Impressionist shows wearing a little thin

Oct 8, 2002 3:24 AM

   Rumors are rampant all over town that a certain female star will be given her walking papers. Who could that be? Stay tuned.

   Clint Holmes has to be pleased with the rave reviews coming in for his show in Chicago, Comfortable Shoes. Word is that the show may be Broadway bound, which would be good news. I feel another trip to the Big Apple is in the cards!

   This week I went to a performance at the Greek Isles to see a new Dick Finney production. Dick has produced so many shows including the original La Cage at the Riviera, Bottom’s Up, Crazy Girls and even Viva Las Vegas at the Stratosphere. Dick’s latest masterpiece is another tribute show to Frank, Sammy, Joey, and Dean. It’s a well-oiled show with great talent and a full orchestra. Pete Wilcox does a super Dean Martin. It was a standup performance. The whole show was like New Year’s Even in October. This show could have a future!

   At the top of the list for me this week, was Bob Anderson’s opening at the Stardust. Bob, as always, is the consummate performer. He is the best at what he does, but the key to all is marketing. Marketing, marketing, marketing!

   Are we impressed with all the impressionists or are we depressed? Or do I digress? Have the impressionists impressed us enough? The point is, has the tribute show become trivial. Let’s see some variety shows in which we find our legends of the future, not the past. Then we won’t have to worry about whether its Memorex or not.

   Remember that variety is the spice of life? How about the new version of Skintight at Harrah’s. It’s Playboy Meets Chippendales — hunks and honeys on the same stage. It has music, sexy lighting and great choreography. Shannon O’Keefe and Darryl Ross lead the performers in this latest version.

   Local columnists and media were pleased to hear that the late Joe Delaney will be honored by the Casino Legends Hall of Fame. The Joe Delaney Award will hang in the Museum at the Tropicana where other journalists will be recognized for their contributions as their names are added.

   Charo, as we all know, continues to perform at the Sahara and contributes to the Sahara’s 50-year anniversary. A big cake with the wonderful and vivacious Charo jumping out of the cake? I hope so!

   The entertainment community here in Las Vegas is coming up with more surprises, and as a columnist, I welcome the change. When I talk about downtown, which has Kenny Kerr landing a room any day now, and two new shows opening at the Plaza, the mayor keeps talking about rejuvenating. Hurry up guy, we need a vibrant downtown!

   Dirk Arthur’s show the New Art of Magic at the Silverton Hotel & Casino continues to draw folks south on the Las Vegas Strip. The Silverton has been known as cowboy country, but Dirk’s critters includes tigers and leopards.

   October offers a variety of entertainment at the Suncoast with Al Martino opening on Friday. Western music provided by Riders in the Sky Oct. 11-13. The one and only Rich Little with a cast of hundreds perform Oct. 18-20, and Tower of Power opens Oct. 27.

   Good thoughts are going out to Candy and Duke Morgan. Candy’s mother has been ill. My prayers are with her.

   When is the entertainer coming back? The entertainer, the man or woman who can stand up and hold the audience in his or her hand. Hold the interest. We can’t give this up. Las Vegas seems to be made up of special effects. Life is more than pyrotechnics and computer graphics. Let’s have more life!