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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from September 30, 2011
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Las Vegas - September 30, 2011


Whose Name Will Be Next?

John Meren with Lee Roy Reams

Only hours after we sent off last weeks column, we learned, from a little birdie, that magician Steve Wyrick was gone from the Hilton. Thursday, September 22nd, was his last show. On Saturday morning, thanks to our source, WE knew that the marriage between Wyrick and the hotel was over, but the Hilton box office people did not know, claiming that they were still selling tickets to his show. But, it's official. Like Elvis Presley, Steve Wyrick has left the building...the building being the very same place where Elvis broke attendance records, the Las Vegas Hilton. Today, when a hotel has someone willing to pay rent to use their showroom, apparently they don't care who they are or what their history is. Entertainment directors seem to be a dying species, replaced, instead, by landlords who oversee two and four-wall deals. We are in the age of "pay to play," when it comes to many hotel showrooms. This is a rhetorical question, meaning that there is no answer, but, what was the Hilton thinking? And didn't they learn anything from the Triumph fiasco OR Wyrick's past? We do have to give credit where credit is due, though. The last two Hilton headliners deserve a round of applause, maybe even a standing ovation. Both Triumph and, as Mr. Wyrick bills himself, the Ultra Magician (talk about poorly chosen show names) do great disappearing acts. We can hardly wait to see who, or what, turns up next on the big Paradise Road marquee.

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Correction...
In last weeks column, regarding the Feeney/Hackett Rat Pack legal battles item, we should clarify something. Although Sandy Hackett's Comedy Club DID have a run in Laughlin, Dick Feeney's connection to that show was only during the time it was at the Greek Isles. Sorry for any confusion.

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Just a day after returning from a vacation, John Meren, who with his partner Tom Gallagher is the organizer of the 20-year-old Performing Arts Society of Las Vegas' Brown Bag Concert Series, was felled by a massive stroke. The Performing Arts Society, a non-profit organization, sponsors monthly performances at Clark County Library, and generally supports the arts in Las Vegas. As we approach our deadline, Meren, 72, is in serious condition at a local hospital. We hope for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Bill Fayne Celebrates Steven Sondheim

Fifth Avenue

On Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday the 9th, the Suncoast presents Bill Fayne & Friends Celebrate Sondheim. Bill Fayne, Clint Holmes' collaborator and musical director for many years, has gathered together more than 30 of Las Vegas' best singer/actors - (in order of appearance) Fayne, Teddy Davey, George DeMott, Robin Berry Vincent, Benjamin Loewy, Mollie Tennant, Jay Joseph, Michaelina Bellamy, Fifth Avenue (Rob Hyatt, Jerry Jones, Bryce Robinson, Jeff Celentano), Kara von Aschwege, Gayle Steele, Mark Giovi, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, Christie Copeland, Lydia Gladstone, Lysander Abadia, Natalie Carson, Lisa Smith, Ron Smith, Dana Rogers Martin, Ellen Lawson, Margaret Menzies, James Allen, Doug Baker, Richel Kompst, Vita Corimbi, Cody Shawn Gay, Sydney Story, Felice Garcia and Lisa Davis - along with musicians, John Nasshan, Angela Chan, Wendell Vaughn, Lisa Viscuglia, Joo Lee, and Ken Seiffert, to celebrate the musical theater's genius and treasure, Stephen Sondheim. The program will feature highlights from Follies, West Side Story, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Gypsy and more.

It promises to be a gala show like never seen before in this city. When Sondheim turned 80- years-old in March of last year, gala tributes were held in New York and London to honor him. This is Las Vegas,' slightly delayed, Sondheim birthday celebration. This promises to be a gala show like never seen before in this city. Tickets starts at only $15.95, plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 636-7075 for reservations.


