Talking heads out in force for divine Divas

May 28, 2002 2:25 AM

Dueling Divas, Dueling Divas”¦ from one Diva to another. Last week, your columnist, who doubles as a television correspondent, was at the red carpet for the VH1 Divas Las Vegas concert at the MGM Grand.

You could cut the excitement in the air with a sharp chain saw. It was pretty thick, as were all the Entertainment Tonight and other Hollywood hangers-on, including Kate Maddox, a former Greenspun columnist who left the foal for greener pastures. As a newly crowned talking head, I think Kate has found her niche.

"What are you doing here?" she asked with all the charm of a security guard at an airport’s check-in. "Well, after all, I am a correspondent," I replied with all the multi-tiered confidence of Joan Rivers on acid. I guess she learned her lesson.

Anyway, down the red carpet they came: Celine Dion, Wayne Newton, Shakira, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige and Cher. And to my surprise there was Tommy Lee, who didn’t seem to know where he was at.

Talking about Divas, the wonderful and divine, Lezlie Anders (Mrs. Buddy Greco) will kick off her national tour of Fever August 21-25 at the Judy Bailey Theater at UNLV. Fever is Lezlie Anders’ tribute to the one and only Peggy Lee, whose contributions to American music remain unparalleled. Lezlie’s husband, the fabulous Buddy Greco, provides some great arrangements. Knock ”˜em dead, Lady.

Don’t forget The Venetian has Stevie Wonder’s show, Signed, Sealed and Delivered, starring Chaka Khan. I’ve been trying to talk to everyone about The Main Event at the Venetian. Also, Charo is doing a great business in Bravo at the Sahara. The show is polished and wonderful.

At the Golden Nugget, The Society of Seven is doing a respectable business but the Amazing Johnathan is the hit of downtown.

Paul Anka was superb at the Mirage. If you don’t know, Paul Anka originally discovered me as a hairdresser and recorded me. The rest is history, if not historic.

This Memorial Day Weekend has me jumping with excitement. Arizona Charlie’s East is celebrating their first anniversary. Fireworks and all. Say hello to my wonderful friend, Marcie Weiss and the wonderful Paige O’Hara, friends and allies.

New York-New York will host Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest June 6 at 3 p.m. Now really! Also, the Gotham-themed casino will uncork a new cocktail lounge, Big Apple, on Wednesday. This sounds like another winner.

Las Vegas Hilton will present the Righteous Brothers through June 16. Bad boy, but good guy, George Carlin will be at the MGM Grand through June 5. On June 2 Jon Secada will be at The Orleans and an all time favorite, Debbie Reynolds, will be at The Orleans June 15.

But lo and behold, it’s Dolly Parton at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues on August 10. Don’t miss this one.

And are you ready for this? The Amazing Kreskin ”” who was last seen wandering around the 1970s ”” will surface at the Silverton Hotel Casino with an anticipated UFO sighting outside Las Vegas. Who says we don’t have time for the bizarre?

The inaugural Las Vegas Comedy Festival is scheduled for September 4-8 at the Stardust Convention Center. Produced by Mark Allen and Steve Caita, it’s actually a celebration of comedy and entertainment where we’ll see the likes of Jayne Meadows, George Schlatter, Norm Crosby and many more stars of comedy. This could be the start of something hilarious.