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Note: This is a past column from November 13, 2009
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Las Vegas - November 13, 2009


Brent Barrett

Philip Fortenberry

Jon Peterson

Brent Barrett will perform for the Palm Springs Art Museum: Annenberg Theater on Wednesday, November 18th at 6 p.m. The American actor and tenor has frequently performed in musicals and in concerts with important theatres, symphony orchestras, opera houses, and concert halls internationally. He notably starred in the original Off-Broadway musical, Closer Than Ever (1989), the critically acclaimed 1999 West End revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, Grand Hotel on Broadway, and Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. On television and in film, Barrett was featured in The Producers, Hercules, Longtime Companion, All My Children, Another World and Guiding Light. Most recently Barrett was back on Broadway as "Billy Flynn" in the revival of Chicago.
Seats $88

And still on the subject of Broadway...
Pianist, Philip Fortenberry, Jersey Boys Associate Conductor, and the star of Liberace and Me in the Cabaret at the Liberace Museum, will go solo for Broadway, My Way, a concert to commemorate the decades he dedicated to performing for Broadway musicals, national tours, and concerts. The program will be presented by the Performing Arts Society of Nevada Brown Bag Concerts on Sunday, November 22nd, at 2 p.m. in the Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo (just east of Maryland Parkway). Fortenberry, a Broadway import, who now makes his home in Las Vegas, will perform popular and classic Broadway show tunes he knows and loves so well. He will play the music he learned directly from the composers, arrangers, directors, and stars of Broadway shows, some of which he helped to originate and bring to life. In this concert, Philip will weave the music of the Great White Way around the stories of his experiences on Broadway, while sharing his unique insights into the music and the special meaning of each song from contemporary hits such as CATS, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as lesser known cult favorites like Ragtime, Sideshow and Seussical, the Musical. There will also be songs from great Broadway classics including Camelot, South Pacific, and Carousel. In response to requests from his fans, Fortenberry will debut his newest CD, Broadway, My Way, on the 22nd, and a limited number of CDs will be sold. Tickets for the concert are $15 and can be purchased by phone at (702) 658-6741, or e-mail ticket requests to [email protected] To learn more about Philip Fortenberry and his career, and to purchase any of his other CDs, go to his Web site at
www.philipfortenberry.com.

And speaking of Broadway performers, Drama Desk nominee, Jon Peterson, performs his one-man-show, about the one-man-shows, in Song Man, Dance Man, at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut, through November 29th. Las Vegas will get their chance to experience Mr. Peterson, when he appears here at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater on February 28th. Presented by the Performing Arts Society of Nevada, Jonny will pay tribute to entertainers such as Gene Kelly, Anthony Newley, Fred Astaire, Bobby Darin, and George M. Cohan. Keith Thompson (Jersey Boys' musical director) has done some of his arrangements and will be his MD in February, "God Willing and the Crik don't rise!" For more information about the Connecticut show, call (203) 757-4676. For the 2 p.m., Sunday afternoon in February Las Vegas performance, call (702) 658-6741.

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On Saturday night, we made our first trip over to the Eastside Cannery to see Two Gals and a Geezer - featuring geezer, Sammy Shore, and gals, Kathleen Dunbar and Kathy Walker. It was an enjoyable show with special kudos to comic/impressionist to Ms. Walker. She looks as good as she did when we first saw her performing with her brothers, Bill and the late Greg, 30 years ago in Rocky Sennes revues at the mid-Strip Holiday Casino (now Harrah's). Kathy, who must have located the Fountain of Youth on her travels, should be working regularly in this city. Among those enjoying the show, we spotted Anthony Edwards (of The Edwards Twins), Richel Kompst, Cork Proctor, Rich Little, Steve Rossi, Marvin and Linda Lashever, and Jeanne Bavaro. A tip of the hat to Director of Entertainment for Cannery Casinos, Kathie Spehar, who comes up with imaginative bookings at very reasonable ticket prices (sometimes, even FREE).


Eddie Edwards & Kathy Griffin

Nelson Sardelli and 76 Trombones + 4

And speaking of Anthony Edwards, his identical twin brother, Eddie Edwards, recently got to meet Kathy Griffin during a buying trip to Los Angeles (see accompanying photo). The Edwards Twins, who have been working around the country (as well as in the Bahamas) for the past 15 years, will finally get a chance to perform in the city where their homes are, when they open their own show at Hennessey's at 425 E. Fremont in downtown Las Vegas, on December 26th. The twins put on quite a unique show, with Eddie doing impersonations of Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Cher and others, and Anthony including Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Bill Joel as part of his repertoire. Dinner and the show will take place in the same room at Hennessey‘s, just like old Vegas, and will cost a reasonable $45, all inclusive. We will have more about The Edwards Twins as we get closer to December 26th.

