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Las Vegas - March 25, 2011

David Pomeranz & Lea Salonga

Sinatra Dance With Me Finale

Wish this was happening in Southern Nevada...
The much-anticipated concert event with David Pomeranz and Tony-winning star, Lea Salonga ("Les Miz" and "Ms. Saigon") will take place at the luxurious Newport Performing Arts Theater in Manila on March 29th. David and Lea will perform their solo hits as well as duets in an unforgettable evening of music. Lea performed at UNLV in May of 2009, as part of the New York Stage & Beyond series, while David appeared here at the Stirling Club, Wyrick Theater (now the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood), and with Imelda Papin at The Orleans, New Years Eve 2008. Pomeranz and Salonga first met in the early '90s when Lea recorded two songs for David's "Little Tramp" Studio CD (which also featured Richard Harris, Petula Clark, Mel Brooks, Peter Duncan, Tim Curry and others). Recently, one of the songs from the show, "He's Got To Be Someone," a favorite in Lea's live shows, has just been released on her gorgeous new live CD/DVD set, Your Songs (available on Sony Records). Concert Tickets can be purchased through Ticket World or Resorts World Box Office We would love to see these two amazing talents perform together, somewhere in Las Vegas. Entertainment bookers?

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We had a triple-Wynning night on Tuesday. We helped a dear friend celebrate her birthday at the Encore's (adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas) production, Sinatra Dance With Me. This is a "must see" show if you are into Frank Sinatra classics, sung by Old Blue Eyes himself, and dance (and who isn't?). Backed by 17 of this city's finest musicians (with pianist Dave Loeb conducting), an ensemble of New York's top dancers perform their way through a fast 80-minute presentation, conceived, choreographed and directed by Tony Award-winning dance legend, Twyla Tharp. Tickets to see Sinatra Dance With Me, scheduled to run until the end of April, are $95 plus taxes and fees. For show times and reservations, call (702) 770-9966, or (888) 320-7110. The show was followed by a late night dining experience (made even more fun by our server, charming and funny Michel) at Encore's Society Café. We enjoyed delicious Filet Mignon Sliders (three tender beef filets, caramelized onions, oven roasted tomato and horseradish cream on buns), A Tasting of Salads (consisting of Caesar, Fruit and Nuts, and Iceberg Wedge), and Grilled Artichoke (Garlic, Lemon & Thyme marinade, and Chipotle Dip). As an added, and very unexpected, bonus, our later night gaming earned us a Royal Flush on a Double Double Bonus Poker machine! What a great night. Thank you, Steve Wynn (and PR gal, Lauren Bower).

And speaking of Sinatra...
Could you be the next member of Shades of Sinatra? Singers (subs and swings) are needed for the musical revue. Auditions will be held in the Wolf Theater, Clarion Hotel & Casino (formerly the Greek Isles), 305 Convention Center Drive in Las Vegas, on Saturday, April 2nd, between 11a.m. and 2 p.m., with call backs on Thursday, April 7th, from 3 to 6 p.m. All cast members must be able to sing solo and hold own harmony parts. Dancing not required, but singers need to move well and be very comfortable onstage. Acting experience preferred. Good comedic timing a must. Prepare any two Sinatra songs (one up-tempo and one ballad) for Saturday's audition. Bring background tracks on CD (no accompanist provided) plus recent head-shot and resume. Those who make the first cut will be asked to learn one or two specific songs and some dialogue from the show for Thursday's call-back audition. Character breakdown - Carmine: Male, can play 50-65 years of age, distinguished, older, classy gentleman, very personable..."leader" of the group. Vocal range: G (below middle C) to F (above high C). Songs include: "Come Fly with Me," "The Song is You," "All the Way." Lisa: Female, can play 25-40 years of age. Sexy, smart. Ability to belt out some songs, yet sing heartfelt and sweet on others. Vocal range: A (below middle C) to F (above high C) ... highest belted note is an Eb. Songs include: "My Funny Valentine," "Come Rain or Come Shine" (duet), "The Best is Yet to Come" (duet). Ryan: Male, can play 20-35 years of age. Young, intelligent (but a bit naive), good-looking. Vocal range: G (below middle C) to Ab (above high C). Songs include: "All or Nothing At All," "The Best is Yet to Come" (duet), "You Make Me Feel So Young/Young at Heart." Larry: Male, can play 35-50 years of age. A womanizing "player" and drinker, but somehow incredibly likable too (think pseudo "Dean Martin" personality)...not overly bright. Vocal range: G (below middle C) to F# (above high C). Songs include: "The Way You Look Tonight," "Come Rain or Come Shine" (duet), "I've Got You Under My Skin." Shades of Sinatra is not an impersonation show. It is an exciting musical production that pays tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes as four dynamic performers lend their world-class vocal abilities to more than 30 of his biggest hits, from touching, heartfelt solos to rousing group numbers. This non-stop, high-energy show is loaded with zany humor and off-the-cuff, good-natured ribbing, as well as poignant stories about the man and his music. IMPORTANT: Call (702) 845-6181 with any questions and/or to reserve an audition slot.

