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by Z.Z. Zorn

Award-winning singer- songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announced he will be returning to Las Vegas with a brand new stage production to perform his extensive catalog of hits as the exclusive headliner at the Westgate. The legendary entertainer will return to where he previously made his spectacular residency debut on February 24, 2005. The 85-minute show will celebrate his well-loved greatest hits.

Barry Manilow is an icon and one of the world's greatest performers. Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits. He is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

Tickets range in price from $19.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees and are on sale for show dates May 24-26, June 14-16, June 21-23, July 19-21, July 26-28, September 27-29 and Oct. 4-6.

One of Hollywood’s most iconic stars is coming to the Las Vegas Strip in Marilyn! The New Musical, an original musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show will opening at Paris Las Vegas with preview performances beginning May 23 and a grand opening June 1, just in time for Marilyn’s birthday. Written, directed and produced by Tegan Summer, CEO of Prospect House Entertainment, in partnership with Authentic Brands Group, owner of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe, the new musical will feature acclaimed Broadway actress Ruby Lewis as the resident Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn! The New Musical features 20 original musical numbers as well as classics like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” telling the story of one of the world’s most famous women, from her days as Norma Jeane overcoming a difficult childhood, to her meteoric rise to stardom and becoming one of the biggest and most enduring sex symbols of all time. Told through the eyes of her trusted driver Charlie, her meteoric rise to stardom is fueled by her fierce feminism and determination to succeed professionally, while equally plagued by her devastating personal failures. Through marriages, movies and iconic moments in history, Marilyn Monroe constantly battles with her ever present alter ego, Norma Jeane, in her search for true happiness.

The Marilyn! cast includes the best talent that Broadway, Los Angeles and Las Vegas have to offer including: Brittney Bertier as Norma Jeane, Frank Lawson as Charlie, Marilyn’s trusted driver, Travis Cloer as Milton Greene, Chris Fore as Bill Pursel, Randal Keith as Darryl F. Zanuck, Christopher Showerman as Joe DiMaggio, Matthew Tyler as Arthur Miller, Lindsay Roginski as Jane Russell, Una Eggerts as Jayne Mansfield, and Chanel Edwards-Frederick as Ella Fitzgerald. Kelley Jakle will serve as the swing for Marilyn Monroe. In addition, the show anticipates a rotating cast of celebrity guest performers in the lead and supporting roles.

Representing the essence of the era of Marilyn Monroe with a modern twist, the set will feature dynamic, cutting-edge, contemporary design that retains all of the beauty and nostalgic elements of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Performances begin May 23. Tickets on sale now.

Masters of Illusion 100th performance celebration

Masters of Illusion - Las Vegas cast and crew just celebrated their 100th performance at Bally’s. Following an awe-inspiring performance for a packed house, the company gathered onstage inside the world-famous Jubilee Theater to share cake and stories from the show’s celebrated run thus far.

Masters of Illusion continues to amaze fans and critics alike since opening in winter 2017 in the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Wednesday through Monday at 7 p.m.
Masters of Illusion is filled with modern illusions and arts of deception is performed live on stage while audiences watch closely as they experience things that just can’t be done……or can they? Audiences are held at the edge of their seats and also laugh out loud at the hysterical comedy magic and dancing as performers from around the world combine fantasy, fervor and flair with magic created in front of their very eyes. The night I was at this amazing show with great backgrounds, I especially enjoyed the beautiful levitation on flowing water, the moving piano and the great singing in the six foot balloon. Congrats and may they continue their great run at Bally’s.

The Park located between New York-New York and Monte Carlo will come alive with the sights, sounds, scents and sips of Cinco De Mayo at Tequila Mania, a two- day outdoor fiesta set for May 4-5. From noon to 8 p.m. daily, guests can stroll the vibrantly decorated outdoor experience, enjoying live Mariachi bands and traditional folk dancers, all while savoring a variety of drinks and bites. Special offerings include savory taco cones and ice cream tacos at Beerhaus; samples of signature Cinco cocktails at the historic 1942 Don Julio Truck which will be visiting The Park for the duration of the event; and much more. Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 Noon - 8 p.m. Daily.

