This has been a thrillingly lucky week for yours truly! Taping a new video, I am channeling Lady Gaga’s vibrations – she is one of the most creative and imaginative minds of our times.
I have many fans and detractors. So, be it! I’m a brand, a legend, an icon. My business is gossip! Even this week, people called and commented on my statement that there were too many comics and too much magic on the Strip!
I created a reaction and that’s what reporting and writing a column is all about!!! Make your readers react and think about what you have written.
John and Shannon Bentham of Ivory Star Productions are behind Defending the Caveman, Marriage Can Be Murder, Country Super Stars Tribute at the Golden Nugget, and Kevin Burke at the D (formerly Fitzgerald’s).
John and his three beautiful children were at their new home where he designed the Monti Rock T-shirt and graphics for Fiesta! John has also been a consultant on the Lion King Las Vegas and with the Golden Nugget on Gordie Brown’s opening in 2009. I thank him for all his fabulous work!! He is a truly talented artist.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will be opening at the Plaza. I remember seeing the show with Tommy Tune. The newest revival will debut Thursday, April 19.
I reported last week that Dancing With the Stars is coming to the Tropicana. It is kind of a nice fit – a new comedy room and a new showroom with a glorious past. We happen to love this property! My other favorite property, the LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) has Chicago coming, along with a lineup that includes the great Liza Minnelli!
What is the current news with the Oprah Winfrey Network? Is it too much Oprah – too many life lessons – too much angst? The OWN just dropped Rosie O’Donnell’s show, but who wouldn’t cancel that woman? Her wicked mouth has out lasted her 1,500 minutes of fame.
By the way, Ms. Rosie is getting married again and again and again. Hey! Rosie! Remember I’m a licensed Reverend. Maybe I should perform the marriage for you and bring you better luck!
The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz, was totally sold out for Clint Holmes’ opening weekend, Golda’s Balcony was also SRO, and it was a wonderful, eloquent performance by Tovah Feldshuh. If you are a local, get four or more shows for only $24. You can’t beat this price anywhere!
Smith Center has brought polish, panache, talent and culture to our city. This cultural centerpiece cost almost $500 million and is worth every nickel.
Last week, the Country Music Awards at the MGM and Mandalay Bay, was dazzling. Oooh. Blake Shelton is the very image that has taken country and made it mainstream. Have you seen him on The Voice? Speaking of which, Cee Lo Green is now shopping at Savers and he bought my old wigs and sequined attire. I donated them to Big Brothers and Big Sisters and he found them at Savers. I guess this proves recycling really works!
Also, a shout out to Criss Angel. I have become a big fan of this star because of his generosity and kindness. Jersey Boys at Paris is wowing the crowds and check out the Sugar Factory while you are there – a chocolate aroma world that’s decadently divine.
Aliante casino has got some big shows lined up this month. Jack Walker and Friends, featuring singer/actor Lou De Meis and virtuoso concert pianist Garin Bader, is set for April 22 and The Platters Revue on April 29, featuring Monroe Powell, who was the group’s lead singer longer than any other of the legitimate members of The Platters.
The Sahara Hotel reportedly will be completely refurbished and ready to reopen in 2013. The money necessary for the project has been approved and workers should start on the renovations very soon. The Sahara roller coaster will be replaced by a beer garden.
This is good news for the north end of the Strip and shows there is still confidence in the future of Las Vegas. Those of us who live and work here always felt that way.
Our good friend Pat Mascola has written a great new novel, Hell On East Rock, after 52 years working in entertainment, publicity and publishing in Florida. The book, a story full of romance, suspense, and redemption already has two movie offers in the works.
Pat is currently the owner/publisher of Around Town, South Florida’s leading entertainment publication. For more information see Hell on East Rock on Amazon.com or call 954-971-8008.
Again, thanks to Scott Santodonato, of the Strip Las Vegas Magazine, one of our town’s premier photographers, publishers and promotional marketing experts. He and his staff are doing my new round of photos.
The Rev. Monti hopes you had a great Easter/Passover Weekend.