Lysander Abadia

Roseanne Barr in Hawaii

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Last weekend, CBS's wonderful Sunday Morning did a segment on Roseanne Barr. Although her reality show on Lifetime TV, the cleverly named Roseanne's Nuts (taking place on her macadamia nut farm in Hawaii), has been canceled (that is such an ugly word), don't count the Emmy-winning actress (for Roseanne, her television series that lasted for nine years) out of the TV game. She is already in talks with the powers-that-be (who ARE these people?) about a new series, called Downwardly Mobile. Described as a "recession-themed sitcom," according to Entertainment Weekly (would they lie?), the show has been picked up by FOX. We will have more details as they become available.

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On Tuesday, we went to see Tony Pace at the Clarion (formerly the Greek Isles at 305 Convention Center Drive, between the Strip and Paradise). We had been hearing about Pace, described as "The Man With the Voice...Who Just Happens To Be Funny," for some time, and were anxious to check him out. We were not disappointed. Tony Pace does have quite a voice, whether he is singing as other people - Billy Joel, Olivia Newton-John, David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Louie Armstrong, Roberta Flack, a second of Johnny Mathis, Kermit the Frog, Nat and Natalie Cole, Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Elvis Presley, and, if you can imagine it, Jimmy Stewart doing Rap - or as himself, with highlights being "Cara Mia" and "Music of the Night" from Phantom. This show offers and energetic star who, in addition to some impressive music, also provides comedy, including a bit with three audience "volunteers" who perform "Come a Little Bit Closer" as Three Amigos, complete with props. Pace is backed by a very live eight-piece band.


Tony Pace

Jeff McBride

On the night we attended, we got an unexpected bonus. The very talented, Glee-like, 25-member Foothill Legacy Choir, under the direction of Heather Grantham, performed. This was to help raise funds for the Foothill High School's music program.

Note: We were impressed with the appetizer menu available to Clarion show goers. The selection included Crab Cakes (six), Nachos, Sliders (three mini cheeseburgers), Chicken Fingers (four with dipping sauce), Coconut Shrimp (six on skewers), and a Sampler Platter (Mozzarella Sticks, Chicken Wings, Onion Rings, Potato Skins and Chicken Fingers served with sauce). Prices ranged from $7.99 for the Nachos, to the generous sampler plate at $12.99. We would suggest that Alexis Park offer similar menu items during their cabaret series nights.

Due to other commitments for the Clarion theater space, through the rest of the year, Pace has an unusual schedule, only appearing two nights a month. His next performances are at 7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, October 24th and 25th. Tickets are $49.95. For reservations and information, call (702) 467-1054 or go to tonypace.com.

We spotted magician Jeff McBride, and puppeteer and Siegfried impersonator, Anthony Rais, at Tony Pace's show. Between travels, McBride, The King of Cards, Master of Masks, and creator of the Magic & Mystery School, performs a new show, the third Thursday of every month, at The Olive, 3850 E. Sunset at Sandhill. There is no admission charge, but there is a two drink minimum and attendees must be 21 or over). As for Rais, look for his High Strung Cabaret revue with singer Denise Clemente.


Anthony Rais as Siegfried

Lisa Donovan

We hung out after Pace's show to say hello to the Shades of Sinatra members, Carmine Mandia, Larry Liso and Ryan Baker (Betsy Holm was filling in for Lisa Smith on Tuesday night). The cast celebrates the music of a legend, with shows in the Clarion's Wolf Theater, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Call (702) 990-1524 for Shades of Sinatra ticket prices and reservations.

