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Don’t miss the pompous pony show at Bellagio

Nov 27, 2001 3:08 AM

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, it’s time to turn our sensible attention to the upcoming Christmas holidays. You know what that means: Shopping, shopping, giving, receiving, caroling, noggin and, hopefully, peace on earth. Christmas couldn’t have come at a better time.

The opening of the equestrian extravaganza, Cheval, at the Bellagio was amazing. A huge tent that can accommodate 2,000 patrons, plus portable bathrooms created a somewhat surreal ambiance, but it was nevertheless an A-1 party. It was an uppity soiree, but the greatest sighting of the evening was Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas visionary himself in the flesh.

If you like horses, you’ll love this show. If you don’t, you’ll love this show. The horses are magnificent and beautiful. This reminds us of the Moscow Circus ”¦ clowns, beautiful women on horses, music and talent everywhere, although it was a wee bit too long for this columnist. Guess I’m not used to sitting in the saddle for great lengths of time.

I got a call from my new friend David Copperfield who is opening at the MGM’s Hollywood Theatre. Last year David sold out all 25 shows. The same is expected this year so you’d better get your tickets early. David will bring some new illusions and has shown us all he’s the hardest working man, and a great entertainer, in the field of magic.

A lot of buzz about the opening of the Palms Hotel Casino and its Rain nightclub where Macy Gray had a shaky opening with sound problems.

Also at our newest hotel casino, The Palms, rumor was they had the inside track for the new movie Ocean’s 11 premier. My spies tell me it’s not going to happen. I’m taking liberty here, but with all that’s happened since September 11, and we all remember Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Angie Dickenson in the original ”¦ word is the new film lacks the savoir faire of the original. So all I can say is the premier has been moved to California and a party going to Turkey.

How’s this for a strange booking at Paris. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, my God. The Marvelettes and the Temptations have always been a mainstay. When they were at New York-New York, wasn’t there a problem? Have they settled their difference? We’ll see.

Another favorite, Elton John brings his big band to the MGM. Also at the MGM, the Billboard Music Awards with John Mellencamp, N’Sync, many recording artists, tickets are available for the December 4 show.

The musical, opera, drama, whatever, Evita is at the Aladdin November 28 to December 2. Will wonders never cease?

Don’t be surprised if the Jeff Kutash show, The Main Event, has been exhumed. The money’s in place and the show has been revamped starring Bob Anderson.

Seems Paris wanted it but couldn’t make the deal. Some of these four wall deals defy description. Let’s hope Jeff can find a room. Remember, he was the brain trust behind the original Splash in the 1980s.

Marlene Ricci, an outstanding songstress and a real professional, has just signed a deal with the Riviera. Marlene has been a mainstay since Frank Sinatra discovered her.

This could be exciting. Huntington Press, Anthony Curtis, publisher/owner has a big surprise. A big author may be coming on board. Time will tell. Soon, I hope.