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Las Vegas - July 18, 2008
Tulara Gilbert (Virginia Lee)
A memorial celebration for Jason Scott will be held tonight at 8 p.m., at The Ghost Bar in The Palms Las Vegas. Scott, 33, was found dead at his Summerlin home on Tuesday. For the past two years, Scott had been performing as a strolling magician/mentalist at the Palms' Playboy Club, a six-year engagement at the House of Blues Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay Resort &Casino. Scott earned a reputation for performing close-up mind-reading demonstrations and psychic illusions for such stars as Drew Barrymore, Clint Eastwood, Melissa Etheridge, Paris Hilton, David Spade and Keifer Sutherland. He performed at celebrity birthday bashes for Steven Spielberg, Sting and Boston Celtics co-captain Paul Pierce. He also toured extensively, performing for such diverse corporate clients as Anheuser-Busch, The Fiesta Bowl and the Texas Bankers Association. Las Vegas Review-Journal television columnist Christopher Lawrence described Scott's act as "a little bit scary." And while Brad Pitt noted, "This guy has some serious talent," Kevin Costner added, "People like this cannot exist." Scott's personal manager, Clinton Ford Billups Jr., said Scott recently returned from a weekend engagement in Boston and had been complaining of stomach problems. Friends wishing to attend the memorial celebration are requested to RSVP by calling Billups at (702) 837-1170.
And yet more sad news. From former Las Vegan Gale Baker (Donn Arden's Hallelujah Hollywood at the then MGM Grand (now Bally's), and Frankie Carr's Novelites) comes this information...Steve Harmon, a dear friend to all dancers, was New York born and bred, danced in NY, with Juliet Prowse and was a close friend of her first husband. He was also one of the "New York Nine," as we referred to ourselves as we came to open Hallelujah Hollywood when the hotel was built. He was a wonderful dancer and a delightful host and friend. He also starred as Ensign Frank Pulver in NBC's 1965-66 Mr. Roberts TV series. Steve, who had been living in Hawaii for more than 10 years, left us last week. He will be missed by all he touched as a loving, giving delightfully funny human being. His real and first professional name was Johnnie Harmon. During the Hallelujah Hollywood days, it was friend Jerry Grasse who understudied Steve's role as the Boy Next Door. If you ever saw the original production, you may have seen him always as the classy dancer in tux, white tux or tails and top hat. Steve was a wonderful dancer and a great friend. He was a child star on Broadway and a sought-after New York model. Among his many shows were Happy Hunting with Ethel Merman, and Ziegfeld Follies with Tallulah Bankhead, both on Broadway. On television, he appeared on the Perry Como Show, Ed Sullivan and the Bell Telephone Hour, singing and dancing with such stars as Liza Minnelli, Carol Lawrence and Carol Haney. Steve portrayed Ensign Frank Pulver in the television series Mister Roberts with Roger Smith and in the 1970s, had a running part on the soap opera Another World. He also had guest roles on the series Occasional Wife, with Michael Callan and Patricia Harty; That Girl with Marlo Thomas, and, most recently, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, with Melissa Joan Hart and Caroline Rhea. His movie career included The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band, in which he was paired with Goldie Hawn in one of her first movies. Harmon later entered real estate in Los Angeles before retiring to the Big Island and then Honolulu. Among his hundreds of friends worldwide are Honolulu's Wisa D'Orso and Jim Hutchison, both of whom appeared with Harmon on Broadway and in live television shows. Steve is survived by a cousin, Lorry Cavanaugh of Las Vegas. At Steve's request, services will be private and his ashes scattered at Lanikai Beach where he kayaked regularly.
We are also sorry to report the death of octogenarian, Tulara Gilbert, who died last Friday after a brief illness. Tulara, who also used the name Virginia Lee, had been a Las Vegan for close to 50 years. Along with her husband George Gilbert, the former acro-dancer performed numerous times on the Ed Sullivan show in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Sullivan was so impressed, he let Tulara do an almost unheard of eight minutes of her act. Gilbert also opened for Frank Sinatra at the London Palladium, played the New York Palace, and, in 1950, appeared as herself, with June Haver, Gordon MacRae and Debbie Reynolds in the film, The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady and, between 1953 and 1958, appeared a number of times on the TV series, Death Valley Days. In recent years, the outgoing Tulara Gilbert traveled around the city, entertaining other seniors in assisted living facilities and retirement communities. There will be no services for Gilbert who was 85 at the time of her passing. She is survived by many friends and her son, George, who makes his home in Las Vegas.
