Girls’ Night Out

Jul 10, 2001 12:56 AM

A gang of country music performers rides into town this week. The Girls Night Out Tour comes to town Friday and stops at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for a one-night performance.

The tour features Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Jamie O’Neal and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

Headlining the tour is Reba McEntire, a muti-platinum singer, actress, author and Entertainer of the Year. McEntire has been in the business for more than 20 years and has released 26 albums. A CMA award winner, she has recently received praise for her work in the hit Broadway show “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Martina McBride is a former Female Vocalist of the Year and platinum selling artist. Her album “Evolution” spent over 100 weeks on the Billboard charts.

Sara Evens has recently released “Born To Fly,” which is her third album. She is well known for her acoustic instruments and southern rhythms.

Jamie O’Neal was recently named the Academy of Country Music’s New Female Vocalist. Her hit song “All By Myself” was featured on the movie “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

The opening act for the show is Carolyn Dawn Johnson. She is a former back up singer for Martina McBride.

Debbie Reynolds returns to The Orleans

Debbie Reynolds brings her timeless presence to The Orleans, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

The legendary performer began her career at the age of 16 when she won a beauty contest impersonating Betty Hutton. She made her film debut in “The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady.”

Debbie began her career with Warner Brothers but made her splash with MGM when Gene Kelly picked her to be in “Singin’ In The Rain” in 1952. At the age of 31 Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar for her memorable role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

Reynolds has made over 25 films, some of which include “How The West Was Won,” and “Tammy and the Bachelor.” She received her second Academy Award nomination in the 1996 Albert Brooks film, “Mother.”

In 1955, Debbie married Eddie Fisher and gave birth to Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame. Debbie and Carrie are the only mother-daughter combination to each have movies on AFI’s list of 100 greatest American movies.

Reynolds is very busy these days. She is taking her show all over the country.

B-52’s land at Mandalay Bay

The pop/rock retro party band the B-52’s return to Las Vegas this week. They bring their unique sound to Mandalay Bay on Friday.

The B-52’s have been around for 20 years and have sold more than 20 million albums. In the 70’s the group played the punk scene until their album “Wild Planet” broke through for the band. In 1989 the B-52’s released “Cosmic Thing,” an album that turned the group into international stars.

The B-52’s appear as part of Mandalay Bay’s Bay Rock summer beach concert series. The show starts at 9 p.m. Friday.

Cheap Trick returns to ’Vegas

The classic rock group Cheap Trick comes back to Las Vegas Saturday.

The band played last year to sell out crowds as part of Mandalay Bay’s Bay Rock concert series.

Cheap Trick brings crafty songwriting and a hard rock flare to the stage. The band broke out in 1979 with the release of “Live At Budokan.”

Cheap Trick will play fan favorite songs such as “She’s Tight,” “The Flame,” “Surrender” and the Elvis hit “Don’t Be Cruel.”

The show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Engelbert finds NY-NY spotlight

Engelbert Humperdinck will return to Las Vegas as he takes center stage in New York-New York’s Broadway Theater July 15-22.

Humperdinck has sold 130 million records worldwide. He has earned 64 gold records and 23 platinum albums. In 1988 he won a Golden Globe for entertainer of the year. Humperdinck’s latest CD, titled “The Dance Album,” is his first foray into dance genre.

Humperdinck’s career has spanned 30 years, during which he was known mostly for his romantic ballads. In recent years he’s gained credibility with a much younger audience when he recorded “Lesbian Seagull” for the “Beavis and Butthead Do America” soundtrack. Humperdinck found himself on MTV in regular rotation.

Humperdinck’s single “Release Me” sold a million copies in the U.K. It dominated the number one spot for five weeks.

Show times are 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the box office (702) 740-6815.