Steve & Eydie eye
more local gigs

May 11, 2004 2:01 AM

Don’t be surprised to see Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme performing "at home" three or four times a year, though it might not be on the Strip. The veteran performers, who have had their fill of traveling, totally enjoyed their recent Stardust engagement, but I hear, would prefer playing The Orleans and its theater-type seating instead of the corral-type atmosphere of the Wayne Newton Theatre.

Those of us attending their show couldn’t move an inch. In fact, I heard someone fainted and had to wait a half hour until the show ended before paramedics could get to her.

Congratulations to Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt on her new column in Las Vegas Senior Life. And, yes, her main squeeze, Dennis Bono, who always seems to be following her, has a new column in the publication, too. If Hunt is successful in her run for governor, will Bono be called the "first man?"

The 39th annual Country Music Awards are slated for the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 26 with Reba McEntire hosting. Performers include Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Martina McBride and George Strait, among others. Presenters include LeAnn Rimes, The Rock, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Josh Tuner.

Carson Daly brings his cable network talk show here May 18-22 for tapings from the Hard Rock, but once again there is no local talent scheduled except for Wayne Newton, who is schedule to perform. Guests will include Val Kilmer, David Spade, Tom Arnold, Jason Bateman and Oscar De la Hoya.

June 21 is the tentative air date for the return of the Clint Holmes and Sheena Easton hosted television show. The title of the show is still in question since it probably won’t be live. The show will originate from the Golden Nugget and will air on Fox 5.

I’m hearing that Rob Lowe’s CBS-TV pilot "Dr. Vegas" has been given a "go" for 13 episodes, and unlike "CSI" and "Las Vegas," will be shooting in Las Vegas.

Stevie Wonder on June 8 will release his first studio project since 1995. Thought he’s made few personal appearances in recent years, Motown reports that he’ll be making some television appearances to support the release. There’s also been some talk of concert dates including a New Year’s appearance in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas concert dates of the "American Idol" North American tour will be announced next week. The 10 finalists will participate in the tour.

"Las Vegas LIVE!" a two-hour television special tracing the history of entertainment in our city, airs on the Bravo network on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

A younger version of me will be on stage nightly at the Sahara when the road show of "Saturday Night Fever" opens on June 14. If you recall, I was the disc jockey in the smash movie that forms the basis of the play. My good friend Arlene Philips is choreographing the small-scale production while she oversees the major duties of the Queen musical "We Will Rock You" beginning rehearsals at Paris.

Just in time for the Memorial Day crowds, the Hard Rock rejoins the local nightclub battle when it launches Body English. The club replaces Baby’s, which closed following the Super Bowl. Cost of the new hot spot is only $6 million.

Though close-up magician Steve Dacri hasn’t been able to find a local venue, another former Caesar’s Magical Empire performer has. Collin Farrell has four-walled David Brenner’s showroom at the Westin and will be doing a 6 p.m. show six nights a week. I hear it’s reasonably priced and that the Westin is giving him support. The room is just intimate enough that close-up magic just might work.

Jay Leno’s staff is unwilling to book the classy and talented Clint Holmes during his "Tonight Show" visit here this week, but is willing to show the rather raunchy side of our talent by having the erotic aquatic (performing in an oversized water bowl) act from Zumanity on Friday. I’d lay odds that they won’t be nude!

In case you haven’t heard, I celebrate birthday no. 60 again on May 29 and I’ve figured out that special gift for me. How about, dear friend, now that it’s open to the public, giving me a one-night-stand at The Mansion at the MGM Grand. The Robb Report’s "Best of the Best" says it is "on par with Europe’s finest residential hotels." Those who know me know I love Europe. Oh yes, the cost of the night. It’s a little pricey at $5,000 to $15,000, but I’m worth every cent.