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Las Vegas - October 14, 2011

Most of Celebrate Sondheim Cast

We had a very enjoyable dinner at Salvatore's in the Suncoast last Sunday before heading to the showroom. We think it is more than fair to say that Bill Fayne has some mighty talented friends. More than 30 of them joined Fayne at the Suncoast last weekend to Celebrate Sondheim (that would be Stephen Sondheim, of course), in shows on Saturday and Sunday nights. Performing selections from Sunday in the Park with George, West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Sweeney Todd, Dick Tracy (the movie), Anyone Can Whistle, Evening Primrose, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, and Follies, were (in alphabetical order) James Allen, David Andino, Doug Baker, Michaelina Bellamy, Natalie Carson, Christie Copeland, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, Vita Corimbi, Lisa Davis, George DeMott, Bill Fayne, Mark Giovi, Felice Garcia, Lydia Gladstone, Jay Joseph, Richel Kompst, Ellen Lawson, Benjamin Loewy, Margaret "Gret" Menzies, Lisa Smith, Ron Smith, 14-year-old Sydney Peca Story, Kara von Aschwege and Robin Vincent. (Gayle Thompson Steele, who was scheduled to be a part of the program, was unable to participate, as she was caring for her ailing mother, Audrey Holmes.) Based on the number of folks in the audience, musician/singer/songwriter, Fayne, might be on to something. If they turned out to celebrate Stephen Sondheim, would they also show up to celebrate Oscar Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Jule Styne, and other composers of Broadway music? We think that Fayne may be on to something. We hope the powers-that-be at the Suncoast will seriously consider giving a series like this a stage on which to perform, perhaps on a monthly basis. Goodness knows, there are enough composers for a series of this type to last for years.

We are saddened to report that Audrey Holmes, mother of entertainers Clint Holmes and Gayle Thompson-Steele, passed away at the Nathan Adelson Hospice on Wednesday. She was 95. Those who attended Clint's shows, more than likely had the opportunity to see and hear Audrey. She frequently was in the audience when her son performed and it didn‘t take much coaxing to get the lady to raise her voice in song (usually a sampling of George Gershwin's "Summertime"). Many know, through Clint's bio-musical, that Audrey was a former British opera singer. After moving to Buffalo, New York, Audrey taught vocal lessons. During those years, she worked with Frankie Scinta and Marlene Ricci, who both wound up living and working in Las Vegas. During the last days of her life, while in hospice, Mrs. Holmes still managed to do a little her great-grandchild. We will have more on Audrey Holmes in an upcoming column.

Audrey Holmes (1915-2011)

Clint Holmes & Kelly Clinton-Holmes

Both Clint and his wife, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, are in New York - he to perform his tribute to cabaret artist, Bobby Short, at the Café Carlyle, and she to do her musical comedy show, Freckles and 80-Year-Old Bones at Manhattan's Metropolitan Room. A service for Audrey Holmes will be announced in a few weeks.
Photo of Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton Holmes by Stephen Sorokoff.

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Paul Stone is up to his old tricks again. Well, maybe HE isn't up to his old tricks, but the rotating magicians, who will perform in his soon to open, Vegas Magic Theatre, will be. Launches in the showroom at the Gold Coast on November 3rd. Previously, the room has been the home of Society of Seven, Forever Plaid, Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell, as well as occasional acts such as Debby Boone. Producer Stone tells us that show times will be Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 pm., and Saturdays at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The room has been redone, with cabaret seating at the front of the theater, and the Vegas Magic Lounge in the back. The Vegas Magic Lounge, which will feature close-up magic, will open an hour before the show start. Some of the magicians who are scheduled to perform in the Vegas Magic Theatre include the hysterically funny Jeff Hobson, Fielding West, The Great Tomsoni & Company, Tommy Lang, and Farrell Dillon. The lineup will change weekly, with three to five different magicians performing each week. Tickets will be a more than reasonable $14.95, with VIP seating available at $19.95, plus taxes and fees. We will have more on Vegas Magic Theatre as we get closer to the show's opening date.

