Clint Holmes launches third year at Harrah’s with new show

Apr 9, 2002 4:35 AM

Clint Holmes, one of Las Vegas’ preeminent entertainers, will officially launch his third year at Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino and Hotel. Holmes has just finished putting the final touches on a dynamic new set list, and will unveil a compelling new version of his trademark high-energy show. Clint Holmes performs nightly (dark Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Harrah’s box office at (702) 369-5111.

Performing in the newly christened “Clint Holmes Theater,” the charismatic performer has crafted a powerful mix of new original music and stylishly arranged favorites”¦ each brought to life with the extraordinary energy and personal style only Clint Holmes delivers with every performance.

The result is a singular entertainment experience in which contemporary, pop, jazz and calypso selections are intertwined.

“I always want to feel as though I’m growing creatively, and that the show is still a work in progress,” Holmes said. “Music is a gift that charts our lives”¦ carving out points of reference on so many emotional levels. This new show is definitely the most personal we’ve come up with to date, and we’re excited to share it with audiences.”

Backed by a powerhouse 12-piece band, Holmes and musical director Bill Fayne take audiences on a musical voyage that twists and turns, several worlds colliding in a tableau that is all at once moving, funny, uplifting and poignant. The whole experience is polished with the style and voice that is unmistakably Clint Holmes.

The newly arranged show includes additional material from Holmes’ original musical, “Comfortable Shoes” (scheduled to premiere in Chicago later this year), which tells his life story as the son of a classically-trained British opera singer mother and an African-American jazz musician father.

Holmes’ show also includes the bittersweet anthem “Who Will Stand,” an overflow of powerful feelings written after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

But audiences can also expect to hear music from such legendary performers as Sammy Davis, Jr., Stevie Wonder and a brilliantly arranged excerpt from “West Side Story.”

A celebrated performer for more than two decades, Holmes’ career has included television, including the host of his own Emmy-award winning talk and variety show, as sidekick to host Joan Rivers on “The Late Show,” and as music and event correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. Still, it is on the stage in front of a live audience that Holmes feels most at home.