Las Vegas residents and former Strip mainstays, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, are winding down a two-year "final" concert tour that had no Las Vegas date on it. Their last local gig was in 2000 when they closed Circus Maximus, the original Caesars Palace showroom.
I’ve learned that the duo was hoping for a final Strip engagement. Much to their chagrin, the offers never materialized except for some four-wall deals, which they turned down. (In a four-wall deal, the entertainer rents the showroom from the hotel and is responsible for most of the costs.)
Still yearning for a last local hurrah, the two fantastic entertainers are eying a date early next year at the Orleans. If the engagement becomes reality, if could be the most expensive ticket in Orleans showroom history, but nowhere near the outlandish prices levied for other Las Vegas shows and headliners.
The Westin Casuarina Hotel has opened, and David Brenner has begun his seven-nights-a-week performances in its 200-seat showroom. Brenner will keep this schedule for three months to figure out which night is really the worst and then he’ll remove it from the schedule.
Local musical genius Pat Caddick is putting together the music for Scrooge, slated for Summerlin’s Starbright Theatre, Dec. 9-28. Davis Gaines stars in the production.
The Hard Rock will host a screening of "The Big Empty" starring Daryl Hannah, in The Joint on Nov. 20 to benefit the Lili Claire Foundation.
Still no word on Robin Leach’s return to FOX5. I’ll bet my jewels that you’ve seen the last of him on the station.
Sandra Bullock’s visits to our wonderful city are all business. Las Vegas is the perfect venue for a script she owns and plans to film.
Danny Gans did another "locals only" show this past Sunday with all proceeds (tickets cost $25) going to the Lili Claire/Danny Gans building fund.
Celine Dion’s delay of her show to allow Michael Jackson to see her performance, is nothing new for the about-to-be Las Vegas resident. Jackson makes a habit of showing up late to show, but this delay set a record.
Frankie Valli has been booked into The Orleans for Thanksgiving weekend. The date was originally part of the Righteous Brothers stay. With the passing of Bobby Hatfield, The Orleans has some dates to fill next year.
Steve Wyrick, who debuts at the Aladdin on Thanksgiving, kicked off the Gift of Lights in Henderson with a stirring illusion.
The Nevada Cancer Institute benefit Thursday (Nov. 20) will be the first event in the Siegfried & Roy Theatre since Roy’s awful accident. Now that the room has reopened, when will the MGM Mirage bigwigs book talent into it? One would think that they’re not going to have the room dark on New Year’s Eve or even during the very busy Christmas week. There have been lots of rumors, which is not unusual for our city, but no announcements.
More changes at the Riviera. While Marlene Ricci (she has subleased the lounge) tries to fill the void at the Le Bistro Lounge after Little Anthony and The Imperials departed, "Men, The Show" departs the showroom it shares with "A Evening at La Cage," on Nov. 30.
The out-of-the-closet Advocate in its Nov. 11 issue has a wonderful ”” and honest ”” story about Zumanity. A portion of it is devoted to John Silverhult King and Patrick King, a couple for 14 years and legally united in Sweden six years ago. The Advocate writer notes, "Middle America isn’t watching any two guys tango and tangle; they’re observing an elegant reconstruction of the true, albeit vastly abridged, story of this couple’s struggles and triumphs." Nice, behind the Zumanity scenes story.