The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | My recently held White Party gala (everyone wore white) to celebrate Monti Rocks 70th birthday couldnt have been more delightful.
The party was held at Tim Molyneuxs beautiful home. The outside ambiance was enhanced by the many waterfalls and flaming fire pits which created such a dramatic scene. And you know I like drama.
Tim is one of our newest young producers in Las Vegas and a most gracious host. His show, "Bite," put out by Molyneux Entertainment, is enjoying a successful run at the Stratosphere.
The party was a thank you for my many wonderful friends, my marketing people, my supporters. The evening was magical filled with music, food and wine. Special thanks to the talented Wes Winters and so many very, very special people.
Winters will open at the Steve Wyrick Theater at Planet Hollywood July 1 after his June 12 finale at the Liberace Museum. Wes will also appear at Triq Ultra Lounge in the Miracle Mile shopping center at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday and Saturday evenings beginning June 4. He is one of the best tribute artists Ive ever seen. His appearance at the Wyrick may just be what the theater needs.
"Phantom of the Opera" at the Venetian will soon have to make some changes since the fabulous Brent Barrett, who plays the Phantom, will be leaving the show. Brents departure is scheduled for June 6.
Brent will soon be on his way to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for his June 28 appearance. Fortunately for his Las Vegas fans he will maintain a home here and will return to Las Vegas for a July 4 spectacular at the Hills Park at Summerlin with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
My good friend Paige OHara, also at my party, is doing double duty right now with "Menopause the Musical" at the Hilton. Also, she has art shows at two galleries here in Las Vegas.
Roxanne Miller, a Las Vegas real estate tycoon, was kind enough to send me all those diamonds... I know theyre real. And, Mimi Hines returned to Las Vegas, just in time for my party, after appearing in "The Full Monty" at the Jupiter Theater in Florida. In addition to her appearances across the country Mimi is busy writing a book about her life on the road with Phil Ford. Mimi is one of the best friends Ive ever had.
We have to acknowledge the passing of movie director Sidney Pollack. Sidney, like myself, also acted in movies from time to time and I met him during one of my movie endeavors. Sidney will be missed by actors and the entire industry.
I dont cover movies often because, as the saying goes, Las Vegas is my beat. But, theres so much hype about the movie "Sex and the City" it cant be ignored. Of course, Indiana Jones seems to be hauling in the money. I was up for that part after Tom Selleck turned it down but, alas, Harrison Ford was the winner. Hes 65 and still doing his own stunts! Oh, sure...
Robin Williams show at the MGM Grand Arena was wild. He had a star-studded audience with lots of regular comics that came to see him. Robin didnt talk about his recent divorce, which is supposed to be the best divorce in Hollywood. He is still one of the funniest comics of our time.
I hear there are still talks circulating about Michael Jackson and a possible show at the Hilton, the Trump, the Palms? I dont know but lets face it, Michael is one of the great pop entertainers of our time and wherever he stops the crowds will appear. His most recent sighting (UFC 84 at MGM Grand ) had his face covered in black cloth, etc.
I went back to Hooters to catch Bobby Slayton again. This man is funny. Just remember, dont sit in the front unless you have really thick skin. Even then, youll blush. And dont forget to catch "Caveman" at the Golden Nugget. This has become one of the longest runs ever for a one man show.
Toni Braxton has had to cancel her show at the Flamingo due to ill health. Too bad, she is a great talent and we wish her well.
Rumor has it the fantastic Cuban show, "Havana Nights," will be returning to the strip shortly at the Sahara. Lets hope so as this is one of the most exciting musical revues around.
For anyone in search of early Las Vegas style from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley and so many others, the Golden Steer Steakhouse offers a breath of nostalgia not to be missed.
The Golden Steer (308 W. Sahara Ave.) has been a mainstay of fine dining in Las Vegas since 1958 and continues to be known for the quality of their steaks and seafood. Many of the staff has been there for 30 years. Maybe thats why the service is so spectacular.
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