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Due to popular demand, pianist Philip Fortenberry will do an encore of his Now Just Me recital, first performed at the Clark County Library last September. Coming from humble beginnings, Fortenberry views his musical ability as a gift. He began playing piano at age four and by seven was pianist for his church in Columbia, Mississippi. He cultivated a background in classical music and continued to study when he moved to New York City. As an accomplished musician and performer, Philip Fortenberry has built an impressive list of credits during his career. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Early in his career, Philip was musical director and on-stage pianist for the popular off-Broadway revue, Forbidden Broadway. Later he was musical supervisor for London's West End version of the show. Philip has also played for a number of Broadway productions and national tours, including Ragtime, Sideshow, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Seussical -The Musical, Thou Shalt Not, The Book of Love, and The Lion King. He also toured the U.S. and Canada in concert performances of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Michael Crawford. As an accompanist, Philip's expertise has associated him with many artists from varying musical genres. He has performed from Carnegie Hall to the White House, from Edna Baptist Church, to Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Philip has been featured in Lincoln Center's Meet the Artists series and, in 1990, before a nationwide television audience, he accompanied internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade at the White House for the Summit Conference between George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev. He also performed at the United Nations' 40th Anniversary Celebration and, in 1996, accompanied the late Broadway star, Laurie Beechman, at the 70th birthday celebration for Lady Margaret Thatcher in Washington, D.C. In Las Vegas, Philip has played for several theater productions, including Hairspray, We Will Rock You,and Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, was the Associate Conductor for Mandalay Bay's Mamma Mia! and is now the Assistant Musical Director for Jersey Boys. For this repeat performance, Philip will play a combination of Classical war horses (Chopin Ballades, Liszt Etudes, Rachmaninoff Preludes) and lighter fair ala Liberace (Chopsticks, Sabre Dance, Malaguena, some Chopin Etudes, Nocturnes). He tells stories about his life and career and talks about some of the artists he has had the pleasure of playing for - Donna McKechnie, Betty Buckley, Madonna and Katharine Hepburn among others. Fortenberry will also play a few impromptu arrangements of some of the Broadway songs from shows he has either originated or taken on tours. Finally, he plays a piece at the end that he composes in the moment...something you hear as it is being created, and will never hear again!. As a solo artist, Philip is a captivating performer. Through his music, you will experience a variety of musical styles, from classical to Broadway to traditional and inspirational. You'll warm to the familiar and delight at his creative arrangements and original works. Philip's exceptional talent, unassuming style, and winsome ways offer audiences an unforgettable entertainment experience that heads straight for the heart. This is a unique concert, played by a master at his craft. It is definitely not your average classical recital. The encore of Now Just Me takes place on Sunday, July 27th, at 2 p.m. The library theater is located at 1401 E. Flamingo. Tickets for Now Just Me are $15. For further information call the Performing Arts Society's office at 702-658-6741. Tickets will also be available on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at the library theater box office beginning at 1 p.m.
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From the talented David Pomeranz comes this current news...American Idol's Clay Aiken has included a beautiful version of Pomeranz's classic song, It's In Every One of Us, as a bonus track on his latest album, On My Way to Here. (Check for it before purchase.) Also, last night, on MTV's Randy Jackson presents America's Best Dance Crew, Missy Elliot sang David Pomeranz's One Minute Man. Among his many hits, singer/songwriter Pomeranz wrote The Old Songs and Tryin' to Get The Feeling Again, both biggies for Barry Manilow. David Pomeranz has appeared in Las Vegas at the Stirling Club, The Orleans, and the Wyrick Theatre. Cousin Claire feels he should be performing here on a more regular basis.
