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Note: This is a past column from November 12, 2010
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Las Vegas - November 12, 2010

Society of Seven

Jasmine Trias

Artie Butler

The Society of Seven, with guest Jasmine Trias, returns to a Las Vegas stage, Friday, November 19th through, Sunday the 21st. Produced by Paul Stone, the popular Hawaiian ensemble performs in 7:30 p.m. shows in the newly refurbished Suncoast Showroom. SOS puts on the kind of show that made Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the World - a mix of music, comedy and choreography, with costumes and props added for good measure. The cast - Tony Ruivivar, Bert Sagum, Hoku Low, Vince Mendoza, Roy Venturina, Wayne Wakai and newcomer, lead vocalist Elika Santos - are multi-threat entertainers, with most playing instruments as well as singing and acting (sometimes hysterically goofy). Folks probably recall Jasmine from her stint on American Idol. She has grown into her role as the "pretty one" (unless you count Bert) with the fellows. We defy any audience members to leave the theater after an SOS show, without feeling thoroughly entertained. Tickets start at $29.95, plus taxes and fees, and may be purchased by calling (702) 636-7075.

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Artie Butler's name is a familiar one to many Las Vegans, mostly because of his connection to the annual Joe Williams Scholarship Concerts, and also for his history as Suzanne Somer's musical arranger, conductor and accompanist, when she performed here in showrooms on the Strip. As an arranger, Artie gets much credit for the success of hits such as "What A Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong), "Copacabana" (Barry Manilow), "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again" (Dionne Warwick), "Laughter In the Rain" (Neil Sedaka), "Midnight Train To Georgia" (Gladys Knight), "Solitary Man" (Neil Diamond), "You and Me Against the World" (Helen Reddy) and "Society's Child" (Janis Ian), just to name some. Now he should become a familiar name on Broadway, when his new musical, The People In the Picture, opens for previews, beginning on April 1st (no fooling), and opens officially on April 28th at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that Tony Award-winner, Donna Murphy, will star in the production. The People in the Picture, with a book and lyrics by the novelist Iris Rainer Dart (Beaches), tells the story of a New York grandmother, to be played by Ms. Murphy, who was once a Yiddish theater actress in Poland before World War II. "Bubbie" now longs to tell her Holocaust tales to her granddaughter, despite her daughter's desire to leave the past in the past. Ms. Murphy, who is also an accomplished film and television actress, last appeared on Broadway as Lotte Lenya in the LoveMusik, for which she received a Tony nomination. The People In the Picture features music written by the early rock 'n' roll songwriter Mike Stoller ("Smokey Joe's Café") and Butler. Leonard Foglia, whose recent work includes Let Me Down Easy, Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman show about health care and the body, will direct, with musical direction by Paul Gemignani (Pal Joey) and musical staging by Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).
The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 19th, 2011.

Donna Murphy

The Broadway Tenors

Rich Affannato

And still speaking of Broadway, we saw the wonderful Broadway Tenors - Brent Barrett, Lewis Cleale, Matt Farnsworth and Brian Lane Green - last Friday night in the 1,832-seat Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. The show was outstanding, with a great New York medley to open and close the evening, and numbers from Broadway Melody of 1936, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Chicago, Oh, Kay!, The Secret Garden, The Threepenny Opera, City of Angels, My Fair Lady, And the World Goes Round, The King and I, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Company, Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, The Lion King, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Man of La Mancha, and Brigadoon, sung individually and collectively by these four talented and charismatic gentlemen. Philip Fortenberry on piano, Fred Watstein on bass, and Jim Belk on drums, did an outstanding job of backing up the tenors, managing to make a trio sound like a small orchestra. That's the good news. The bad news is that there were fewer than 450 people in the big hall to see and hear the program. We have no idea, why such a poor turnout. It certainly isn't for lack of talent. Is it ticket prices? Lack of advance publicity? Was it because of a Friday night show, rather than the usual Saturday night? We have no idea what the problem is, but it is disturbing. The fact that the cast of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular was on stage at The Venetian at the same time that Brent Barrett, former star of the production, was hitting those glorious notes on the stage at Ham Hall, meant they couldn't attend the performance - except for Kristen Hertzenberg (with hubby Dana Satterwhite), who had the night off from her role as Christine.

