Criss Angel's 'Believe' will finally open, but is it magical?

Oct 28, 2008 4:02 PM
The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | For the last few months I’ve been talking and writing about the opening of Criss Angel’s show "Believe" at the Luxor.

The show will be another "Cirque Du Soleil" creation. Unfortunately, I will be out of town for the opening. Rock III is doing his own comeback (or maybe it’s another comeback) at the Taj Majal in Atlantic City.

Not to worry, I’ll Criss-cross with "Believe" when I return. Through all the delays and hype surrounding his show, we still have to give Criss the benefit of the doubt.

After all, he does have television credentials and creation of this show cost over $100 million.

Still my opinion, Las Vegas has reached its max on "Cirque Du Soleil." We may be overdosed.

Cirque Du Soleil productions are featured all over Las Vegas such as Le Reve at the Wynn (which they keep trying to fix and re-vamp), LOVE at The Mirage, KA at the MGM, Zumanity at New York-New York, Mystere at TI (the first to hit Las Vegas) and of course "O" at Bellagio. I’m not even sure if that’s all the Cirque shows in town but you get the picture.

This trend holds true for the magic shows. Las Vegas has a way of going from theme to theme. Just a few short years ago Las Vegas was touted as the perfect family vacation destination. That theme only lasted a few seasons.

Even the addition of roller coasters on the strip couldn’t seem to manifest the ideal scene for the entire family. The idea was an amusement park with gaming. What I’m trying to see or feel as a columnist is something new, something innovative, something creative. Are we themed out?

This week in Las Vegas the political machine is on. I’m quite impartial and really not politically motivated, but let’s be real. None of us can get away from it right now.

Radio ads, TV spots, all the signs in the streets and those constant robotic calls are just too much. In keeping with the political season, Bette Midler held a rally for the Obama campaign at the Krave nightclub at Planet Hollywood.

Frank Marino made disparaging remarks about the Republican candidate, Sarah Palin, before introducing Bette to the Obama supporters. I can only add, "watch your step Frank, it’s not good to be bad to Sarah."

 Palin was in Henderson last week where the crowd started gathering some five hours before her arrival. Before arriving in Nevada to make the Reno and Las Vegas scene she appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and was delicious. The ratings for SNL were the best in the last 14 years. Someone out there likes her, that’s for sure.

 Seems like both of the major parties keep trying to dig up dirt and quite frankly, I’m over it. I even turned off television’s "The View" because there’s just too much political nonsense. With only a week left you have to wonder what more there is to discuss. One thing for sure, history will be made in November.

I enjoyed the opening of a fabulous new restaurant called Via Brasil Steakhouse at Charleston and Ft. Apache. I say fabulous because it’s another one of those dining experiences with an outstanding wine collection and impeccable service. Of course the menu and presentation is important, but I was also taken by the decor.

Some might consider an evening at Via Brasil a bit on the pricey side for an off-Strip restaurant, but you can be the judge. The menu is price-fixed with three different tiers – all of which include exceptional food.

My wonderful friend Dick Finney received his star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. Dick and yours truly have shared a rather long history. I’ll always remember how kind he was when I arrived in Las Vegas more than 10 years ago.

Dick is one of the rare mainstays in town and well known as a co-producer of the "La Cage" show at the Riviera, "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Rat Pack is Back," – both playing at the Plaza downtown.

Speaking of downtown, The Plaza (name change coming up?) is fast becoming the entertainment capital of this area. There’s "The Rat Pack," The Dome, their own R&B vocal group, and "Viva Las Vegas."

Last week Justin Timberlake and his girl friend Jessica Biel were in town. Justin was hosting a charity golf tournament.

Also, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony recently renewed their wedding vows at Caesars Palace. Unfortunately, The Reverend Monti was not invited.

Maybe next time.

Madonna is coming to Vegas in November. She’ll play the MGM Grand Garden Arena straight from her $500 million divorce.

Also, Toni Braxton was booted off "Dancing With The Stars," while Cloris Leachman somehow lasts.

In closing, it’s rumored Mariah Carey is pregnant. Again, I was not invited! Some day.