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In his first time as MC for UNLV's 76 Trombones + 4 Concert, entertainer Nelson Sardelli had himself a great time. Hopefully, the musicians and attendees did as well. This was year 25 for the popular annual event.

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Comedian Carl Ballantine, who appeared in the 1960s TV sitcom, McHale's Navy, has died at the age of 92. The comic, magician and actor, who was born Meyer Kessler in Chicago. In the 1940s, Ballantine switched from straight magic to comedy. He would fumble tricks while joking with the audience. He appeared in Las Vegas, in nightclubs and on TV's top variety shows, including The Tonight Show. In addition to his role as crewman "Lester Gruber" in McHale's Navy, Ballantine had roles in several other TV shows. He also did voiceovers in many cartoons and commercials. His daughter says Carl Ballantine died in his sleep at his home in the Hollywood Hills on November 3rd. He is survived by two daughters and a sister.


The Great Carl Ballantine

Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack

Steve March Torme

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The Sahara Hotel & Casino is bringing the Rat Pack back to the Las Vegas Strip. Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack, opening in the Congo Room at the Sahara next Thursday, November 19th, will feature David DeCosta as Frank, Doug Starks as Sammy, Tony Rabile and Johnny Edwards alternating as Dean, and Sandy Hackett, himself, as Joey, backed by a live band. Co-produced by Sandy and Lisa Dawn Miller Hackett, directed by Billy Karl, and with musical direction by Chris Hardin, the show will play nightly at 7 p.m. Located on the northern end of the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Sahara Hotel & Casino is a desert jewel rich with history and nostalgia. Since 1952, the Sahara has been a refuge for glitzy entertainment. The last remaining "Rat Pack" resort, the Sahara was the setting for the original Ocean's Eleven film, and has played host to everyone from The Beatles and Elvis, to Marilyn Monroe. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Buddy Hackett attracted crowds of fellow stars and the elite to the venue. Now, with exclusive live footage, recordings and stories that only Buddy's son, Sandy, could present, he brings the gang of Frank, Dean, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop together, once again, for a truly memorable performance. "It's the work of entertainers like Buddy Hackett, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Frank Sinatra that have made not only the Sahara, but Vegas itself, what it is today," says VP of Sales and Marketing, Bill Tremper. "We are excited and honored to pay tribute to these Las Vegas legends." Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack tributes have been performed in cities throughout the U.S., with The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean and The Rat Pack is Back, which made its' Las Vegas debut in the late ‘90s in the Congo Room. Hackett's new show brings the legacy of the Rat Pack, and his beloved father, full circle. "This is a wonderful homecoming for my dad who worked on The Strip for 50 years and myself," stated Sandy. Tickets for Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show are $58.45 for general admission, $69.35 for VIP seating, and $80 (all inclusive) for VIP seating plus buffet. To purchase, call (702) 737-2515, or go to www.saharavegas.com.

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Isn't that Carrie Prejean's 15 minutes of fame about over? What a waste of TV time and ink. Who really cares what Carrie thinks anyway? An author? Awww, come on. Bye, bye, former Miss California.

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Reminder...
Steve March Tormé makes a rare Southern Nevada appearance when he entertains at the historic Boulder Theatre, next weekend. To answer the question, "Is Steve related to the legendary Mel Torme?" Yes, Steve is the son of the famed jazz singer. The Boulder Theatre, just a short drive south of Las Vegas in Boulder City, Nevada, is owned by Desi Arnaz Jr. and his dancing wife, known around these parts as "Miss Amy." Steve, Desi's longtime friend, presents a loving tribute to the life and music of his late father. In Tormé Sings Tormé, Steve will be backed by a Big Band and the presentation will include never before seen photos and videos of Mel and Steve singing together. There will also be a special guest appearance by Desi. Show times are Friday, November 20th at 7 p.m., and Saturday, the 21st, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call (702) 293-1161 for reservations. The Boulder Theatre is located at 1225 Arizona Street.

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Buddy & Lacey Schwimmer

Martin Nievera

Who?

