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Note: This is a past column from March 11, 2011
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Las Vegas - March 11, 2011

Sahara Hotel

Late breaking news...
Earlier today, it was announced that the Sahara, a once proud property on the Las Vegas Strip, would be closing in May. We are not one bit surprised at this bit of news. For months, we have been saying that the handwriting was on the wall. When two of the three hotel towers were closed in December of 2009, followed by the closing of both the upstairs showroom and buffet, cutback in the coffee shop hours (the 24-hour coffee shop was now closing at 11 p.m.), and, most recently, the closing (called a hiatus by the property) of the hotels' shows, including Rick Thomas' magic show.

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Bob Flanigan

Bill Acosta

Some members of the Las Vegas entertainment community can use some good wishes and a little cheering up. Bob Flanigan, the familiar lead voice of the original Four Freshmen vocal group; singer/impressionist, Bill Acosta; onetime manager of the Hacienda (now the site of Mandalay Bay) and Mt. Charleston's unofficial town historian, 82-year-old Dick Taylor; veteran magician, Gary Darwin; and singer Michaelina Bellamy, are dealing with health issues and/or aging.

Flanigan, who is 84 and dealing with emphysema, and Darwin, have both been hospitalized.
Early on Wednesday morning, March 16th, Acosta, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease about five years ago, is scheduled for an elective brain surgery called DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation). It is hoped that this surgery, involving a battery pack implant, will help control Bill's tremors. He will recover at the house on Westwind, with the help of his two kids - son Michael, who will be here from Chicago, and daughter Angela. With lots of prayers, and the skill of Neurosurgeon, Dr. James Forage, and Neurologist Dr. Charles Bernick, Bill should be able to regain some quality of life. The family asks that you please remember Bill in your daily intentions/prayers. For those who would like to reach out to Bill, his e-mail address is [email protected]. You can keep track of some of his progress on Angela's facebook page, or send e-mail to [email protected]

Dick Taylor

Gary Darwin

Michaelina Bellamy

Michaelina, who was a principal in the Tropicana's long-running Les Folies Bergere, has been diagnosed with Leukemia. She wants to spend time with her family, and requests no calls or visitors. Prayers would be gratefully and graciously accepted.

And sad news...musician Steve Dimond passed away on Tuesday afternoon. Among his credits, Steve was a member of the Excalibur's Royal Court Singers. On Monday, from 3 to 4 p.m., friends will gather in the Black Box Theatre at the downtown Las Vegas Academy, 315 S. 7th Street (on the corner of Lewis and 10th, facing Lewis), to honor Steve's memory. Anyone who would like to say a few short words or play or sing a song at this Celebration of Life gathering, is welcome to do so. In lieu of flowers, Steve's wife, Melissa, has requested that donations be made to the Nathan Adelson Hospice,, in Steve's name instead. For those who would like to send a card or note, please mail it to 2629 Langford Ave., Henderson, NV 89052. In addition to his wife, Steve is survived by his daughters, Evan and Tanya. Steve's longtime friend, Diane Ellis (currently playing in Nunsense at the Las Vegas Hilton), provides us with the accompanying photo and this information..."Steve Dimond, Brad Millison, Chris Touhy and I worked as the Royal Court Singers at the Excalibur for about seven years. When Brad died, Janice Sands took his place. When Steve left, we revamped the group. When Chris left, it was Janice, Steven Lee Cowart and me, performing as a trio called Vocalese. We sang on the Jester stage before moving downstairs to the lounge where we performed during the day for about nine months. When Steven Lee left, he was replaced by Ricky Roehr. Then, Suzanne Lane joined the ensemble. Over the years, other singers came and went, including Debbie Golden, Brenda Leonard (now Cowart), and sax player Dave Stambaugh."

Excalibur's Royal Court Singers
Shown in the accompanying Excalibur Royal Court Singers photo, circa 1990s (from left to right): Steve Dimond, Brad Millison, Diane Ellis and Chris Touhy.

