What a week! It started with a 70th birthday party for Norm Johnson, a local entertainment writer as well as an accomplished artist. The party was an evening of fun with Jeanne and Bill Acosta, Robert and Vera Goulet, Vince Falcone and his beautiful wife, and many others. I tried to get Bill to do his version of Robert Goulet, but no luck. It’s really pitiful that such talents as these two can’t get work in town.
Remember the GoGo’s? Well, Belinda Carlisle will appear March 8 at Boulder Station.
I saw Regis Philbin and Lainie Kazan at the MGM Grand ”” what a charming duo. Regis couldn’t get back to New York due to the East Coast snow storm. He went show hopping, instead, getting mobbed by audiences. He’s one lucky fellow.
What can we say about Lainie Kazan? With "A Big Fat Greek Wedding," one of the biggest movie hits of the year, Lainie’s taking her talent to the television version which will premier in a couple of weeks.
There’s great excitement in the air as many new shows are coming to Las Vegas. Of course, the show of all shows, Celine Dion in "A New Day" opening at Caesars Palace next month, is the talk of the town. Few have had a chance to view Celine’s rehearsals, but according to my spies, the show is spectacular. Opening night is sold out as the audience will be filled with VIPs, contest winners and high rollers. Even Oprah has plans to catch opening night. I hope they don’t forget moi!
On March 15 the Review-Journal will hold its annual "Best of Las Vegas" award ceremony at the Clint Holmes Theater at Harrah’s. As a recipient at last year’s ceremony ”” The Most Colorful Character in Las Vegas ”” yours truly will be a presenter at the upcoming bash. I must say I cherish my award as it hangs in a conspicuous place in my office. Yes, I have an office, though admittedly, it’s on the small side. Plus it’s kind of annoying when someone flushes the toilet.
And speaking of Mr. Holmes, his revamped show at Harrah’s includes eight new songs, new costumes, new, new, new. Clint and his masterful music director, Bill Fayne, never fail to thrill the audience. The music covers the gamut and Clint has a special way of making everyone in the audience feel like he’s performing and singing just for him or her. It’s a true talent.
Good news for Mamma Mia at Mandalay Bay. Most of the cast has recovered from their bout with the flu and business is booming.
Another Scinta is joining the entertainment scene with Joey’s daughter going into the studio to cut a record.
Rumors continue that Phantom of the Opera may be headed to Las Vegas. Has anyone been watching Robin Leach and his reality television show? He’s not holding up too well.
Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jam VI is scheduled for April 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Bon Jovi will headline this year’s concert. The Tiger Woods Foundation contributes to numerous charities including the Greater Las Vegas Inner City Games, Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas and VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Tiger Jam is always a hit in town and for good reason.