Actor and director Rich Affannato, who played Carmen Ghia in the Las Vegas production of The Producers, will stage a new production of Hansel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck's (no, not THAT Engelbert Humperdinck) classic opera based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, tonight, November 11th and Sunday, the 13th, at 7 p.m. at St. Michael's Parish House, 225 West 99th Street in New York City. The opera will be performed in English. In an unusual bit of casting, counter-tenor Tyler Wayne Smith will sing the role of the Witch, who nearly bakes the lost children of the title in an oven. Smith will lead a company including Anna Petrie (Hansel), Kat Ross (Gretel), Ted Dougherty (Father), Jennifer Grodi (Sandman), Pavithra Rajagopalan (Dew Fairy) and Caroline Tye (Mother). Opera Breve will present the production, for which Gary Norden and Lenora Eve will serve as music directors, with Kristine Koury as costume designer. Affannato recently directed David Hasselhoff's World Tour Concert. In addition to his role in The Producers, Rich's acting credits include Marius in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables, and the title role in Floyd Collins at Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C., for which he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Rich has appeared off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway, Slut and Illyria. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Call (646) 200-5101 or e-mail [email protected]to purchase.

And while we are still in a Broadway, here's a reminder that Las Vegan Leigh Zimmerman is currently back on The Great White Way, doing those long-legged, high-kicks as Velma Kelly in the record-breaking, Tony Award-winning musical, Chicago, at the Ambassador Theatre (219 West 49th Street). If you are in the neighborhood...
Accompanying photo by Jeremy Daniel

Leigh Zimmerman
as Velma Kelly
by Jeremy Daniel

Diane Ellis as Reverend Mother

Dave Richardson

And continuing on the subject of musical theater, one week at a time, we are going to introduce you to the Little Sisters of Hoboken. In case you don‘t already know, they are the characters in Nunsense, currently playing (and singing and dancing) in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton. First up - because of seniority and superiority (after all, she portrays the Mother Superior) - is Diane Ellis, as Reverend Mother Mary Regina. Diane has a long history in entertainment, first in Boston where she grew up singing on gigs with her father, accordionist Vinnie Calderone, in local clubs and at private parties. One of her first jobs on her own was at Boston's Playboy Club, as opening act for up and coming comics. A Las Vegas resident for 30 years, Diane has performed in most of the major hotels in the city. She has been an integral member of the vocal group Chazz (which is currently resurrecting itself with original members Danny Calico and Corky DiFini); half of D'Cal, a musical duo with Danny Calico; and Vocalese, with Steven Lee Cowart and Janice Sands. As a soloist, Diane has been the opening act for Don Rickles, Allen and Rossi, Freddie Cole, Freda Payne and The Four Freshmen. Diane has also sung backup for Wayne Brady and Lesley Gore, and even danced, acted and sang in the production shows, Beach Blanket Babylon at the Sands (now the site of The Venetian and Palazzo) and Bill Moore's Broadway Varieties, that played at the Flamingo in Laughlin for about a year. It appears that Ms. Ellis is a real Vegas showgirl. Over the years, her voice has been heard on many local jingles for Channel 10 TV, What's On magazine and the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sun classified ads. Diane also entertained as a Singing Princess for ten years at the Excalibur Hotel. In addition to her current role in Nunsense, this busy and talented lady continues to sing around town in various venues, work as a model and voice over artist, and owns and operates Studio To Go, while still finding time to care for her kitties. Show times for Nunsense are, Wednesdays through Mondays at 4 p.m. Ticket prices range from $26. 85 for locals, to $58.92, all inclusive. For reservations, call (702) 732-5755. It would be a sin to miss Nunsense.

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On Sunday afternoon (November 21st) at 2, The Performing Arts Society of Nevada Brown Bag Concerts presents, "New Things," with Pianist/ Arranger/Conductor, David Richardson, at the Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo. The talented Mr. Richardson has been the musical director/conductor for HATS!; A Rio Christmas Spectacular starring Jeff Trachta. He has performed and conducted for Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, and Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, The Producers, We Will Rock You, and with Clint Holmes. He is currently performing with The Lion King at Mandalay Bay. Dave's program will consist of an original Suite for Piano, some spontaneous compositions and some standards. His guests will include Derek Jones, double bass; Larry Esparza, guitar; Philip Wigfall, alto saxophone, and vocals by Kissy Simmons ("Nala" in The Lion King) and Jerry Lopez (Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns). Tickets are $15, and may be ordered by calling (702) 658-6741, or purchased at the library box office one hour before the performance. The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a 501 ©(3) Corporation.