Also, entertainment marketing, management and charity fundraising man, Scott Dockswell, has died. Scotty passed away in Miami, Florida, last Sunday, following a long illness. A native New Yorker, Dockswell was 55. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sisters, Eileen Chimerine and Susan McLaughlin; brothers, Jeff and Maurice; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and friends. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., this Sunday, March 13th, at Congregation Ner Tamid, 55 Valley Verde in Henderson, Nevada.

The Saleeby-Elias household in Memphis, Tennessee, is mourning the loss of their 15-year-old dog, Jetta. We offer the words from Rainbow Bridge as some comfort. "When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...." The author of this beautiful piece is unknown.

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Speaking of Bill Acosta...We "discovered" him almost 35 years ago, when he was singing (as himself) on Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace. With the talented Rudi Eagan at the piano (and, as we recall, Mark Callas on drums), Acosta delivered the songs like a top saloon singer should. He had gigs at the Tropicana, and even at the intimate Tender Trap, just east of the Strip on Flamingo, and also competed in the Riviera's Search for Gold in the early 1980s, before departing Vegas for parts, to us, unknown. Coincidentally, while we were in Chicago in the fall of 1982, Bill, backed by a big band, was performing at Milt Trenier's club just off Rush Street. We spent a couple of hours there one night. Bill's next time in Vegas was at the Luxor, where he was now performing as other people in Lasting Impressions. From the Luxor, Acosta moved into the main showroom at the Flamingo. His health issues caused him to give up the stage. Perhaps, after his upcoming surgery, we will see Bill Acosta in the spotlight once again. That would be a good thing.

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American Superstars, the celebrity impersonation show that has been at the Stratosphere since 1996, will close at the end of this month. Over the years, American Superstars, produced by Donny Lee Moore and Mark Callas (mentioned above), has featured look-alike and sound-alike recreations of Michael Jackson, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, The Blues Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Liberace, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Britney Spears, Cher and many other celebrities. The final performance for American Superstars will be at 8:30 p.m. on March 30th. Call (702) 380-7711 for show times and reservations. Must be five years or older to attend.

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Bishop Gorman High School will present Godspell, tonight and tomorrow night and March 17th, 18th and 19th at 7, and March 13th and 20th at 2 p.m. Set on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in modern day Los Angeles, a group of hungry wannabe musicians play haphazardly in front of the iconic Capitol Records building. When a stranger appears, he teaches them the ideals of faith and love and they are transformed as they begin making true music instead of just noise. Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, the Gaels Theatre Guild's production of Godspell, directed by Elena Ferrante-Martin, is a gritty and groundbreaking reflection on the life of Jesus Christ. Tickets are $12-$15 and can be purchased at The theater, Jim3 House of Performing Arts, is located at 5959 S. Hualapai Way.

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Nunsense continues in the Las Vegas Hilton's Shimmer Cabaret, with matinee performances at 4 p.m., Saturdays through Thursdays. Prices are $39 General Admission, $49 Premium Seating, $59 Buffet package and $69 Benihana package. Hotel guests and Nevada residents with local ID, pay $19. For reservations, call (702) 732-5755.

