Legends In Concert -- still legendary

Apr 21, 2009 5:04 PM

Last week we saw the latest production of "Legends In Concert," now at Harrah’s. The show still has "it" and is a piece of Las Vegas history.

"Legends" had been a staple for 20 years at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. The show features live re-creations of superstars from yesterday and today backed by an on-stage orchestra and dancers.

It’s all great whether you prefer Elvis, Cher, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross & The Supremes or Tom Jones. Maybe someday, Monti Rock. Anyway, after the show we had a fabulous dinner at The Range, where the food and service are the best.

I never really like to promote myself. Well, almost never. Anyway just passing along a reminder that Olive Crest along with the International Rock Star Academy are sponsoring a fun-filled family outing that I will be a part of at Town Square on South Las Vegas Boulevard on Saturday, April 25, from 2-6 p.m.

It’s an outdoor music festival and a good old fashioned family get together featuring music and plenty of ice cream. That’s the fun part. The serious side is to acknowledge the work Olive Crest does to help prevent child abuse. Yours truly, Dixie Dooley, Mark Anthony Posner and Larry G. Jones are scheduled to perform.

The opening of "Peep Show" at the Strip House in Planet Hollywood brought stars from New York, California and everywhere in between. The anticipation for the opening has been pretty high on the scale since creative director Jerry Mitchell is well known for much loved New York productions like "Will Rogers Follies." It’s a good time to take advantage of the special show packages being offered.

Steve Wynn’s appearance on television’s 60 Minutes was a nice shot for Las Vegas. After all, Steve is our true visionary. He was quite open about the issues with his eyesight and CBS touched gently on his multi-million dollar divorce. Can you believe he was actually sitting on top of Encore when they made that commercial? My friends in California called after seeing the Wynn piece and said they had recently seen him in Los Angeles dining with a lady friend.

Le Reve, the much revamped show at Wynn, has undergone yet another "face-lift." Franco Dragone is back doing what he does best and has made some positive changes in the show to appeal to a wider audience.

Current openings and closings include Elton John’s farewell at the Colosseum which was the hottest ticket in town. Elton has had a great run at Caesars and is a great humanitarian. Our two reigning divas, Bette Midler and Cher, have set their dates at the Colosseum with tickets on sale this week for shows from August through December. In the wings, we hope, is the possible return of Celine Dion.

The Luxor has extended Carrot Top’s appearance for another two years and Bobby Slayton is scheduled to open at the Tropicana on May 4. He’ll be the main act, but will book additional comedy acts. Downtown Gordie Brown is doing great business at the Golden Nugget while "The Rat Pack is Back" continues its run at the Plaza. Disney’s "The Lion King" opens at Mandalay Bay in May.

The lovely Anita Mann was in town all week to revamp her show "Fantasy" at the Luxor. Stephanie Jordan is still holding the starring role. Anita keeps the show fresh by reworking and revamping. They get a lot of return while creating new interest for the show.

Wes Winters will receive the 2009 Tribute Artist of the Year Award from the Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange on May 11 at their awards party. Wes is a good friend and a great addition to the Las Vegas entertainment scene. Call (702) 217-6417 to reserve your spot for the party. Wes performs at the Envy Lounge in The Renaissance Las Vegas on Wednesday evenings.

The jury may still be out on Carlos Santana at The Joint in the Hard Rock. Hey, I love Carlos but the demographics may not be right. I couldn’t make the press conference for the announcement but we’ll cover more about Santana’s appearance in coming weeks.

Now for my TV fix. Let’s face it Adam Lambert on "American Idol" seems to be the front runner, eye liner and all. He already has a presence and showmanship together with a voice that seems to be unmatched by the other contestants. Gil Marini and L’il Kim are the top two on "Dancing" so far.

Last October in Atlantic City at the Taj Majal, I recreated my persona as Disco Tex with the Sex-O-Lettes from my recordings in the 70’s (which sold more than seven million copies, thank you). Another Disco Ball is coming to the Orleans Arena on July 11 and will include Gloria Gaynor and the Village People. Why not me?

Apparently the auction of Michael Jackson’s Neverland personal effects will not go on. He is reportedly retaining possession of about 2,000 items and suing the auction house to stop the sale. I still want that throne of his. He can keep the gloves!

If you want a quality dinner, try Studio B Buffet at the new M Hotel/Casino. This resort features probably the best buffet of any locals spot in Las Vegas. Among the highlights are the salmon (baked on bamboo) and the fabulous desert bar where patrons can watch the pastry and chefs do their thing. The state of the art steel and glass ovens are in full view.

The May 29 gala celebrating the life and times of Monti Rock III will be hosted by Lance and Eva Posner. I’m the one who needs a reality TV show, not Steve Wyrick. I can’t believe he has one! If anyone knows his reality, tell me.

And Chelsea Lately, I’m waiting for my appearance. I’m funnier than your staff gay guy.