Downtown ready to unleash its next big star

Jul 9, 2002 3:57 AM

Downtown hasn’t always been kind to entertainers. Just ask the Society of Seven or Tony Orlando. The fact that Strip performers Clint Holmes and Steve Wyrick made the transition smoothly and successfully is not the norm.

Another star that might be shooting toward a better address is the Amazing Jonathan, who’s in the midst of a great run at the Golden Nugget.

If you haven’t caught this crazy man’s act, please do so. This guy is special, unique, entertaining and mostly out of his mind. He’s a clever magician with a comedy twist that is always on the mark. He’s not only funny, but he’s fun. Jonathan should be headlining somewhere uptown soon. He’s ready.

Speaking of ready, the tremendous La Femme revue at the MGM Grand is already one of the best productions in town, and it plans to add new artistic performers upon its anniversary.

The show is a classy version of the Crazy Horse revue in Paris, France. The performers are lovely, talented, natural and women at their best. Here’s to another great year!

It seems that Penn and Teller have signed a new two-year contract to perform at the Rio’s Samba Theater. That’s good news. Also at the Rio, Greg Thompson’s Showgirls continues to dazzle crowds. And Tony and Tina’s Wedding, also at the Rio, is highly entertaining, though the jury is still out as to where the show is headed. There’s no question of the Scintas show ”” it’s SRO every night.

Rick Arroyo and his Latin group just finished at Mandalay Bay, so I’m sure Rick’s dance-starved fans are hoping he lands somewhere soon. The Salsa group has developed quite a following.

Co-founder of the group Abba, Benny Anderson, is bringing Bjorn Again to the Palms’ Rain in the Desert on August 6. This is an Australian band and promises to offer up Abba’s unique sounds of the ’70s. Hurry, because tickets should go quickly.

The lounge scene continues to evolve and seems to be creating a new signature for Las Vegas. The old lounges are fading, and they’re being replaced with hot "ultra" lounges that double as nightclubs.

The aforementioned Palms is also home to the ultra cool Ghost Bar, perched high above the city, as well as the sinfully chic Skin, after-hours pool party.

Other cool hot spots include Hush at Polo Towers, Light at Bellagio, View at Harrah’s, the Big Apple Bar at New York-New York, Whiskey Sky Bar at Green Valley Ranch Station, Pink Beach and Baby’s at the Hard Rock Hotel, Coyote Ugly at New York-New York and Dragon at Mandalay Bay, to name a few.

I just received a copy of Liz Renay’s latest tell-all book, "My Face for the World to See." Liz has made her home here in Las Vegas for many years, but she has attracted a following throughout the country. Her books are always filled with interesting characters, from Hollywood legends like Cecil B. DeMille to mobsters like Mickey Cohen. It’s a great read.