Super Bowl! What can we say about the Broncos losing the most one-sided game in memory? And what about Manning? Is it time for him to leave?
But the boring game was great for Vegas sports books, which had one of the best weekends ever with all those people betting on the Broncos.
Bruno Mars was a smash at halftime, singing, dancing and drumming. The Cosmopolitan was smart enough to sign him as a resident.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers didn’t belong there and were one of the least successful halftime acts I’ve ever seen. Even most of the commercials fell flat! Other than Bruno, this was the worst Super Bowl broadcast in years.
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was arguably our greatest actor. For some reason he went back to heroin after 20-plus years of being sober. A May 2013 stay at a rehab center obviously failed. Portraying Truman Capote won Hoffman an Oscar. His other memorable screen performances were all Oscar worthy.
Hoffman also was a star on the Broadway stage, most notably his searing portrayal of Willie Loman in “Death of a Salesman.” He was one of the few actors who could play any role, whether comedy or tragedy.
Hoffman leaves behind three young children and his long-time partner. What drives so many celebrities into the world of drugs and/or alcohol addiction? Money to burn and “down-time” must be a factor.
Friends and family must intervene at the first signs of a problem, before it’s too late. I for one know, having been an addict for nearly 30 years and luckily beating the habit. Therapy, AA, and some good friends were instrumental in my recovery.
It was not easy, but I made it. Let this be a lesson to people like David Cassidy and Justin Bieber who both got arrested on suspicion of DUI. Four arrests have been made regarding the suppliers of the heroin that killed Hoffman.
Another great loss was the passing of Maximilian Schell, 83, the great Austrian-born actor. He and his family left Austria to escape Adolf Hitler’s reign. Ironically, decades later Schell played a Nazi commander opposite Marlon Brando in “The Young Lions.”
Who could forget his Oscar-winning performance as a defense lawyer in the classic film “Judgment at Nuremberg.” Additional Oscar nominations were for supporting rolls in “The Man in the Glass Booth” and “Julia.” His sister was the great actress Maria Schell.
Some of the new shows scheduled are Mama Mia opening May 8 at the Tropicana; the Jackson Brothers, (now open) at Planet Hollywood; and Olivia Newton-John at the Flamingo.
Mama Mia was a hit at Mandalay Bay a few seasons back, recently at Smith Center, and a successful hit film. They have an open-end contract and will hopefully will be the long-running hit the Tropicana needs.
Back to the Jackson Brothers – they have begun a 40 performance run that will feature them singing and dancing along with stories and anecdotes about Michael. Where would they be without Michael?
That Olivia Summer Nights begins its run on April 8. This multi-talented star will take audiences on a musical journey through her life in film and music. A portion of tickets will benefit the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Center.
Join the fight against childhood cancer at New York-New York Hotel and Casino’s Fifth Annual St. Baldrick’s Extravaganza head-shaving event on March 1. This event supports the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research for childhood cancer. For more information call 1-888-899-BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org
Shania Twain has announced additional performances for May, June and July. This talented lady is one of the more successful acts to perform at the Colosseum. Tickets are now on sale as well for Mama Mia and Olivia.
Criss Angel’s magic show opened at the Luxor. His show features many of the local magicians. Criss is recovering from shoulder surgery and will hopefully be back to his Believe show in late March or early April.
X Burlesque celebrated its 12th anniversary. This provocative show performs nightly at 10 p.m. in the X Burlesque Showroom at the Flamingo and is produced by the husband and wife team, Matt and Angela Stabile.
British born Chloe Louise Crawford, wife of headliner Murray Sawchuck, has been selected to be Playboy’s February “Cyber Girl of the Month.” She is lead assistant and choreographer in Murray’s show and also can be seen in Fantasy at the Luxor. Yours truly officiated at their wedding.
I went for three nights in a row to Jubilee. The closing of Jubilee, as we have come to know it, was electrifying as showboys, showgirls and specialty acts won standing ovations.
I do believe this show needed some tweaking, possibly adding a guest star every few weeks from the world of today’s young entertainers. Jubilee is the last of the great showgirl shows and the Donn Arden touch should not be completely eliminated. Something old and something new could make for a great spectacle.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, so tell someone you love them with flowers. If you mention my name you get a 10 percent discount at English Garden Florist.
Back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, a young man named Rudy Guarino had a nightclub in Boston called the Sugar Shack. Rudy had the knack of booking acts that his patrons wanted and the Sugar Shack became the place to go for jazz, blues, rock, and pop.
Later on, Rudy moved to the Miami area, where he booked the talent for the Bird Room at The Monte Carlo Hotel. Rudy booked me into the Bird Room, where I had a most successful run. (He knew talent when he saw it!)
Rudy is alive, well and now living here in Las Vegas. Thanks for being my friend over the years.
The Rev. Monti, as always, wishes you a great week.
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].