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Entertainment Tidbits  

Entertainment Tidbits

by Z.Z. Zorn

Las Vegas is known as the entertainment capital of the world and as such many shows have played here and gone. However, two amazing shows have belied that concept and are now celebrating and performing on and on. See #1. for their 5,000th performance and See #2. for performing for 35 years.

Kathi and Alan Glist founders and producers of Menopause The Musical

The stars of Menopause The Musical

1. Who can honestly say they have 5,000 shows in Las Vegas under their belt? Yes, producers Alan and Kathi Glist can say that, because their hit show Menopause the Musical has done just that. A packed house (including me) at Harrah’s celebrated this monumental event. Menopause The Musical celebrated a milestone 5,000th performance Wednesday, July 18. The landmark show was welcomed by Las Vegas celebrities and VIPs who walked the red carpet before the show, including The Bronx Wanderers, Katie Kenner (Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man), Tenors of Rock, cast members from The Miss Behave Gameshow, Clint Holmes, and more. The 5,000th performance was met with a standing ovation, after which producer Alan Glist presented the show’s cast and crew with a celebratory cake and a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman declaring July 18 Menopause The Musical Day.

I’ve seen Menopause the Musical multiple times since it originally opened at the Hilton many years ago and especially enjoyed this wonderful show again the night of the celebration of its 5,000 show. Alan and Kathi talked about how the show began, its success and how it is being shown in all parts of the world.

Menopause The Musical stars Cindy Williams of the iconic television comedy Laverne & Shirley, as well as Vita Corimbi, Earth Mother; Jacquelyn Holland-Wright, Soap Star; Lori Legacy, Iowa Housewife; and Lisa Mack, Professional Woman. Cherity Ellen Harchis is dance captain and performs as a full understudy for all roles. In “The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change,” four women at Bloomingdale’s have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This joyful musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Since 2001, the show has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

Menopause The Musical performs Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., as well as an additional 4 p.m. matinee each Saturday and Monday.

Legends In Concert

2. Legends in Concert is now celebrating 35 years as the longest-running show in Las Vegas with an incomparable cast of music legends. The acclaimed production features a live band and dancers that brings audiences to their feet with performances paying live tributes to Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, and, for the first time ever on the Legends stage, Jon Bon Jovi and Bob Marley at the Flamingo through September 9.

Legends in Concert takes audiences on a musical journey through various genres of music including country, pop, rock and reggae during the dynamic 90 minute show.

Two new legends for the first time in Legends’ history is Jon Bon Jovi portrayed by Jason Morey, who also rocks out with Jersey-boy’s hits, “Wanted Dead or Alive” and the anthem “Livin’ On A Prayer.” And, another Legends first is Bob Marley portrayed by OneGunn who performs some of the reggae legend’s hits “Buffalo Soldier,” “Shot the Sheriff” and “Get Up Stand Up”among others. Lori Mitchell-Gay as Tina Turner brings some of Tina’s classic hits such as “Private Dancer” and “Proud Mary” among others to the stage. “The King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, is portrayed by Brandon Jones - who brings the icon’s hits with many “Thriller” moments. And, until September 9, Johnny Cash is paid tribute by Shawn Barker who portrayed the country icon on Broadway in “Million Dollar Quartet,” as well as on stages all over the world from Australia to Europe.

All tribute artists perform using their own natural voices to bring these true legends to life.

For more than three decades, “Legends in Concert” has proudly entertained more than 6.6 million Las Vegas visitors and residents, produced over 18,500 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and performed to more than 30 million fans worldwide. Legends in Concert debuted at Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in 1983 and later moved to Flamingo in 2013 in conjunction with the show’s 30- year anniversary. “Legends in Concert” continues to celebrate the world’s most famous and influential icons, many gone too soon, thus giving audiences an extraordinary chance to experience live the most captivating music, fashion and reminiscing of actual legends. Initially introduced as a limited six week engagement, this Las Vegas staple now performs 10 shows a week, year round in the Donny and Marie Showroom for all ages. Tickets are on sale at all Caesars Entertainment box offices or call 702-777-2782.

Backstreet’s Back! Following an appearance on “Take A Break” on CBS’s Emmy-winning “The Late, Late Show with James Corden,” AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter are making headlines as they return to Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for the next run of their record-breaking Las Vegas residency, “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life.”

Since the residency’s premiere in 2017, sold-out shows have attracted fans from all over the world, hosting the biggest audience in the history of Las Vegas headlining residencies. The show has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The group recently announced the show will come to an end on April 27, 2019 and now final show dates are selling fast.