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Not surprisingly, Sinatra Dance With Me, originally scheduled to run through the end of January, has been held over at Encore through the end of April. We have a feeling that Encore owner, Steve Wynn, will keep this dance and music show around even longer than April. After all, Wynn had a long-standing relationship with Frank Sinatra. Not only did he book him at the Golden Nuggets, both here and in Atlantic City, Ol' Blue Eyes even did TV commercials for the properties, and Wynn Las Vegas has a restaurant called Sinatra. For this production, audience members can take a trip back to the days of Sinatra, as four couples fall in and out of love at a swinging nightclub in Las Vegas. Coupled with the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra, a 17-piece big band and 14 of the world's finest dancers, SINATRA Dance With Me weaves classic songs including "Fly Me To The Moon," "My Way" and "That's Life" in a soaring dance fantasy of romance and seduction. Frank Sinatra had quite the history with Sin City with his first gig in September 1951 at the Desert Inn to his final performance at the 5,000 room MGM Grand in 1994. Sinatra's time in Las Vegas helped shape the city into what it is today and the city couldn't be more grateful and indebted to the singer. "He brought unmatched excitement to the Strip and defined the word 'swinger' for all times," said actor Gregory Peck at a Las Vegas golf tournament that bears Sinatra's name. And there was the Rat Pack. His association with the Rat Pack, made up of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop, and their influence over the city, catapulted Sinatra into Las Vegas history books. "With his little gang of merry men, he established forever a sense of free-floating fun and frolic that captured the imagination of the world," Peck told two celebrities after Sinatra's death in May 1998. The singer gave Las Vegas an image and, in return, the city will forever honor Sinatra with tribute shows and concerts. Enjoy a seductive tryst with SINATRA Dance With Me as world class dancers bring the lyrics of Frank Sinatra's most beguiling love songs to life on stage. Conceived, choreographed and directed by dance legend Twyla Tharp, the live spectacle blends the electrifying energy of a live band and the sultry sound of Sinatra's vocals to sweep audiences off their feet. The show will have a few dark nights this month - March 17th, 18th, 25th and 26th. Shows are at 7:30 in the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, Mondays through Saturdays. Tickets range from $81.40 to $103.40 (dinner packages are also available). Call (702) 770-9966.

David Cassidy

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On last Sunday night‘s Celebrity Apprentice, David Cassidy was the first one booted off the show by Donald Trump during the new season's premiere episode. The former Partridge Family teen idol has a history in Las Vegas. He was the first star to headline in EFX at the MGM Grand, co-starred with Sheena Easton in the Rio's At the Copa, and was the co-producer (with Don Reo) and occasional guest star (as Bobby Darin), of the Rat Pack Is Back show at the Desert Inn. Cassidy is scheduled to perform at The Orleans on May 7th and 8th.

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Steven Lee Group

The Steven Lee Group - made up of Steven Lee on guitar, Rocco Barbato on saxophone, Rochon Westmoreland on bass, Billy T (Tragesser) on keyboards, and Joey Finger on drums (all the fellows, except Barbato, add to the vocal mix) - is heating up the Rocks Lounge at the Red Rock Resort, on Sundays, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). Michelle Johnson (one of the Little Sisters of Hoboken in Nunsense at the Hilton) and Tony Davich, provide the lead vocals. Make the trip to the Red Rock to see and hear these pros at work.

Shown in accompanying photo (left to right): In back row, Rocco, Joey, Steven, Rochon and Billy. In front row, Michelle and Tony.

