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Las Vegas - April 24, 2009


Freddie Roman, Leslie Uggams & Lee Roy Reams

Charlie Shaffer

On April 20th, the very talented and funny Lee Roy Reams (last in Vegas as Roger DeBris in The Producers), was honored with the Friars Club Thespian Award. Many friends and colleagues gathered at the famed New York club to pay homage to the Tony-nominated Broadway star. Among those in attendance were comic Freddie Roman, too long away from the stages of Las Vegas; Cady Huffman of The Will Rogers Follies, and Tony-winner for her role as Ulla in The Producers; Lauren Bacall, with whom Reams worked in Applause, Woman of the Year, Cactus Flower; Leslie Uggams, who Reams has directed in Hello, Dolly!, Hallelujah, Baby!, Jerry's Girls, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ervin Drake's Her First Roman; Oscar-winner Patricia Neal, The Children‘s Hour, A Roomful of Roses, The Miracle Worker; Jim Dale, Me and My Girl, Threepenny Opera, Barnum; Robert Cuccioli, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, On the Twentieth Century; Tammy Grimes, Candide, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, California Suite, 42nd Street; Lewis J. Stadlen, Minnie's Boys, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum, The Sunshine Boys, The Producers; Brad Oscar, who was also in The Producers, playing Max Bialystock, both on Broadway and in Las Vegas, as well as in Spamalot, On the Town, Jekyll & Hyde; Penny Fuller, who also appeared in Applause, as well as Oh, Kay!, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, and No Strings; Beth Fowler, of Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, Bells Are Ringing, Boy From Oz, Baby, and Inherit the Wind fame; Christine Pedi, from Funny Girl and Little Me; Conrad John Schuck, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, and best remembered as Sgt. Charles Enright in the Rock Hudson, Susan St. James and Nancy Walker-starring TV series, McMillan and Wife. In addition to his Tony Award-nominated role as Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, and his portrayal of Duane Fox in Applause, Reams has also appeared on Broadway in Sweet Charity, Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles and Beauty and the Beast. He has also performed in nearly 20 musicals at Missouri's Muny (The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis), including his 1971 appearance there with Bacall in Applause. Lee Roy's most recent Muny performance was as Roger De Bris in The Producers, for which the actor received a Kevin Kline Award nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical. In addition to playing the role on Broadway and in Las Vegas, Reams also starred as Roger De Bris on the national tour. Mr. Reams directed and choreographed the 1995 Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! Other directing credits at the Muny include both Hello, Dolly! and Singin' in the Rain.

FYI...The Muny is an outdoor musical amphitheater, located in the Forest Park section of St. Louis. The theater seats 11,000 people. The Muny completed its 90th annual season in the summer of 2008.
Photo of Roman, Uggams and Reams by Linda Lenzi.

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If you are reading this early enough on Friday, you may want to make a trip to Boulder City to see Charlie's Angels. No, not THAT Charlie, and not those angels. In this case, the Charlie is Charlie Shaffer, a musical staple around these parts for many years. The piano player/singer is celebrating a half century of music making, and he wants you to attend the party. As for the angels, they aren't Kelly, Kris and Sabrina, they are some of Shaffer's talented Boulder City friends, Phil Marcus Esser, Nancy Porter, Laura Shaffer, Alyson Tobler, Francyl Gawryn, Susan Slykerman, Justin Keough, Marta Thompson, and Greg Langley, who will join him in song. Charlie's Angels, produced by Esser and Porter, will perform this evening, beginning at 7 (doors open at 6:30). The location is at St. Andrew Parish Hall, 1399 San Felipe in Boulder City. Tickets for the cabaret-style seating venue, are $20. Proceeds will benefit the city by the dam's Emergency Aid, and may be purchased at Plaza Realty, 581 Hotel Plaza, also in Boulder City (a short drive from Las Vegas). For additional information, call (702) 293-2440.

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On Saturday, we spent much of the day and night traveling (we consider it traveling, when we drive from the southeast part of the city, to the northwest). Our first stop (other than to ask for directions) was at the Summerlin Library & Performing Arts Center (who in the world invented roundabouts?). It took 90-minutes to make the 31 mile (that includes getting lost and more lost) trip from our neighborhood to that part of the city. We barely made it to our seat for the curtain of the matinee performance of Signature Production's Thoroughly Modern Millie. We are very glad that we didn't miss this one. Outstanding performances were delivered by all, with special mention going to Kelly Albright, as Millie Dillmount (Kelly has been emoting for Signature Productions since she was 10 years old), Kellie Wright, as Mrs. Meers, and Tai Lewis as Muzzy Van Hossmere. Wish we had the time and space to acknowledge the other fine actor/singer/dancers. If you can, and if you have any interest in musical theater, we suggest you see the production for yourself. Millie, directed by Leslie Fotheringham, plays through tomorrow, with show times tonight and tomorrow at 7:30. Tickets range in price from $15 for children over the age of three, to $25. The theater is located at 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Call (702) 878-PLAY (7529) for reservations and/or information.