Kissy Simmons

Jerry Lopez

Jill Clayburgh by Seth Wenig

And more Broadway related news...
On Tuesday, Broadway theater marquees will be dimmed at 7 p.m. EST for one minute in memory of actress Jill Clayburgh, who appeared in Tony Award-winning musicals and plays in her five-decade career. Clayburgh, who was 66, died November 5th, after battling leukemia for more than two decades. Her Broadway credits include Noel Coward's Design for Living, the original production of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, and the musicals Pippin and The Rothschilds. The New York native also appeared in such movies as An Unmarried Woman, I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can, Silver Streak and Running With Scissors. In her final film, Love and Other Drugs, Clayburgh played Jake Gyllenhaal's mother. The actress' death has delayed the opening of the Broadway show, The Merchant of Venice, which features the late star's daughter, with husband of more than 30 years, playwright David Rabe (Tony-winning Sticks and Bones, Hurlyburly), Lily Rabe. The producers of the Shakespearean play, which stars Al Pacino (for five years, in the early 1970s, Clayburgh and Pacino were a couple), are reportedly aiming for a rescheduled November 15th opening.

There is a Las Vegas connection to David Rabe's award-winning, Hurlyburly. The play's first staging was produced by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, opened on August 7th, 1984, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it ran for 343 performances. The cast included Tony-nominee William Hurt, Ron Silver, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Stiller, Judith Ivey (who was a Tony Award nominee and winner of a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role), Sigourney Weaver, and Cynthia Nixon. Later replacements in the run included Danny Aiello, Christine Baranski, Frank Langella, John Rubinstein, Candice Bergen and Las Vegan Susan Anton.

Those who love the musical theater should mark June 11th, 2011, on their new calendars. That will be the night that the annual Tony Awards will air on CBS. The 2011 awards will move from the 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall, where it has been held for more than 10 years, to the much smaller (2,894-seats), Beacon Theater. Why the move? Because a new Cirque du Soleil show has taken up residence at Radio City in midtown Manhattan. Those Cirque folks are everywhere!

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If you want to catch entertainer Ronnie Rose at work, here are some options during the next few weeks. On the 17th, he will be at the Roma Grill, 9570 Eastern Ave., with Vincent Falcone on piano, Chris Gordan on bass, and Ryan Rose (no relation) on drums, from 7 to 10 p.m. reservations are suggested. Call (702) 837-5600. On the 18th, Ronnie will be a guest on the Dennis Bono Show, taping at the South Point at 2 p.m. Then, its' Addison's Lounge at the Rampart, from 8 p.m. to midnight on November 20th, 26th and 27th. November 28th, sees Ronnie Rose back at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues Restaurant from 8 to 11 p.m.

Ronnie Rose

The Rat Pack Is Back Candymen

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The Rat Pack Is Back! continues to support the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. On Thursday, November 18th, they will do a benefit show at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. The Rat Pack is Back! will donate $10 to the organization, for all guests who mention "Candy" when calling or visiting the Box Office to purchase tickets for this charitable evening. "We are grateful to the entire cast of the Rat Pack is Back! for choosing Candlelighters as the beneficiary for the Candyman promotion. Community partnerships are so important to us, not only to help raise awareness for Childhood Cancer, but also to help raise much needed funding for an important cause," states Melissa Cipriano, Executive Director of Candlelighters. The cast, and producer, Dick Feeney, launched the Candyman promotion at the end of September in conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. At the annual Candlelighter's Haunted Hotel Halloween Bash, patrons were asked to bring candy to The Rat Pack Is Back! nightly show. Frank, Sammy and Joey visited the Halloween carnival and entertained the children as they passed out the collected candy. For the past 12 years, The Rat Pack is Back!, has entertained more than 1 million customers in Las Vegas with more than 4,700 performances in over 38 states nationwide with their musical talents and comedic banter. They are the only show in Las Vegas to have an award from the Congress of the United States. The melodic cast of characters include: Frank, Sammy, Dean and Joey, who perform their classic songs nightly in the classic Plaza Copa Room, with an impressive 12-piece orchestra, and in major theaters across the country. More than 600 families in Southern Nevada directly benefit from the services Candlelighters provides in the form of emotional, educational and financial assistance to alleviate the isolation, uncertainty, and loneliness felt by families facing childhood cancer. To learn more about Candlelighters or donating to the charity, call the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada office at (702) 737-1919, or visit their Web site at Tickets for The Rat Pack Is Back! start at $49.99 plus tax. A Vegas-style dinner package, with booth seating is also available. For reservations call (702) 386-2444, or visit
Shown in accompanying photo are (from left to right): Brian Duprey, Kenny Jones and Mickey Joseph.

