Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from April 16, 2010
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Las Vegas - April 16, 2010

Riviera Jackpot Winner

Penn & Teller

Talk about being in the right place at the right time, on Monday, Cynthia Anne Chevalier of Los Angeles, won a $414,676 Megajackpot® while playing Wheel of Fortune® quarters at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Chevalier, a clerk vacationing here with her husband, felt extra lucky on the day she became the jackpot winner. "I hadn't played Wheel of Fortune in a while and this machine was calling me," she said. Chevalier had played only $25 in quarters before her big win. "I didn't know I had hit the jackpot until the lady next to me said I was a winner. I was ecstatic." Rick Scheer, Director of Slot Operations at the Riviera, said, "It's a wonderful feeling to personally witness and share in the joy of such a life changing experience. Our guests were thrilled to see her win the $414,676 jackpot." Chevalier and her husband visit Las Vegas two or three times a year. Her jackpot will be paid out in annual installments. When asked about her plans for the winnings, Chevalier said she would use the money to help fund her retirement, arrange a family reunion in Las Vegas, and help her daughter and grandchildren.

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This year's AIDS Walk for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) will take place next Saturday, April 25th. AFAN provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. AFAN works to reduce HIV infection through prevention education to eliminate fear, prejudice and the stigma associated with the disease. The organization has led the AIDS Walk for more than 20 years. Individual walkers and walk team numbers have grown significantly, sponsorships by local businesses and organizations continue to increase, and public awareness rises with every walk. Last year, more than 8,000 people participated in the Las Vegas walk, raising in excess of $550,000. More than 250 corporate and community teams raised 70% of the total funds collected. Teams represent some of the leading corporations and organizations in Southern Nevada, among them, Macy's, Nordstrom, Focus Property Group, MAC Cosmetics, UNLV, Wells Fargo, Penn & Teller and many more. Today, there is newfound hope in the fight against AIDS – but still no cure. Some people with HIV/AIDS are living longer, thanks to new therapies. Sadly, the new treatments do not work for everyone, and HIV continues to spread at an alarming rate. The annual walks will continue until AFAN is no longer effective, their services are no longer needed, and the purpose is no longer essential to the solution. AIDS Walk Las Vegas 2010 will start and finish at the World Market Center, 495 S. Grand Central Parkway, moving right on Grand Central Parkway, left on Bonneville Avenue, right on 4th Street, right on Coolidge Avenue, right on 1st Street, left on Bonneville Avenue, right on Grand Central Parkway, and back into the World Market Center Parking lot. To register, or for additional information, head to the Aid for AIDS of Nevada office at 701 Shadow Lane, Suite 170, or call (702) 382-2326. [email protected]

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Steven Seagal

Richel Kompst

Betty White

Actor Steven Seagal is being sued by 23-year old Kayden Nguyen, a woman who claims he hired her as an executive assistant and then sexually assaulted her. Ms. Nguyen claims to have answered an ad on a Craig's List listing, seeking an executive assistant job at a production company. She believed the job would include clerical work in Louisiana, where Seagal was shooting a reality show. The 33-page million-dollar lawsuit details the sexual harassment against Ms. Nguyen, as well as illegal trafficking of other females. On Tuesday, Mr. Seagal's attorney released this statement: "The lawsuit filed by Kayden Nguyen against Steven Seagal is a ridiculous and absurd claim by a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for using illegal narcotics. The claims in her lawsuit are a complete fabrication without a scintilla of truth." According to, this sex scandal is about to get even more complicated, with more women about to come forward to accuse the action star of sexual harassment. We absolutely believe this story. We remember when, a number of years ago, a pretty, young high-profile Las Vegas entertainer, was the victim of Seagal's unwanted advances. At the time, when this lech had a career, it would have been almost impossible for the lady to make accusations that would have been believed. Today, thanks to changing times, these alleged victims may have a good shot at seeing Seagal prosecuted. In the meantime, Steven Seagal Lawman, the A&E reality show featuring the exploits of the action star as a reserve deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, has been suspended while he is involved with the lawsuit. We will have more on this story.

