Dr. Ruth’s got nothin’ on this columnist!

Sep 17, 2002 8:32 AM

   Hang on to your thong, The Vagina Monologues is coming to Las Vegas. In case you’ve been living in a monastery, Monologues is the hot show from New York that screamed safe and funny sex. No doubt Puppetry of the Penis, another hot off-Broadway show, can’t be far behind.

   Over at Harrah’s, my all time favorite gentleman, Clint Holmes, continues to delight his audiences. Sometimes it’s hard to build repeat business in the world of entertainment, but this man has done it. In addition to being a brilliant talent, Clint is always at the top of the list when it comes to charity events, giving his time and talent.

   I keep talking about the Blue Note Jazz Café. The Blue Note keeps reinventing itself, evolving from jazz to hip hop to main stream. Variety, in music as well as marriage, is the spice of life!

   The Aladdin has been a favorite of mine since it opened. It’s a wonderful property with a terrific staff and one of the best buffets, the Spice Market Buffet, in town. And the hotel continues to bring in great shows — none better than Fosse which opens Wednesday. Fosse was the 1999 Tony Award winner for best musical and it lives up to its billing. There’s nothing quite like a great Broadway musical, and thanks to the Aladdin for bringing it here.

   For all you American Idol fanatics, myself included, the Idols will be at the MGM on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. I’ll be in the front row!

   Speaking of stars, we have plenty in Las Vegas. How about Gladys Knight at the Flamingo or Sheena Easton at the Hilton, and don’t forget that Celine Dion will be appearing in Caesars’ beautiful new event and show venue.

   Recently, Bill Acosta was a sellout at the Suncoast. And the party afterwards was another hit. Thank you, Candy! The Suncoast will also play host in a couple of weeks to Tony Danza, who’s not only singing but also bringing his tap shoes. He’s actually a great song and dance man. I think it was one of his best-kept secrets while he was doing TV sitcoms.

   The Soul of Magic has closed at the Frontier. It was a short run; too bad.

   I caught Boo! at New York-New York for the second time and was favorably impressed. The show seems to keep getting better as the L.A. transplants get acclimated to Las Vegas.

   My favorite magician, David Copperfield is returning to the MGM Grand, Oct. 1-Nov. 6. And don’t forget Sinatra Sings Sinatra also at the MGM.

   During a quick trip downtown my spies told me there might be two more showrooms opening. The Plaza faired pretty well when they had Kenny Kerr for a couple of years. Does the future hold magic and variety? The Lady Luck, which was a launching pad for Steve Wyrick and Melinda: First Lady of Magic, is doing great in the afternoon with Stars of the Strip. Again, is downtown thriving or just surviving? Well I can tell you that The Amazing Johnathan at the Golden Nugget is having a great run.

   Everyone is looking for a showroom. I hate to beat a dead horse or anything else for that matter, but if the producers don’t have the backing needed, too many good shows don’t have a fair shot of making it. A great show is great, but it takes support from the hotel to make it work.

   Noted composer, musician and author Woody Woods will appear at Brendan’s Irish Pub in The Orleans on Sept. 24. Woody will introduce his latest CD and book. If you’re looking to spot some stars, don’t miss this night. Woody comes with some great credentials. The pros know all about him.

   Just received my invitation for a night of guns, human bondage and who knows what. It’s none other than Penn & Teller at the Rio, who are doing a brisk business in the Samba Room. These guys are a sell out every night for good reason. Another favorite at the Rio, the Scintas, continue to draw big crowds.

   I had a wonderful meeting with Buddy Greco and his beautiful wife Lezlie Anders as we sat and talked about their upcoming tour. Lezlie’s tribute to Peggy Lee is headed for major concert halls. They have a hit on their hands! In addition to the wonderful show, they’ve been working on a new CD which they’ll cut this weekend. These are wonderful, talented people and are ready to begin reaping the fruits of their labors.