Amazing Johnathan ready to head uptown

Oct 29, 2002 12:24 AM

   It’s official. The Amazing Johnathan, who has been a hit at the Golden Nugget, will be leaving to open at the Flamingo. This comedy star, magician and verifiable madman is one of the greatest and most inventive performers I’ve seen in a long time.

   Chip Lippman, Danny Gans’ manager, brought Gladys Knight to the Flamingo and now it’s the Amazing Johnathan who will join the Flamingo line up. The Amazing Johnathan departs the Golden Nugget on December 15. All is not lost at the Nugget, though, as Spirit of the Dance has been extended until March.

   A few weeks ago I commented how promising the new show, “V” at The Venetian, seemed to be. Then I received word that Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance would perhaps be coming into the Venetian.

   While the latter may or may not happen, I inadvertently mentioned last week that “V” had a final call. Well, thank heavens, that is not the case! The show is doing well, and actually setting some attendance marks!

   So, don’t always believe what you read! Next time, I’ll pinch myself before running unconfirmed info. You can pinch me too! (Please do.)

   The press party for Bob Anderson at the Stardust was more than anybody bargained for. I saw Buddy Greco ready to flatten a certain unnamed newspaper columnist! Buddy and his beautiful wife, Lezlie Anders, have just returned from a successful tour of their show Fever so I think Buddy was feeling energized. But I warned him not to pop the writer. It will just give him more fodder about which to write!

   It was a fabulous evening at the MGM Grand Notte di Carnevale. Honoring Michael Maffie and Jewel Brooks whose contributions to Foundation for Independent Tomorrow were acknowledged. It was such an elegant evening with fabulous people and great entertainment. The evening was a tremendous success thanks to the wonderful Sandy Peltyn. Sandy, my dear, you outdid your self.

   For this columnist, the topper of the week was the press breakfast by Park Place Entertainment to view the new Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

   Celine Dion will open in March and is now currently in rehearsal with a cast of 60 in Belgium. Don’t ask about Belgium, I don’t know. But I do know the theater seats 4,000 and the architecture is out of this world.

   My friend, Fred Lewis, will be leaving the Aladdin public relations department soon. I’m already missing him, but the secret is that he will surface at another Valley hotel-casino. That’s good news.

   No doubt adult entertainment has a firm grip on Las Vegas and has been growing. A recent addition to this scene was announced for the new CenterStage at the Aladdin. The brief title, “X” is scheduled to open in November and is expected to be a hot ticket in town. What is the latest alphabet title to shows? First it was “O” at the Bellagio, “V” at the Venetian, and now it’s “X” at the Aladdin. Could the next one be “M” for Monti?

   I had the name wrong for the florist to the stars, the wonderful David Filter. It’s actually called English Garden Florist at Tiffany Square. I was right when I said it was on Maryland Parkway though. I still proclaim David’s creations are beyond words.

   And my favorite juice bar, my vegetarian hobnob, The Raw Truth is moving, stay tuned.

   Halloween, Halloween coming next week so stay tuned too, for my top picks of shows and stars. I’ll trick you to my treat.