Bennett, Connick to croon at Wynn; Young Frankenstein musical hits Vegas
September 12, 2017 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
Summer is now officially over and fall entertainment line-ups are in place.
Coming back is my personal favorite of all time, Tony Bennett! From Nov. 1 to 11, this legendary entertainer will have a residency at the Wynn. Although he has reached that certain age (he turned 91 Aug. 3), like fine wine, he only gets better and better.
His show is titled The Best Is yet To Come – how true – you’ve got to live it to know it!
Years back, I was privileged to be at one of Tony’s great concerts at the Golden Nugget. It was an intimate audience of about 120 people. Sitting in my chair, I felt as if he was singing directly to me. What a powerful performer he was then, and still is.
And don’t forget, singing is not his only talent. When he was young he attended New York’s School of Industrial Arts, studying both music and painting, and has gotten a lot of recognition for his painting talents, exhibiting in a number of galleries around the world.
Tony Bennett is forever etched in our hearts, and so is his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Even if you don’t live there or have never visited, his performance makes you fall in love with that city.
Harry Connick Jr., will be delighting audiences for two weekends at The Wynn. The Encore Theater will be filled with the rollicking sounds of Connick’s native New Orleans along with wonderful selections from the Great American Songbook on Nov. 17 and 18, and again Dec. 1 and 2.
The first time I saw Harry in person was many years ago at Bally’s. He was such a versatile young man and had a full orchestra backing him up. I was totally amazed at his talent. Harry – come back for more.
Tyson Round 2
If you haven’t seen Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth – Round 2 at the MGM Grand, what are you waiting for? This is a no-holds-barred, one-man show featuring Iron Mike himself. He bares his soul and tells you the good, the bad and the ugly about his life and his career, in a way only Tyson can. It’s a terrific TKO follow-up to his original one-man show.
Performances continue in Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club are every Thursday through Sunday at 10 p.m. until Nov. 20.
For high rollers
If you are in the area of The Linq, give another spin or take your first ride on the High Roller. As you gaze from your pod you will see the beauty of the valley – the lights twinkling, the Strip moving like a Neon Mondrian painting. And, if you are of age, you can get libations served to you as you ascend to the top. Wow! I loved it!
The Super Summer Theater at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park has one of my favorite films turned into a musical, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” (Another great one by Brooks is “The Producers.”)
The show, performed in an outdoor theater venue, had them belly laughing at the preposterous antics of this classic Brooks script.
There are six more performances, Sept. 14-16 and 21-23, at 7:05 p.m. each night. It’s a wonderful experience for locals or anyone who craves something different and funny!
Until next column, Monti and Zozo wish you a happy and hopeful week! It will cool down soon, I promise.