The new revamped and updated production of Donn Arden’s classic Jubilee opened last week at Bally's. Highlights of the show are still Samson and Delilah along with the Titanic sequences.
The show is now enhanced with contemporary music and dance. Wonderful choreography, dancers and singers, music, staging and sets and, of course, the beautiful showgirls in magnificent costumes bring the show to a new high.
Arden would be proud of this production that shows us what Las Vegas entertainment was and still is. In the audience were stars like Queen Latifah as well as writers and columnists in full force. An after-show reception followed at Drai’s. Bottom line is Jubilee is definitely a must-see.
Riding high: The High Roller at the Linq is open and doing great business. The wheel is 550 feet high, making it the second tallest free standing structure in Las Vegas. The first couple to get engaged on the High Roller was another highlight of the initial ride.
This, along with the restaurants and shops, will be one of the biggest attractions on the Strip. The only drawback is the wheel is still moving as passengers enter and exit, which may be difficult for seniors and children.
Tough act to follow: Roslyn Kind, singer and half-sister of Barbra Streisand, performed at Cabaret Jazz last weekend. This girl has a beautiful voice but living under the shadow of Barbra has been a hindrance to her becoming a big star.
The same can be said about Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland and sister of Liza Minnelli. Liza got out from under Judy’s shadow and became a superstar in her own right.
Cabaret Jazz and The Smith Center book many great performers, among them are Barbara Cook and Patty Lupone, and Mary Wilson.
Rocky the musical? Auditions for the musical “Rocky” are in full swing here in Las Vegas. This will be a stage version of the Sylvester Stallone movie.They are reportedly looking for more investors.
A new home: Mamma Mia opens at the Tropicana Theater this month. This long-running Broadway hit should bring a lot of people to this iconic hotel/casino. Santana is reportedly in talks with the hotel about having his own room in the former Nikki Beach area. This also
would be good for the hotel as well as this great performer.
Media buzz: Norm Clarke has a new interview show entitled “Conversations with Norm.” In its debut at Cabaret Jazz he had Terry Fator as his first guest. Terry told about his ordeals as the son of a mentally deranged father whose violent nature terrified him, his mother and the other children. Terry has not been in contact with his father for the last 10 years. He just celebrated his fifth year at The Mirage. Norm knows how to ask the right questions to get his guests to talk.
Planet shakeup: The Jacksons’ show at Planet Hollywood will end its current run April 27. Adam Steck, the producer, is looking for another show to partner with The Jacksons when Meat Loaf’s show closes. Production costs would be shared as originally planned. It seems running these type of shows there is too costly unless they are partnered to share expenses.
Reunion: Clint Holmes and Bill Fayne worked together again for Clint’s April show “New York, Old Friend” at Cabaret Jazz. Bill was musical director for Clint’s long running show at Harrah’s.
Teller has a hit: Teller’s production of “The Tempest” opened last week at the new tent theater in Symphony Park at Smith Center. Audience reaction has been great for the magic filled interpretation of the William Shakespeare classic. It has already been extended from two weeks to one month.
Riv trimming lineup: Back in the day, the Riviera ran as many as nine shows at one time. Celebrating more than 55 years of non-stop entertainment they will be presenting six shows by early May. Now running are Norbert Aleman’s Crazy Girls, Jan Rouven’s Illusions and Pawn Shop Live. Coming this week are Men: The Experience, Forever Doo Wop, and Forever Motor City. Entertainment is really back on the north end of the Strip.
Men: The Experience is an action-packed 75 minute performance by some of the sexiest men in Las Vegas. (However, they forgot to call me). Secret agents, gangsters, soldiers and cowboys will leave you wanting more.
Forever Doo Wop and Forever Motor City bring you to the music America grew up with. They are a tribute to American Music Royalty. Forever Motor City brings you the iconic Motown sound while Forever Doo Wop is comprised of a series of vignettes and mini-concerts spanning all genres of Doo Wop music.
The Rev.Monti once again wishes you 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].