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Las Vegas - February 13, 2009
An Evening at La Cage Cast
Friday the 13th has long been associated with bad luck. For the cast of the Riviera's An Evening at La Cage, it was Monday the 9th that proved to be most unlucky. What was one of the longest running shows on the Las Vegas Strip ended very suddenly. Although the performers in the female impersonator revue knew that the show's producer, Norbert Aleman, was in talks with the Riv bosses, they had no idea that their long run would end this way, yet another casualty of the terrible economic condition. An Evening at La Cage, that opened at the Riviera in 1985, played its last performance on Monday night. After the curtain came down, Aleman told the nine member cast that they had just done their final show on that stage (at least for now). No warning. No hints of impending doom. No two weeks notice or ads stating, "Last chance to see La Cage..." Just BANG! and it's over. That's gratitude after almost a quarter of a century. With Frank Marino as its star for just about the entire run, the revue featured a talented cast - including the funny Jimmy Emerson, Frank's understudy, and Madonna's Big Sister, Tammy Spraynette, Wynonna (in La Cage for 20 years); Brent Allen as Judy Garland and Bette Midler (13 years); Steven Wayne as Celine Dion and Cher (8 years); Ryan Zink as Reba McEntire and Paris Hilton (5 years); Derrick Barry as Britney Spears (3 years); original opening show cast member Chris Woods as Diana Ross and Whitney Houston, (24 years); Kenneth Blake as Dolly Parton and Madonna, and performing What Makes a Man a Man? (8 years); Sammy Gonzales as Liza Minnelli (6 years); Lane Lassiter as Michael Jackson (21 years); Danielle Danner, line captain and dancer (8 years); and additional dancers, Angelina Russo, Sara Beck, Dionna Phillips, and Sophie Columber. La Cage joins a list of disappearing shows. Hairspray, Avenue Q, The Producers, Spamalot, and Hats!, all just a memory. More recent closings include Mamma Mia!, Stomp Out Loud, Ronn Lucas, and now An Evening at La Cage. Also scheduled to end within the next couple of months, Menopause the Musical, The Scintas Laugh Out Loud, and the Tropicana‘s almost 50-year production, Le Folies Bergere. We have to wonder...what, or who, next?
As for what lies ahead for the La Cage cast, we hear from a reliable source (that would be Frank Marino) that within the next couple of months, he will have a new version of the show up and running somewhere in the city. When we learn what the other fellows are doing or planning, we will pass the information along. We know from past experience, it's hard to keep a good man down, even if he is wearing a Bob Mackie gown and Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo stilettos.
And, still, on the subject of La Cage...Larry Edwards (who is best known for his portrayals of Tina Turner and Patti LaBelle) wishes the cast of La Cage well. Edwards states that he had the best 15 years in his career, as a performer on the stage at the Riviera. Proud Larry, also known as "Hot Chocolate," credits and thanks the revue for giving him the opportunity to showcase his talent, resulting in movie roles and guest spots on a number of national TV shows. "La Cage will be truly missed on the Strip," says Edwards.
The Scintas, who have been performing in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton since 2007, will end their Laugh Out Loud run on March 14th. Since their move from Buffalo, New York, this is the variety performers' second go-round at the Hilton. Future plans call for the Scintas to tour around the country and also work on their upcoming syndicated television show. For more than two decades, Frankie, Joey and Chrissi Scinta, along with adopted brother, Pete O'Donnell, have been entertaining audiences around the country. To see the quartet before their Hilton departure, show times are Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. The show is dark on Sundays and Thursdays. Tickets are $39.95-$64.99 (plus tax and fees), and can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office, or by calling (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361.
