By Z.Z. Zorn
Terry Fator and Rusty The Robot (Photo courtesy of Puppet Boy
The incredible Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment
just celebrated his 6th year at The Mirage in The Terry Fator
Showroom. In celebration of this landmark he added a new character to
his amazing cast of characters.
Robotnow joinsthe loveable
cast of characters including Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Vikki
“The Cougar,” country legend Walter T. Airdale, Duggie Scott Walker, Julius,
Emma Taylor, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins and
Wrex the Crash Test Dummy.
Rusty The Robot
is designed to do the jobs of all and he’s able to sing virtually
any song in any voice from Elvis to Bruno Mars and Garth Brooks and has an
intellect second to none. In addition, Terry and his puppets do impressions
of Lady Gaga,
Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett, LMFAO, Toby Keith, Roy Orbison and others. Terry
even throws in a few solo performances withsongs from his new CD It
Starts Tonight including “Live” and “Heroes.”Terry Fator’s voice and
ventriloquism is mind-boggling in that it is soooo good that even on the
large screen you can’t see his mouth or throat move. It is such an
enjoyable, fun show along with an excellent band. There is no one in the
world better and, of course, that is why he won the grand prize on America’s
Got Talent Show and became a Las Vegas headliner.Tickets can
be purchased at the Terry Fator Theatre box office, by phone at 702-792-7777
or 800-963-9634 or online at mirage.com.
With its doors closing to the public at noon
on Monday, May 4, 2015, the renowned Riviera
Hotel & Casino is counting down the final weeks with a look back
at some of the highlights, fun facts, celebrity sightings and rarely-seen
photos that have helped build the iconic stature of the Las Vegas Strip’s
first high-rise hotel and casino.
Photo of legendary singer Liberace, who cut
the ribbon at the property’s grand opening and became the Las Vegas Strip’s
highest-paid entertainer, at $50,000 per week.
Photo of Michael Jackson the “King of Pop,”
who, in 1984, cast and signed his handprints in cement for a Las Vegas “Walk
of Fame” project in front of the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The “Walk of
Fame” existed for many years and featured handprints from some of the
world’s biggest celebrities, including Dolly Parton, Smothers Brothers,
Robert Goulet, Sugar Ray Leonard, Don King, among others.
Liberace at Riviera Opening Ribbon Cutting
(Photo: courtesy Riviera Hotel & Casino)
Michael Jackson putting his handprint in front of the Riviera
Photo is of Michael Jackson and Mark Sterbens, former Vice President
of the Riviera Hotel & Casino,(courtesy of the Riviera Hotel & Casino)
With 60 years on the Las
Vegas Strip celebrations will take place throughout the month of April, with
more than $500,000 in cash prizes that will be given away in the Classic
Cash Giveaway. A grand prize of $10,000 in cash will be given away every
Sunday through Friday at 7:00 p.m. throughout the month of April, with the
2nd through 9th place winners each receiving $1,000 in
cash. The month will conclude with a grand prize of a Harley Davidson
Motorcycle, which will be awarded to one lucky winner on Saturday, April 25
at 7:00 p.m.,
Break out your best leather jacket and an
extra-large bottle of hair spray to see Rock of Ages at the Venetian. Set in L.A.’s
infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages takes the show to another level
with the addition of the first-ever celebrity guest, Joey Fatone, celebrated
actor and singer most noted for being a part of ‘N Sync. Fatone stars as
Dennis Dupree, the legendary Bourbon Room owner, from Feb. 20 through April
2015. Rock of Ages
has 28 of the greatest rock ‘n roll songs from the 1980s. This
production has plenty of comedy to go along with the great music...
especially when it comes to Dennis, the owner of the Bourbon Room and Lonny,
his club manager as they try to get the legendary Stacee Jaxx to play his
final show at their bar in a last-ditch effort to avoid demolition
. Rock of Ages
breaks the “fourth wall,” directly addressing the audience and forgetting at
times that they’re just actors in a musical. This is one terrific show. Great music,
lighthearted fun and fantastic production values and a hilarious, feel-good
love story that everyone will enjoy.
Marty Allen and Z.Z. Zorn
Birthday to Comedy Legend Marty
Allen on his 93rd
23. Marty along with his wife, singer Karon Kate Blackwell will be
doing two shows during this celebration at the Downtown Grand on March 22 and 23. Marty is still going
strong and funny as ever. Call Downtown
Grand for tickets.