Jeff Hobson

Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell

And speaking of Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell, the twosome are back at the Louie Anderson Theater inside the Palace Station on West Sahara, tomorrow and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, with shows at 4 p.m. on both days.

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We would be giving ourselves way too much credit if we thought our last Friday's rant about the, closed for a year, Liberace Museum, had anything to do with the fact that on Tuesday, it was announced that the previously "put on hold" Liberace movie, was once again a "go." We'll just call it a coincidence. All talks about the film, scheduled to star Michael Douglas as the flamboyant entertainer, stopped when it was revealed that Douglas was battling throat cancer. Now, with Michael in remission, the film is back on track. Matt Damon will co-star, playing Liberace's younger lover, Scott Thorson, in the Stephen Soderbergh-directed Behind the Candelabra. First announced in 2008, with shooting to start this past spring, the film is now supposed to start production next summer. For years, Liberace denied that he was gay, even going so far as to sue the Daily Mirror columnist, William Connor (who wrote under the byline Cassandra) for implying that he was. Fifty years ago in Britain, this was one of the most extraordinary libel trials of all time. Connor wrote that Liberace was "...the summit of sex - the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neuter. Everything that he, she, and it can ever want... a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love." (Two important contextual facts: male homosexuality was then illegal; the word "gay" had not become an antonym for homosexual). After a six-day hearing, during which Liberace denied being homosexual or ever having taken part in homosexual acts, the jury found for him. He was awarded about $22,000. In 1982, Thorson, Liberace's 24-year-old bodyguard, limo driver, and alleged live-in boyfriend of five years, sued the pianist for $113 million in palimony after an acrimonious split-up. One of music's biggest stars in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Liberace lived a rich lifestyle until he passed away in 1987 of AIDS. It will be most interesting to see how director Soderbergh handles the Liberace story today.

Michael Douglas Portrays Liberace

Mitzi Gaynor & Oscar Goodman

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As is their tradition, on the third Monday of the month, the Las Vegas Media Group will meet for lunch, camaraderie, and a presentation by a great speaker. This time around, our very own Don Payne is on the agenda. Don is a very longtime Las Vegan, and was the onetime manager of the Las Vegas News Bureau. Don, who is married to the wonderful Gretchen, will share some of his great stories with the Media Group attendees this Monday, October 17th. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m., and takes place at The Wedding Room, 3601 West Sahara on the southeast corner of Valley View. If you know where the Gallery of History is (was?), and/or The Cellar, then you know where The Wedding Room is; Mariana's Grocery Store on one side and Kaplan College on the other. There is a handicap entrance through the alley between the college and The Wedding Room. The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712. Lunch is $15, and the food is great! RSVPs are required. Contact Lisa at (702) 245-9206, or email [email protected].

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Busy weekend in Vegas...
The legendary Mitzi Gaynor, who hasn't performed in Las Vegas since the 1970s, graces the stage of The Orleans showroom this weekend. It was 1961 when the singer/dancer actress first premiered here as a Vegas headliner. She continued to perform in showrooms on the Strip for several decades, appearing with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Between 1967 and 1978, Mitzi starred in nine network specials, and in 2008, PBS presented Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years. The documentary, celebrating Miss Gaynor's annual television specials, was recently released on DVD. It includes newly taped interviews with colleagues, friends, and admirers of Gaynor, among them, Bob Mackie, Carl Reiner, Kristin Chenoweth, Rex Reed, Tony Charmoli, Alton Ruff, Randy Doney, and Kelli O'Hara. Now 80, in her visit to The Orleans, the Chicago-born star of films such as There's No Business Like Show Business, South Pacific and The Joker Is Wild, will share stories of her career, sing a few songs, and probably show some film clips. Show times are tonight through Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95, plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 365-7075 for reservations.