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Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series presents the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Animals Out of Paper, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. Previews began on Monday, July 14th at Second Stage Theatre's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street. Animals Out of Paper will feature Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kellie Overbey, and Jeremy Shamos. The "official" opening night is Monday, August 4th at 7 p.m. When a world renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she finds that life and love can't be neatly arranged in this drama about finding the perfect fold. Animals Out of Paper was commissioned through the Time Warner Commissioning Program at Second Stage Theatre, and is the first play to be produced through the program. Previously, Giovanna directed Rajiv Joseph's play All This Intimacy as part of the 2006 Second Stage Uptown Series. She is an Artistic Associate with The Lark Play Development Center, where her credits include their benefit performance of Earth Girls Are Easy starring Kristen Chenoweth, and the BareBones productions of Apple Cove by Lynn Rosen and Bromius Beaujolais by David Rosenthal. Directing credits include Adriana Sevan's one-woman show Taking Flight (Sundance Theater Lab, L.A.'s Kirk Douglas Theatre); Huck & Holden by Rajiv Joseph, Cherry Lane Theatre; Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket; Apple Cove, Todd Mountain Theater Project; Back From The Front by Lynn Rosen; and The Seagull, The Three Sisters (a collaboration with Mud/Bone and Studio Tisch), among others. She was the Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company for whom she directed The Tempest, and spent two seasons as Director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute. Animals Out of Paper is performed at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre (Broadway & 76th Street) through Sunday, August 17 on the following schedule: Tuesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm. NOTE: There are no matinees on Wednesday, July 16 and July 23, and no performance on Tuesday, August 5. Tickets can be purchased at the Second Stage Theatre Box Office (307 West 43rd Street) or by calling (212) 246-4422. Advance tickets are not available at the McGinn/Cazale Theater. Single tickets are $50; advance youth tickets (age 25 and under) are $20; and student RUSH tickets are $10 (available 30 minutes prior to curtain). For more information, please visit www.2ST.com
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The work of Martin Kreloff will be on display in the Triq Lounge of the Steve Wyrick Theatre at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, beginning next Friday, July 25th. The one man show, focusing on Kreloff's classic movie star portraits, will launch with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests can have a little wine or champagne, meet Mr. Kreloff, and enjoy the creative talent of the artist. Kreloff will happily sign posters purchased at the event. The exhibit is expected to remain at Triq for several months. Head to Planet Hollywood‘s Miracle Mile Shops. Have a bite to eat. See a show. Do some shopping. And check out the work of Martin Kreloff.
Martin Kreloff's "Psycho"
Shades of Sinatra
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Shades of Sinatra is a fast-paced, energetic celebration of the life and music of a legend. Not an impersonation, this show's unique characters reverently salute Frank Sinatra and his distinguished career, sharing poignant stories and witty anecdotes, and interpreting some of the greatest American songs of the 20th century. It is exactly this appeal that led the Entertainment Consumers Exchange of Las Vegas to name Shades of Sinatra "Tribute Show of the Year" in 2007, and the reason the one and only Don Rickles asked the group to open for him at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas last fall. Backed by an incredible five-piece band, this four-member cast - Ryan Baker, Larry Liso, Carmine Mandia, and Lisa Smith - spanning all age groups and backgrounds, has attracted and entertained enthusiastic crowds all over Las Vegas. Don't miss Shades of Sinatra at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, this Sunday, July 20th, at a 3 p.m. matinee. Call (702) 240-1333 or (702) 363-9709 for reservations and/or information.
Speaking of Shades, and we were, it's busy Gary Olds behind the drums on this gig at the Starbright. On Tuesday, once again, it was the Gary Olds Trio who supplied the music for F.I.O.R.E.'s (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) 4th anniversary luncheon/party. With Chuck Hoover on piano (Hoover is Rich Little's musical director) and Danny De Morales on bass, Take 1 was filled with music. Obviously needing very little sleep, Olds also is part of the Tommy Thompson Project, currently playing Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., at the Square Apple on East Sahara. Olds joins Thompson, Teddy Davis Jr., and Jeannie Snow at the cozy club located at 1000 E. Sahara. The Square Apple was formerly Keys and, until recently, Just Jazz.
