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Note: This is a past column from October 29, 2010
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Las Vegas - October 29, 2010


Domenick Allen & Rick Faugno
by Ed Foster

Serena Henry by Ed Foster

Marlena Shaw by Ed Foster

Last weekend presented more entertainment decisions than we, and many others, were prepared to deal with. There were four things, specifically, that we would have loved to attend. Unfortunately, three of them were going on at the same time on Sunday afternoon - the Performing Arts Society of Nevada's 20th anniversary concert at the Clark County Flamingo Library; A "Loverly" Afternoon of Lerner & Loewe to benefit Family Promise, held in the Nicholas Horn Theatre at the College of Southern Nevada; the musical tribute to Bobby Rosario at UNLV; and the annual Joe Williams Scholarship Fundraiser, to benefit music students at the College of Southern Nevada, held at the Rio.

We chose to attend the Joe Williams event and we weren't sorry for our decision. Topnotch entertainers, Domenick Allen, Jersey Boys' Rick Faugno, and Grammy Award-winning jazz and blues singer Marlena Shaw, paid tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., performing many of Davis' signature tunes in a two-hour tour de force program. They were backed by Bill Fayne and Vincent Falcone alternating on piano; David Loeb, Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at UNLV, on keys; Brian Czach on drums; Bob Sachs on bass; John Wedemeyer on guitar and Rob Mader on woodwinds. The entire afternoon was outstanding, with a few of the highlights being Faugno dancing to "Mr. Bojangles," with the multi-talented Allen accompanying on clarinet; Domenick and Falcone doing "Come Rain Or Come Shine;" Faugno singing "I Want To Be With You," from the musical Golden Boy, in which Sammy starred; and Domenick singing, what is fast becoming his signature song, Anthony Newley's "Tomorrow," a favorite of Sammy's. Surprise guest, Serena Henry (who tours with Smokey Robinson), came out of the audience to sing "Teach Me Tonight" with Domenick, much to the delight of the audience. Funny man, Pete Barbutti added just the right touch of levity. Good job, Ed Foster. The only complaint we had with the program was that there weren't more people in the audience to enjoy it. Hopefully, Domenick Allen and Rick Faugno will team up to do this Sammy Davis tribute again.

We had not been to the Rio for quite some time. After last Sunday's disappointing experience at the property, it would take something, or someone, very, very special, to get us back there again. The S�o Paulo Caf�, which used to be one of our favorite hotel coffee shops (the Amazon Chicken Salad was the bomb!), now closes at 2 p.m. Not 2 in the morning, but 2 in the afternoon! In the early evening, if you don't want to go to a fancy restaurant, the dining pickings at the Rio are mighty slim, to say the least. And, as far as finding a quiet place where you can have a conversation with your companions, forget it. As if that wasn't enough of an insult, we also found the payoffs on their IGT Double Double Bonus Poker games to be lower than most other hotel casinos (seven to one, playing quarters, instead of nine to one, on a Full House).

And then there was this problem...Some well-behaved children had come to see the Joe Williams Fundraiser with their parents. The family had to sit OUTSIDE the theater doors, even though they had purchased tickets for the event. Why? Because, the Crown Theater, where the concert was held, is considered a nightclub. Even though this was in the afternoon, minors were not allowed in the space. If the reason is because there is a bar in the back of the space, and liquor is served in the room, the same thing can be said for most, if not all, of the restaurants in the hotel. Children are not banned from those places. Unfortunately, there is no warning to adults that they cannot bring a young person in for a family-friendly afternoon performance.

And speaking of Domenick Allen...Mr. Busy Busy was off and flying two days after the fundraiser, headed for Jolly Old England, where he will be performing with Ashford & Simpson, Billy Paul, Percy Sledge, The Stylistics, The Temptations, Freda Payne, Eddie Floyd, and Peabo Bryson, tomorrow at the Liverpool Cathedral and Monday in Southport.