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Garth Brooks has added a string of dates to his Wynn Las Vegas engagement. That‘s the good news. The bad news is the ticket prices are going up...way up, for the newly-announced shows. Tickets that were $125, plus taxes and service charges, have been raised to $225, plus taxes and service charges, for the newly-confirmed shows, running December 3rd through 5th, January 21st through 23rd, February 11th through 13th, and 25th through 27th. Hotel owner, Steve Wynn, says of the prices and added shows: "My decision to raise the ticket price was a simple one. The demand for Garth was so overwhelming that it caught us by surprise. We could fill a theater many times the size of this (at Encore), twice a night." Brooks, who wanted to keep prices affordable for his fans, adds: "I am flattered Steve Wynn believes in me as an entertainer and my deal with him is not affected by ticket price. My only concern is the audience. Right now, the Vegas audiences are some of the best I have ever played for and I'd hate to see that change for whatever reason." So would we, Garth. So would we.

Garth Brooks

Sarah Frances Johnston

Jack Jackson

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On Friday and Saturday nights, form 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., and for Sunday Brunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., singer Sarah Frances Johnston performs jazz and American standards in the dining room of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, high atop the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Born in New Zealand and performing throughout the South Pacific, Sarah now comes to Las Vegas for this exclusive residency at the Eiffel Tower. What better way to complement Chef Joho's inspired French cuisine than with an elegant performance. For reservations, call (702) 948-6937.

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Jack Jackson's Pioneers and Legends: The History of Country Music comes to the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, for performances on Saturday, November 20th, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 21st, at 3 p.m. For more than 80 years, North America has had a love affair with Country Music and much of that affair has been captured recorded and stored in a museum called the "Country Music Hall of Fame." The show is a tribute to the pioneers of Country Music, following their induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The first half of the presentation honors pioneers such as Jimmie Rodgers, The Singing Brakeman, known as the Father of Country Music; Roy Acuff, the congenial host of the Grand Old Opry for more than 50 years; Bob Wills, the Father of Western Swing music; Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass music; and the singing cowboy, Gene Autry, who ruled the silver screen during the ‘30s and into the ‘40s, giving us 90 singing cowboy movies and more than 200 hit singles, many of which we love at Christmas time with classics like "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." The second half of the show looks at the changing face of country music, from the acoustic-styled music of the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, to the electrified music of Hank Williams and his Honky-tonk-sound of the late ‘40s through into the ‘50s. Pioneers and Legends also honors legends such as Johnny Cash and his rockabilly influence; Ray Price ("For the Good Times," "Crazy Arms") and his 4/4 shuffle music that spawned a new American/Canadian dance craze that has become a favorite dance rhythm of the 20th century, the "two step." They look at and honor the music of legends such as George Jones ("He Stopped Loving Her Today," "She Thinks I Still Care"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy," "I Fall To Pieces," "Walkin‘ After Midnight"), Marty Robbins ("A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation," "El Paso"), Jim Reeves ("Four Walls," "He'll Have To Go," "Welcome To My World"), and Chet Atkins, all of whom had a tremendous influence in American and Canadian music history. Pioneers and Legends, The History of Country Music, is a must-see, history-honoring, multi-media musical performance and presentation, that is sure to take you back to a time when life was young, time was forever and the music was our heritage. Longtime Las Vegas residents and/or visitors may remember Big John Wills and The Family Tradition during the years that they were a popular act around these parts. John, who performed with his group at places including the Golden Nugget, Sam's Town and the Las Vegas and Flamingo Hiltons, was the nephew of the above mentioned Bob Wills. Tickets for Pioneers and Legends are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $20 for non-residents. All shows at the Starbright Theatre 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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Siegfried & Roy's
Celebrity Cookbook