Nevada male and female Champions were crowned at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in the 21st annual qualifying competition for the 102nd Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY.
Max Suzuki and Michelle Lesco each earned the title of “Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champion” securing a spot to compete in the legendary Coney Island competition on July 4. During the ten-minute challenge, Max Suzuki earned top male honors, finishing 42 1/2 hot dogs while Michelle Lesco won the female division, eating 29 hot dogs.

The Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y. since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.
Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and safety standards are upheld at each event.

Hot Dog Eating Contest

Multi-platinum rocker Daughtry is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance May 10 at the Sandbar Stage at Red Rock Resort. The Sandbar Poolside Stage is the perfect destination for a concert experience under the stars. Tickets start at $30. As the front man for the band bearing his name, Daughtry has become one of the most visible and consistent rock & roll torchbearers of the 21st Century. Since rising to prominence on the fifth season of “American Idol,” he has released four albums, all of which reached the Billboard Top Ten and have combined sales more than eight million copies in the U.S. Daughtry’s self-titled debut was the best-selling album of 2007, which contained four Top 20 hit singles, including the Grammy-nominated smash “It’s Not Over.” Leave This Town also reached Number One in 2009, while 2011’s Break the Spell was certified gold. His group’s most recent record, 2013’s Baptized, featured the platinum-selling “Waiting for Superman.”

Capezio celebrates 130 years of excellence in a one-night only special Awards and show at The Smith Center. A glorious production will highlight some of the magical history of Capezio with numerous dance legends and stars of stage and screen saluting this milestone. The show is produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo and benefits The Actors Fund and NBT's Education and Outreach program, Future Dance.
This is the first time that the Capezio Dance Awards are being held in Las Vegas, and the first time the awards are being presented to recipients of various dance genres.
The Capezio Dance Foundation World of Dance Award Honorees are:
Debbie Allen: for Life Achievement as a dancer, actress, choreographer, director, teacher and producer.
Wendy Whelan: for Ballet as NYCB principal ballerina, and current programs promoting emerging choreographers.
David Parsons: for choreography as a world-renown Modern dance choreographer.
Michelle Dorrance: for Tap as an exceptional dancer and innovative choreographer.
Steve "Mr. Wiggles" Clemente: the first Capezio Award in the genre of Hip Hop to one of its foremost leading pioneers as a dancer, inventor, choreographer, and teacher.

The Orleans will bring top comedy and musical acts to The Orleans Showroom and Bourbon Street Lounge in May, featuring performances by Emmy Award-winning comedy star Roseanne Barr, legendary Motown group The Temptations, Australian soft rock duo Air Supply and more.

The Orleans Showroom- Roseanne Barr Saturday, May 5 -Comedy star, award-winning actress and best-selling author Roseanne Barr began her career as a stand-up comedienne, turning her experiences as a wife and mother into a comedy act. Barr went on to produce and star on the ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” which ran for nine seasons, averaging 30 million viewers each week. This year, Barr’s timeless sitcom “Roseanne” returned to ABC with all-new episodes, featuring the complete original cast, new series regulars and notable returning guest stars.

Roseanne Barr

The Temptations

The Temptations- Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. The Temptations rose to fame in the early 1960s with their harmonic vocals, flashy wardrobe and smooth dance moves that continue to win over fans today. The group signed with Motown Records, releasing chart-topping hits like “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” and their biggest hit, “My Girl.” The Temptations evolved their sound and style as they entered the early 1970s. The group released more hits, including “Runaway Child, Running Wild,” “Cloud Nine” and the No. 1 single “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” In their nearly sixty-year career, The Temptations have achieved tremendous musical success.
The group’s current lineup features original member Otis Williams, along with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.

Air Supply

Air Supply - Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. Formed in 1975, Air Supply members Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock burst into the music scene with their unique vocals, harmonic ballads and soft rock sound and later the opening act for Rod Stewart’s North American tour.

