MGM’s ‘La Femme’ leads topless parade

May 29, 2001 10:06 AM
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With so many openings, announcements and projects under way, you need a program to keep track of the players. You’ve come to the right place! I’ve got a dossier on everything!

As first reported in this column, the MGM Grand formally announced the opening of the Crazy Horse revue, "La Femme," which will prove itself to be one of the sexiest shows to come to Vegas in a long while.

The MGM has gone out of its way to provide world-class entertainment, and "La Femme" is no exception. The show will feature 13 dancers - all original members of the Paris dance troupe - who are trained in classic ballet. They should be a refreshing change from the silicone-enhanced marvels that characterize some of the other topless shows.

Actually, "La Femme" harkens back to the old days of Las Vegas when the showgirls were trained in Europe and imported here. The show opens June 14.

Also opening in June is the provocative "Shadow" lounge at Caesars Palace. The hotel isn’t saying much, but spies tell me the bar will feature nude dancers performing behind a shadow screen. Guys, bring your x-ray eye glasses!

Also happening at the MGM Grand, Sade makes a stop in July on her national Lovers Rock Tour. Sade, who hasn’t toured in a few years, will be performing her new hits, "King of Sorrow," "Slave Song" and "Lovers Rock." Sade’s concert is a long time coming, but well worth the wait.

Watch for some excellent shows to play The Orleans beginning later in the year and continuing into 2001. I’m looking forward to "Mame," which will star the still beautiful Anne Jeffreys. "Mame" is a hit Broadway show, and originally Lesley-Ann Warren had the second lead but bowed out over creative differences.

Let me explain the "creative differences." The word is that Lesley-Ann drove to town to meet the producers and check out the Orelans showroom. But, for some reason, the producer fired her on the spot, in front of everyone. That’s no way to treat a lady. Especially, of the character of Lesley-Ann Warren.

In any case, with the right marketing and price range of tickets, I think the Orleans might have something to offer.

The Blue Note has finally hit the jackpot and has brought back Buddy Greco and Lezlie Anders with their Jazz Quartet on Thursday and Saturday. The show times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. On Sunday, June 3, they will perform with their All-Star Big Band for brunch and dancing, so bring your dancing shoes along with your appetite.

The comedy scene here in Las Vegas has a variety of acts, but one of the mainstays is the Improv at Harrah’s. On the comedy circuit one of the best comics that frequently comes to town is Carrot Top, along with the greatest stand up comic of all time, George Carlin. You can find them both at the MGM’s Hollywood Theater.

As I reported a few weeks ago, Michael Holly’s "Off the Wall Comedy Hour" which is appearing in the Sahara Conga Room, has my vote for a good afternoon show. Let’s not forget David Brenner over at the Golden Nugget who has been performing for six months now and is doing a big business.

The one-year anniversary of Arizona Charlie’s East was celebrated last week with champagne and cake. If you have a chance, check out the upstairs Yukon Grille; it’s great!