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It's almost time for the wearin' of the green, as St. Paddy's Day is on approach. McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is honoring its Irish roots with an unruly St. Patrick's Day celebration complete with food, drinks, giveaways and of course, a Pot of Gold. Kicking off on March 12th, McFadden's starts five days of Irish partying, because moderation is for wimps. The establishment brings back its annual St. Practice Day on Saturday, to gear up for the meanest and greenest day of the year. Hosted by The Party 93.1, the day of practice will start with a hearty Irish breakfast. Served all day this most important meal will include crispy bacon, eggs, traditional Irish soda bread and juicy sausage for only $10. Revelers can also enjoy $4 green beers all day and night, $5 Irish Car Bombs and $5 Cherry & Grape Bombs. A pre-game open bar will warm-up patrons from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. for only $15 and from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. the Irish hot spot will have an open bar for only $20 for ladies and $30 for gentlemen. And of course, Guinness, Killian's and Bass specials will keep patron's palettes wet all night, and buy two shots of Jameson and get the third free. To complete this warm-up, McFadden's will feature performances by the Celtic Rockers starting at 8 p.m., resident DJ Ted will spin until 4 a.m. and Vegas' only bagpipe band, McFadden's Desert Skye Pipes & Drums will jam into the night. The party continues on Monday, the14th, with the lucky "Pot O' Gold" hosted by and KLUC. The evening starts with a open bar hosted by Strangford Lough Brewing Company from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. All party-goers will take a turn at pulling a drink special from the "Pot O' Gold" from 9 p.m. until midnight. Lucky winners will walk away with free drinks, McFadden's gear and more. Guests will also enjoy Guinness, Killian's and Bass specials, along with $4 green beers, $10 25 oz. mugs of domestic drafts, $4 Guinness drafts and $4 shots of Jameson. The JV All-Stars will perform from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. with DJ Ted spinning from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. On Tuesday, McFadden's cranks things up with "Tilt Your Kilt Karaoke," hosted by 107.9. DJ Squirrel will lead karaoke, allowing brave patrons to step into the limelight and sing their hearts out on the McFadden's stage. Anyone who sings a song will receive a free drink. Celtic band Darby O'Gill and the Little People will perform starting at 9 p.m., and locals with ID will receive $2 wells and domestics from 10 p.m. until close. McFadden's Desert Skye Pipes & Drums will perform a Seisun from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., plus the drink specials continue with $4 green beers, $4 shots of Jameson, $10 pitchers, $5 cherry and grape bombs and Guinness, Killian's and Bass specials. Wednesday, March 16th, McFadden's and KOMP 92.3 will host "Cheers to Green Beers," with $4 green beers all day, as well as Guinness, Killian's and Bass specials, $4 shots of Jameson and the premier Irish band, Finnegan's Wake, will perform starting at 9 p.m. Plus, all of those hardcore party goers still around at 3:17 a.m. will be eligible for a spectacular McFadden's giveaway in honor of the March 17th arrival. The best day of the year, hosted by Xtreme 107.5, KLUC 98.5 and MIX 94.1, kicks off early at McFadden's with "Kegs and Eggs." Early raisers will enjoy all-you-can-eat-and-drink Kegs and Eggs from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. for only $20. The first 21 people to arrive will receive a free beer for the 21 Shotgun Salute Beer Chug. For those who don't make the morning feast, an authentic Irish breakfast will be served all day and night for only $10. A "Mid-day Mind Eraser" open bar will keep partiers going from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. for only $20. Plus, each guest will receive a McFadden's souvenir yard glass with their admission charge along with $4 green beers, $6 Jameson shots, $5 green injection shots, $3 green JELL-O shots and green beer bongs and Guinness, Killian's and Bass specials. Party-goers will have a chance to show their sexy and creative side with a "Build Your Own Green Bikini" contest for a chance at a $1,000 cash prize and their very own Epiphone guitar, custom painted by Jason Oberly. The winner will be announced at 1 a.m. Entertainment will include authentic Irish dancers, Bread and Circus from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., the bagpipe band, McFadden's Desert Skye Pipes & Drums all day as well as DJ Ted on the ones and twos from 7 a.m. until close. On the 19th, the Paddy's Day party wraps up with McFadden's annual St. Recovery Day. A pre-game open bar begins at 8 p.m. for only $15 and the evening open bar takes place from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. for only $20 for ladies and $30 for gents. All March birthdays drink free from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. and all patrons will receive $5 Bloody Marys, $5 cherry and grape bombs. Plus, the first 15 birthday celebrants to arrive will receive a super special birthday gift. McFadden's presents nightly specials including: Laid Back Mondays, Ultimate Karaoke Tuesdays, Totally Trivia Wednesdays, Beerfest Thursdays, McFadden's LIVE Fridays and 'The Party' Open Bar Saturdays. McFadden's gorgeous Lucky Charms and jovial Ministers of Hospitality ensure everyone has fun, whether they're there to watch the game, throw back a few drinks, play beer pong, or simply enjoy a bite to eat. Best known for its beers and libations, McFadden's offers a full bar featuring dozens of favorite draught beers, 90-ounce fishbowl cocktails and frozen drinks. McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon is open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. until 4 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Sunday. Call (702) 270-6200, or visit

St. Paddy's at McFadden's

Tony Danza, Leigh Zimmerman & Larry Raben

The 45th annual Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade & Four Day Festival will take place March 17th through 20th, at the City of Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street. This year's parade, on Saturday morning, March 19th, beginning at 10, will be accompanied by electrifying holiday celebrations including a carnival, festival, car show and great live entertainment. Celebrate the luck of the Irish by taking the family and enjoying the Irish excitement in the Water Street District! Admission is complimentary.