Kevin Burke, of Defending the Caveman at the D Las Vegas has left the Las Vegas production following his performance on August 2. Burke has been the face of Defending the Caveman in Las Vegas for 10 of the years it has been in Las Vegas. He’s performed the show at Golden Nugget, Excalibur, Harrah’s and the D. He has performed the show worldwide since 2003 with more than 5,000 performances under his belt. But, don’t worry; the show Defending the Caveman will be back as important casting is now going on.

George Wallace

George Wallace birthday cake with Pia Zadora

George Wallace is back where he belongs. That is, Las Vegas, of course. George Wallace, the Man, the Comedian, the Legend now has returned to Las Vegas with a new show at the Westgate. Don Barnbart, comedian does a very entertaining act as he opens for George Wallace.

George, who has been selling out comedy clubs and concert venues all over the world, derives his comedy from everyday humor and simply shares moments of life. He finds humor everywhere he turns–from media to relationships to dialogue clichés. Wallace is witty, spontaneous, clever, funny and is known to be an ace at reading an audience. His involvement with them is hilarious, especially where they are from.
Among other comics, Wallace is known as “the guy who can roll the room over if it’s dead.” Wallace began his career in comedy as a writer for “The Redd Foxx Show” and made a huge splash on the stand up scene as one of 150 competitors on the cable television special “The Big Laugh Off.” Wallace captured first prize, which included club gigs all over the country. Recently, George Wallace appeared in the hit show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld and starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the film “Just Getting Started” and will be seen in the movie “The Last Laugh,” alongside Richard Dreyfus and Chevy Chase.

I was at George Wallace’s opening media night and it was also the day of his 70th birthday. He was surprised with a beautiful cake onstage with Pia Zadora and Earl Turner wishing him a happy birthday and congratulating him on his new show.

A cocktail reception was held before the show with Japanese Robata style cooking at the Robata Grill and Sake Cocktails at Bar Sake at Westgate. The food was delicious and so were the drinks…. Many VIP guests, entertainers, producers and TV hosts were there to welcome George Wallace back and celebrate his new show.

The Ultimate Pro Football Challenge is returning to the world-famous Race & Sports SuperBook at Westgate. Known as the “world’s most popular professional football handicapping contest, the 30th annual SuperContest will again set a record, by awarding its largest prize, more than $1 million, to 2018 football season grand prize winner.

Fresh off awarding a $1,327,284 check to the 2017 winner, the largest award in the contest’s long history, the SuperContest is the ultimate pro football handicapping contest in the world. Entries are now being accepted through September 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. The contest has a $1,500 entry fee prior to the start of the regular professional football season and contestants pick five games each week against the contest line. The contestant who correctly earns the most points for the entire pro football schedule will be declared the champion. Non-Nevada residents may take part by using a proxy to enter their selections each week.

In addition to the SuperContest the SuperBook will once again offer the SuperContest Gold contest, which debuted in 2017. This all new $5,000 contest is separate from the SuperContest and the winner will walk away with 100% of the entry fees. This winner-take-all contest will have contestants selecting five pro football games, similar to the SuperContest, each week versus the Westgate contest line.

Due to popular demand, the Electric Safari LGBT night swim pool party will now take place every Friday evening this summer at Flamingo Beach Club , The Strip’s lively LGBT offering will continue to feature high-energy DJs, pop-up performances, and more.

I was invited but unable to attend opening night at the Rio for Chippendale’s guest host, famous celebrity blogger who everyone knows, Perez Hilton’s “Party With Perez.

I heard that while Perez didn’t do Chippendale dancing, his hosting sure was an absolutely hilarious party. Perez Hilton will host “Party With Perez” at Chippendale’s until September 2.

Barry Manilow

A showman with a voice so rich and better than ever that belies his 75 years is Barry Manilow ‘The Hits Come Home’!

With 50 Top 40 hits and sales of more than 85 million albums, Barry is back in Sin City as the resident headliner at the Westgate International Theater. (no shows in August).

Barry Manilow is one heck of a performer that has created more hits, can wow an audience with his self - penned legendary tunes and golden voice and is also a piano genius!

