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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from March 19, 2010
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Las Vegas - March 19, 2010

Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns

Jerry Lopez

Bruce Harper

Last Monday night, we checked out what might be the best entertainment bargain in the city. If you are a music lover, AND a night owl, the Tropicana offers a deal that is hard to pass up (and, no, we don't mean Wayne Newton). At 10:30 p.m., until the Tropicana starts a remodeling project in and around the Tiffany Theater, you can see and hear Jerry Lopez's 14-piece Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns band in the room that once housed Les Folies Bergere. At midnight, when the music (mostly Latin and jazz influenced) in the big room winds down, it's big band favorites in the Celebration Lounge, a hop, skip and a jump from the Tiffany. Oh, and did we mention that all of this fine entertainment is FREE? On Monday, it was Bruce Harper's Big Band celebrating in the Celebration. The 16 musicians, many who played with Vegas showroom legends, consisted of Harper on drums, Ben Williams (upright bass); Etsuko Mader, whose husband, Rob Mader, is with Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns (keyboards); Lance Aguirre (trumpet 1); Chandler Judkins (trumpet 2) who solos; Eric Sande (trumpet 3); Merv Harding (trumpet 4) also soloing; Randy Crawford (trombone 1); Matt Johnson (trombone 2) soloing; Mike Turnbull (trombone 3), filling in for missing Dave Horger; Sonny Hernandez (trombone 4); Tom Hall (alto sax) soloist; Tony Osiecki (alto sax 2); Arno Marsh (tenor sax 1); Rick Torcaso (tenor sax 2) soloist; and Gary Anderson (baritone sax). Listening to this ensemble play some great music, made the loss of our 40 bucks on video poker a little less painful.

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It's a sign of the times (thanks, Petula)...At the Albertsons Express on the corner of Eastern and Warm Springs, there is an electric sign stating that they have BUDWIESER on sale. It seems they need someone a bit WISER, who can look at a bottle or can of the suds to see that the correct spelling for the brew is Budweiser, not Budwieser.

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At 2 p.m., this Sunday (March 21st), the Performing Arts Society of Nevada's Brown Bag Concerts will present A Musical Afternoon with Bruce Ewing and Joey Singer at the Clark County Library Theater, 1401 East Flamingo Road. Vocalist Ewing is a member of the stellar cast of Phantom- The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian. He is also known for his run in Forever Plaid. Pianist, Singer, has accompanied and conducted for a host of celebrities, including Debbie Reynolds. The afternoon of music will include selections from Broadway, cabaret favorites and songs from the Great American Songbook. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling (702) 658-6741 or e-mailing [email protected]

Bruce Ewing & Joey Singer

Menopause the Musical

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Another Suitcase in Another Hall is the name of a song from the musical, Evita. It is also the name of a show, featuring the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, that will also be presented on Sunday, at 7 p.m., in the Cabaret at the Liberace Museum. We know very little about this production (since no one got back to us with the requested details), other than it is presented by ragtag entertainment (who we know nothing about). A poster for Another Suitcase in Another Hall showed logos for Aspects of Love, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Blvd., Evita and Phantom of the Opera, so we think it would be fair to assume there will be songs from those Broadway musicals. As to who will sing them? We have no idea, although, if logic has anything to do with it, probably cast members of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular will be involved. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with all proceeds going to RagTag Entertainment's Arts in Education Program. Call (702) 798 - 5595 ext 14 for more information.
And on the same day, but at 3 p.m., Jersey Boy, Rick Faugno returns to the South Point for his fourth turn in the main showroom. Calling his show Songs My Idols Sang (And Danced), the tickets range from $20 to $30. For reservations, call (702) 797-8055.

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We will happily go through Menopause over and over again (with or without hot flashes), IF it is in a musical format, as in Menopause the Musical, now playing at the Luxor. We attended a performance with a group of ladies on Wednesday. Two of us had seen the show before when it was at the Las Vegas Hilton, and two were newbies. We all enjoyed it equally. Using new words to familiar pop songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s (book and lyric credits go to Jeanie Linders), it's a fun romp and something women of a certain age, as well as the men in their lives, can relate to. On the evening we went, the talented cast was made up of Skye Dee Miles as the Professional Woman, Paige O'Hara as the Soap Star, Vita Corimbi as Earth Mother, and Laura Lee O'Connell as the Iowa Housewife. Sandra Benton, Lori Legacy and Annette Houlihan Verdolino rotate in and out of the clever production. What we found most interesting is the fact that the men in the audience (more than likely dragged to the theater kicking and screaming by their significant others) were laughing just as hard (sometimes more) than the women. Show times are 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays, and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Tickets are $49.95 plus tax and fees. Call (702) 202-4400 for reservations.

