Cirque’s Zumanity a work in progress

Aug 19, 2003 4:05 AM

Even in Puerto Rico, my mother told me as I was growing up to follow Thumper’s rule: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

Well, I got to see New York-New York’s "Zumanity," Cirque du Solei’s entrance into untapped waters last week. The adults only show is a work in progress and, hopefully, will be fine-tuned for its September 20 gala. Reviewers were asked not to write anything until its formal opening.

Yet, the local premiere did not match the descriptive adjectives used to hype and describe the show. That’s all I’ll say about it except a little person named Alan Jones Silva steals all the thunder in a classic Cirque display of beauty and strength.

Caesars Palace latest promo is giving away a pair of tickets to see Celine Dion when you have an "exquisite meal" in one of their restaurants.

Siegfried & Roy have offered Arnold Schwarzenegger their support in his California governor request. Roy said, "Arnold just might make the difference ”¦ he understands leadership. I think he will show the strength of the Terminator to solve California’s problems and make it a better place to live and conduct business. He’s a secure person who cannot be influenced or bought."

The last of the great lounge lizards, Cook E. Jar, is holding court at Harrah’s Carnival Court stage. Steve Wyrick, I hear, has a problem. His helicopter was installed in Sahara Theater before the roof was installed and now they’re trying to figure out how to remove it without destroying the roof. By the way, everything in Wyrick’s theater was paid for by him and belongs to him. Can anyone say planning?

Speaking of the Sahara, I miss my angel of mercy Germaine Thompson, formerly their PR goddess. Somebody dropped the ball somewhere when they let her get away.

I never got to see Hines, Hines and Dad perform on the Strip, but I did see Gregory Hines steal many a show with his dancing. He will be missed as he was taken from the stage far too early.

You may question my sanity, but I like Rosanne’s new reality television show. I am in the minority as the ratings are showing no interest.

Recent visitors to my Castaways hosting job were Grace Robbins, Paige O’Hara and Nelson Sardelli. Doo Wop show is on hiatus for a couple of weeks, but will return!

The Imperial Palace continues its search for dealertainers. The home of Legends in Concert is looking for celebrity look-a-likes to become 21 dealers.

Las Vegas’ Extreme Makeover is on its way. The winner of the contest, which will be announced anytime now, will receive a $50,000 makeover including dentistry, plastic surgery a medical spa visit and more. It would be wonderful if the contest was fixed and I took the top prize. I would be a challenge for any of the experts. And, I’d be delighted to report on the experience.