To all my readers:
This column comes to you directly from my hospital bed here in Las Vegas. The moral of this story is to stay fully hydrated, which is difficult here in the Valley. Keep drinking water all day long. Believe me, I found that out the hard way – but I’m still here!
In my job as a columnist and one who has to keep his eye on what’s happening in the Valley, I get to see a lot of shows. This allows me opportunity to evaluate the potential of talent in Vegas. That being said, there’s a new show at the Westin – The Will Edwards Show – that’s being presented in “the most comfortable showroom in Vegas.”
This talk show has it all: quirky characters, bright and current banter, lots of “free stuff” for the audience members, spirited interviews and talented performers. The night we saw it there was a singer I’m sure we’ll see around town in the future. Edwards has a future in this town because he has brought a new twist to the showroom genre.
Edwards appears at the Westin every second and fourth Wednesday night, offering one of the most innovative libations in town I’m sure will become a Vegas staple – the Ghettotini.
We love events with a purpose. The Neurofibromatosis-Network (NFN), which was founded in 1988 in an effort to help families affected by NF (tumors growing along the nervous system), will sponsor a fundraising event featuring Flightinez, the Fremont Street Experience, and the cast of Jersey Boys to help raise awareness (and funds) as supporters zip down the zip lines.
The event takes place on Monday, May 7, from noon until midnight, and the cast of Jersey Boys will be on-hand to kick off festivities at noon.
Speaking Jersey Boys, this is a show that should not only be seen once, but at least one more time. I’ve seen it several times and never tire of the story, music and great performances by the “boys.” The cast has definitely settled into the new surroundings at the Paris Las Vegas. There is a strong interaction with the audience as most of them are familiar with the music.
I have a special place for this era in that it was mine. Bob Crewe, the genius behind the “Boys” also wrote my dance hits in the age of disco. This is outstanding theater and that is why the touring companies as well as Las Vegas are having such a huge success.
Most of us have mothers and as we contemplate celebrating their importance in our lives there is a long list of possibilities Caesars Entertainment is sponsoring at their resorts, including Jubilee!, the elaborate retro-glamorous extravaganza featuring gorgeous showgirls, lavish costumes, dazzling scenery, specialty acts and sheer pageantry.
If Mom (or moms-to-be) have any ideas about becoming real life showgirls, there is an all-access Backstage Walking Tour, which gives guests the rare opportunity to get behind the scenes of Las Vegas’ longest running showgirl production.
If Mom likes music and you can’t serenade her, think about Matt Goss the British songster, who can probably fill the bill. The song stylist is at the Gossy Room at Caesars Palace. Celine Dion will be back at the Colosseum from June 9 through August 19. Donny & Marie are at the Flamingo along with George Wallace, who reportedly has the funniest 10 p.m. show in Vegas.
Human Nature is at the Imperial Palace and Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas. This is just the tip of the entertainment iceberg.
Taylor Hicks, who won American Idol’s fifth season, will have an eight-week residency beginning Tuesday, June 26 at the Indigo at Bally’s. Hicks will be the first American Idol winner to have a long-term residency. I’ve often bemused about the futility of this genre, but Hicks should be a welcome addition to the entertainment stream here in Vegas. The Indigo is now under construction and will be a great new venue for whoever may be performing there.
Looks like a comeback for entertainment at Bally’s. Jubilee will finally have siblings!
There is a new cantina in town, Carlos’ and Charlie’s World Famous Mexican Grill & Fiesta at the Flamingo. We need new ways to spread cheer and this location is supposed to offer an array of activities for those who aren’t faint of heart. There is only one admonishment in the publicity for this new establishment and that is to not feed their waiters. I may have to sniff around and see what happens if you do!
Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley were here last week in a special concert for the high rollers at Caesars Entertainment. This concert, held in the auditorium at Planet Hollywood, was a two-hour romp and wonderful way to celebrate those who choose to wager at these properties.
Congratulations to the Grand View and their expansion project. They had the largest concrete pouring in a couple of years and it is wonderful to see this project may get folks back to work and even cause a drop in the unemployment rate for the city. The Strip is expanding and this was an exciting observation.
Village Square Mall is undergoing a renovation and expansion. Several new stores have already signed leases. Things are definitely looking up.
Garin Bader: Musical Magic shows can be seen on May 6 at Green Valley Ranch Resort and on May 13 at Aliante Station. Bader is a master magician, an accomplished pianist and a great showman in general. For more information please call 702-638-5061 or email [email protected]
How about Lindsay Lohan playing Elizabeth Taylor in the soon to be filmed production about Liz and Richard Burton. Burton’s role has not yet been cast, so here I am producers, I can play either part. Oh,these comebacks are so exhausting!
Poor Gladys Knight, she had to get back on That Midnight Train. After a nice run on Dancing With the Stars, she got her walking papers last week. The cast and crew loved every minute spent with her and were sorry to see her go. She may not have been one of the best dancers but she sure is one of our best singers.
Keeping Up with The Kardashians will keep Kim and family busy as TV’s E! channel has extended their contract for another three seasons. Those girls (this generation’s Gabors) are not only beautiful, but they do have what it takes to succeed in business. And don’t forget, Mama is there to hold the reigns. Speaking of the K’s, Kim is being seen everywhere with Kanye West. Some say it’s love while others feel it’s a publicity stunt for a business venture they are rumored to be planning.
The Britney Spears residency deal with the Hard Rock has reportedly not been signed yet. If the deal goes through she would perform at The Joint (4,000) seats as a semi-regular. The new management, after seeing the success of Motley Crue recently, wants to appeal to a larger share of the population, and feels that Britney, who has sold more than 100 million albums, fits that bill.
JUST IN: Tommy Wind has just signed a three-year deal to headline at the new Boulevard Theater on the Strip beginning June 27. He will be the youngest resident entertainer on the Strip and his new show will blow you away. He is finishing his successful run at the Clarion and will close on May 5. Congratulations Tommy!
The Rev. Monti wishes you only the best!