And speaking of Skye Dee Miles, look for her in the House of Blues Courtyard Restaurant, inside Mandalay Bay, when she performs as the special guest of singer, Ronnie Rose. If you enjoy Blues, Motown and Jazz, this billing should suit you just fine. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Skye Dee Miles

Doris Troy

The DeCastro Sisters

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On March 15th the 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place in New York City. The inductees included ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges. Also inducted as individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, were David Geffen and songwriters Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Elle Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell. Once again, there is a Las Vegas connection here. One of the big hits for The Hollies was "Just One Look," written by American R&B singer, Doris Troy, and Gregory Carroll, and sung by Troy in 1963. Doris, who died in 2004 at the age of 67, lived the last 14 years of her life in Las Vegas. According to the book Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders, James Brown saw Troy performing in a nightclub (under her then-stage name of Doris Payne), and introduced her to Atlantic Records. In a more recent and detailed story in Soulful Divas, Payne recorded a studio demo of the song and took it to Sue Records first, but their lack of response led her to offer it to Jerry Wexler at Atlantic, where the label released the demo unchanged. The single's release was the first time the singer started using "Doris Troy" as her stage name, though her pen name remained Doris Payne. In addition to The Hollies, "Just One Look" has been covered by other artists, including Anne Murray, Harry Nilsson, Lulu and Linda Ronstadt. Doris' version was featured in a 1990s television commercial for Pepsi, that featured model Cindy Crawford. Known to her many fans as "Mama Soul," during her career, Troy worked with Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Cissy Houston, and Dionne Warwick, before she struck gold with "Just One Look." As her solo career peaked, she did back-up for the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd (on their Dark Side of the Moon album), George Harrison, Dusty Springfield and Carly Simon. Mama, I Want To Sing is a stage musical based on her life, and was co-written with her sister, Vy Higginsen, a popular New York radio personality. It ran for 1,500 performances at the Heckscher Theater at 5th Avenue and 104th Street in Harlem. Troy played her own mother. Chaka Kahn played her Aunt in the London production, as did Deniece Williams. The musical has been reinterpreted as a motion picture, with the cast including musicians Ciara and Patti LaBelle. Former Las Vegas resident, Loretta Holloway, did a short stint in the New York production of Mama, I Want To Sing, portraying Doris.

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The last surviving member of The DeCastro Sisters, Cheri DeCastro, has died. Cheri passed away on March 14th at the age of 87. Born in New York, she was a 55-year resident of Nevada. Cheri was the middle sister of the famous Latin singing group. The group consisted of Cheri and her sisters, Peggy and Babette. They first gained attention in Cuba for their flamboyant nightclub act. The group moved to Miami in 1945, where the sisters became protégés of Brazilian singer, Carmen Miranda, who put them in the film "Copacabana." Following an introduction by Bob Hope, the DeCastro sisters performed their three-part harmony on the first live broadcast of the Los Angeles television station, KTLA. They hit the big time when their 1954 song, "Teach Me Tonight," sold more than five million copies. Over the years, the "Cuban Andrews Sisters" appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows. They built a library of songs including, "Boom Boom Boomerang," "Too Late Now," "Snowbound for Christmas," and "Cowboys Don't Cry." The DeCastros provided many of the bird and animal voices for Walt Disney's Song of the South, and became a popular singing act in Las Vegas nightclubs and hotels. In 1997, the trio performed on KTLA's 50th anniversary show, although Babette (who passed away in 1992) had been replaced by their cousin, Olgita DeCastro Marino. Three years later, the DeCastro sisters were inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame as "Las Vegas Living Legends." Cheri DeCastro was known for her great beauty and her uncanny resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor. Cheri was preceded in death by her sisters, Peggy DeCastro Carricaburro and Babette DeCastro Cammack. Cheri is survived by her nieces, Kathy Black of Las Vegas, Jackie Karnavas of San Diego; nephew, Jimmy Carricaburro of Los Olivos, Calif.; longtime partner, Trevor Young; and several great-nieces and nephews. Services were privately held. Donations can be made to The Animal Foundation. For more information, please call (702) 384-3333.