A Royal Flush Wynn

Scott O'Neil

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Scott O'Neil, former KJUL-AM radio (our favorite station) personality, died unexpectedly yesterday afternoon, just minutes into the taping of the weekly Dennis Bono Show in the South Point Hotel showroom. About 500 audience members were in the room at the time. O'Neil had served as Bono's radio show sidekick for more than 11 years. As we approach our Friday deadline, no funeral service information has been announced. Scott O'Neil was in his 60s.

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By now, anyone within earshot of a television or radio, or has read a newspaper in the past couple of days, knows that actress/humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor passed away very early on Wednesday morning. The Oscar-winning star (BUtterfield 8 in 1960, and 1966's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, following a six-week stay, suffering from congestive heart failure. The violet-eyed beauty was 79. Elizabeth Taylor had a number of connections to Las Vegas, including a film, 1970's The Only Game in Town (about Vegas but actually filmed primarily in Paris) with Warren Beatty (in a role that was originally supposed to be played by Frank Sinatra). On May 12th, 1959, Elizabeth married singer Eddie Fisher at Temple Beth Sholom in Vegas. After studying for about nine months, and attending synagogue regularly, at the age of 27, Taylor converted to Judaism, following the death of her third husband, movie producer Mike Todd, who was Jewish, and before marrying Fisher. She denied that she had converted because of her Jewish husbands, saying that she had wanted to do it "for a long time." Taylor made a point of traveling to Israel and fundraising for the Jewish state during the Arab boycott in the 1970s. Her films were banned in much of the Arab world. She was a supporter of the Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles. The Venetian's Madame Tussauds displays a $300,000 wax figure of Taylor in their collection. Four years ago, Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 75th birthday with a lavish party at the Ritz Carlton hotel at Lake Las Vegas. We understand that the Hollywood icon was wearing a white mink and four-inch icicle drop diamond collar with matching drop earrings. As is the Jewish custom, Ms. Taylor was buried within 48 hours of her death. Her interment took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, yesterday. Glendale's Forest Lawn is also the final resting place of Michael Jackson, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, Errol Flynn, Sam Cooke, Red Skelton, W.C. Fields, Mary Pickford, Walt Disney and George Burns and Gracie Allen, among many others.

In a strange twist of fate, Ms. Taylor died one day after the 53rd anniversary of the death of Mike Todd, who was killed, along with three others, in the crash of his private plane in New Mexico on March 22nd, 1958.

Elizabeth Taylor

Gladys Luckie

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Gladys Luckie, who had celebrated her 100th birthday on January 19th, passed away in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 16th. Gladys was born in Runge, Texas, into a family of seven brothers and sisters. She learned how to cook as a teenager in her family's catering business. Her dream was to work in Hollywood. She followed her dream, working as a celebrity chef for many Hollywood stars. In Hollywood, she was known as "the celebrity chef." She prepared meals and held friendships with some of the world's most famous people, including, Michael and Janet Jackson, Tony Orlando and Johnny Mathis. For 40 years, she worked as a chef, house manager and confidant of noted Las Vegas entertainer, Liberace. Liberace referred to Gladys as his "second mother." She was at his side when he met the Queen of England. In addition to being a consummate professional, Gladys raised and educated four daughters and one nephew, and always made time for family and friends. She was loved and cherished by many. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, of 25 years, Marshall Luckie; daughter, Linda Luckie; and grandson, Amadou Luckie. Gladys is survived by her daughters, Zola Luckie, Anita Luckie and Marsha Luckie Hicks; son-in-law, Reginald Hicks; grandchildren, Marshall (Butch) Luckie, Emmanual Collins and Shawishi Christmas; her great-grandchildren, Bailee and Christopher Christmas, Amaya Luckie and Marlissa and Marlon Collins; and a host of relatives, family and friends. Her generous spirit and love will be cherished forever. Services will be at 11 a.m., tomorrow, March 26th, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. in Las Vegas.

