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My impression of Danny Gans: He's busy!

Feb 3, 2009 5:05 PM
The Full Monti by Monti Rock III |

Danny Gans will give a special performance this Friday at 7:30 p.m. to benefit The Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars along with the Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada.

The organizations support local youth programs and services. To purchase tickets, call 702-770-WYNN or visit www.encorelasvegas.com. Ticket prices are $95, $110 and $120, plus service charge and tax.

With more than 200 voices in his repertoire of impressions, no two Gans performances are alike. Elaine Wynn, Director of Wynn Resorts, is a strong advocate of programs and services for children at risk of dropping out of school. Since 1995 she has co-chaired the Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars. She is the founding chairman of Communities in Schools of Nevada.

By the way, I have an idea for filling the Encore the three nights each week that Danny is not playing when his room opens next month. Harry Connick, Jr. would be a great candidate. He performed at Steve Wynn’s birthday bash recently which was attended by the elite media. By elite I mean I was not invited, but then, I’m just a celebrity columnist!

Michael Buble would also fit in on the dark nights at Encore. My first glimpse of Danny was several years ago when he was performing at the Rio which like Encore had built a showroom for him. Danny’s fans of course remember him from the Mirage which was originally one of Wynn’s creations.

Let me tell you. As a columnist I don’t like to get in the middle of mud slinging (who am I kidding?) but for months the rumors, the blogs, Page Six of The New York Post have been reporting the marriage of Wynn and his beautiful wife Elaine is about to go south.

Steve is allegedly seeing a 40-year old British woman. Rumors, just rumors, as Elaine was at Steve’s side at the party and helped cut the cake.

The Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino will be the scene of the very latest in Las Vegas nightlife. It’s called "ND’s Fuego – The Evolution of Nightlife."

Of course as readers of GamingToday are aware, the show came to Las Vegas as "Havana Nights" when it originally opened at the Stardust. This latest production includes state-of-the art technology together with entertainment and nightlife. It’s being billed as the premier nightlife destination in Las Vegas.

The evolution of "Havana Nights" took it to "Raw Talent" at the Sahara. I’ve been a fan of both the show and the producer. "ND," the producer, director and creator of this show has the courage of her conviction and created an experience that sounds truly extraordinary. Mark your calendars for Feb. 12 at the Rio.

The reality television shows just keep coming. Is Donny Osmond going to "Dancing With The Stars?" Yes, but not until season nine. Let’s hope he practices his fainting skills along with vigorous training to get into shape for that kind of dancing. Ballroom is much more difficult than it looks.

Of course sister Marie has a new talk show. Does the world need another talk show? These latest ventures for the Osmonds don’t diminish their appearances at the Flamingo where they’ll continue their successful show to the delight of many.

Not all reality shows are on television. I have a new show on the Internet called, "Someone’s in The Kitchen with Monti." It’s called reality, but it’s actually fiction since I’m someone who has never cooked in his life.

"American Idol" has basically been the No. 1 television show since its debut eight years ago and I’ve already picked my possible winner for this year.

Last week I reported Candi Cazau, director of publicity for the Orleans and Suncoast, received her pink slip after 10 years of service. Listen, Candi wasn’t alone. There were lots of pink slips that day. The good news is Candi may land on her feet. Stay tuned for more information on this one.

Regarding my earlier report of the demise of the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana, I’ve been told the show will go out with a bang. It’s not just fading away as the closing is supposed to be an extravaganza.

Bryan Batt played yours truly on Broadway in "Saturday Night Fever," and the portrayal was quite good. Bryan was a regular on television’s "Mad Men," which was just honored by the SAG Awards. Bryan is appearing at the MGM in "Mad Men Revue," which is full of comedy and music. Kind of like a 60’s "rat pack."

This just in: Seems Sean Cooper’s stage show at the Luxor is on hold for three weeks. John Padon will be filling the spot in Sean’s absence. Jerry Mitchell’s "Peep Show" at Planet Hollywood will soon be ready for preview. "Tony and Tina’s Wedding" is still playing at Planet Hollywood after leaving their extended stay at the Rio.

Rumors are rampant all over town that one of my favorites, Lance Burton, may be leaving the Monte Carlo and moving to the Wynn. If the move takes place he should do very well there.

I didn’t realize until recently that the month of February would offer so much to look forward to in 2009. There’s Gans at the Encore, Terry Fator’s new show at the Mirage, Fuego at the Rio, my dear friend Charo at the South Point and long-time friend Bob Anderson making a brief engagement at The Cannery. Also Gordie Brown opens at The Golden Nugget this Thursday after just finishing a tour with Celine Dion.

While watching Larry King on CNN and his interview of Mickey Rourke, who had just won a Golden Globe as Best Actor, I was surprised by the appearance of a wrestler (Chris Jericho) who began challenging Rourke to a match and complaining that Mickey had used his name and insulted him in the movie "The Wrestler."

Be honest man, you’re all actors. Wrestling isn’t real, it’s an act too. To me it’s a very tired act since Hulk Hogan retired. Leave Mickey alone buddy, he’s just made a comeback and quite a good one at that. However it has been reported that Mickey will enter the ring in April. Hey Mickey, don’t ruin your comeback. You are too good an actor to resort to this.

Don Marrandino, President of the Flamingo, has just announced funny man Vinnie Favorito has extended his stay for another three years. This is good news for anyone who enjoys a laugh. Vinnie’s shows are one of a kind and you’ll find yourself laughing to near exhaustion.

Not sure how Vinnie does it, but every show is different and right on target. He performs every night at the Flamingo. We could all use more laughs and Vinnie is one of the best.

Rev Monti (Million Dollar Weddings) will see you next time. To all of you, have a great week!