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Brian Keith

Jessica Marciel

Mary Schwartz's Rascal

Frank Marino will be absent from the stage of the Imperial Palace for three weeks, beginning on March 24th. It might seem too soon for him to take a vacation, since his new show, Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas, has only been up and running for five months, but this trip to China was planned prior to Divas joining the Imperial Palace family in October. While he is away riding in rickshaws, dining on noodles and visiting The Great Wall, female impersonator, Brian Keith, will be filling in for the vacationing diva. Show times are 10 p.m., Saturdays through Thursdays. Tickets are $69 and $79, plus tax and fees. Call (888) 777-7664 for reservations.

Marino returns to the Imperial Palace stage on Tuesday, April 13th.

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What is wrong with this picture...During the last week, most US citizens received their Census questionnaires in the mail. Why was it necessary to send out a notice the week before, announcing (warning?) that these forms would be arriving in the mail? How much did this cost taxpayers and who decided this was a good idea? Just wondering.

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Longtime Las Vegas favorite, singer Jessica Marciel, has spent the last number of years teaching voice and not doing much performing...until recently. She has happily reunited with an old friend, car dealer/musician/restaurant owner, Tom Saitta. Saitta has booked Jessica in his lovely Pahrump establishment, Tommasino's Fine Italian Dining and All That Jazz!, for next Friday and Saturday, March 26th and 27th. Marciel will be joined by Mike Shane on keyboards and Saitta, himself, who sings and plays the trumpet and flugelhorn (although not at the same time). Tom loves good music, especially jazz, swing and "old standards." Tom has been in the automobile business for more than 43 years, and has owned three well-known dealerships in Las Vegas. He and his wife Alice are longtime residents of Southern Nevada, having lived in Las Vegas for many years before moving to Pahrump about seven years ago. Tom, in partnership with Don and Tamara Trudeau, own Saitta Trudeau Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Inc., right across the street from Tommasino's. Tommasino's, which opened last summer, is located at 250 Humahuaca Street. Weekend show times start at 5:30. Among other regular performers at the restaurant/club are Joe Darro, Tommy Deering and former Four Freshmen member, Autie Goodman, who also now resides in Pahrump. For more information on the venue, call (775) 751-8221.

An interesting note...Up until earlier today, another performer, who was scheduled to join Marciel, Shane and Saitta at Tommasino's next weekend, was canceled when the pretender couldn't prove to be the son of a legendary music man. This fraud claims that he is in legal entanglements with REAL family members of the late singer, and, therefore, can't market himself as "the son of..." The reason he can't market himself as "the son of..." is because he ISN‘T. There are DNA test results and a birth certificate to prove that.

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Mary Marcella Schwartz, regular column reader and the co-creator with Barbara Ciarlantini of The Handy Girls concept, informs us that on March 3rd, she had to put her kitty, Rascal, to sleep. Rascal was down to four pounds and just fading away, so Mary wanted to end his suffering. More than 17 years ago, Mary's friend, Rochelle Hornsby, told her about Rascal being put in the shelter by his owner and convinced the animal lover to "save" him. Years back, Rochelle was a travel agent who, along with Ciarlantini, opened Wonder World Travel for Vegas pioneer businessman, Herb Kaufman. Rochelle's former husband, Len Hornsby, was the Director of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for eight years in the early days.

Here's an upbeat pet story. Artiste extraordinary, and relatively new Las Vegan, Marty Kreloff, wants readers to see his newest family member, Ampersand James Louise Kreloff. Like some of the earlier four-legged members of the household, two-year-old Ampersand follows in the white cat tradition of Sondheim and Truman. Marty, and partner Tim Olsen, give thanks to Carol Fox and Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions for bringing this beautiful boy into their lives and home, where he will be loved and spoiled beyond his wildest dreams. Ampersand will help to fill the empty space left by the loss of Truman in December. We like these "happy ending" tales.

