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Las Vegas - December 14, 2007

Shades of Sinatra Deb Filler Cayleigh Capaldi

Tis the season to be jolly...and busy. As mentioned in last week's column, a lot is going on around the city at this time of year. While a number of the big Strip productions go dark around the winter holidays (even a Phantom needs some time off), there are some special engagements as well as all kinds of wonderful shows taking place through the month - a number of them feature principals from the spectaculars that can be a little pricey, while some are raising money for local charities. Get out and see your favorite stars, and possibly save a few bucks while lending a helping hand to someone who needs it. Here is a sampling of what's out there during the next week or so...

Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, December 15th, Krave at Planet Hollywood hosts Infinite Joy, The Songs of William Finn. In case you are not familiar with the work of William Finn, he is the award-winning music writer of shows such as In Trousers, March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland, Elegies, Make Me a Song, A New Brain and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In 1992, Falsettos won the Tony Award for Best Music and Lyrics, and Finn and James Lapine took home Tonys for Best Book. Performing Finn's songs at Krave will be Harry Bouvy (Spamalot), Justin Brill (Spamalot), Daniel Herron (The Producers), Reva Rice (Spamalot), Nadine Roden (Mamma Mia!), Jessica Sheridan (The Producers), Steven Strafford (Spamalot) and Tina Walsh (EFX, Mamma Mia!). The concert, which starts at 1 p.m., will benefit the Rape Crisis Center and Playhouse West. General admission tickets are $35. If you are in a flush and generous mode, VIP tickets are $100. For reservations, call toll free (866) 811-4111.

Tomorrow night, Shades of Sinatra will perform a special concert at Sun City McDonald Ranch Community Center, located at 2020 W. Horizon Ridge in Henderson. The group, made up of Ryan Baker, Larry Liso, Carmine Mandia and Lisa Smith, will entertain beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable $15 for Sun City McDonald residents and $17 for the rest of us folks. Call (702) 270-7000 for additional information.

Deb Filler calls her one woman show Don't Get Me Started. We are assuming she borrowed the line from the Billy Crystal-starring film, Mr. Saturday Night. Who is Deb Filler? Well, according to what we have read, she is New Zealand's only Jewish comic. Since we have never heard of any other Jewish comics from New Zealand, we won't argue the point. Las Vegans will have the opportunity to see Ms. Filler perform when Michael Chapman and ChapQuist Entertainment present her at Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theatre on Sunday afternoon, December 16th at 1. "You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Deb Filler!," states Chapman. Don't Get Me Started is a delightful new feel-good show, providing lots of laughs as Deb tells her stories as only she can. Her earlier solo show, Punch Me in the Stomach, was a hit throughout the world, and was aired on PBS television. The show is filled with characters, stories and some of the best Jewish jokes this side of the legendary New York Catskills. Political, passionate and armed only with her material, Deb has been touring the world with her keen wit and sensibility for 25 years. She has performed sold out solo shows in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Montreal, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Edinburgh, Toronto, Sao Paulo and, now, hopefully, Las Vegas. Here is what some of the critics have to say about the funny lady. "Extraordinary work, an extraordinary story-teller..." - Village Voice. "Filler is a complete chameleon, transforming herself instantly into dozens of relatives and accents...exhilarating and liberating." - The Independent (London). "Consistently clever...extraordinary...tour de force" - Philadelphia Inquirer. Magnificent...extraordinary... dazzling...stunning. The press note says she does '35 plus characters'. But I was laughing, crying, thinking and feeling too hard to count." - The Boston Globe. "Filler's overriding warmth, relaxed delivery and level of comfort with the material is so engaging." - The Toronto Star. "Filler, a gifted mimic...has tapped into the same vein of self-deprecating attitude many great comics that has never been more aptly applied than here." - New York Newsday. "A consummate performer on every level." - NOW, Toronto. "Filler has an extraordinary talent for mimicry...she dishes up some outrageous impersonations...she brilliantly sets up the laughter..." - Sydney Morning Herald. "Brilliant...inspiring...breathtaking...quietly sensational" - Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "The most striking quality of Deb Filler's performance...evokes the emotional dualism of much great humour (Isaac Bashevis Singer, Woody Allen and Bernice Reubens, among others), which implies that laughter is indispensable." - Montreal Mirror. The Starbright Theatre is located at 2215 W. Thomas Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $15 for Sun City residents, and $17 for non-residents. Call the box office at (702) 240-1301 or (702) 869-2064 for additional info.

