Romeo, Romeo, where fore art thou? Romeo, as in magician Darrin Romeo, has finally surfaced after months of tutelage from Siegfried & Roy. The boy wonder will apparently debut his new show on Valentine’s Day, although it is unclear on which stage Darrin will be performing. If you don’t remember, he used to have an afternoon show at the Flamingo when he was “discovered” by the dynamic duo. A press release states that Darrin will be doing a tribute to the “Fantastiks” which just ended it’s unprecedented run on the New York stage. On further investigation, I checked with my good friend Frank Lieberman, and asked, “Where is the room? Which venue? What hotel?” But my questions were answered with blank stares. I guess I’ll have to try my crystal ball. Stay tuned.
Over at The Venetian, Charo’s show Bravo has gone through some cast changes with the loss of Mario and Daniel (who had other commitments to fulfill in opening for Kenny Rogers and their own TV series.) But when I saw the show this past week, Charo was in fine form, and the show is now more of a review and she is doing business ”¦ I call it the camp show of the year.
Earlier, I reported in this column that The Beats of Passion at the Venetian was on Charo’s buy list, but it has now resurfaced at the Grecian Isles Casino (the old Debbie Reynolds joint) This show is a Latin, tango review that now has more variety than it originally had. But you have got to give it to this property for trying to bring in new shows. One of the other shows that will be at the Grecian Isles is Dixie Dooley’s Houdini show, that arrives at the Grecian Isles by way of downtown.
At the Golden Nugget, my old friend and pal, Tony Orlando, is opening on February 8. At this property, we had David Brenner, who left abruptly. We also have the Amazing Jonathan doing a bang-up business.
When you think of this week’s openings, we have Gladys Knight at the Flamingo, Marlene Ricci at the Riviera, but lo and behold, the show that I am personally behind is one of the best kept secrets in town ”” L.A. Style ”” starring Billie Cole and her partner Robert LeBlanc at the Luxor’s Neffertiti Lounge. It has been held over until July or August and has sprung a recording contract out of its run.There’s plenty happening at the expanding Rio, where Tony and Tina’s Wedding will be opening soon in the old De La Guarda room. The Rio is very optimistic about this show, and with a PR goddess like Madeline Weekley running flack, how can it miss?