Summer action heats up in the showrooms

Jun 4, 2001 1:45 AM

Do you remember when the summer months in Las Vegas were considered the “low season,” when rooms were dirt cheap, shows went dark and everyone sort of kicked back and waited for the temperature to drop below triple digits.

Well those days are gone forever! As summer heats up, so does the action in Las Vegas. Look for “Storm” at Mandalay Bay to pick up steam as the musical has made some important changes, including cutting down the length and other fine tuning measures.

Mandalay Bay stands behind the show, which is a cutting edge, interactive, vibrant musical heavily weighted for Generation X.

Speaking of vibrant, everyone is anticipating the opening of Sheena Easton’s new show at the Las Vegas Hilton. She has an all-new solo show, with new music and a new (wow!) image.

Over at the Rio, the Scinta’s are selling out and doing big box office. They keep changing and transforming the show into a smooth main room act. Also at the Rio, the dynamic Earl Turner has evolved from a free lounge act to a $21 headliner. Good job!

Over at the Flamingo, which has full slate of variety shows, the Second City comedy troupe is knocking audiences on their collective wallets. Their show features sketches and other improvisational bits. Much of the humor traces its roots to Second City’s Chicago days.

At Harrah’s, Clint Holmes is becoming a main star, also changing his act and bringing new elements to it. This is like seeing old time Vegas, with a quality show and showman.

As previously reported in this column, “Phantom of the Opera” is being pitched to Mandalay Bay as well as Paris Las Vegas. Nothing is final, yet, but keep watching for the resurrection of the original phantom himself, Michael Crawford.

Over at the Venetian, Robert Goulet opens for a limited engagement with special guest star Paige O’ Hara. That show provides a nice complement to Melinda, the First Lady of Magic and André Philippe, who is down to playing only three days a week.

At the MGM Grand, EFX with Rick Springfield is sold out almost every night. Expect the same from the sensual “Crazy Horse La Femme Revue” that opens later this month. Incidentally, the stars of the show arrived Monday from Paris. The dancers staged a nice little ceremony at the Executive Terminal. Ooh, la la!

Many thanks to the folks at Olio! and the MGM for such a wonderful birthday bash honoring yours truly. On hand were Mr. & Mrs. Tony Curtis, Buddy & Leslie Greco, Carrot Top, Mimi Hines, Valentino, Mike Michaels and his lovely fiancé Arianne Black.

Bill Moore also stopped by. You remember Bill, the producer of “Nudes on Ice,” a big time show from the ’70s and ’80s. With the trend returning toward adult shows, maybe it’s time to bring back “Nudes on Ice.” (I always wondered what happened when the girls fell down - did they stick to the ice?)

At the Luxor, the Blue Man Group is consistently selling out. I’m sure it hasn’t hurt business to see those blue-headed cromags on TV with their Intel commercials.

Also at the Luxor Anita Man’s “Midnight Fantasy” variety topless show is doing brisk business.

At the Suncoast, we all missed a remarkable evening last Sunday with the Vince Falcone Orchestra and Frankie Randall. Frankie invited Steve and Edie onstage, and couldn’t get them off! They sang “Where or When,” “Slow Boat to China,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and a few other classics.

Contrary to some erroneous reports, Donny Osmond, who is coming to the New York-New York in July, is not replacing “Lord of the Dance.” Actually, “Lord of the Dance” is kicking you-know-what with their fine tap shoes!