You cannot fail to be impressed by Manilow’s class and pure talent. Don’t miss this Star in the Westgate when he is back after August (check dates) in the beautiful main showroom.
Who can doubt the impact Manilow has had on pop music such as…
Mandy, Can’t Smile Without You, Through The Rain and, of course, Copacabana. When I was there, audiences enjoyed his hits while swaying with glow sticks and watching a great New York section with 3-D glasses. The sound is excellent and the band & backing singers are spectacular. Each of his hits had an accompanying act. Copacabana had a raised circular ramp giving the entire audience a chance to see Barry and the dancers close up performing right near them as they moved throughout the circular ramps.

Manilow ‘The Hits Come Home’ gives audiences what they want. This new show is perfectly produced and is a seamless 90 minutes celebrating Manilow’s brilliance.

Arizona rock band, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, known as “RCPM” to their fans, will perform during Labor Day Weekend at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower’s Elation Pool at 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 1. Known for their hit song, “Banditos,” and writing the theme for popular television show, “King of the Hill,” RCPM will take the stage at Elation pool – Stratosphere’s outdoor, resort-style pool, offering breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley. Blending alternative rock, pop, reggae with mariachi influence, the band was dubbed the “Springsteen of the Southwest” by the Asbury Park Press and is the only act to release seven consecutive albums that hit the top 10 list of Billboard’s Internet Sales Charts. Tickets are on sale now and start at $25, excluding taxes and fees.

Chris Angel

Now here is someone I heard and thought was really leaving Las Vegas after his Criss Angel MINDFREAK LIVE 10th anniversary last performance at Luxor on Oct. 28, 2018.

However, I have received the following new press release about him that is exciting.

After more than a decade of dominating the world of magic, Criss Angel will unveil an over-the-top visual spectacular unlike any other in existence Criss Angel MINDFREAK, in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino opening Dec. 19, 2018. The brand- new production incorporates cutting-edge technology and boasts more than 75 illusions with 20 never-before-seen effects that will give fans the ultimate immersive experience, showcasing the iconic Criss Angel on a massive scale.

The Criss Angel MINDFREAK residency will play in the Criss Angel Theater, formally known as the PH Showroom, at Planet Hollywood Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m.

In 2017, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Criss with the 2,615th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Criss has been named “Magician of the Year”an unprecedented six times; was the youngest magician inducted into the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame; was named the first recipient of “Magician of the Decade,” as well as “Magician of the Century” and “Innovator of the Decade.” Most recently, Angel was given the highest honor in the magical arts - the Lifetime Achievement Award from the largest and most prestigious magic organization in the world (the nearly one hundred-year-old International Brotherhood of Magicians). This has only been given five times in the IBM’s history, and Criss is the youngest artist ever to receive it, and the only magician performing today that has been presented with this award.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Mexico’s premier folkloric dance company, Ballet Folkl rico de México de Amalia Hernandez, to the Reynolds Hall stage on Oct. 15. This one-night-only engagement will dazzle audience members with classic choreography and vibrant costumes inspired by traditional Mexican folklore set against a contemporary backdrop. Featuring dances from pre-Colombian civilizations to the modern era, this cultural export adds to the Smith Center’s prestigious performances.

Ballet Folklórico de México is making its way back to the United States, by popular demand, for another well-received coast-to-coast tour featuring encore showcases of the company’s acclaimed choreography. Founded in 1952 by celebrated dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico fuses multi-generational music, dance and costumes to represent Mexico’s time- honored traditions. Ballet Folklórico de México will perform in Reynolds Hall on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets, on sale now, start at $25.

Folklorico de Mexico at Smith Center

Ballet - Dracula

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) launches its 2018-2019 mainstage performance season at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with the Las Vegas premiere of Ben Stevenson’s full-length renowned Ballet, Dracula with four performances Thursday, October 25, Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m.

Sparking curiosity and fascination for decades, Bram Stoker’s iconic 1897 novel brings 19th Century Transylvania to Las Vegas through the mind of expert storyteller and choreographer, Ben Stevenson. A mysterious Hungarian village and the castle of a devious, air-bound Count sets the stage for a chilling love triangle--magnified by massive props and special effects such as an exploding chandelier and a flying corps of brides. This is a stunningly theatrical and ethereal supernatural world with the music of Hungarian Composer Franz Liszt that has been expertly arranged by John Lanchberry.

Originally conceived to mark the 100th anniversary of this haunting tale, Ben Stevenson’s inspired full-length ballet has received critical acclaim for its character development, intelligent choreography and overall visual opulence. NBT’s presentation of Dracula will be staged by former Houston Ballet Principal Dancer and Choreographer, Dominic Walsh.

