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Lynn Ross sings all your favorites - Classic Jazz Standards and Vintage Pop - at Chiante CafÃ©, 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 sure...as 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)
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: www.theatrezone-florida.com.
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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