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Downtown Las Vegas 'mobbed'

Oct 7, 2008 5:02 PM
The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | Downtown Las Vegas was busy last week with the O.J. Simpson trial and the introduction of the "mob" museum.

Separate stories.

Excuse me, it’s actually The Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. We’ve got to hand it to Mayor Oscar Goodman, who’s been involved with the planning for the museum from the beginning. He never gives up on the possibilities for downtown, does he?

This original downtown post office will be the home for the museum which isn’t scheduled to open until 2010. That gives everyone time to blow the dust off anything of interest that can be included in the museum. Let’s face it, Las Vegas has a colorful past and a history like no other city.

And, your columnist has been mighty busy. There’s a bunch of weddings and events, which included being honored at the Meatball Awards held downtown in the Plaza Hotel. Local journalists Mike Weatherford and Jerry Fink accepted on my behalf. It’s great to have such good friends.

I did attend the huge 16th birthday bash for Kiki Posner, daughter of my friends Lance and Eva Posner. It was an extravagant affair at Vox Restaurant that included dinner, entertainment and surprises for everyone. The party took me back to my youth. I never had a birthday party anything like this.

In stage news, "The Lion King" arrives at Mandalay Bay in April. The show replaces the highly successful "Mamma Mia," which brings down the curtain after a six-year run. "Lion King" is a Disney product. Like "Mamma Mia," it could find a long-term venue here in Las Vegas. It’s the only "permanent" production other than Broadway, thereby allowing the complete staging and sets.

The family scene also includes Donny and Marie Osmond, who have just extended their six-month engagement at the Flamingo to two years. Seems business has been that good and the show is delicious. Yes, Don Marandino has another hit on his hands.

The show is well-oiled and a true entertainment delight. The audience leaves with a smile every night, so what’s not to like? Marie has lost a lot of weight, she’s fresh from a divorce and after last season’s "Dancing With the Stars" she has a whole new appeal to today’s audiences. Why can’t I get on "Dancing With the Stars?" Oh! That’s right, I have Disco Ball.

It’s amazing that in today’s economy the Colosseum at Caesars Palace manages to fill those seats every night. Everyone was happy to see that Cher returned after taking four days off due to her health. Plus, I just received a press release that Bette Midler is extending her Colosseum show and will start 2009 there. With Cher, Bette and Sir Elton John as "regulars" and throw in the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, the Colosseum is pretty well covered.

To say it was a big night for Neal F. Boyd from "America’s Got Talent" would definitely be an understatement. The former insurance salesman from Missouri just earned $1 million and a chance to headline a show in Las Vegas. Well done Neal. Who knows, maybe his operatic recordings will one day fill the air during the fountain show at the Bellagio.

The Las Vegas Hilton and Ira David Sternberg continue to demonstrate that it’s possible to present three completely different shows to the world with each doing well. Barry Manilow seems to have a great fan base, "Menopause the Musical" with my friend Paige O’Hara is still drawing a crowd and just maybe the Scintas have found a real home. It seems to be a magical mix.

"Raw Talent," has finally opened at the Sahara. It fuses music and technology, while featuring some of the dancers from producer/choreographer Nicole Durr’s Havana Night Club show. This is a new concept and hopefully a success.

Dick Feeney has two shows at the Plaza Hotel & Casino – "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Rat Pack is Back." All eyes will be on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars when Dick gets his star Oct. 17 on Las Vegas Strip at New York-New York.

Feeney has been active in community affairs and charities as well as his entertainment endeavors since 1985 and deserves the honor.

The Reverend Monti Rock performed three wedding ceremonies this week all at the beautiful home of Chuck St. Troy. The ceremonies were traditional and the outside gazebo setting was beautiful for the sunset weddings. If you want my assistance, check You Tube.

My dear friend Wes Winters closed his show at the Steve Wyrick Theater in the Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood last week. Wes had a three-month run and last Friday hosted a party at home for close friends.

Wes had a very successful run at the Liberace Museum, along with his one man show at Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens for five years. For some reaason, very few shows succeed at The Steve Wyrick Theater. I predict a new home in the near future for Wes.