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Reminder...
Next Friday, November 5th at 8 p.m., The Broadway Tenors take to the stage of UNLV's Artemus Ham Concert Hall. There are about a dozen singers that are part of the group of talented tenors, with three (or in this particular case, four) performing at any given time. The quartet of gentlemen who will sing a collection of favorites from the musical theater at UNLV on Friday are, Brent Barrett (our Phavorite Phantom), Brian Lane Green, Lewis Cleale and Matt Farnsworth. In addition to starring in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Barrett has had leading roles in the Broadway, London's West End, and/or touring companies of Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Grand Hotel and Kiss Me Kate, among others. Brian Lane Green has appeared in Starmites, Big River, The Life, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Lewis Cleale has appeared in Sunset Boulevard, Spamalot, South Pacific and Swinging On a Star, while Matt Farnsworth has credits in Cats, Curtains, The Who's Tommy, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The gentlemen will be accompanied by Philip Fortenberry at the piano, Fred Watstein on bass and Jim Belk on drums. Audience members can expect an evening of the most beautiful music ever written for the Broadway stage, performed by celebrated artists who make it come alive every night on the Great White Way. Tickets to The Broadway Tenors are $40, $55, and $85 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting pac.unlv.edu. Student rush tickets are $13 each and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.25 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Information about all of the season's performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at pac.unlv.edu.


Brent Barrett

Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell

James MacArthur in
A Bedfull of Foreigners

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We have been Las Vegas residents for 34 years. Unlike the other three states we have lived in over the decades, this is the only place where we chose to be. In other words, we moved here because we wanted to and we love this unique city (although going back a couple of decades would be nice). We're not going anywhere else...period. Because we care so much for Las Vegas, we wish everything was perfect. It isn't. We prefer to share only the good things about home-sweet-home with our readers, but that wouldn't be fair. We feel compelled to put warning labels on the people and places that need them. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. So...

Those who have been reading this column for some time, may remember the name "Troy Adams." Using the name COLABO BIZ, this was the person who was behind a series of supposed shows - An Evening With Billie Holiday, Light My Fire, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch - that were "supposed" to play at the Family Music Center and other places around the city. We first became suspicious about this person when musicians, who were supposed to be part of the Billie Holiday tribute show, could not get paid for their rehearsal time. Then, when the Holiday production only did a couple of performances (with two different females playing the lead in each of the shows), and the other two did none, we had to go "hmmmm." There were other red flags. In the online bios for the actors for Hedwig, the "star," Mr. Adams, was the only one with no headshot. Odd that a person with the claimed theater history of this man, had no headshot available. There were more clues to indicate that Las Vegas had attracted another phony to its midst. We quickly started getting e-mails from different parts of the country after running our first story on May 22, 2009. From San Diego, we got word that Mr. Adams was NOT Mr. Adams, as he claimed, but was, instead a character named Obaloc (Colabo, spelled backward) Phillips.

In May of last year, we received this e-mail from someone who asked that we not use his name. The person (who we have access to) had this to say...
I have been reading your blog about the colabo theater company. I know who this troy adams man is. His name is Obaloc Phillips and he is from San Diego. colabo is his name backwards. he is shady. He was never on broadway and never recieved any sort of degree in anything. Here in san diego he ran a number of shady outfits including Visions theatre, Umoja, Phillips productions, Obaloc productions etc. None of them legit outfits. They performed...but no one ever got paid. My guess is that there are too many people here who are after him so he moved to Las Vegas. You can find out that this is him by seeing who registered his colabo site and googling his name.

We also received this inquiry from a Las Vegas mother...
I noticed a negative article about Colabo on your site from last year. Has your opinion changed? I was thinking about sending my kids (ages 9 and 7) to theater camp at Family Music. Any thoughts? Do you know of any safe and legitimate theater camps in Las Vegas? We are just looking for a fun experience.
Here is some of our response...
There has been absolutely no reason to change our opinion about COLABO. Hardly anything that they claimed they were going to do (ongoing performances of three productions) has materialized. For about a year, constantly changing dates for performances were announced and then canceled. (Note the ON HOLD comments about their listed shows.) We still don't know how things might have been resolved for anyone who purchased tickets. The people who were involved ("Troy Adams") with Colabo, and who claimed to have a reputation in theater in the San Diego area, could be found NOWHERE on the Web. There were never any photos of "Troy" where there should have been. We suspect he was "hiding" under a phony name and feared showing his photo, lest some of his former "victims" recognize him. Based on the LACK of information on the site, we would NEVER consider giving them a dime or enrolling any youngster in their supposed "program." Who is behind this "school"? Who are the teachers? Why wouldn't there be names and credentials provided by the owner? He (or she) who has nothing to hide, hides nothing. There is way too much mystery behind EVERYTHING Colabo is involved in. If we were you, we would RUN in the opposite direction of this organization...especially when there are children involved. We suggest that you get in touch with the award-winning Rainbow Company Youth Theatre. This is a LEGITIMATE operation, run by the city, that has been around for years. The number for them is (702) 229-6553.

