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Note: This is a past column from January 02, 2009
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Las Vegas - January 2, 2009

Las Vegas New Year's Eve (not this year)

Mary Wilson

Vera Goulet

A very happy, healthy new year to one and all...and a special birthday wish for Bud.

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We had a couple of tempting offers for New Year's Eve (seeing the Supreme Mary Wilson at a private event at Bellagio and/or attending a party at the home of Vera Goulet) but opted to avoid the closed streets and over-served celebrants by staying home. The plan was to watch the Strip fireworks on TV. Boy, what a disappointment! Where was the usual excitement? Where were the ooohs and ahhhs? We have witnessed about 35 celebrations welcoming in the new year in Las Vegas. This one was, by far, the dullest. America's Party looked more like a fizzle than a sizzle. The city is going to have to come up with something to redeem themselves before the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. We can imagine there were plenty of disappointed revelers on Las Vegas Blvd. The only consolation, if there was any, is the fact that visitors probably paid less for their New Year's Eve rooms and shows than they have in recent years. The city/county needs to find a way to safely return the fireworks launch to the rooftops. Setting them off from the ground just doesn't cut it.
Note: The accompanying photo is NOT from the New Year's Eve of two days ago.

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A number of Las Vegas shows will end their runs this Sunday. Mamma Mia! closes at Mandalay Bay after a successful almost six year engagement. Stomp Out Loud stops stomping (and clicking, and banging, and sweeping) after almost 21 months at Planet Hollywood, while the poorly reviewed Fuego Raw Talent (previously known as Raw Talent Live) exits the Sahara after less than three months. We may have missed some and, more than likely, there will be others that won't survive the current economic woes. We will keep readers informed. On the plus side, within the next few months, The Lion King will open at Mandalay Bay, and Peepshow will open at Planet Hollywood.

It isn't just Vegas that is seeing changes on their stages. The Great White is also experiencing some changes. Monty Python's Spamalot, the 2005 Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, will end its run on Sunday, January 11th, after 1,574 performances (and 35 previews) at the Shubert Theatre. The current cast includes American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken, who finishes his return engagement as Sir Robin on January 4th. When Spamalot closes on Broadway it will have grossed more than $175,000,000 and will have been seen by more than two million people. The musical recouped its entire investment in less than six months, and the production holds the record for weekly gross sales in any Shubert theater ($1,407,586 for the week ending January 1st, 2006). A national touring production continues to do record business across North America after more than 30 months on the road. The West End production just closed after a successful two year run at London's Palace Theatre, and the musical recently opened in Barcelona, Spain (performed in Spanish), and will open soon in Germany. Productions have also played in Melbourne, Australia, and Las Vegas, where it entertained audiences at Wynn for 15 months. From January 20th to February 1st, Broadway In Chicago will present Spamalot at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. This production will star, the still handsome at 74, Richard Chamberlain as King Arthur. Yep, the star of the 1960s television series, Dr. Kildare, and some of TV's top and most acclaimed mini-series - Shogun (for which Chamberlain earned a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor, as well as an Emmy nomination), Wallenberg, The Thornbirds (for which he received another Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination, and a People's Choice Award), The Bourne Identity, Dreamwest, and Centennial - will lead the cast of Monty Python characters in the Chicago production. It was Seinfeld's John O'Hurley who played King Arthur in Las Vegas production. Also, closing on January 4th in New York is the 2008 Tony Award Winning Best Play Revival, Boeing-Boeing. The show will have played 17 previews and 280 performances. Boeing-Boeing, which recouped its entire $2.65 million investment in September, will launch a 45-week national tour this fall. Broadway show goers can also say goodbye to Grease, Hairspray, Gypsy, Spring Awakening, Young Frankenstein and White Christmas the Musical (which, needless to say, wasn't expected to last past the holidays). Liza's at the Palace, got a reprieve. Originally scheduled to close on December 14th, the show got one stay of execution with a two week extension until the end of December. Instead, Liza (as in Minnelli) will end her Palace run on, surprise, January 4th.