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Tony Bennett sure knows how to celebrate his milestone birthdays. On August 3rd, Bennett will be 85 years young. The legendary singer is celebrating his 85th the same way he did his 80th - in the company of famous admirers. On September 20th, Tony Bennett: Duets II, a follow-up to 2006's platinum-plus, double-Grammy-winning, Duets: An American Classic, which paired Bennett with such latter-day stars as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Bono, Tim McGraw and Celine Dion. The lineup for Duets II includes Andrea Bocelli, Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Faith Hill, John Mayer, Willie Nelson and Alejandro Sanz. Both Michael Buble and k.d. lang, who appeared on the first collection, return, as does producer Phil Ramone. We think Mr. Bennett should clear a place on his bookshelf for another Grammy.

Tony Bennett

The Sardellis, Pietra, Nelson & Giovanna

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Have we mentioned the Sardelli family lately? Of course we have. Well, here we go again (and, no, we are not on the payroll). Proud papa, Nelson Sardelli, shares this news about his director daughter, Giovanna Sardelli's, latest project. The world premiere of The North Pool, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Rajiv Joseph's two-actor psychological drama about a Middle Eastern student and his high school principal, is currently playing at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California. Giovanna, who staged the world premiere of Joseph's Animals Out of Paper, directs The North Pool, which began previews March 9th and will run through April 3rd. The two-person cast features Remi Sandri (The Kite Runner, Violet) as Vice Principal Danielson, and Adam Poss (The History Boys, Antebellum) as Khadim. According to TheatreWorks, "The North Pool traverses the minefields of ethnic profiling in a suburban community hyper-focused on political correctness. In this cat-and-mouse thriller, a Middle Eastern high school student is under constant scrutiny by his vice principal. Syria-born Khadim is new to this country with his parents traveling in Saudi Arabia, leaving him a teenager with complete freedom and ulterior motives. Vice Principal Danielson is a local 'by-the-book' authoritarian who is keeping a close eye on Khadim. But secrets haunt them both at Sheffield High, tucked in hidden lockers and concealed on high-tech phones, waiting to spill out." TheatreWorks previously developed The North Pool as part of its 2009 New Works Festival. Here are some quotes from reviews about The North Pool..."Sandri and Poss deliver the goods like master chess players, as staged by frequent Joseph collaborator Giovanna Sardelli with precise attention to the ebb and flow of tensions" - San Francisco Chronicle. "This catharsis is potently handled by director Giovanna Sardelli and cast." - Variety. "The play, cleverly directed by Giovanna Sardelli, is an engrossing slice of life in the tumult of the post-Sept. 11 world where tragedy and mayhem are so much a part of the environment that we have come to take them for granted. Sardelli, no stranger to Joseph's work, orchestrates the tug-of-war between the characters with great savvy. The director mines every pause for its full nerve-jangling effect." - "Director Giovanna Sardelli brought timing, nuance and grace to the actors' performances, the totality of which was deeply affecting and left the audience breathless at the end." - The Daily Casserole. "The play takes place in actual time and could be bore but there are explosive moments and physical action that Giovanna Sardelli directs with a seasoned hand. She varies the tempo beautifully keeping the audience engrossed." - "Their performances, so carefully calibrated and deeply felt, surely owe much to director Giovanna Sardelli, whose staging is elegantly spare and smooth. Your heart is likely to break for both the boy and the administrator. - The Examiner ( "With but one scene and two actors, Rajiv Joseph's new "The North Pool" does everything a play is supposed to do. It involves you, tricks you, gets you rooting for first one, then the other character...This Theatreworks production, directed by Giovnna Sardelli, is a World Premiere in Palo Alto, and we can scarcely imagine how much stronger it can get as the run continues." The San Francisco Theater Blog Awards "The North Pool" Four Stars! With a BANGLE OF PRAISE. The four stars are for the four monster performances, by Poss, Sandri, Director Sardelli and Author Joseph. - San Francisco Theater Blog. To purchase tickets, for performances through April 3rd, phone (650) 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks.

