The Main Event headed for stardom

April 16, 2002 4:26 AM
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I had a chance to catch a rehearsal for The Main Event, a new production that opens next week at The Venetian showroom. I was impressed with the dancing, choreography, musical score, the story of Sinatra’s Hoboken days and, of course, the talent of headliner Bob Anderson.

This show could be the next big Vegas blockbuster. Remember, it’s produced and directed by Jeff Kutash, who brought us Splash nearly 20 years ago. Jeff and pal Marty look to make more waves!

Somewhere in the past, I think it was in the Disco era, I met the greatest Mexican star, the last diva of our time (or so I thought), the incomparable Maria Felix.

But that shows you hot peppers can linger awhile. And they still have their bite. A case in point is the Queen of Salsa, the one and only Celia Cruz, who is back on stage and will be appearing at Sam’s Town on May 3. If you who want to see an incredible act, a real Latin act, see Celia. She just finished a collaboration on a new CD that includes Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, David Byrne, Gloria Estefan and many others. This is a show not to be missed.

The Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana recently inducted Charo, Trini Lopez, Vicki Carr, Mayor Oscar Goodman and The Characters. Charo was her charming, loca self, but Trini Lopez brought the house down. The word is that he is actually looking for a room here. And don’t forget Charo is moving to the Sahara, but it seems The Rat Pack is Back is still searching for a new home.

Celine Dion’s new album debuted at number one. Pretty good for what we can now call a hometown girl. Celine, hubby and baby will soon have a home here and Celine of course will be the premiere star to open Caesars Palace’s new showroom on New Year’s Eve.

Paul McCartney’s show at the MGM was brilliant. And speaking of MGM Grand, Frank Sinatra, Jr. hosted a media interview in his suite. He was most charming, quite a gentleman.

  Time has come to bid adieu to the Grand Dame of stand-up, Phyllis Diller. Seems she has officially announced her retirement and the final performance is scheduled for May 5 at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Phyllis has kept us laughing for a long time and we’ll miss her.

Here we go full circle, again. My friend, Vince Manfredi was the very first public relations director at Sam’s Town. At the same time, his college friend Doug Baker had just opened King Arthur’s Tournament at the Excalibur. Now Manfredi and Baker are teamed up again for the musical production of Pippin, scheduled to open this week at the Horn Theatre on the Cheyenne Campus.

There’s a lot of buzz around town about Rich Little’s new show, The Presidents, opening April 25 at Paris Las Vegas. The show will be filmed and slated for broadcast nationally in the fall. The television special will start the national tour of The Presidents.

Can it be? Steve Wyrick signed a two-year contract with the Sahara. Meanwhile the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino seems to be picking up steam. You’ve got to love their little Greek café and showroom. I certainly do.