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Hail Caesar! Divine M opens, IRS closes

Feb 26, 2008 1:41 AM

Following the opening of the highly anticipated Divine Miss M at The Colisseum at Caesars Palace hype has started. Hype and rumblings abound, but my review and observations will have to wait.

The evening started with a Las Vegas red carpet which included the likes of Siegfried and Roy, Ricki Lake, etc., etc., etc.

Seems the IRS rolled out their own red carpet that led them direct to Pure (Caesars’ nightclub), right before Bette’s opening. Initially it was thought the opening night party at Pure would be cancelled, but the party did go on and on and on”¦

Rich Little has unexpectedly pulled out of his show at the Golden Nugget. The 69-year old performer had a long running contract that apparently has been shortened by health issues. Hopefully he’s on the mend. The Golden Nugget still has Caveman and rumor has it a burlesque show may be coming.

The Luxor has always been a favorite of mine. In addition to LAX nightclub, which is managed by Pure Management, the Luxor offers a variety of entertainment stars like Carrot Top, the Redneck Tenors, Ronn Lucas, Fantasy and Criss Angel.

By the way, what’s the status of the Ronn Lucas show? Have to give congrats to Angel for receiving the Merlin Award for Magician of the Year. But Criss, what’s with the beard?

The Monte Carlo has reopened following recovery from the fire that brought everything to a complete standstill and the wonderful Lance Burton is back at work. Another returnee is Barry Manilow at the Hilton. Thanks to David Saxe, the V Theater at Planet Hollywood has been the home of Burton Lane from America Has Talent. However, word is the show may be moving to the Flamingo.

With the settlement of the writers’ strike, some favorite television shows will soon be returning along with some new productions. Dancing With the Stars this season will showcase Penn Jillette from Penn & Teller.

Penn’s 6-foot-6 frame will fill everyone’s television screen as he joins the ranks of earlier performers on the show like our own Wayne Newton. Another reality show, American Idol, is filled with young performers this year. Haven’t picked a front-runner yet, but again the show is filled with talent.

Your truly used to see Freddie Bell frequently at the Bootlegger. Freddie was part of the Louis Prima, Pete Barbutti scene for many years. It was a great sendoff last week for Freddie by the Las Vegas entertainment community. May he rest in peace.

Sidebar, sidebar! Las Vegas’ own Tony Sacca received his star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. Has there ever been a supermarket grand opening that Tony has missed? Seriously, Tony is a great ambassador for Las Vegas and is well deserving of this recognition.

Frequently I have to eat my words and this is one of those times. I will attend the Academy Awards celebration on Sunday evening, a black tie affair hosted by Jackie Baskow at Planet Hollywood. See you there darling.

While we’re on the subject of eating, one of the best kept secrets in town (and a Monti recommendation) is the Caesar Salad at McMullan’s Irish Pub over on W. Tropicana.

 At the Stratosphere Mark Massimino, who has been there for years as Entertainment Director, suddenly resigned. Mark is also a singer and is cutting his own CD.

We all know the Stratosphere has gone through new ownership and the club Polly Esther is presenting a Winter Beach Bash, hosted by Carmen Electra for Vegas Party Life magazine. Also at the Stratosphere, the show Bite which is produced and directed by Tim Molyneaux has been extended. A few months ago I wrote about Tim and his fabulous mansion. Tim has a television show too.

Don’t forget Viva Las Vegas downtown at the Plaza produced and directed by Dick Feeney. The afternoon show and buffet is "a can’t be beat" $12.

Another locals hotel/casino is expanding its entertainment venue. Red Rock has Earth Wind and Fire booked in March. The April 25 Kanye West concert was cancelled, according to the Red Rock.

I recently had lunch with hypnotist Anthony Cools, who is also recognized as a producer and is producing Ooh La La at Paris. We were busy discussing a very hush-hush project to do with yours truly.

The Monti Minute Radio will air in the next couple of weeks. It will be about gossip, food and value for your Las Vegas dollar. Of course we’ll include recommendations for loose slots, keeping up with dueling divas and my continued search for Kenny Kerr.

Where is Kenny? To me Kenny is Don Rickles in a dress. Frank Marino is still holding court in La Cage at the Riviera. Frank is our Resident Diva female impersonator.

Of course there is still Celine Dion news such as her very successful special on television last week. Celine did five years here in Las Vegas and brought in millions and millions of dollars in merchandising and gaming revenue. Let’s not forget that others like Tommy Tune, David Cassidy and Rick Springfield all performed in EFX at the MGM.

The star thing has always been part of the fabric of Las Vegas and continues on with Cher, Manilow, Toni Braxton, Bette Midler and Elton John. The stars come here to Las Vegas.

 We love it too when the legends return to perform and even reinvent their careers. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy An Evening with Monti Rock III. Get ready, for the real diva, The Full Monti.

These just in: For the last few weeks I’ve been reporting on Danny Gans. First they tell me Danny has signed a 10-year extension at the Mirage. Now they’re telling me he’s going to move to Paris or maybe to the new Wynn. Hey guys, get your story straight.

 We all know wherever Danny lands it will be successful because he has the best polished show in town and one of the most in demand. As predicted by yours truly, our favorite Diva, Jennifer Lopez, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. "Atta girl," Jenn.

 NBC has decided not to renew Las Vegas. Fans are furious and are bombarding the network with letter, phone calls, and emails. Hopefully they will listen and opt to renew. NBC can not afford to lose more viewers, as they’ve already fallen to No. 3.

Remember, even though the number of weddings are down, Rev. Monti (Million Dollar Weddings) is always here to help you tie the knot.