It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since George Wallace opened at the Flamingo. Last week he celebrated the anniversary show with guest appearances by Gladys Knight, Donny and Marie, Bubba Knight, Mosaic, Murray Sawchuck, and old friend Jerry Seinfeld.
George is the current Mr. Las Vegas. He now has a new book out as well as parts in two new films. He is one of the funniest men in show business and known for his charitable work and appreciation of our military personnel.
There are rumors popping up he is thinking of leaving this show, but again these are only rumors.
Hello, Holly: Yes, Holly Madison’s new project at Mandalay Bay is set to open on April 11 followed by a grand opening on the 17th. The show, “1923 Bourbon and Burlesque,” will present glamorous burlesque in a 1920’s style speakeasy. There will be dancers, a four piece band and a jazz singer.
Holly will also do some singing in the show. The former Playboy Playmate has been a Las Vegas favorite ever since her featured role in “Peep Show.” I, too, have become a fan and wish her the best of luck with her new venture.
Honoring David: Tony Sacca is reportedly working on a memorial service for his longtime friend, the late David Brenner. David was a comedian’s comedian, respected by all and especially his peers.
Tough blow to arts: The arts community is mourning the passing of international icon Joe Palermo, a victim of bone cancer. He was the former executive director of the Las Vegas Art Museum and at the time of his death held the same post for the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art at Neonopolis.
Still forgiving: Siegfried and Roy are mourning the loss of Mantecore, the infamous white tiger, who “attacked” Roy on stage in 2003. Roy to this day insists his beloved tiger was trying to guard him and not attack him.
Viewer backlash: The death of a popular TV character Will Gardner (not Josh Charles, the actor who portrayed him) has viewers in an uproar. A surprise for viewers, was the wish of the actor to move on after four years with the hit series. This should result in some changes to the show, which has been a winner right from the beginning. Again, television shows us its hold on the viewing public.
Hart death: It has been reported that Toni Hart, owner of The Hartland Mansion has died. She acquired what was once the mansion of Elvis Presley and converted it into a most beautiful wedding chapel and venue for grand social events and private parties. They are planning a future memorial service.
Riv turns 59: The Riviera Hotel & Casino is proud to celebrate 59 years on the Las Vegas Strip. Over the years it has been one of the places to see stars in great shows. They are presenting a one-of-a-kind promo and more than $30,000 in prizes to their loyal customers. For more information please visit www.rivierahotel.com.
Luxor honors military: The ladies of Anita Mann’s Fantasy will honor the nation’s military with a special show for Military Appreciation Month on Thursday, May 1 at the Luxor. The first 50 servicemen to reserve their tickets will receive complimentary entry to the show ith a guest. The hotel is also offering rooms to the military from May 1-5 at special discounted rates. Anita and her crew are always there for our military as well as working for many worthy charities.
Cromwell coming soon: The rooftop pool and day/night club area at the new Cromwell will offer a spectacular view of the Strip. This new vantage point will be one of the features of the three new venues by Victor Drai, the genius behind much of the Las Vegas night life. Opening is set for the Memorial Day weekend.
Bars over nightclubs? According to Jon Taffer of “Bar Rescue,” Vegas nightclub allure will decline while bars will eventually take their place. He feels the people over 35 want a quieter atmosphere where they can socialize and relax rather than listen to loud thumping all night.
This may be so, but the casinos keep building more new clubs, which they keep upgrading with the latest state of the art decor, sound and lightning. A fortune of money changes hands at these venues, but we do need a place for “us older folks.”
Magic in the air: Criss Angel is coming back with his show, Believe, and the Teller (of Penn & Teller) production of “Tempest” at Smith Center due this Tuesday. The great Johnny Thompson created the major portion of magic to be seen in the “Tempest” production.
In addition to this, Murray Sawchuck just began his second year at the Tropicana Laugh Factory. With him are wife Chloe and sidekick, Lefty.
Scintas extended: The Scintas, starring Frankie Scinta, begin a new run at the downtown D beginning April 5. The Scintas are long time favorites of Las Vegas audiences and have updated their show with new music and more of Frankie. Regular admission, VIP and dinner/show packages are available.
A new Jubilee: The new version of the Donn Arden classic just opened. David Saxe helps to save this type of show, filled with beautiful showgirls, with his production of Vegas the Show. These are the shows that exemplify what old Las Vegas was all about. We’ve come a long way since then. Our town now has everything!
The Rev. Monti once again wishes everyone 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].