Tai Lewis & Kelly Albright

Richel Kompst

Rob Evan

Our evening stop was at the Family Music Center on West Sahara at Cimarron, where we saw the talented Richel Kompst perform in her own show. Calling this offering Blame It On the Walleye...A Musical Journey Through the Neurotic Mind of a Norwegian Blonde, some might describe it as a one-woman show. We choose to call it a five-woman show, thanks to Richel's ability to take on other characters such as her own Aunt Olga, and do parodies of Doris Day (singing Darling Doris Day, to the melody of Whatever Will Be, Will Be/Que Sera, Sera), Ann-Margaret (Bye, Bye Thirty, sung to the tune of, well, you know), and Barbra Streisand (declaring in song, There's a Show For Me). It takes someone with strong acting, comedy and musical skills to pull off something like this, and Ms. Kompst possesses those skills. The fact that she was a cast member of San Francisco's Beach Blanket Babylon, as well as Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood and, most recently, Forbidden Vegas. Backed by Cocho Arbe on piano, Richel's husband Steve Kompst on bass (he also served as musical director), Gary Olds on drums, and Steve Golden on sax, Richel performed songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Maltby and David Shire, Annie Ross and Wardell Gray, as well as some parodies of familiar tunes, including Blame It On the Gol Darned Walleye, sung to the melody of Blame It On the Bossa Nova, and Rawhide's Rollin' Rollin' Rollin', turned into a fishing-inspired song with lyrics like Trollin' Trollin‘ Trollin'. A personal favorite of ours was comedienne Anita Renfroe's self-penned Total Momsense (the day in the life of a mom, sung to the tune of the William Tell Overture). Since earning her B.F.A. in Music and Theater at Carnegie Mellon, she has had the good fortune of playing some of musical theater's most entertaining leading ladies, including Roxy Hart in Chicago, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Rose in Song of Singapore, and Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress. Richel understudied the role of Cosette in the second national company of Les Miserables, and appeared in many incarnations of And What, Give Up Show Biz?. At the Tamarind Theatre in Los Angeles, Richel originated the role of The Girlfriend in All That He Was. If you missed her show last weekend, you can see it at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 871 N. Las Vegas Blvd., at 7 p.m. on Friday May 8th. For tickets, call (702) 229-6211. Richel admits that her favorite role to date is that of mommy to her two children, Oliver and Abigayle.
We spotted a number of entertainers in the audience (some that we hadn't seen in ages), among them, Michelle Rohl, Kathy Walker, Judy "AJ" Thomas, and Robin Bond and his family. Good to see those folks again.

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Reminder...
It's Neil Berg's 100 Year of Broadway in the Artemus Ham Concert Hall at UNLV tomorrow night. With Neil Berg on piano and conducting, Roger Cohen on drums, John Lang on bass, and Dan Walker on keyboards, vocalists Steve Blanchard (Chess, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum), Carter Calvert (Sunday In the Park With George, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues); Rob Evan (Dance of the Vampire, seen here in UNLV's 2005, Jekyll and Hyde: The Concert), Rita Harvey (Fiddler On the Roof, Phantom of the Opera); and Danny Zolli (Chess), will sing songs from old and new Broadway favorites. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $80. Call (702) 895-2787 for reservations.

Lots of musical things going on at the UNLV campus.
It's Tony-winner Lea Salonga at UNLV on , Friday, May 1st. Salonga, who won her Tony for her role in Miss Saigon, performs in the Artemus Ham Concert Hall as part of the New York Stage & Beyond series. Tickets are priced from $35 to $80. Call (702) 895-2787 to order.
Note that instead of the usual Saturday performance, this one takes place on Friday.


