New shows hope to find winning recipes

May 7, 2002 3:11 AM

This columnist has been traveling around town in the Rock Mobile, attracting attention as well as hate mail from PETA fanatics who think the leopard paint on my car is real fur. Get a life!

On what appeared to be a Street of Dreams, we found ourselves on Siegfried & Roy Boulevard. To my amazement, there was Darren Romeo. Again, I lament Romeo, Romeo where art thou? It’s not a mirage. But it’s a room, at The Mirage. Perhaps one day in the 21st century the Siegfried & Roy prodigy will open his own magic show.

The Main Event with Bob Anderson opened at The Venetian. Anderson is a great talent and consummate professional. This show is destined to be a hit, but a little help from the host hotel would be a blessing. They can start by providing the stars their own dressing rooms. Doing your make-up or changing costumes in a bathroom isn’t the easiest task.

David Cassidy’s production of The Rat Pack is Back faced closing at the Sahara. It should have been opening night, but they couldn’t find a home. This has been a favorite of mine. This show is Las Vegas history. It’s sad to see a good show go.

Soon, Lord of the Dance at New York-New York will be closing to make way for a new Mystere style show. The cost is around $30 million to build the new showroom. Yet, Lord of the Dance has done major business. Is this the new trend?

Can’t say enough about the Rio. Greg Thompson’s fabulous new show, Showgirls, has the makings of a miracle. As I stated earlier, the Samba Room at the Rio has a hit with this show. Sunny (Thompson) is an outstanding talent and the entire production is a treat for the eyes.

While traveling downtown, this columnist decided to take in the Amazing Jonathan at the Golden Nugget. What can I say about this hysterical, extraordinary, wild man? We all know Tony Orlando didn’t fare too well at the Nugget, but Johnathan is doing a sell-out business.

Following performances at the Hilton Hotel, the Society of Seven will be opening this week at the Golden Nugget. This is a group from Hawaii and should do well in downtown. Remember that Clint Holmes opened downtown before moving to Harrah’s where he’s become Entertainer of the Year. Downtown is vital. It’s alive. It’s also got Neonopolis! Let’s all support downtown.

Don’t forget this week will be the final performance of Phyllis Diller at the Suncoast. She will be leaving the stage forever. My heart goes out to her.