Richard Chamberlain

The Princess and the Pea

Siameze Floyd (a few years ago)

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When The Princess and the Pea airs on the STARZ network over the next few weeks, the score may generate as much attention as (or more than) the animation. That would be because the music was written by Alan Williams, while the lyrics were written by David Pomeranz. If you are a regular Claire Voyant reader, you know we are a real fan of the multitalented Mr. Pomeranz's work. Not only is he a talented songwriter (Barry Manilow hits, Trying to Get the Feeling Again and The Old Songs; Little Tramp the Musical, telling the tale of Charlie Chaplin in song; and more), Pomeranz is also one heck of a performer. The singer, piano player, guitarist has appeared in Las Vegas at the exclusive Stirling Club as well as at The Orleans and Steve Wyrick Theater at Planet Hollywood. David is a major star in the Philippines, where his recordings are at the top of the charts. See (and HEAR) The Princess and the Pea on January 1st at 8:25 a.m., January 16th at 6:05 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and Valentine's Day at 7:30 a.m. (all times ET/PT).

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Happy birthday to Capricorns Carme Pitrello, Siameze Floyd, Sherry Pedley Jones, Bob Kaz, Ari Dane, Larry Edwards, Jan Wood Lovelady, Gina Eckstine, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, Frankie Randall, and Rip Taylor. And to cute David Archuleta, American Idol's runner up for Season 7, who turned 18 on Sunday, a great big birthday wish. We hear nothing but nice things about this talented young man. Hopefully, his almost overnight success won't spoil it has many of the other Idol competitors. Kelly Clarkson doesn't seem quite as sweet as she did a few years ago. Much like the Diana Barrymore bio-pic, perhaps it is just Too Much, Too Soon for these young people.

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Mary Millard, a Las Vegas reader, writes "Hope you'll soon be promoting Wes Winters and his Suncoast show again." Of course we will, Mary. Even if you weren‘t the president of the Wes Winters Fan Club, we would STILL remind music fans about Wes' upcoming January 16th through 18th engagement at the Suncoast. Winters will present a musical variety show highlighting many of the styles for which the piano man has become known. Along with his fast paced boogie-woogie and extravagantly rich piano arrangements of For Once in My Life, Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B, Crazy Arms, Jambalaya, a newly re-orchestrated Phantom of the Opera medley, a powerful and beautiful piano arrangement of The Sounds of Silence, the 1980s hit, Come Dancing, and much more, the 90-minute presentation will showcase his talents on the accordion and guitar along with a wide range of vocals. Wes' early musical influences ran the gamut from Liberace to Jerry Lee Lewis and everything in between. A recent personal highlight for Wes was having the opportunity to meet one of his musical role models, Barry Manilow. Being a self-described "Fanilow," over the years, Winters listened to Manilow recordings to teach himself how to structure arrangements and orchestrations. The Kansas-native is a self-taught musician, who has played by ear since the age of five. Ticket prices for Wes Winters start at $ 19.95 plus applicable taxes and fees. For reservations, call (702) 636-7075.

Wes Winters

Robyn Spencer

Bill Nolte

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These two people might very well be from the same gene pool. In one corner, we have Regina Edwards, owner of Caylix Jazz Supper Club, and in the other, we have Robyn Spencer. When we wrote about Ms. Spencer in our December 19th column, we did not identify her. We had hoped that the thought of seeing her name in print, in a negative way, might have prompted her to make good on the $1150 bum check that she gave to a longtime local businessman in payment for goods and services provided. It didn't. It appears that this woman is not only a dishonest con artist, she is also not very bright. If she had responded to the demand for payment, in ANY way (e-mail, snail-mail, phone call, text message, or smoke signals), her name (and photo) would have remained our little secret. Since she has ignored all requests for communication, we are sharing her identity with readers (In a situation she might find herself in, one day soon). We suggest folks, particularly those in the entertainment business, where Robyn Spencer seems to do most of her dirty work, steer very clear of this woman. As for Ms. Edwards, after two months, she still continues to give one of her more recent victims, Jeanne Brei, the run around. Time to realize what and who you are dealing with, folks, and notify the proper authorities.

