Its been a busy week, and it stands to get busier.
At the Las Vegas Hilton, Sheena Easton is getting preened and pampered for her big solo outing. Her producer, Joe Battig, is circulating around town trying to plaster her on the cover of every visitor magazine. We all wish her luck in her new endeavor.
As first reported here, Celine Dion is close to penning a deal to perform at Caesars Palace. Who do you think theyre building that huge new Colosseum for, Anthony and Cleopatra? Stay tuned for details.
The MGM Grand is still keeping silent about the new Crazy Horse revue that will be the hit of the town when it opens in a few weeks. As Cole Porter would have said, were all waiting for a "glimpse...of something shocking."
The clock might be ticking on the shows at the Plaza. The word is that the showroom will be converted to a bingo parlor.
Mandalay Bay is squelching rumors that it is wavering in support of its new show, Storm. Not so, say the full-dress suits. Nevertheless, one of the rumors is that Michael Crawford, who maintains a home here, is waiting in the wings to possibly reprise his role as the Phantom of the Opera. Since its been a couple of decades since Michael last played the part on Broadway, maybe he should rename the show Phantom of the Horse Opera.
Clint Holmes celebrated his birthday last week at the Blue Note with many of his close friends at the Wednesday night jam session. Bill Acosta showed up and did some impressions, but the best part was when he sang the blues with his own voice and brought down the house.
Everybodys favorite Frankie Randall signed a longterm deal with the Vince Falcone 21-piece orchestra at the Suncoast. Frankie will be appearing there at the end of every month through New Years Eve 2002. If you havent seen Frankie Randall perform, do yourself the favor and go. Frankie will be appearing this month, May 25-27. Good job, Suncoast.
I attended a press conference for Celia Cruz at Sams Town. The great Latin diva did not disappoint us. Sams Town will be bringing in a brilliant influx of Latin talent; my sombrero s off to them.
Sahara Magician Steve Wyrick is producing a show for Branson, Missouri. Speaking of the Sahara, the Rat Pack has signed for one more year. Good news for people who like good shows.
The wonderful and legendary Robert Goulet is about to launch his new Las Vegas production show. This is no rumor, so you can plan on seeing the Man of La Mancha sometime soon. Stay tuned.
Ever wonder why the phrase, "the curtain is falling" stirs so much fear in the heart of show biz people? Heres why: Last week, Melinda, the First Lady of Magic, dodged a falling curtain on stage. It shook her up so much she told the audience she couldnt finish the show.
Later, Andre-Phillippe Gagnon, who shares the showroom with Melinda, decided he cant go on because he doesnt want to get leveled by a runaway curtain. The story is there was a big fight back stage after which he and his handlers were escorted off The Venetian property. Moreover, Andre-Phillippe was told to clean out his dressing room, and now hes doing costume changes in the bathroom!
There is a denouement to this sky-is-falling story, but it hasnt been completely written. Look for it to go something like this: There will be shake-up in the shows staged at The Venetian. Someone will be leaving. Someone new will be arriving - perhaps as early as next week.
Thats all I can say about the subject for now. Other than, the moral of the story is watch out for falling curtains!