Martin Kreloff's Ampersand

Artie Schroeck

Bart Williams

And for those that don't know what an Ampersand is, it's one of these, &. And, for those who do (and you know who you are), those handy little symbols are not to be used in place of the WORD "and." The & is used when it is part of a company or some musical group's formal name, as in Proctor & Gamble and m&m‘s, or Sly & The Family Stone and Sonny & Cher, for example.

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From musician Gary Anderson comes this alert...
"I received a very last minute booking for this Saturday, March 20th, at the E-String Grill," says Grammy-winning Anderson. "I have put together a very special homage to one of my personal heroes, Stan Getz." The World of Stan Getz will be presented by an incredible line-up of musicians - Artie Schroeck on vibes, Mark Speights on guitars, Steve Flora on bass, John Plows on drums, and Anderson himself on tenor sax. Gary promises a very special guest vocalist with an Astrud Gilberto sound. "Stan Getz's career in jazz spanned six decades and was extremely eclectic and ever evolving, states Anderson. "With that in mind, the music being performed on Saturday will range from bop to ballads to bossa nova!" The E-String, which we have been told has great food, is located at 2031 W. Sunset, near Mountain Vista. Gary Anderson and cronies will play from 2 to 5 p.m. A $10 donation for the band is requested. For more information, call (702) 437-8764.

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The Lawrence Welk Resorts in Escondido, California, is presenting The Pirates of Penzance, through May 2nd. The timeless classic Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera is a hilarious and frenetic romp featuring swashbuckling, handsome pirates, beautiful maidens and bumbling Keystone Cops. This production is directed by Ray Limon, and features Richard Bermudez, Karenssa LeGear, Randall Dodge, Sue Goodman and Bart Williams. As we have mentioned before (and will probably do so again), Williams performed in numerous Vegas productions, including Anything Goes, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum, Top Banana and Guys and Dolls. At the Welk, you can enjoy a delicious buffet brunch including lunch and breakfast items. Brunch buffet begins at 10:30 a.m., with seating for the show at 12:45 p.m. for a 1 p.m. curtain. Show times are at 1 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. The Welk Theatre is located at 8869 Lawrence Welk Drive. Tickets are $44-$47 for show only and $58-$63 for show and buffet (brunch or dinner). For info, call (760) 749-3448. This is a new format this year, so please note the show time change to 1 p.m.

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Mandy Patinkin

Steve Tyrell

Kelly McDonald

Mandy Patinkin (Broadway; Sunday In the Park with George, Evita, The Secret Garden; Film: Yentl, Dick Tracy; TV: Chicago Hope, Criminal Minds) performs a very special benefit concert - Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual, with Paul Ford on piano, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 27th in the intimate Judy Bayley Theatre to support the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV and Theatre of the Emerging American Moment (TEAM). TEAM is a New York-based collaborative ensemble dedicated to creating new plays that dissect and celebrate the experience of living in America today. The TEAM's newest work-in-progress, Mission Drift, will use the history and mythology of the Frontier to examine the particular nature of American capitalism. In June, the TEAM will be in residence at UNLV to learn as much as possible about Las Vegas' past and present first-hand from people living and working in the city as they develop this new work. Tickets are $125 or VIP $200, which includes preferred seating and a reception with Mr. Patinkin following the show. For reservations, call 895-ARTS (2787) or visit

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Steve Tyrell will make return visits to the Golden Nugget, Tuesday, April 13th, through Friday, the 16th, and again the following week, Tuesday, April 20th, through Saturday, the 24th. It appears that the singer is a personal favorite of the Nugget owners. Ours too. We will have more details on this in upcoming weeks.