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Dale Wasserman, author of the book for the Tony-winning musical Man of La Mancha, as well as the stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, has died. He was 94. In the early 1980s, Four Star Talent Agency (with offices here and in Southern California) was hoping to bring Man of La Mancha into one of this city's hotels as a long running production. We voiced our opinion, telling the Californians we were sure this show would not do well in Vegas. Although the musical tale of Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and Aldonza was a Tony winner, it was definitely NOT a show for Vegas. In fact, we felt it was one Impossible Dream on the part of the folks from Four Star.

And speaking of musical theater, our friend Bill Nolte, who played Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in the Paris Las Vegas production of The Producers (a role that he also played for 18 months on Broadway), starts rehearsals in New York on Monday for Fiddler On the Roof . Chaim Topol, the international actor who starred as Tevye in the 1971 film version of the Tony-Award winning musical Fiddler on the Roof, will be center stage in a new national tour of the classic. The Tel Aviv-born Topol, now 73, was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in 1972 for playing the paternal dairyman eking out a living in pre-Revolution 1905 Russia. He won a 1972 Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for the part. He also famously played Tevye in the London production. In 1991, when he starred as Tevye in a Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Topol was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical. That production ran on Broadway from November 1990 to June 1991, and won the Tony for Best Revival. It was just one of four revivals that played Broadway following the show's original run between 1964 and 1972. The most recent Broadway revival in 2004 was directed by British director David Leveaux. It included a new number written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Topsy-Turvy, which took the place of The Rumor. Troika is producing the new 2009 Equity tour (which is expected to be a more traditional approach to the musical, with direction and choreography by Sammy Dallas Bayes, a longtime keeper of Jerome Robbins' original staging). Nolte will be portraying Lazar Wolf and covering Tevye (Topol) in the popular musical. Also appearing in this company are Susan Cella, Mary Stout and Rick Pessagno, late of the Vegas production of Mamma Mia! On February 3rd, Fiddler, which is expected to tour for more than a year, will open for previews in Wilmington, Delaware. Some of the other announced stops, between early February and mid-May, are Providence, Rhode Island. The company will perform in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; Newark, New Jersey; Durham, North Carolina; Jacksonville, West Palm, Ft. Myers and Tampa in Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; San Diego, Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, California; Portland, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; back to Florida and Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale; Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton, Canada; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia; back to Florida in Clearwater; Schenectady, New York; Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.


Desi Arnaz Jr. & Mary Crosby

Eartha Kitt & Young Grant Philipo

And also on the subject of theater, although not musical, on Saturday, January 24th, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Mary Crosby (sometimes known as Mary Frances Crosby) will star in Love Letters at the charming and historic Boulder Theatre in the city by the Dam. Both of these performers come from fine professional stock. Desi Jr., of course, is the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr., while Mary is the daughter of Kathryn Grant Crosby and Bing Crosby. Mary may be best remembered for her role as Kristin Shepard, Sue Ellen Ewing's scheming sister, in the cliffhanger ending of the 1979-1980 season of Dallas. In that highly watched episode, J.R. Ewing (played by Larry Hagman) was shot by an unknown assailant. That assailant turned out to be Mary's character. Tickets for the two person play are $40 per person, with proceeds going to benefit the non-profit Boulder City Ballet Co. Show time for Love Letters is at 4 p.m. Call (702) 293-1161 to make reservations.

And speaking of Kathryn Crosby, the lady brings her cabaret show, My Life with Bing, into Manhattan's Feinstein's at Loews Regency on February 23rd.