Queen Emily Baloney
And speaking of the Hilton's Shimmer Cabaret...Look for one of the competitors on last season's America's Got Talent, a lady who was known as Queen Emily during her appearances on the "reality" TV show, to join the cast of soon-to close Menopause the Musical. Regular Claire Voyant readers may recall us mentioning Queen Emily (among a few of the names that she goes by) in previous columns. On September 26th, we wrote...Queen Emily, has created much of her "overnight sensation" tale used on the "reality" show. The REAL reality is that "life did not get in the way of her dreams," as stated on Emily's AGT bio. That piece of creative writing goes on to say, "Raising her daughters as a single mother meant Emily's musical aspirations had to be put on hold. When she turned 40, Emily experienced an epiphany and realized that it was time to stop dreaming and start acting, which led her to the America's Got Talent auditions." That's not quite true. Emily's story turns out to be a bunch of baloney. As a matter of fact, the lady's REAL, and very appropriate name, is Emily Baloney (could we make this up?). She has been working as an entertainer/singer for some time. We hear (but cannot verify) that Queen Emily has appeared on Showtime at the Apollo on more than one occasion. We know for a fact that in Northern California, where Miss Emily lives, she won the grand prize in the Gimme the Mike competition, held at Great America's Paramount Theater. According to the Internet, Miss (full of) Baloney's interests are "Commercial, Live Event, Movies, Music, Stage, TV." She is quoted as saying "I've been singing since the age of seven. I'm a principle (sic) cast member in Steve Silvers Beach Blanket Babylon, singing acting, and theatre is just what i (sic) do" We were rooting for Queen Emily until we learned about her lies. At this point, we would hate to see her reap a windfall ($1 million and a job in Las Vegas) as the result of her false claims. As regular America's Got Talent watchers know, it was insurance-selling opera singer Neal E. Boyd who won the big prize.
In an interesting footnote, Skye Dee Miles, who has been in Menopause for most of its Vegas engagement (and will be in the cast of a Northern Nevada production of the show), and the Queen (real name Emily Baloney, who sometimes uses the name Emily David) were both cast members of San Francisco's popular, long running (almost 35 years) Beach Blanket Babylon, although not at the same time. Former Las Vegas production show singer/actor, Kenny Mazlow (Ice Fantasy at the Hacienda, Lido de Paris at the Stardust, and Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon at the Sands), has been associated with BBB since 1988 - first as a performer in the Las Vegas version, then as a member of the San Francisco company and, after the 1995 death of Steve Silver, the musical comedy revue's artistic director, choreographer and writer.
And speaking of the Hilton and America's Got Talent, like AGT winner, ventriloquist/singer/ impressionist Terry Fator, the fourth place winner of the 2008 season of the talent competition, Texas-born tenor Donald Braswell, will also get his big Las Vegas break at the Hilton. Although Braswell appeared with AGT's Top 10 finalists at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in October, this time he is scheduled to headline in the Hilton showroom this Sunday night. For tickets and further information, call (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361. Fator starts his long-term headlining engagement in the Terry Fator Theatre (formerly the home of Siegfried and Roy, followed by Danny Gans) at The Mirage tomorrow night. Call (7020 792-7777 for Fator reservations.
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Apparently, Bill Fayne & Friends did well enough at Summerlin's Mezza Lounge & Grill last Monday, that the establishment is bringing back the music-makers for another go-round, this Monday (the 16th) from 6 to around 9:30 p.m. In addition to fellow Las Vegas Tenor member, Teddy Davey, Fayne's drop-in friends from last week included his longtime friend, Clint Holmes; Mrs. Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton; Voci Vegas member, Mollie Tennant; Gayle and Tommy Steele; Elisa Fiorillo; Larry Liso, Jeanne Brei, and Vince Falcone. On Monday, Teddy will be back to join Bill in the spotlight. In addition, Pat Caddick, Clint, Gayle and Tommy, along with other surprise guests are expected to lend their talent.
And speaking of Larry Liso, the Shades of Sinatra member is also headlining at Mezza Lounge & Grill. Larry takes his turn at the mic, performing jazz tunes, standards and dance music, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Liso has lots of talented friends, so attendees can expect to see and hear some of them join him in song. Mezza Lounge & Grill is located at 9460 West Tropicana, just west of Ft. Apache. As a bonus, Mezza is offering 20% off on food and drink during the performance times mentioned above. Sounds like a win, win deal to us. Call (702) 489-4493.
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Claire Voyant reader, Jack from Lady Lake, Florida, wonders what became of entertainer Dusty Barron who used to perform at the downtown Plaza. Jack would like to hear Barron again. Anybody out there know what became of Mr. Barron?
