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Note: This is a past column from June 27, 2008
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Las Vegas - June 27, 2008


Richard Oberacker

Kevin McMahon

Piscopo, November & Schroeck

The next edition of the Composers Showcase will take place on SUNDAY, June 29th. As usual, the most recent monthly Composers Showcase presented some outstanding music performed by some equally outstanding musicians and singers. Among our favorites, three songs dealing with some serious issues of today, I Had a Dream Last Night, I Had a Freakin' Box and God Bless, from writer Richard Oberacker (well performed by Phantom's Ben Hale and Greg Kata from Mamma Mia!). The month before, three other Oberacker songs were presented, with Vicki Van Tassel from Mamma Mia! singing What Took You So Long, Phantom's Joan Sobel singing Reversal and Lisa Richards, also from Mamma Mia!, performing I Don't Have the Right. All of these songs, plus 12 others, are from a musical written by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, entitled Don't Make Me Pull This Show Over: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Parenting. With Taylor, Oberacker created a series of songs about choices parents must make, for better or worse. The show was recently done at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Richard is a Cincinnati-native and a graduate of Anderson High School and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Oberacker's musical, Ace, was a big hit at the Fringe Festival last year. He is currently the conductor of Cirque Du Soleil's Ka, at the MGM Grand. Oberacker was the original conductor and orchestrator of Cirque's Drailon, making him the first American conductor to be hired by the renowned company. He has also served as conductor for the first national tour of Disney's The Lion King, as well as associate conductor for tours of Show Boat, Cats, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night. As a composer, Oberacker's musical, The Gospel According to Fishman, was commissioned by Clear Channel Entertainment and received its premiere at the Signature Theater in the Washington D.C. area under the direction of Eric D. Schaeffer. Another of Richard's musicals, Dracula - The Game of Love, premiered at his alma mater, and his A Little Theater premiered at the Aurelia Theater in Cincinnati. In That Valley, with music written by Oberacker and book co-written by Steven Minning, was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival of New Works in 1999. Pretty impressive, considering that among the many musicals launched by NAMT's annual Festival of New Musicals are Thoroughly Modern Millie, Children of Eden, HONK!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ruthless!, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Princesses, Songs for a New World, and many others! Then there is the mucho talented and always Fabulous singer/songwriter/ actress, Vita Corimbi. Vita, who plays Earth Mother in Menopause the Musical at the Las Vegas Hilton, is not just a triple-threat entertainer, she is a multi-multi-threat mega-talent. Vita plays a number of instruments. She is probably best-known as a pianist, playing all over the world, even for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Vita has been musical director for the Rio's hit show, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, can frequently be seen playing for the Las Vegas Tenors, is part of the girl group, Killian's Angels, and performed with stars such as Tom Jones and Wayne Newton. She is also a much sought after voice-over and jingle artist, and has received three Emmy Awards for performance and musical composition. Okay, you get the picture. At last month's showcase, Vita performed two of her original works, I'm Fabulous (we told you she was) and Mr. Daniels (a song about drinking). Keith Thompson did his funny Down and Dirty Delta Blues (we have to wonder if the Jersey Boys have seen the other side of their musical director). Last month's showcase audience was about as eclectic as the song selections. Just about every big production show on the Strip was represented, including the newest Vegas stars, the cast of Jersey Boys. We also spotted genial restaurant host Sean Grady, "hot" yoga instructor Paul Hansell, entertainers Bill Nolte and recent New York transplant Philip Officer, and the supreme Mary Wilson, who was making her first visit to the showcase.

For the June edition (on a Sunday, this month), songs by local composers including Jason Andino, Michael Brennan, Vita Corimbi, Wayne Green, Jeremy Kushnier, Richard Oberacker, Keith Thompson, Mark Wherry and THINK, the Band will be featured. The original music will be presented by vocalists Mike Backes, Natalie Bradshaw, Jane Cook, Graham Fenton, Greg Kata, Randal Keith, Julia Krohn, Jonathan Rodriguez, Michael James Scott, Joan Sobel, Collin Trahan, Janien Valentine, Adam Knaff, Brandon Knaff, and Phillip Seaton and other special guests. The date is this Sunday, the 29th. The time is 10:30 p.m. (after theater). The place is the Liberace Museum, adjacent to Carluccio's Tivoli Gardens Restaurant, at 1775 E. Tropicana at Spencer. There is a cash bar (no credit cards, please), and an optional $5 hors d'oeuvres buffet provided by Keg and Cork Catering. The mission of the Liberace Foundation is to help talented students pursue careers in the performing and creative arts through scholarship assistance.

