This is Divine Diva Week in Las Vegas. It all started with a pleasant
little outing at the Suncoast following the delightful performance of Diahann
Carroll, who is diva extraordinaire. In another life and as a 20-year-old
hairdresser in New York City, Diahann was a client of yours truly. Seeing her at
the Suncoast brought back many memories. Diahann has been enjoying a triumph as
the first woman of color to ever do a production of Sunset Boulevard. Her talent
has always equaled her beauty.
The diva scene continued with the
wonderful Lainie Kazan and Mary Wilson. Mary has recently relocated to Las Vegas
and was a welcome sight. The word is that Diane Ross didn't invite Mary to the
Supremes' reunion tour last year. Too bad. They were once a great team.
Lainie Kazan has to be enjoying the
success of her latest film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one of this year's
biggest hits. A little known fact about Lainie goes back when she was the
understudy for Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl. When Lainie was called
into action for Barbara's absence, she knocked 'em dead. The audience loved her.
Unfortunately, Lainie's understudy gig in Funny Girl was short lived. I
think she was too good! Anyway, the diva herself, the wonderful Lainie Kazan,
will be at the Suncoast November 22-24. Her show is not to be missed.
Another diva and another wonderful
friend, Mimi Hines has just signed with the show 20th Century where
she'll portray Imogene Cocoa. The show opens at UCLA and they hope to bring it
to Las Vegas. Mimi was also in Funny Girl and she and Lainie are old
friends. It was a diva reunion.
My very best gal pal, and yes another
diva, Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, just cut
a new CD with Peabo Bryson. Plus Paige is putting together an afternoon show for
Vegas. Expect more news on this.
The incredible Rita Rudner and her
husband are working on a show about the Beatles. Rita and hubby's show Boo!
at New York-New York continues to do well. A new television show, Ask Rita,
is scheduled to launch in January 2003. The show is going to have a Dear Abby
concept and I suspect that comedic flair only Rita can add. Everyone seems to be
seeking advice these days — after all Dr. Phil is enjoying tremendous success
and Ask Rita may be just what the doctor ordered.
The incomparable Connie Francis will
be appearing at the Texas Station on Nov. 23-24. Welcome back, Connie. And then
there's distress diva, Paula Poundstone, who's returning to Las Vegas. Baby
diva, Lezlie Anders, may soon open her show Fever here in Vegas.
Everybody loves this baby.
Turning to the other gender, over at
The Orleans, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had the baby boomers tapping
their toes to that familiar sound.
The Bikini Beach club at the Rio is
open and doing a brisk business. And the always popular and so talented Scintas
are giving a big, bit party at the Rio to say thanks to the media.
The opening for Lord of the Dance
at the Venetian was what could be called strange. Especially when you consider
Michael Flatley had just signed a $250 million contract.
First, the media and VIP's were
ushered into the V-Bar for pre-opening cocktails. As we all searched for the
tidbits, the food, the chips, there was none to be found. Maybe there was
something special after the show. Sitting in the both next to me was Michael
Flatley himself, looking fit, fit, fit and Steve and Elaine Wynn, who must have
been researching ideas for LeReve.
Following the show we returned to the
V-Bar to enjoy one of the fruits of life, water. Again the search for food was
fruitless, literally and figuratively. Next time I’ll smuggle in a box of
Greg Thompson's Showgirls will
introduce Stars on November 19. This is a new three-some who will replace Greg's
wife and former headliner, Sunny. They have some big shoes to fill. As well as
other inner garments.