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Holy cow! It's hard to believe that a year has gone by since Nunsense the musical opened at the Las Vegas Hilton. During the past 12 months and two weeks, The Little Sisters of Hoboken, backed by a live trio (Dan Ellis, Mike Tramontana and Joe Spraker), has featured a group of talented cast members that has included (some have moved on, while newcomers have joined the convent) Kathryn Arianoff, Natalie Carson, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, Ina Jo Donovan, Lisa Donovan, Diane Ellis, Michelle Johnson, Audrei Kairen-Kotaska, Amanda Kaiser, Tymara Spears, Janien Valentine and Robin Berry Vincent (if we inadvertently left anyone out, we apologize). Produced by Jay Harvey, and directed and choreographed by Nancy Gregory, Nunsense opened in the Shimmer Cabaret in September of last year. This funny and outrageous musical comedy won four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical during its 10-year run in New York. Nunsense is the second longest running show in off-Broadway history. It has been translated into 26 languages and spawned eight sequels. Nunsense is not just a play; it is an entire empire. Show times are at 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays. Call (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361 for ticket prices and reservations (discounts for locals).

And, speaking of Michelle Johnson, the talented and busy lady sends along this music-related information...
"Just got back from a wonderful three-week tour of Japan with Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters). What an experience! We literally had encores every night and received rave reviews. We were so well received, and Sonny, who just turned 72 on September 24th, is as strong as ever...dancing and singing up a storm. You can catch the group at the Suncoast on Saturday, October 29th (7:30) for a rare in-town appearance. I am very proud to be a part of this show. In addition to Sonny and myself, the two other singers are Daemine Lowe (in the glasses) and Keith Redmond Blake. The band for the Japan tour was made up of music director, Steve Cantor; drums, Gary Olds; bass, Danny DeMorales; and keys, Tom DeFalco." Next Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th, Michelle is performing in Canada with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with the newly formed vocal group, Kaleidoscope (brainchild of Cushney Roberts). The group does a tribute to the Baby Boomer generation called "California Dreaming." Musical Director is Tex Richardson, and the singers are Cushney, Mark Speights (also on guitar) and Sally Stewart, all music veterans, now based in Vegas. Michelle is also still running the gospel brunch at the House of Blues. And, if you are reading this early enough to get over to Green Valley Ranch before 8 p.m., she is singing at RagTag Entertainment's The Very Best of Cole Porter, tonight in the Ovation Showroom. Tickets are $10 (open seating), with proceeds benefiting the Children of Olive Crest. They can be purchased at any Station Casino.


Kaleidoscope

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

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Veteran singer, 85-year-old Tony Bennett, who last performed in Las Vegas at the Palms Pearl Concert Hall in July, hit the Billboard Top 100, becoming the oldest artist to land on the charts. Bennett's hit song was "Body and Soul," with Amy Winehouse. The former record holder was George Burns, whose, "I Wish I was 18," hit the Top 100 when he was 84. This is not Bennett's first time on the Billboard Top 100. The crooner has had a chart topper on Billboard every decade during the 53 year existence of Billboard, which is an amazing accomplishment. Bennett and Winehouse recorded "Body and Soul" for Duets II at Abbey Road Studio in London. It turned out to be Winehouse's last recording session. She was found dead in her London apartment on July 23rd. "It was a thrill to record with Amy Winehouse and when you listen to the recording of "Body and Soul," it is a testament to her artistic genius and her brilliance as one of the most honest musicians I have ever known," said Bennett. Tony Bennett, along with Bruno Mars and Russell Brand, led a tribute to Amy Winehouse at the MTV VMA Awards on August 28th, Bennett spoke glowingly of Winehouse's gift as a jazz singer, comparing her singing style to that of jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The recording was released on September 14th, which would have been Amy Winehouse's 28th birthday, making the success of the musical venture even more meaningful.

For his latest album, Tony Bennett recorded duets with 17 top recording artists - Norah Jones, Alejandro Sanz, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, k.d. lang, Carrie Underwood, Winehouse, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Josh Groban, Willie Nelson, John Mayer, Lady Gaga and Queen Latifah.

