Big, big rumors.
It seems Celine Dion is ready and waiting in the wings to come back to the Colosseum to continue the miraculous job she did with her show "A New Day" at the beginning of the Colosseum era.
Many readers of GamingToday will remember from the very beginning when Celine opened her show at the Colosseum that Monti Rock III was behind her in this new venture. I was confident she would raise the bar in Las Vegas. And, let’s face it, she did.
The fabric of Las Vegas doesn’t seem complete without this Canadian songbird. She’ll always be welcomed with open arms.
On the downside of Colisseum news, it happened again. Monti’s friends from New York came to Las Vegas just to see Cher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. You probably know the rest of this story, and you would be right.
Cher’s show was cancelled.
Seems she’s developed a viral infection which reminds us all that several years ago Cher was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus. Could it be the rigors of a demanding schedule at the Colosseum were just too much?
We’re all thinking positive thoughts for this outstanding performer and must admit we had mixed emotions when spies told us Cher was spotted attending a Neil Diamond Jubilee celebration in California. Nevertheless, many were disappointed especially when the Las Vegas trip was centered around her show at the Colosseum.
Since most of the Colosseum audience purchase tickets in advance for the shows, it must have been quite a refund. With almost 4,500 seats topping out at about $300 each – well, you do the numbers.
Bernie Yuman has just opened his latest show at the Sahara called "Raw Talent," but quite frankly I’m not so sure it shouldn’t be "New Talent, Who’s Talent, No Talent or just Hoping for Talent."
Monti will continue trying to figure out what the show is about.
My travels included hitting Mandalay Bay Resort to see "Mamma Mia," which once again had a packed house. Amazing that after six years the show continues to be at the top of the charts in Las Vegas.
The cast is splendid and the show is as fresh as it was when it opened six years ago. Kudos to everyone! While walking through Mandalay Bay, I couldn’t help but take notice the casino area was pretty empty. Maybe it was just the hour. Things could have warmed up later, but I’m not sure. I did see Sheryl Crow and Santana who had done a special corporate performance.
Mariah Carey was in town with her husband Nick Cannon to celebrate Nick’s birthday bash at Caesars Palace. Those on the outside keep asking, "Is she pregnant?" I’m asking a more relevant question, "Did she buy him a Rolls Royce for his birthday?" Maybe both questions are simply rumors.
My dear friend Charo was in town filming a PBS television special with Tony Sacca. They were all over Vegas covering many of our well-known highlights. After all Tony’s been in this town for centuries. The show they filmed will air in the very near future and is called "Entertainment Las Vegas." Not to worry, I will soon have my "Monti Rock III Live" show on the Internet.
Check this out. I’m not naming names, but certain properties in town with stocks plummeting and hotel occupancy down continue to be rude to the press. Enough said.
With all the crying and such over the stock market, banks and general economy, be aware not everyone is convinced our belts need to be tightened for fear of a depression. The New York Restoration Project is in full preparation for their Halloween extravaganza which will be hosted by Kathy Griffin and this year will honor Alice Waters and Gloria Estefan.
The show’s high-roller tables are going for $63,000! A simple Halloween table goes for $25,000. If you’re lucky, you can enjoy a single seat in the highest balcony for a mere $630. This event takes place Friday, Oct. 31 so don’t delay. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.
Most entertainment columnists don’t like to write about the economy and such but let’s be real. We can’t get away from it right now! The Las Vegas properties are definitely feeling the crunch of Wall Street, which seems to be reflected by the numbers being reported here in the city of entertainment. Gaming revenues are estimated to be down anywhere from 25 to 50 percent.
It’s definitely a crunch, but that’s how it goes.
After receiving my invitation to Criss Angel’s show "Believe" at the Luxor, I made a call to John McCoy, of Cirque du Soleil. The invitation was for Halloween and with all the buzz surrounding the show I think we should give them the benefit of the doubt and hold off until then. After all, I don’t want them to shoot the messenger.
Las Vegas is known for its many magicians and magic shows. My friend Dixie Dooley, an icon in that craft, will be deservingly honored by the International Magicians Society when he receives the Merlin Award. The IMS, established in 1968, is the world’s largest magic organization with more than 37,000 members. The Merlin Award is sought after by all those who practice the art.
Siegfried & Roy will be teaming up with the Metro Police to support the 18th annual K-9 Trials at Orleans Arena on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s great to see Roy out in public more.
Since my big opening takes place at the Taj Majal in Atlantic City on Oct. 25, I may not be able to cover all the Halloween events in Las Vegas. However, anyone into the holiday scene should check out "Bling," a wonderful boutique that was introduced to me by Derek David.
The boutique features DuBarry Fashions (3375 South Decatur, No. 14). "Bling" is sponsoring a Hollywood blast on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The blast features a $100 gift for the best costume. Also, there will be champagne and food served while two separate bands provide the entertainment. Call 257-6085 for reservations.
The lovely Bill Moore and the glamorous Kenny Kerr were enjoying lunch at Coco’s while discussing Kenny’s possible big surprise. At the present time Kenny is performing in Palm Springs, but maybe the big surprise will bring him home to Las Vegas. Kenny is quite popular.
The Las Vegas Roadrunners initiated a training program to be part of The Las Vegas Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 7. This year’s marathon will feature a run-through wedding chapel. Let’s face it, no one can run through a wedding ceremony faster and better than yours truly.
Finally, last week it was Yom Kippur – a day to be forgiven. We should all be so lucky.