Westgate aids autism with Michael Jackson: A Thrilling Tribute
October 24, 2017 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
What is happening at the Westgate?
Except for this Saturday’s huge fundraiser for ACON – the Autism Coalition of Nevada – the big room sits empty.
First the show.
“Michael Jackson: A Thrilling Tribute” will focus on many of the late performer’s greatest hits, featuring Falynne Lewing and her incredible team in concert.
It is well-worth supporting. This amazing group, as stated on their website, “is dedicated to helping children, youth and their families who struggle with Autism by providing advocacy at the Nevada State Legislature, financial assistance to facilitate early diagnosis and therapeutic interventions, treatment, support services, and medical care, and to raise awareness about Autism by providing community educational training and services.”
Back to “the room.”
Purple Reign, the Prince tribute show, filled the Shimmer Cabaret, and after we lost the legend in April 2016, the International Showroom for more than two years.
Jason “J-10” Tenner is as close to Prince as any performer in any tribute show – an incredible experience. Reign became even grander with the assistance of Sexxy star, producer, dancer and choreographer Jennifer Romas when the show switched rooms.
Reign recently (abruptly?) closed its Vegas run to commence “a tour,” according to the box office. However, we notice the Ticketmaster.com website is showing tickets available for the show at the Tropicana Las Vegas beginning Nov. 1.
Meanwhile, who will Westgate bring in to be the new headliner?
An old rumor stated Westgate head honcho David Siegel would bring Barry Manilow into the grand ballroom, but that’s been going on for a year.
More recent rumors say Westgate brass was again interested in Suzanne Somers, who once had a Westgate (then LV Hilton) show, but she couldn’t find an audience. Then there was talk of a new Somers show... until someone whispered she was “too old,” which supposedly made Suzy furious and she walked.
We hear she is now shopping her show around to other Vegas properties.
Where does that leave the Westgate?
Although Siegel might be stepping on some toes, he could turn in a different direction and bring in Country entertainer Garth Brooks, who is/was said to be negotiating with another local property.
Garth, the No. 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history, is also on tour through December, so he can’t be a quick fix at Westgate.
A Wynn-ing hand
The Wynn, which went on record stating they are seeking a residency star, has – rumors say –Diana Ross and/or Elvis Costello on the radar.
Both would be excellent choices, especially if they agree to work alternately two weeks at a time. This would help Diana, who already lives in L.A., while Elvis could always enlist the assistance of his lovely wife Diana Krall, one of the world’s leading jazz performers.
We all heard how Janet Jackson, who recently appeared at Mandalay Bay to get that property back on track, is also personally on track after dropping 70-80 pounds.
Her State of the World Tour kicked off in with five shows in Louisiana and Texas last month, all in front of sold-out audiences.
J.J. is reportedly having a feud with husband Wissam Al Mana (they’re separated), so she took their 9-month-old son Eissa Al Mana to Disneyland along with R&B singer Ciara (and her 3-year-old son) and – oh, no? – one of Jackson’s former background dancers.
So if J.J. is currently unavailable for a residency act (her domestic tour ends Dec. 15 in Atlanta) how about big sister (by 10 years!) La Toya?
It’s well known La Toya is the one holding the fort for the Jackson Family, even though she was across the pond with a singing act in Paris. It’s time to take Toy-Toy out of mothballs and bring her back to perform in America.
Mucho thanks to my friends at South Point for allowing your humble columnist, along with ZoZo the Wonder Dog, to walk the red carpet last week at the concert for the benefit of the Friends for Life Humane Society. The whole event just tickled my fancy.
The night featured Vegas-based singer Linda Suzanne debuting her Legends of Pop Divas show that honors icons such as Donna Summer, Adele, Gloria Estefan and more. The affair included a VIP list of locals, plus drummer John Wackerman (band director Terry Fator show, also Linda’s husband).
Look for Divas to land somewhere in Vegas. Linda is a singer like no other.
She is also a true believer in the humane society cause. She and John are “parents” to a rescue dog named Wacky, an 8-year-old Labradoodle.
Find Linda at: http://www.lindasuzanne.com