And speaking of k.d. lang, she also has a date to perform at the Pearl. Her date is October 22nd. lang is that rare performer who, over 25 years as a major-label artist, has grown in the public spotlight. The Western Canada-native launched her career with a blend of country-rock style and playfully punk-like attitude, practically putting the alternative in alt-country. From the very beginning, her bravura singing belied her kitschy cowgirl outfits and spiky hair; anyone lucky enough to attend her very first appearance in the U.S., on a triple bill of unsigned artists at New York City's Bottom Line, could hear that she was marked for greatness. lang independently released A Truly Western Experience in 1984, which generated serious major-label interest in the U.S. For her 1987 U.S. debut, lang joined Sire/Warner Bros., releasing Angel With A Lariat. A year later, lang's follow-up, Shadowland, brought her to the heart of Nashville for a countrypolitan-themed collaboration helmed by legendary producer, Owen Bradley, mentor to lang's idol, Patsy Cline, as well as to Brenda Lee. Shadowland reached No. 8 on the Billboard Country Album chart. In 1989, lang won a Grammy award for Absolute Torch and Twang (Best Female Country Vocal Performance). With the 1992, platinum-selling Ingenue, she had fashioned a sound—if not a genre—all her own: an elegant and impassioned adult contemporary approach. Ingénue yielded her biggest hit, "Constant Craving," as well as another Grammy, this time for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. On subsequent releases, lang continued to both fine-tune and expand the parameters of her songwriting and repertoire. All You Can Eat (1995) was the most experimental; the smoking-themed Drag (1997) underscored her gifts as an interpreter, utilizing material by composers ranging from Steve Miller and Air Supply, to Jane Siberry; and Invincible Summer (2000) was perhaps her most sultry, a collection featuring bossa nova inflections and dreamy electronics. With Hymns of the 49th Parallel, her 2005 Nonesuch Records debut, lang presented her most compelling set of material by other songwriters, as well as a gorgeous version of her own "Simple." lang's interpretation of Leonard Cohen's oft-covered "Hallelujah" is understatedly stunning; with good reason, it has become, along with her breathtaking cover of Roy Orbison's "Crying," an in-concert showstopper. The next studio release, the beautiful and self-assured Watershed (2008), was lang's first effort acting as producer along with singer and songwriter. In 2011, lang released Sing It Loud under k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang which landed at No. 32 on The Billboard 200, and featured songs "Sugar Buzz" and "The Water's Edge." Tickets for k.d. lang in Concert range from $5 to $85, plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 994-3200 for reservations.


k.d. lang

Love Is In the Air at Rumor

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This sounds like something fun...and different. Planning a wedding, commitment ceremony or celebration? Renta-Dress & Tux Shop, Las Vegas Wedding Connection and Rumor the Las Vegas Boutique Hotel present enGAYgement, an evening of fun, food, fashion and entertainment, just for you. All this will take place on Sunday, October 9th, from 5 to 9 p.m., in the Courtyard at Rumor Boutique Hotel, 455 E. Harmon, just south of the Hard Rock Hotel and west of the Fruit Loop. Feast on delicious appetizers and cocktails, enjoy a fabulous fashion show designed with your needs in mind, and meet local vendors who will help you plan the event of a lifetime. This funfest is the first of its kind, which the business owners hope will become an annual event. To make the weekend even more special, reserve a deluxe King or Queen Suite at Rumor for $129 per night, between October 7th and 10th.

Dianne Schiller, the owner/manager of Renta-Dress & Tux Shop (located at 3900 Paradise Suite #C), was a dancer between 1976 and 1984. Under the name Dianne Kahn, she worked in Las Vegas with Michael Darrin, Cary LaSpina, Ron Lewis, Jerry Jackson, Betty Francisco and Breck Wall in shows at the Flamingo, Sahara, Hacienda (Fire and Ice), Holiday Casino and Hilton (opening for headliners). In Reno, she worked at Harrah's (Bare Touch), Harold's (Bordello) and with the Gauchos. Dianne also toured in Follies. If you knew her in the day, stop by Rumor next Sunday and say hello.