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This Sunday, March 27th, the Performing Arts Society of Nevada Brown Bag Concerts presents vocalist Lee Hughes, in concert at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater. The soprano began her vocal training in her hometown of Boston. Her performance resume includes The King and I and 110 in the Shade in New York City. She has also performed with the Norfolk Opera Company and the Las Vegas Symphony. For several years, Lee was concert balladeer in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, specializing in ancient English music. She has an extensive background in vocal jazz, and has appeared in jazz festivals and supper clubs throughout the United States. Lee has taught vocal jazz at UNLV and CCSN for several years, and has recorded several albums. Accompanying Ms. Hughes will be Bing Young on piano, Ed Paliotta on guitar, and Geoff Neuman on bass. See Hughes and her trio perform outstanding interpretation of songs both old and new, featuring selections from the Great American Song Book. Show time is at 2 p.m. The library is located at 1401 E. Flamingo. Tickets are $15 and are on sale at the library box office one hour before performance. For further information, call (702) 658-6741. The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a 501 © (3) Not For Profit Corporation.

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Yes, American Idol watchers, that is ninth season runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, appearing with blues legend B.B. King, in the national TV commercial for One Touch, a brand of blood glucose monitoring systems for diabetics. King, who has done previous ad campaigns for One Touch, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1991. Bowersox was diagnosed with Type 1 of the disease when she was six years old.

B.B. King & Crystal Bowersox

The Naked Boys Are Back (and Front)

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The Boys are back...and they are still Naked. Yep, Naked Boys Singing, the off-Broadway hit, is back at the Onyx Theatre, inside the Commercial Center's Rack clothing store, 953 E. Sahara Avenue, Building 16. This title is self-explanatory. Eight buffed and butt naked guys, with camera-ready bods and perky personalities to match, sing and dance their way through 16 musical numbers dedicated to stripping you of your inhibitions in a glorious celebration of the altogether. I'll be darned if they don't succeed. After the initial shock wears off, you get so accustomed to the nudity that it no longer gets in the way of the entertainment. The effect is strangely liberating. It's only 90 minutes long, and by the time it's over, you'll feel overdressed in a tank top. Performance dates and times for Naked Boys Singing are, tonight at 10; Sunday, March 27th at 2 p.m.; Tuesday the 29th at 10 p.m.; Thursday the 31st, and Friday, April 1st at 10 p.m.; and Sunday the 3rd at 2 p.m. The Onyx is an alternative theater that offers a variety of live performances, from musical, to dance presentations and theater productions. Call (702) 732-7225 for more information and reservations.

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From Lisa Gioia-Acres, historian and contact person for the Las Vegas Media Group, comes this information regarding their most recent lunch meeting (held last Monday, the 21st). There were 43 people who came to hear Mr. Rex "Tony" Bell, Jr. Rex Bell, Jr. grew up on one of, if not the, biggest ranches in Southern Nevada. The Walking Box Ranch was built in 1931 by Rex's father, western film star, Rex Bell. Rex, Sr. and his wife, silent film star, Clara Bow, lived on the ranch and raised their two sons, Rex Jr. and George, there. Throughout the 1930s, the sprawling 400,000 acre ranch, also home to some 1,800 head of cattle, served as an escape destination for some of the couple's famous Hollywood friends, including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Errol Flynn and Lionel Barrymore. In addition, Rex Bell, Sr. had a Western Wear store on Fremont Store, was a yearly participant in the annual Helldorado Parades, and was Lt. Governor. Rex Bell, Jr. grew up at the ranch. He went to elementary, middle school and attended one year of high school in Las Vegas before going off to military school. He returned to Las Vegas and served as Clark County District Attorney before returning to private practice. Rex shared memories of his mom and dad, as well as his experiences as the Clark County District Attorney. Members of the Las Vegas Media Group had lots of great questions to ask and some of the answers by Rex were really enlightening.

Rex Bell Jr. & Thalia Dondero

James Barbour

Rex was able to reconnect with several grammar school chums - third generation Las Vegan, John Ullom; Gretchen Payne, wife of former Las Vegas News Bureau Manager, Don Payne, who was born in a small house on Fremont Street back in 1935 and has called Las Vegas home ever since; and Vegas businessman, Rollie Gibbs. A special tribute was paid to the memory of Dick Taylor, who passed away recently. Members, Bo Boisvert and Frank Valeri, brought in photos from their working days. What an amazing collection they both have. Thalia Dondero also shared some photo copies of the Helldorado Rodeo from around the 1950s. Speaking of Helldorado Days, three of Media Group members are very involved in the organization and the event, which will take place during the months of April and May. Gibbs, is once again serving on the Board; and car dealer/casino owner/humanitarian, Jim Marsh; and Dondero, best known as former Clark County Commissioner, and more recently as Regent with the State's Higher Education System, are serving as judges. The next Las Vegas Media Group meeting will take place on Monday, April 18th. The speaker will be Jane Ann Morrison, columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Anyone who has an interest in preserving or learning more about the history of Las Vegas is welcome to attend. The group meets every third Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Wedding Room, located at 3601 West Sahara. The cost of the lunch is $15. RSVPs are required. To find out more or to be placed on our mailing list, contact us at [email protected].

