New Year’s proved we’re party central!

Jan 8, 2002 12:45 AM

How was your New Year’s? The New Year’s holiday weekend was booked ”” entertainment was top notch ”” the fireworks were superb ”” the tourists have returned!

All the casinos worked as a team to present the most spectacular fireworks display to grace the skies of Las Vegas””it was more intense and more sensational than it has been in years! That is great teamwork!

One of the parties that I attended was the annual bash thrown by Anthony Curtis of Huntington Press. The publisher must be selling books, based on the first-class spread.

I hit a few parties at the casinos, which was wall-to-wall gamblers, shoppers, diners and all-around fun seekers. Vegas still reigns as party central!

But the biggest news of all was La Liz ”” as in Liz Taylor ”” the 70-year-old, violet-eyed, super dame (remember she was knighted by The Queen, as in Elizabeth II). She was wearing her famous Krupp diamond, so I had to hide my Krapp diamond! (Some say we were separated at birth, but I still don’t like showing her up.) She took in the Siegfried and Roy show then was off to the party ”” the annual Siegfried & Roy party.

Let’s not forget, the big news in Las Vegas is Tony Orlando, without Dawn, is coming into the Golden Nugget Theatre Ballroom, January 22.

Over at the Riviera, we have Marlene Ricci and company. Other acts under considerations is Thunder From Down Under, the Australian male revue that is now at the New Frontier, and maybe, Justin Tranz, who is currently at O’Shea’s.

Over at the Flamingo, insiders report that Gladys Knight without her Pips is bringing her show to her hometown. Gladys, as you all know, is a wonderful year-round resident of our fair city. With all that she has conquered, she has become stronger and better than ever.

Now, on to the important news: Here are my entertainment picks for the upcoming season:

Entertainer of the Year and Voice of the Year — Clint Holmes at Harrah’s
Best All-Around Show —
O at Bellagio
Best Female Impersonator — Frank Marino at the Riviera
Best Group Show — The Rat Pack is Back at the Sahara
Best Long-Running Show — Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage and Lord of the Dance at New York-New York (tie)
Best Impressionist/Singer/Actor — Bob Anderson
Best Restaurant — Olio’s at MGM Grand, Postrios at the Venetian (tie)
Best Buffet — Aladdin’s Market Spice Buffet
Best New Star — Charo in Bravo (the camp show of the year) at The Venetian
Most Beautiful Women — La Femme at the MGM Grand
Best Overall Concert — The USO Benefit at Mandalay Bay on November 11
Best Magician — David Copperfield at the MGM Grand
Business as usual. The lovely Mariah Carey who, rumors have it, has been dropped from her label after her movie “Glitter” was a dismal failure, is making a courageous effort to overcome her stress related syndrome that has affected her emotional health this past year.

My favorite performer of all time, Mandy Patinkin, was at the UNLV Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 6. This powerful Broadway phenomenon was superb as he always is”¦ what a great talent!

Don’t forget ”” Tommy is opening at the Aladdin on January 15!

Let’s keep our resolutions for this year ”” let’s see more shows ”” don’t forget that restaurants and shopping are what Vegas is about now. Eat out once in awhile!