Vegas full of top flight entertainment options
August 21, 2018 3:08 AM
by Monti Rock III
Tony “The Greatest” Orlando was back for a terrific set of performances last weekend. As a fellow Bronx-ite (NYC) and life-long friend, I was always enamored by his vocal range, his showmanship, his communication to the audiences and his warmth, humor and sheer professionalism on stage.
My crew and I went to see him at the South Point and – wow! What a fabulous performance! Tony, like a fine wine, only seems to get better as he ages. He is an entertainer’s entertainer. His repertoire included his greatest hits and then some.
I particularly like the South Point’s showroom as it has a warmth and a feeling of Old Vegas that many of the newer venues lack. Sometimes smaller is much better. And as a local casino/resort, the South Point has made its mark on many people’s fav list. I have to travel to go there, but the distance is worth the performance.
This week you can see Frankie Moreno on Thursday and James Darren will be there Friday and Saturday.
Make them laugh, make them laugh, make them laugh! Amy Schumer knocked them all out at The Chelsea Theater at the Cosmopolitan with her self-effacing jokes and body image humor. Amy floors us with her I am what I am, and that’s all that I am (thank you, Popeye!). She is simply a beautiful lady with a real body and makes you comfortable in your own skin.
Amy, I love you on screen, but seeing you up close and live, makes me a forever fan! She was joined by her friends Rachel Feinstein and Mia Jackson. She will be back Nov. 2 and 3 and it’s not too early to get your tickets.
Other comedy venues are becoming a staple in our town, too. The Comedy Cellar, Laugh Factory, and Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at the MGM Grand, a daily must see. The Comedy Lineup at Harrah’s has Tom Green on Sunday and Monday, and John Caparulo, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Jeff Civillico is Comedy in Action at the Anthony Cools Showroom at Paris Las Vegas. He is a multi-talented man, not only an entertainer, but a historian, as well.
Jabbawockeez dance group is back (they used to have a residency here) and will be performing Thursday through Monday at the MGM Grand. These are very creative people and still very relevant.
Lionel Ritchie gave us all what we expected – his talent is unsurpassed – at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. Since the 1970s this man has entertained us with this great song writing abilities (think “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady”) wonderful vocals. You can still catch him this week until Aug. 28, and he will be back for more amazing shows Oct. 3-20.
At Santa Fe’s showroom, Keiko Matsui (an innovative jazz lady) blasted us all with her creativity and riffs. I have been a fan of Matsui for many years, and the ability to see her live and in person was a gift from heaven. More dates, please?
Reba, Brooks and Dunn will return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Oct. 10-20 and Dec. 5-15. Their recent sell-out performances were absolutely countrified gold. Thank you, AEGLive for bringing such great performers to our city!
On Saturday, Sept. 1 – Labor Day Weekend! – the Westgate is proud to have the group YES on its showroom performance schedule. Get your tickets now as YES will be a definite sell-out!
At the cinema
“Christopher Robin” revisits his youth and finds his old buddy Winnie the Pooh, who helps him realize he has become a product of the workaholic culture. A memorable and worthy film.
On the other hand, “The Spy Who Dumped Me” should never have even been on the big screen. The chases, the stereotyped plot, all of it should have been left in the “can.” My friend and I left in the middle.
“Dog Days” was sheer tail-wagging fun! Although the plot was predictable, those four legged, puppy-eyed, doggies made this a must see film. Actually, there was a Pomeranian in the film and – not bragging, but saying it like it is – I believe my ZoZo is a superior actor and his looks are better, too!
Have a happy week!
Monti and ZoZo the wonder dog