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EFX to close at MGM; Mama Mia on deck

Nov 26, 2002 12:10 AM

   At last, at last! The tickets for Mama Mia went on sale at Mandalay Bay Resort this week. It’s countdown for opening night, which is scheduled for February 14, 2003.

   Mama Mia’s history has definitely preceded this event. There’s been much a-do and a lot of preparation. It isn’t often that a Las Vegas show creates this much anticipation. In fact the only other show generating this much excitement is scheduled for March 2003 at Caesars Palace. Can you say Celine?

   Howie Mandel will be at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre Nov. 28-Dec. 4. Howie is one funny guy with impromptu talent unlimited. Lately he’s been appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and nobody, but nobody, can come up with any funnier materials than this guy. If you can use a good laugh, and who couldn’t these days, mark you calendar to see Howie Mandel.

   It seems Rick Springfield is looking for an early vacation. EFX at the MGM will close in December. If you want to experience a little taste of history for Las Vegas, better get to EFX before it’s gone.

   With the holidays fast approaching it’s time to get serious about those New Year’s Eve plans. You can’t go wrong with the music and voice of Lionel Richie and the comedy and unique style of Sinbad. Lionel Richie and Sinbad will provide a celebration to remember at Paris Las Vegas.

   On Sunday I was literally dragged to Catch a Rising Star at the Excalibur. And when I’m dragged to see an act I’m usually not very enthusiastic, but this time I was blown away by one of the funniest and most inventive acts I’ve seen. It was Chris Cobber, a comedian. This guy is one of the funniest I’ve seen in years.

   We know Las Vegas is the stomping ground for many entrepreneurs. Most recently I met Glen S. Alai who brought the wonderful Lainie Kazan to Las Vegas. Glen is a class act, a gentleman, and we want to welcome him. They grow entrepreneurs so young these days.

   Over at the Rio the Showgirls’ newest addition, Stars, seems to be filling the vacancy left with Sunny’s departure quite well. Their take on the likes of the Andrew Sisters and Diana Ross and the Supremes among others is a nice touch.

   A baby spotted African leopard has just become part of Dirk Arthur’s Cat Habitat at the Silverton Hotel. Wonder if it’s possible to borrow it for my act — I’m getting tired of carrying around a stuffed toy.

   On the scene of sightings, at the Don Rickles opening at the Stardust, the wonderful Terry Jenkins, entertainment director, sitting with Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, both of them looking fabulous. Their wonderful son was singing; he’s handsome, what a surprise.

   Good news! Bob Anderson’s show at the Stardust is picking up steam. Give yourself a treat. Go to the Stardust and see the best of the best, Bob Anderson.

   So, how is Lord of the Dance doing at the Venetian? Stay tuned.