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Kevin McMahon, who performed in Forever Plaid in Las Vegas, will be appearing in a workshop of a new musical version of The Man Who Would Be King at the Rubicon Theatre at 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura, California. Based on the short story by Rudyard Kipling, the tale recounts the adventures of two rag-tag British soldiers, Daniel and Peachy, who resign from the army in 19th century India and take off in pursuit of adventure and riches. Ever the scoundrels, the two contrive and carry out a daring plan to become rulers of the isolated pagan society of Kafiristan where Daniel is mistakenly believed to be a god. Kevin is playing the Journalist, the role portrayed in the John Huston directed film by Christopher Plummer. The movie, starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine, earned four Academy Award nominations. In the Rubicon's workshop version, Mark Kudish and Kevin Earley are Daniel and Peachy. The second performance (we missed the first one) takes place on Monday, June 30th, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For additional information, call (805) 667-9200. In July, McMahon heads to Sacramento where he will play Pirelli in Sweeney Todd with the famed Music Circus, from July 22nd through the 27th. The Music Circus production of Stephen Sondheim's grisly musical will star two Tony Award nominees, Mark Jacoby as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Mary Gordon Murray as Mrs. Lovett. The cast will also include Max Von Essen, Carolann M. Sanita and Michael G. Hawkins. The production will be directed and choreographed by Glenn Casale, whose many Music Circus productions include Les Misérables, Disney' Beauty and the Beast, and 1776. Casale, who graduated from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and is currently a faculty member of UNLV's Theater Department, also directed the Broadway production of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. Dennis Castellano will serve as musical director.

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On June 16th, legendary singer Frankie Valli, the REAL LIVE Jersey Boy, was honored by the famed New York's Friar's Club Foundation. The Friar's Club, for those that don't know, is a social club, mostly for those in the performing arts (sounds a bit like the former CAST organization). The Friars Foundation, the charitable arm of the comedians' clubhouse, presented a Creative Achievement Award to 74-year-old Valli. The $1000 per person dinner was held at Cipriani 42nd Street, across from Grand Central Station near Park Avenue in the former Bowery Bank Building. More than 650 people, dressed to the nines (and tens), attended. Among them, and having a go at Mr. Valli, were Frankie Avalon, Julie Budd, Dick Capri, Norm Crosby, Tony Orlando, Joe Piscopo, Freddie Roman, Stewie Stone, Steve Tyrell, and the cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys. Representing Las Vegas were Valli's longtime friends, veteran songwriter Artie Schroeck and his bride, Linda November. Artie conducted the 14-piece band and Linda played piano. The main entertainment was provided by comic Piscopo, who honored Mr. Valli with a reenactment of his famous Frank Sinatra impersonation from Saturday Night Live - something Piscopo hasn't done, publicly at least, in more than two decades. The Saturday Night Live makeup crew did Piscopo up as Sinatra, just as they used to. Schroeck, who wrote a special chart for Joe, was flown in from Las Vegas for the occasion. "The Friars do it, better than anyone," Mr. Piscopo said. "This is so upscale. Just a classy event." "It was an extraordinary evening, to say the least," reports November. We have been told that the Friars have millions going in and out of their coffers, helping those in need and supporting the scholars programs for budding performing artists in local colleges and universities (once again, sounds a bit like the former CAST organization). We realize that this isn't New York (or Chicago or Los Angeles or Boston), but it is almost criminal that, in the approximately eight years since The CAST was formed and then fell apart, there isn't a local organization REALLY helping entertainers in need. The fact that Las Vegas doesn't have anything remotely like the Friars Club or Society of Singers - something the community could be proud of - is an embarrassment. Maybe...Tuesday, Thursday, April, August, Autumn, Winter, Next Year, Some Year (thank you, Jerry Herman).

