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Zumanity, refined!

Sep 16, 2003 3:35 AM

The new Cirque du Soliel production Zumanity finds the spotlight again with its "official" opening. You recall the sensual-themed show earlier had a soft opening, which allowed for fine tuning and refinements.

Apparently, some at the production didn’t appreciate my comments about the soft opening, which were honest and heart felt. To those disgruntled "friends" of mine, I would like to remind them of the words of President Dwight Eisenhower’s press secretary: "Never get a columnist mad at you." Enough said.

Producer Dick Feeney called the other day asking who my sources are. All the while I was writing that he would take over the Sahara showroom in September, he denied it. Well, guess who now has a contract with the Sahara and is putting a magic show into the venue: Dick Feeney!

Simon & Garfunkel, both at age 61, will begin their first tour together in 20 years on October 18 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan. It will wind up in mid-December, and I hear a Las Vegas play date ”” or two ”” is in the works.

Hitler’s favorite filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, who died at age 101 last week, had a Vegas connection. It was Siegfried & Roy who treasured their long friendship with her and joined her in Germany to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Playboy celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend at The Palms.

It’s great to know that our local establishments have been treating Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in the style that they are accustomed to, showering them with gifts as they play hundreds of thousands of dollars at the tables.

Harrah’s will host Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White on Saturday for a $100,000 contest giveaway. Unlike many of today’s stars, I hear she’ll sign autographs and answer questions.

The best thing, I’m sure, at tomorrow’s Palms bash to introduce the new Saturday Night Live slot machines will be the food served to the media and invited guests. I plan on bringing a doggie bag big enough for dinner for six.

Magician Dirk Arthur was recently welcomed downtown by Mayor Oscar Goodman. Now it remains to be scene if the public will welcome him when he begins his Plaza engagement on September 24.

I would like to extend my sympathy to my television producer, Michael Piehl, on the passing of his father.

Public relations guru Frank Lieberman, who I call Uncle Frank for the way he keeps me focused when I’m spreading the word to you, has left Siegfried & Roy after six and a half years. We wish him the best and know he’ll be an impact on other entertainers and business in our city.

Morgana King, Don Coreleone’s wife in The Godfather, has relocated to Las Vegas. It’s hard to believe that Celine Dion has surpassed 100 shows. It seems like she’s been part of the Las Vegas limelight for years.

If disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair can write a memoir about his life and the plagiarism scandal that forced him to resign from the Times, mine would be a best-seller. Talk about fabrication and intrigue, that’s been the story of my life. But can you blame me? Can you imagine growing up Puerto Rican in New York as a hairdresser? It’s enough to put your imagination in high gear!