New shows planned for next year

Dec 18, 2007 3:52 AM

For the twelve days of Christmas my readers sent to me: Gifts to fill each room, news to share with you and requests for my very own reality TV show.

As we approach year’s end I want to thank my publishers, and the many fans of GamingToday who tell me they enjoy the column. A special thanks to Mayor Oscar Goodman, who is probably even better than yours truly when it comes to promoting our fabulous Las Vegas and all it has to offer.

Two of our longest running shows will soon close the curtains for the final time — Mamma Mia at Mandalay Bay and Celine Dion at Caesars Coliseum.  Ticket scalpers have had a field day for Celine’s final appearances this month.  Celine is rehearsing for her world tour starting in February and her husband, Rene, is closing out the year with a $1.6 million win at poker.     

Mamma Mia will most likely be closing in August.  The movie of the same title comes out next spring.  Another show on the way out is the Producers at Paris.  If you haven’t had a chance to catch the show, better hurry since it’s supposed to close in February.

We still have a lot to look forward to 2008.  There’s something for everyone with new shows like Hannah Montana at the MGM Grand.  Milley Cyrus is the darling of this show and number one with all the young girls.  And don’t kid yourself, her tickets sell as well as anyone’s!  Her television show includes Dolly Parton as well as appearances by Milley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. 

Add the Spice Girls and the return of the Jackson Five to the new year.  Don’t forget Donny and Marie Osmond will have a standing engagement at the Flamingo and of course the Monti Rock III reality television.  Now that’s a lot to look forward to, right?

The big news this week around Pamela Anderson and Rick Solomon, the newly formed husband and wife team, is that they are developing a television show loosely based on who or what replaces Stomp at Planet Hollywood.  Pamela’s magic man, Hans Klok, was just named Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts.  Not sure, but to some of us, Hans appears to be a clone of the one and only Siegfried.  

Speaking of the dynamic duo, next year could bring something new from Siegfried and Roy.  They will be producing, presenting and possibly even starring in a new magic or illusionist show. 

Saturday Night Fever may never go away.  New York City just had to have another 30th anniversary celebration last week.  Can it be that thirty-one years ago I was a young and upcoming film star?  

   The main event last week between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Ricky Hatton attracted people from all over including a lot of Brit’s, who behaved quite badly.  A bit on the rough side and that was outside the fight arena.  All the stars came out for the event.  David and Victoria Beckham (Brit’s who did not behave badly), Denzel Washington and even Brad and Angelina. 

The Las Vegas restaurant scene is still on a roll. MGM Mirage has 23 restaurants  receiving AAA Four Diamond status. Our state now has 54 Diamond status restaurants. On December 29 a new restaurant, The Cathouse, will open at the Luxor.  It’s a new venture for Terry Simon, from Simon and Simon at the Hard Rock. Also there will be a major opening on January 4 for a new club, the 40-40 Club. The Canyon (on Fremont St) is presenting a Beatle show called Fab Forever.

  Get ready for this one. Liza Minelli collapses on stage in Sweden  First reports said she collapsed not once but twice and it was a medical condition.  Last report said she fell off the stage while performing her Christmas show. Luckily, her production manager was there to catch her, and she’s now back in he U.S. recuperating. Her mother’s daughter, both the good and the bad.

In addition to our regular shows, New Year’s Eve brings us Earth, Wind and Fire at the Venetian,  Debbie Reynolds at the South Point, The Michito Orchestra also at South Point (for you salsa lovers),   Tony Orlando at the Cannery, Wes Winters at the Suncoast, and The Prince Purple Rain Band at Mandalay Bay. Beyonce will be casting her magic on Dec 30 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.