And, at the other end of the birthday spectrum, Justin Bieber
celebrated his highly anticipated 21st birthday within OMNIA
Nightclub during the
premier hot spot’s debut weekend.
Still another high profile birthday is Jerry Lewis who took in “FRANK – The Man. The
Music.”at The Palazzo Las Vegas. The
legendary actor and comedian attended the show with a large group to
celebrate his 89th birthday. Star of “FRANK – The Man. The Music.”
Bob Anderson welcomed Lewis
to the show: saying “We are among royalty tonight. A gentleman that is with
us here is an iconic legend and is a very, very close friend of mine. And I
say that in a loving way. The whole world knows who he is and we have him
right here tonight: Mr. Jerry Lewis
.” Lewis was welcomed by the audience with a standing ovation. After
the show, Anderson and Lewis had the chance to sit down together.
“FRANK – The Man. The Music.” performs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and
Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Fridays at 9 p.m. at The Palazzo Theatre.
Bob Anderson and Jerry Lewis after Frank- The Man. The Music show
(Photo courtesy The Palazzo Las Vegas)
And another very important birthday.
St. Patrick Day, March 17 is my son Scott Zorn’s Birthday.
The Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) held a Gala performance at the Smith Center
to honor NBT Co-Founder and Board Co-
Nancy Houssels on her
80th Birthday. And what a performance it was! The
program included special guest artists and the one-and only Frankie
Moreno who did 3 of his own
songs as the Ballet danced to them.
MJ LIVE the Michael Jackson tribute show opens at
its new home in the Stratosphere
Theater on March 30 performing seven nights a week at 7 p.m. The Michael Jackson tribute artist’s spot-on breathtaking
impersonations and many of Jackson’s biggest hits are all presented
on one stage.This theatrical stage production with its powerful sound,
spectacular lighting, visual effects, splendid team of dancers and live band
on stage takes audiences back to when the King of Pop ruled the charts.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs
its Pops Series IV concert titled
‘Symphonic Spectacular’ on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center.
Featuring Newman’s Fanfare and popular classics including Rossini’s
Overture to The Barber of Seville, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien,
Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Rimsky-Korsakov’s
Capriccio espagnol,Sibelius’s Valse triste, and Copland’s Four Dance
Episodes from Rodeo. Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The
Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or lvphil.org.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Westgate Las Vegas
will bring the authentic Elvis Presley back to Las Vegas for the
first time in 40 years.“Graceland Presents
ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience”
will include an expansive, new permanent exhibition featuring
hundreds of artifacts never before displayed outside of Graceland, and live
entertainment shows that celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley.
Elvis will be back in the building scheduled to debut April 23, 2015.
The first-ever permanent Graceland exhibition
outside of Memphis will encompass over 28,000 square feet and include
hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland
Archives, showcasing the man, the performer and the music that
revolutionized popular culture around the world. Presley performed for
millions of guests at the Westgate property,
originally the International Hotel, later the Las Vegas Hilton, when
the property first opened in 1969. Throughout his epic seven-year stint,
Presley performed 837 consecutive sold-out shows. More people saw Presley
perform at the property than anywhere else in the world.
Utah resident Trinidad T.
struck it rich at Westgate Las Vegas Resort
& Casino on Saturday, March 14 when she hit the $10,744,293.40
progressive jackpot on an IGT Megabucks® $1 slot machine. Trinidad was in town with a friend who was
playing in Westgate’s blackjack
tournament. This was her first time visiting and staying at Westgate Las
Vegas. With this jackpot, Trinidad plans to visit her family in the
Philippines that she has not seen in many years. She has always envisioned
buying a yellow Mustang and will make that dream a reality. Trinidad is also
a huge Elvis fan and plans to return to Westgate Las Vegas next month for
the grand opening of the newly announced “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The
Trinidad T Megabucks Winner at Westgate
Blue Man Groupat Monte Carlo Resort/Casino offers families a
fun and affordable escape this spring break with its Family 4-Pack
ticket offer, available for performances beginning Monday, March 23
through Sunday, April 12. The special is $199 (plus applicable service fees)
and includes four Category C: Mezzanine tickets as well as a free small
popcorn for each guest to munch on while they enjoy the award-winning
production. This package has a retail value of $384 (before service fees),
so families will save $185 through this limited-time deal. To receive the
Family 4-Pack ticket offer, patrons must call the Blue Man Group Box Office
at 702.730.7010 and mention “Family 4-Pack.” Blue Man Group Las Vegas allows children of all ages
but recommends ages three and older due to loud percussion and courtesy to
other guests. Deemed as one of “The Best Shows in Las Vegas for
Kids” Blue Man Group is
perfect for adults and children alike. The production sparks guests’
imaginations with its electrifying display of music, art, science and pure
entertainment. The wildly outrageous experience features world-renowned
musicians performing incredible, custom
Blue Man Group songs that can’t be heard anywhere else.