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The UNLV Performing Arts Center presents Tony Award-Winning Hits from Broadway's Greatest Musicals as part of the New York Stage & Beyond Series at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Three of Broadway's brightest stars - James Barbour, Lauren Kennedy and Julia Murney - will perform an evening of Broadway's greatest songs from Tony Award-winning musicals like West Side Story, Gypsy, Grease, and Wicked. Barbour was nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in the Broadway musical version of A Tale of Two Cities. He has starred on Broadway in such Tony-Award winning shows as Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, Disney's Beauty and the Beast as The Beast, Carousel as Billy Bigelow, Urinetown as Officer Lockstock, and as Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre, for which he received a Drama League Award nomination. Kennedy has starred on Broadway as Lady of the Lake in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Spamalot and opposite Val Kilmer in The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. She also has performed on Broadway as Fantine in Les Miserables, and as Daisy Hilton in Sideshow. In London, she played Nellie in the Trevor Nunn National Theatre production of South Pacific. Murney last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include Lennon, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, First Lady Suite, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). Tickets to Broadway's Greatest Hits are $40, $55, and $85 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting 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. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Information about all of the season's performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at Founded in 1976, the Performing Arts Center at UNLV continues to be Southern Nevada's premier performing arts venue. Located on the north end of the UNLV campus, the PAC hosts a variety of performances each year in three distinct series - the Charles Vanda Master Series, the New York Stage & Beyond Series, and the UNLV Classical Guitar Series. UNLV and Vegas PBS are graciously sponsoring the season.

Lauren Kennedy

Julia Murney

Also at UNLV...The Nevada Conservatory Theatre presents Euripides' Trojan Women, April 1st through 10th in the Black Box Theatre as part of the Alternative Stage Season. Rayme Cornell directs. A bleak and agonizing portrait of war's brutality inspired by a barbaric act of retribution committed on the Isle of Melos during the war between Athens and Sparta, this masterpiece of pathos thrusts audiences into the pain suffered by innocent victims. Rated PG. The cast includes Melissa Ritz as Hecuba; Michael Neel as Talthybius; Analisa Kimball as Cassandra; Vanecia Boone as Andromache; Kevin Tomlinson as General Menelaus; Paris McCarthy as Helen; and Leila Rose as the Chorus Leader. Performances are at 8 p.m. on April 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, with matinees at 2 p.m. on April 3rd and 10th. Tickets are $15 and on sale at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office. Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box Office may be reached by calling (702) 895-ARTS (2787, or visiting

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And if you are making plans well in advance, you might want to buy your tickets for Josh Groban who will perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, at 8 p.m. on August 20th. Groban's four solo albums have been certified at least multi-platinum, and, in 2007, he was charted as the No. 1 best selling artist in the United States with more than 21 million records in this country. To date, he has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide. 2011 "Straight to You" World Tour is in support of his latest platinum certified album, Illuminations. Tickets are $99 and $85, plus a $6 handling fee. For reservations, call (877) 880-0880.