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On Sunday, December 16th, the fabulous Las Vegas Tenors return to the main room at the Las Vegas Hilton for a special one-night-only Holiday Concert. After their successful September show in the hotel‘s big theater (we gave it an A+), the powers that be have wisely rebooked the Tenors. This time around, Bill Fayne, Bobby Black, Teddy Davey and Mark Giovi will be presenting music of the season. In addition to the four tenors, the Holiday Concert will feature special guest artists, Gayle Steele, Clint Holmes, the Broadway Bound Divas, and 7-year-old Cayleigh Capaldi. Young Cayleigh comes by her show business roots genetically - her mother is Leigh Zimmerman, currently playing Ulla in The Producers at Paris Las Vegas, and her father is multi-talented musician, Domenick Allen. In addition, there will be a 24-voice choir made up of some of Las Vegas' finest singers, including Michaelina Bellamy, Denise Clemente, Celeste Lero and Rob Hiatt. The group will perform songs such as Silent Night, O Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy, Adeste Fideles, The Hallelujah Chorus and some of the fans favorite Tenor numbers from the non-holiday shows. This will all be enhanced by the Las Vegas Tenors orchestra with strings and harp, led by Vita Corimbi (Menopause the Musical) at the piano. Rumor has it that Santa may even show up! Once again, the date is Sunday, December 16th, the time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.95 and $39.95, plus applicable taxes and fees. Call (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361 for reservations.

And speaking of Domenick Allen, here's a bit of interesting information on the entertainer (at least WE think it's interesting). It was December of 1980 when Mr. Allen made his first appearance as part of Liberace‘s show. The place? The Las Vegas Hilton. Exactly 27 years later, his daughter (that's Cayleigh Capaldi, mentioned above), makes her big Las Vegas showroom debut on the very same stage. As the excited papa says, "I'll be the one sitting in the front row crying...and kvelling (a Jewish word that means bursting with pride)."

Note: Cayleigh's photo is by Deidhra Fahey.

Also on December 16th, this one at 3 p.m., Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8601 Del Webb Blvd., presents An Angel Tree Christmas. It's a Free-Will Offering with proceeds going to benefit the Angel Tree Program, sponsored by the Salvation Army and providing gifts for children. The presentation will include Southern Nevada liturgical dance group Saving Grace, tenor Lance Taubold, pianist Spencer Baker (UNLV Part-time Instructor of Piano), organist Tim Harvey, and original music from the New York Musical Revue It's That Time Of The Year written by church choral director, Dr. Mark Wherry. Mark is also the director of vocal music at the College of Southern Nevada. Spencer, who earned his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Music at UNLV, will be performing solo and duo piano music. He was a Liberace Scholar, as well as winner of the professional division Liberace Competition in 2004. He has also been a soloist with the UNLV symphony orchestra and a Las Vegas musician for more than 10 years. Taubold, a featured performer at Paris Las Vegas since the opening of the hotel, will perform with his singing partner, Shelley Martinsen. Spencer and Buddy Stephens were in the Solid Ground band at University United Methodist Church from 2004 to 2006. Buddy has been a rock musician for more than 50 years. He currently has a new Christian CD and will sing a selection from that album as well as He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. Previous members of the band will be featured, including Buddy, Becky Bruce, Lisa Raco, Jocelynn Lee, Kelli and Charlie Moshman, and Sherry Burnett. The group will perform Breath of Heaven, Mary Did You Know, Follow the Star and In the Sanctuary. Dan Frank and Wherry will sing The Husband's Blues, a selection from It's That Time of the Year. The musical revue played in New York last year. A second number from this clever revue, Holiday Lament-The Fruitcake Song, will be sung by three very funny ladies: Phyllis Bell, Nancy Long, and Kelli Moshman. Wherry is the church choral conductor as well as Director of Vocal Music at the College of Southern Nevada. Dan will also be singing Family from Dreamgirls. Allen Merritt, a singer/dancer from Phoenix, will sing Christmas Shoes with Lacey Rose Bruce, 11-year-old daughter of Becky Bruce (Solid Ground). Saving Grace will perform two numbers, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. They are the finest religious dance company in Southern Nevada. Solinea Isbel, former dancer from Bally's Jubilee!, heads the group! Walter Bigham, baritone and UNLV senior in vocal performance, will be singing the recitative Thus Sayeth the Lord.