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We hate to say we told you so, but...The much troubled COLABO.BIZ production of An Evening with Billie Holiday, scheduled to run at the West Sahara Family Music Center on Sundays, from June 1st through July 6th, is over. Out of the originally scheduled six performances, only two were done (June 8th and June 22nd) while the others were canceled. We are not sure if all of the musicians who trustingly agreed to work the gig, were ever paid, although we know that two (who dropped out of the engagement after seeing the handwriting on the wall) were...two weeks after the promised date. The "squeaky wheels" were paid in cash (that's not usually the case) by the musical contractor, Jiggs Hensley (not sure of the spelling), at a rehearsal for the Suncoast's afternoon revue, Hit Parade. As for the other two COLABO anticipated productions - Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Light My Fire, a tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors - if you bought tickets to one of the canceled shows, we suspect you are out of luck... unless you can dispute the charges with your credit card company if, in fact, you were able to charge the tickets.

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Lee Roy Reams & Dody Goodman

Jimmy Hopper

Gerry McCambridge

We received an e-mail from performer Lee Roy Reams telling us that his longtime friend and neighbor, Dody Goodman, had passed away. Goodman was probably best known for her regular spots on the old Jack Paar Tonight Show, and her role of the title character's (played by Louise Lasser) mother, Martha Shumway, on the late 1970s soap opera spoof, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Her high-pitched voice and ditzy persona made Goodman an ideal game show guest and voiceover actress. The lady was notoriously secretive about her age. For many years, she managed to convince people she was 15 years younger than she really was, giving a birth year of 1929, before she was finally found out. In later years, Miss Goodman appeared in several roles in Nunsense, an off-Broadway musical farce, which opened in 1985. The show's creator, Danny Goggin, said in an interview with Playbill magazine that, at 85, Dody could still lift her leg over her head as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Nuncrackers, a sequel to Nunsense. In May of last year, at B.B. King's nightclub in New York, Reams presented the veteran actress, singer and dancer, then 91, with her Lifetime Achievement Award during the 21st Annual MAC Awards ceremony. The MAC Awards are given by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs. On June 22nd, Dody died at the Englewood New Jersey Hospital and Medical Center, after having lived at Englewood's famed Lillian Booth Actors' Home since October. Born in Columbus, Ohio, on October 28th, 1914, Dolores "Dody" Goodman left no immediate survivors. She was 93.

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It seems that Jimmy Hopper, last here in the Lava Room at Planet Hollywood's Trader Vic's, prefers to hang his hat on a rack in Southern California, rather than in Southern Nevada. The billboards that were placed around the city, promoting Jimmy's engagement at Trader Vic's, have now been removed. If you want to see a Jimmy Hopper performance, it probably won't be around Las Vegas anytime soon. The entertainer is back in Orange County, appearing at the Terrace Lounge in Newport Beach's The Island Hotel. For Jimmy's schedule and/or reservations, call The Island at (949) 759-0808.