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Michael Chapman and ChapQuist Entertainment brings comic Kelly McDonald back to the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, Saturday, March 27th at 7 p.m. McDonald is a performer who personifies "classy" humor. In a business filled with "shock comics" who rely on material of questionable taste, Kelly remains a refreshing exception. He proves it's possible to create humor without taking cheap shots for easy laughs. Last year, Kelly entertained to a sold-out crowd when he split the bill with Chapman, after finding out at the "last minute" that they had to go on due to the illness of a previously scheduled performer. Kelly has presented his critically acclaimed stand-up comedy act at major showrooms, comedy clubs and casinos worldwide. He's had numerous TV appearances including A&E's Evening at The Improv, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. You won't want to miss this evening of ridiculously clean, hilarious funny comedy with Kelly McDonald. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $17 for non-residents. To order tickets by credit card, call (702) 869-2064. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

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Kathie Spehar

Eddie Money & John Waite

Pamela Anderson

As you may or may not know, the Eastside Cannery recently launched a new showroom. For some reason, when the property opened about a year-and-a-half ago, it was without a showroom. Marilyn's Lounge is very nice, but it isn't a showroom. Frankly, Cousin Claire was quite surprised, and disappointed. Entertainment is such an important part of the sister property in North Las Vegas, and attracts lots of people who may not go there for any other reason, we had to wonder why they wouldn't carry over the idea for those potential customers who live in southeast Las Vegas, including Henderson/Green Valley and Boulder City. It seems that Marty Gross, the property's vice president and general manager, decided that the new location needed another attraction, a big concert venue, similar to The Cannery in North Las Vegas. The Eastside's new entertainment venue is actually a space that was originally a ballroom. Although Kathie Spehar, entertainment director for Cannery Casino Resorts, did book a few things in the ballroom, she acknowledged that the sound was terrible. Spehar, who knows her business when it comes to entertainment, said things echoed off the walls, so they stopped trying to make something unworkable, work. They closed the space and went to work, acoustically changing the room, "and now we have essentially a brand-new venue that's absolutely fantastic," says Spehar. The newly refurbished space is now called the Casablanca Event Center and seats 1,000 people. It had a low-key opening on New Year's Eve when it hosted Blood, Sweat and Tears. This was the test, giving the powers that be (who ARE these folks?) a chance to see how everything worked and sounded. Spehar was very pleased with the results. Since the big change, the Eastside Cannery‘s Casablanca Event Center has had Grammy-winner LeAnn Rimes who performed on January 29th and The Commodores on February 27th. At this point, the plan is to host one concert a month. The March show takes place tomorrow night, with Eddie Money and John Waite in the spotlight. April 10th, Jenni Rivera performs, while Ronnie Milsap comes in on May 15th. An ABBA tribute show is booked for June 27th. ABBA the Music starts at 7 p.m., while the three other shows start at 8. With a combined 22 albums between Money and Waite, the two icons are responsible for some of the biggest hits in the 1970s and ‘80s. Born Edward Joseph Mahoney, Money first began a career in law enforcement in his native New York before becoming a musician. After moving to California, he changed his moniker to Eddie Money and signed with Columbia Records. He released his debut album, Eddie Money, in 1977, which included two Top 40 hits, "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise." He released four more albums between 1978 and 1983, creating singles "Think I'm In Love," "Take a Little Bit," and "Shakin." In 1986, Money had his biggest hit with "Take Me Home Tonight," featuring Ronnie Spector. The song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the album went platinum. Recently, Money has been the inspiration and star for "Two Tickets to Paradise – The Musical." The original play is based on Money's real life story, following him and his working class family as he pursues his dream of becoming a rock star. British-born John Waite first came to attention as the lead singer and bassist of the band, The Babys, then launched his solo career in 1982 with the single "Change." His second album, No Brakes, made him an international superstar, thanks to the power ballad, "Missing You," which rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and Album Rock Tracks, as well as the Top 10 Adult Contemporary chart. No Brakes sold more than a million and a half copies and also generated the Top 10 Mainstream Rock hit, "Tears." Waite formed the rock super group Bad English with former members of The Babys and Journey in 1988 and again attained No. 1 status with the Gold-certified ballad "When I See You Smile." Bad English sold more than two million copies of their debut album and released two more records before disbanding in 1992. Waite continued on his solo work and produced five albums, including his latest, Downtown...Journey of a Heart. In 2006, Waite re-released "Missing You" as a duet with Alison Krauss and reached the Top 40 again, this time on the Country charts. Tickets range from $59 to $79, and are available by calling (702) 856-5470, visiting, or going to Eastside Cannery's sales counter at the front desk. The property is located at 5255 Boulder Highway.

