Tickets for Bette Midler’s show at the Colosseum can be as little as $50 for locals. That’s quite a bargain considering Bette’s prices normally range from $100 to $255.
I’m not sure if that arrangement will stay in place when Cher returns to the Colosseum. Both Bette and Cher are magnificent and I’ve fallen in love with them.
"Viva Las Vegas" downtown at the Plaza is offering free drinks for the show. The ticket brokers are having a field day trying to come up with enticing deals. It’s working.
Speaking of changes in town, I remember Jeff Beacher being at the Hard Rock. Where did he go?
Rumor has it that even though we had the recent opening of Aliante, a new "locals casino hotel," Station Casinos may be struggling a bit. And Terrible Herbst may be in trouble too.
Didn’t these people hear the gloom and doom forecast for 2008? Didn’t they know about the impending recession or depression? Many large condo developments and hotel constructions, including Boyd Gaming’s Echelon Place, have come to a halt.
Despite the decline in tourism Steve Wynn just opened his latest, Encore. No surprise here. It’s a wonderment of beauty, great rooms, outstanding restaurants and wonderful shopping. To top it off, Danny Gans opens in his own theater at Encore in February. Steve Wynn just continues to make the Las Vegas landscape glamorous.
The beautiful Bellagio is still a favorite and was originally a Wynn masterpiece. It continues to draw crowds to the musical fountains and botanical gardens, although there are rumors alleging that The Bellagio is up for sale. Only rumors.
Despite the magnificent job of redefining the Luxor Hotel and Casino by Felix Rappaport, the latest production of "Believe" starring Criss Angel is going on hiatus. Wasn’t this supposed to be the second coming or something? Guess "Believe" didn’t quite work the first time around so believe it or not it’s being revamped, again.
It’s not exactly business as usual in Las Vegas. For both locals and tourists it’s a great time to take advantage of the many great offers. For example, friends of mine took advantage of a hotel offer of $25 for a room that included a free buffet. This was offered by a well-known Strip hotel, too.
Good news for his many fans and friends – Bob Anderson just called to say he’s making a return trip to Las Vegas. Time and dates for his appearances will be announced. Bob has been performing in Branson, Missouri for many years but Vegas is still home.
Looking back at 2008 we’re reminded of the many scandals, show openings and closings, changes in the economic scene, but we’re hopeful these memories will soon fade as Las Vegas continues to offer up the very best in entertainment, romance and just plain fun.
The new year will offer new shows such as "The Peep Show," developed by Jerry Mitchell, which will open at Planet Hollywood. "Stomp Out Loud" has been at Planet Hollywood, but will move to the Sahara and "Raw Talent" heads over to the Rio.
Talk about musical chairs, but this may just be the start of changes. Disney is bringing "The Lion King" to Mandalay Bay which will bring family entertainment back to the Las Vegas scene.
For years casino and hotel employees thought they had a secure future in the gaming industry but lately many of them have found pink slips in their in-boxes which creates foreclosures in the neighborhood, retail store closings and even major retail chains leaving town.
Despite all this, yours truly is confident we’ll find hope in the new year. Black Friday2 should help retailers a bit as they opened in the wee hours of the morning with huge discounts.
Next year I’ll continue to search out for my readers the best bargains, the finest shows, the top value for the dollar and try to keep everyone informed on who’s doing what to whom?
Some sad news for the week has to include the passing of my friend Eartha Kitt. I originally saw her in the 1950’s appearing in "New Faces" in New York City. She also appeared in "Timbuktu" on Broadway with Melba Moore.
Kitt was brilliant as "Catwoman," purring on the Batman TV series. Plus, her renditions of "C’est si Bon" and "Santa Baby" can never be matched. Every time Eartha and I would meet she’d say, "Oh, you’re the hairdresser that sings!"
We also lost the great playwright and Nobel Prize winner, Harold Pinter.
Forecast for 2009? Well, Vegas, remains alive and well. The Full Monti will be in bloom and offering up the latest as a gossip columnist and man on the inside. Stay tuned.