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A friendly reminder...
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Richel Kompst will Blame it on the Walleye, when she, once again, performs her tongue-in-cheek romp at the Starbright Theatre at 2225 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in Sun City Summerlin. This multi-talented entertainer takes her audience on a look at life from the viewpoint of a true Minnesotan. Kompst and her band the Nightcrawlers bring humor and music to the show. The master of ceremonies of the musical production is Olga Tolaffson, a persona Kompst switches to as comfortably as she changes voices for songs, á la Barbra Streisand, Ann-Margret and Doris Day. She may poke fun at Minnesota, but she said her roots are near and dear to her. "I'm proud of where I grew up, the family values, the people," she said. "It's a great place to be from." Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $18 for non-residents. All shows at the Starbright are first come, first served with no limit on the number of tickets purchased. Saving seats is prohibited. Be sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out! If an event sells out, every attempt will be made to provide additional show times, if possible. Show tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle. 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 love Betty White. At 88, she is still, and will always be, a Golden Girl. Today she is possibly busier and more popular than she ever has been. Her this year's TV commercial for Snickers candy bar was a Super Bowl highlight, especially for non-football fans. After fans started the ball rolling, the octogenarian is scheduled to host NBC's Saturday Night Live on May 8th. She also has a new television series on approach. TV Land's Hot in Cleveland will debut in June. Earlier this week, the American Women in Radio and Television presented White with the Lifetime Achievement Award for acting. When asked in a recent interview, "Is there one thing you want to do in your career that you haven't done?," without missing a beat, brassy Betty replied, "Robert Redford." Like we said, we love Betty White.

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Nelson Sardelli & Andy Schuricht

Dixie Carter by Martin Kreloff

Ms. Frenchie Davis

April's F.I.O.R.E. meeting was a great success. Approximately 60 presidents were in attendance when Andy Schuricht, CFO of the non-profit organization, Three Square, spoke. The group of Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events, including politicos, statesmen, entertainers, businessmen and retirees, were moved enough to commit to raising funds for Three Square, the Food Solution for Southern Nevada and the valley's food hub; a central location where donated and rescued food can be collected and distributed. They provide bakery, produce, dairy, non-perishable products and ready-to-eat meals to non-profit and faith-based organizations. They also facilitate childhood and senior nutrition programs.

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Friend and artist, Martin Kreloff, sends along this information..."Back in the '90s, I had the pleasure of painting Dixie Carter when she performed in Pal Joey at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera along with Elaine Stritch. This is a detail from the poster and billboard for the show. It was such a fun project," recalls Kreloff. "The show was to have starred Dixie and Sally Struthers. Then Sally withdrew for another role, and was replaced at the last minute by Elaine. The art had already been created, and had to be redone. Sally was out...Elaine was in. Whew. Right down to the wire. But oh the fun of seeing my billboards all over LA, and working with these delightful women." For those that don't know, Dixie Carter, best known for her seven year role as Julia Sugarbaker on the TV series, Designing Women, passed away this past Saturday. Dixie was married to Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, Hal Holbrook (known for his portrayals of Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, as well as for TV and movie roles in Evening Shade, A Clear and Present Danger, The Bold Ones), for more than 25 years.

See an image of Marty Kreloff's portrait of Dixie Carter in this column.

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On Sunday, April 18th, at 1 and 4 p.m., join the Las Vegas Men's Chorus as they present I Gotta Feeling, a benefit concert for the chorus and the Nevada AIDS Project. The shows will take place at the Harmon Theater at Krave, adjacent to Planet Hollywood. Joining the LVMC is special guest star, American Idol diva, Broadway star, and Grammy-nominee, Frenchie Davis. Idol's second season semi-finalist has performed in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar; Monica, the Musical; Sing, Mahalia, Sing; Rent and Dreamgirls. For this weekend's concert, Ms. Davis will do a Salute To Dreamgirls, as she recaps some of the award winning songs she performed in the show's National Tours. This will be an afternoon to remember! Tickets are only $25. Call the theater box office, at (702) 836-0836.

