New Cirque show, Zarkana, opens at Aria Resort Casino

Nov 20, 2012 3:00 AM

The newest Cirque show, Zarkana, opened Friday to a media blitz from all over the world, including the “bottom feeders” (and you know who you are).

This show replaces my favorite show, Viva Elvis. At the opening we had the usual media darlings, names I hardly remember except Taylor Hicks, Criss Angel, Carrot Top, and so on. The show is spectacular, the sets and technology brilliant plus it’s a feast to the senses.

With seven Cirque shows there is something for everyone from Mystere to O, Zumanity to Love. Criss Angel’s Believe started as a Cirque show but was re-worked, revamped with the illusions updated and made even more spectacular. I refer to Criss as “the Mick Jagger of Magic.”

Some of the higher up PR offices say Mr. Rock was a “no show” at the opening – Ha! Ha! I am a celebrity columnist and people do read my gossip. Don’t knock the Rock! This “Emperor” has new clothes, but in order for you to see them he must be invited. And his entourage is unlike any in town. CUTE!

A couple of months ago I discussed the opening of the new Michael Jackson show – a Cirque production, at Mandalay Bay. We’re all getting ready for the phenomenon that is the Michael legacy with all the brouhaha of the Jackson Clan, the Brothers, LaToya, etc.

It should be quite interesting to say the least. I am a fan of a great show. The bar is high, but I know a good thing when I see it. Enough said!

This past weekend the Joe Williams Foundation Benefit Concert starring Clint Holmes, Earl Turner, Sammy Shore and Pia Zadora to name a few was fantastic. My friend Ed Foster helped produce it for the Foundation. It was great to see Ben Vereen doing a surprise “cameo” because the guy is a legend and lights a spark when hitting the stage.

I also went to see the Cuban icon, David de Alba at the Onyx Theatre. He performed to a full house doing his loving tribute to Judy Garland. David doesn’t use canned music and you think you’re watching “the lady” herself.

Jimmy Emerson, subbing for Frank Marino while on a two week vacation from Divas, assures me he is working on a new show. The theme is about comedy and drag, and is uproariously funny. 

This Saturday, Tommy Wind begins his residency at the Boulevard Theatre on the Strip with his magic. Some of his people took exception to something I said in a past article. I want to remind them any publicity is good publicity if I say so myself.

Tommy is an up and coming young magical talent and should be supported. This is a difficult business at best and needs supportive media. I want folks to succeed and this is my wish for this talented young gentleman.

Oh, by the way, the Boulevard Theater will ultimately be hosting five ticketed shows daily. Barbra & Frank-The Concert That Never Was occupies the 3 p.m. spot and Wind will be doing his thing at 5 p.m. Later shows will feature productions that are new to the area. The theater is located opposite the Monte Carlo.

As noted in an earlier column, the fabulous Bob Anderson will be appearing at Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz from this Friday through Sunday. This “entertainer’s entertainer” is one of the best singers around and is not to be missed.

Recycled Percussion is slated to move into the showroon at the Quad, the soon to be renovated Imperial Palace Theater. Target date is Jan 12. Human Nature will be closing at the IP this Sunday. Also being refurbished is the Tropicana Theater, which reportedly will again be home to Dancing With The Stars-Live beginning in March.

Caesars Palace gave Shania Twain quite the welcome last week. Shania, on horseback, led a 20-horse riding procession onto a red carpet in front of the fountains at Caesars. The two-year residency contract with Shania was reportedly in the works for the past 10 years. The shows at the Colosseum will begin Dec. 1. We wish her much success with this “comeback” megashow.

Terry Fator has signed a multi-year deal with The Mirage, extending his stay through 2016. He has already done more than three years of soldout performances.

The Plaza Hotel/Casino has a new show, the Grand Ole Vegas Revue. It’s full of songs, dances, and comedy suitable for all ages. There’s a special price of $24 per ticket.

Over at the Luxor, Fantasy had its calendar release party and Anita Mann, producer/director and personal friend, looked fabulous. I love this lady.

Golden Rainbow continues its great work with its second annual Holiday Lights and Decorations program running until Dec. 7. This program is being presented in partnership with Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Donated lights, etc. are distributed to families affected by HIV/Aids. For more information please contact or call 702-384-2899.

Our hotels/casinos need to do even more of these benefits. There are a lot of needy people and worthy charities here in Las Vegas.

There is new drama with the “generals” and their ladies. This is nothing but soap opera. Once determined that there were no national secrets exchanged then James Bond becomes the only old lover we care about.

As for the elections, so glad they are over! Hope you watched those long lines of enthusiastic citizens waiting to express their preferences and, of course, vote.

As usual Rev. Monti wishes you health, wealth, wisdom and a great Thanksgiving.

Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta is the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at [email protected].

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