Hawaii's favorites, The Society of Seven plus American Idol alumni, Jasmine Trias, opened at the Gold Coast last Friday. As if playing multiple instruments, great vocals, impersonations and comedy aren't enough, the group is now adding more choreography to the picture. A new member of the musical/comedy/variety show is award-winning Buddy Schwimmer. A West Coast swing dancer, Schwimmer, who performed on Dance Fever in the 1970s, is the inventor of the Nightclub Two Step. For the current generation, they may be more familiar with Buddy's children, Benji Schwimmer, who was the second season winner on So You Think You Can Dance, and his baby sister, Dancing With the Stars', Lacey Schwimmer. Buddy will provide SOS with some new routines. Show times for SOS at the Gold Coast are ongoing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling (702) 251-3574.

And speaking of the Society of Seven, their musical influence is being felt outside the Gold Coast Showroom as well as inside... especially this weekend. Not only is the pioneer group entertaining fans at the West Flamingo hotel/casino, Lani Misalucha, who used to perform with the seven swinging gentlemen, currently has a home in the Shimmer Showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton where she is the voice in Voices, and Martin Nievera, who has also guest-starred with the Hawaiian/Filipino music makers, is headlining his own show this weekend in the showroom at the Suncoast. Martin's father, Robert (who will join his son on stage at the Suncoast), was one of the original members of Society of Seven. Martin, and special guests, perform in 7:30 p.m. shows tonight through Sunday. Tickets start at $19.95 plus taxes and fees. For reservations, call (702) 636-7075.

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Well known Las Vegas attorney, James "Bucky" Buchanan II, passed away on November 7th at the age of 74. In addition to his longtime law practice, Buchanan and Chip Lightman were the owners of the Coachman's Inn restaurant , on South Eastern just north of Desert Inn. Chip Lightman is an entertainment manager who has been involved in the careers of the late Danny Gans, Gladys Knight and Donny and Marie, among others. Services for Bucky Buchanan were held earlier today (Friday, November 13th) at Palm Mortuary, located at 1325 N. Main Street in downtown Las Vegas. Bucky is survived by his wife, Gianna Orlandi; sister, Ann Glunt; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Griff Reid; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Joseph Wykes; sons, JJ Buchanan and Jack Buchanan; granddaughters, Ashley and Genevieve; grandsons, Johnny B. and Jack; and his dog, Court. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts in memory of Bucky Buchanan be given to the UNLV Foundation for the Academic Scholarship Fund. Checks may be issued to the UNLV Foundation and sent to: 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451006, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1006. Donors should note that the gift is in memory of Bucky Buchanan. Gifts can also be made online at foundation.unlv.edu/. Select the link for "Scholarships." Under "Designation," select "Academic Scholarship Fund for all Students" from the drop down menu. Bucky's name should be entered at the bottom of the screen under "Tribute Information."

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Ready to rumble? For at least two fellows that we know, the answer is "yes...if necessary." The story goes sorta like this. A few months ago, some friends attended a Who concert at the Nokia center in Los Angeles. An over-served woman in front of the group of businessmen would not sit down. In a polite manner, she was asked to take her seat. When she ignored the request, she was asked again...this time, not so nicely, at which point she threw her drink at one of the men, who wound up pushing this broad over the seats in front of her. The guy she was with took a shot at the pusher, who responded, with assist from his tag team partner (notice the flag of Lebanon tattoo on one fellows arm and the Star of David on the other one's wrist band). The drunk woman's escort was knocked out and taken away on a stretcher. The two defenders of their rights to enjoy the concert in relative peace and comfort, who were among a small minority not under the influence of any liquid (or otherwise) substance, were tossed out of the Nokia by security. The two businessmen claimed self-defense. Although the LAPD did not buy it, neither of them were charged with any crime. Their punishment was being tossed out of the concert without getting a refund on their ticket prices. As a lasting memento of the event, the accompanying poster was created by a wise guy graphic artist at the work place of the "somewhat innocent" short-lived audience members.

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Dick Latessa

Sam Port

Bob & Michelle Johnson Traver

If the actor playing the judge on Tuesday night's episode of The Good Wife looked familiar, it might be because you saw him in Hairspray. Tony-winner Dick Latessa played "Wilbur Turnblad" in both the New York and Las Vegas versions of the John Waters-inspired musical. Both Latessa, and fellow Tony-winner, Harvey Fierstein (as "Edna Turnblad"), recreated their original award-winning roles in the Luxor's short-lived (less than four months) production.