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Buddy & Lezlie Anders Greco

Artie Schroeck

From Lezlie Anders Greco (she and her hubby, Buddy Greco, who celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on Wednesday) writes the following...
Exactly 5 years from the day we closed escrow on our Palm Desert house, we are leaving it! We are off on another adventure. We are moving to LONDON!!!! W e have so much work over there now, and there isn't much happening in this country for our kind of music...and for entertainers our you go where your fans are. Buddy has been appearing there since 1949 - at the London Palladium with Benny Goodman. It is like our second home. We are excited and sad, all at the same time. Buddy and I both appeared at San Francisco's Rrazz Room in August. We produced a great album and film from the job and now, with those people, are recording Benny Goodman Revisited before leaving the country. In the past ten years, Buddy and I have produced the Fever show, which is doing well for us. We are doing it in June in regional theater, and then next spring on to the WEST END!!

We wish the Grecos, who lived in Vegas for many years before moving to the Palm Springs area and opening a club there, all the best in their musical pursuits.

And speaking of music, musicians and jazz...
April is Jazz Appreciation Month (who knew???), so get out, listen to some great music, and please show your appreciation. In Las Vegas, here are some suggestions (in order of event) of where to go and what you will hear...
Tomorrow, Saturday the 17th, its Sax &Vibraphone from 2 to 5 p.m. at the E-String Grill, 2031 W. Sunset Rd., near Mountain Vista in Henderson. The afternoon will feature Grammy Award-winning Gary Anderson (sax), with Artie Schroeck (vibes), Fred Watstein (bass), Mark Speights (guitar), John Plows (drums) and Michaelina Bellamy (vocals). A minimum $10 donation is requested - to show your appreciation. Sunday, The Summit, an 18-piece musical evolution, will be at the Brazilian Grill, 9640 S. Eastern near Richmar. The show runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and a $10 donation is requested. If you ask him, at either of his weekend performances, Anderson will give you a free copy of his Sax Appeal CD, Volume 1, 2 or 3. He says, "If you have all three I'll make Volume 4 just for you !" Sounds like an offer too good to pass up. Also on Sunday, April 18th at 2 p.m., the Whitney Library Theatre, at 5175 E. Tropicana, just east of Nellis, will be the site of the Vibe Summit, presented by Vegas Jazz, and Vegas Jazz Presents Vibe Summit, featuring Dale Rampton and Artie Schroeck playing vibes. They will be accompanied by Ronnie Simone, piano; Dick Jones, bass; and Bob Chmel, drums. Tickets are available on-line at Credit cards may be used online, but not at the door. Please plan accordingly.

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Suzanne Goulet & Denise Rose

Lynn Ross

Michael Orland & Mary Marcella Schwartz

Entertainment legends Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland are "re-united" through award-winning portrayals by Suzanne Goulet as Liza and Denise Rose as Judy in Judy & Liza...Together Again at the Suncoast Showroom this weekend, April 17th and 18th. In Judy & Liza...Together Again, Goulet and Rose have perfected their personifications of the famous mother and daughter duo as they perform recreations of "Get Happy," "Swanee," "Over the Rainbow," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Cabaret" and "New York, New York," from popular Garland and Minnelli films and concerts. Together, the entertainers will perform duets "Hello, Dolly!," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Be A Clown" (in their tramp costumes,) and a medley of other well-known songs. Debuting in 2003 at the Newport Hotel in Miami Beach, Judy & Liza...Together Again has been presented in venues throughout the United States. Suzanne Goulet began impersonating "Liza" in the '90s, and has appeared as the superstar in production shows, solo performances and on television in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Tokyo, New York City, Hollywood, and St. Louis. Denise Rose's uncanny resemblance to "Judy" has sparked a successful career of performing as the legendary entertainer. She has played in showrooms throughout Las Vegas and has performed as "Judy" in The Judy Garland Festival in Minnesota, the birth state of both Garland and Rose. Show times for both nights are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, starting from $19.95 plus tax, can be purchased by calling the Suncoast Box Office at (702) 636-7075 or visiting

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Lynn Ross sings all your favorites - Classic Jazz Standards and Vintage Pop - at Chiante Café, 1916 Village Center Circle, in the rounds near the Summerlin Library, on Tuesdays from 6 to 10 p.m.