Nelson Sardelli & Michaelina Bellamy
And speaking of F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events), approximately 120 people turned out at Ben Ardito's Take 1 Nightclub on Tuesday for a luncheon to celebrate the four year anniversary of the non club club. There was roses and chocolates for the ladies, food and drink for all, prizes, and music and entertainment. Accompanied by the Gary Olds Trio (see paragraph above), among those entertaining were Allen Tramont, Nik Mastrangelo, Jeanne Brei, Artie Schroeck and his bride Linda November, Michaelina Bellamy, Dr. George Ritter, Nelson Sardelli, and others. In our opinion, the musical highlights were Mastrangelo, Schroeck and Bellamy. Michaelina brought the crowd to their feet with her rendition of The More I See You. By popular demand, she did a dandy version of One Note Samba, joined by Sardelli for a chorus or two. Nelson also did a bang up job on Quondo, Quondo and Begin the Beguine. Enjoying the afternoon, we spotted Joan and Mark Tully Massagli, Felix Silla, Frank Grata, Don and Gloria Hill, Arleen Gibson, Lou Toomin, Jane Noble, Steve Filippino (Phillips), Chick Hughes, Judy Coco, Peggy (Mrs. Sonny) King, Rolando Larraz, Andrea Gross, Robert Ensler, Gus Mancuso and Maggie Peterson Mancuso, Conrad and Marilyn Villella and Ada Brei among the crowd. Comic Cork Proctor, who now makes his home in Southern California, did his Cork Proctor thing and talked a bit about the memory garden planned to honor the late comic, Bernie Allen. Cork is more than pleased with the response for funds to plant trees in one of the county parks. Thanks to the generosity of friends in the entertainment community, the spot (to be announced next week) will probably include a number of trees, along with a bench (or two) and even a plaque of some sort.
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From Mark Giovi comes this message...I want to thank you all for being so supportive of my singing career. I am sorry and disappointed I will not be performing with the Las Vegas Tenors any longer. I have a new show I am working on and a few new ideas for some other things. I hope you will come and check it out. I will be a guest in the Thursday Hit Parade Show at the Suncoast on July 24th and will be at MacDonald Ranch on August 15th performing the new show, called Songs of the Century. I hope to see you soon, and I love you all. For those that don't know, Mark Giovi was one of the founding members of the Las Vegas Tenors, and has been an ongoing principal cast member of Bite, playing at the Stratosphere.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
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Nancy Archer, who was with Boyd Gaming before retiring to Ohio almost two years ago, is mighty proud of her daughter, author Tamara Tilley. Tamara, called Tammy by her family and friends, has just released her third Christian inspired romance novel, Criminal Obsession. She resides at Hume Lake Christian Camps in the Sequoia National Forest with her husband, Walter, and their two sons, Christopher and John. The Tilleys have served on full-time staff at Hume for more than eleven years. Tamara manages one of the retail stores which serves thousands of kids visiting the conference center on a daily basis. Tammy completed twelve years of home schooling with the graduation of their youngest son in 2005. Tamara's hobbies include scrap-booking, designing greeting cards, making jewelry, and enjoying God's creation from her front porch. The busy wife and mothers' two earlier books are titled Full Disclosure and Abandoned Identity. Cousin Claire has great respect for REAL writers (as opposed to those who do frivolous gossip-type writing for fun and very little profit) and anyone who manages to get a REAL book published. Congratulations, Tammy. Keep up the good work.