Josh Groban

Gretchen Wilson

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Gretchen Wilson performs at the Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel, tomorrow, Saturday, March 26th at 9 p.m. To all appearances, Wilson went overnight from talented obscurity to phenomenon. Her meteoric rise, the kind experienced by only a handful of artists in the past few decades, was that rare instance where talent and moment meet to form a cultural tidal wave. Still, she knows better than anyone the simple force that fueled it. "The reason I've been successful is that I've been genuine from the get-go," she says, "and I continue to try to do that. I'm an open book." It helps that the identity she wears so guilelessly is one that resonates strongly with fans of country and Southern rock--the independent, take-no-guff, hard-working and hard-partying country woman. Gretchen's ability to inhabit that persona publicly, as well as her flair for tailoring songs as gorgeously rough-edged as she is, have given her the kind of "I am what I sing" originality few women in country music history--Loretta, Tammy, Dolly and Tanya, chief among them--have ever been able to achieve. Set as it was within the broader scope of the Muzik Mafia, a talented and audaciously original ensemble, and like-minded entertainers, from Kid Rock to Hank Jr., her rise was part of a genuine musical and cultural groundswell. Her first single, "Redneck Woman," spent six weeks at No. 1; her debut album, Here For The Party, sold more than five million copies; she won across-the-board awards, including a Grammy and ACM, CMA and AMA nods for best female vocalist; and she toured to large and raucous crowds around the world. Her second CD, All Jacked Up, rode enthusiastic reviews to platinum status as Gretchen's accomplishments continued to stack up. Over the last three years, she has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, 20/20 Primetime, and CNN's People In The News, and has appeared on virtually every morning, noon and late-night television show on the air. Magazine covers and major news features could paper an entire wall. Such is her cross-medium viability that her first book, the autobiographical Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life, landed her on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller List. Now, with the release of her third album, One Of The Boys, Gretchen Wilson solidifies her position as one of contemporary country's most original and multi-faceted female artists - a woman in whom ambition and ability come together in every aspect of her career. Tickets are $39.95-$59.95 Phone the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel at (702) 856-5470 for reservations.

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The Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin presents Bill Fayne, Saturday, April 2nd at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 3rd, at 3 p.m. Fayne has been entertaining in Las Vegas for more than 10 years. He has performed all over the world during a 40+ year career as a musical director, conductor, arranger and singer. In Las Vegas, he has worked with Clint Holmes at Harrah's and has put together successful shows like The Las Vegas Tenors, Voci Vegas, and his latest group, Voices 3 Las Vegas. Bill's show is as diverse as his career has been, and goes through his life musically, from age eight to the present day. It includes standards, opera, Broadway, and original music done in a light-hearted and fun way. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. All shows at the Starbright are first come, first served with no limit on the amount of tickets purchased. 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 community centers. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. Starbright Theatre shows are open to everyone ages 12 and over. Just a reminder to all our residents that there is no reserved seating at the Starbright Theatre. Saving seats is not permitted. Please remember there is not a bad seat in the theatre so everyone can enjoy the performances no matter where they are seated. Tickets are on sale 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 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. The Starbright is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in Sun City Summerin.

Bill Fayne

Danny Roque

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We are more than happy to promote entertainment venues featuring young, talented people, as long as they are run by legitimate, honest operators. The Rainbow Company meets that criteria. We have been very vocal about one (now) local organization that doesn't even come close. We will have some updates on that group, and the con man who runs it, in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, from April 1st through the 10th, the very legitimate Rainbow Company Youth Theatre will perform Mary Zimmerman's highly acclaimed Metamorphoses at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, located at 821 Las Vegas Blvd., North (directly across from Cashman Field). Fourth graders through adults will be mesmerized by this contemporary re-telling of best-known Greek myths. Each year, Rainbow Company Student Ensemble members have the opportunity to design all aspects of one production, under the mentorship of professional designers. This particular show will be student-designed by: Caitlin Cypher, Michaela Geldmacher, Oliver Kompst, Brianna Lehtinen, Lexi Phillips, Brittany Srp, and Josh Stackhouse. Show times are 7 p.m. on April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, and 2 p.m. on April 3, 9, 10. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for teens and seniors, and $3 for children age 12 and under. To purchase tickets, go online to or call (702) 229-6553 or (702) 229-6383.

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Once again, this time on April Fool's Day, Friday, April 1st) at the 705 Club Restaurant in Hermosa Beach, California, it's Danny Roque's ShowManiaPalooza! Danny presents another night of musical fun and foolishness. Featuring a secret recipe of original songs, Danny, on vocals, is joined on stage by an amazingly talented group of friends and family - vocals: Nora, Chris and Angelica Roque, and Dina Bennett; piano: Lyndsay Hunley; bass: Duane Benjamin; guitar: Michael Sims; drums: Jimmy Ford; and percussion: Dwain Roque. Since this show lands on April Fool's Day, brace yourselves for the craziest one yet. Come on down and laugh like silly. The tunes are great, the musicians are killer. Some of the folks our band members have performed with: the American Idol band, Aretha Franklin, Crystal Gayle, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Lionel Hampton, Denise Williams, The Cypress Hill Gang and Harry Connick Jr. Sold-out shows, guaranteed entertaining! See why some people have called it "...The most fun we have had in years." With their largest crowd yet, the last appearance kinda overwhelmed the club. They return this time with better show seating, a special lower-priced menu, and free parking in the structure behind the building before 8pm. *You MUST call the reservation line to secure your spot, as a sell-out is expected again. Call (310) 343-5927 for reservations. The club is located at 705 Pier Ave, in Hermosa Beach. There is a $15 cash cover at the door, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Showtime is at 8 p.m.

