If Oprah wants divas, I'm around

Apr 22, 2008 7:00 PM

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | It was an extraordinary week with all the television and radio broadcasters in town at the Convention Center. I should have been a fly on the wall to pick up all the conversation that must have been going on.

With shows moving around and being cancelled, the big buzz surrounds the arrival of Cher and her new show at Caesars Colosseum. Cher is opening in May and Oprah will be coming to Las Vegas to interview her and Tina Turner this coming week.

"Spamalot" will be closing in July and Danny Gans is moving to the new venue at Wynn Encore in November. His name will appear exclusively on the Encore sign. Rumor has it another of the big Broadway shows will also be closing in the near future.

"Jersey Boys" at the Palazzo is on my calendar for Sunday. It seems to be the most anticipated show to arrive in town since Celine Dion opened at the Colosseum.

"Stomp Out Loud" celebrates its first anniversary at Planet Hollywood. By the way, PH and The Palms are fast becoming the film premiere champs. Each month more and more new films have their red carpet openings here in Las Vegas.

To The Full Monti, the big news is Nathan Burton’s "Comedy of Magic" at the Flamingo. Nathan keeps his face on television from "America’s Got Talent" to "Extra" to Wayne Newton’s reality show, "Entertainer." By the way, where is Wayne? We miss you.

Both Burton and Frank Marino are the best self-promoters in Las Vegas, well besides Monti Rock that is. Marino’s brand in "La Cage" can be seen on more magazine overs than anyone.

Toni Braxton, as of this date, has not returned to the Flamingo following her heart issue which took her to Los Angeles for further treatment.

 Again, it was a great afternoon spent at the Flamingo bidding farewell to the Society of Seven. The stars of the Society, Martin Nievera and Lani are true miracles of voice. They sent chills down my spine.

 The hit show, "High School Musical," will be in Las Vegas on June 2. This is a big favorite of both adults and teenagers along with being a Disney masterpiece.

As a columnist I keep beating my readers over the head about ticket prices. I have a way encouraging people to get half price tickets. Search for Cheap Tickets on the Internet or Seat Fillers or maybe Two for Ones. Believe me, there’s plenty of seats for the shows.

Since Dick Feeney lowered the price of his tickets at the Plaza, others in the downtown area are trying to follow suit by adding a dinner or buffet to the price of the show. I’m one who believes that locals don’t want to pay $150 or $200 to see a show.

Is there a recession coming? I think it’s here. Major properties in Las Vegas have released hundreds of employees. What does that say about our economy? Even with all that’s happened, City Center is still going up and high rises continue to grow while the foreclosure signs are everywhere.

Some would have us believe the gaming industry doesn’t suffer at all, but MGM Mirage and Harrah’s have made middle management cutbacks with allegedly more to come.

On our local Channel 3 television, KVBC, John Fredericks has settled the issue over his new best friend RJ the Lab. We all remember his earlier sidekick Jordan who went to the station every morning with John. Well, according to my sources everything is settled and all is happy, including young RJ or is it JR? Doesn’t John just do the weather on Channel 3?

Local AM Radio has grabbed yours truly for a drive time spot on KLAZ 1230AM "Minute With Monti" makes its debut the second week in May on Las Vegas Adventures with Meg and Jeannine. Radio will never be the same!

Ivana Trump, (Donald’s ex), has just married her young stud at Mira Lago in Florida. I understand it was the wedding of the century with some 25 bride’s maids. Keeping it all in the family, Donald’s sister officiated. Why didn’t Rev. Monti do it? I am licensed in Florida as well as Nevada!

Do we really think Beyonce and JayZ are married? Do we really care? What about our current television favorites of "American Idol," which is down to David vs. David and "Dancing With the Stars" where a show favorite, Priscilla Presley, was booted.

More importantly, when will Donny and Marie Osmond appear at the Flamingo and what happened to cause Billy Crystal to cancel his performance at MGM? Now, that’s important.

Anyone over 30, or maybe past 50, remembers hearing or reading about the Mary Kaye Trio. When thinking of the Mary Kaye Trio you automatically pictured Vegas.

They were synonymous with Las Vegas nightlife and glamorous nights on the town with sophisticated, familiar music.

That was the Mary Kaye Trio. Well, now the Trio is down to one, Norman Kaye, who could use a helping hand. True to Las Vegas style Nelson Sardelli, who is a veteran entertainer, stepped up to the plate along with other entertainers for a fundraiser held this past Sunday at The Orleans showroom. Tickets went for $20 at the door.

The playbill included Clint Holmes, Jimmy Hopper and the Las Vegas Tenors. As long as there’s an audience, some performers just keep going. We hope the event had a big turnout and allowed everyone a chance to show what we’re really made of. Hats off to the Orleans, Boyd properties and Nelson Sardelli.

What’s this about our own Sen. Harry Reid writing a book about early Las Vegas? Shouldn’t he concentrate on business in Washington?