George Clooney, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Richard Trank (photo credit: Courtesy)

George Clooney will be the narrator for an upcoming film about the life of former Israel President Shimon Peres. The film, Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres produced by Moriah Films, a division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is slated to premiere in New York in June. Clooney recorded his narration several weeks ago and met with Rabbi Marvin Hier, the Wiesenthal Center’s director.
The film is directed and produced by Richard Trank who managed to record 50 hours of interviews with Peres in the months before his death in September 2016. In the film, former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also make appearances, in addition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former British prime minister Tony Blair and Barbra Streisand. Obama, Clinton and Blair all attended Peres’s funeral in Jerusalem in 2016. Streisand flew to Israel in 2013 to celebrate Peres’s 90th birthday and perform “Avinu Malkeinu” for him. The film’s first screening is scheduled for June 13 at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Trank’s most recent film, also for Moriah films, was 2015’s The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers, based on veteran diplomat Yehuda Avner’s 2010 book.
Richard Trank has also directed films about Theodor Herzl, Simon Wiesenthal and Winston Churchill. He won an Academy Award in 1997 for The Long Way Home, which followed Jewish refugees after the Holocaust until the establishment of the State of Israel.

Sundays just became the new favorite day of the week as Topgolf Las Vegas launches Mimosa Summer Sundays on Sunday, May 6. The popular sports and entertainment venue will be offering a female-focused brunch with a delicious menu of early bird items, an all-female DJ lineup, complimentary golf lessons, and drink specials featuring $5 mimosas made with AMPLIFIED prosecco and $5 bloody marys. General poolside seating is available on a first- come, first-serve basis. To make reservations for hitting bays, cabanas, and daybeds for the brunch, contact

The Mimosa Summer Sundays will be held every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. throughout the spring and summer season on the third level of Topgolf at Hideaway Pool. An all-female DJ lineup will be taking over the entertainment for brunch and will be spinning the latest tunes. In addition to new entertainment, brunch goers can try their hand at swinging with Topgolf’s professional golf instructors available from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. offering complimentary lessons to go with all the brunch fun. Drink specials are offered in poolside hitting bays, the pool deck, and the swim-up pool bar. Topgolf Las Vegas operates from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Bay pricing starts at $30 per hour for up to six players and varies depending on bay location and time of day. Nevada locals receive a 20% discount on bay time. General admittance into Topgolf is free of charge.

Las Vegas local and long- time comedian and celebrity impressionist, Sean E. Cooper, received the esteemed Career Achievement Award at the second annual Las Vegas F.A.M.E (Film, Art, Music and Entertainment) Awards—a celebration of iconic celebrities and others in the city who have achieved greatness in the fields of film, art, music and entertainment.

Sean E. Cooper was honored with the Career Achievement Award for Las Vegas Comedian, thanks in part to his efforts delivering crowd-pleasing comedic relief to countless audiences during his 14-year run in the cast of FANTASY at the Luxor Hotel and Casino.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Season Finale concert on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 PM in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature the Philharmonic’s American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship recipient, German pianist Danae Dörken performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Opus 73, “Emperor.” In addition, the orchestra will perform Bernstein’s Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations and close its 2017 – 2018 concert season with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Opus 100. Music Director Donato Cabrera will host his pre-concert conversation at 6:30 PM in Reynolds Hall for patrons interested in learning more about the music in the evening program.
In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the Las Vegas Philharmonic opens its final performance with Bernstein’s ballet score Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations (1944). The ballet tells the tale of three sailors vying for the attention of two girls that pass by. In order to determine which two sailors will ultimately win a date with the girls, the men partake in a dance contest featuring a Galop, Waltz, and Danzon. Unfortunately, the dance spirals into a fistfight among the men. The music captures the rambunctious nature of the story.

