Town Live!

The incomparable Jerry Lee Lewis, an original pioneer of Rock and Roll, brings his outrageous act to Sam’s Town Live on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

The original "bad boy" of rock, who was known throughout his early days as "Killer," will shake, rattle and roll on stage with some of his all-time classic hits like, "Great Balls of Fire," Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On" and "Breathless," which he supplied for the musical score of Richard Gere’s first solo movie hit of the same name.

Known as one of the greatest piano players ever, Lewis has sold well over 25 million records in his career, and was awarded one of Hollywood’s stars on the Walk of Fame. In addition to his music, Lewis is renowned for shows that are marked by high energy and standing room only.

Tickets for Jerry Lee Lewis are $22.50 and $30, and are available at the Sam’s Town Live box office and most outlets.

Coming up next week at Sam’s Town Live is the 1970s super band, Player, on March 30.

Country star Chad Brock serenades Boulder Stn.

Chad Brock, one of contemporary country’s rising stars, and Freddie Jackson, perhaps the most versatile rhythm and blues performer today, will appear back-to-back at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Railhead at Boulder Station. Tickets for Brock are $30, $25, $20 and $15, plus tax; for Jackson, $37.50, $32.50, $27.50 and $22.50, plus tax. They’re available from or at the Boarding Pass Rewards Center. Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult or a guardian.

Brock emerged from last year’s crowded field of newcomers with his poignant take on "Ordinary Life." That became a No. 1 country hit from his self-titled debut project.

A second album Yes, followed that hit.

The Ocala, Fla., native’s performances included Alan Jackson’s "High Mileage" tour. One of the cuts on Yes, a new-millennium update of "A County Boy Can Survive," has already made a substantial impact.

Jackson, a native of Harlem, worked in a bank before joining the group LJE, along with singer, songwriter and producer Paul Laurence. In the early ’80s, he moved to California and became the lead singer with the R&B group Mystic Merlin. He sang on their Full Moon album, which featured the popular soul/dance track, "Mr. Magician."

Jackson returned to the East Coast, where he was spotted by Melba Moore, singing in a New York club. After serving as backup vocalist for her, Evelyn "Champagne" King and others, he signed a solo contract in 1985 with Capitol Records and issued Rock Me Tonight. Both the album and its title track, which Jackson had co-written with Laurence, made the U.S. Top 20 and did well in the United Kingdom.

Andrea Bocelli at Mandalay

Andrea Bocelli and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will be featured Saturday in the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It’s Bocelli’s only scheduled West Coast appearance of this tour.

Tickets — at $350, $250, $150, $95 and $50 — are available at the Events Center Box Office and TicketMaster locations. To purchase tickets by phone, call (877) 632-7400. There’s an eight-ticket limit.

The anniversary concert event by Andrea Bocelli continues a tradition of high-occasion classical music concerts at Mandalay Bay. Luciano Pavarotti delivered the inaugural performance.

New ‘Storm’ rained out at Mandalay Bay

Producers decide to delay opening for fine tuning

By: Monti Rock III

It’s been rained out! The new musical Storm at Mandalay Bay has been delayed because — according to producers — it’s not ready. It’s too bad; I was ready for the Storm, with my raincoat, hat and anticipation.

Nevertheless, this columnist feels that Mandalay Bay’s decision to put off the opening to fine tune the bugs is the right one. This has to be one of the most anticipated openings in Las Vegas, if the sampling of what I saw at the press preview reflects the show in its entirety; it should be well worth the wait.

The word behind the scenes is that the producers are unsure of what kind of reception the show will get after its debut.

Here’s a thought: why don’t they get a big name star to help launch Storm? The obvious has to be Ricky Martin, who is said to be backing the show. (His artistic directors and other people helped put it together.)

At the Sahara, The Rat Pack is Back in the Congo Room is doing a brisk business — and it should continue to do so, at least for awhile. The show was scheduled to close April 1 but received a stay of execution. Although no definite contract extension has been announced, the Sahara says the show is "welcome" to stay.

The chief Rat, Steve Lippia, is doing an admirable job as Frank. We all know about the Tony Tillman’s Sammy Davis Jr. fiasco, so I am happy to report the replacement is Doug Sparks who plays a lovable Sammy.

The Flamingo Las Vegas announced the opening of Second City comedy troupe. Hopefully, this comedy franchise from Chicago will offer something more than your usual stand-up drivel.

