SiMply, Divine!

Oct 21, 2003 1:21 AM

The Divine Miss M is back on the road again and hopefully she’ll be making a Las Vegas appearance. I’m really hoping that she’ll consider doing a showroom instead of an arena. I saw her in her early days at the New York bath houses and there’s nothing like being up-close and personal. Also, if you want to add a special CD to your collection, check out Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook, produced by Barry Manilow.

The dinner show, a Las Vegas tradition years ago, has returned, albeit, in a small form. Extreme Close-Up magician Steve Dacri, a mainstay at Caesars Magical Empire, is performing Friday through Monday at Sazio’s at The Orleans with a dinner and show format.

According to USA Today, Paris Hilton’s "75 percent wild tiger that she bought in London, is living on family property in Nevada.

I hear that several well-known porn stars ”” I have connections everywhere ”” are putting together an adults-only show for a Las Vegas premiere. Egad, what have the Cirque people started?

There’s concern about Elton John appearing at Caesars Palace despite plans for a press conference this week. The reason ”” wow, I get to wear my doctor scrubs again ”” is that he abruptly backed out of a charity concert he was to co-headline with former Beach Boy Brian Wilson. John told promoters, according to Reuters "he pulled out with regrets, it was personal and if it wasn’t important, he wouldn’t have canceled."

Of course, rumors immediately started that he was having throat problems. That remains to be seen.

The Latin Music Awards taped at Mandalay Bay, airs on Telemundo on November 16. That’s Channel 15 locally.

Rumors continue to swirl that Michael Flatley is going to open an Irish themed hotel. Wait a minute, isn’t Flatley from Chicago?

I’m a Broadway gypsy at heart. Besides the shows, I loved being with the boys. The reason I bring it up is that one of the best Broadway shows was recently in town. "The Full Monty," it should have been Monti, was sensational. The road show cast could have easily been performing on Broadway.

I discover a great new, hip spot in Henderson. Check out the Hot Rod Grille with its live band, great food and sensational action, though not my preference. It’s on American Pacific off the 215.

Another Henderson find is Whimsy Blue, Karen Hamilton’s new gallery. Karen is a 9/11 disaster survivor and reemerged from the ashes in our desert community.

Still no date for David Brenner’s debut at the Westin Causarina.

Early Clover, lead singer with the Cornell Gunther’s Coasters, has released a CD and can be seen at Café Nicolle on Saturday nights.

Mike Douglas, the famed talk show host who knew talent by booking me on his show, was a recent visitor. He even reminded everyone of his great singing voice by doing a tune on Duke Morgan’s radio show.

I’m amazed with the amount of people that wait in the stand-by lines at "O" and Danny Gans. Some of them spend hours waiting to see if there are any tickets cancellations. There’s a lesson to be learned that visitors should book in advance.

Speaking of Gans, he recently donated $30,000 to our local Red Cross, which was the price of tickets to a locals only performance.

Weekly Variety, considered a showbiz bible, wasn’t very kind to "Zumanity," and had really harsh comments about emcee Joey Arias.

Cher, aka the Good-bye Girl, has scheduled two additional farewell performances at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2 and 3. Her opening acts are KC & the Sunshine Band and the Village People. I guess the diva figures since it’s a new year, she can say goodbye again.