Park Theatre treats Frankie Valli right
January 23, 2018 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
Frankie Valli – oh, what a great singer! At 83 his pipes are still clear and his soprano notes still resounding. Can you believe it? I cannot! He played to a full house at The Park on Jan. 12 and 13.
Frankie has always been a pal of mine as we are both from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) and both of us were produced by the late, great Bob Crewe. If you have never seen Valli in person, you must! “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man”… this man, with The Four Seasons, was The Man of the hit charts in the 60’s and 70’s. The musical “Jersey Boys” – the story of Valli and The Four Seasons – dominate Broadway and Vegas at The Venetian for a very long time.
The Park stage at the Monte Carlo (soon to be renamed Park MGM) is fabulous to work. Cher opened there last week. She has six more performances on Jan. 24, 26, 27, 31 and Feb. 2-3. I have seen her concerts many times and always get a thrill out of her stage persona and great voice!
Shades of Rat Pack
Matt Goss is back at the 1 Oak nightclub at the Mirage after a holiday, family sojourn in London. This is the man to catch for fine entertainment. He is an entertainer’s entertainer. I love his smooth style, slick Rat Pack manner and his wonderful voice. Hang with Matt, you’ll be sorry if you miss him.
Vegas! keeps going
Vegas! The Show continues an unstoppable run at The David Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood. The show runs daily and there is no reason not to catch it. This is real Vegas – variety, style, family style – a great to take out of town visitors for a happy evening on the Strip.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had another baby – their third. This one – named Chicago West – was through an unnamed surrogate. Congratulations to the happy couple! I wonder if they will continue to add to their brood. They seem to have made it as a loving and devoted couple and I wish them many years of wedded bliss and many more children in their lives.
A fest for Sammy
On Jan. 13 my friend Lu and I saw the documentary “Sammy Davis Jr.: “I’ve Gotta Be Me” (edited by Sam Pollard) at a special showing for invited guests at the Suncoast. It was the opening film at the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival – 17 years strong, the longest running film festival in Nevada.
The timing was perfect, Martin Luther King Day was that Monday and there were scenes in the film of Sammy with the late Reverend King. It was inspirational.
But why the Jewish film festival you ask? Well, when Sammy was in a head-on collision on the desert highway he was airlifted to a hospital in California. Our other great, late, man of Vegas, Jerry Lewis, sat with him for seven days. While in the hospital, a rabbi came by to see if he was all right and offer prayers for his recovery. It was a turning point in his life and he converted to Judaism.
This was one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I was so enthralled by his strength, his life, his sorrows.
Next on my list of films to see is “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.” She was a beautiful talented actress and also an inventor. Actually, Miss Lamarr and I crossed paths many times. At one time she lived next-door to me on East 58th Street in NYC. Then in Acapulco, Mexico we again were friends and neighbors. A most beautiful woman – a vision – I am glad someone had the vision to show her as she really was.
The night I was at Suncoast, Sonny Turner of the original Platters was playing the main showroom. The casino was busy, the sportsbook was busy – the whole place was jammed! It was like being on the Strip, there was so much action, even the valet couldn’t remember the last time it hummed like this, and we were told it is just the beginning. So, if you are looking locally, head to the Suncoast.
To all my readers, have a happy week. To my friends Ben and Lucille, a very special Happy Fourth Anniversary! Love ya!
Monti and Zozo the wonder dog!