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Our piece in last week's column on the death of Eartha Kitt generated quite a bit of mail. Here are some samples...
Grant Philipo had this to share...It upset me greatly when I heard of my friend Eartha passing on Christmas. Grant goes on to say that he saw every San Diego performance of Timbuktu that Eartha Kitt was in, "because the two lead dancers, Homer Bryant and Ronda Sampson, were living with me. I have to say, that show and Eartha were FLAWLESS! I spent one afternoon when Geoffrey Holder came in to clean-up the show and adjust it for the FOX Theatre' Stage since many of the sets wouldn't fit on-stage. Let me tell you, Holder made Donn Arden and Jeff Kutash look like pussy cats! Damn, he was a tyrant. If you never got to see that show, you really missed out. Eartha and I became great friends when I presented her with a color sketch I did of her from the show. She offered me my first big time show business job as her dresser. Although I didn‘t take the job, we remained friends and I visited her in Los Angeles at her gorgeous home. She was an incredible talent. To see her out of make-up, as opposed to on-stage with jewels glued all over her face, was almost unbelievable. She knew how to transform herself into a glittering beauty. Her talent will be greatly missed, as will her cooking.

Eric Floyd has his own memories...It started with a simple letter that I wrote to her as a teen and sent to her hotel in Washington DC when she was playing a one week engagement there, and do you know she not only picked up the phone and called me to personally thank me for my letter, she also 'summoned' me to come see her along with my mother, and to have dinner with her. Wow!!! Talk about generous, gracious and kind!?! I was on cloud nine! The Cat-woman herself had gotten MY letter, called ME, invited ME out as her VIP special guest, sat ME and my Mom at HER table (where I first met her beautiful daughter, Kitt, as well) and had dinner with US privately in her suite upstairs after her 2-set show. The Floyd family maintained a friendship with Ms. Kitt up until the time of her recent passing.

Eric Floyd, Wanda Dee Floyd & Eartha Kitt

Carme Pitrello
(a few birthdays ago)

Charly Raymond

From Carole Hassell who says she is so glad that she and her family got to see Eartha Kitt at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley while visiting in Seattle during the summer of 2007. Although she was probably ill at the time, Ms. Hassell reports that Eartha was her usual entertaining, sexy self.

And from Carolyn Hamilton Proctor, who also saw Kitt in Seattle, comes this...
Nice tribute to Eartha Kitt in your recent column. Cork (Proctor) and I got to see her a year or so ago at Jazz Alley here in Seattle. I'd never seen her before, so that was a special night. I was amazed at her energy and personality and talent. Carolyn goes on to say that Cork is building himself a one-man show which he has trademarked Cork Proctor's Tales of Classic Las Vegas. "I have a (very small) grant from UNLV," she says, "so I'm continuing to work on editing Cork's biography (what a project; what a challenge to my organizational abilities; 130,000 words to edit down to about 90,000)." Cousin Claire looks forward to both reading the book and seeing Cork Proctor's show on his memories and recollections of Las Vegas. We will let you know when and where it will be performed.

