In celebration of this special 25th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil, Treasure Island is offering special ticket prices for "Mystere" – a first for this Cirque spectacular.
"Mystere" as we reported earlier has received a 5-year extension of its contract at TI. It was 25 years ago that Cirque was born. "Mystere," which was brought to TI thanks to Steve Wynn, was the creation of Guy Laliberte. Director Franco Dragone has become synonymous with the Las Vegas Cirque productions.
Laliberte is in the news for other reasons than his Cirque creations. Seems his former mistress, with whom he has three children, is writing an unauthorized tell-all about the man and his sex-capades. At this time, efforts are underway to stop the publication of the book. Time will tell.
The International Irish group, Lord of the Dance arrived last Sunday to prepare for this Thursday’s opening at Planet Hollywood’s Steve Wyrick Theater. We’re all hoping the landlord, Steve Wyrick, will behave himself.
Rick Thomas, the master illusionist, has just returned from a world tour and will open July 16 at the Sahara with his Bengal Tigers in tow. Before Rick’s world tour he was entertaining audiences at the Tropicana and earlier at the Stardust.
The latest addition to the magic genre is "Scarlett and Her Seductive Ladies of Magic," which debuts July 1 at the Riviera. It’s a 10 p.m. show and features topless dancers in addition to the magic created by Scarlett.
We were all looking forward to the Mob Museum downtown, but it sounds as if a pending lawsuit may hold up the project for the foreseeable future. My sources don’t see a resolution to this for some time.
The Australian act "Human Nature" opened at the Imperial Palace last week to great reviews by Motown enthusiasts. This is their first stop in Las Vegas, but the group arrived here after having toured with such stars as Celine Dion and Michael Jackson. Smokey Robinson, who brought "Human Nature" to Vegas, will be performing at the IP on Friday nights for hopefully a long run.
It is rumored that Frank Marino will be taking his show to the Imperial Palace. He has allegedly been talking with producer Adam Steck about doing a 6 p.m. show. If all goes well, IP hotel president Don Marrandino will have four hit shows running simultaneously.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has just announced the arrival of a new original television show, "Artie’s Party: A Search For The Next Miss Howard TV." Howard Stern’s sidekick Artie Lange and Ronnie "The Limo Driver" Mund will act as hosts and judges. The search begins June 27 at the Hard Rock with the winner treated to a cash prize plus an appearance with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Golden Rainbow’s 23rd annual "Ribbon of Life Show" will be presented at The Hilton this Sunday at 1 p.m, hosted by comedian George Wallace. There are some 250 scheduled performers for this annual event. For more info call 702-384-2899 or visit www.goldenrainbow.org.
Jerry Mitchell’s "Peepshow" at Planet Hollywood is a gem, but I still think it could use a comic or an added attraction. Why don’t they call me, Jerry? In the meantime the replacement for Mel B will be Tony winner Shoshana Bean, who was in the award-winning production of "Hairspray," and then starred in "Wicked." Her theatrical experience will bring a whole new element to the stage at PI.
CNN’s Larry King will be appearing for a one night event at the Wynn. Both Larry and his lovely wife Shawn have real connections to Las Vegas. No date has been announced.Larry’s nephew Scott Zeiger heads up "Peepshow" at Planet Hollywood, "Phantom of the Opera" and Wayne Brady at the Venetian. Shawn’s father, Karl Engemann, has been the long time manager for Marie Osmond.
It was a bit of a shock when Marilyn Winn , President of Rio All Suites, announced the sudden closing of "ND’s Club Fuego." The show closed unexpectedly on June 15. Let’s hope that ND can come up with another "Havana Nights." Our report of the closing several weeks ago was correct, however it was a bit premature.
News and views: My good friends Mr. & Mrs. Buddy Greco are touring Europe where Buddy continues to be a huge star. Their club in Palm Springs didn’t fare as well as expected. Bob Anderson and his beautiful wife Karen are moving from Branson, Missouri to North Carolina where Bob will be performing in his own room.
Mimi Hines is on the mend and will be appearing in "The Full Monty" which opens next month in Florida. Lindsay Lohan give back the jewels!
David Letterman has apologized enough. Give it a rest. And a shout-out to Bill Maher who says he’s tired of President Obama being on television day and night. Stay home and get something done! You were elected to be President, not a television star.
It will be an Elvis Presley Cirque show at the new City Center in the fall. And, my friend, Billy Joel, is reportedly divorcing his "child" bride -hmmmm!
If I should get a call from Jerry Mitchell, or anyone else, in regards to a personal appearance I’ll be forced to delay for a short time. By the time you read this column I’ll have arrived in Baltimore to attend a wedding and then on to New York City for shopping and to seal my reality show. Yes, they are putting the finishing touches of my docudrama, "The Curse of Being Monti Rock III." And what a curse! I’m still going strong at 70.
Correction: In my haste to get to print last week I made a big mistake when writing that Charo would be appearing at the Sahara. No, it’s the Riviera. Sorry, The show "Charo in Concert" opens July 10 at the Riv.
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