Puppy Pilots by Duke Morgan

Nelson Sardelli & Pat Cooper

Siegfried & Roy are pleased to announce the release of their first Celebrity Cookbook. Over the past few months, they have collected the best recipes from well-known celebrities, actors, musicians, politicians, athletes and many others, and compiled them into a gorgeous keepsake cookbook that everyone can enjoy. All proceeds go toward the care of the valued canines of the Las Vegas Metro K9 Unit. The Celebrity Cookbook includes recipes for appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and even special animal treats, with lots of great photos to enjoy as well. Each recipe also includes the contributor's name, allowing readers to find recipes with ease. The cookbook contains favorite recipes from Siegfried and Roy, as well as those of many of their celebrity friends, including: Jason Alexander, Criss Angel, Lance Burton, Kurt Busch, David Cassidy, Lynette Chappell, Cher, Terry Fator, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Kim Kardashian, Emeril Lagasse, Eva Longoria-Parker, Shirley MacLaine, Holly Madison, Vince Neil, Wayne Newton, Kenny Ortega, Penn & Teller, Wolfang Puck, Rita Rudner, Georges St-Pierre, Steve Wynn, officers of the LVMPD K-9 Unit, and many, many more. Among the many, many more is Wes Winters, sharing his Kansas Apple Fritters ("Yes, fried food," say the piano man, "What else would I cook?"). You can order the book for $19.95, plus shipping, by going to

And still speaking of books...
Hot off the press, a new audio-visual experience for children, in a fully illustrated book that includes a CD featuring all the character voices, enhanced by music and sound effects. Puppy Pilots was created, written, voiced and produced by Duke Morgan, renowned broadcaster and voice artist. Additional voice overs are provided by Candi Cazau, with . Illustrations by Robin Ewers. Everyone knows that dogs are smart, but what happens when four puppies become SUPER smart and actually more intelligent than humans? The fun begins on the spaceship, Bow Wow, as the puppies, Frisky, Daisy, Roberto and Barney, are launched into space. Their Destination is the planet Mars. At this point the puppies have no choice but to go along for the ride. On the way, an amazing thing happens. They meet something strange in space that affects them. The puppies change and acquire super intelligence. From that point, the story takes a fun-filled twist. Children read along with the action-packed CD. Following the illustrations, readers will go along for the adventurous ride with our Puppy Pilot characters. This could make a great Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gift, or even a "just because" gift for some lucky child. Puppy Pilots is $19.95 plus shipping and handling. To order, contact

And our friend, Nelson Sardelli, passes along this info for all of you readers...Comic Pat Cooper has a new book out. It's called How Dare You Say How Dare Me, sub-titled An Autobiography of a Life in Comedy. The foreword is by Jerry Lewis (don't let that stop you from buying the book), and How Dare You Say How Dare Me is published by Square One Publishers and available in bookstore and online. The list price is $24.95.

Wes Winters' Cruisers

And speaking of speaking of Wes Winters (one of the contributors to Siegfried and Roy's Celebrity Cookbook mentioned above), his Vegas Voice Mexico Cruise was a great success and they are already in the process of planning their 2011 trip. They are anticipating an even bigger turnout than the 2010 trip. Details should be available by the first of the year. We will print the information when plans are finalized. The accompanying photo shows many of the happy sailors who traveled with the group. Fortunately, Winters and his cruisers were NOT passengers on the Carnival's Splendor, which got stuck at sea, leaving 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crew members floating in the Pacific Ocean for four days, with no hot water, no air conditioning, no internet, very little food, and limited bathroom facilities, following a fire in the engine room.

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Rita Rudner, is on the move again. The funny lady, who performed at New York-New York for six years at the beginning of her almost 10-year Vegas run, and has been creating laughs at Harrah's for nearly four years, will take her act to The Venetian (in the 720-seat showroom formerly occupied by Gordie Brown and Wayne Brady), beginning on January 12th. Rita's last show at Harrah's will take place on New Year's Day.

