Motown hits NY-NY

Jul 3, 2001 2:43 AM

The sounds of legendary Motown groups come to town as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Buck Ram Platters and Cornell Gunther’s Coasters are performing six nights a week at New York-New York.

The groups will make Las Vegas their home as they begin an indefinite engagement inside the 425-seat Cabaret Theatre.

Trend-setters in the 50’s and 60’s, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Cornell Gunther’s Coasters and The Buck Ram Platters have already made rock & roll history. Combined, these groups have more than 30 hit songs earning them a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They’ll get together every night but Saturday and recreate magic in the Cabaret Theatre.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are remembered as one of the most prominent groups in the early rock & roll era. Their hits include “Dancing in the Streets,” “Heat Wave,” and “Nowhere to Run,” to name a few.

Lord of the Dance celebrates 3rd anniversary

Cast members of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance get their magic dancing shoes shined for the show’s year extension through Dec. 2001. The high octane production celebrated its 3rd anniversary at New York-New York on July 1. The show has played to more than one million people in more than 1,200 performances. “I’m delighted with the success and popular reception of the show in this very competitive market,” said Michael Flatley, currently on his US. Feet of Flames tour. Flately, who originated the role of the “Lord” remains the artistic director for the show and oversees all aspects of the Celtic dance spectacular. The popularity of the ”˜River Dance’ style show has added a Saturday matinee show to go along with the regular schedule. The production is dark on Sunday and Monday.

An Evening with Donny

Donny Osmond will bring his “An Evening with Donny Osmond” concert tour to New York-New York July 10 through July 14. The tour marks the first time he’s been on tour in more than a decade.

Osmond will perform in the Broadway Theatre. His tour coincides with his latest CD release “This is the Moment”¦An Evening with Donny Osmond,” a collection of Broadway songs.

Osmond has spent the last 30 years entertaining audiences all over the world. In the 1970’s Osmond was one of the most successful pop artist of the decade. He scored 18 gold records and several top 10 hits.

Show times for Donny ­­Osmond are 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday.

The many voices of Rich Little

Rich Little brings his many voices to the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Little will perform Saturday and Sunday. Little, known for his portrayals of political figures, has charmed and amused audiences all over the world.

Little is a master of more than 200 voices. A professed movie buff, he is particularly fond of doing Alan Ladd, his hero as a young child. He has also latched on to Baby Boomer-friendly characters such as Edith Bunker, Kermit the Frog and Dr. Ruth.

Little grew up the son of a doctor, in Ottawa, Canada. He started his career at the age of 12 when he answered his teachers in their own voices. To get dates, Little would often find out the girls favorite actors and call them in the actor’s voices. When he’d show up at the girls door, he would simply say “Sorry, Carry can’t make it.”

Little got his start on the Judy Garland Show. His friend Mel Torme was on the musical team, and asked him to send in a tape. Instead of the usual impressions, Little did Fred MacMurray, James Mason and Van Heflin. Garland was impressed and asked him to join the show.

Rhythm of Love tour at Texas

The Rhythm of Love tour, pulls into Texas Station Friday, and features jazz and R&b favorites Will Downing, Jonathan Butler and Chante Moore.

R&B singer Will Dowing is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a graduate of the famed Erasmus Hall High School. He’s produced four highly acclaimed albums and his most recent release is Love’s the Place to Be. The album is a blend of R&B and jazz and features a supporting cast of stars like Stevie Wonder, keyboardists Ronnie Foster and Bob Baldwin.

Jonathan Butler is a South African native who exploded on to the scene when he recorded a duet with Ruby Turner called “If You’re Ready.” His album hit gold and resulted in a Grammy nomination for the song “Lies.” Butler is a songwriter also, and has seen his songs recorded by George Benson, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ocean.

Chanteuse Moore has a critically acclaimed voice. Since 1992 she has released four albums, most recently “Exposed.”

Fridays concert at Texas Station is one in a series of shows scheduled, called summer BET on jazz.

”˜James Brown’ joins IP’s Legends

Herbert Rawlings, Jr. joins Imperial Palace’s “Legends In Concert Show” as the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown.

Rawlings, Jr. is a singer, actor, dancer and playwright. He’s appeared in numerous theatrical venues both nationally and internationally. His performance debut came at the tender age of two when he sang before Jackie Wilson and Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown. His first professional appearance was with Josephine Baker’s last world tour.

Originally from Detroit, Rawling’s upbringing led him to Broadway where he won the Fred Astaire Award as well as a Drama Desk nomination for his performance as James Thunder Early in the musical “Dreamgirls.” As he gained experience he decided to give writing a shot and co-authored the award winning musical “Do Wop Love” and “My Hometown.”

Rawlings addition to the cast will help make “Legends In Concert” an even better show.

“Legends In Concert” happens twice nightly, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., except Sundays.