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Reminder...
M&M's Love 2 Dance plays the South Point Showroom this Sunday, at 3 p.m. Starring the husband and wife team of Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson plus a cast of pros, Love 2 Dance is described as a romantic musical comedy. Tickets are $25 and $30, all inclusive. Call (702) 797-8055 for reservations.


Love 2 Dance

Liza Minnelli

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Liza with a 'Z,' returns to Las Vegas next Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th, this time she's at the Hilton, and Jeff Trachta/Tracta will be her special guest. If you know that Liza with a 'Z' is Liza Minnelli, we don't need to tell you much about her, as you already know who her parents are/were, and that she is the recipient of every major entertainment award, including an Oscar (Cabaret, 1973), Emmy (Liza with a 'Z,' a concert for television, 1973), Grammy (Living Legend Award, 1990), Drama Desk (Liza's at the Palace, 2009), and more than one Tony (Flora the Red Menace, 1965; and The Act, 1978). You may not know as much about Mr. Tracta. The first thing we should tell you, is, that Jeff has changed the spelling of his last name, making it very confusing for those that DO know who he is, and for writers. Those who have been around these parts for a while, may recall when he played the in his own show at the Rio. Jeff's real big break in Hollywood was as the heartthrob soap star Thorne Forrester on the hit CBS soap, The Bold & The Beautiful. He held the role for eight years, garnering a fan base that circles the world. During his time on B&B, Trachta was able to showcase his talents as a singer, which led to an international recording career. Trachta's debut album, Bold and Beautiful Duets, with Bobbie Eakes, soared to the top of the European charts within one month of its release.

Duets was the first of his three albums, all of which have achieved triple platinum sales worldwide. Trachta has performed sold-out concerts in stadiums and arenas around the world including Holland, Switzerland, Italy, India, Finland, Germany, Belgium and South Africa. Trachta made his Broadway debut starring as Danny Zuko in Tommy Tune's revival of Grease at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. He also starred in the award-winning one-man play, Agency, which ran for more than a year in Los Angeles. Trachta received rave reviews and won the coveted Robby Award and Los Angeles Critic Choice Award for Best Performance in a Solo Comedy Play. The show, which Trachta co-wrote, was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment. Trachta received an Ovation nomination and won the 1998 Dramalogue Award for Best Comedy Performance for his role as Kenny Brewster in the Los Angeles premiere of Three Guys Naked From The Waist Down. The Los Angeles Times states, "Trachta's Kenny is a subversive, tragicomic tour-de-force. Whether he's playing a Chihuahua in hysterics, singing a heartfelt ballad, or charting the crackup of a comic genius, Trachta is superb." Trachta's other stage credits include: The Phantom in Phantom Of The Opera, Conrad Birdie in Bye, Bye, Birdie with Rue McClanahan, the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Andy in Love Letters, Prince Charming in Cinderella (with television legends Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows and Rose Marie, Mr. Newman's father in the world premiere of The Education of Randy Newman, and Joseph in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at ArtPark in New York. In the fall of 2000, Trachta performed in a national tour of Nuncrackers playing Father Virgil. Trachta has played opposite some of the comedic greats of our time, including Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Carol Channing, and Robert Klein. Trachta co-produced and starred in the film, Interlocked (a.k.a. Bold Affair). He also starred as the lead in the feature, Poison, in Royal Oaks Entertainment's Fatal Passion, and as J.J. in Robby Benson's directorial debut, Do It Up. Trachta's other television roles include guest appearances on Pamela Anderson's international hit, V.I.P., Here Come the Munsters for FOX Television, Comedy Central's Strip Mall with Julie Brown, ABC's Loving as Hunter Belden, and Boyce McDonald on ABC's One Life to Live. Trachta has appeared on numerous talk and news shows, from Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, to Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight. His hosting credits include the Miss World Pageant. In 2010, he performed on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.


