It was an emotional scene on Monday night when Siegfried & Roy celebrated their 5,000th performance at The Mirage. Besides thanking everyone in sight, the illusionists extraordinaire staged a nice party for cast, crew and the media afterwards.
In addition to their 5,000th show at The Mirage, Siegfried & Roy have performed 20,000 times throughout the world, and in front of more than 20 million show-goers in Las Vegas. The problem is, what do you do for an encore!
There was plenty of action at New York-New York, which christened the newest ESPN Zone last week. The sports-oriented restaurant/lounge/production studio had standing room only crowds who overran the games and interactive attractions inside. This place is a couch potato’s dream, but I’m wondering how I can get one of those fleece jackets!
At The Venetian, the press opening of the Robert Goulet show was reminiscent of Las Vegas’ Golden Age. The press had plenty of opportunities to stargaze with Phyllis McGuire, Bob Stupak, Tony Curtis and others prowling about, but the winning couple had to have been Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels (yes, they are really back together!).
Shirley Jones looked as stunning as she did when I did her hair for press photos for “Carousel.”
Robert Goulet’s pal and co-star Paige O’Hara was magnificent, on stage and off in short, black, Bob Mackie sheath dress.
I hope the hotel finds the right marketing hook for this show. They are offering ticket specials which should get the theater seats filled.
Also at The Venetian’s C2K showroom, look for the Broadway musical “Chicago” to be playing soon. The room’s other resident performer, Melinda: The First Lady of Magic, is packing the split-level house every night.
The other big news at The Venetian happens on Monday and Tuesday nights when Fernando Quevedo’s “Beats of Passion” pulsates on stage.
Over at the Flamingo, the departure of the leads in “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” seems to have hurt ticket sales. But the Second City group in Bugsy’s Celebrity Theater is hitting its stride, and the afternoon show Bottoms Up is attracting nice crowds.
The Beach Boys will inaugurate the new outdoor events center currently under construction at the Stratosphere. The arena will be north of the hotel, and the concert is scheduled for Sept. 14-15.
The show that was almost canned, “The Rat Pack is Back,” is going great guns at the Sahara. In fact, it recently celebrated the 500th performance of the show. Locals can take advantage of special ticket discounts. Don’t miss it!
Jane McDonald has a triumph at the MGM Grand, where she was filming a documentary of British TV. She is a superb performer, and talented talk show host of the highest rated BBC show.
Buddy Greco and Lezlie Anders just returned from a needed respite in the south of France. Lezlie is now primed for her one-woman show dedicated to the life and times of Peggy Lee. The show is called “Fever” and it’s a marvelous tribute to the incomparable Miss Lee.
At the Trop, Folies Bergere has a new lead, Paul May, who had starred in EFX at the MGM Grand. Paul was a great addition ”” he brings a fresh quality to the venerable show. Also worth taking in at the Trop is Rick Thomas’ afternoon show, a clever magic act that’s worthy of prime time. Catch him now before you have to pay the big ticket prices!