Mandalay Bay’s Storm to dry up, blow away

Jul 16, 2002 6:53 AM

The inclement weather on Storm’s horizon hit and sunk the multi-media show at Mandalay Bay. Closure could come this month. The word is that Mami Mia from New York may take its place! Stay tuned.

La Femme at MGM Grand just celebrated its anniversary, and they did it with some new acts and sequences. What a classy show! La Femme is subtle yet exciting and is a delight for all the senses. The MGM show is a Vegas version of the famous Crazy Horse club in Paris, and most of its cast has been transported from France. Ooh la la!

The Divine Divas had a nice run downtown, if for only two weeks. Pudgy hosted the show ”” she’s like a female Don Rickles, only more raucus. Remember when she used to emcee the Crazy Girls topless show at the Riviera? Do you remember when her hubby was banned from the hotel?

Burt Reynolds shared a chunk of his colorful life on stage at The Orleans. Surprisingly, the crowds came out just to hear old Burt tell some of his great stories ”” and he has a knapsack full.

It’s countdown to the closing of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance at New York-New York. The show had a tremendous run, playing to 1,248,000 happy fans. The high-octane show was presented 1,560 times, and those high-stepping dancers went through 300 pairs of shoes (not bad, considering!). Thanks to everyone who made the show a big hit in Las Vegas.

Speaking of dance, Westside Story had a great showing at the Aladdin. Perhaps the music was somewhat dated, but it was a great show.

Alicia Keys, one of the bright new stars, is scheduled to play at the Aladdin later this month. She might be worth seeing. Later this summer, another Broadway show, Fosse, step-turns into town on September 17, also at the Aladdin.

Even if you’re not a refugee from the 60s and 70s, you should take in Cher’s show at the MGM Gand Garden on August 9. It’s Cher’s final tour and tickets will be at a premium.

In fact, maybe you should just camp out at the MGM Grand. Upcoming headliners include Paul Anka (July 29), Frank Sinatra Jr. (August 15), David Copperfield (August 22) and George Carlin (September 5).

You don’t have to be big fan of magic to enjoy the world class magicians in town. Most of them put on a tremendous production, usually embellished with exciting music, showgirls/dancers, pyrotechnics, special effects and, did I mention, showgirls/dancers.

Penn and Teller just signed a new contract to continue their wacky brand of illusions at the Rio. Other top magicians include Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo, Rick Thomas at the Flamingo, Steve Wyrick at the Sahara, Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage and Melinda at the Venetian.

Remember, the magic shows aren’t "just magic." They also include comedy, song, dance and much more ”¦ entertainment at its best.

As the temperature continues to climb toward blast furnace limits, it might be worthwhile taking in an afternoon show. You have a nice one in Stars of the Strip at downtown’s Lady Luck, and Viva Las Vegas at the Stratosphere has become a cult classic.

Another good choice is Mac King at Harrah’s and Darren Romeo at the Mirage.

Walter Mercado’s new show originating from Caesars Palace will soon be on the air waves. Don’t be surprised to see you-know-who in a guest segment. Walter, where are you!