Rita Rudner

Triumph at Las Vegas Hilton

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After a number of delays,
On November 22nd, the adventure begins, as Triumph. It Runs On Steam! comes into the Las Vegas Hilton Theater. It's too soon for a sneak peek, so we have no idea what Triumph (which we hope lives up to its name) is all about. According to the Press Release we received, "Triumph. It Runs On Steam! is an alluring, entertaining and thrilling mystical journey that pulls back the cosmetic curtain taking you through the dimension of time and a parallel universe. Featuring the science of Jules Verne, a true inventor, visionary and author of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, H.G. Wells, an English author, known for "The Time Machine," and Nikola Tesla, an important contributor to the birth of commercial electricity and best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism, Triumph is steeped in a sub-genre of science fiction and alternative history. Enhanced by a chilling original music score, steamy sensual dance and the magical illusions of Larry Fischer and Rafael Palacios, this is a unique production integrated in the sci-fi fantasy genre. Triumph. It Runs On Steam! is a compelling and simple story of good versus evil, the battle of humankind that will never end. Triumph. It Runs On Steam! also features the artistic choreography and direction of Chet Walker who has performed on Broadway since the age of 16. Chet's professional stage credits include four Bob Fosse musicals, The Pajama Game, Pippin, Dancin' and A Chorus Line. Walker originally conceived the 1999 Tony Award-winning musical Fosse, that also garnered an Outer Critics' Award. Scenic designer Kelly Tighe resides in New York and has created award-winning set designs to reflect Victorian nostalgia. Kelly's credentials include off-Broadway productions such as The Fantasticks. National tours and regional productions include Cats, Dreamgirls, The Full Monty and Jesus Christ Superstar. His awards and recognitions include Northern California's Shellie, Drama-Logue and the San Francisco Bay Area's Outer Critics' Circle." Performances for Triumph in the Hilton Theater are scheduled at 7:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Sundays, during football season, and 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays, during the rest of the year. Tickets are $44.95 - $99.95, plus tax and service charge. Call the Las Vegas Hilton Box Office (24 hours a day) at (800) 222-5361 for tickets or click here to buy tickets online.

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Premiere vocalist Frank Sinatra Jr. and his 20-piece big band conducted by Terry Woodson will pay tribute to his legendary father and entertainment icon Frank Sinatra by performing his treasured hits in Sinatra Sings Sinatra at The Orleans Showroom, November 19th through 21st. An inherited honor, Sinatra Jr. performs the songs that his late father sang during his stellar 50-year career, many of which the younger Sinatra witnessed first hand. The show includes such Sinatra classics as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "One For My Baby," "Luck Be A Lady" and "Strangers In The Night." A headliner in his own right, Sinatra Jr. was born in New Jersey, raised in California and educated in the showrooms of Las Vegas and on bandstands around the world. At 21, he made his show business debut as a singer with the Elliott Brothers Band. He later joined the Sam Donahue Orchestra, and then went on to perform in showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil and England. A talented songwriter, three of Sinatra Jr.'s songs - "Spice," "Believe In Me" and "Black Night" - were featured on the 1971 album "Spice," produced by the late Sonny Burke. In the 1980s, backed by a 17-piece orchestra, Sinatra Jr. opened in downtown Las Vegas and reintroduced the lush big band sound, sparking renewed interest in live music. In the decade that followed, he expanded his band to include 20 musicians and played the lounge at Desert Inn, marking the first time in 20 years that a big band had appeared in a lounge on the famed Las Vegas Strip. By then, he had also joined his father's staff as musical director and conductor, helping to choose the music and conduct the orchestra whenever his father was on stage. Sinatra Jr. conducted for his father at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and went on to perform his own show to sell-out audiences at Tavern on the Green and later, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. His 1996 release of "As I Remember It," a tribute to Frank Sinatra's talents and the composers and arrangers, who defined the Sinatra legend, climbed the charts and earned critical acclaim along the way. In his tour that followed, Sinatra Jr. used a 44-piece orchestra and won respect from fans and critics. "When I was a boy, my father would often bring me to Las Vegas. I saw all the stars perform, and late at night, there would always be a name band playing in a lounge," Sinatra Jr. recalled. "I remember listening to Harry James, Count Basie and many other famous bands. It was quite an education. I always try to recapture the spirit of those late night sessions in my own show." In addition to performing with a big band, Sinatra Jr. has also shared a stage with showbiz greats like George Burns, Phil Harris and Flip Wilson. Over the years, he guest starred on television hits including Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and The Golddiggers, and frequently appeared on programs hosted by legends Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson. Sinatra Jr. has appeared on the big screen in The Walking Major, a 1970 feature movie filmed on location in Japan, and the 2003 film Hollywood Homicide, starring Harrison Ford. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 365-7075, or visiting Save on convenience fees by purchasing the tickets in person at Coast Casinos.

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Guy & Betty Mitchell

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On October 11th, Betty Mitchell, the widow of top-selling recording artist, Guy Mitchell ("Heartaches By the Numbers," "Singing the Blues," "Sparrow In the Treetop"), called Cousin Claire from her home in Cheney, Washington, to tell her that her kidneys were failing and that she didn‘t have too much longer to live. Betty, who had resided in Las Vegas prior to Guy's death in 1999, had hoped to move back to the desert before winter came to that part of the country. Sadly, earlier today, we got word from her son, Joe Stanzak, that Betty, 82, passed away on Tuesday. At her wishes, she was cremated and there will be no service.

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