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Four-wall deals forsake a few good shows

Oct 1, 2002 5:57 AM

   Show closings continue to swirl Vegas showrooms with the unexpected exit of Stephen Sorrentino’s Voices in My Head at the Riviera. Seems the show’s producer, Marlene Ricci, and Voices star couldn’t smooth out their contractual differences. Marlene Ricci is better known for her own song styling, she’s a terrific songstress. The other Ricci at the Riviera, Ricci Martin in A Tribute to Dean Martin, His Son Remembers, also found the door with the exit sign.

   Beats of Passion has traveled from one end of the Strip to the other. What a saga, what a journey! First it was the Venetian, then the Greek Isles, and soon followed by another jaunt back to the Venetian, and finally a brief stop at the Aladdin to appear at the Bluenote. The Passion must be cooling by now!

   It seems these four-wall deals are crumbling like last month’s bread sticks. Too bad.

   While we’re bidding farewell to shows, we are reminded that the beautiful Sunny, Greg Thompson’s wife, will be leaving Showgirls to pursue personal interests.

   Despite the rash of closings, the hype continues top grow over Mama Mia! As I said in an earlier column, the reviews for Mama Mia! are outstanding, and everyone is looking forward to its run at Mandalay Bay beginning in February 2003.

   I ended up 50-50 on my picks for the Emmy awards. Picking a winning TV show must be like picking a winning horse from a corral of appaloosas.

   More new on the television front. Our own Frank Marino is doing his version of a reality show. Watch out Anna Nicole! Frank looks much better in spike heels and a cocktail dress! And the word is he will soon be in a wedding dress. I doubt it will be white!

   The Casino Legends Hall of Fame ceremony scheduled for October 11, has just announced the latest inductees. This year’s list includes Jack Jones, Norm Crosby, Mamie Van Doren, Nelson Sardelli, Frankie Randall and Mafalda.

   Mafalda is known not only as a pianist but also a singer and composer and has often been called a Liz Taylor look alike. She’s performed at every major hotel in Las Vegas spanning a 30-year career. Still, I wonder, how the inductees are selected. Where do they find these people?

   Bob Anderson’s new show at the Stardust should be fantastic. Bob’s long time musical director, Vince Falcone, adds his talents and together they create great music.

   I wet to a big party at Nick’s for The Cast Incorporated. Entertainers are signing up to become part of The Cast whose long-term goals should be applauded. The Cast is dedicated to contributing to our community by aiding local charities, assisting entertainers, creating scholarships and job opportunities.

   Tomorrow’s Hall of Fame inductees were there. Tony Curtis, Bob Anderson and Buddy Greco with his lovely wife Lezlie Anders all there to promote The Cast. Following the party at Nick’s we all did the caravan thing to Bootleggers on Las Vegas Boulevard where the fun continued as Bob Anderson did Buddy Greco, and Buddy Greco did Bob Anderson. It was a rousing performance. Bob as Buddy, Buddy as Bob. Our own Lt. Governor, Lorraine Hunt and her hubby Blacky, own Bootleggers. Ah, only in Las Vegas.

   My dear and beautiful friend, the Voice of Belle, Paige O’Hara is home recovering from major surgery. We send our love and wishes for a speedy recovery.