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Valentine's Day and Night weekend reminders...Singing impressionist Bob Anderson (whose show at last count, had only had a handful of seats left) is in The Club at the North Las Vegas Cannery tonight and tomorrow night, (702) 507-5757; talented cabaret artist Sharon McNight plays the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin on Saturday night at 7, (702) 869-2064; Billy Joel is at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, (702) 891-7777; and Richard Marx performs at Aliante Station, (702) 547-5300. If you dare to bare, you can attend Golden Rainbow's 4th Annual Naked Hearts event at Krave on Harmon, adjacent to Planet Hollywood. Doors open at 11 p.m. Billed as "Vegas' Hottest, Sexiest Dance Club!" (that's with an !), entertainment will be provided by the casts of American Storm, Chippendales, Jubilee!, Le Reve and Studio 54. Admission is $20 for Las Vegas residents (with Nevada drivers license), and $40 for visitors. For additional information, call (702) 384-2899.
If you don't already have your tickets to see Crystal Gayle this weekend at the South Point, and you wanted to, you are out of luck. All three shows are completely sold out.
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We are very puzzled by the way our local PBS station decides what, and what not, to air on Channel 10. For example, although she was a frequent Vegas headliner for many years, Mitzi Gaynor's PBS special, Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years, has not been shown here. Ms. Gaynor starred in a number of films, including There's No Business Like Show Business and South Pacific. The PBS program has aired all around the country, including numerous times in Reno during the month of December, but has not, and is not, scheduled to be seen in Las Vegas. Why? For those that want to see the 120-minute show, it is now available on DVD. Although we were not able to get a logical explanation for this Mitzi Gaynor faux pas from a Channel 10 representative, we DO know why Daddy & Papa - Johnny Symons' 2002 one hour multi-award-winning and nominated film (including an Emmy Award nomination as Best Documentary, and official selection for the Sundance Film Festival) about gay parenting, specifically gay fathers - was never aired here. The powers-that-be (it's THEM again), along with the Clark County School District Board of Trustees (who serve as the federal licensees of Channel 10 and provide financial support for activities directly serving K-12 classrooms, and whose building program is providing land and construction of the Virtual high school portion of the new $37.5 million Educational Technology Campus), arbitrarily decided that this highly acclaimed film was not suitable or appropriate for Las Vegans to see. Would we make this up? If things like this upset you as much as they do us, we suggest you let Vegas PBS know how you feel. One strong way to do that is by not blindly or naively contributing financial support to a PUBLIC (not private) Broadcasting Service that employs this kind of unwanted and unneeded censorship.
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The Producers, Keeping It Gay in Long Beach
Lee Roy Reams & Dody Goodman
Hey, you folks in Southern California (and we know you are out there), this weekend is your last chance to see Mel Brooks' multiple award winning The Producers at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton in Long Beach. Presented by Musical Theatre West, this production stars Michael Kostroff as Max Bialystock, Larry Raben as Leo Bloom, and David Engel as Roger DeBris. The show runs tonight through Sunday, February 15th. Tickets range from $25 to $52. Call (562) 856-1999 for show times and reservations.
And speaking of The Producers, in the year since The Producers closed at Paris Las Vegas, our friend, the talented Broadway star Lee Roy Reams, who played Roger DeBris in the Las Vegas production, has not let any grass grow under his dancing feet. In a difficult time for the entertainment community, with shows closing in New York, Reams has managed to stay comfortably busy. In addition to directing Leslie Uggams in Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!, and working with Carol Lawrence at the Martin Theatre at Chicago's Ravinia Festival, Reams took part in Tony-nominated (for 1990's Those Were the Days and 1992's Crazy for You) Bruce Adler's Florida memorial service. The actor/singer/dancer died in July at the age of 63. Lee Roy also participated when the famed Friar's Club honored singer/dancer/actress MIchele Lee. In October, Lee Roy was one of seven people who shared their memories of his friend and neighbor, the late Dody Goodman, during an evening ceremony at St. Peter's Church on Lexington in New York City. Miss Goodman's career spanned more than 75 years: she began as a teen-aged ballet dancer, and became a popular Broadway, Off-Broadway, cabaret, radio, television, and film performer, remaining active in show business until she was in her 90s. Also memorializing Goodman were Mitch Douglas, George S. Irving, Richard Skipper, Linda Amiel Burns, Terri White (who lived and performed in Las Vegas a number of years ago), and KT Sullivan (who, along with Mark Nadler, has appeared in Las Vegas a number of times). Miss Goodman's never-before-seen film, which was based on her book, Women, Women, Women!, was shown. A reception followed. In early December, famed cabaret performer Jamie DeRoy and her Multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie DeRoy & Friends, performed at the New York's Metropolitan Room. Joining Jamie was the acclaimed a