Lea Salonga

Patrick Ryan Sullivan

Elton John

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre will present the classic musical, The Music Man, from May 1st through the 10th in the Judy Bayley Theatre on the UNLV campus. Directed by Michael Barakiva and choreographed by Broadway's Mimi Quillin, the production features musical theater veterans Patrick Ryan Sullivan as Harold Hill and Teri Bibb as Marian Paroo. A hit Broadway musical in 1957, and an equally successful Hollywood film in 1962, Meredith Willson‘s The Music Man is about a glib traveling salesman, "Professor" Harold Hill, who descends upon the town of River City, IA, in the weeks just prior to the Fourth of July celebration of 1912. Persuading the populace that the youth of River City is in great danger of being corrupted by the presence of a new pool table, Hill convinces them that their only hope for salvation is the organization of a boy's band, with himself as a leader. Naturally, this will require the parents to shell out good money for band instruments and uniforms, and, in exchange, Hill promises to teach the kids how to make music by utilizing his revolutionary "Think System." There's only one problem: Harold Hill is an out-and-out con artist, who doesn't know one note from another. Even so, he manages to win over everybody in town except local librarian/music teacher Marian Paroo and thick-eared Mayor Shinn. Barakiva graduated from the directing program at The Juilliard School, and has worked as a professional director developing new work and staging classical texts. In New York City, he directed Save The World: A Superhero Adventure Play by Chris Kipiniak; Then, written and performed by the MCC Youth Company, The Women by Clare Boothe Luce, and The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Quillin received a B.F.A. from the Boston Conservatory of Music. A native New Yorker, her initial dance training was at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, The Joffrey School and Harkness House. Her career took her to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet and Chamber Dancer Theatre directed by William Carter. Quillin moved into the musical theater world under the leadership of Lee Theodore and The American Dance Machine touring the US and Europe. She performed in and assisted Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon on the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, starring Debbie Allen. Other Broadway credits include the original company of Ragtime and Ain't Broadway Grand. Sullivan has appeared in the Broadway productions of Beauty and the Beast, as Gaston; and Titanic, as Barrett and Farrell. He performed in the revival of 42nd Street, as Julian Marsh, after appearing in the critically acclaimed national tour of the smash musical. Recently, Patrick played several parts in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Auntie Mame, starring Charles Bush, and participated in New York Musical Theatre Festival's inaugural season playing D.B. Norton in Meet John Doe. Bibb has played the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera more than 1,000 times on Broadway and with the national tour, singing for both former presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at command performances at the White House. earning a Helen Hayes Award nomination and a Carbonell Award along the way. She also was on Broadway in the revival of She Loves Me, where she stood by for and played the role of Amalia. Regionally, she played the title role in Fanny opposite the late JosĂ© Ferrer at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and starred in the world premiere of Songs from the Tall Grass at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Others in the cast include Christopher Lash, Lisa Wilson, Brooks Asher, Taylor Hanes, John Slocum, Ed Cotton, Stu Smith, Tony Blosser, Ryan Fonville, Sherri Brewer, Almog Agron, Logan Linehan, Chase Daniels, Maxime Chaltiel, Gail Romero, Phoenix Toliver, Anna Carothers, Christine de Chavez, Ann Vizzaccero, Jaime Puckett, Marilyn Oster Kaufman, and Val Kolar. Performances are May 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th at 8 p.m., and May 3rd and 10th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30 and are on sale at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office. Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Performing Arts Center Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office may be reached by calling (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

And still speaking of UNLV...A jazz concert, featuring Jazz Band I & II, directed by David Loeb and Bruce Paulson, will take place in the Artemus Ham Concert Hall, this Sunday, April 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Don't miss this one, as it will be Paulson's last concert before he retires to New Zealand. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors, 62 and older, and may be purchased at the UNLV Box Office. Call (702) 895-2787 for additional information.

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Well, if you planned to see Elton John during his long run (he has been performing The Red Piano show since February of 2004) in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and haven't done so, you are out of luck. On Wednesday, after five years, and more than 200 shows, the Rocket Man called it a night on the Las Vegas Strip...at least for now (if Celine Dion can threaten a return, so can Elton). Among his future plans, Sir Elton is scheduled to tour the United States, Canada and Europe, beginning on May 2nd. In case you don't already know this (and we're sure that you do), the multi-Grammy-winning singer/composer's list of hits include Candle in the Wind, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Sad Songs, and Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me. If you missed the Vegas production, perhaps you can catch Elton on tour...maybe even with Billy Joel sharing the bill.

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It's Pride Week in Mobile, Alabama, and tonight, Sharon McNight is the opening headliner for Carnival. This is a return engagement for Sharon, who was also the headliner for the 2008 Pride Week celebration. For her Mobile show, Ms. McNight will perform her Songs to Offend Almost Everyone for an expected crowd of 5,000. (For those who won't be in or around Alabama this evening, Songs to Offend Almost Everyone is available on both CD and DVD.
They love Sharon McNight in Mobile. They love her in Las Vegas as well. Watch for Sharon to make another back-by-popular-demand appearance at the Starbright Theare in Sun City Summerlin.