So many choices, so little time.

David Pomeranz & Kathie Lee Gifford Kelly Clinton Doug Carfrae

And on that other coast, another area known for its entertainment (thank goodness the stagehands' strike has ended), there is plenty of holiday doings going on there as well. We certainly can't cover it all (nor would we), but we can give a plug to one of our favorite musician/singer/songwriters, David Pomeranz. From now through December 30th, musical theater-lovers can see the off-Broadway hit, Under the Bridge. Adapted from Natalie Savage Carlson's 1958 Newbury Award Winning Children's Novel, The Family Under The Bridge, Kathie Lee Gifford (yes, THAT Kathie Lee Gifford) and David Pomeranz (yes, THAT David Pomeranz) have set the book to music. Pomeranz, who sings and plays a number of instruments, is well-known as a songwriter (Barry Manilow hits, Trying to Get the Feeling Again and The Old Songs, as well as a brilliant original musical, Little Tramp, based on the life of Charlie Chaplin, for example). Ms. Gifford, on the other hand, is mostly known as Regis Philbin's onetime sidekick and Cody Gifford's mother. Audience members, as well as critics, have been impressed with this other side of Kathie Lee. New York Magazine calls Under the Bridge, "A heart warming new show for families." It's Christmas, 1953. Armand, a wily old hobo who has chosen the carefree life living under a bridge on the streets of Paris. Armand is visited by a recent widow with three children who decide to live there as well. At first resistant, Armand allows the children into his heart and works to get them their one Christmas wish - a home. If you are in the neighborhood, it's playing at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center, 2 E. Main Street, in Smithtown, New York. Ticket prices for Thursdays and Sundays are $26, and on Fridays and Saturdays, tickets are $30. Students with valid ID can see Under the Bridge for $18. For the Thursday, December 13th matinee, tickets are only $13.

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And for those that think we mention Clint Holmes and family too often (and you know who you are), if he and the rest of his musical cohorts would take some time off, we wouldn't have anything to say about them. Sooo, here we go again. During his Christmas show at the Suncoast last weekend, Mr. Holmes announced that his autobiographical musical, Just Another Man, aka JAM, has found a home (a home for Holmes) in New York and will open there in April. We have no more details but, you know when we do, we will let you know. If you can't wait until April, and if you have no plans to be on the East Coast, you can catch Clint and friends - Bill Fayne and Domenick Allen (gee, that name sounds familiar) among them - a little closer to you-know-where. The group will open in the main room at the Sahara on Monday, December 17th, for a limited two week engagement (the regular headliner, The Next Best Thing winner Trent Carlini, is on vacation). Show times will be at 9 p.m. (no shows on Sundays). This presentation will be similar to Unplugged, the show Clint and friends did at the Excalibur in August. By the way, the Holmes for the Holidays (sorry, we couldn't help ourselves) show at the Suncoast was a big success, with all three nights completely sold out. Poor Scott Humphries. The hotel/casino's showroom director is going to need another vacation by the end of this month. Between trying to keep everybody happy for the Holmes show, and the overflow crowd expected for Marie Osmond‘s Magic of Christmas, December 21st through 23rd (the show is completely sold out)...well, you get the picture. For reservations and/or more information about Clint's Unplugged Holiday Show, call (702) 737-2515.