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Lee Roy Reams

Betty Garrett

On Saturday, April 2nd, at 7:30 p.m., it's the 27th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.), benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles. David Galligan, Rodney Gould, Robert Haynes, Jonathan Kanes, David Michaels and Ted Seifman present Original Cast II, at The Harriett and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, on the California State University Campus, 5151 State University Drive in Los Angeles. Staged and directed by Galligan, music direction is by Mary Ekler, with choreography by Lee Martino, Jon Engstrom and Dan Mojica. S.T.A.G.E. and APLA mourn the loss of their friend, Betty Garrett (May 23, 1919 - February 12, 2011). "Our S.T.A.G.E. won't be the same without you. We honor and celebrate your talent, energy and support for people living with HIV/AIDS." Scheduled to appear (listed alphabetically) - Jonelle Allen, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Liz Callaway, Baby; Philip Casnoff, Chess; Patrick Cassidy, 42nd Street; Mary Jo Catlett, Hello, Dolly!; Carol Channing, Hello, Dolly!; Carole Cook, 42nd Street; Tyne Daly, Ballroom; Barbara Deutsch, Godspell; Willy Falk, Miss Saigon; Danny Gurwin, Little Women; Bill Hutton, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Jane Kean, Ankles Aweigh; Dale Kristien, Showboat; Vicki Lewis, Funny Girl; Sean McDermott, Showboat; Stephen Nathan, Godspell; Rita Moreno, The Ritz; Patricia Morison, The King and I; Robert Morse, Take Me Along/How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Pamela Myers, Company; Stephen Nathan, Godspell; Jennifer Paz, Miss Saigon; Valarie Pettiford, Fosse; Charlotte Rae, The Threepenny Opera; Lee Roy Reams, 42nd Street, plus others to be announced, and a special Memorial Tribute to Betty Garrett. Sign Language Interpretation, Jon Maher. To order tickets online our ticketing page. For information, call (866) 679-0958.

And speaking of Mr. Reams (and we do, as often as possible)...
Michael Cusumano (Mr. Chicago) was named the winner of the fifth annual all-male Broadway Beauty Pageant, which was presented on March 21st at Peter Norton Symphony Space. Cusumano received standing ovations for his interpretation of his Russian prima ballerina version of the film Black Swan, dancing on pointe. Four-time Tony-nominee, Tovah Feldshuh, hosted the evening, which began with Broadway veteran, Lee Roy Reams performing a special number entitled "Beautiful Boys" (created by Forbidden Broadway's Gerard Alessandrini). The event benefited The Ali Forney Center, NYC's primary housing resource for homeless LGBT youth.

Mr. Broadway Michael Cusumano

The Temptations

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The Temptations - Otis Williams, Bruce Williamson, Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson and Joe Herndon - bring classic Motown back to The Orleans Showroom, April 1st, 2nd and 3rd, each evening at 8 p.m. For more than 40 years, The Temptations have shined as pioneers of popular music with decades of smash hits and sold-out performances. The Temptations are central characters in the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temptations began their musical career in Detroit in the early '60s. In 1964, Smokey Robinson wrote and produced "The Way You Do the Things You Do," the first major hit for The Temptations. An avalanche of hits followed, including "My Girl," "It's Growing," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" and "I Wish It Would Rain." Beyond their fabulous singing, The Temptations became known for smooth-stepping and flawless presentations. The Temptation Walk became the staple of American style, flair, flash and class. When the '60s and '70s turned political, The Temptations got serious. They changed their tone, dress and music with smoldering hits as "Runaway Child," "Cloud Nine," "I Can't Get Next To You," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "Psychedelic Shack." The Temptations explosion continued in the '80's with their appearance on Motown 25 in 1983, and roared into the '90's with the NBC mini-series in 1998 that chronicled the group's early days and rise to fame, earning them a coveted Emmy® Award. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $34.95, 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.

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