Then, from Kentucky came this information...
In the month of June of 2009, I rented some costumes for Alice In Wonderland to Troy Adams. Because I didn't read your column first, I did not realize what a crook he was. According to the costume contract that he signed, he was to send these costumes back to me (to be used by other youth around the U.S.) by the 1st week of August 2009. As you have guessed, I have not been able to get Mr. Adams to send these costumes back to me. I have sought legal counsel and hopefully will get the costumes back. Yet another complaint about Troy Adams.
Shortly after, this same reader wrote...
Music Theatre International is the renting organization for the scripts/scores foremost of the Broadway Junior musicals (however, I am not sure that he had the rights to do Alice from them as they list all who have the rights on the website under the show name). MTI has a community resource area where different theatres can list their costumes/props etc...some to sell, some to rent. I had my costumes listed there. Up until this incident, I have had no trouble renting the costumes to the various schools that might be doing shows... The victim of Troy Adams, Troy Phillips, Obaloc Phillips, or whatever this scam artist may be calling himself, asks that, "If anyone has any idea where those costumes might have gone to, I would be happy to talk to them, especially regarding the Alice In Wonderland cards that were hand made and quilted by my costumer."

And most recently, we heard from the real estate company who rented this very questionable operation space at 4215 S. Durango Dr., where they were calling themselves Colabo Youth Theater. It seems, not only did they disappear owing money, they were also running a school/theater without the proper licensing.

Since this shady character changes names and addresses rather frequently, we would love to have a photo of Mr. What's-His-Name to share with others, before they too become victims.

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She's a little bit country (and pop and rock), and he's a little bit goofy, but they both are very entertaining. And, no, they are not Donny and Marie. They are show business veterans and Las Vegas residents, funny man Marty Allen and his musical bride of more than 25-years, Karon Kate Blackwell. The couple will make their first appearances at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York City, on Thursday, November 4th and again, Saturday, November 6th. We are sure that Mr. and Mrs. Allen will be a big hit with the Feinstein's crowd. Please call (212) 339-4095 for reservations or further information.

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Actor James Gordon MacArthur, the adopted son of the First Lady of the American stage, actress Helen Hayes, and playwright (The Front Page, Twentieth Century), Charles MacArthur, died at his Florida home yesterday (Thursday, October 28th) at the age of 72. In a career that spanned more than four decades, MacArthur was most recognized for his role as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on the TV series, Hawaii Five-0, which aired from 1968 to 1980. The catch phrase, "Book 'em, Danno," often Instructed by Jack Lord's character, Steve McGarrett, became a popular expression. (Lord, who starred as McGarret, died in 1998.) For three months, in late 1990 to early 1991, MacArthur starred as "Stanley Parker" in A Bedfull of Foreigners at the downtown Union Plaza hotel. The comedy, by Dave Freeman, also featured Suzanne Buhrer, Bambi Jr. (Grace Morley Coronel), Terry Head, Lew Horn, Richard Reicheg and Kristina Baker. MacArthur is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Helen Beth, four children and seven grandchildren. We have been told by a longtime Las Vegan that James MacArthur donated his entire A Bedfull of Foreigners salary to a local AIDS charity. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, D.C.

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The Lion King

Annabelle Gurwitch & Jeff Kahn

If you haven't already seen The Lion King in Las Vegas, or have seen it and want to see it again, here's a heads up. The Tony-winning show will end its run at Mandalay Bay on December 30th...of NEXT year.

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Book lovers should be delighted and kept quite busy over the next few weeks...
The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada (JCCSN) announces the lineup of this year's authors for its two weekend book festival set for two consecutive Sundays, November 7th and 14th. This year's noted authors, who penned books with topics ranging from spirituality and Jewish history to narratives on family's ancestry, and surviving family/personal relationships, range from a Harvard professor to stand-up comedians, and from a Hollywood producer to a New York Times' best selling author. "Las Vegas is hungry for more Jewish culture, and we feel this is a great opportunity to introduce some of the most noted Jewish authors to the our community," said Richard Frankoff, President, Jewish Community of Southern Nevada. At 11:30 a.m., on November 7th, Congregation Ner Tamid, 55 North Valle Verde Drive in Henderson, will host author Laurie Ann Levin, with her book, God, The Universe and Where I Fit In. Dr. Levin is an intuitive explorer, restlessly probing life's great issues in traditional Jewish fashion. Her memoir chronicles, with humor and insight, her journey from 20 years in show business to realizing her true mission at age 40: becoming a doctor of clinical psychology and as a writer and lecturer. At 2 p.m., Elisa New, Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore, a Memoir in Five Generations. Dr. New follows the legacy of five generations of relatives, traveling from Baltimore to the Baltics, from the tobacco fields of Maryland and the Carolinas to the bloodiest fields of the 20th century Europe. Dr. New is Professor of English at Harvard University, where she teaches classic American literature from 17th-21st centuries. This is free to the general public. Books will be available for purchase and personal autographs.