Jeff Trachta/Tracta

David Pomeranz

Trachta headlined for two years here, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, with the hit, Jeff Trachta Live!, an inimitable variety show that featured his comic genius, vocal versatility, inspired impersonations, and slickly choreographed footwork. From the initial notes of the opening number, a rousing rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - in which he is backed on myriad immense video screens by a choir of 117 gospel singers, all of whom are Trachta in brilliantly conceived costumes and characters - it becomes clear that Jeff Trachta Live! was guaranteed to bring the house down with dynamic impressions and resonating special effects. The production also included an uproarious homage to boy bands such as *NSYNC as well as a classic TV tribute in which Trachta is transformed into characters from such favorites as Gilligan's Island, Green Acres and Bewitched. Las Vegas magazine called the show, "A seamlessly staged comic tour de force." In 2008, Trachta took the show to the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, California, making history as the town's first permanent headliner. The show opened to the public September 26, 2008. In December 2008, he was named Entertainer of the Year by Southern California theater review. Now, order your tickets. Prices range from $97.90 to $220. Call the Hilton at (702) 732-5111.

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The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) at UNLV launches its 2011-2012 main season with A Streetcar Named Desire, performing in the Judy Bayley Theatre, October 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th at 8 p.m., and October 9th and 16th at 2 p.m. The NCT is the professional theatre-training program of UNLV and is committed to bringing to Las Vegas the highest quality theater by featuring professional artists and advanced students recruited from around the country. Their mission is to entertain, provoke and inspire. For ticket information on any performance, or for season ticket information, please call (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

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Before Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, before Jimmy Swaggart, before Pat Robertson, there was Aimee Semple McPherson, the first media superstar evangelist. Her spectacular fall from grace is a real-life story tangled with scandalous love affairs and a tabloid-frenzied trial. Three songwriters decided the tale would make for good musical theater. As a result, there is Saving Aimee, with book by Kathie Lee Gifford (who we prefer to call, Kathie Me Gifford), and music by Gifford, David Friedman and our friend, David Pomeranz. The stage production tells the real-life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, an early 20th-century tabloid darling and founder and charismatic leader of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in 1920s L.A., who was equally passionate about saving souls and making headlines. Saving Aimee received its world premiere at Arlington, Virginia's Signature Theatre in 2007. Gifford, Friedman and Pomeranz revive their musical, under the direction of David Armstrong, at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington, with previews beginning tonight and running through October 19th. The official opening night kicks off on October 20th; the show runs through October 30th (we just write what we are told). For you Seattle folks, single tickets, which start at $28, can be purchased by calling (888) 5TH-4TIX. The 5th Avenue Theatre is located at 1308 5th Avenue in Seattle. Call (206) 625-1900, or go to [email protected].

David Pomeranz, who has made a few, too brief, appearances in Las Vegas (at the exclusive Stirling Club and the former Wyrick Theater), wrote "Trying To Get the Feeling Again" and "The Old Songs," both hits for Barry Manilow, and a beautiful musical, based on the life of Charlie Chaplin.

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Tom Dreesen, who served as Frank Sinatra's opening act for more than a dozen years, has put together a piece of theater, sharing the experience. An Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra, the Chicago-born comic's entertaining tales of touring with Old Blue Eyes, will be performed at the Rampart Hotel, October 14th, 15th and 16th. Show times are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday. About the show, Dennis McCarthy, of the Los Angeles Daily News, wrote, "Only a guy who traveled with Sinatra for 14 years and stood in the wings watching him work his magic night after night to packed houses could pull off a show like this." "A good comedian can make you laugh for an hour and a half. A great comedian can make you laugh and cry in that same hour and a half. Be prepared to do just that..... Brilliant... Funny..... Poignant!," said Rick Kogan, The Chicago Tribune, and Larry Wilde, author of The Great Comedians said, "Excellent material, superb delivery, impeccable timing. Tom Dreesen is the quintessential comedian." Sounds good to us! Tickets are $15 in advance at the cage or $20 at the door. You have to pick up the advance tickets before the day, or night, of the show. Call the Rampart at (702) 507-5700 for more details.


