Rock was Crocodile Rockin' to Elton John

Feb 24, 2009 5:06 PM
The Full Monti by Monti Rock III |

My staff and I enjoyed an outing at Caesars Palace to see Sir Elton John in The Red Piano at the Colosseum. The performance was delicious and funny.

Elton’s repartee with the audience is contagious. After a five-year run, The Red Piano will close in April as another true success for Elton. To be acknowledged by Sir Elton was a true honor for me.

I caught the Oscars on TV and just thought it was Hugh Jackman’s night. His showmanship, singing, dancing, leading man good looks was all award-worthy.

Now, if the Oscars can just get rid of those clumsy scripts given to the presenters. And some of them are obviously mismatched.

The show needs to lighten up so it doesn’t continue to be a bore. The only highlights were Jackman and the fine production numbers.

Finally, there was no suspense regarding who the award winners were. The Oscars can do a lot better, especially keeping Jackman as host.

The "Folies Bergere" at the Tropicana was the next stop for our entourage. We enjoyed a small dinner party at "Legends" following the show. Again, please see "Folies before it closes a few weeks from now. Las Vegas was built on showgirls, fabulous costumes and variety acts. Both Jubilee and the Folies are important parts of Vegas history.

Later in the week, our entourage was treated royally at the Tropicana. Once again the Donny and Marie show was a sellout. Donny and Marie fans are everywhere and they saw a truly great show. Even The Flamingo casino was full!

It was performance No. 2,000 of "KA" at the MGM that held my interest, but the whispers in the audience and in the lobby area were all about Brad Pitt and his children. Seems it was guys’ night out for Brad and his two sons. Again, it was a full house.

It would probably be the over 30 (or would it be over 50?) crowd, but it was sad news hearing one-of-a-kind jazz singer, Blossom Dearie, passed away at age 82. Blossom was noted for her distinctive girlish voice.

The Las Vegas Hilton will be the scene in the Shimmer Theater at 2 p.m. Wednesday for the official announcement of Vegas Star Awards. It will be a television show dedicated to both entertainment and sports personalities with some connection to Las Vegas.

With some of the larger hotel/casino ventures halting work on their projects here in Las Vegas, I was delighted to see that Jackie Gaughan’s historic El Cortez has just invested more than $20 million updating the rooms and casino. According to Mike Nolan, COO of the El Cortez, Jackie is a hands-on kind of guy who is at the hotel/resort every day.

After hearing Trump Entertainment Resorts had filed a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in Atlantic City, I was fully prepared to hear ranting and screams of joy from Rosie O’Donnell. Maybe she found out Donald had already resigned from the Board of Directors before the bankruptcy was filed. That’s good, Rosie. Think before you act.

The M Resort and Spa will celebrate a grand opening on March 1 at 7 p.m. It’s the latest addition to the Las Vegas scene and located on South Las Vegas Boulevard at St. Rose Parkway. I’ll check the M when it opens so congratulations.

It sounds as if Frank Marino’s new show is close to reality. It’s still kind of hush-hush, but may be revealed in about three weeks. Frank can’t stay out of the spotlight too long.

On the subject of d-r-a-g, there’s a new show in Krave at Planet Hollywood. It’s a drag alright – a comedian who offers up his (her) own version of magic. Cashetta is a female impersonator, stand-up comedian, jazz singer and now magician. Sounds like a good twist.
"Legends," the third longest running show in Las Vegas, moved to Harrah’s from the Imperial Palace. The first show was this past Monday. And, Bobby Slayton ends his two-year run at Hooters in March, making room for a new "girly" show.

The Greek Isles showroom, empty since September, reopens March 13 with the Restivo Brothers. Their show, "Ignite," is a dance review with illusions and pyrotechnics. Anthony Restivo will still have time to keep his gig at "Tournament of Kings" at the Excalibur. Showtime for "Ignite" is 11 p.m.

ND’s "Fuego-The Evolution of Nightlife," is knocking them dead at the Rio. This high energy state-of-the-arts Latin theme show is at 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

The PBS Special featuring Tony Sacca and Charo will be airing shortly. The duo will show footage of the great Vegas entertainers who have or are now performing here. Check PBS listings for air time.

The magic show was at the Convention Center, but things have been watered down with the recession.