On November 14th, at JCCSN, located at the campus of Temple Sinai, 9001 Hillpointe Road in Summerlin, beginning at 4 p.m., Daniel Levin, The Last Ember. In the tradition of Daniel Silva and John LeCarre, Levin offers a compelling and thought-provoking page turner set in the high stakes worlds of archeology, religion and terrorism Mr. Levin earned his Bachelor's degree in roman and Greek civilization, graduated Harvard Law School with honors and clerked for Chief Justice the Supreme Court of Israel. At 6 p.m., Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story. After 13 years of marriage Gurwitch and Kahn found, "We're just not that into us." These comedians and real-life married couple prove that in marriage, all you need is love, and a healthy dose of complaining, co-dependence, and Pinot Noir. Instead of giving up, they held their relationship together by ignoring conventional wisdom. Their book could also be subtitled, "A Jewish Love Story" with their meeting at Rosh Hashanah dinner, bonding over Isaac Bashevis Singer, and hilarious descriptions of Judaism and factored into their parenting and family life. Gurwitch is a former co-host of Dinner and a Movie. Kahn is an Emmy Award-winning writer for The Ben Stiller Show, and has been an actor on TV shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage, and in the films, Tropic Thunder and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Cost is $18 per person and includes refreshments. Must be 21 or older for Bloody Mary's and Bruschetta reception. Adult topics. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling JCCSN at (702) 794-0090. Space is limited to the first 150 guests. The Jewish Book Festival, now in its third year, is hosted by JCCSN in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. JCCSN launched in 1991, and most recently, dedicated a new 3,000 square-foot facility at the campus of Temple Sinai in Summerlin. This new building will be the home for all JCC activities and will provide social, educational, athletic, and cultural programs to meet the needs of the Jewish community.


Herman Groman

Stephen Michael Shearer

This is also the week for the ninth annual Vegas Valley Book Festival, which runs from November 3rd through 7th. The festival will bring together more than 100 authors for panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, poetry readings, spoken word performances, exhibitions and other special programs, including the Children's Book Festival, Comic Book Festival and a new initiative called "Feasting on Words - A Celebration of Food and Literature." The festival is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV's Black Mountain Institute; Las Vegas Review-Journal; the local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the professional association for design; and Nevada Humanities. Among the authors participating in the festival, taking place at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street (we can't explain why the Fifth Street School is located on Fourth Street), are Herman Groman, former FBI man and head of security for Boyd Gaming Corp., who will be signing copies of his novel (based on incidents from his life), Pigeon Springs, and onetime Las Vegan, Stephen Michael Shearer, who will be greeting attendees and signing copies of his latest book, Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr. From October of 2008, to July 2009, Shearer, who is also the author of Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life, did a series of special Sunday features for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, called Legendary Las Vegas Headliners. The stories can be found by going to http://www.reviewjournal.com/legends/index.html.

Actress/author, Beverly Washburn (Reel Tears), who had hoped to participate in the festival, had to bow out due to the after effects of surgery. A complete schedule of events, including a roster of featured authors, is available at vegasvalleybookfestival.org. For more information, and to learn where other festival events are taking place, please call (702) 229-5431. Most events are free and open to the public.

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Well here is something we hoped that we would see, but, based on the recent press regarding the battling Rat Pack show producers, never thought we would...Dick Feeney, and his wife Melissa, invited to a party at the Hackett's house? Even more of a surprise is the fact that the invite was issued, not by Sandy Hackett, Dick's onetime business partner, but by Sandy's mother, Sherry Hackett, and her current husband, David Loftus. Among the other party guests were The Rat Pack is Back co-producer, Art Petrie and his wife Carolyn; film maven, Leonard Maltin; actor, Mike "Mannix" Connors; comic Bob Newhart; and Dolly (Mrs. Dick) Martin.
Seen in the accompanying group photo (from left to right): Art and Carolyn Petrie, Dave Loftus and Sherry Hackett Loftus, and Dick and Melissa Feeney.


