Time is ripe for new shows on the Strip

Jan 15, 2002 4:57 AM

I just returned from Los Angeles after attending another awards show, which for sake of civility shall remain nameless. Here’s why. Did you see the American Music Awards where Michael Jackson received the Artist of the Century Award. Michael thanked his new father, Marlon Brando. I thought he was the godfather.

Not that anyone noticed. With the exception of the moon-faced crowd, most were watching the re-run of The King of Pop on his 30th Anniversary Celebration, where he was bringing the house down.

Tony Orlando is opening at the Golden Nugget and Marlene Ricci is at the Riviera on January 29. Tony Orlando, one half of the Branson, Missouri dueling divas, which also featured Wayne Newton. Maybe their paths will cross!

Tired of the same old shows, and show people? Good news! The Epicurian Awards, 2002, will be held at the ultra-chic Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers. I can’t wait. The Awards are to be hosted by my favorite Las Vegas headliner, Clint Holmes. Talking about the Stirling Club, Bob Anderson is getting raves and recently told me his show, The Main Event, is not yet a dead issue.

Is David Brenner really going to The Venetian? Is this a rumor? We’ll let you know.

At the Suncoast, we have the legendary singer Al Martino appearing February 9-10. How old is he? He’s been singing since the pharaohs! The Orleans may land Dionne Warwick. What a great lady!

A real cross-over star, the Latin heart throb Luis Miguel, is returning to Vegas. Luis, who broke Mariah Carey and Daisy Fuentes hearts is a sensation. Let’s face it, if he can break Mariah’s heart he can’t be all bad, can he?

Don’t forget the Who’s “Tommy” opening January 16! This is an exciting Broadway show you shouldn’t miss!

There’s a lot of talk around town about Martin Scorcese’s new movie “Dino.” Seems he’s seeking several top stars for the movie about Dean Martin. The Dino movie could be a great story; he is one of our most-beloved Vegas icons.

Sheena Easton opens Tuesday at the Las Vegas Hilton. Sheena has been a big hit around town and will be signing a new contract for a year. Seems a situation has developed with Joe Battig. Money, money, money. Can we say fiasco? It doesn’t matter, Sheena is the angel of mercy.

There’s a lot of shows having two-for-one specials now. This is a slow time for our town. This is a good time for us.

I was suprised and amazed how Legends in Concert has been updated and brought up to par. John Stewart and On Stage Productions are producing Charo’s show, Bravo, at the Venetian. Maybe he’s ready for the big time.

At the Flamingo, a lot of shows are being pitched. The Second City is holding its own and Bottoms Up is doing well. Producer Dick Hieney, who has Viva Las Vegas at the Stratosphere, is a marketing genius when it comes to afternoon shows.

Last but not least, the Scintas are still doing big business at The Rio, but Blair Farrington is nowhere to be seen.

Recently I did a segment for the Travel Channel on how to spend a million dollars. Talk about your labor of love! The show producers were most kind, as always, comparing me to Hedda Hopper. Of course, Hedda never had as many leopard skin hats!