And speaking of the Luxor, look for a number of positive cast changes to take place in Menopause the Musical, currently at the pyramid-shaped Strip hotel. "Queen Emily" (whose appropriate real name is Emily Baloney), a onetime competitor on America's Got Talent, is out, and both Vita Corimbi and Skye Miles, who performed in the show when it played the Las Vegas Hilton, will return to the production. In our opinion, Menopause is an ensemble piece and doesn't need a name above the title...especially Emily's name. If they WERE going to use a name, why not Paige O'Hara's. Ms. O'Hara has REAL impressive legitimate credits, including as the voice of "Belle" in Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and a couple of solo albums, while Ms. Baloney fictionalized her theatrical background. She was NOT a single mom who put her dreams on hold before deciding to compete on the reality TV show, America's Got Talent. That baloney made for a good story to get audience sympathy and, hopefully, votes. The truth of the matter is that Emily was a regular performer around Northern California where she lived. Heck, she even was a cast member of the famed, long-running Beach Blanket Babylon.

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Talented Sam Port, who spent almost two years as a principal singer in Donn Arden's Jubilee! at Bally's, has moved to New York to "live the dream." This follows a six-month contract as a cabaret vocalist with Celebrity's Azamara Cruises. Port was offered a contract on Celebrity's Equinox, but felt he needed to be closer his family who make their home in Florida. During those months at sea in the Mediterranean, Sam had a chance to work on his own cabaret act, which he hopes to showcase in the Big Apple. He is sure to get some good advice from his second cousin, singer/comedienne/actress/record producer/talk show host, Jamie deRoy. While in Las Vegas, Sam was fortunate to expand his skills with acting coaches and voice teachers, as well as perform in other local venues, including Golden Rainbow's AIDs fundraising Ribbon of Life 2008 production, and Richard Oberacker's (musical director for Cirque du Soleil's KA) Dracula. We wish Sam the best of luck as he follows his dream.

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On October 22nd, singer Michelle Johnson and sound and video man, Bob Traver, were married in a lovely ceremony in Heritage Gardens at Desert Shores. With the beautiful man-made lake in the background, and musician/bass player extraordinaire, Keith Nelson (currently playing in The Lion King), officiating, the happy couple culminated a sweet romance by saying their "I do‘s" in front of family and friends. In 2006, Michelle's husband of seven years died tragically from cancer at just 36. Michelle never thought she would find happiness again, but she did. The person responsible for that "unnatural phenomenon" was Bob Traver. "Bob hung in there and gave me my space and time," says the new bride. "He owns a sound company (Traver Concert Services) which works in tandem with my production company. He is also a handy man, and he also works at the Bellagio in the Sound and Video department. Great guy!" As for the wedding, it was a gorgeous day - perfect weather, perfect setting. The bridal party walked down the aisle to James Taylor's "The Secret O' Life," and the bride walked down to Ella Fitzgerald singing "Come Rain or Come Shine." There were many humorous and touching moments. When Bob saw Michelle coming down the aisle, he was overcome with emotion and fell apart, with the onlookers following suit. It was just beautiful and the day was mainly filled with one emotion: love. Among the wedding guests were Clint and Kelly Clinton Holmes, Lena Prima, Bill Fayne, Tommy and Gayle Steele, Sheena Easton, Stephanie Calvert (lead singer of Starship with Mickey Thomas) and Lon Bronson, who works with Michelle in the Zowie Bowie show at the Monte Carlo. Many cast members from the original Golden Nugget show, Country Fever, were there. That is where the couple first met and dated back in 1995. All of the couples' show biz friends leant their talents in terms of signage, sound, decor, coordination, decoration at the reception, and of course music. It was a true production, but it was simple, heartfelt, and simply a day filled with love. Music was provided by Steven Lee on acoustic guitar, and vocalists Patty Janura and Eric Sean, who led the whole crowd in a tear-filled but joyous rendition of "Shower the People" by James Taylor. At the reception and catered BBQ back at the couple's Summerlin home, Clint Holmes sang "When I Fall in Love" to the newlyweds, and Jeneane Marie sang "If I Could." Both gorgeous renditions of course. Once the guests filled up on BBQ, a delicious two-layer chocolate cake was served with champagne. The day could not have gone any better. No time for a honeymoon, as the next day, the couple was prepping for a show together for that Saturday ... the groom on sound and the bride leading the band. Ahh ... show biz. The couple plans to eventually take a honeymoon, and has an interim getaway jaunt down to Phoenix planned for December, where Michelle will sing the National Anthem for the Phoenix Suns vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA game. Our very best wishes to the bride and groom.

