Jubilee closes after 34 years in Vegas

Dec 22, 2015 3:00 AM

After 34 years “Jubilee!,” the last of the big showgirl extravaganzas, is closing.

The news of the ending came just after the death of Fluff LeCoque, one of the show’s co-founders and original dancers as well as company manager. She was 92 years young.

This Donn Arden classic is what Las Vegas performances were like back in the day – Bob Mackie costumes, leggy showgirls, talented singers and dancers. In this case, the Titanic and Samson and Delilah sequences made this the show of a now lost genre.

Today’s audiences are fans of the Cirque-type shows rather than those who would come to see the Arden concept of beautiful showgirls. The other show of this type was the “Folies Bergere,” which closed in 2009. Not even the addition of some contemporary sequences would help increase the box office receipts. These tastefully performed variety shows are all but gone, except for David Saxe’s “Vegas! The Show” currently at Planet Hollywood.

Conor with honor

Irishman Conor McGregor recently knocked out opponent Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds of the first round of the UFC featherweight championship bout. The jubilant Irish fans at the MGM caused a bit of a stir in the lobby but heavy security stopped it from getting out of hand. About 30,000 Irish fans were said to have come here for the fight. Real fight fans were not happy as it was over in the blink of an eye.

Visiting V

I missed Conor in order to be at Venetian to see the “Human Nature” Christmas show. This show as well as “Rock of Ages” will soon be moving as the V is said to be renovating one of its three theaters to accommodate the new shows that are coming in. Bob Anderson’s Frank Sinatra tribute show was forced to close early due to these upcoming renovations. Adam Steck and Smokey Robinson, who brought us “Human Nature” from Australia, will surely find a new venue for this highly entertaining show.

Eve of DJ’s

It seems the only exciting special New Year’s Eve shows will feature DJ shows for the most part. It looks like the days of the overpriced guest hosts of the various parties and night clubs have reached their peak. The clubs, in order to succeed, have to come up with some new ideas as people will no longer pay outrageously high prices just to watch someone spin discs. Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, and others with the same “talents” will be filling the unemployment lines in the very near future.

Classics return

New performers are still being discovered with the return of “American Idol,” “The Voice,” and “America’s Got Talent.” Simon Cowell brings his brand of judging to AGT, replacing Howard Stern, while Christina Aguilera returns to “The Voice,” replacing Gwen Stefani. These changes will give a needed lift to these TV programs.

Rock the interviewer

Frank Morano, host and co-producer of NYC’s AM 970 Radio – The Answer, was in town last week doing interviews about Las Vegas legends. My interview with him can be heard on: https://soundcloud.com/morano-in-the-morning/12-13-15-fiveam-montirock lll.

This was one of the best radio interviews I’ve done as Morano is one of the finer radio hosts I’ve come across.

Montivision!

I’m now in the process of completing my first segment of Univision’s “Que Pasa Las Vegas,” a show that covers the entertainment scene in Las Vegas. This is my first time doing a show geared to the Latino audience, which is growing by leaps and bounds, and I am a New York Puerto Rican. I’ll be talking about celebrities in town, my favorite places, restaurants, etc. More to follow soon.

We’re bushed!

The final Republican debate of 2015 was held in Las Vegas last week at The Venetian. It was the most animated of these debates so far, what with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio going at each other as well as Jeb Bush facing off against Donald Trump. Seeing Trump’s child-like reaction (facial expressions and remarks) to Bush showed again why we think he is not qualified to run this country. His biggest contribution has been to give the Republican party the publicity it so badly needs.

Cos-metic?

Well, Bill Cosby, the great comedian, is now standing up to some of his accusers by suing seven of the women who accused him of drugging and raping them. Maybe we’ll finally get to the bottom of this circus.

Adele adores

Singing superstar Adele recently did her first show in four years, this one at Radio City Music Hall. CBS TV recorded the event and televised it last week. Adele showed us again that she is the voice of this generation but her choice of songs needs some changes so they don’t all sound the same. She also needs a new stylist as her clothes are not always becoming to her full figure. A tweak here and there will be the icing on the cake for this beautiful young lady with that fantastic voice.

My 8 best

Best Gourmet Buffet, Bachannal; Best General Buffet, a tie between the Rio and the Luxor; Best Italian, Casa de Amore; Best Mexican, El Segundo Sol; Best Burgers, Stripburger; Best Chinese, P.F. Changs; Best Hotel Deli Type, Sid’s Café.

The Rev. Monti once again 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].