Yes, Mariah Carey is back at the Colosseum to fulfill her residency dates in February, June, August and September. She has been seen on many TV talk shows wearing her fabulous 35 carat diamond engagement ring presented to her by fiance James Packer. Mr. Packer is now in the midst of building his new hotel/casino here in Las Vegas. The town is still up in arms over the MGM parking fees which will probably begin in April. In addition to that, MGM announced it had outsourced its valet parking to a company out of Chicago.
A new show, Twisted Vegas, begins at the Westgate this week. It’s a production by producer/star Alex Goude (the Ryan Seacrest of Europe) featuring 25 acts with singers, dancers, acrobats and more highlighting the goings on here in the Las Vegas area. For more information contact the Westgate Hotel/Casino.
No sag here
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were held last week and proved to be a good show, one that honors both movie and TV stars. Winners of these awards have in most cases earned Oscars.
This year the group handed out statues to four people of color in top categories. No Oscar-like complaints here. Chris Rock will stay on as Academy Awards host although there was heavy pressure used to have him boycott the event. You know he will cover this more than once during the course of the evening.
Meanwhile many changes have been put into place for the future. There will be a more diversified crew handling the nominations so more Blacks, Latinos and Asians will be seen and appreciated in the roles given to them. Many stars have come out in support of the changes being made at the Academy.
Grease the musical was viewed by approximately 12.2 million people. Vanessa Hudgens received rave reviews as Rizzo. She had learned of her father’s death just a day before the live show was set. Vanessa turned in a great performance despite the sad news.
Grease was first a stage production, then Alan Carr brought this theater piece to the big screen, which cemented the careers of Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, both of whom are still “knocking them dead.” The show can still be seen in regional theater with many stars playing those iconic characters.
Queens Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle are now in a “friendly” feud over food. Patti’s sweet potato pie has become a sensation at Walmart, selling faster than they can purchase sweet potatoes to prepare the aforementioned dessert. Patti also has “Patti Cakes,” which are variations of traditional pound cakes.
Aretha is creating a food line of her own that will feature chili, gumbo, and her fabulous baked chicken.
The two divas should have a great time trying to outdo each other in the kitchen. The winner here will definitely be the consumer. Bring on the soul food ladies, we’re ready!
Lady Gaga is a busy gal. She is acting on TV’s “American Horror Story” and will be part of the David Bowie tribute at the Grammys singing a medley of his songs. She also performed our National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Gaga has proven she is a great talent who doesn’t need those outlandish costumes.
Out of style
“Fashion Police” proves that without Joan Rivers there is no policing. Melissa, Joan’s daughter, is producer and one of the cast members, but she is no Joan. Brad Goretsky (stylist?) should be let go – he adds nothing to the show.
Even with the addition of Margaret Cho and Nene Leakes, FP has become a “dud.” “Who are you wearing” has become more important than the awards garnered by the celebrities who earned these awards. It’s time to put these shows back on track.
In town this week is the very talented Liz Torres who began her career as a go-go dancer at Trudy Heller’s club in NYC. Liz is one of those talented people who could sing, dance and act. She had guest shots on many TV series including “All In The Family.” Liz joined Pia Zadora in her show at Piero’s last week as the two have been friends since their days on Broadway.
Big names at MGM
The new MGM arena has booked an array of big-name stars beginning with Wayne Newton with “The Killers,” Garth Brooks and possibly Madonna, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
Speaking of Wayne, we don’t hear much about what’s happening with Shenandoah.
TV with Juice
Television had a banner week with the O.J. Simpson and the Bernie Madoff mini-series. John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Courtney B. Vance virtually steal the O.J. show along with other gifted actors. Blythe Danner and Richard Dreyfuss are the perfect choices for Mr. and Mrs. Madoff. These TV shows can easily compete with almost any theatrical film and excel in personal dramas.
The recuperating Rev. Monti wishes you only 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].