Bald is beautiful, especially at this time of year when it comes as the result of head-shaving events to benefit the fight against childhood cancer. St. Baldrick ceremonies occur around the city, with both males and females taking it all off (hair, that is) at establishments such as Nine Fine Irishmen and McMullan's Irish Pub, to raise money for this important cause.

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Actor Tony Danza has filed for divorce from Tracy, his wife of 24 years. The couple, who have two daughters, Katherine, 24, and Emily, 17, had been separated for a few years. Danza, who is 60, starred in the TV series, Taxi and Who's the Boss? He portrayed Max Bialystock in the Mel Brooks musical comedy, The Producers, when it played at Paris Las Vegas.

And speaking of The Producers, our friend, Broadway's Lee Roy Reams, who played Roger DeBris in the Vegas production, doesn't stay still long enough to let any grass grow under his dancing feet. On February 28th, the National Arts Club and Theater for the New City, with Crystal Field as executive director, presented the 8th Annual Love N' Courage Gala, celebrating Tony Award-winning actress Marian Seldes and the depth and joy of her performance. Song and dance man, Reams, served as Master of Ceremonies/host for the evening, a benefit for Theater for the New City's Emerging Playwrights Program, which included cocktails, dinner, and performances by Tammy Grimes, the Wendy Osserman Dance Company, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Bina Sharif, Jean-Claude Van Itallie and Boleros by the Pablo Mayor Trio, last year's honorees, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, and this year's honoree, Seldes. Proceeds from the event, the 8th annual, benefit the Emerging Playwrights' Program at Theater for the New City, located at 155 First Avenue in the East Village, where it remains one of the few remaining outposts for experimental and political theatre in 21st century New York. Seldes was honored "for her long and illustrious career as one of the American theatre's most accomplished and beloved actresses," according to Theater for the New City. The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan.

Lee Roy Reams and Ladies

Shown in David Gordon's accompanying photo (left to right): Marian Seldes, Crystal Fields, Lee Roy Reams and Tammy Grimes.

Last Monday, March 7th, the New York Friars Club presented its "annual musical treat," entitled Divo Showstoppers! The evening featured the talents of Eric Comstock (MAC Award-winning cabaret star), Robert Cuccioli (Tony-nominee, Jekyll & Hyde), Nicolas King (19-year-old Broadway and cabaret performer) , Kevin Meaney (comedian and Broadway actor, Hairspray), Metropolitan Opera tenor Raul Melo (not to be confused with former Mavericks front man, Raul Malo), Wade Preston (Piano Man, Movin' Out and Billy Joel‘s stand-in), Lee Roy Reams (Tony-nominee, 42nd Street), and Marty Silver (Friars Café Thursday) . Paul Chamlin served as musical director. Randie Levine-Miller, who produced the event, also hosted.

And, Tuesday, March 15th, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., the Theatre Production Workshop Dialogue Series continues with a discussion about Marymount Manhattan College's mainstage musical, Sweet Charity. The series features a number of well known panelists, including Lee Roy Reams, who made his Broadway debut in Sweet Charity in 1966 as an ensemble member and played the character of the Spanish Man. He went on to appear in many Broadway shows, including 42nd Street (original Billy Lawlor); Hello, Dolly!; La Cage aux Folles; and The Producers, and directed and choreographed the last Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! Dana Moore appeared in the Sweet Charity revival, a production that starred Debbie Allen and Bebe Neuwirth. Jeff Shade is a guest director for the MMC production of Sweet Charity. A performer and choreographer, he danced in Sweet Charity on Broadway (as directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse), and most recently choreographed for the MMC Dance Department's mainstage concert last fall. Sam Wasson is the author of A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards; and Fifth Avenue, 5AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Dawn of the Modern Woman; and is working on a biography of Bob Fosse. No reservations are required for this free event, and anyone is invited to attend. It's at the Theresa Lang Theatre at MMC, 221 East 71st Street, in New York. Call (800) MARYMOUNT, or (212) 517-0430 for more information. Contact: Mary Fleischer at [email protected]