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We don't know WHY, but what we DO know is that, on Tuesday, the Viva Elvis show at City Center's Aria, was canceled shortly after it started. Audience member were told there would be a five-minute delay, then said it would be another 15 minutes, and then said there would be no show that night. We don‘t know where "Elvis" was Tuesday night, but the audience left the building (or at least the showroom).

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We found it quite interesting to read that Andrew Dice Clay has a "problem" with the fact that actor Jason Alexander calls his one-man-show character, "Donny Clay." If the "Dice Man" is looking for publicity, jumping on Alexander isn't the best way to get it. In the past few years, the legendary "Bad Boy of Comedy" has performed in a number of different venues around the city, including at the Wyrick, Riviera, Palazzo, and Luxor, among others. Since he seems so set on playing Vegas, we feel he would be smarter to use sugar instead of vinegar to get attention. We would suggest Mr. Andrew Clay get involved with some legit local charities and endear himself to the community. Save that "bad boy" image for the showroom and be a mench off stage. Dice recently signed a long-term contract with the Las Vegas Hilton. He is scheduled to perform a minimum of 28 weeks, with 11 p.m. show times in the casino's 350-seat Shimmer Showroom. The first time we saw Dice perform, it was at the Dunes in Mitzi Shore's (former wife of Sammy Shore, mother of Pauly Shore) Las Vegas branch of the Comedy Store. Following a couple of clean, family-appropriate comics, Clay had the Dunes audience in shock when he took to the stage of the showroom. About his new deal with the Paradise Road property, Dice commented, "The Hilton is known for having the Kings of Entertainment. Elvis, The King of Rock ‘n' Roll, and a who's who of the world's top entertainers. And now, says the humble and modest Clay, they have me, The Undisputed Heavyweight Comedy King." Dice added, "I've done the Elvis showroom before, but now I've made the decision to make Vegas a more permanent gig, the Shimmer Room is the perfect place to be." In closing, Dice remarked, "Don't forget that The Hilton is an institution. And let's face it...anyone who has heard my act knows that an institution is exactly where I belong." Andrew Dice Clay has made a career out of being the most outrageous and dangerous comic of his time. He has shocked audiences and broke the rules with a never before seen style of hardcore comedy which has never been equaled to this day. His rise to fame has been called meteoric and unparalleled with countless sold-out arena tours across the country including multiple nights at Madison Square Garden, multi gold & platinum selling albums, starring roles in films including the cult classic The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, and countless TV specials. And who could forget the Diceman's "lifetime ban" from MTV because of his "profane language and offensive jokes" at the Video Music Awards? When he released his debut album, called Dice, the parental label dispensed with its usual statement and simply stated, "Warning: This album is offensive." Therefore, it is fair to say, Andrew Dice Clay is proud to be America's most controversial comic of all time. Once again, he promises audiences and the Hilton that he will put the SIN back in the City. General admission tickets are $49.99, Premium tickets are $69.99 and tickets in the ‘Dice Pit' are $99.99, which include seating in the front of the room plus a limited edition T-shirt. All ticket prices exclude tax and fees and can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office or by logging onto,,, or phoning (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361.

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Dancing with the Stars launches its 10th season on Monday, March 22nd. Cast members include, The Bachelor‘s Jake Pavelka, Pamela Anderson, Kate Gosselin, NFL star Chad Ochocinco, soap star Aiden Turner, ESPN's Erin Andrews, actress Shannen Doherty, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, comedian and The Insider regular Niecy Nash, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, and Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek. There is always at least one competitor with a Las Vegas connection. This time, it's Pamela Anderson. Remember when she co-starred with magician Hans Klok in The Beauty of Magic show at Planet Hollywood? Neither do we.

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Feeney, Wall & Rat Pack Cast

Producer Dick Feeney reports that Breck Wall, the creator with the late Patrick May, of Bottoms Up, was a recent visitor to the Plaza to catch Feeney's Rat Pack Is Back show. With his snow white hair, Wall looks quite different than he did during his days on stage. Wall joined cast members for a photo. Shown, from left to right, Mark Cohen as "Joey," Robbie Howard as "Frank," Wall, Feeney, Bobby Mayo Jr. as "Dean," and Kyle Diamond as "Sammy."

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