Rumor has it there is a lot of brouhaha at the Stratosphere between Frankie Moreno, who stars in the main ballroom and also is the co-producer, along with Clair Sinclair, of a new girlie show.
I hear from my sources that Frankie was not invited to the opening. Enough said. Ms. Sinclair is a beautiful girl, but the show needs a lot of tweaking because there’s not enough material here for an hour show over 12 weeks. This is simple arithmetic and my suggestion for improving a good thing.
There’s a lot to celebrate these days. The Smith Center is celebrating its first anniversary and has been a hit.
Cabaret Jazz has Clint Holmes the first weekend of each month in addition to the appearances of Barbara Cook, Bob Anderson and Pia Zadora among others. The theater featured such Broadway hits as La Cage, Wicked, and Memphis – all at very reasonable prices starting at $24. They also have the Children’s Museum, which recently opened on the grounds at Symphony Place.
This past weekend, NASCAR was in town and brought a lot of tourism and big bucks to the coffers of Las Vegas. Marie Osmond, who sang the national anthem, also has a radio show out of Los Angeles.
Marie is headlining an act with her brother Donny at the Flamingo. As for NASCAR, the 400-mile Sprint Cup race at the Speedway is one of the biggest and best events in Vegas. Importantly, most everyone was well-behaved.
At Planet Hollywood, Cee Lo Green is getting mixed reviews but has growing power and is selling tickets. At some point I’ll go but my all my leopard outfits stay home. I prefer attending incognito wearing some kind of veil.
At Harrah’s, we have The Million Dollar Quartet, which I will also see and review in the coming weeks. The show features the music of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Earlier this month LVH brought in a show called Raiding the Rock Vaults – The Story of Classic Rock. It’s been signed for one year. The grand opening and media night occurred this past Monday evening. I wanted to get that in just in case I had too good of a time and forgot.
As for my show, Monti Rock Unmasked, it will close the vault on my doing live performances. Unless, of course, Elvis returns and asks me to do “Love Me Tender.” I could play a duet playing both parts.
Dueling Divas: On one side we have the Mob attraction at the Tropicana on the other, the downtown Mob Museum at the old post office bulding. Both discuss the mob, the gaming industry and the old Las Vegas.
And we just can’t forget trying to do something with the Liberace Foundation. The new movie comes out with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon playing his lover. From my perspective, it’s all a little “tacky.”
Last week Mirage hosted the finals of “American Idol.” Oh, by the way, Ryan Seacrest’s new hair is divine. Not so divine is Nikki Minaj’s variations of hair. Plus, Mariah Carey is so boring. It’s time to pull the plug on this show since the ratings are down by 20%. It’s like trying to resuscitate a dying dog.
Valerie Harper, a good friend whom I adore and cherish, and one who’s been very supportive, has been diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. Valerie has been given three to six months to live. She’s been on lots of talk shows lately with a very upbeat attitude. One of her best lines to date has been “don’t come to the funeral before the body gets there.”
Valerie has a very strong and positive message about living fully, effectively and with gusto until you can’t any longer. What a wonderful woman.
Joy Behar will be leaving “The View” after 16-plus years. It only seems like 25. Just kidding, Joy. Her leaving is too bad because that strong presence will be hard to fill. Rumors about any other cast changes are untrue.
“The Talk” with Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood has improved considerably. Barbara Walters at 84 is not worried because she’s the matriarch of the genre and the show will go on, and on, and on. It’s all about ratings.
Last but not least, Celine came back to the Colosseum and wowed them after a two-week absence with a voice problem.I doubt you will see Ms. Dion at Sapphire, The World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club, but they are hosting The Ultimate March Madness Party in Las Vegas.
All of the second and third round playoffs from March 21-24 will be aired plus the “blow out party” April 8 for the final. For more information contact Shai Cohen at 702-812-7472 or email: [email protected]
The Scintas return to Las Vegas as resident entertainers at The D beginning April 3. They will be bringing their “old Vegas” style of showmanship for three weeks of every month. The dark week allows them to do shows in New York and Ohio, where they have enjoyed great success. Check with The D for show times and schedules.
I passed by Wayne Newton’s property, Casa de Shenandoah, and saw the For Sale signs on the property. Very sad to see our stars fall from the sky. I remember when I had to sell my pink palace – it was quite embarrassing.
My good friend Artie Ripp is bringing a show from Los Angeles to Vegas called Deep Throat – The Sex Scandal. Oh, where are you Linda Lovelace? She died in a tragic car wreck in 2002.
Thank goodness Vegas continues to be a big drawing card for new entertainment.
As always the Rev. Monti wishes you health, wealth and good living.
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].