For classic comedy, New York-New York will have plenty when Rita Rudner signs on. She will appear with NY-NY prez Felix Rappaport at a special press conference this week. Welcome back, lovely Rita!

The Rio will make a big announcement this week, presumably about the Scinta’s moving from the Hilton.

On Friday, Clint Holmes and family are hosting a private party to debut his new show, which features the dynamic Janien Masse, formerly of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus fame.

Also at the MGM, I was very amazed and surprised at David Copperfield’s performance. David comes across very low key, charming and talented. His show Portal debuts at MGM’s Hollywood Theater April 5-11.

Broadway is coming to the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts: Fosse, Swing, and many more will appearing in the main theater. These shows are national touring productions that should not be missed.

Want a good spot to rubberneck visiting and local celebrities. The fabulous stylist to the stars, William Whatley, has become the place to be quaffed.

At the Cashman Center on April 11-12, the 18th Society Foundation’s Salute to Seniors takes place from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on both days. Admission and parking are free. This year’s grand prize will be a 4 day/3 night stay at the Tahoe Biltmore Hotel in North Lake Tahoe. Let’s support our city’s Seniors.

Legendary Shelley Berman headlines Harrah’s Improv

Seasoned comic Shelley Berman headlines The Improv Comedy Club at Harrah’s Las Vegas Tuesday through Sunday. Performances are at 8 and 10 p.m., every night of the engagement. Tickets ($24.95 plus tax) are available at Harrah’s Box Office.

Appearing on stage with Berman are comics Robert Kelly and David Gee.

Berman is a veteran of performance art. The Los Angeles Times says he is "a genius… If America had an honorary list of national living treasures, Berman would be on it."

He’s a talented, innovative and hilariously funny comedian, actor, writer and teacher. Berman has numerous films and TV credits, including "L.A. Law," "Friends," "The Best Man" with Henry Fonda, and "Divorce American Style" with Debbie Reynolds.

Berman has three books published. He has written for CBS and NBC pilots as well as authoring and producing several plays. His comedy albums garnered three gold records, earning him a Grammy for a non-musical recording.

Berman began his career on shows like "Ed Sullivan" during TV’s Golden Era.

In the history of Carnegie Hall, Berman is the first comedian to perform his one-man stand-up routine. He continues to execute original dialogue during his travels to many nations.

Stars to be inducted into Casino Hall of Fame

Several of Las Vegas’ biggest headliners will be inducted Friday into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame.

The stars include Pat Cooper, Tony Orlando, Bernie Allen, Clint Holmes and Nat King Cole. Casey Cole will accept on behalf of her father, Nat King Cole.

The induction into the Hall of Fame is based on the stars’ accomplishments and achievements that have made a significant impact on the gaming and entertainment industries in Las Vegas.

The ceremonies take place at 2 p.m., Friday, in the Tiffany Theatre at the Tropicana.

Janien Massé leaves Mars, lands lead with Clint Holmes

Las Vegas singer Janien Massé joins the Clint Holmes show at Harrah’s Las Vegas as the new female lead this week.

Massé, who performed in the show "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" at the Flamingo, replaces Natalie Reiter, who moved to Los Angeles to pursue opportunities as a recording artist.

Massé said she is ecstatic about this move. She feels the new role will give her broader musical experience and the chance to diversify her style.

Because of Massé’s talent and stage presence, Holmes is revising the show slightly to make the female lead more prominent. Massé is working on several record projects and is being scouted by three major labels.

Clint Holmes performs in Harrah’s Main Showroom at 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with an extra show at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday (dark Sunday). Tickets are $44.95 plus tax and are available at Harrah’s Box Office, or by calling (800) 392-9002.

The Wolfman cometh to Boulder Railhead

The popular free Boulder Blues series, featuring some of the country’s best blues entertainers, continues from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Thursdays at Boulder Station’s Railhead.

When Walter "Wolfman" Washington performs on Thursday, blues fans won’t know what hit them. New Orleans-born and raised, Washington puts funk in the blues with his deep, soulful voice and choked guitar style, and he’s never mistaken for anyone else. He began singing in church and later played guitar in the house band at New Orleans’ legendary Dew Drop Inn.

He spent two years touring with Lee Dorsey and met B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix, both of whom influenced his style. "Blues met soul, and funk was created from that. A lot of the stuff I’ve done is in the blues/funk style from the 1960s and early 1970s. I’m trying to keep that tradition going," he says.