And speaking of books...Join Frank Marino, Larry "Hot Chocolate" Edwards and Kris Coe at Get Booked in Las Vegas, this Tuesday July 22nd at 8 p.m., as they promote Cooking Doesn't Have To Be A Drag! Volume 1 by Stephen J. Bieniek in Las Vegas !!!! The one of a kind drag queen cookbook features easy, tasty recipes with the humor and art of the best drag queens around. Starting with a foreword from the comedian ANT, this tome is a collection of recipes created and collected by Bieniek, as well as from the drag queens themselves. With more than 50 unique photos, well over 100 recipes, and quotes throughout, Cooking Doesn't Have To Be A Drag! is a 120 page, full color 8"x10" coffee table book available in soft cover and hardcover with dust jacket. In addition to Marino, Edwards and Coe, this clever and enjoyable cookbook also features contributions from Jackie Beat (who guest-starred at New York - New York with Roseanne Barr last year), Teri Yaki, Mercedes, Frida Lay, Buffy & Bimbo-The Fabulous Makeover Girls, Veronica Fake, Sherry Vine, Spanky, Mimi Imfurst, Misty Eyez, Alisson Gothz, Sylvia O'Stayformore, Tori Lynn, Glitz Glamour, Raven Glitters, Disco Dollie, Pandora, Mizz Cori, and Ms. Coco Kane (don‘t you just love these names?). Proceeds from this project will benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Get Booked is located in the Fruit Loop, at 4640 South Paradise Road #15. Cooking Doesn't Have To Be A Drag! can also be ordered online through www.getbooked.com (you can bring your copy to Get Booked for autographs). For additional information, call (702) 737-7780.
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Back to Brent Barrett for a moment or two (I do believe he has been mentioned here before)...For those who only know Brent as the Phantom in The Venetian's spectacular, take this (partially lifted from the Internet). America's longest running professional summer theatre, The Cape Playhouse, will proudly present the regional debut of Broadway's recent hit musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as their third summer offering with a stable of Broadway talent including Brent Barrett, Dee Hoty, Perry Ojeda, Stephanie Youell, Heather Parcels and John Scherer when the production opens on Monday, July 21st. The winner of numerous theatrical awards and nominations, Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek's side-splitting musical will be directed by Mark Martino, choreographed by Dennis Jones (Legally Blonde) with musical direction by Phil Reno (The Producers and The Drowsy Chaperone) and will play the Massachusetts theatre institution for a strictly limited engagement July 21st through August 2nd. Broadway audiences who travel to Cape Cod during the summer will not be disappointed to see matinee heart-throb Barrett, who most recently starred in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian. On Broadway he has been seen as Billy Flynn in the Tony Award-winning hit, Chicago - The Musical for which he received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. Brent received an Olivier Award nomination for his starring role in the London premiere of Kiss Me, Kate, which was recorded for PBS. Other Broadway roles include Tony in the revival of West Side Story, Frank Butler in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun opposite Reba McEntire, Charles Castleton in the Alan Jay Lerner musical Dance a Little Closer, Baron Felix Von Gaigern in Grand Hotel, Maximillon in Candide, and Tommy Albright in New York City Opera's Brigadoon. He also starred in the City Center Encores! production of The Pajama Game and as King Arthur in the Paper Mill Playhouse's Camelot. Off-Broadway credits include Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time Of Cuckoo, and Portrait of Jenny. Brent received acclaim as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera, Kentucky Opera, and at Carnegie Hall. Solo albums include The Alan Jay Lerner Album and The Kander and Ebb Album. Other recordings include Brigadoon, Grand Hotel, Dance a Little Closer, Closer Than Ever and The Maury Yeston Songbook. On television and in film Brent was featured in The Producers, Hercules, Longtime Companion, All My Children, Another World, and Guiding Light. In Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Barrett plays the role of Lawrence Jameson. The Cape Playhouse is located in Dennis, Massachusetts, at 820 Route 6A. For tickets and more information call (508) 385-3911.
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Bill Nolte, who brilliantly played the pigeon-raising Nazi in The Producers in Las Vegas, recreates the role at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, through August 9th. (Ogunquit, which means Beautiful Place by The Sea in the language of the Algonquin Indians, is an artsy resort village located 66 miles north of Boston.) The winner of a dozen Tony Awards, Mel Brooks' Producers mocks Broadway traditions while taking no prisoners, as it proclaims itself an equal opportunity offender! Max Bialystock, Leo Bloom, Roger DeBris, Carmen Ghia, Ulla and, of course, Franz, sing and dance their way through one of the greatest show biz scams that ever was!