And songstress, Jeneane Marie, is performing at the House of Blues, tonight, April 16th, from 9 p.m. to midnight, and again on Monday, April 19th, from 8 to 11 p.m.

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In our recent blurb, saying that Diane Ellis, who was originally scheduled to perform at Frediani's on March 30th, had been REscheduled to sing at the restaurant this coming Tuesday, the 20th, there has been yet another change. Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of her control, the fine singer will NOT be entertaining at Frediani's after all. Diane's friends and fans (and as a 30-year Las Vegan, she has many) will just have to see and hear her somewhere else. We will let readers know when and where she will be appearing. One thing we know for long as things remain the same at Frediani's, don't expect to see her there.

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American Idol's Top 9

Jim Caruso, Erich Bergen & Julie Garnye by Brian Putnam

Our spies tell us that American Idol's Associate Music Director, Michael Orland, was in Las Vegas with the nine Idol finalists over last weekend. They were all going to see Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis at Aria in City Center to prepare for Elvis week on the popular reality TV show. The contestants returned to Los Angeles, via MGM's private plane, while Orland stayed around here a little longer. During that time, he and his longtime friend, Las Vegan and Handy Girl, Mary Marcella Schwartz, took in Barry Manilow's new show at Paris Las Vegas, where they ran into some friends - former Jersey Boys star, Erich Bergen; comic Scott Nevins; and singer actress, Julie Garnye. Michael worked with Manilow, beginning in 1991, so their backstage get-together was like old home week. Early this month, Orland, Bergen, Nevins and Garnye were all in attendance at Hollywood's Magic Castle for the West Coast premiere of Jim Caruso's famous New York-based Cast Party. Caruso and Billy Stritch's Cast Party officially proved to be a bi-coastally success with its West Coast premiere at the world famous Magic Castle's highly popular Cabaret at the Castle. The Extreme Open Mic, that has become a Broadway mainstay, was well packed with Hollywood elite, some of who took their turn at the microphone. The witty and charming Caruso took charge of the stage, while the genius of Stritch brought brilliant music to the ears of patrons and performers alike. Some of the many talents that took center stage were Bergen, singing his rendition of Britney Spears' "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman;" Joely Fisher who sang "You Can Always Count On Me," from City of Angels, written by Cy Coleman and David Zippel (Zippel was in the audience!); Shelly Goldstein (who appears at the Castle in her own show on Sunday, the 18th) offered a parody she wrote called "Just Call My agent in the Morning;" Jimmy James, with "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good," as eight divas, including Bette Davis and Eartha Kitt; Jo Anne Worley sang a parody of her own called "If I Had A Rich Man;" Melissa Manchester did "From This Moment On" from Cole Porter's 1948 classic, Kiss Me Kate; Cybill Shepherd also gave a rousing rendition of "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good;" while Julie Garnye sang from Heathers, with composer Larry O'Keefe (who also wrote Legally Blonde) and closed the evening with "Gimme Gimme." Some of those who opted to remain in the audience and simply enjoy being entertained included, Eve Plumb, Kate Linder, Teresa Ganzel, Michael Orland, and Rosyln Kind and her nephew, Jason Gould. Cabaret at the Castle has announced that Cast Party will return on May 26th.

Lee Roy Reams in 42nd Street (1980s)