cappella group, The Accidentals; Broadway veteran, Loni Ackerman; Clio Award-winning singer/ songwriter, David Buskin; the incomparable Julie Budd; legendary singer/songwriter, Jake Holmes; the twin brother singing duo, Will and Anthony Nunziata; dazzling magician and audience favorite, Oz Pearlman; and our pal, performer Lee Roy Reams. Award-winning director, Barry Kleinbort, directed, and Lanny Meyers served as musical director. On January 15th, the Key West Pops presented Lee Roy Reams and Friends: The Sound of Rodgers and Hammerstein, at the San Carlos Institute. The program included 50 songs from five musical comedies - Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, The Sound of Music and The King and I. Song-and-dance-man Reams has appeared with the Pops every year since its inception. On February 2nd, Reams, along with Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell (who appeared last season as part of UNLV's New York Stage & Beyond series), Donna Murphy, David Engel, Mark Waldrop (who directed Bill Nolte's All of Me show in Las Vegas), Cady Huffman, Keith Carradine and a host of favorites, was part of a star-studded night at the Drama League's Gala. Each year, The Drama League's one-night-only gala concert boasts an incredible roster of Broadway's biggest and brightest stars, performing favorite songs from theater seasons past and present. The musical revue is the highlight of The Drama League's annual benefit at Rockefeller Center's breathtaking Rainbow Room. Directed by Johanna McKeon and Roger Danforth, and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Huffman, A Musical Celebration of Broadway was written by Stephen Cole, and featured musical direction by David Krane. In addition to honoring Broadway producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the gala also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of The Drama League Directors Project, the nation's leading career development program for early and mid-career theatre directors.
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During her last weekend's engagement at the South Point, the ever-young, effervescent Charo, did excellent business, selling out both her Friday and Saturday night shows and earning multiple standing ovations. The Cuchi Cuchi girl was accompanied by a four piece band and enhanced by four dancers. We were told by friends who attended the show on Saturday that the one weak spot in the evening came when, near the end of her production, Charo made the mistake of introducing a very minor local personality. Since most people in the audience had no idea who this man was (or didn't care) the room was deafeningly silent. The rule should be, if it isn't a big enough name, or the credits aren't impressive enough, forget calling attention to the person or people, and for goodness sake, DON'T get them up on stage where the non-recognition becomes even more apparent and more embarrassing - for all concerned.
Faith Hill & Neil Diamond
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The Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive (near Spring Mountain and Valley View), is presenting John Guare's House of Blue Leaves, tonight through March 1st in their Mainstage theater. Directed by Walter Niejadlik, the play tells the story of Artie Shaughnessy, an aspiring songwriter who lives in New York with his wife, Bananas. His girlfriend won't cook for him until they get married. His son has a grudge against the Pope. Today could be Artie's big break, as a childhood friend and Hollywood producer drops in for a visit along with three nuns desperate to see the Pope on his visit to New York. Funny, tragic, and touching, the House of Blue Leaves offers a look at the ordinary in an interesting way. The cast is made up of Stephen McMillan as Artie, Kathleen Etor as Bunny; Valerie Berstein as Bananas; Michael Blair as Ronnie; Corrina Stroller as Kate Lowenhar-Fisher; Ellen Radcliff, Kelley Goode and Daci Overby as nuns; Nathan Ferrier as Billy; Steve Goldstein as the Man in White, and Eliseo Otero as MP. Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission, and $19 for students and seniors. Call (702) 702–362-7996.
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As part of last weekend's Grammy Awards, Neil Diamond was recognized as MusiCares Person of the Year, not only for his half-century body of music, but also for his philanthropy, which included donating concert merchandise sales last fall to relief efforts for Texas areas ravaged by Hurricane Ike. With his mother, children and grandchildren in attendance, Diamond listened as what he called "my little musical creations" were interpreted for 2,200 people at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The tribute to the 68-year-old included a galaxy of stars singing Diamond-penned tunes. Among the performers were Jennifer Hudson (Holly Holy), Coldplay (I'm a Believer), the Jonas Brothers (Forever in Blue Jeans), Tim McGraw (Hello Again), Kid Rock (Thank the Lord for the Night Time), Los Volcanes, a Tejano group from south Texas (Red Red Wine), British singer Adele (Cracklin' Rosie), Chris Cornell (Kentucky Woman), Raul Malo (Solitary Man), Eric Benet (Heartlight, from the movie E.T.), and Cassandra Wilson with trumpeter Terance Blanchard (September Morn). Diamond slow-danced with Faith Hill during their duet on You Don't Bring Me Flowers, and got the crowd on its feet for America, keeping them there for a sing-along finale to Sweet Caroline. In a nod to Diamond's sparkly duds of the '70s, talk show host, and former Las Vegan, Jimmy Kimmel, told him he was "one of the few Jews who looks good in sequins."