Free to all ticket holders, NBT presents its popular pre-performance engagement, Insights, in the Troesh Studio Theater. Offering educational discussion coinciding with the ballet being presented, Insights will take place 45 minutes prior to curtain before each of the four performances of Dracula.

NBT’s successful Education and Outreach Initiative, Kids Night Out at the Ballet, will usher in over 30 Clark County students to The Smith Center, where they will attend the opening night of Dracula. Providing access to the art form of dance is part of NBT’s mission and students are treated to a true ballet patron experience that they may not receive otherwise.

Embarking on its 47th Season, Nevada Ballet Theatre is the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets.

Dracula Choreographer Ben Stevenson served as artistic director of Houston Ballet from 1976-2003, raising the company from a regional troupe of twenty-eight dancers to an internationally acclaimed ensemble of over fifty artists. For his contributions to international dance, Mr. Stevenson was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List in December 1999. With is many awards and accolades, Houston Ballet was named Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy.

In 2002, Dominic Walsh, Principal Dancer and Choreographer with Houston Ballet, founded Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.

How lucky we are that the UK Tenors of Rock are performing at Harrah’s Las Vegas!

Formed with five of the best male rock voices in the United Kingdom, Tenors of Rock brings a new sound to familiar rock hits. Tenors of Rock is a full production show featuring classic and contemporary rock hits like "Sweet Child O’ Mine," "Living on Prayer," "Back in Black," "Whole Lotta Love," "Here I Go Again" and more.

Since appearing on X Factor UK, the high-powered vocals of Tenors of Rock have rocked millions worldwide and are now rocking Harrah’s Las Vegas in an exclusive residency in the Harrah’s Showroom!

Tenors of Rock Las Vegas won a coveted Best of Las Vegas award, is a top 20 choice and was voted the best new show of 2017 by

The hugely-successful I LOVE THE ’90s TOUR will have a permanent home on the Las Vegas Strip when I LOVE THE ’90s – THE VEGAS SHOW opens at Paris Las Vegas Friday, Oct. 12. This 90-minute, immersive dance party will feature a live DJ, nostalgic video content, dancers and more, giving audiences the opportunity to rediscover the music that influenced and defined a generation and contributed to making the ‘90s a decade to remember. A rotating lineup of crowd favorites will headline the Las Vegas shows, with Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One kicking off the residency. Other artists confirmed to be in this live experience include Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Kid ’n Play and Dru Hill.

Superstar singer, songwriter, actor and record producer Toby Keith is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at Red Rock Resort . Keith, who has been performing in Station Casinos’ venues for more than two decades, will bring his Should’ve Been A Cowboy XXV Tour Presented by Ford F-Series to the Sandbar Poolside Stage at Red Rock Resort on Friday, October 26.The familiar maxim of a triple threat – singer, songwriter, musician – doesn't begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era's most complete self-directed hit makers. Keith's albums have sold more than 40 million copies. His tours have drawn more than a million fans each year for more than a decade straight, with recent expansion into Europe and Australia. A musician's musician, he was a last minute illness stand-in for the late Merle Haggard a few years back and responded to Merle's query about which of the legend's songs Keith knew and could cover with. Keith said, "All of 'em." And there have been some unexpected highlights along the way as well, including country's most impactful viral event, "Red Solo Cup," the video for which has received more than 46 million views and was named ACM Video of the Year.

Toby Keith

Clint Holmes and Earl Turner
Award-winning entertainers Clint Holmes and Earl Turner are giving back to the “Soundtrack” of the Las Vegas education system. In appreciation of the teachers and administrators that work tirelessly in an effort to educate the children and young adults of Las Vegas, all Clark County teachers and school administrators with valid CCSD identification will receive two free tickets to an August performance of their show, SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories inside the famed Westgate International Theater. One dollar from every ticket sold to SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show in August will go directly to The Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that creates dynamic initiatives and programs that reimagine and improve public education. August performances of SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. include: Thursday, August 2 through Saturday, August 4 and Thursday, August 9 through Saturday, August 11. All performances begin at 7 p.m. and tickets can be picked up at the Westgate Box Office, in advance or the day of the performance.SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories combines the talents, chemistry and camaraderie of two of Las Vegas’ most beloved and highly-regarded entertainers, Clint Holmes and Earl Turner. Based on the music of their lives, past and present, Earl and Clint combine their unique energy, voices, humor and life experiences to bring new life to the music that makes up the soundtracks of our lives alongside a live eight-piece band under the musical direction of Christian Tamburr, a three-time Down Beat Magazine Music Award winner.

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