Karen Morrow

And speaking of the Magic Castle - which in addition to honoring and featuring illusionists from around the world, also pays tribute to musical magic in the Cabaret at the Castle - Lee Roy Reams, one of our favorite song and dance men, performed his cabaret act there on Tuesday, April 13th. Of his night there, BroadwayWorld's Don Grigware wrote...
Lee Roy Reams Sells Out Magic Castle Appearance
Triple threat Lee Roy Reams performed his cabaret act on Tuesday April 13 at the Inner Circle of the Magic Castle to an SRO crowd. This was a benefit for SEALED WITH A WISH Foundation, Inc, which "enriches the lives of our troops living in combat zones by providing comfort and care items that they would not normally receive." To say the least, Reams' set was dazzling, as he told his life story starting as a boy in Covington, Kentucky, with tap and ballet classes, moving onto Ohio for college and then to the Great White Way where he instantly found success as a dancer in such classic musicals as Sweet Charity, Lorelei, Hello, Dolly!, Applause and 42nd Street, to name a few. There were Las Vegas engagements with Juliet Prowse, and TV with Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett and the Ernie Flatt Dancers, but for Reams, Broadway was the thing and he made it there, captivating with his very own flamboyant humor. He had to fight for some roles, but got them. The man simply oozes charisma, and not only sang beautifully but danced along with most of the songs. Highlights of the 90 minute set included: "Lullaby of Broadway," "Real Live Girl," tributing Prowse, medleys from Sweet Charity with Gwen Verdon's dramatic solo "Where Am I Going?" a thrilling standout, Dolly with a light but substantially rich song cut from the original show "Penny in My Pocket" and a comical tribute to how "Dolly has been used and abused" through the years with singing impressions of its stars including Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Merman and the man himself, Louie Armstrong. The medley from 42nd. Street was particularly touching as Reams put in "I Only Have Eyes For You" as a loving homage to Ruby Keeler the film's original star, whom he befriended during his New York run of the show. She remained close until her death. The finale was upbeat and patriotic in keeping with the mission of SEALED WITH A WISH to bring the troops home, a George M. Cohan medley: "Grand Old Flag," "Over There," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy." And, oh, those delicious backstage stories throughout about Prowse, David Merrick, Gower Champion, Carole Cook (seated at a table front and center), far too many to mention here, but sheer heaven! Lee Roy Reams is a treasure. As if performing in his parlor, he welcomed us in magnanimously with enough charm to launch a ship. What a uniquely entertaining evening! How many other big names give so much of themselves to their public and honestly, without concealing their true identity? I was first blown away by his performances a few years back of "La Cage Aux Folles" and as Roger De Bris in The Producers, so my only comment to him afterwards was, "Where was the boa?" His response? "I could have used one tonight!" Actually folks, he's an immensely talented bundle of joy without it! Lee Roy himself, told us, "The Magic Castle night was terrific. There was someone from every part of my career there: Carol Lawrence, Bonnie Franklin, Karen Morrow, Nancy Dussault, JoAnne Worley, Charlotte Rae, Carol DeLuise, John Bowab, Tony Charmoli, the above mentioned Ms. Cook, Brandon Maggart and so many past cast members and dancing buddies. I was overwhelmed." On Tuesday, Broadway's Darling is off to Naples, Florida, for four performances of his Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance revue with TheatreZone. TheatreZone has a history of bringing in fantastic one-person shows, including Broadway's original Annie, Andrea McArdle's, cabaret act, and Immaculee Illibagiza's Miracle in Rwanda. "Lee Roy Reams has one of the greatest pedigrees in Broadway history, and we're delighted to bring his comedy, song, dance and political satire to Southwest Florida theatre fans," beams TheatreZone's founding artistic director Mark Danni. Reams' song and dance show has taken him around the world: Venice's Teatre La Fenice, Brazil's Manaus Opera House, The Istanbul Hilton, New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Palladium and Rockefeller Center's Rainbow & Stars and to the White House four times to proudly perform for U.S. Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush and Bill Clinton. He played the role of Frank Schultz in the 1989 Paper Mill Playhouse production of Show Boat, which was televised on Great Performances by PBS. Lee Roy won critical acclaim as Roger DeBris in the first national tour and Paris Las Vegas' version of the Mel Brooks musical hit, The Producers. He also portrayed Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Albin/ZaZa in La Cage aux Folles, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! and Henry Spofford in Lorelei (both starring Carol Channing), Duane Fox in Applause (starring Lauren Bacall), Will Parker in Richard Rodgers' revival of Oklahoma!, and in Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity starring Gwen Verdon.

