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Gordie Brown to be resident entertainer at Golden Nugget

Sep 16, 2008 7:03 PM

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | The Golden Nugget made an announcement last week that Gordie Brown will become resident entertainer starting in February and that he is getting a theater named after him.

If Gordie has one, where’s mine.

Brown, on video via satellite while on tour as the opening act with Celine Dion, was understandably filled with pride and joy. He performed at the Golden Nugget a few years ago and with much fanfare.

The Canadian born Brown arrived in Las Vegas from the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. He was coming to Las Vegas to topple Danny Gans according to the rumors. His approach was comedic and he appeared with a good band at the Golden Nugget.

From the Nugget he went to the Strip where the Venetian built the Gordie Brown Theater for him. Sometime last year Wayne Brady arrived at the Venetian to share Gordie’s room. The next thing, after one year, we hear Gordie is leaving the Venetian and the Palazzo reportedly was going to build him a room.

But Gordie lands at the V Theater at Planet Hollywood with producer David Saxe. Then he closes at the V and goes on the road with Celine.

So now it’s back to the Nugget where he will have the Gordie Brown Theater for his act that opens in February for a 44-week run. Whew! Mayor Oscar Goodman welcomed the idea of Gordie’s return to the Golden Nugget, calling it "the beginning for downtown."

Speaking of downtown, rumors have it that "Viva Las Vegas" may return to the Plaza, where the Rat Pack continues to do respectable business.

O.J. Simpson finally does something "right." His trial is bringing huge business to restaurants in the courthouse area. The Court house Bar and Grill, owned by Chip Lightman, has all the TV camera crews and broadcasters filling the place daily for lunch.

Last weekend, Mexican Independence Day weekend, brought top Mexican and Latin entertainers to our area to celebrate their independence from Spain in 1810. Luis Miguel at The Colosseum, Enrique Iglesias at Mandalay Bay, and Paul Rodriguez at Treasure Island led the "pack" as well as a group of the world’s finest mariachi bands.

Last Friday Steve Wyrick celebrated his 1,000th performance at the Steve Wyrick Theater at Planet Hollywood.

Again, a performer with his own theater. Monti Rock needs a theater!

Anyway, the evening’s performance was prefaced by the red carpet arrival of invited guests. Steve is planning to unveil a new motorcycle as part of his act. The bike has been especially designed for him.

There’s a new restaurant at the Palazzo. Mark Packard introduced us to Lavo, a new concept of an old theme. Think of the Roman Empire, the bathhouses, the ambiance. The same group brought Tao to the Venetian.

I attended the opening with my entourage while the usual suspects in attendance included Robin Leach, Barry Berlin, etc., etc., etc. Mark Packard and I go back some 30 years when I was a greeter and performer in Aruba. I worked for Mark as an Ambassador of Good Will at Canastel’s in Miami Beach.

European hypno-magician Keith Barry is set to open at Planet Hollywood over four weeks beginning Oct. 28. This will be his first American stage appearance.

I enjoyed seeing Mary Wilson at South Point on Sunday. The lady can sing supreme, get it? Wouldn’t it be great to see both Mary and Diana Ross bury the hatchet and get together for a "Supremes Super Show?"

Another superstar, Paul Anka, has joined the ranks of former Strip headliners moving to the locals’ scene. Paul will be performing at one of our locals casinos (possibly the Orleans) Dec. 19-21. Now the general public has the chance to see the likes of Paul, Englebert, Gladys Knight, Steve Lawrence, and Don Rickles in their own backyard, so to speak.

Haven’t had a chance to catch it yet, but Donny and Marie Osmond had a soft opening at the Flamingo. The official opening is Thursday, Sept. 25. Of course, I will be there. It will be a smash.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of video producer Chuck Maguire. Chuck, a dear friend, passed away this week due to cardiac arrest. Memorial services have not yet been finalized.

Check out our favorite bakery, Great Buns, now with east and west locations. Okay, I like buns!

The past few weeks have brought some criticism as to why I may write about certain people. As a columnist, I write about what and who I feel is newsworthy.

I set aside personal friendships and allegiances. Enough said.