New Year’s Eve activities include special buffets at the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Wynn, Mirage and the list goes on and on. Shows include Criss Angel’s Believe, David Copperfield, Jersey Boys, Le Reve, and Cirque productions Ka, Mystere, Zumanity, and LOVE.
Headliner shows include Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Ne-Yo. Tony Orlando and Wes Winters will appear at the South Point. My favorite for that evening would have to be the fantastic Kristin Chenowith in a New Year’s concert at Smith Center. She is a huge talent in a small package.
The nightclubs have their share of parties that include Miguel at Tao, John Legend at Aria, Boys ll Men at Mirage, Paris Hilton at Bellagio, and Holly Madison at the Palms. Many of the clubs feature DJs. This is a category of movers who can spin the discs with great showmanship. They are definitely the new stars of this generation.
As far as Christmas, Las Vegas is getting ready with parties and celebrations all over town. The big news was the Grammy nominations. Taylor Swift (again), Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z , Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry are frontrunners in their various categories.
Incidentally, Katy and John Mayer are back together and this time it looks serious. Let’s hope it works –John’s many prior relationships have not been very successful.
This year’s Kennedy Center honorees are Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Shirley McLaine, Martina Arroyo, and Herbie Hancock. This event is always a TV must-see.
Golden Globe and Sag nominees were announced. The film “Twelve Years a Slave” looks to be a front-runner as does Sandra Bullock for her performance in “Gravity.” The winners of these awards usually become Oscar winners. The complete list is endless.
Criss Angel goes in for shoulder surgery next month and will be out for about two months. However he will host a magic variety show called Criss Angel Magic Jam in February and March featuring many Las Vegas magicians. So we still will be able to see this fabulous performer.
Penn and Teller are filming their third TV pilot, performing in their hit show at the Rio, and promoting their movie “Tim’s Vermeer.”
Frank Marino is reportedly having more cosmetic surgery. The 50-year-old female impersonator feels it is necessary to stay young looking as long as possible, and if you can afford it, why not? I’ve been in show business for 55 years without any nips or tucks and I like the way I look at 75.
Last week, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run drew 1,121 “Santas” breaking a record. Shania Twain, this year’s Grand Marshall used her celebrity to help make this event a tremendous success. Proceeds from the run go to Opportunity Village.
Beyonce once again confirmed why she is such a huge superstar. Her sold-out concert at the MGM Arena was awesome. This girl sings, dances, and cavorts with the best of them.
The staging, costumes, and pyrotechnics were unbelievable. She showed her human side with family photos and stories. Beyonce has it all and she gives all to her audience, who sang and danced in the aisles. This was a show to remember.
Kevin Lepine celebrated the one year anniversary at Hooters for his “Vegas Hypnosis Show.” He performed in front of a packed house that included many VIPs and celebrities. Half-price tickets are available through Dec 30.
Eric “Travis” Wilson, who is one of the writers for “Pawn Shop Live” opening at the Golden Nugget in January, is also doing double duty by producing his own show.
El Loco is coming to town! Circus Circus is opening a new roller coaster in its Adventuredome in January. This one has some spectacular twists and turns. It will be the sixth El Loco-style coaster worldwide. Intensive testing will have been made prior to opening to assure the utmost in safety.
Las Vegas favorite Clint Holmes led an all-star cast in a special concert at M Resort in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. This great charity is a very important way of bringing the plight of these soldiers to our attention.
Clint’s Christmas show at Jazz Cabaret drew many standing ovations. Joining him on stage were his wife Kelly Clinton, his granddaughter Asia, and his former musical director and close friend Bill Fayne.
Holmes also cohosted the Toys for Tots Benefit at the LVH this past Saturday. His next show at Jazz Cabaret will be Jan. 10 and then he’s off to NYC for another stint at the Carlyle beginning Jan. 28, where his performances constantly win rave reviews.
Sean Cooper, the comic relief performer in Fantasy, brought his new venture, “The Coop Show,” to Planet Hollywood last week. His impressions of James Brown, Little Richard, Sammy Davis, Tom Jones, Elvis, and several others are “dead on.” His personality, along with these impressions, should help him become a regular once the word gets around.
Holly Madison, who left Peepshow to have a baby, is working on several projects, which will bring her back to the forefront. She has been taking vocal lessons, has a TV pilot in the can and has been seen around town reportedly doing guest shots on several shows.
The Nutcracker Suite, a Christmas favorite, runs through this Sunday at Smith Center. This season’s show features new costumes, some new choreography and lighting, and boasts a cast of over 150.
As always, the Rev. Monti wishes you all 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].