Bill Nolte as Franz Liebkind
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Judy Tenuta comes into The Improv at Harrah's July 22nd through the 27th. Known by her fans as "The Love Goddess" (or the "multi-media Bondage Goddess," "Aphrodite of the Accordion," "Fashion Saint," "Empress of Elvis Impersonators," and "Princess of Panty Shields"), Tenuta's persona encourages fans to convert to her own personal religion, "Judyism," and in 1991, even published her first book, The Power Of Judyism, on the subject. That was followed up with an audio CD version in 1999. Aside from her own stand-up work, she has been featured in several "Weird Al" Yankovic productions, including The Weird Al Show, and the music videos for Headline News and White & Nerdy. It was a series of MTV ads in the mid-1980s, which became popular and gained her a loyal following. Tenuta has done a lot of voiceover work, including that of Edna on Duckman, Black Widow on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and as herself on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. In 1988, Judy conceived, produced, and starred in the film Desperation Boulevard. Tenuta is an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) rights, and frequently appears at gay pride rallies and events. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, to an Italian father and Polish mother, Judy was briefly married to comic Emo Philips. And speaking of marriage, if you go to see Judy Tenuta next week, you can kill two birds with one ticket. Bring your marriage license, your own rice or birdseed, and a witness or two, as Judy is now an ordained minister. Check out the comedy and get married by The Love Goddess, Judy Tenuta. Also sharing the Improv stage with Tenuta, are Jeff Capri and Adam Richmond. For Improv reservations, call Harrah's at (702) 369-5111.
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Nevada Public Radio listeners and members have a special opportunity to support public radio while experiencing the music of legendary artist Elton John at one of his final scheduled performances of The Red Piano inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on July 24th and 25th. "We are so thankful to Harrah's, Caesars and AEG for pulling this together for us," said president and general manager of Nevada Public Radio, Flo Rogers. "Elton has very few engagements left this year so we feel great about the potential for this to be a successful fundraiser for Nevada Public Radio." Some of the best seats in the house are reserved for News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV listeners. Tickets to this show are $200 for members, and $225 for listeners, and can be purchased at www.knpr.org, www.classical897.org or by calling (702) 258-9595. All proceeds from tickets purchased at Nevada Public Radio Web sites or telephone number will benefit the stations. With a listeners numbering more than 150,000, Nevada Public Radio operates News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV in Las Vegas, News 90.3 KSGU in St. George, Utah, as well as rural Nevada stations in Tonopah, Panaca and Ely. Nevada Public Radio is the state's premier broadcaster of National Public Radio programming on News 88.9 KNPR, broadcasting national and regional news and discussion; and Classical 89.7 KCNV, broadcasting classical music 24 hours a day.
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After three previous sold out engagements, Lucie Arnaz has once again returned to New York City's Birdland Jazz Club. Most people know Lucie as the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. They probably know that over the years, she appeared on TV with her parents and guest starred in a number of popular series. They may even know that she made a few movies, most notably, 1980's The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond and Sir Lawrence Olivier. What they may NOT know is that Lucie Arnaz has a history with live theater and cabaret. In 1979, she starred with Robert Klein in the Marvin Hamlisch/Carole Bayer Sager musical. Over the years, Lucie has performed in Neil Simon's Lost In Yonkers, Master Class, Annie Get Your Gun, Seesaw, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and toured with Tommy Tune in My One and Only. Accompanied by her musical director, Ron Abel, Lucie, who turned 57 yesterday, will share the Birdland stage with Katharine and Joe Luckinbill, who just happen to be her children, with actor Laurence Luckinbill. Some years ago, Cousin Claire saw Lucie as an opening act at the Las Vegas Hilton. At that time, there was no denying her talent but the lady needed a producer. By now, after honing her craft in nightclubs and concert halls around the country, maybe Lucie should make a Las Vegas return...perhaps at the Suncoast. Show times for Lucie's Birdland (located at 315 W. 44th Street) performances, are tonight and tomorrow, at 8:30 and 11 p.m. For reservations, call (212) 581-3080.
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