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Tomorrow night (Saturday, March 12th) at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30), Off Strip Productions & JD Jensen present Cory Benway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a one-night-only performance benefiting the Sin Sity Sisters Aids Drug Assistance Program. The event will take place at The Onyx Theatre, inside The Rack at 953 E. Sahara, #16 (in the northeast corner of Commercial Center). Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer. The text is by John Cameron Mitchell, and the music and lyrics are by Stephen Trask. The musical premiered in 1998 and has been performed throughout the world in hundreds of stage productions. It has gathered a devoted cult following similar to that of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The character of Hedwig was loosely inspired by a German female babysitter/prostitute who worked for Mitchell's family when he was a teenager in Junction City, Kansas. The character of Tommy, originally conceived as the main character, was based on Mitchell himself: both were gay, the sons of an Army general, deeply Roman Catholic and fascinated by mythology. The story draws on Mitchell's life as the son of a U.S. Army Major General who once commanded the U.S. sector of occupied West Berlin. The music is steeped in the androgynous 1970s glam rock era of David Bowie (who co-produced the Los Angeles production of the show), as well as the work of John Lennon and early punk godfathers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. Cory Benway returns to Hedwig, a role he originally created in May 2010, and which won him the 2010 Las Vegas Review-Journal's "Outstanding Lead Actor" award. Mr. Benway also returns to The Onyx Theatre where he most recently won rave reviews for his reinvention of Dr. Frank N' Furter in Off Strip Productions Las Vegas premiere of The Rocky Horror Show. Mr. Benway's original Hedwig performance placed him on several "Best of" and "Top 10" lists for the 2010 theatre season , and he received a 2010 nomination for "Best Off-Strip Performance" for his touching and fearless performance. Original audiences flocked to Benway's Hedwig, dubbing it the "can't miss" performance of the year, resulting in countless, sold out and standing room only performances during the original run. Praise for Cory Benway's original performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch: "The evening stands triumphantly on star Cory Benway" - Las Vegas City Life; "Go for Benway's fantastic performance" -; "Benway is utterly hysterical" - The Rebel Yell; "Benway is aggressive, charming, funny and heartbreaking. A sensitive, perceptive and balls-out performance." - Las Vegas Weekly; "Benway makes you want to cheer. He transforms Hedwig into a love story between performer and audience." - Las Vegas Review-Journal. Cory Benway, along with the cast and the band, has agreed to perform this production for One Night Only to benefit the Sin Sity Sisters and the Sisters Aids Drug Assistance Program. SADAP is designed to assist individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada with both short-term and long-term acquisition of prescribed medications necessary for their continued physical health and mental well-being. This program will allow individuals to remain adherent to ALL their prescribed medication needs and will alleviate much of the emotional stress of monthly financial dilemmas. Off Strip's Production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is newly staged and directed by Joe Hynes (Director of Off Strip's The Rocky Horror Show), starring Cory Benway as Hedwig and featuring Amanda Kraft as Yitzhak. Cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: VIP Seating $75, General Seating $45, Back Rows $25, and Aisle Overflow $15. Call (702) 732-7225 for reservations.

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Tom Bruny & Siegfried Fischbacher by Larry Burton

Bingo! Yep, that's Tom Bruny in the current TV spot for Binion's in downtown Las Vegas. Bruny, a longtime Las Vegan, is Director of Marketing for the Fremont Street Experience.

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