And speaking of the Starbright in Summerlin...The Sun City Summerlin MusicMakers Chorale is calling their May 1st through 3rd presentation By the Sea...as in "By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea. You and I, you and I, Oh how happy we'll be..." The spring show is under the direction of acclaimed musicians Ryan Duff and Spencer Baker, who are also, once more, accompanying the singers. The group promises an energetic performance of vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists, doing fun arrangements of familiar, favorite tunes. Audience members will feel as if they have been to sea, thanks to songs like Sea Cruise, Aquarius, Shenandoah and Candle on the Water. Get out your water wings and head for the Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theatre at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. (take Lake Mead, west of Rampart, into the hills). Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Doors open 30-minutes prior to performance. Tickets are a reasonable $8. Call (702) 243-2953, 255-0972, or 256-3829, for tickets and additional information.

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Earthquake Damage in Italy

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

A benefit for victims of the April 6th earthquake in Italy will take place in the theater at The Orleans on the afternoon of Sunday, May 17th. The talent-filled show will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m., with doors to the 800 plus-seat theater opening at noon. Called An Affair of the Heart...To Italy With Love, the fundraiser is headed up by that great humanitarian, Nelson Sardelli, who will also serve as host/MC. Sardelli has armed himself with a team of hardworking volunteers, as well as honorary chairmen - Stefano Ripamonti (whose name was misspelled in this column last week), Honorary Vice-Consul of Italy for the State of Nevada; co-chairmen Angelo A. Cassaro, Dominic Gentile, and treasurer Vincent Ciminise, President of the Bank of Las Vegas. This event is sponsored by the Augustus Society of Las Vegas, The Orleans Hotel & Casino, and the Town Center Lounge II. A 12-piece orchestra, under the direction of Vincent Falcone and featuring Gary Olds on drums, will support a lineup of top national and local entertainers. Among those scheduled to appear are legendary comic Shecky Greene, Lance Burton, Charlie Callas, Babe Pier, Clint and Kelly Clinton Holmes, Cork Proctor, Peter Anthony, and Carme. We will provide more names in upcoming columns. Rebuilding the central Italian region of Abruzzo after the devastating earthquake is expected to cost about $15.9 billion. At least 294 people were killed, and some 40,000 people were left homeless. The disaster struck in the midst of Italy's worst recession since World War II. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at The Orleans Box Office. Tax deductible contributions may also be made to the Las Vegas Italian Earthquake Relief Fund, Account No. 304007411, at the Bank of Las Vegas, 6001 S. Decatur, Suite P, Las Vegas, NV 89118.

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New York-based Eric Comstock and his wife, Barbara Fasano, return to Café Sabarsky next Thursday, April 30th, with a newly added show, the following Thursday, May 7th. There will be a 7 p.m. prix-fixe dinner, followed by a 9 p.m. concert. Comstock and Fasano bring their unique combination of wit and sensuality to the cabaret at Café Sabarsky. Romance and its modern complications are explored in an evening featuring the créme of American and European song: Kurt Weill, Frederick Hollander, Frank Loesser, Charles Strouse, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Charles Trenet, Joan Baez, Tom Jobim, and others. Stephen Holden, of The New York Times, writes, "Meet the new fun couple on the cabaret block. Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." Café Sabarsky (Neue Galerie) is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue at 86th Street. For reservations, call (212) 628-6200, ext. 485.

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Cast members, stage crew folks, musicians, and everyone connected with Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, are a bit uneasy since a big meeting after last Thursday night's show. According to our spies, union talks are scheduled in attempts to lower salaries across the board. Although Phantom continues to do business, they claim to be losing money. Hopefully, they will come to some kind of meeting of the minds to keep the show up and running for more years. We will keep you posted on this one.

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Vintage Folies Bergere Program

Felice Garcia

Bally's Jubilee!