Engaging all the senses, this is a foot-tapping, eye-popping and heart-
pumping theatrical masterpiece.
Nevada Congressional Award Board and guests
(Mayor Caroline and Oscar Goodman center) Former First Lady Dawn Gibbons (R)
U.S. Congressman Joe Heck presenting
certificate to Gold Medalist Arbab
County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and Z.Z. Zorn
Congressional Awards Inaugural Reception and Congressional
Presentation thanked the Nevada Congressional Delegation Senators Harry Reid
and Dean Heller, Congressmen Mark Amodei, Crescent Hardy, Joe Heck and
Congresswoman Dina Titus for their support of this newly formed Nevada Congressional Award Council (NCAC).
The Award offers young people the opportunity to set personally challenging
goals and achieve them. There are six levels of Award – Bronze, Silver, Gold
Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. The minimum age to earn an
Award is 14 and must be completed by their 24th Birthday. The
invite only VIP guests enjoyed a program that started with a Color Guard for
the Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance. Many of the
Distinguished guests were introduced as well as the Congressional Award
directors and Advisory Board. Judge Janiece Marshal installed the Officers
of the NCAC. The 2015 Gold Medalist from Southern Nevada was Arbab Khalid
from Las Vegas who was introduced and given presentation certificates from
many of Nevada’s members of Congress or their Representatives. Arbab Khalid
will received his Gold Medal in Washington D.C on June 17.
Cocktail Company, located in the heart of The LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip, will jazz up
Tuesday nights with “Jazz Night,” every Tuesday from 8 p.m. to midnight. The
stylish cocktail lounge will offer an evening of live jazz featuring the
talents of local favorite Modern Jazz
Assembly (MGA). Happy hour specials from the lounge’s signature
cocktail menu will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m., along with buy-one-get-one
homemade fireball shots, featuring an infusion of American Whiskey with nine spices, including cinnamon, star anise,
black peppercorn, cardamom, nutmeg and clove, priced at $10.
entertainer Ben Vereen
bring his one-man show to the Suncoast Showroom
April 18 and 19. Accomplished actor, dancer, and singer Ben
Vereen is no stranger to the entertainment scene. On Broadway, his role in
“Pippin” garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and Drama Desk Award
for "Best Actor in a Musical." For more than 35 years, Vereen has performed
countless one-man shows around the world. While performing on stages
worldwide, Vereen also was in high-profile film roles, including Chicken
George in “Roots” and Louis Armstrong in “Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style.”
Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95.
The Animal Foundation’s 12th annual “Best In Show,”
is returning to the Orleans Arena
Sunday, April 26 at 1 p.m. The one-of-a-kind event will feature unique and
incredible shelter dogs competing in several categories (small, medium,
large, variety pack, puppy parade and special needs) as they strut their
stuff and vie for the audience’s hearts and homes. The pups in each group
who receive the most crowd applause will advance to compete for the coveted
title of Best In Show. Even though only one will take home the crown,
audience members will have the opportunity to adopt each four-legged
contestant, giving them each the most coveted prize of all: a forever home.
Cast of Menopause The Musical celebrating at After Party Opening at Harrahs
show is now at
HARRAHS in a
more intimate room that allows more audience interaction.
The talented cast of four women
who go shopping for lingerie at a department store sing 25 songs about
chocolate cravings, hot flashes, loss of memory, nocturnal sweats, and sexual
predicaments. The lyrics parody popular music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s
with clever tongue-in-cheek comedy lyrics and entertaining dance routines.
Humorous new lyrics coupled to old favorites provide a good laugh such as:
"'My Guy' becomes 'My Thighs,' 'I’m Sorry' transforms into 'I’m Flashing,'
'The Great Pretender' laments brain collapse, and of course, “Change,
Change, Change.” It’s hilarious, good fun and guys love it too.