On Tuesday (November 17th), from 8 p.m. to midnight, Michelle will be singing the Great American Songbook at Brendan's Pub inside The Orleans. She will be joined on keyboards by Billy T., Bob Sachs on bass, and Mike Mechem on piano. Great fun is guaranteed, and lots of surprise guests tend to show up. Last time, Clint (amazing vocals on "One Note Samba") and Greg Bowers (keys on "Summertime") sat in. The month before that, Tezz Yancey came in and tap danced to "Take the A-Train," a la the Nicolas Brothers. "It was fabulous!, says Michelle. "It is a Blue Note setting in there. Great room. People actually listen. I am trying to keep live jazz alive in Vegas. Brendan's is a great venue!"

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Jersey Boys Collectors Quilt

Stephanie Capellas

Bill Nolte On the Town

Following the all-star Seasons of Love concerts, held here in October to raise money to assist Jersey Boys (Toronto) cast member, young Lindsay Thomas who is battling Stage 4 lung cancer, we had a number of inquiries from folks who were unable to attend the shows here, but wanted to help. Leslie Goddard, in the Vegas cast of Jersey Boys, provides the answer. She informs us that there are two ways to send donations to Lindsay - the first being via snail-mail, and the second re: a Web site. The mailing address is: Lindsay Thomas, 97 Bay Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 4K8 Canada. The Web site is at www.davidreiser.com/lindsaythomas.
On October 23rd, a handmade Jersey Boys collectible quilt was sold on e-bay for $1,525. Monies from the quilt, made entirely from Jersey Boys costume fabrics, and signed by all the members of the Jersey Boys Global Family casts (Broadway, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, London, Australia and the national tour), were donated to the Lindsay Thomas fund.

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In a rather grim economy, singer Ronnie Rose is managing to keep quite busy. For example, every Thursday night, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Ronnie performs at Daddy Mac's restaurant in Henderson (2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, Building #6, near Sunset). Tomorrow, November 14th, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Rose is at the brand new BB King Blues Club at the Mirage, and on Sunday (the 15th), Ronnie Rose performs at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Special guests will be the Brother Rose Horns. Check him out.

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Preferred Public Relations (PPR) has promoted Stephanie Capellas and Rosie Abrams, both to the new title of Manager, Client Services. Abrams and Capellas will oversee and implement campaigns for an impressive list of restaurants, entertainment and tour/travel clientele for the agency. Before joining PPR, Capellas worked as Marketing and Public Relations Manager for Shooters on the Water and Silk Nightclub in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College. Prior to this, Abrams worked as the in-house communication coordinator at Infinity Restaurant and Lounge in Marion, Ohio, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the University of Toledo. Both Capellas' and Abrams' duties include developing public relations strategies for high-profile accounts and implementing tactics locally and nationally, as well as campaign planning and execution including media relations, community relations and special events. Preferred Public Relations is a full-service, award-winning public relations agency located at 2630 South Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev., 89146. The agency opened its doors in 1999 and since has been hired to oversee and manage more than 400 grand opening events for new company launches. Preferred Public Relations implements strategic public relations campaigns to include branding promotions, grand openings and crisis communications.

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Get well wishes to producer Maynard Sloate and Bill Fayne. Bill, best known as Clint Holmes' musical director and longtime friend and collaborator, and as a member of the Las Vegas Tenors, will undergo surgery at UC Irvine in Orange County in California, later this week. Both gentlemen can use your good thoughts. Fayne hopes to be back in Las Vegas by mid-December, and on stage with Clint at the Suncoast for their pre-Christmas engagement.

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Just a few weeks after closing in Road to Qatar in Dallas, Bill Nolte, who co-starred as "Franz Liebkind" in the Las Vegas version of Mel Brooks' The Producers, is back on the boards again, this time in Millburn, New Jersey, at the famed Paper Mill Playhouse. On November 11th, Nolte opened in On the Town, where he was cast to play "Judge Pitkin" in the Leonard Bernstein/Jerome Robbins dance spectacular. With music by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, On the Town first ran on Broadway in 1944. In 1949, it was seen in movie theaters, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, and Vera-Ellen. The movie was an instant success and won the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography (color). Screenwriters, Comden and Green, won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical. In 2006, the film version ranked No. 19 on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals. The Paper Mill production, directed by Bill Berry, with choreography by Patti Colombo (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), will run until December 6th. The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Single tickets range from $25 to $92. Student rush tickets are $20 and are available the day of performance in person with current student identification. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, or at the box office on Brookside Drive, at the Web site at www.papermill.org.