Within just a few weeks, we saw the tail end of the Tropicana's almost 50-year-old Folies Bergere, Donn Arden's Jubilee! at Bally's, and Jerry Mitchell's brand new PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood. Out with the old. In with the new. That's how we see the Folies Bergere, late of the Tropicana, vs. PEEPSHOW, the new production at Planet Hollywood. Somewhere in between is Donn Arden's Jubilee! Still a spectacle, after all these years, Jubilee! offers talented singers and dancers, beautiful costumes, good music, entertaining specialty acts (the night we saw the show, they were juggler, Rejean St. Jules; aerial silk artist, Vitale Tomanov; and Duo Design, a hand-balancing act featuring Jaroslaw Marciniak and Dariusz Wronski, from Warsaw, Poland), and over-the-top sets, one involving the sinking of the Titanic and another featuring Samson and Delilah and the destruction of a temple. Jubilee! is the last survivor of the historical and traditional Las Vegas production shows, yet it still manages to look fresh. It's worth a trip to Bally's to see the type of entertainment that made this city the Entertainment Capitol of the World. Unfortunately, when we saw the Folies a few weeks before it ended its almost half-century run, the show looked old and tired. Gone were many of the cast members. Gone were many of the once glorious costumes. For those who only saw the show in its last few months of life, sadly, they never saw the real Folies Bergere. Our thanks to Las Vegas historian, Grant Philipo, for providing us with the 1975 Folies program shown in the accompanying photo. We enjoyed PEEPSHOW when we saw it last week. It's very contemporary, while still adding a touch of burlesque. We will go into more details about the show itself in upcoming columns. What we Will share with readers this week is something that we have never encountered in our almost 33 years of living in Las Vegas.

We are old enough to get plenty of mail with an AARP return address, which indicates that we are no babe in the woods. After all these years, we sometimes think we have heard it all. We haven't. This one has us scratching our heads and rolling our eyes. We saw Jerry Mitchell's PEEPSHOW a week and a half ago, but didn't have the time or space (or energy) to write about it last Friday, so we will share some thoughts about PEEPSHOW now...AFTER we share this "we thought we had heard it all" bit of stuff. Since there were no programs available, and we like to give credit where credit is due, we contacted the PR (that stands for PUBLIC Relations) company that handles PEEPSHOW. When we asked for the list of cast members, we were told that they weren't giving out their names because, "It's a topless show." Using this kind of logic, that means that over the past half-century of Las Vegas production shows (Lido de Paris, Folies Bergere, Casino de Paris, Enter the Night, and everything Donn Arden), the Stardust's Aki would have been The Unknown Showgirl for the 21st Century, while Siegfried and Roy, Lance Burton, Barclay Shaw, the Jolly Jovers, Fay McKay, Charlie Frye & Company and other principals and specialty acts, would have all been nameless. Then, of course, there are, as Gale Baker called them in her book, the Neon Queens (many who worked topless), with names spelled out and photos in barely-there costumes. Some of the most famous women in Las Vegas would have never been identified in photo captions, or anyplace else for that matter. Could we make this stuff up? With no help from the PR company, but in a short private conversation that we had with Jerry Mitchell, we learned that the good-looking fellow with the great voice (Notice how most of the male entertainment writers don't even mention the men in the show?) is one Josh Strickland. Josh, who was a onetime American Idol competitor, had the lead role in the Broadway musical, Tarzan. The Disney production ran for 14 months with Josh as Tarzan. Isn't this something that the ticket buying public should know? We also learned that Jerry Mitchell used to come here with his parents when he was just a kid. He remembers seeing a Donn Arden show and being mesmerized. His first job in Vegas was as a dancer in an industrial show held at (drum roll please)...The Aladdin. The old Aladdin has morphed into what is now Planet Hollywood, the home of PEEPSHOW, Mitchell's first local production. We say "first," because Mr. Mitchell told us that he already has his next show spinning around in his head. He is a nice man and very excited to be a part of the Las Vegas entertainment scene. We wish him much success. You can see PEEPSHOW, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets, priced $65-$100, are available by phoning (702) 474-4000, or by visiting Ticketmaster.com. For further information visit LasVegasPeepShow.


Josh Strickland

David Archuleta

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Please note...The May 15th performance of Travis Tritt at the Henderson Pavilion has been cancelled.

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Hollywood Records recording artist and Disney Channel star, 16-year-old Demi Lovato, announced her first headline tour, featuring special guest David Archuleta. Lovato played Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel original movie, Camp Rock, and she plays Sonny Monroe in Disney's Sonny With a Chance. She is also a solo music artist, and released her debut album, Don't Forget, last September. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 89,000 copies in the first week. As for Archuleta, at 10-years-old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other TV singing appearances. At 12, he became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, when he was 16, David became one of the youngest finalists on the seventh season of American Idol. He finished as the runner-up to winner David Cook (we gave our votes to Archuleta), receiving 44 percent of more than 97 million votes. Last August, Archuleta released Crush, the first single from his self-titled debut album. The album, released in November 2008, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. As of March 2009, the album has sold more than 665,000 copies in the United States. The 43-city Summer Tour 2009, produced by AEG Live, will launch on June 21st in Hartford, Connecticut, with a show at the Orleans Arena scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 18th. Tickets, priced at $39.50 and $49.50, inclusive of tax and fees, go on sale tomorrow and can be purchased at the Orleans Arena Box Office by calling (702) 284-7777.



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