Kevin Spacey to debut in Vegas

Nov 30, 2004 2:54 AM

Though his first choice was the Flamingo because that’s where Bobby Darin recorded his first album here, Kevin Spacey will bring his Darin tribute performance to the Stardust on Dec. 26 as part of a tour promoting his movie about the singer, "Beyond the Sea." Darin, who died Dec. 20, 1973, at age 37 during heart surgery, was a dynamite Las Vegas headliner playing the Flamingo, Sahara and Hilton.

The film was a labor of love for Spacey. Besides being on-screen, the two-time Oscar winner produced, directed and co-wrote the film. He also sang all 18 songs on the soundtrack, which was produced by rock legend Phil Ramone.

Spacey insisted on recording the songs with a live band, just the way Darin would, Ramone told Billboard magazine. "Kevin has a determination, charm and work ethic that very few people have," Ramone said. "He even took guitar, drum and piano lessons because of the film. It takes most singers 15 years to find their voices, but Kevin learned very quickly." The film opens here on Dec. 26.

A Greg Thompson-produced topless review "with a twist" will open in the Rio’s Scinta Showroom at the end of January as a late-night attraction.

And, "The Donkey Show," the New York hit based on Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" that takes the audience on a musical journey of euphoric lust gone haywire, is reportedly bound for the ICE nightclub. Planned for a Valentine’s Day opening, the story takes place in a 70s disco, the home of love-sick revelers lost in a forest of misguided beings. Sounds enticing.

The Bally’s afternoon experiment by Society of Seven with Lani Misalucha will come to an end in February at the conclusion of the group’s six-month agreement with the hotel.

The group, I’m being told, has refused its renewal option as the engagement has cost its backers over $500,000 more than anticipated. Also, the hope of making Misalucha a solo star hasn’t come to fruition and she reportedly will be returning to the Philippines where she is a superstar.

The get-away-from-your-troubles "We Will Rock You," the futuristic rock comedy at Paris Las Vegas set to the dynamic music of Queen, has been re-priced and re-scheduled. In what may be the Strip’s top show bargain, the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee is now $49 for all seats. For all other shows, the Radio GaGa section is $70, Killer Queen seats go for $85, and it costs $100 to go Bohemian, a 10 to 25 percent reduction from previous prices. All tickets are plus tax and handling.

The Foundation for Positively Kids, a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to developing services that provide comprehensive care for Nevada’s medically fragile and terminally ill children, will be the benefactor of a new CD entitled "Happy Holidays Las Vegas." A compilation of Las Vegas headliners and recording artists performing holiday music, the CD includes a "Christmas in Las Vegas," a duet by Clint Holmes and Lesley Gore, "Christmas for the First Time," written and performed by Danny Gans, and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by The Scintas, among many others. The Vezzo label CD is available for $20 at local record stores or at their site, positivelykids.org.

A 60 by 90 foot ice rink has been built on the Caesars Palace open-air Roman Plaza for public ice skating and a new theatrical show entitled "The Stars Are Out Tonight" featuring skaters Elvis Stojko, Rudy Galindo and Dan Hollander, among others. The show’s creative director is former Olympian Randy Gardner (whose former pairs partner Tai Babilonia is David Brenner’s lady friend) with performances scheduled on weekends through Jan. 15.