And speaking of Cork Proctor, he was one of about 35 friends and interlopers who gathered at Sergio's Italian Gardens restaurant in Las Vegas to celebrate the 75th birthday of veteran entertainer, Carme Pitrello. The singer, comic, impressionist, who maintains a home in this city but spends much of his time in Florida or entertaining at sea, has a background as diverse as his musical talents. He served as an Army Ranger during the Korean conflict, returning to play semi-pro football in New York for a short time. However, his first love has always been entertaining. As early as he can remember, Carme was determined to break into show business. He honed his stage skills as a stand-up comic and singer in clubs throughout the United States before moving to Las Vegas in 1968. From stunt man, to burlesque comic, to television performer, to nightclub entertainer (including Playboy Clubs), and main room performer at virtually every casino on the Vegas Strip, he has done it all. Carme's numerous stage talents include a variety of playful impressions of major stars, artful storytelling and jokes, yodeling, and a powerful baritone voice that is the envy of many in his profession. Carme is the top banana when it comes to burlesque comedy. It is not so much the material, as the rhythm, timing, pacing, gestures, expressions and feel. By the end of his performance, the audience is sure to determine that they have witnessed something very special. With more than 50 years in show business, he has worked with many major stars of stage, screen and television, including Andy Griffith, Harry James, Charo, Wayne Newton, the Mills Brothers, Suzanne Somers, the Smothers Brothers, Phyllis Diller, Patti Page, Teresa Brewer, and Kay Starr to name a few. He has been invited to the White House, has attended functions at foreign embassies, has chatted privately with people such as Colin Powell and Henry Kissinger, and maintains an ongoing friendship with former president, Bill Clinton. Carme devotes much of his time and talent to charitable events, makes frequent appearances at veterans hospitals and senior centers, and was an honorary member of a once, but no longer, respectable Las Vegas charitable organization that raised money for aging and needy performers. At one time, members included Tony Curtis, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Keely Smith, Buddy Greco, Robert Goulet, Dick Contino, and one of Carme's closest friends, the late Freddie Bell. Pitrello has been heard to say that he moved to Las Vegas when you could go to a prominent supper club, have a nice dinner, and see stars like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis or Louis Prima, "all for $4.95!" Those days are long gone, says Pitrello. It is a big business environment now, and the personal contact with the stars is a thing of the past. However, Carme's show is as close as you will come to those very special, and fun-filled shows that made old Vegas great. The cat was let out of the bag (entertainers just can't keep secrets), and what was supposed to be a "surprise" party, wasn't. The only thing that the guest of honor didn't know, before 6 p.m. last Saturday, was WHO would be joining him for dinner at Sergio's. Hosted by Carme's companion, Sharon Newby of Florida, the invitees (a number who performed and/or gave a little speech as part of the evening‘s fun), and a few interlopers, included Robert and Deborah Danielson Allen, Peter Anthony, Jeanne and Ada Brei, Judy Coco, Cindy Doumani and Randy Soard, Jac "Mundane the Grate" Hayden, Don and Gloria Hill, Norm Johnson and Nancy Barr, George and Bella Meese, Linda November and Artie Schroeck, Babe Pier, the above mentioned Cork Proctor, Charly Raymond and Katherine Wicker, Larry Taylor, John and Pam Thompson (with their singing longhaired Chihuahua, Grace), and Fielding West. Noticeably absent was Nelson Sardelli, who, when questioned about his whereabouts, revealed that he was "being held and interrogated by the IUD" (HE said it, not us). Music was provided by Tommy Deering on piano, Gary Olds on drums, and Ken Seiffert on upright bass. They were joined on one number by a newcomer to the city, musician Charly Raymond. Charly and Carme got to know each other as performing shipmates. Raymond recently made the move from New Port Richey, Florida (just north west of Tampa), to Las Vegas, where Kathy, his soul mate of five years, had a job waiting for her as an administrator at Kindred Hospital on East Flamingo. The talented Charly impressively introduced himself to the partygoers by playing Clyde McCoy's 1938 hit, The Sugar Blues. He explains that the unusual audio effect is created by combining the plunger mute (held with the left hand) with what is known as a flutter tongue (basically just rolling the tongue while playing). It really is a one of a kind arrangement. Raymond uses it in his trumpet shows on cruise ships and other places where he performs. Charly studied with Carmine Caruso in NYC and was 1st trumpet/solo cornet at the University of New Hampshire, where he played in the Wind Ensemble , Brass Quintet, Symphony Orchestra and earned his degree in music in 1971. As a band leader and trumpet player in Boston (1971-1980), he performed in night clubs, dinner theaters, and top 40 show bands. He has accompanied many celebrity entertainers including Charo, Bobby Rydell, Eddie Fisher, The Four Lads, Little Anthony, Joanne Castle and Connie Haines. Haines compares Charly's trumpet technique with that of the great Harry James, Clyde McCoy, Al Hirt and Doc Severinsen. Charly spent three years as band leader/MC/soloist at the Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In addition to his jobs on land, Raymond has been a featured performer/entertainer on major cruise lines. In addition to McCoy, the new Las Vegan also pays tribute to the Tijuana Brass and Harry James as part of his act. We have a feeling that once the local music community hears him, Charly Raymond will find himself plenty of work in this city.