Feeney & Hackett

Lisa & Ron Smith

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The talented husband and wife team of Ron and Lisa Smith reprise their Back To Broadway revue at the Grace In the Desert Episcopal Church in Summerlin, next Saturday, November 6th at 3 p.m. Ron and Lisa present songs from classic shows, including The Music Man, Show Boat, 42nd Street, and Les Miserables, and introduces audiences to some of the most popular musicals of the last few years, such as Wicked, Smokey Joe's Caf�, Spamalot, and Songs for a New World. This first-rate musical production is filled with poignant and witty stories from Broadway, and features many of your all-time favorite tunes. Back to Broadway is a show with universal appeal. Tickets are $15, and are available at the door. Grace in the Desert is located at 2004 Spring Gate Lane. Call (702) 838-7444 for directions and for more information about the Fall 2010 Afternoon Concert Series.

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Southern Californian, Danny Roque, who has performed around Las Vegas on a number of occasions (The Composers Showcase, Stage Door Theater, Clark County Flamingo Library), and would like to do so more often, returns to Hollywood's M Bar with his ShowManiaPalooza! on Wednesday, November 3rd. The musical comedy revue promises fun and foolishness, with singer/performer/songwriter Danny leading the pack. Group members - Nora, Chris and Angelica Roque, and Dina Bennett (vocals); Las Vegan Tish Diaz (piano); Duane Benjamin (bass); Michael Sims (guitar); Jimmy Ford (drums); Dwain Roque (percussion), and Gerry Higbie (banjo) - have performed with American Idol, Aretha Franklin, Harry Connick Jr, Jersey Boys, Lionel Hampton, Andy Williams, NWA, The Cypress Hill Gang and The Disneyland Band, to name a few. Show time at the M Bar, located at 1253 Vine Street, at the southwest corner of Fountain, is 8 p.m. (doors open at 7). There is a $15 cash cover, and a $10 food minimum (see the M Bar menu at www.mbaronline.com). Call (323) 856-0036 to secure your spot, as they expect to sell out.


Danny Roque

Life Long Dreams

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From friend Judy (AJ) Thomas comes this information...I'm sure by now I've told you that I've been volunteering with a group called Life Long Dreams, an amazing organization that teaches performing and creative arts to young people with special needs. I have been involved since January and this has impacted my life in so many positive ways. I've been teaching drumming and acting and having a blast. These kids sing and dance and delight so many people with their performances around town. They've also participated in local parades and took first place in the entertainment category at this year's 4th of July Parade in Summerlin. I tell you, I there hasn't been a single performance that hasn't made me cry. Watching them gives me the a determination that in spite of my own obstacles, I can do anything. We are having our SECOND Annual Fall Concert -"The World's Greatest" on Saturday, November 13th at 7 p.m. at the Adelson Educational Campus Theater (9700 Hillpoint Road). If you'd like to see a video with some of last year's show, go to www.lifelongdreams.org (be sure to have a tissue when you do). Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children, or $20 at the door. Being a non-profit organization, tax deductible contributions are always appreciated. A sponsorship or contribution of any amount will assist us to expand our programs and operations (and maybe even buy some drums). There are several ways to be a Friend of Life Long Dreams. Support levels range from a Hope Supporter at $50 all the way up to a Victory Supporter at $10,000. Or if you would like to place your own ad in this year's souvenir program, you can do that too. A black & white business card ad is only $35, 1/4 page B&W is $125, 1/2 page B&W is $250 and full page B&W is $500, a full page color ad is $1,000. OR you could chip in with me for a B&W full page. I hope you can join me on this amazing journey as we work together to reshape 'disability' into SPECIAL ABILITY!!!