Tom Dreesen & Frank Sinatra

KISS

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Regular Claire Voyant reader, Jerry Ritholz, informs us that select movie theaters around the country will be showing Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Live this weekend. In Las Vegas, Sam's Town 18, 5111 Boulder Highway (702) 547-1732; The Orleans 18, 4500 W. Tropicana (702) 889-1220; Colonnade 14, 8880 S. Eastern (702) 948-2903; Galaxy Cannery 2121 E. Craig Road, (702) 639-0363; Century 16 South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. So. (702) 260-4061; Village Square 18, 9400 W. Sahara (702) 838-0490; and Santa Fe Station 16, 4949 N. Rancho Drive (702) 655-8178. Call the theaters for exact show times and ticket prices. Our musical theater lovers thank you, Jerry.

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We are always very happy to pass along information about Preferred Public Relations, a Las Vegas company that understands what the term "public relations" means (unfortunately, there are a couple of local businesses claiming to be PR firms that just don't get it).

Preferred Public Relations has been selected as Agency of Record for KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®. The legendary rock band KISS is about to add KISS Monster Mojo to the fun and games of Las Vegas! KISS and Monster Mini Golf announced the signing of a lease for the first KISS-themed Monster Mini Golf Course in the world: Monster Mini Golf presents KISS. Construction is underway at the indoor glow-in-the-dark course, located across from the Hard Rock Hotel, at the Shoppes at Harmon Square. A KISS-raising rock and roll opening is set for Fall. The custom-designed, frightfully fun course will feature animated KISS and monster props lurking in all 18 fairways. A live DJ will rock the raucous house with continuous KISS music, trivia, contests, and prizes. A gift shop will offer unique KISS and Monster souvenirs. And for party monsters, one-of-a-kind KISS themed event rooms will host KISS and monster-themed parties, events and wedding celebrations. "At Monster Mini Golf presents KISS, rockers and golfers of all ages can enjoy a screamingly good time at affordable family-friendly prices," explains Christina Vitagliano, Monster Mini Golf Founder. "There's nothing like this venue anywhere else in Las Vegas or the world. So, it's beyond cool. It's KISS!" Dell Furano, CEO of Live Nation Merchandise adds, "KISS and Monster Mini Golf will create a powerful and full entertainment mini golf experience, complete with amazing music, special effects, and monster-sized swagger. KISS continues to be the leader in great and unique entertainment products." "Introducing the first KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® to Las Vegas is a very exciting time for us as we expand our Monster Mini Golf® creation. We realize we need an expert in the entertainment and hospitality industry, which is why Preferred Public Relations is the best choice to launch KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®. Preferred Public Relations focuses on real results, creativity and high energy meets our needs," says Vitagliano. "KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® will be welcomed by locals, tourists, and rockers of all ages." "KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® is going to be a great addition to Las Vegas and we know that the community is in for a real treat. Growing up with the legendary band and the iconic song, "I Want To Rock 'n Roll All Night," who knew that one day, I would have the opportunity to be involved with such an amazing project with my favorite band, KISS," said Preferred Public Relations Founder, Michele Tell-Woodrow. KISS continues to be the leader in great and unique entertainment products." Janet Dwoskin, Executive Director of Licensing for Live Nation Merchandise, will be working closely with KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® to create the huge on-site Kiss Merchandise shop. Live Nation Merchandise, the exclusive worldwide merchandise and licensing agent for KISS, brokered this KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® deal. Monster Mini Golf is the leader in cutting-edge indoor glow-in-the-dark Monster themed entertainment centers. Founded in 2004, the company boasts 30 (and counting) 18-hole miniature golf courses across the country. Each custom-designed course also features an arcade game area, private event rooms, an in-house DJ, and fantastic entertainment for the whole family. KISS, the legendary American rock band formed in New York City in 1972, is one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Their career milestones are staggering. KISS is one of America's top gold-record champions who recorded 37 albums over 36 years and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. More than 30 years of record-breaking tours around the globe include high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 2005 Rockin' The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, most recently, the 2009 finale of American Idol that boasted 30 million viewers. The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans. In 2009, KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For all things KISS, visit www.KISSonline.com.


Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed

And speaking of KISS, the band's bassist/vocalist, Gene Simmons, known as "The Demon," is scheduled to marry Shannon Tweed, his fiancée of 28 years (guess he wanted to get to REALLY know her), this weekend. Simmons and Tweed have two children, a son, Nick (born in 1989), and a daughter, Sophie Alexandra, (born in 1992). Gene formerly had live-in relationships with Cher and Diana Ross (it must be the tongue). Gene and Shannon and their children star on the reality television series, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, which follow the exploits and experiences of their family and relationships. Hopefully Mr. Simmons, known for his fear of the "C" word, won't get cold feet and run.

PPR is also handling the account of Diamond Cake Magazine, a new luxury lifestyle publication and branding book premieres in Las Vegas with its October issue. Diamond Cake will highlight the finest Las Vegas has to offer by featuring high-quality fashion, real estate, arts, society, entertainment, dining and travel and will be delivered to the city's most affluent homes. "We have developed a new approach for a lifestyle publication, one that focuses on a single community of people through the art of engagement with superior content, living ads, social media and philanthropy," said Jimmy Foster, owner of Whispering Giants and publisher of Diamond Cake. "Diamond Cake was tailor-made to celebrate the people, places and things that are important to our readers." Diamond Cake Magazine provides insightful, forward-thinking and indispensable coverage with the highest level of design and editorial quality while being visually stunning. The magazine has enlisted Matt Keleman, former editor of the Vegas edition of 944 Magazine - to develop the editorial direction. In addition, Diamond Cake has enlisted a dedicated editorial team of industry experts to cover the latest in luxury offerings and trends giving the readers first-hand coverage of Las Vegas' best. The magazine will feature the following sections: High Society, Finer Things, Entrepreneur, Instant Style, Destination, Close Up, In Motion, Gallery to name a few. "Diamond Cake provides a decadent, high-quality publication that allows the reader to indulge, experience and influence while allowing advertising partners to customize their living ads forming a relationship with the reader, said Foster. "Each month the magazine will come to life before your eyes and those in the know will figure it out - you either get it or you don't." Diamond Cake is an event-centric publication and throughout the year, as a way to celebrate each issue, Diamond Cake will host exclusive events to highlight profiled individuals, philanthropies and advertisers by offering new business opportunities and growth for its partners. Philanthropy is the backbone of the magazine and one important goal of Diamond Cake is to foster relationships for the charitable organizations and magazine partners through exclusive events. Published by Whispering Giants, a marketing boutique firm and the creative force behind the magazine, Diamond Cake was created to celebrate the lifestyles of the people that directly receive the publication. Diamond Cake offers advertising opportunities for select businesses and key individuals allowing them to reach 15,000 + readers each month. Anyone who appreciates the finer things life has to offer will want to receive this luxury lifestyle magazine and branding book. Subscriptions to Diamond Cake are available for $240 per year for 12 issues. To learn more about Diamond Cake visit www.diamondcakemagazine.com

Additional clients that have recently joined the Preferred Public Relations family include, Attorney Robert Massi, Cricket Wireless, Winder Farms, Tropicana Las Vegas, Tropicana Las Vegas, and Hormeta, skin care and beauty line from Australia.

Preferred Public Relations is a full-service, award-winning public relations agency located at 2630 South Jones Blvd. in Las Vegas. The agency opened its doors in 1999 and since has been hired to oversee and manage more than 400 grand opening events for new company launches. Preferred Public Relations implements strategic public relations campaigns to include branding promotions, grand openings and crisis communications. For additional information, please visit www.preferredpublicrelations.com, or call (702) 254-5704.

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