Reams, a Tony-nominee for his role as Billy Lawlor in David Merrick's legendary 42nd Street, performs his tour de force Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 22nd through 24th) at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 25th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $38-$43. TheatreZone, a non-profit professional theatre group, is the creation of husband-and-wife team, Mark Danni (artistic director) and actress/choreographer Karen Molnar. The co-founders share a vision and a passion ofo bringing the "Lost Treasures of Broadway," along with commissioned new works, to Southwest Florida. TheatreZone employs professional actors who are members of Actors Equity. This year, TheatreZone marks its fifth year as an Equity professional theatre company. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call TheaterZone at (888) ZONE-FLA, (888) 966-3352, or order online at:

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Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show

Lucy Shropshire & Dionne Warwick

The touring version of Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show opens at the Marine's Memorial Theatre in San Francisco, tomorrow for a six week run. Produced by Sandy Hackett, son of the late, great comedian and actor, Buddy Hackett, and Lisa Dawn Miller, daughter of legendary songwriter, Ron Miller, the show is scheduled to run from April 17th through May 23rd. The production, directed by Billy Karl, comes direct from Las Vegas, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Rat Pack as it takes audiences on a journey back to the days of highballs, hi-jinks and happy hour with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin. It features the classic songs such as "For Once in My Life," "My Way," "Mack the Knife," plus original, never-before-heard songs written by the late Ron Miller. This production stars Hackett as Joey Bishop, David DeCosta as Frank Sinatra, Doug Starks as Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Basile as Dean Martin, and Miller as Frank's One Love. Buddy Hackett himself is the voice of God, thanks to a voiceover recorded before his passing in 2003. Music Maestro Christopher Hardin leads the orchestra, conducted by Joseph Spraker. Marking a half century since the original Rat Pack's legendary Las Vegas performances at the Sands Hotel, Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show takes audiences on a journey back to the days of highballs, hi-jinks and happy hour with Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean. Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $49, $59 and $ 89. To purchase online, go to, or call (415) 771-6900. The theater is located at 609 Sutter Street at Mason, two blocks from Union Square. You'll swear that the sounds of Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show have conjured up the golden era of Vegas!" Robin Leach, Luxe Life. The show continues at the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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If you happen to be around Gallup, New Mexico, tomorrow night, do yourself a favor and go see 2010 Nightlife Award-winners, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano in This Thing Called Love at the El Morro Theater. Stephen Holden, from The New York Times, calls the twosome, "A witty his-and-hers exploration of romantic chemistry...a civilized, erudite musical stream of consciousness ..." The popular musical entertainers, presented by the Gallup Herald, will perform at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 207 W. Coal Avenue. Call (505) 726-0050 for reservations.

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The Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada (JRTN) is proud to announce it's second production, The Sisters Rosensweig, on April 24th and 25th at the Theatre @ The Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin. The performances will be on Saturday night at 8, and Sunday afternoon at 2. The theater will have a complete new sound system for the shows. General admission prices are $25. Seniors pay$20, and students $15. At the Saturday evening performance, there will be $50 Preferred Seating tickets that includes a Gala Reception. JRTN will accept credit cards. For tickets and information, call The Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada at (702) 243-6950.

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If you are in the Manhattan area on Sunday, we urge you to go to the La Rivista Ristorante at 313 W. 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) and see and hear the incomparable Lucy Shropshire's tribute to the equally incomparable Dionne Warwick. For $75, guests will enjoy a very special evening, beginning with a scrumptious Italian meal, followed by a show featuring the best of both Warwick (songs) and Shropshire (vocals). Included in the presentation, directed by Jim Semmelman, with David Shenton as musical director, will be favorites such as "Promises, Promises," "Make It Easy On Yourself," "Déjà Vu," "That's What Friends Are For," a seven minute Burt Bacharach/Hal David medley, movie music (from "Alfie," "Valley of the Dolls," etc.), and a little known but very powerful Warwick song called "Silent Voices." For reservations, call (212) 245-1707, for what promises to be a memorable event.

And speaking of Dionne Warwick, we hope to have more details (show times, ticket prices, etc.) on her upcoming engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton, where she will co-headline with Connie Francis over the May 21st weekend. Tickets for this event (it IS an event, as this will be the first time the two ladies have ever performed together) will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Prices for the Grand Divas of Stage are $59, $79 and $99, with a Meet & Greet Vip ticket at $125. Taxes and fees will be added.