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Rob Garrett and Jay White most certainly know about this already, but Neil Diamond, who both talented Las Vegans pay tribute to in their acts, has a new CD out, as of Tuesday. On Dreams, Neil's latest release, he performs a selection of 14 of his all time favorite songs of the rock era. The Solitary Man pays homage to some of the world's greatest songs and songwriters. Dreams includes works originally recorded by such legendary artists as The Beatles, The Eagles, Randy Newman, Bill Withers, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen and more. The tracks include: "Ain't No Sunshine," "Blackbird," "Alone Again (Naturally)," "Feels Like Home," "Midnight Train To Georgia," "I'm A Believer," "Love Song," "Losing You," "Hallelujah," "A Song For You," "Yesterday," "Let It Be Me," "Desperado" and "Don't Forget Me." Across a musical career spanning nearly five decades, Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, with his last studio album, Home Before Dark, debuting at No. 1 in the US and abroad. His most current release, Hot August Night NYC DVD, is already certified double platinum. Neil has a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten singles, plus a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, and Neil was named 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year. New Zealand Concert Dates are scheduled for February 26th and 28th at the Vector Arena and March 4th in Wellington at Westpack Stadium, and in Australia, on March 7th at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, March 11th and 13th at the Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, March 19th in New South Wales at the Hunter Valley Hope Estate Winery, March 21st and 23rd at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, March 26th at the Sydney Football Stadium, and March 29th at the Perth NIB Stadium. Stay tuned for more upcoming Diamond concert dates.


Neil Diamond

Indy Sardelli

Twyla Tharp

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Indrani (Indy) Sardelli, granddaughter of Nelson Sardelli (the only child of his late, eldest daughter, Venetia Sardelli) is preparing to graduate with a Bachelor of Equestrian Science from William Woods University in Fulton, MO. WWU is the home of the first four year Equestrian Science degree program in the country. Started in 1924, WWU boasts an EQS Division that is instilled with history and success. Students in Equestrian Science must demonstrate a required level of proficiency by the conclusion of their sophomore year, in order to even declare the major. In her time away at WWU, 23-year-old Indy has been schooled in clinics with legendary equestrians such as: Melanie Smith Taylor, Jeff Cook, Linda Allen and Greg Best. She will also attend the Kris Killiam clinic (Killiam is a famous WWU alum), November 5th through 8th. As a highlight to her senior year, the youngest Sardelli was recently invited, based on riding ability and scholastic merit, to go fox hunting with prolific author and well respected equestrian, Rita Mae Brown. Indy traveled to Virginia to join Ms Brown, Master of her own Hunt Club, on a two day hunt. Indy is currently pursuing instructor certificates with ARIA (American Riding Instructors Association) and USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association). Hoping to make teaching her main profession, she is looking to be an assistant trainer at a well established show barn after graduation. :)

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On Monday, November 1st, it's off to sea with entertainer Wes Winters and about 80 of his devoted fans and nearest and dearest friends. The Carnival Paradise cruise ship departs from Long Beach, making stops at Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, before returning to Long Beach on the morning of Friday the 5th, just in time for Wes to get to the piano bench at the 88 Key Club in Sam's Town for his 6:30 show. The Baja Mexico cruise will include two exclusive private performances for the members of the Vegas Voyage Travel Club.

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Here is a pleasant surprise for Las Vegas. Frank Sinatra is back in the city that embraced him for many years. And, no, we are not talking about in Dick Feeney's The Rat Pack is Back show at the downtown Plaza, or Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show in the Le Bistro Lounge at the Riviera. This December 12th would have been Sinatra's 95th birthday. To celebrate and honor "The Chairman of the Board," Wynn Las Vegas will premiere performances of Sinatra: Dance With Me in the Encore Theater, beginning on December 11th and running until January 29th. A spokesperson for Wynn Las Vegas said that Sinatra: Dance With Me is a shortened version of the Tony-nominated Broadway production, Come Fly Away, which opened in March at the Marquis Theatre and closed in September. The total running time is expected to be 80 minutes without intermission, versus the Broadway running time of about two hours with an intermission. Sinatra: Dance With Me follows four couples as they fall in and out of love at a swinging nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a big band and 14 of the world's finest dancers, Sinatra: Dance With Me weaves classic standards including "Fly Me To The Moon," "My Way" and "That's Life" in a soaring dance fantasy of romance and seduction. By special arrangement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises and The Sinatra Family, Sinatra: Dance With Me features original recorded masters of Frank Sinatra's voice backed by a live on-stage, 17-piece big band. The show's score combines classic vocal performances from the Sinatra catalog and archives along with signature Sinatra arrangements (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones) and some brand new orchestrations for this innovative spectacle. Sinatra: Dance With Me is the next and most elaborate chapter in one of the most exciting collaborations in contemporary dance. Twyla Tharp's creative relationship with the music of Frank Sinatra began in 1976 with the premiere of Once More Frank, a duet created for the American Ballet Theatre and performed by Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The collaboration continued with Nine Sinatra Songs, Tharp's acclaimed piece for 14 dancers, and was followed by Sinatra Suite, featuring Baryshnikov. Tharp's production "Come Fly Away" played in New York City earlier this year and was described by Time Magazine to be "the purest jolt of pleasure to be found on a Broadway stage!" Sinatra: Dance With Me features scenic design by James Youmans, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Peter McBoyle. Music supervision is by the late Sam Lutfiyya and Patrick Vaccariello. Tickets are $69 and $89, plus tax and service charge.