The Four Freshmen
bring their unique brand of harmony to
the Suncoast Showroom April
4-5. Carrying on a 67 year legacy, the
Four Freshmen group tradition began in 1948, established by four students at
Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. Hal Kratzsch, brothers Ross and Don
Barbour, and their cousin Bob Flanigan created a brand new vocal sound.
Working without written music and choosing notes by ear, they spread their
jazz voicing over a wider range than other groups, while imitating the
phrasing and aggressive feel of a big band brass section.
To date, the
Freshmen Four have produced more than 70 singles and albums, won numerous
DownBeat and JazzTimes readers’ polls, and have been honored with the
Satchmo Award for unique and enduring contribution to the living history of
jazz. Bob Flanigan retired from performing in 1992, but he continues as the
group’s mentor and personal manager.
In celebration of Shakespeare's 451st
birthday, the Utah Shakespeare
Festival will have their Annual
Las Vegas Fundraiser on April 23 at
Lawry's The Prime Rib at 6:15 p.m. The evening promises to be one of fine
food, fun, and games! Plus, get a sneak
peek of the upcoming season with Festival company members. Proceeds from the evening support the Utah
Shakespeare Festival's acclaimed plays and the entire Festival Experience.
Tickets are $175 per person. For more
information or to reserve your seats, call 435-586-7880.
Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas will be the site of over-
the-top costumes and a celebration of popular television shows for the
official Wizard World Comic Con official
party on Saturday, April 25.
RJ Mitte, star of AMC’s hit show, “Breaking Bad,” will host
the post-convention bash with a DJ performance on the club’s spectacular
rooftop. Mitte, who plays Walter “Flynn” White Jr. on AMC’s Emmy and Golden
Globe Award-winning thriller, “Breaking Bad,” has mild cerebral palsy, like
his character on the show. He is a fan favorite and well-known as a champion
for people with disabilities, dedicating his career to raising awareness.
Wizard World Comic Con Convention, held at the Las Vegas
Convention Center, will bring science fiction and pop culture characters
together in one large festival. Fans of popular shows like “Orange is the
New Black,” “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” will have the opportunity
to meet and mingle with some of their favorite actors.
My good friend
and very talented singer/comedienne
Barbara Brighton will be starring in a Tribute to Barbra Streisand and a Tribute to
Joan Rivers on March 28 at
7 pm. This will be at Sun City McDonald Ranch. Tickets are: $12.00 Residents $15.00 Non
Winter as now we are talking about Summer! The Deck at Aliante Casino + Hotel +
Spa will become
a hot spot for guests and locals alike this summer with drink specials,
luxury cabanas and monthly Poolside Jazz Under the Stars concerts. The Deck
will officially open for the season on Monday, March 23, with the jazz
series launching on Thursday, April 30. Poolside Jazz Under the Stars will
take the stage as day turns into night with monthly concerts beginning at 7
p.m. Tickets will be priced at $15 per person.
The Deck will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. from March 23 through May 24 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the
remainder of the season. The pool is free for hotel guests and day-passes
are available for non-guests $10 on weekdays and $20 on Saturdays, Sundays
and holidays. Active military and veterans with valid ID, along with Sun
City residents, will receive a 10 percent discount for day-passes.
LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN FOR WORLD-CLASS CULINARY FESTIVAL IN
LAS VEGAS, APRIL 23-26. Tickets to
the ninth annual
Vegas Uncork’d by
are selling quickly with more than half of total tickets
already gone and 14 events completely sold out. With just under two months
remaining until the world’s hottest culinary festival hits the Las Vegas
Strip, guests still have a chance to purchase select tickets to events at
ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars
MGM Grand. A mix of both intimate
experiences and large-scale extravaganzas, each event will allow ticket
holders the opportunity to mix and mingle with the world’s greatest chefs,
sommeliers and mixologists including Emeril Lagasse, Gordon Ramsay, Julian
Serrano, Shawn McClain, Brian Malarkey, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Guy
Savoy, Michael Mina, François Payard, Masa Takayama, Mary Sue Milliken and
Susan Feniger. Book Now at VegasUncorked.com
the Exhibition is now exclusively at Springs Preserve until June 1.
Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.
exhibition was supported in part, by the National Science Foundation and
locally sponsored in part by Ethel M. Chocolates.