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When Terry Hernandez moved to Las Vegas in 2005, he was disappointed not to find more social outlets in the city for gay men. He was not interested in the typical bar/meet market scene, preferring instead to patronize restaurants and clubs where other likeminded business people gathered. Find a need and fill it, is Hernandez's theory. In April 2006, SinCityQSocials was born, with the first mixer held at the popular mid-Strip establishment, the Peppermill. Approximately 40 men attended. In the past two years, SinCityQSocials has grown to the point where they now have an e-mail list of more than 5,000. The group, which has no dues or membership fees, gets together once a week, patronizing business all around the city. They have no political agenda and are not a fundraising organization, They are strictly a social organization. Their members have often been referred to as the "Who's Who" of the gay community. They focus on building strong personal and professional relationships, which promote social interaction and a greater sense of community. The Trendy Tuesday Martini Mixers have been held at places like the Rio's Voo Doo Lounge and Lucky Strike; TAOs Beach and the V Bar at The Venetian; Paymon's Hookah Lounge; the Golden Nugget's Rush Lounge; the Foundation Room and Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce, both at Mandalay Bay; Hooters; Polly Esther's at the Stratosphere; the Hootie and The Blowfish Lounge and Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge, both located at the Silverton; the Art Bar in downtown Las Vegas; Las Vegas National Golf Course; Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas; Madam Tussauds at The Venetian; the Stratosphere's Top of the World; Onyx at Red Rock; Kennedy's in The District at Green Valley Ranch; World Market Center; Trump's DJT Lounge; Ventano's Italian Grill; Krave at Planet Hollywood and, the latest location, Galerias Gourmet Cocina Mexicana, where approximately 200 SinCityQ people gathered for dinner, drinks and conversation. Surprisingly, one of the group's most successful meetings took place, last summer, at the Playboy Club located inside the Palms Hotel & Casino, when about 850 ladies (yes, women attend some of the functions) and gentlemen turned up for an evening of fun and friendship. These days, a typical weekly event attracts approximately 300 professionals, many from the world of big business and entertainment. Point being, the well-behaved group of professionals has held their get-togethers at many "mainstream" locations. Up until earlier this month, they (who always calls ahead to make sure the club can accommodate the large number of people, and that they will be welcomed as guests) have always been treated with respect wherever they go. On June 3rd, the social was to be held at the Blue Martini, a new to Southern Nevada business, located in the new Town Square Center on Las Vegas Blvd. So. Arrangements had been made through Blue Martini's Events Coordinator, Stephanie Davis. There were early clues that Blue Martini might not be a good place for a SinCityQSocials function, when, before meeting any of the members, Ms. Davis stated to Mr. Hernandez, "can you just tone it down." Personally, Cousin Claire would have taken that as a signal to hold the party elsewhere. On the night of the event, one of the bartenders (there were only two working - not enough to handle the anticipated crowd) rudely refused to take drink orders. A couple of guests were told their attire did not meet Blue Martini's dress code, which was not posted or announced when reservations were being made (we are talking about dress shorts worn by a few of the gentlemen during 100+ degree Las Vegas temperatures). We feel that any type of discrimination is unacceptable and all customers should be treated with respect unless, of course, they are disrupting the establishment, which was not the case on this June evening. The club members went into emergency mode, checking with Louis's Fish Camp a short distance away from Blue Martini, to see if that establishment could accommodate the attendees. The social organization had patronized the Fish Camp on other occasions and had been made to feel welcome. The restaurant's manager told Hernandez it would take about 30 minutes to call in a couple of extra bartenders to handle the unexpected large group. That is what happened. The party was held at Louis Osteen's upscale dining spot, and a good time was had by all. In its two years, the SinCityQSocials organization has held weekly events at more than 100 unique locations. This was the first time that the group has experienced anything like what took place at the Blue Martini. It was also the first time they had to relocate an event due to a number of complaints from their members. We don't know how this discriminatory treatment sits with our readers, but if it bothers you as much as it does us, show your displeasure by either taking your business elsewhere or by letting the folks at Blue Martini know how you feel. We think perhaps Ms. Davis should be in another line of work - one where she doesn't have to deal with human beings. Cheers and bon appetit!

And speaking of Louis's Fish Camp, entertainer Ronnie Rose and the Slick Willie Orchestra seem to have found themselves a part-time home at the restaurant. Rose, who has a case of the blues, sings and plays harmonica (although not at the exact same time), while SWO is an accomplished 8-piece horn band. As a group they have a great sound. Look for them at Fish Camp the next time you are in the neighborhood.

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Although we are Claire Voyant, we don't have answers to, or can't predict, EVERYTHING, but we sure could have anticipated this news. As we stated in an earlier column, Gerry McCambridge, known as The Mentalist, just celebrated his one year anniversary at Hooters Casino Hotel and his 500th performance in Las Vegas. At the conclusion of that milestone performance, attended by media folk and other invited guests, McCambridge was presented a beautiful diamond-studded Rolex watch by Gary Gregg, the Chief Operating Officer of Hooters. "We are very proud to have you as a part of the Hooters family, and hope for another sold out year" Gregg told McCambridge. It was also announced to the sold out showroom, that Hooters Casino Hotel had extended The Mentalist's contract for another year, and that Gerry would now be performing six nights a week at 7:00 p.m. (dark only on Fridays). Cambridge came to Las Vegas in July 2005 on a 12-show, three-week contract (at the Rampart). Now approaching his third year as a Las Vegas headliner, McCambridge exclaims, "Dreams can indeed come true." For reservations to see The Mentalist (and Cousin Claire highly recommends this one), call (866) 584-6687.