Performances in Vegas will take place 7:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays through January 29th. The resort will be selling approximately 1,000 tickets for each performance. To reserve tickets, please call (888) 320-7110 or (702) 770-9966, or visit www.wynnlasvegas.com. For groups of 10 or more, please contact (702) 770-3724 or [email protected]. A new CD will be sold at the hotel, in conjunction with the special limited performances. Called Encore, the tracks on the CD, selected by casino owner Steve Wynn, will include, "The Good Life," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Come Blow Your Horn," "Night and Day," "Luck Be a Lady," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Change Partners," "In the Wee Small Hours Of the Morning," "The Look of Love," "That's Life," Here's To the Band" and "Theme From New York, New York."

FYI..."Here's To the Band" was written by Las Vegan Artie Schroeck, Sharman Howe and Alfred Nittoli. The song was recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1983.


Artie Schroeck

Magician Kevin James & Company

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Halloween Reminders...
Don't forget magician Kevin James & Company, performing on the Fremont Street's 3rd Street Stage, between the Four Queens and Fitzgeralds, at 8:15 and 10:15 p.m., through Halloween Sunday. The show is called Freakin' Magic Horror Hospital, and features lots of crazy, creepy-for-the-holiday stuff, including a new illusion, where a cannonball is shot through a man's chest. (Is there a doctor in the house?). The guts and gore is presented FREE. Check it out.

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Ronnie Rose's performance, scheduled for tonight at Roma Grill, has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, November 17th. Ronnie, and Vince Falcone on piano, Chris Gordan on bass, and Ryan Rose on drums, will play from 7 to 10 p.m. at the popular Italian eatery, located at 9570 Eastern Ave Las Vegas (near Silverado). Reservations are suggested. Call (702) 837-5600.


Ronnie Rose

Straight No Chaser

Tomorrow and Sunday, October 30th and 31st, the Suncoast's Hit Parade The Show, will feature performers Genevieve Dew, Swing City Dolls, Mark Giovi, Kristen Gressley, Jay Joseph, Lionardo and the Hit Parade Orchestra, Carmine Mandia, Charly Raymond, tha above mentioned Ronnie Rose and Ron Smith (who was also mentioned above). Nathan Tannenbaum will act as narrator for the 7:30 p.m. show. Ticket prices are $19.95 plus tax. Call (702) 636-7111 and ask for the box office.

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ATCO/Atlantic recording group, Straight No Chaser, will perform at the Paris Theatre on Sunday, November 7th at 8 p.m. The one-night stop in Las Vegas is part of SNC's highly successful tour that has been playing to sold out dates across the country since September. The show is jointly presented by Paris Las Vegas and AEG Live. Originally formed more than a dozen years ago, while students together at Indiana University, the male a cappella group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon, with a massive fan base, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, and proven success with two holiday releases, 2008's Holiday Spirits and 2009's Christmas Cheers. With a Twist, the third full-length offering from the group released last month, marked their highest debut on the Billboard 200, at No. 29. The album also debuted at No. 6 on the Internet Albums chart, and at No. 15 on the Digital Albums chart. With a Twist had the fifth largest pre-order in Atlantic's history. The group celebrated the release of the album with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they performed a homage to ABC's TGIF line-up. Ticket prices for Straight No Chaser are $30, $40, and $55 (plus applicable taxes and fees), and may be purchased in person at the Paris Theatre box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, or charged by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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Lest you think we are done expressing our feelings about the now closed Liberace Museum, we aren't. Until next week, when we have some new and interesting questions, here are a couple for the masses to ponder. Why wasn't Jack Rappaport given his walking papers after the August Board meeting? Why was this man allowed to continue to have any input in decision-making making at the museum? In our opinion, Jack Rappaport should not even have been permitted on the property, let alone inside the museum?



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