And while on the subject of the Holmes family, the new Mrs. Holmes, that would be Kelly Clinton, is halfway through her Wednesdays in December one woman show at the Suncoast. In Cousin Claire's opinion (and in this space, that's the only opinion that counts), Ms. Clinton-Holmes is one of the most versatile and talented entertainers we have seen...ANYWHERE! As we mentioned in a previous column, after seeing Kelly do a similar show at the Bootlegger four months ago, this young lady has it all. She sings (her beautiful version of Good Morning Heartache, with Tommy Steele on saxophone, would make songwriter Ervin Drake beam with pride), she does impersonations (Madonnica, Cher (with Las Vegas Tenor, Teddy Davey, as Sonny), Wayne Newton, "Kelvis," Joe Joe Spaghetti Moretti, and her mother, Ellie, among them), moves very well, is very funny, and does it all with warmth and humor and a naturalness that other performers should have, but often don't. Kelly Clinton is a pro, in every sense of the word. We see her as a cross between her idol, Carol Burnett, and Lily Tomlin. If she wanted it, we feel Clinton could be a big star in her own right. She is backed superbly by her musical director Michael Clark on piano, David Hart on guitar and harmonica, Eddie DiMarino on bass, drummer Joe Finger, and Steele, who plays saxophone, flute, clarinet and keyboards. And, no, we are not on her payroll and we are not a relative of this energetic, personable dynamo. If you enjoy making a "discovery," take our advise and go see this show. It's at the Suncoast for the next two Wednesday nights at 7:30. Tickets starts at $19.95 plus tax. Call (702) 636-7075 for reservations.

A Phantom Family Holiday, held in the Nicholas Horn Theater at the College of Southern Nevada last Sunday, was a smashing success. Featuring most of the principals from The Venetian's Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular (28 cast members took part in this project to benefit Family Promise of Las Vegas), as well as 14 members of the show's orchestra, it was a beautiful, music and dance filled program. When we mentioned the names of some of the participants, we should have included harpist Amanda Huddleston (normally a cast member of Phantom) and Doug Carfrae. Since Doug was in just about every number in Sunday's concert, and because we have known him since he did Guys and Dolls at the Desert Inn (Jack Jones, Maureen McGovern and the late Frank Gorshin starred) many moons ago, he certainly deserves to be we are doing just that. This one-day, love-filled event (the concert and silent auction) raised more than $25,000 for Family Promise. Great job, everyone!

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On Wednesday, the 11th, the FIORE (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) non-club club held their Christmas and Almost Frank Sinatra's (Sinatra was born on December 12th, 1915) Birthday Party at Take 1 in downtown Las Vegas. Usually restricted to just gentlemen, ladies were invited to attend this non-club club get-together on this special non-occasion occasion. The women were presented long-stemmed roses and chocolates (those FIORE presidents sure know how to treat a girl). Approximately 150 people showed up for the event, where they had a buffet lunch and entertainment provided by the likes of the Gary Olds Trio (Gary Olds, himself, on drums, Joe Darro on piano and vocals, and Chuck Kovac on bass) along with guest Dr. George Ritter on saxophone. Among those who raised their voice in song were Freddie Bell, Paul Xavier Campanella, Teddy Kay, Nick Mastrangelo, Loretta St. John, Artie Schroeck and Linda November, and genial host, Nelson Sardelli, assisted during the afternoon by his pretty daughter, Pietra Sardelli. Based on many of the familiar faces we saw at this shindig (too many to mention), maybe we could call the happy group the OUT CASTs.