We were in the audience on July 4th weekend in 1976 when Neil Diamond launched the Aladdin's (now Planet Hollywood) new 7,500-seat Theater for the Performing Arts. In spite of three sold out shows, Diamond stated he would not perform in Las Vegas again. It took some years, but Mr. Song Sung Blue changed his mind (or maybe it was the huge settlement that was granted to his former wife at the time of their divorce), and has worked here numerous times in recent years. If you missed those appearances, or don't have pockets deep enough to afford the real deal, you can see the next best thing in the form of Jay White's America's Neil Diamond Tribute show at the Riviera. Call (702) 794-9433 for reservations. When he isn't touring with the real Diamond, Las Vegas resident, King Errisson, Neil's longtime (since 1976) percussionist can sometimes be found sitting in with White.
And on the subject of the Grammys, R&B singer, Ne-Yo, who attended both Rancho High School and the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts (Can you imagine what their school cheer sounds like?), won two of the six Grammys that he was nominated for. Miss Independent, from his Year of the Gentleman album, earned Ne-Yo (real name Shaffer Smith) the Best Male R&B Vocal Solo award, as well as Best R&B Song.
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Competitors for Dancing With the Stars eighth season have been announced. They include rapper, Lil' Kim; Denise Richards, best known as the former wife of actor Charlie Sheen; Steve-O, star of Jackass; rodeo star Ty Murray and his wife, singer Jewel; country singer Chuck Wicks, who will partner with his girlfriend, professional dancer and onetime Las Vegan, Julianne Hough; singer Belinda Carlisle, founding member of The Go-Go's; Access Hollywood co-host, Nancy O'Dell; NFL Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor; 17-year-old gymnast, Shawn Johnson; Sex and the City's, Gilles Marini; Apple computer's co-founder, Steve Wozniak; and actor/comedian David Alan Grier. The biggest surprise of all is not who IS competing this season, but who ISN'T. After the likes of folks such as Wayne Newton, Penn Jillette and Toni Braxton, all with Vegas connections at one time, other than Julianne Hough, there is no local representation this season. Marie Osmond can't be counted, as she competed prior to her becoming a Strip headliner, and brother Donny, who was rumored to be competing, is not (at least for this time around). The first episode of Dancing With the Stars new season will air, March 9th on ABC.
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The Las Vegas Jazz Society celebrates Black History Month with a concert featuring the Woody Woods Orchestra. Journey of the Drum is a musical exploration of the evolution of America's original art form - jazz. In addition to Woods, guest performers, using music, dance and the spoken word, will include Sophia Lelis, Ronnie Rose, China Hudson, Melanie 'Baby Doll' Wallace, the Jester Hairston Singers (NANM), Sonya & Angela Randall, the Gifford Youth Orchestra, all the way from Florida. There will also be some surprises. This ‘don‘t miss' presentation will take place on Sunday, February 15th, at 2 p.m. at the Summerlin Library Theater, 1771 Inner Circle Drive (exit Summerlin Parkway at Town Center and go north to Inner Circle Drive). Tickets are $10 for Jazz Society members, and $15 for the general public.
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In the years since the Tropicana Cinemas opened at 3330 E. Tropicana (just west of Pecos), the business has gone through many changes. There have been numerous owners, theater names (Dollar Cinema, Paradise 6, etc.), and film types shown on the multi-screens (there are four auditoriums, ranging in size from an intimate 60-seater, to the largest at around 400 seats). The theater had been closed for a number of months but we are pleased to let readers (both locals and tourists) that the establishment has recently reopened, under new ownership and new management. The place, now part of the Regency Theaters chain, has been cleaned up and there are lots of new things in place. New manager, Darrell Calvert, informs us that there are already new projectors, new screens, new carpeting, and digital sound installed. New seating is also on the agenda. Most movies are $3 a person...reasonable enough to see your old favorites and some cinema classics on a large screen, rather than on a small home TV via DVDs or video tape. Other interesting things are in store at the theater, including a Wednesday night series for insomniacs. Among the films scheduled are Monty Python and the Holy Grail (March 4th), A Clockwork Orange (March 11th), Robocop (March 18th), The Godfather (March 25th), The Goonies (April 1st, no fooling), Spaceballs (April 8th), Raiders of the Lost Ark (April 15th), Ghostbusters (April 22nd), Psycho (April 29th), The Warriors (May 6th), Moulin Rouge (May 13th), The Big Lebowski (May 20th), and Labyrinth (May 27th). All shows start at 7:30. And here's a bonus. If pinball machines are of interest to you, the Pinball Hall of Fame is located just a few doors down from the movie theater.
