Jubilee, a campy masterpiece, can still improve

Nov 12, 2013 3:00 AM

I was at Bally’s to see Jubilee, the vintage campy show with dynamite costumes, chorus boys and, of course, showgirls. What it really needs is more variety and acts that cater to a younger audience, though in my eyes it is a masterpiece.

Adding more contemporary music and choreography, while keeping the definitive old Vegas feel, might just be the answer to keep this treasure alive and well. Let’s face it, Jubilee is the last of the traditional showgirl extravaganzas, which were once part of the magic of Las Vegas.

Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s “doctor” in his Halloween gorilla outfit was just about the best trick or treat costume, while MJ’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, is doing interviews about her daughter Paris. We haven’t heard much of the Jackson children of late, and that should be a good thing as they deserve some privacy and to live a normal life.

The Joe Williams Scholarship Fund Benefit slated for Sunday, Nov. 17 at UNLV’s Artemus Hall will feature Ben Vereen, Pia Zadora, Marlena Shaw, Vince Falcone and more. For tickets and more information please call 702-895-2787.

Add singer Taylor Hicks to the list of singers trying their hand at acting. The American Idol winner appeared on Law and Order, SVU last week and has been taking acting lessons in the hope of pursuing a successful career as well continuing with his singing.

Ron O’Neal, the Golden Nugget entertainment guru who recently suffered a mild stroke, is back at work. The Gordie Brown show at the Nugget is going strong and the special offer to his show plus a buffet dinner package is a must.

The Downtown Grand, The D and the Plaza along with the Golden Nugget make up the heart of Downtown’s revitalization. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, has been one of the most influential proponents of this redevelopment by bringing big and small business to the area.

Hsieh’s Zappo company in the old Las Vegas City Hall has generated some much needed employment. Unfortunately, he is reportedly being sued for approximately $500,000 due to damages from a plumbing accident at an adjacent building.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving, I realize there is a lot to be thankful for, including my recovery, working on my movie and having my column going viral. This column and blogs will soon be seen all over the world. Fourteen years of writing for Gaming Today has resulted in my having a very large following.

Black Friday is not only for the big shopping mall stores. Du Barry Fashions at 3375 S. Decatur Blvd. will be holding a store-wide sale with savings up to 75% on Nov 29. A great place to fill your holiday stockings with some fabulous “bling.”

AFAN, Aid for Aids of Nevada is holding its Annual Holiday Toy Drive now through Dec. 8. They help make this holiday season extra special for more than 200 children ages newborn to 15 living in Southern Nevada who are infected or affected by HIV/Aids. Donations are being accepted at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Jamba Juice and at the AFAN office. For more information please visit www.afanlv.org or call 702-382-8095.

Mondays Dark, a benefit show for Opportunity Village, will be held at Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel on Nov. 18. Cast members from various shows on the Strip are scheduled to perform.

Experience the Arts, a fund raising gala hosted by Frankie Moreno, was held last week at The Rio. The proceeds will pay for musical instruments and more, for the Las Vegas Academy Performing Arts Center. Among the performers were Clint Holmes, Mac King, and Frankie with his band.

What is happening with Cirque? There was another accident at one of their shows. An acrobat in the show Zarkana at Aria fell from the Wheel of Death act. Luckily, he is alive and expected to recover.

In July, during a performance of Ka at the MGM a female performer fell from the rigging and died. This Wheel segment has been removed from the show because these highly experienced performers are not easily replaced. Both Cirque and MGM are reportedly being fined by OSHA due to safety violations. These are all dangerous stunts and there will be accidents. Look at what happened to Roy Horn 10 years ago.

Penn and Teller are mounting a special show in Los Angeles and hoping for it to be picked up by HBO.

My friend Frankie Valli is now involved with the upcoming Jersey Boys film. Frankie and The Four Seasons were one of the most successful musical groups of all time.

Carla Pellegrino, award-winning chef, is settling in Miami. She is staying at Brent Ratner’s mansion while getting ready to open her South Florida dining establishment. Carla will be missed in Las Vegas by all who crossed her path.

Finally, I need to make this correction. Tickets and information for David de Alba’s Judy Garland Tribute Show on Nov. 17 at the Onyx Theater can be obtained by calling 702-732-7225.

Rev. Monti again wishes you only the best.

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].

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