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.
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
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.
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 birthday cake with Pia Zadora
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Tenors of Rock Las Vegas won a
coveted Best of Las Vegas award, is a top 20 choice onTripAdvisor.com and was voted the
best new show of 2017 by Vegas.com.
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
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.
entertainers Clint Holmes
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
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.
Clint Holmes and Earl Turner