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The Las Vegas Hospitality Association has announced that Stacey Purcell, national sales manager for Las Vegas Meetings Harrah's Entertainment, is the 2010 president for the LVHA tourism industry organization. As this year's president, Purcell's goals are to provide "even more" value to the membership, meaningful networking opportunities and money for scholarships. "It's truly an honor to be leading such a powerful and professional hospitality industry group," said Purcell. Stacey began her career with Harrah's Entertainment 19 years ago. Starting at Caesars Palace in catering, she progressed to leisure sales and then to convention sales. In 2005, she became national sales manager for the Rio All-Suite Hotel, and in 2008, moved into the role of national sales manager for Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. Purcell has been an LVHA board member since 2005, holding positions as director vice president of meetings, president-elect, and now president. Purcell is also a member of Meeting Planners International, Chicago Chapter, and the UNLV Alumni Association. She was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, graduated from University of Hawaii in 1986, transferred to UNLV in 1988, and graduated with her BS in Hotel Administration in 1990. The Las Vegas Hospitality Association is a non-profit state association made up of nearly 500 working professionals in the hospitality industry. Originally founded in 1962, the LVHA encompasses a broad spectrum of companies supporting the tourism, convention and hospitality fields in Southern Nevada.

Stacey Purcell

Brandon Albright

Charo & Pamela Anderson

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The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the fourth production, and the "rocking-est" show of the theater's 2009-2010 season, BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson, choreographed by Dana Solimando, and directed by Glenn Casale. Darryl Archibald serves as musical director. Performances begin tonight, Friday, April 16th (with a press opening tomorrow, April 17th), and will run through Sunday, May 2nd, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada. On February 3rd, 1959, at the age of 22, the legend known as Buddy Holly died unexpectedly in a tragic plane crash. The date was known forever after as "the day the music died." Now, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story tells the incredible story of the three years in which Holly became the world's top recording artist, in a show that features more than 20 of Buddy Holly's greatest hits including "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be The Day," "Oh Boy," "Not Fade Away," "Everyday," "Rave On," "Maybe Baby," "Raining In My Heart," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." Glenn Casale, who earned his masters degree at UNLV, and is a faculty member of the UNLV's Department of Theatre, directed Broadway's Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby (Tony Award nomination Best Revival) which was filmed by A&E and garnered two Emmy Awards. Off-Broadway; The Property Known as Garland, starring Adrienne Barbeau; and Dragapella at Studio 54 (Drama Desk nomination and Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Production). For Joop van den Ende's Stage Entertainment, Glenn directed the critically acclaimed The Wiz (Netherlands) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Netherlands, Berlin, Antwerp and Madrid) which was named the Netherlands' 2006 Musical of the Year and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as that country's highest-grossing musical. Tours and regional credits are numerous and varied, including several world premieres: Leslie Bricusse's Dr. Dolittle; Tyne Daly and Charles Durning in Ballroom; Wrestlers starring Mark Harmon and George Clooney; Bingo! the musical; Ken and Mitzi Welch's From the Top starring Carol Burnett. Los Angeles Ovation Award-winning Best Musical, Anything Goes starring Rachel York, Brent Barrett, Sally Struthers and Fred Willard. His television directing credits include ABC TV's The Faculty, starring Meredith Baxter, and The Wayans Brothers. Glenn is the Artistic Director for the California Musical Theater in Sacramento. The cast of BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story features: Las Vegan Brandon Albright as Buddy Holly. In Vegas, Brandon has had starring roles in Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (as Radames), All In: The Poker Musical, and Oh What a Night! A Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Buddy performances will be 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays; 8 p.m. on Fridays; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays. There will be no matinee on Saturday, April 17th, and no evening performance on Sunday, April 18th. There will be a talk-back session following the performance on Tuesday, April 20th. Tickets range from $35 to $50, and can be purchased by calling the theater box office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310, or through the theatre's website, Student, senior, children and group discounts are available.

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Maybe Charo's coaching of Pamela Anderson on Dancing With the Stars last week, was of help to the former Baywatch star, and The Beauty of Magic co-star with Hans Klok at Planet Hollywood. Ms. Anderson was much improved during Monday night's competition, and survived to dance another dance next week. Stay tuned.

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