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Southern Nevada Firefighters

Frank Marino

Stevie Wonder

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation - a non-profit guided by firefighters from Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, North Las Vegas Fire Department, Nellis Air Force Base Fire Department, and Henderson Fire Department - is a charitable organization that assists the Southern Nevada community during catastrophic situations and provides assistance for sick or injured children through financial aid and donations. The organization has raised more than $650,000 for the Southern Nevada community since 2003, and, in the past two years, more than 18,000 Las Vegas Valley residents have benefited from assistance from the Burn Foundation. Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th, the Foundation will host "The '80s Alive Again" theme party as the official kick off to the 8th annual "Fill the Fire Truck" toy drive. Held at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay, the event is open to the public and all guests are invited to don their best '80s gear for the Best Dressed Crew costume and karaoke contests. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the Karaoke contest starting at 9 and the Best Dressed Crew contest following at 10. Tickets are available for pre-purchase for $20 online at www.theburnfoundation.org <http://www.theburnfoundation.org> . Tickets are $30 at the door the night of the event, $25 if dressed in '80s costume apparel.

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Reminder...Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas plays at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, tonight and tomorrow at 7, and Sunday, November 15th at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets for Sun City Summerlin residents are $20, and $25 for non-residents. We think they may have already sold out all four shows, so call and check. All shows at the Starbright Theatre are first come, first served with no limit on the number of tickets purchased. Show tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle community centers in Sun City Summerlin. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. Starbright Theatre shows are open to everyone ages 12 and over. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

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We have been wondering why there was so little wonder around Las Vegas. On Saturday, November 28th, we will wonder no more when Stevie Wonder takes the stage in the MGM Grand Arena on Saturday, November 28th. Stevie Wonder: A Wonder Autumn Night will launch at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $160, $105 and $52.50 Inclusive of LET (plus a $7 handling fee). For reservations, call (800) 745-3000.

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Comic Norm Macdonald is at the House of Blues, tomorrow, November 14th. Macdonald (and, yes, that's how he spells it) performs at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $62. For additional information and/or reservations, call (702) 632-7600.

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Norm Macdonald

Hash House a Go Go

BJ Thomas

Hash House A Go Go joins forces with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help raise money for the charity and its Walk to Cure Diabetes taking place tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th. Hash House A Go Go's special November pancake, "Thanks Berry Much," is made up of cranberries and fresh blueberries, with sweet cream batter with a hint of chocolate chips, and is available during breakfast and lunch hours (from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Priced at $7.95, $2 from the sale of each of these special JDRF pancakes will be donated to the organization. "We're so excited to be doing this fundraiser for the second year in a row," said Jim Rees, owner of Hash House A Go Go. "It's a great feeling to be able to partner our food with such a wonderful organization." JDRF is the world's leading charitable organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. It was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes, a disease that strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research worldwide. More than 85 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly sup­port research and education about research. JDRF's mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. For more information, please visit the JDRF web site at www.jdrf.org or call (702) 732-4795. Hash House A Go Go brings farm-fresh food with a funky, modern twist to the locals and visitors of Las Vegas. The restaurant is known for its enormous portions and has been featured on Travel Channel's "Man v. Food," ABC's "What Would You Do?" and The Food Network's "Rachel Ray's Vacation," among others. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Hash House A Go Go is open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and until 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is located at 6800 West Sahara Avenue. For reservations or inquiries, please call (702) 804-4646, or visit www.hashhouseagogo.com.

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B.J. Thomas, the man behind the classic "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and "Hooked on a Feeling, headlines at the North Las Vegas Cannery Casino & Hotel tomorrow night. Thomas owns one of the most distinctive voices in American pop music and nothing about the identifiable sound of B.J. Thomas' voice has changed. Many of his signature hits - the Oscar-winning "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," the million-selling "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," and his career-igniting cover of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," have endured over time. After his initial successes on a small Southern label, B.J. signed with New York's Scepter, where the roster also included Ronnie Milsap and Dionne Warwick. In fact, it was Warwick who introduced B.J. to songwriter-producer Burt Bacharach, leading to his performance of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" for Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. The song has shown an amazing resilience. It was featured in Forrest Gump, and it made the soundtracks for Clerks II, The In-Laws and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle; and it appeared almost in its entirety during Spider-Man 2. Tickets are just $19.95 and are available at the sales counter located at the front desk. Tickets are also available by calling (702) 507-5757 or (866) 999-4899 (toll free).

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