Frank Sinatra Launch Neon Venus

And speaking of parties...Although we weren't able to be there, we heard good things about the launch party for, held last Friday at the Triq Ultra Lounge at Planet Hollywood. The purpose of the gathering was to introduce, to entertainers, have a good time, eat some good food, and listen to some good music. is a friend-of-a-friend (FOAF) network. It offers its own video servers, MP3 files and blog ability. What makes unique is its commitment to the entertainers. Pictures, resumes and zed cards will go high tech for models, showgirls, dancers over the age of 18. Singers and rising local bands will have a new forum where they can upload their own music and share with all fans. The good music for the launch party was provided by Neon Venus, a rock/alternative/ dance/Latin ensemble made up of lead vocalist Lissette Napoleoni, Peter Valentino on guitar, bass and background vocals, and drummer Paul Sinnot. Gene Balmain (shown in accompanying photo with partner Frank Sener, Malea McKeown, host of; and Shannon Hulsig, host of Las Vegas Internet Television) co-founder, raves about this band and predicts big things for Neon Venus. The hot trio sings in both English and Spanish. They were described by Jim Freek of New Times as "A sizzling femme-fronted combo that sounded like a cross between No Doubt and War." Neon Venus was formed in New York in 1997. They have released three full-length albums, The Birth of Neon Venus in 1999, Slip Into Rhythm in 2002 and Irresistible in 2006, and have been featured on eight compilations CDs. Two of the songs from Irresistible were pre-nominated as Best Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, for the 49th Annual Grammys of 2007. The members of Neon Venus moved to Las Vegas in 2005, and have performed here at the Imperial Palace's Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub and the Harley-Davidson Cafe. Keep your eyes and ears open. You will be seeing and hearing a lot more about Neon Venus.

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We are saddened to report the death of onetime dancing and singing star of the Tropicana's Folies Bergere, Elise Vallee. Elise came to Las Vegas from Paris in 1962 to star in the Folies. She went on to perform in a number of other production shows in the city that became her home. For almost 35 years, she was the manager and principal ballet teacher at Backstage Professional Dance Studio. Elise taught daily ballet classes and stretch classes until a few weeks before her passing. She was 79 when she died of cancer on December 1st. Elise is survived by her nieces Sophie and Nathalie; nephew Christian; and soul mate Joe Rosenberry. Friends and students will always remember Elise as an "angel in white" (a color she always wore). A celebration of Elise Vallee's life is expected to take place in January. For information, please call (702) 898-6589. In a strange bit of irony, Elise's obituary notice appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the same day (December 6th) as Clem Zeleski‘s. Elise was one of Clem's early teachers and proved to be a lifetime inspiration to that young dancer as well as to many others.

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It has been decades since Debby Boone performed in Las Vegas. Remember when all you heard on the radio was the pretty blonde daughter of Pat Boone singing You Light Up My Life? She was 21 when that recording hit the top of the charts (and stayed there for almost three months). You Light Up My Life was the biggest hit of the 1970s and earned Debby a Grammy Award. She has moved on from those many ways. Now in her early 50s, Debby has been married to Gabriel Ferrer (son of singer/actress Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer, as well as the niece of George Clooney) since 1979. They are the parents of four grown children. Career-wise, Boone has performed in a number of musicals, on and off-Broadway, among them Camelot, South Pacific, King and I, Sound of Music, Grease and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She has released a number of albums, the most recent called Reflections of Rosemary, a tribute to her late mother-in-law. Boone recently performed at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York. On December Ms. Boone will perform in the Gold Coast Showroom on December 21st and 22nd. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. and ticket prices start at $29.95 plus tax. Call (702) 251-3574 or (888) 402-6287.

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As the lyrics to the song ask, "What are you doing New Year's, New Years Eve?" Well, if you haven't already made your plans, and you are in or around Las Vegas, here are some of your options. The South Point will beat the crowds and satisfy those that want entertainment but don't want to buck the late night drivers by featuring the fabulous Las Vegas Tenors at noon on December 31st. The same property will present Debbie Reynolds at 8 p.m. Tony Orlando and funny man Sammy Shore (he is the father of Pauly Shore and is known as the "Senior Sensation") will hold court at The Cannery, beginning at 10:30 p.m. Pianist Wes Winters will play at the Suncoast, beginning at noon. Kanye West will provide the entertainment at the Palm's Pearl, while ventriloquist/vocal impersonator Terry Fator, winner of this season's America's Got Talent, will perform at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Goo Goo Dolls will play the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, and it's Imelda Papin with special guest David Pomeranz at The Orleans. We will have more about local New Year's Eve events in upcoming columns.

