It was no surprise that a totally new show at Planet Hollywood was being promoted to headline in the showroom. The Planet has searched over and over for the headliner show.
As a columnist and man about town this venture named "The Peep Show" could be the innovation I’ve been calling for. Jerry Mitchell is the creator behind this latest effort. Mitchell is not only the show’s creator, but the director and producer. He comes to Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood with a lot of credibility.
"The Peep Show" opens there next March. Mel B (aka Melanie Brown) and Kelly Monaco both performed on "Dancing With the Stars" and will have major roles.
Planet Hollywood’s earlier shows included X-Burlesque, Steve Wyrick and Magic. Remember Pamela Anderson? The current show, "Stomp Out Loud" closes in January.
Readers may remember I was a big fan of "We Will Rock You" when it was at Paris Las Vegas. Paris was also the stage for "Hunchback of Notre Dame." "Avenue Q" and "Spamalot" were at Wynn and Harvey Firestein starred in "Hairspray" at the Luxor.
You can’t say Las Vegas hasn’t made the effort when it comes to Broadway productions. Currently "Phantom of the Opera" at the Venetian, "Jersey Boys" at Palazzo and of course "Mamma Mia" at Mandalay Bay keep the Broadway theme going in Las Vegas.
Last week I wrote about Legends in Concert moving to Harrah’s after a 25-year run at Imperial Palace. There has been a lot of hoopla about the move, but nowhere have I seen a mention of John Stewart, the man that created the show. Seems John is no longer involved in the production since it was taken over by OnStage Entertainment.
Still, we tip our hat to John for his vision of the show. Legends in Concert will be sharing the room with Rita Rudner at Harrah’s. I see it as a good fit for both shows.
For those of you needing a laugh, Comedy Special this week with Ellen DeGeneres at Caesars Palace should be your stop. Ellen can be a real charmer. She along with Jerry Seinfeld and all the comics they could cram into Caesars will make for a laughable night. Ellen is also taping parts of the concert for a TBS special on Nov 29.
It’s confession time. I admit to loving certain television shows. I’m crazy about ABC’s "Pushing Daisies." Word to the powers that be: Please don’t cancel Daisies. It’s my weekly fix.
Tonight's television will bring the season finale of "Dancing With the Stars." My money’s on Brooke Burke. Don’t get me wrong, I like Lance Bass but he needs to grow a personality.
Barry Manilow’s show at the Hilton is going through another change, which is good. The show continues to do incredible business for this market. Danny Gans closes his show at the Mirage on Saturday and prepares to play his new theater created for him by Steve Wynn when Encore opens after the first of the year.
Boulder Station has brought back its Blues format to the Railhead (along with a brand new revamped buffet), and Jeff McBride closes after a respectable run. "Caveman," the hit show at the Golden Nugget is moving to the Excalibur, making room for Gordie Brown at GN. Tickets are on sale for his 2009 opening and at the Mirage for Terry Fator’s show.
Latest word about "Jubilee" at Bally’s is they’re going to cover up. What’s that about? Jubilee has been a Las Vegas headline for years and everyone goes to see the beautiful skin as well as the beautiful costumes. The "Folies Bergere" at the Tropicana is another Las Vegas headline that continues to do brisk business like "Jubilee." And then of course, there’s Criss Angel at Luxor who is retooling, retooling, retooling.
Everyone’s invited to attend Joe Williams’ 90th birthday celebration on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door at Summerlin Library Performing Arts Theater, 1771 Inner Circle Drive or call (702) 507-3860.
The Celebration will feature Ronnie Rose and the Vince Falcone Quartet with special guests Marlene Shaw and The Cunninghams. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit The Joe Williams Foundation. Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon.
Just in: The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino has allegedly purchased the show, "Bite." Supposedly, they now own the show.
Birthday wishes to Audrey Holmes, mother of entertainer Clint Holmes, on her 93rd birthday. Keep it up Audrey, you’re quite a lady!
Recently I had friends that arrived from New York and was amazed to hear the "good deals" they had which included air fare, hotels and dinner shows. We are talking modest prices, everything considered. It was Expedia!