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David Pomeranz

Peter Noone

Suzanne Goulet & Denise Rose

Filipino singer Imelda Papin returns to Las Vegas for a late night show in The Orleans Theater on July 5th. Ms. Papin last appeared here on New Years Eve, where she played the same room, joined by special guest star, entertainer/songwriter David Pomeranz, and accompanied on piano by American Idol's Michael Orland. We hope that this time around, Papin might think of using the video screens on the stage to display English lyrics to songs sung in her language. We, along with other non-Filipinos, found the New Year's Eve shows a bit frustrating. We missed the joke (there was laughter) and/or the pathos (there were some tears) in the lyrics. It would have been helpful, and we would have enjoyed the experience more, if we knew what in the heck Ms. Papin was singing about. The time for Imelda Papin's July 5th show at The Orleans is 10:30 p.m. Call (702) 365-7075 for reservations.

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Two-time Grammy award winning singer Peabo Bryson has had a prolific career as a solo artist. He has also found success combining his vocal talent with some well known females, and his association with music from Disney films has proven to be a good match. A couple of his most notable duets, for which he won Grammy awards, are from Disney animated films. He sang the title track from Beauty and the Beast with Celine Dion, and A Whole New World from Aladdin with Regina Belle. Bryson's soulful voice is highlighted in hits such as Feel the Fire, If You're Ever in my Arms Again, and Can You Stop the Rain, among others. In 2007, Bryson released his latest album Missing You. Tonight, beginning at 8 p.m., Peabo Bryson will perform in the Railhead at Boulder Station. Tickets are priced at $22.95, $30.95, $38.95 and $45.95, plus tax and applicable fees. All ages are welcome, although those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations, call (702) 547-5300.

Tomorrow night (June 28th), it's Herman's Hermits, starring Peter Noone, along with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, in The Club at The Cannery Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas. Tickets range from $14.95 to $34.95, plus applicable fees and taxes. Show begins at 8 p.m. For reservations, call (702) 617-5585, or toll free at (866) 287-4643.

Reminder...This Sunday, the 29th, the Performing Arts Society of Nevada presents the Michael Dubay Quintet and Elements of Jazz. The program features Dubay on piano, Jonathan Rem on bass, Joe Malone on drums, Miguel Rodriguez on tenor sax, and Gil Kaupp on trumpet. Singers include Annette Verdolino, Susan Beaubian and Tim Searcy. Dancers participating in the concert are AJ Ocampo, Mindy Harris, Melissa Kershner, Miguel Alvarez and Kristine Sills. Tony (Arias) and Lloyd (Ziel) will serve as Masters of Ceremony. Michael Dubay was the musical director for David Saxe's Buck Wild at the Sahara, and currently holds the same position with Menopause the Musical at the Las Vegas Hilton. The program takes place at the Clark County Library on East Flamingo, beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling (702) 658-6741, or at the library box office after 1 p.m.

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It has been some time since we mentioned our Phavorite Phantom, Brent Barrett (it's been at least a week). Anyway, we forgot to remind readers that Mr. Barrett, who ended his starring role in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian on June 6th, will sing with the Las Vegas Philharmonic this 4th of July. That should really heat up what, more than likely, would be a very hot event anyway. The Philharmonic, Barrett and fireworks...oh what a night! If you missed Too Darn Hot!, with Brent, Reva Rice and Tina Walsh, at the Cashman Theatre in April, perhaps you have never seen this Phantom unmasked. July 4th will be an opportunity to do so. The Star Spangled Spectacular starts at 8 p.m. in The Hills Park in Summerlin. The Philharmonic, under Music Director David Itkin and Associate Conductor Richard McGee, will perform patriotic tunes and marches for this family-style Independence Day event, which has become one of Las Vegas' most popular traditions. For the finale, to the music of the 1812 Overture, there will be a full fireworks show put on by the legendary pyrotechnics company, Zambelli Internationale. This concert is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Corporation, the City of Las Vegas and Ruth's Chris Steak House. For additional information, call the Phil at (702) 258-5438 or check them out at [email protected].

