Venetian to christen new production shows

April 09, 2002 4:33 AM
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p class="MsoNormal">Well, we have so much to report on shows moving, shows staying, shows arriving, shows awaiting to be produced, shows hanging by a thread. Let’s start with the latest dish.

The showroom at The Venetian will soon be graced with a show that yours truly has been touting from the beginning. Jeff Kutash, the man who brought us Splash, the prodigal son, is moving lock, stock and barrel all the way from Atlantic City his new show, The Main Event. The big time show will star Bob Anderson, who is, in the opinion of this columnist, one of the best singer/impressionist/actors this town has ever seen. Bob deserves this shot. The Main Event is based on Frank Sinatra’s days in Hoboken and includes outstanding music.

Also at The Venetian, Stevie Wonder’s show Signed, Sealed and Delivered raises the bar for productions in this town.

Has it finally happened? ­­Darren Romeo ”” the Siegfried and Roy protégé ”” will soon have his own room at The ­­Mirage. Maybe the young man has something up his sleeve ­­besides gold Rolex watches.

As reported months ago Charo, who has worked diligently to make a name here in Las Vegas, will be moving to the Sahara. In the meantime, The Rat Pack is Back, David Cassidy’s show, which is a favorite of this columnist since it first began, is still hoping to find a new home. It would be a travesty to see this show wither on the vine and blow away.

The wonderful world of Walter Mercado, a worldwide television show, will be taping at Caesars Palace, April 26, 27 and 28. Did I mention a segment of the show that includes yours truly?

What more can I say about The Rio and Harrah’s family? Just received an invitation which reads, “Welcome to Earl’s House.” You remember Earl. Earl Turner, who is opening this week in Laughlin. At 2:30, there’s a bus leaving for Laughlin. This is one I will not miss. Harrah’s Steak House, the Hacienda Ballroom. Earl, here I come!

Talking about the Rio, still generating fever flashes are the Showgirls. Crowds are also getting a rise out of the Chippendales and The Scintas. At Harrah’s we have the great star, a divine friend, the voice of Las Vegas, Clint Holmes. He’s a polished performer. There’s more to say and more to come about the man, the Broadway show he wrote about his family, his new CD. He has really worked his tail off, as he does for every show.

More big showroom events upcoming have to include MGM Grand’s Sinatra Sings Sinatra starring Frank Sinatra, Jr. and his 36-piece orchestra. Most would say Frank Sinatra was an icon, the greatest entertainer of all time. Are you ready for this? Junior has his father’s pipes. He almost looks like his father. There is something for everyone here, so buy your tickets now.

The Greek Isles, which has Beats of Passion, is building a respectful following.

Gladys Knight at the Flamingo seems to be holding her own, as is Tony Orlando at the Golden Nugget.

At the Aladdin, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann Margret was a commanding performance. Ann Margret brought some of her own personality into the mix and I felt strongly that this is what legends are made of. I couldn’t take my eyes off this legendary actress, singer, star extraordinaire. Back in the days of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, I was enthralled to see Ann Margret. Some things haven’t changed.