The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | The rumor factory alleges that Mariah Carey signed a juicy $100 million deal with the new Planet Hollywood. Ah yes, another diva comes to town!
Rumor also has it that Carey has just inked a three-year deal to perform at the Planet Hollywood. Another rumor I hear is that one of the biggest shows in Las Vegas may close in September. But, I’m not revealing sources!
Maybe Las Vegas has not felt the real crunch of a recession or depression, but I could be wrong. Basically I think we must be optimistic.
As a columnist, a personality and celebrity, I love looking and searching for the miracle Las Vegas is – great dining, shopping and social events. Despite the naysayers, all in all, your columnist has only great hope for the future.
What a spectacular week it was!
The closing of "Spamalot" at Wynn was what could be considered a catered affair. The evening itself was a performance that was fun, loose and energized to ensure that everyone was happy and having a good time, even if it was the last show.
In the audience were all the media and Steve Wynn looking so very elegant. John O’Hurley was one of many offering kudos with the farewell speeches. For those of you that didn’t catch "Spamalot" with John’s performance, too bad! His performance was outstanding.
Word is, the reason "Spamalot" closed early was so Wynn could start building the new Danny Gans Theater. We have to take them at their word. I’ll say it again, Las Vegas is not a theater town. The one exception is "Mamma Mia" at Mandalay Bay, which has been running for six years.
After Sunday’s wonderful outing for the closing of "Spamalot," I decided to make the rounds of other hotels and shows.
First it was the Palazzo to see "Jersey Boys," again. Great cast, great story, full house and Frankie Valli – a personal friend.
Next stop was the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to catch the one and only Bette Midler. I repeat, the show is vintage Bette. She’s a consummate performer. Up and down the stage she went. The show is well oiled, well produced, sold out, and a must see.
The wonderful Mimi Hines announced on her birthday that she’s going to Broadway to do "Pippin," in its first revival on the Great White Way. The original Broadway show starred Irene Ryan with Ben Vereen, whose performances earned them nominations for a Tony Award.
The dinner party for Mimi was celebrated at Yolie’s, a Brazilian steakhouse at 3900 Paradise Road where they served a wonderful combination plate mixed grill that was to die for.
"Menopause The Musical" at the Hilton starring my friend Paige O’Hara is down to one cast. The show continues to do remarkable business. Other productions in Las Vegas such as "Mystere" at Treasure Island, "Zumanity" at New York, New York, "O" at Bellagio, and "La Reve" at Wynn all continue to do well. In my opinion, the winner is "Love," the Beatles musical at the Mirage.
Both "Love" and "O" are doing capacity business.
The World Series of Poker has left the building. Two major properties are up for sale and word is one will have a buyer, soon. Donald Trump dumped his Mar-A-Lago in Florida for a reported $12 million so now he can spend time making sure potential buyers for Trump Towers do not jump ship. After all, loans are hard to get right now.
In April, Ritz Carlton filed for bankruptcy. Now the corporation that owns the Lake Las Vegas development has filed Chapter 11. They plan to keep running while reorganizing and cutting back
Here’s an answer to all that doom and gloom – a night on the town filled with laughs. Hooters has Bobby Slayton, known for his rough remarks. There’s also Wayne Brady at the Venetian or George Wallace at the Flamingo. All can offer up enough of the funny stuff to cause a good laugh out loud.
This just in: Havana Nights (aka Havana Night Club) is finally coming back to the Strip. They will be performing at the Sahara beginning Aug. 19. This talented and very energetic group had the audience dancing in their seats last time out on stage.