Man oh Manilow spices up Westgate; Hoping Divas finds a new home
August 07, 2018 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
Yes, Spiderman, it’s great to be “your friendly, neighborhood” gossip columnist. It’s been a week full of shows, parties and other exclusive events, and I’ve learned so much to share with you.
First are nuggets coming out of Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
Barry Manilow, my childhood neighbor from across the river in Brooklyn, returns to the International Theatre on Sept. 27, with “Manilow: The Hits Come Home.”
You “can’t smile without” hearing many of his dozens of Top 40 hits from album sales of more than 85 million, including 12 No. 1 hits. The show’s run ends on Oct. 27 so you need to secure your seats soon.
It’s part of a major revamping at Westgate, which includes an impressive lineup.
Local stars Eric Turner and Clint Holmes unite in “Soundtrack: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show,” paying tribute to greats such as Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Prince, along with Vegas legends Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. – everybody, it seems, except Manilow!
For comedy, George Wallace takes center stage, while for tantalizing and erotic dance, check out the “Sexxy” revue starring Jennifer Romas.
In fact, there is so much going on at Westgate, Manilow couldn’t find space for his long-time friend Suzanne Somers to perform her show. We all hope “Su-Su” finds a local stage for all of her fans.
Can we talk?
Frank Marino, my close friend, recently had the rug pulled out when his long-running show was suddenly axed at The Linq after eight years due to problems with donations generated from the sale of “Divas” merchandise not being paid to the Make A Wish charity.
The revue opened 30 years ago when the hotel was known as The Imperial Palace, with Frankie – dubbed “Ms. Las Vegas” – in the starring role impersonating Joan Rivers.
Last month Frank and the charity issued a joint statement saying the donation matter had been resolved. Now it is time to move on.
When I was down many years ago, Frank was there to lift me up. Now it’s my chance to (partially) return the favor, getting the word out that his “Divas Las Vegas” show needs a new home. Hey, Frankie also hails from Brooklyn.
Jennifer Lopez and her critically-acclaimed “All I Have” residency is heading to the finish line. Starring at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino since January 2016, J-Lo’s crew announced her series of spectacular shows will close on Sept. 29.
Why? The gossip says J-Lo will be headlining a new collaboration, but not in film or on the stage. Instead, she will join A-Rod – former Yankees baseball standout Alex Rodriguez – on the stage of matrimony.
Here is what A-Rod said on NBC’s Today show earlier this week:
“I did give her that ring. I gave her that ring probably about four or five months ago… She loved it and look how beautiful she looks,” he said.
Is the rock, I mean the diamond (I’m the “Rock”) an engagement ring? What is its significance?
“Of course it has a significance,” he added. “No, we’re not engaged. We’re not engaged.”
Alex, let’s talk.
When you give your partner a diamond “That Big” it means you’re engaged. Men – how silly.
While J-Lo gracefully exits, Criss Angel, the world-renowned illusionist, enters as the new headline at Planet Hollywood by unveiling a brand new production: “Criss Angel: Mindfreak,” an immersive evolution of magic
Angel will be the principal director, yet he will continue to work in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil following the successful – some say $150 million in tourist revenue was generated – “Criss Angel Believe” run at Luxor.
Planet is the site of Angel’s original Vegas stage show. Since then, he’s been tabbed Magician of the Decade and Magician of the Century, gaining a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last summer.
Meanwhile, Murray the Magician will continue his family-friendly, afternoon comedy-magic show at PH.
Murray comes from the state of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” which has become SO BORING since he “graduated” to Vegas.
Thus, I hereby announce my intent to contact the Peacock Network to officially audition for the show. Look out, Burbank, here I come!