Debby Boone Sammy Shore Meryl Streep

And speaking of The Cannery, last Friday, their under construction Eastside property topped-off its new creation at the Nevada Palace Casino & Hotel site located near Boulder Highway and Harmon Avenue. The topping-off commenced with a Christmas tree hoisted to the top of the building. "Eastside Cannery is an exceptional addition to Cannery Casino Resorts," said company co-founder Bill Wortman. "We feel the Eastside Cannery will be a great asset to the Boulder Highway gaming market." The new hotel/casino will be the latest addition to the Cannery Resorts family and will have 65,000 square feet of casino space, housing 2,000 slot machines, 26 table games, a 400-seat bingo hall, a live keno lounge, a first-class poker room and a top-of-the-line race and sports book. In addition to the casino, the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel will have various amenities that are sure to draw locals and tourists to the property. There will be 307 hotel rooms, five restaurants, an ultra-lounge atop the 16 story hotel tower, three bars, an upscale live entertainment lounge, resort spa, Jacuzzi and a half-acre pool area complete with cabanas. For meeting planners, the Eastside Cannery will have 20,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space to service a variety of meeting and convention needs. The new digs will open this summer.

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You didn't think we were done on the subject of The CAST Inc., did you? As long as we keep getting e-mails like the one below, we will continue our quest...that of cleaning up the mess that is today's CAST. If it can't be mended (and we don't think it can), the group should be disbanded and whatever monies are left in the account (someone "official" needs to see that checkbook) should be donated to the Society of Singers and/or the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California, or similar charities that assist entertainers in NEED - and we don't mean pseudo-entertainers who WANT their own piece of immortality on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. Shouldn't this "reward" be earned rather than bought???

Anyway, here is one of our latest e-mails...

BRAVO for Mr. (Carme) Pitrello. He has my respect for putting things into perspective and telling Mr. Sacca what life is all about. And Cheers to Cousin Claire for running a very entertaining and enlightening column. I can't help but wonder if Tony Sacca finished junior high school judging from his grammar, spelling and sentence structure. I hope we can't blame Clark County for this product! And as far as Carme's ability to TKO Tony Sacca, he did a brilliant job already with his letter. Although this was definitely a case of TKO'ing a lightweight who tried to go up against some real heavyweights! Kudos to Claire Voyant for bringing this to light - maybe the CAST will somehow be salvaged.

Ken Walther

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In case you haven't heard, a film version of Mamma Mia! is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2008. The cast would include Meryl Streep as Donna Sheridan (played here for some time by Tina Walsh, who will be going into Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular in February), that James Bond guy Pierce Brosnan as Sam, Colin Firth as Harry (portrayed in Vegas by Michael Piontek for three years), Julie Walters as the scene-stealing Rosie, Christine Baranski as Tanya, and Amanda Seyfried as Sophie. Also, depending on what you read and who you believe, it is possible that the show may be held over at Mandalay Bay for longer than expected.

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Last minute news...A new home has been found for the annual Joe Williams Memorial Music Scholarship Fundraiser Concert. Mark your calendars. The show will take place at Michael Gaughan's South Point Hotel Casino Spa, and the date will be April 6th. Singer/impressionist Bob Anderson, who is currently working and living happily in Branson, Missouri, will be featured. Expect many more participating entertainers to be announced over the next few months. We will have much more information on this event as the date draws closer.

Although Jimmy Hopper fans got a false start when it was announced that the talented entertainer would be appearing in Las Vegas for a benefit concert on December 2nd (that didn't happen), we are hearing that he may very possibly be returning to the Suncoast in March. Hopper's debut in that hotel/casino's showroom last Mother's Day weekend went very well, with many music lovers attending both the Saturday AND Sunday night performances. We hope that this information materializes and will keep readers posted on developments.

Magician Rick Thomas, who has performed long running shows at the Tropicana, Stardust and Orleans in Las Vegas, is being rewarded for his abilities. He has been named Illusionist of the World and will be seen receiving the honor during the 2007 World Magic Awards, airing tonight, locally on KVMY-Channel 21 at 8 p.m. The two-hour special, coming from Santa Monica, California, will be hosted by actor Roger Moore (TV's The Saint and James Bond in film). In addition to Thomas, Jason Alexander, Pamela Anderson, Lance Burton, Jason Byrne, Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin James, Hans Klok, David Merlini and Penn and Teller, will appear on the show.

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