Note: This is a past article from March 07, 2015
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EntSpeaks 2nd Series
Dr. Adele Zorn
Well, he did it again.
Adam Walmsley, Emmy Award-Winning set designer produced his second
EntSpeaks series with six interesting celebrities
individually talking about their lives.
First up was
, producer and choreographer of the very successful FANTASY
show at the Luxor for 15 years.
In addition to
FANTASY, Anita has produced various successful shows in
Las Vegas for 29 years. Anita is an effervescent, remarkable individual,
who although too short to be a Las Vegas showgirl, managed to overcome that
obstacle. (I too am quite short, but overcome that thought with the insight
that in reality the best things in life come in small packages.)
grew up in Detroit and wanted to be a dancer since age 8.
As a child, Anita’s (Kleinman) mom, a single mother with two children
couldn’t buy her expensive dancer shoes, so Anita put bottle caps on her
shoes to make the tapping sounds. Dancing was her life and dream and she did
become a dancer. Her resume is outstanding. She was in films, stage shows
and became a choreographer and producer of shows. At age 17 she filmed
“Cruel One” and then went on to do a variety of films. She made it her
business to learn about all facets of entertainment. Anita said, her varied
films went from Muppets to Tits to Tots. She danced with Elvis and
choreographed his films, also with Cher and many other famous celebrities.
In 1986 as a single mom, she took a chance and invested all her money
in the show “A Blast From The Past.” Meshulam Ricklis owned
the Riviera, bought her show and brought it to
Las Vegas. That started her 29 years as a producer in Las Vegas. Pia Zadora
who had been married to Ricklis at that time was in the audience and
Anita thanked her. Although Anita lives in Los Angeles, she is back and
forth to Las Vegas and still giving notes and choreography to FANTASY
which she loves.
Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrahs is known for his plaid
outfits and a video of Mac as a young child in a plaid outfit was
Mac King was born in
Louisville, Kentucky and as soon as he could read, Mac began reading about
magic and trying out the tricks. His parents were divorced and at age 14 he
would go with his mother to the YWCA where there was an old men’s meeting
and he would do his magic for them. Mac met Lance Burton and they became friends and
worked together and shared tricks for 15 years. Mac wanted
his shows to be more than just a magic show so he started to do comedy,
improv and audience participation. Mac King does many community activities
and loves to work with kids at school. He introduced his wife who was in
the audience and said he met her while she was in the audience at his show.
The lovely lady is a therapist (me too!) Mac King has won many awards, recently as
of the Year at the Win-Win Entertainment Headliners Bash.
EntSpeaks audience was amazed and loved Mac as
he shared some of his Ho!Ho! comedy and magic.
The staid and
sophisticated looking Myron Martin, so well known for founding
the Smith Center was shown in a video wearing high red
leather boots. Of course, this was for the
Smith Center for the Performing
Arts production of “Kinky Boots.” As Myron told about his
background, this was not so surprising as even as a kid he was an
entertainer. He even played for the Texas
Rangers, but he added that he
was their Organist. Myron was running the Liberace Foundation
and told a very funny story that came to pass while he was there.
Their 800# phone bill was too high and they sold it, but it turned out to be
to a very risqué number.
Myron had been with
Fred Smith and Don Snyder at a Texas Performing Arts
Center and they thought how great it would be to have a Performing Center in
Las Vegas. This dream came true from these founding members and the Smith
Center is named after Fred Smith. However, Fred Smith passed away before
the opening. Myron met his beautiful wife when he was judging a Pageant
show in Florida. Some interesting things he mentioned were that Falcons are
on the Smith Center Logo and although this is a coincidence,
when the Smith Center was opened, a tremendous amount of pigeons were
leaving their excrements on the roofs. Somehow, falcons began soaring
around and then the pigeons excrements were no longer a problem. Also, Tony
Hsieh (Zappos) favorite movie is “Pretty Woman” and Tony bought the “Pretty
Woman” Box at the Smith Center.
Nicole Kaplan who stars
Wynn’s Showstoppers said this was her first speech ever.
Nicole said it took her
20 years to become a success so she decided to do her speech on a “must do”
to become a success list. Her demeanor and her list turned out to be very
funny and the audience loved it. First on the list was date a celebrity.
She went to dinner with mini Gary Coleman only one time, as he wanted to rub
her feet. Another was Be on YouTube – Nicole was on Killer Karaoke
singing Fever and screaming as she was on Walk of Fear with maggots, lizards
and bugs under her. More funny items on her list, but Marry your Co-Star to climb
the ladder of success was the best for her as she did just that 6 ½ years
ago. She married Graham Fenton who performs as Frankie Valli in Jersey
Bob Anderson who becomes
Frank Sinatra in Frank, The Man, The Music at
Venetian was next.
Bob told how years ago
he was at the Sahara watching Nancy Sinatra rehearse with the Everly
Brothers. The brothers had a fight and left. Bob at the time looked
like a hippie with long curly hair and cut off jeans, but he went up to Nancy
Sinatra and told her he was a singer. Not knowing if the
brothers would come back to perform that night, Nancy hired
him. That was his start and one week later he was on the Merv Griffinshow.
In a later Q&A Bob told about his funny encounter in a bathroom with
Berle who bragged about his privates.
And then there was
Leach best known for
“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
Robin Leach started his
newspaper career as a 15 year old teenager. His first assignment had him
pedaling his bike during a storm going to do an interview. He arrived at his
destination and inside was a man who just seemed to be at home doing
nothing. However, this man was Leslie Bricusse working on his play
“Stop The World, I Want To Get Off.” Through this
association he got to meet Anthony Newly and Joan Collins. Robin said
everything he has done somehow was created out of thin air. He had many
disappointments and failures with his TV shows even at first with
“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” but he kept at it with dedication,
determination and discipline.
After each celebrity
spoke, Bob Anderson, Mac King and Robin Leach did a hilarious Q&A with
3 questions given to them by Andy Walmsley.
Some of the invited only
audience consisted of many well-known performers who will probably be in one
of the next EntSpeaks.
Andy Walmsley says perhaps that will be in May. Kudos to Adam and staff for a great night of Entertainment.