It was a great day for nostalgia last week as the Casino Legends Hall of Fame inducted a new crop of entertainers.
Master musician Frankie Randall, Norm Crosby, Mamie Van Doren, Nelson Sardelli and Mafalda were honored for their contributions to entertainment in Las Vegas. What a classy group, and what an enjoyable bash at the Tropicana.
Sunny, the blond bombshell that blew into Las Vegas like a breath of fresh air last spring, has been plucked from her starring roll in Showgirls at the Rio. Sunny will headline her own song and dance extravaganza in Sammy’s showroom at Harrah’s Reno in February.
“It’s going to be a little like Ann-Margret meets Gwen Stefani,” said Sunny, who will be backed by her own band and six sexy male dancers.
Taking over the headliner spot in Showgirls is the new vocal group Stars. This is a trio of drop-dead gorgeous singers, hand-picked by producer Greg Thompson. I can’t wait to hear/see them.
The celebrities turned out for Sinatra Sings Sinatra at the MGM. In attendance were the elegant Phillis McGuire and a not-as-elegant Robin Leach. Also on hand was Heide Fleiss, looking a tad thin. Perhaps the escort bizz isn’t so good in Hollywood these days.
Coming up at the MGM Grand is the wigged out Carrot Top, who’s kind of like a modern day Rip Taylor. I’m not sure who objects most to the comparison.
I’m happy to report, although somewhat amazed, that Spirit of the Dance downtown at the Golden Nugget is doing a brisk business. Another hot item downtown, the Amazing Johnathan — the quintessential nut job doing magic — is not to be missed at the Golden Nugget.
Rumors have been flying around town that Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance could be river dancing at the Venetian. With the Venetian’s revolving doors, maybe Lord of the Dance can somehow establish a long-term run there.
Bob Anderson’s opening at the Stardust last week had every star in town attending. Clint Holmes, Sheena Easton and Jimmy Hopper were among the Strip performers taking a “busman’s holiday.”
Last week I speculated about Kenny Kerr and subsequently ran into Kenny the other night. (Why does this always happen?) He commented, “You’ll have a room, Monti!” I replied, “When? Hurry up!” It’s always great to see Kenny, kind of like talking to Don Rickles in drag.
While we’re on the subject of skirts, Frank Marino’s wedding will be as big as Liza’s and David’s with entertainers as ushers. I plan to be there, of course. The trick is finding the right outfit. Maybe I can find a Halloween leftover.
Siegfried & Roy bid farewell to their protégé, Darren Romeo, as his afternoon show closed last week. It was a valiant effort and the idea of music and magic was starting to get comfortable. In my opinion, he ticket price was too high and the show was marketed improperly. People just are not willing to pay high prices for an afternoon show no matter who stars in it.
Despite Romeo’s departure, afternoon shows are alive and doing well in Las Vegas. Rick Thomas at the Tropicana continues with great business and Breck Wall’s Bottoms Up is a sell out with two shows a day. Ron Lucas at the Rio and Mack King at Harrah’s are both proving the afternoon genre is alive and well.
In the new show category, Gleason Magic — Embrace the Mystery, opened Oct. 5 at the Venetian showroom. Stars of the show, Gregory and Kristi Gleason are not new to the Las Vegas scene, just new to the Venetian. Besides magic, the show includes a bit of mystery, some romance and even some humor.
Lezlie Anders and Buddy Greco have just returned from a tour of their show Fever. Contrary to reports, they were a big hit and the show was a sellout. My dear friends will be working on a new production. A Halloween Party!
After receiving so many beautiful flowers from some of my well-known friends recently, I had to check out the English Garden over on Maryland Parkway. I met David Filer, creator of beautiful floral arrangements, whose family has been in business for forty years. No wonder the English Garden is so well known and everything is so beautiful.