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‘Golden Oldies’ play the Stardust

May 4, 2004 4:00 AM

Old Vegas is making a comeback thanks to the Stardust entertainment bookers. Not only has the hotel taken its classic logo out of mothballs ”” and added the word legendary ”” but it seems only those eligible for Social Security now perform in its Wayne Newton Theatre. The irony is that Newton is the last to join the ranks, just turning 62 the end of last month.

It’s a fabulous lineup that draws packed houses with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, the newest classics. The Las Vegas veterans, and residents, were sensational last weekend, though I must admit I’ve never had so many women ask who did my make-up. Of course, when I told I did it myself, I got plenty of extra work.

Others in the Stardust lineup include Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, The Temptations and The Four Tops, and Chicago. I also think it would be a great spot for Robert Goulet.

I can’t help but point out that the audience seems to reflect the age of the performers. It’s kind of like a wax museum on and off the stage!

Continuing to get the press he thrives on, my good buddy Roy Horn, according to an NBC press release, will have his first interview by Maria Shriver as part of a 90-minute special, since his tragic accident .

NBC seems like the right network, at least from a cross-pollination standpoint. The network plans to air the special just before the first episode of Siegfried & Roy’s "Father of the Pride" computer-animated series. And, who else but their dear friend, Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is better qualified to conduct the interview?

According to the release, the special "will trace Roy’s recovery from his injuries and subsequent stroke, giving viewers an intimate look into the harrowing experience in his own words." The show will include interviews with Roy’s doctors and others close to the entertainer. I’d be willing to bet all my treasured leopard skin outfits that there is no way the main doctor involved in the case will do any type of on-camera interview unless his face and voice is distorted.

Congratulations to former "Magnum P.I." co-star Larry Manetti on being named entertainment consultant for the downtown Plaza Hotel.

If David Saxe takes over the Ovation Theatre in the Desert Passage as rumored and brings in his "V" show, it may be for a short run. I’m hearing rumbles that the new Passage owners are looking to upgrade the shopping and get rid of the entertainment.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" heads into town ”” and the Paris Hotel ”” next week for a week of shows that a fellow columnist touts as "perhaps the most impressive guest lineup in talk show history." Is he crazy? I find it one of the most disappointing lineups.

Besides the great Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld and Cirque du Soleil, there’s only one movie star: Billy Crystal; no big name, beautiful actress; no local entertainer of the year, Clint Holmes; and, how exciting, the judges of "American Idol." Oh yes, how can I forget the ever popular and special Pamela Anderson?

Steve Wynn’s wife’s birthday is April 28 and he plans to celebrate her next one by opening Wynn Las Vegas.

Canter’s Deli, a Los Angeles tradition for more than 50 years, has opened a 24 hour deli at TI (Treasure Island).

With no glitches anticipated, the Aladdin will become Planet Hollywood on Sept. 1, though it will take time for the planned revisions to the hotel to take place.

I can’t wait to find out "what ever happened to" when Linda Ronstadt performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on July 17 at the Aladdin. The former teen star that used to perform in short dresses and no shoes, will also have her band to do her greatest rock hits, and then do American standards as arranged by Nelson Riddle. Remember when Linda used to ride around California in a limousine, sitting on the lap of then-governor Jerry Brown? Those were the days!

We do have a serious side in Las Vegas when is comes to music, though it doesn’t get much of the spotlight. The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers "Russian Romantics on Saturday night at Ham Concert Hall on the UNLV campus at 8 p.m. Pianist Valentina Lisitas will be the guest artist.

The Cultural Corridor Coalition and the City of Las Vegas is sponsoring a free "Day of Adventure" on Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cashman Center. Opening festivities will be at 10 a.m. at Cashman Center.

Free admission will be offered to Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, Reed Whipple Cultural Center, Neon Museum and the Las Vegas Library. Mayor Oscar Goodman will participate in a game of human checkers in the upper Cashman Center parking lot at noon.