And speaking of Randy Soard, it is the local artist who created Faces of the Brave, an amazing mosaic, made up of individual portraits of those rescue workers who lost their lives in the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Jay Leno & Randy Soard

Hangin' Out

The Four Freshmen

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Tomorrow, at 1 p.m., is the last chance (at least for now) to catch Keith Thompson's one man show, Celebrate the Day, in the Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum. Thompson, who is the multi-talented (songwriter/arranger/musician/performer) musical director at Jersey Boys, has been filling in for pianist Philip Fortenberry during Philip's two week engagement at the Kennedy Center (yes, THAT Kennedy Center). Tickets to see and hear Keith are $17.50, and may be purchased at the museum (1775 E. Tropicana at Spencer). Phone (702) 798-5595. What is going on at the Kennedy Center, you may ask? A concert/revue called The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, featuring a 30-piece orchestra with Philip, who is the associate musical director at Jersey Boys, at the grand piano. Singers, including Tony nominee Liz Callaway (Baby, Cats, Miss Saigon), Laurie Gayle Stephenson (Christine in The Phantom of the Opera), Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Hairspray), Eric Kunze (Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Miss Saigon), Ron Bohmer (the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White, Sunset Boulevard), and David Josefsberg (Les Miserables, Grease, Altar Boyz), are performing the best-loved songs from scores composed by the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer and 2006 Kennedy Center Honoree, including Cats, Evita, The Phantom of The Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Song & Dance, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Whistle Down The Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Woman in White and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Andrew Lloyd Webber concert plays through this Sunday. Philip Fortenberry returns to the museum on Tuesday, the 6th, and resumes his regular schedule of 1 p.m. Liberace and Me performances, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Ticket prices for Fortenberry's performances are also $17.50.

And speaking of The Palazzo's Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, tomorrow marks the musical's eight month anniversary in Las Vegas. Although there have been a number of cast changes, the Boys are going strong and was recently deemed the best show in the city by the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Mike Weatherford. A month ago, Deven May took on the role of Tommy DeVito, as Erik Bates, who had been playing DeVito, returned to the national tour. May, who joins cast members Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Rick Faugno (Frankie Valli), and Jeff Leibow (Nick Massi), has previously been seen in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde and in the title role of Laurence O'Keefe's musical, Bat Boy. Jersey Boys, which opened on Broadway to rave reviews in November of 2005, received the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Recording, performs at The Palazzo Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.; Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and is dark on Wednesday. Ticket prices range from $65 to $135 plus tax and handling fees, and can be purchased by calling (866) 641-SHOW or (702) 414-9000. For those that don't know, Tommy DeVito, one of the original members of the Four Seasons, makes his home in Las Vegas.

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From actress Karole Foreman comes what she calls "a shameless plug" for her next project.
Tank Productions in association with Macha Theatre/Film presents a World Premiere Musical Revue, from the conceiver of Naked Boys Singing, Hangin' Out, featuring musical direction by Gerald Steinbach, choreography by Ken Roht, book and direction by Robert Schrock, and features songs by Adele Ahronheim, John Ballinger, Frank Evans, Chuck and Matt Hurewitz, Dan Kael, Jim Morgan, Ken Roht, Adryan Russ, Mark Savage, Ben Schaechter, Robert Schrock, Rayme Sciaroni, Phil Swann, Karole Forman, Ruff Yeager and Mark Winkler. Hangin' Out will preview on Thursday, January 8th at 8 p.m., and will open on Friday, January 9th at 8 p.m. at the Macha Theatre (formerly the Globe Playhouse), 1107 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood. Hangin' Out is scheduled to run for six weeks through Sunday, February 15th. Not since Naked Boys Singing!, Oh! Calcutta, and Adam and Eve, has there been such a celebration of the human body. The musical revue explores different aspects of nudity in song and dance. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview tickets are $20, with regular night time tickets at $34.95, and Sunday matinees at $25. They can be purchased by calling (323) 960-4443. Hangin' Out contains nudity and is not recommended for audiences under 16 years of age.
Hangin' Out photo by Ed Krieger (Left to right: Heather Capps, Marco Infante, Eric B. Anthony, Karole Foreman, Brent Keast and Lana Harper)

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You can see and hear the still fabulous Four Freshmen at the South Point tonight, Saturday and Sunday. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $15, including tax. Call (702) 797-8055 for reservations. How come they're still Freshmen, when their longtime fans (like Cousin Claire) are Seniors? Hmmm.

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