Memorial Day Luau at Plaza Pool

The Plaza Hotel & Casino will host its annual Memorial Day Luau at the Pool on Saturday, May 26 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Guests can relax poolside while enjoying the entertainment of traditional performances by Polynesian dancers. The luau will also feature an all-you-can-eat buffet of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, including Lomi Salmon Salad, Hawaiian Sliders, Huli Huli, Chicken Lechon, Uala Kahiki, Hawaiian Dream and Haupia as well as various salads, rice, noodles and vegetables. A cash bar will offer specialty cocktails, beer and wine. The event held will culminate with a red, white and blue fireworks show.
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Plaza Hotel & Casino announces debut of “A Mob Story” a new show that entertains with a modern production about the history of the Mob. Love them or hate them, mobsters played a major role in the rise of Las Vegas as a legendary tourist destination. Opening in July at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, “A Mob Story” is an original production that tells the “tale of how the Mob made Las Vegas, and how Vegas took down the Mob.” Created and directed by legendary producer, Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, Jeff Kutash, “A Mob Story” is the most realistic portrayal of the mob ever presented on stage, as told by the last Godfather, former Colombo family capo, Michael Franzese. A true “made man,” Franzese will provide an unprecedented authentic journey into the secret world of the mafia as the show’s host. Former city of Las Vegas Mayor and illustrious mob attorney, Oscar B. Goodman will be an ambassador to the show with special appearances.
Kutash, known for creating 12 time “Las Vegas Show of the Year,” “Splash,” has recruited a first-class team of dance masters and Broadway theatrical designers to bring “A Mob Story” to life on the stage.

Rock and pop sensations Train to perform at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater at Palms on Friday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m.

Train is a multi-GRAMMY and Billboard award-winning band from San Francisco, Calif. that landed 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album. Train’s climb to the top began in San Francisco in 1994, as the original five-member band tenaciously built a loyal following, leading up to their own self-titled debut album, released by Columbia in 1998. They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including three GRAMMY awards, two Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors.

Train front man, Pat Monahan , partakes in other ventures outside of music with his newly launched Drops of Jupiter wine portfolio. Proceeds from the wine support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Train’s 2016 project, Does Led Zeppelin II, a cover album in tribute of their favorite band saw 100 percent of the band’s proceeds going to Family House.

Cleo at SLS Las Vegas will celebrate moms with a decadent Mother’s Day jazz and champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. The soirée will feature an indulgent spread of traditional American and Mediterranean cuisine and select bottomless cocktails, all set to live entertainment by jazz threesome, Jozef Bobula Trio.

The all-inclusive brunch will include a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables; a selection of salads and soups; Cleo’s signature dips, including hummus with tahini and laffa bread; and freshly baked pastries. A carving station will serve herb-crusted prime rib, roasted lamb leg and cedar plank salmon. Additional offerings include omelet and crepe stations; traditional breakfast dishes spanning eggs Benedict; ham and cheese rolls; French toast; Applewood smoked bacon; chicken sausage; and chilled shellfish and seafood, including snow crab legs, shrimp cocktail, oysters, smoked salmon and nore.

Bottomless cocktails include champagne; orange, passion fruit or guava juice mimosas; and a build- your-own Bloody Mary bar.

Dessert will include a whimsical candy station, crème brulee, raspberry panna cotta, various flavored tarts and cakes, strawberry trifle, baklava and more.

The Mother’s Day jazz and champagne brunch is priced at $45 per adult and $11.50 for kids ages 3 to 10 years old. Reservations are encouraged.

Affinity Gaming presents the annual Wine to Remember on Saturday, May 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino's Oasis Pool to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter and their mission to provide local Alzheimer's programs and services.

Themed "Hot Night in Havana," attendees are encouraged to embrace the spirit of Cuban culture and wear colorful attire for a sizzling reception with rum cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction packages and live music. Tickets are $50 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased at . All proceeds will benefit local programs, services, treatments and preventions for Alzheimer's and dementias.

Acclaimed actor Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters are returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Fronted by actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters released their debut album The Boxmasters in 2008. The band is made up of Thornton (vocals and drums), J.D. Andrew (guitar, bass and vocals), and Teddy Andreadis (keyboards).

Tickets for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters are $35, $47 and $59 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating and are now on sale. Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.

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