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Tomorrow night, Michael Chapman and ChapQuist Entertainment present the Las Vegas premiere of Liza & Judy - Together Again, starring Suzanne Goulet as Liza Minnelli, Denise Rose as Judy Garland, and The Cabaret Dancers, at Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theatre. Suzanne Goulet has appeared as Liza in Legends in Concert, Hollywood Superstars, and Legends Live, as well as in her own tribute show that toured the U.S. and Europe. She has won numerous awards and her resemblance to Liza's looks and voice has made Suzanne one of the top impressionists in the world. Denise Rose is an amazing singer/dancer. She is the same height and has the same unique voice as the legendary Judy Garland. Denise is thrilled to team up with Suzanne and The Cabaret Dancers for this very special show featuring the songs, dances and banter of two of the greatest entertainers in show business. Tickets are $18 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $20 for non-residents. For info, call (702) 240-1301. The show starts at 7 p.m. Don't be late.

And speaking of Liza Minnelli, she will perform at Terrible's Primm Valley Casino Resorts (that's about 30 minutes south of Las Vegas, near the California border) on August 16th. That's quite a distance from the Luxor on the Strip where Liza last appeared in Southern Nevada. We will have more about this closer to the date.

And then there's Liza's half-sister, Lorna Luft, who performed at the Suncoast last weekend. Over the years, we have seen versions of Lorna's show, Songs My Mother Taught Me, at least four times. We are a real fan of Lorna's, especially in a scripted situation like with Songs My Mother Taught Me, an homage to her mother, Judy Garland. There was something different about last weekends' show, causing us not to be quite as enthusiastic about the one woman show as in earlier viewings. After giving it careful consideration, we think we know what has changed. The vulnerability, seen in previous performances is gone. Lorna now comes on as a little too slick and confident. She is good, and she knows it, but maybe she is TOO good. TOO confident. TOO comfortable. Bring back a little of the vulnerability that showed, in a good way, in earlier performances.

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On Tuesday night, NBC presented three hours of reality television...well, sort of. The first hour was Celebrity Family Feud, hosted by the Today show's Al Roker, while the following two hours featured America's Got Talent. Reality was suspended during the Family Feud hour, thanks to the redone faces of Joan Rivers and Wayne Newton, who both competed with their respective families. Along with Michael Jackson and Priscilla Presley, Rivers and Newton could be poster children to discourage cosmetic surgery. Look for Olympic Gold Medal winner, Bruce Jenner, who should sue his plastic surgeon, on an upcoming episode of the Feud. None of these folks look like "refreshed" versions of their former selves. They look like completely different people. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Joan Rivers

The Pendragons

Larry Edwards & Sherri Shepherd

And speaking of faces, a couple of familiar ones turned up on America's Got Talent. Magicians Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon, who auditioned for America's Got Talent in Chicago, did their famous metamorphosis illusion, doing it well enough to hear the words, "You're going to Vegas." For many years, The Pendragons WERE in Las Vegas. We don't know where they have been lately, but some years ago, the couple were a featured specialty act in Bally's Jubilee! What we learned is that during a fall at his home in late September 2006, one of the arrows from Jonathan's archery collection pierced his liver, his stomach, and his heart. It happened while rehearsing a dangerous trick for his upcoming show involving a compound bow and arrow. He has since made a full recovery.

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The View's Sherri Shepherd bypassed seeing Bette Midler's The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace, and hanging with her fellow ABC talk show hosts, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, choosing to spend her evening at the Flamingo instead. First, Shepherd attended the 7:30 p.m. show, The Time, featuring former Prince cohort Morris Day, along with Jerome Benton, Jimmy Jam, Jellybean Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Terry Lewis and Monte Moir. Shepherd than hung around the Flamingo to catch comic George Wallace's 10 p.m. show. The busy lady managed to find a few minutes to pose for photos with Las Vegas' own media maven, Larry Edwards. Edwards, who has portrayed Tina Turner and Patti LaBelle in a number of impersonator revues, has never met a Red Carpet he didn't like. The Time, with Morris Day, will perform at the Flamingo tonight and tomorrow night (June 27th and 28th) and then return for dates July 1st through 5th, and July 29th through August 2nd. For tickets and/or reservations to see The Time or George Wallace, call (702) 733-3333. After a week of shows from Las Vegas, the ladies of The View return to New York and their much quieter lifestyle.



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