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Pianist Spencer Baker will have a have a performance coming up, next Saturday, the 21st, at the Desert Spring United Methodist Church. Baker will be working with the Desert Spring Arts Chamber Orchestra, where he will perform Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto (all three movements), Op. 37 in C minor. The orchestra will play Copland's Outdoor Overture, and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. There is no set charge to attend, just a free will offering. The church is located at 120 N. Pavilion Center Drive in Summerlin. For additional information, call (702) 256-5933.
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It's never too soon to plan a night out with four handsome gentlemen, so mark your calendar for July 17th when An Evening with Il Divo comes in to Mandaly Bay. Il Divo (Italian for "star" or "celebrity"), a multinational operatic pop vocal group, was put together by American Idol's Simon Cowell. The quartet - made up of singers Urs Bühler, Sebastien Izambard, Carlos Marin and David Miller - are signed to Cowell's record label, Syco Music. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10. Call (800) 745-3000.
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On February 7th, former teen country star Molly Bee died of complications following a stroke. Miss Bee (real name Molly Beachboard), like comic Garry Shandling, mentioned in last week's column, and Cousin Claire, spent part of her youth in Tucson. In fact, it was in Southern Arizona that Molly began her singing career. She shot to fame at the age of 13 with the 1952 novelty hit, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. In the 1960s, Ms. Bee performed on Las Vegas stages numerous times. She was also a favorite on Bob Hope USO tours. Molly Bee had been in failing health for several months. She was 69 at the time of her death.
And speaking of Tucson, The Broadway Tenors will join the TSO Pops! series at the Tucson Music Hall, tonight and tomorrow at 7:30, and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Albert-George Schram is guest conductor for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Three of Broadway's leading men - Brent Barrett, Brian Lane Green and Kevin Spirtas - will perform the best-loved songs of Broadway and pop, including the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Frank Wildhorn and the Beatles, just to name a few. These award-winning performers have worked extensively in theater, film, and television, and with major symphony orchestras around the world. Barrett starred opposite Reba McEntire in Annie Get Your Gun, won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his portrayal of Billy Flynn, the smooth lawyer from Chicago-The Musical, and recently played the leading role in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. He also has a dozen recordings to his credit as well film and TV credits. Green is a Tony Award-nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as "Spacepunk" in Starmites. He made his Broadway debut as Huck Finn in Big River, has appeared on numerous prime time TV shows, and is known as Alan Brand on Days of Our Lives, Sam Fowler on Another World, and Brian Bodine on All My Children. Spirtas landed his first professional job on Broadway when he was just 18 and, in 2003, made a huge ripple in the Broadway community when he was selected over hundreds of actors to be Hugh Jackman's standby in the smash hit musical, The Boy from Oz. In 1996, Kevin received a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award (Best Actor) for the role of Nick Brenner in Chuck Ranberg's critically acclaimed comedy, End of the World Party. Among his TV and film roles are Friends, the daytime drama Days of Our Lives and the feature Apt Pupil. To purchase single tickets or for subscription information, call the TSO Box Office at (520) 882-8585.
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Condolences go out to Las Vegas pianist/arranger Greg Bosler on the February 1st death of his wife, Saundra Bosler. "Sam," as she was called by her family and friends, had been a Southern Nevada resident since 1968. She was an avid golfer and a supporter of animal rights. In addition to her husband, Sam is survived by two daughters, Tammie, Heidi, and son Jeremy (she was preceded in death by her son, Christopher), and two granddaughters, Abigail and Olivia. Funeral services were held in Las Vegas yesterday. Donations in Saundra's name may be made to Nevada-SPCA or the Animal Rescue Foundation.
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