Las Vegas scandals! Tragedy, trauma and trysts! For 50 years the Tropicana’s stage had the Follies Bergere as their main attraction. Where have all those feathers gone?
I miss them – the show girls – the male dancers – the glorious image of Las Vegas.
Robert Goulet – a singer’s singer – a man who resounded on Broadway first as Sir Lancelot and then years later returned as King Arthur in the revival of “Camelot.” Who remembers the day this icon passed from our lives?
Where were you when Danny Gans passed away – or have you forgotten this uber-talented gentleman?
Siegfried and Roy. Roy Horn was mauled by one of his trusted tigers. What a spectacularly tenacious man Mr. Horn is – to go to the brink – fight it all – and come back as a functioning man again! Do you remember?
My great friend, Bill Moore, who passed away a year ago, was a West End of London chorus boy who became a legendary Las Vegas producer. He broke the lines with his Nudes On Ice review – a man whose vision and heart never stopped and who always had an ear for those around him. A gentle giant – I miss him so much!
Cirque’s Ka remains closed pending the findings of OSHA. They are still in the midst of investigating the accident that claimed the life of dancer/acrobat Sara Guillot-Guyard. The show, as per one of the cast members, is very dangerous all the time. Ka is scheduled to re-open in about a week.
Michael Jackson One, the collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, is currently at its permanent home in the Mandalay Bay Theater. It is a tremendous hit, not only because of the great choreography and MJ’s presence, but it has also brought Cirque back to what it does best. There is so much great staging going on, yet it does not take away anything from the Michael Jackson mystique. Michael is there watching all.
Frank Marino and Alex Schechter are now officially engaged after Alex proposed to Frank last week on stage during the Divas show at the Quad. Frank is also about to build a new home on Sahara Ave., near Buffalo Dr. Actual wedding plans will be finalized pending the outcome of the gay marriage situation in Nevada.
Speaking of weddings, Halle Berry will marry French actor Olivier Martinez in Paris. Olivier is the father of Halle’s unborn baby. Let’s hope this marriage is for keeps.
Criss Angel performed his 2,000th show last week and I’m now preparing for his fifth anniversary of Believe in October. He has some sensational new, never before seen, illusions in the works. He also has a new Spike TV series that he is taping. There is no stopping this man.
Drag has become an incredible art form, according to Wade McCollum, one of the stars of the touring Broadway hit – “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” There is a tremendous amount of serious work in the transformation from male to flamboyant female. Marino and Jimmy Emerson, among others, will attest to that.
Comedians Louie Anderson and Gallagher open new shows in town. Louie begins an open run at the Plaza and Gallagher holds forth at the Laugh Factory Club at the Tropicana. This town is great for veteran comics.
Add two more good shows to the list of recent or imminent closings. Peepshow will end Sept. 1 despite being a box office hit and Priscilla – Queen of the Desert will cease at The Venetian at the end of July, instead of Aug. 18, since ticket sales have fallen below expectations.
Patrons at Casa di Amore were treated to an impromptu performance by the great Steve Lawrence last week. He got up during dinner and sang a few Sinatra favorites. Of course he brought the house down.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Newton spent $5 million for an additional 10-plus acres of real estate near their new mansion in Las Vegas. It includes a wine cellar and a movie theater. Part of this property was purchased from Norbert Aleman, producer of Crazy Girls and many other hits.
The fires at Carpenter and Kyle Canyons are a terrible thing, but thankfully are getting closer to being contained. We usually don’t appreciate humidity here in the summer, but we need some right now. Some 800 firefighters plus helicopters and tanker planes are dumping thousands of gallons of water/fire retardants, but the hot dry air is helping to feed those flames.
Kyle Canyon homes are in danger of being destroyed and we have already lost six structures on Mt. Charleston.
Our prayers and good wishes go out to country music superstar Randy Travis as heart failure due to a viral infection has weakened his heart to the point where doctors had to implant a booster devise to help keep his blood flowing. There is a strong possibility he will need a heart transplant.
I can really relate to this as I had a similar situation last year. Rest and great medical care were instrumental to my recovery. I still see my respiratory specialist and cardiologist on a regular basis. We hope the booster implant will help Randy!
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you all a great week.
Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta in the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at [email protected].