My beautiful friends Siegfried and Roy have been busy shooting a TV special to be shown on ABC’s 20/20 on March 6. It’s Siegfried & Roy’s Farewell Performance: "One Time, One Night, One Cause" to be held at the Bellagio on Feb. 28.
This will be a star-studded event with a limited number of tickets available. Check www.keepmemoryalive.org for ticket details. Their farewell performance will benefit the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute and promises to be filled with magic and memories.
Siegfried & Roy haven’t performed since 2003 and everyone is anxious to acknowledge their special brand of magic. Their shows were always spectacular and well tuned. They are one of the great Las Vegas success stories will always remain Las Vegas icons.
Speaking of charities, "A Cut From The Heart" benefit for the American Heart Association will be held March 22 at The Loft in Boca Park. The cost is $25 with all proceeds going to the charity. Call 702-243-2003 for information or email [email protected].
The Super Bowl provided better numbers for the Las Vegas sports books this year with the Steelers’ triumphant win. You could almost hear the collective sigh throughout the valley. Sports enthusiasts have said this Super Bowl was one of the best.
Not only did the game receive accolades, the halftime show was said to have been one of the best ever and no costume malfunctions.
Jennifer Hudson sang her rendition of Star Spangled Banner. This was her first appearance following the tragedy her family suffered last October. Jennifer looked great and sounded terrific. Yes, it was lip sync but the show’s producer seems to have had a legitimate reason.
There’s nothing equal to the old time "rockers" like The Boss (and I should know). Bruce Springsteen and his E-Street Band showed everyone what rock ‘n roll is about. It made me think I could do rock ‘n roll again.
Danny Gans’ spectacular charity benefit at the new Encore Theater last Friday night was tremendous. The newly renovated theater originally was the home of "Avenue Q" and more recently "Spamalot" which couldn’t seem to endure the dismal ticket sales. The arrival of Gans has to be a welcome sight for Encore and Steve Wynn.
On the subject of entertainment icons, the time has come to say farewell to Elton John and The Red Piano. After five years at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sir Elton will perform his last show April 22. Tickets for the final performances are on sale now. Better get in line for this once in a lifetime Colosseum event.
Cher will return to the Colosseum on Feb. 21 and Caesars is offering a room and show package for the event. This must be a sign of the times and a first for Caesars. Besides loving the fabulous Cher, I’d pay just to see those beautiful Bob Mackie creations.
The Las Vegas Hilton is bringing "Platinum Masters Monster Circus" to town on March 19. My good friend Tim Molyneaux is producer, director and co-writer of the show and those familiar with his work know to expect the unexpected. The show is billed as a freaky circus atmosphere but features high-octane rock stars.
"America’s Got Talent" live show will be at the Las Vegas Hilton this Sunday and will feature Donald Braswell who won the hearts of millions on last year’s television show. Donald was a trained vocalist but suffered an accident in 1995 that left him unable to sing until last year. He was one of America’s favorites.
I just spoke to Larry Edwards who portrayed Tina Turner on last year’s AGT show. Larry was in "La Cage" at the Riviera for an extended time but met a scheduling conflict when he took a part in Sandra Bullock’s movie "2: Armed & Fabulous." Not sure, but maybe that was a mistake. After all, tourists seem to flock to "La Cage."
Many times I’ve written about "Defending the Caveman" and what a great show this is. The show’s move to the Excalibur will be crowned with a true to life wedding on Valentine’s Day. Kevin Burke, who is an ordained minister, will perform a wedding ceremony for Mickie Hollander (who is 72 years young) and Gene Adler (who is 80). Friends, family and audience can enjoy a reception following the ceremony.
Hey, I can be a "Caveman," I can do weddings, (Rev. Monti’s Million Weddings). Where’s my agent?
Tickets go on sale Feb. 28 for Disney’s "The Lion King" at Mandalay Bay. Preview shows will start April 22 and the grand opening is May 2. Bringing a show to Las Vegas is a first for Disney, but worth a shot after 12 successful years on Broadway.
According to a press release, Criss Angel’s current significant other, Holly Madison, is no longer with the Playboy franchise. She’s moved on to Las Vegas to be with Criss who is starring in "Believe" at the Luxor. And, what about Believe? It’s been re-tooled, re-worked and re-done.
Planet Hollywood’s Harmon Theater will feature "Magic’s a Drag" which opens Feb. 27. The show features female impersonator Scott Weston who performs as Cashetta, Queen of Drag. There will be a new type of magic combined with comedy and audience interaction. Weston has played all across the country and was featured at Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway.
Donny Osmond will not be on "Dancing With The Stars" this year. He will be in training for 2010. Good thing because the show he and sister Marie have at the Flamingo keeps drawing record crowds. And what about Marie’s new TV talk show, which is set for next year? Over 70 TV stations are already on board.
Wes Winters has a lot in the works, currently playing on Sundays starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Envy in the Renaissance Hotel (3400 Paradise Road) and will be announcing another new venue shortly. The Wes Winters Fan Club keeps close tabs on his performances around town.
With fewer tourists in town and special room rates, now would be the perfect time to take advantage of all Las Vegas has to offer for Valentine’s Day, especially for locals.
The Hard Rock’s newly refurbished Joint has announced its April lineup, which includes Paul McCartney and the Killers in one show and country superstar Kenny Chesney headlining another one.
After a successful three-year gig at Red Rock, Zowie Bowie moves to Palms beginning March 6. This popular group has built a large and loyal following and should be a good addition to Palms.
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•Steve Roby, who’s helping this writer with an autobiography was in town to do a book on Jimmy Hendrix. I had Jimmy in my show at The Cheetah on Broadway about 45 years ago.
• Gordie Brown, in addition to his Golden Nugget show, is using his Sunday and Monday dark nights to keep working with Celine Dion on her tour.
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