Lorraine Hunt and Dennis Bono held a press conference last week at Bootleggers to announce the return of Kelly Clinton (also known as Mrs. Clint Holmes). Kelly is hosting an open microphone celebrity night at Bootleggers, which started June 1.
This will be Kelly’s comeback, or maybe welcome back to Bootleggers. Mind you, this is not karaoke! Our hostess, Lorraine, was very gracious and provided a fantastic luncheon for those attending the press conference.
Bootleggers is known as a home away from home for many entertainers in Las Vegas. Hopefully it will again be the place for both newcomers and established performers to come in and "jam." If you have not been to Bootleggers, you’re missing something.
Wow! ND’s Fuego, the Latin-themed nightclub and show at the Rio shut down last weekend. The entire cast, many imported from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Miami, was let go. The show, originally called "Havana Nights," never really got off the ground since its days at the former Stardust.
My delightful friend Charo will be coming back to Las Vegas to open a new show at the Riviera on July 10. I’ve followed Charo’s career for years and she’s been a great friend and supporter. Charo performed solo on her last appearance here in Vegas but will bring the full show to the Riviera. She is a world renowned classical flamenco guitarist, who has played Carnegie Hall in New York and will be there again later this year.
Salsero continues to lure the Latin dancers to the South Point every Friday night. The great 11 piece Michito Sanchez orchestra featuring Johnny ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez brings us back to the heyday of Latin dance music of the 50’s and 60’s.
Santana, now the resident performer at The Joint at the Hard Rock, is a musical force to be reckoned with. His show is tremendous with powerful percussion backing his great guitar playing. He is still one of the great musicians of our time. The newly renovated Joint is the perfect venue for his new show, which runs through June 14. He will make later appearances.
"Menopause the Musical" opened at the Luxor last week to rave reviews. The show has been fine tuned and reminds us of a true Broadway show. Queen Emily from "America’s Got Talent" is excellent. The show will play regularly at 4 p.m., but also is taking over the 8 p.m. slot in Carrot Top’s absence. It really is one of those laugh out loud feel good shows.
Julien’s Auctions will be offering items from Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and others for the Summer Sale at Planet Hollywood from June 26-27. The items can be viewed at Planet Hollywood as early as June 13. If you’re a collector or just have some interest this could be for you.
Bob Hope who was one of America’s greatest comedians and a true humanitarian, is being honored by the U.S. Postal Service. A new stamp with his likeness is being issued and the timing couldn’t be better because his beloved Dolores recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
There’s a lot of rumbling, but not much solid news about Steve Wyrick’s Theater at Planet Hollywood. Is Trent Carlini in or out? Rumor has it that Trent takes time off from his Las Vegas shows at the Steve Wyrick Theater to do television. Sometimes his Las Vegas show is cancelled at the drop of a hat.
Lance Burton won’t be returning to the Monte Carlo as early as anticipated. Seems his broken bone isn’t healing quite as fast as he had hoped.
This year’s CineVegas celebration will honor actors Jon Voight and Willem Defoe, film directors George and Mike Kuchar along with video game designers Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen. CineVegas festivities will be held at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres from June 10-15. This will be the eleventh successful year for CineVegas and adds another dimension for the Las Vegas entertainment scene.
The South Point Arena will be hosting bloodless bull fighting in September. The bulls are fitted with protective pillows so as not to be injured. The dates are Sept. 14-15 (in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day) and Sept. 27-30. This will be the first bull fight in Las Vegas in 45 years. Olé.
In connection with the Liberace Foundation, it’s just been announced there will be a full-scale Broadway production called "I’ll Be Seeing You." The show is a collaboration between the Liberace Foundation and Barbara Carole Sickman of New York City who has already engaged such talents as composer Marvin Hamlisch and playwright Roger O. Hirson to create the show.
Whoopi Goldberg played to a sold out audience at the Danny Gans Theater at the Encore last weekend. The second night of her performance there was a medical emergency in the audience. Whoopi stopped her show to check on the gentleman that was in distress. I was told he removed the oxygen mask momentarily and looked at Whoopi stating, "You’re a funny lady." Guess that says it all, Whoopi.
Ocean’s 7, is a name you’ll be hearing about in the near future. Usher, Nelly, music producer Jermaine Dupri and others are forming a group of entertainers who plan to do a movie, an album and a big show in Las Vegas. What’s novel about this is that they always dress for the occasion and hope this will start making Vegas look the way it used to. If the performers are well-dressed, hopefully the audience will be too.
Abbacadabra will present the Ultimate ABBA Concert at the Las Vegas Hilton Showroom from June 12-14. Tickets are available by calling (702) 732-5755 and the price is right!
Jay Leno is gone from the TV scene until September. "The Tonight Show" continues with Conan O’Brien. Whether or not Conan can succeed at this new time slot remains to be seen as well as Leno going to prime time. NBC will have a whole now look, which it badly needs.
It’s time for the annual Rev Monti Birthday Bash, which celebrates another 70th birthday. More next week.
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