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Jacksons still have it; Piers out and new Jubilee show to open

Mar 4, 2014 3:00 AM

The Jackson Brothers at Planet Hollywood was a star-studded event with Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, and Marlon singing, dancing, and telling family anecdotes.

Adam Steck and his Spi Entertainment have brought us yet another hit. Unfortunately, I had to leave early as I was notified of the death of my good friend Carl Gervich in NYC.

Word is the Jacksons can still do their thing. There were some minor glitches during opening weekend, but there is spontaneity to this fast moving entertaining show.

So long, Sochi: The Olympics closing was spectacular with the Russians outdoing themselves. This was the most costly Olympics to date with the Americans and Canadians doing their countries proud.

The Tanya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan 20th anniversary documentary was too long and boring, but considering the uncooperative weather it was, all in all, a great spectacle.

Stars realign: Looks like big changes are in store for “Dancing With The Stars.” Longtime co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet was let go suddenly. TV sportscaster and former DWTS contestant Erin Andrews has been signed as the new partner for Tom Bergeron.

In another startling change, Harold Wheeler and his 28-piece orchestra were also eliminated, to be replaced by electronic music and a DJ. I guess that DWTS is one more show looking to increase the number of younger viewers

Piers out to sea: Another surprise was the cancellation of the Piers Morgan show on CNN. Piers, a British tabloid editor, has not endeared himself to American audiences with his nightly condescending rants on our American way of life and politicians.

If everything is better in Great Britain, why is he living and working here? Neither a final date nor a replacement have been decided. Morgan’s canning came within days of the firing by MSNBC of Alec Baldwin.

Morgan has been rather quiet about his situation, but Baldwin wrote a 5,200-word rant in “New York” magazine, charging something he calls the Gay Mafia for his cancellation. I think this falls under who gives a darn?

Alec always finds a way to get his name out. I think that deep down he really craves the notoriety. But he is right about the paparazzi and his family. Guys, stalk him, not his family!

Smith Center: Some interesting shows in its new lineup. Las Vegas favorite Tony Sacca performs there on March 2 accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra. A production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be there from April 5-13. Included in this production is magic by Teller (of Penn and Teller) and music of Tom Waits. Teller worked with the great Johnny Thompson on many of these magical illusions.

Socko to Rocco? For some reason, Jodie Rocco’s comments were cut from the telecast of Oprah’s “Where Are They Now” last week. Jodie was the one who blew the whistle on the Milli Vanilli fraud.

Rocco and her sister were the real singers on the bogus band’s hit records. It seems the group wanted out of the clutches of Frank Farian (real name Franz Reuther), a powerful presence in the music world, and it ended up in a scandal that rocked the music world.

Drai on its way: Victor Drai moves back to the Strip on Memorial Day Weekend. He will have three venues at the new Cromwell Hotel/Casino.

This classy boutique hotel is the perfect place for the talented Mr. Drai, who is a master of creating an exciting ambiance. Victor has the Midas touch abroad and is one of the masters of today’s Vegas nightlife. My hat is off to him. He does have a magical touch and we wish him continued success in this new venture.

Splitsville: Paula Patton reportedly wants to divorce Robin Thicke and he’s trying desperately to save the marriage. He has been cancelling shows in order to fly to Canada where she is making a movie, but so far is said to be proceeding with the divorce.

And how about the on and off Katy Perry and John Mayer relationship? These two can’t seem to live with or without each other. This time it’s Katy who wants out. Let’s hope they all reconcile and go on with their lives.

Jubilee update: The new version is set to open on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). Female costumes will not be changed but the male ensemble will become more contemporary along with the new music and some added choreography. They are said to be keeping the Samson and Delilah plus Titanic sequences almost the same as the originals.

Get well soon: Kerry Simon, one of our favorite people and successful chefs, is not doing well. He is suffering from a very rare and aggressive MSA condition His friends and fans have been giving him moral support as well as financial aid coming from benefits.

Hello, Florida: This week I’ll be busy with my upcoming trip to the Sunshine State. Costume fittings, rehearsals and getting a hair makeover by my fabulous hairdresser, Theresa Graves at Viva Salon. I wish all of my dear readers could fly to Miami to see my fabulous show.

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].

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