Photo of Mitzi Gaynor and former Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman, by Darrin Bush/Las Vegas News Bureau.

And speaking of The Orleans...
A reminder to all of you Las Vegas natives (that would be anyone who has lived here at least 30 years)...Next Sunday, October 23rd, the annual Old Time Reunion will take place in the Mardi Gras Ballroom at The Orleans Hotel. Chairperson, Thalia Dondero, one of the original founders of the Old Time Reunion, states, "Every year this wonderful event grows so dramatically. This year, we're planning an incredible night of music, comedy, great food and wonderful Las Vegas memories from so long ago." This year's reunion will honor William S. "Bill" Boyd and Boyd Gaming Corporation. Bill was 10 when his father, Sam Boyd, moved the family to Las Vegas. Bill didn't directly follow his father into the casino business, where by the early 1970s he had become a shareholder in several casinos, including the Mint, Sahara, and Union Plaza.. Rather, he practiced corporate law for fifteen years before joining him in the Boyd Group. In 1975, the Boyd Group, which included about 75 investors, opened its first casino, the California, in downtown Las Vegas. Four years later, Sam's Town was opened on Boulder Highway, a property which some credit for starting the "neighborhood casino" phenomenon. After running the Stardust and Fremont for two years at the Nevada Gaming Control Board's behest, the Boyd Group acquired both casinos outright in 1985. Three years later, Boyd Gaming, a true corporation, was created from the Boyd Group, and in 1993 Boyd Gaming issued its first stock offering. Also in that year, Sam Boyd passed away, and Bill, who had already been a pivotal figure in the company's management, became Boyd Gaming's patriarch. Under his leadership, Boyd expanded to several riverboat markets in the Midwest and South, and launched an Atlantic City building boom with the success of the high-end Borgata in 2003. Under his guidance, Boyd has become one of the most respected names in gaming. In addition to his leadership in the gaming industry, Boyd has been a steadfast supporter of the Las Vegas community and has been deeply involved with philanthropy. He is on the board of directors of Three Square food bank. One of his proudest accomplishments came in 1998 when, after several years of constant effort, he succeeded in bringing a law school to Nevada at last. It's fitting that the University of Nevada Las Vegas named its new unit the "William S. Boyd School of Law" to reflect the key role Boyd played in its founding.

William S. "Bill" Boyd

Vintage Roger Williams

If you have never attended one of these get-togethers, and would like to mingle with some of the city's true pioneers, this is your opportunity. Entertainers who will perform at the Old Time Reunion include Peter Anthony, Pete Barbutti, Ronnie Fabre, Steve Golden, Ty Lemley, Gary Olds, Bob Sachs, Paul Semenoff and Sasha Semenoff. Tickets are $45 person and include a delicious dinner and two drinks. The cocktail party starts at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6. Seating is limited and there is always a good turnout for this one, so make your reservations sooner than later. The number to call is (702) 318-4343. If you don't know this already, The Orleans is located at 4500 West Tropicana.

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It's not too late to make plans to attend the annual F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) Halloween fest, taking place at the Italian American Social Club, 2333 E. Sahara, next Saturday, October 22nd. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. and continue until around 10. Cost is $30 for those in costume, and $35 for those who wear their work clothes. F.I.O.R.E. widows are welcomed free of charge (their new boyfriends must pay, and pay, and pay). There will be a fine buffet dinner, open bar, entertainment, and says Nelson Sardelli, who keeps the non-club club up and running. Those who are interested in being part of the adult fun should RSVP, ASAP, to [email protected]

On Sunday, October 23rd, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) will present their annual Joe Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert in the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Showroom. Concert organizer, Ed Foster, tells us that this year's concert will feature Bob Anderson, Pete Barbutti, Artie Butler, Vinnie Falcone, Rick Faugno, Cork Proctor, and Reva Rice. Founded by Grammy-winning jazz and blues vocalist, Joe Williams, who made his home in Las Vegas, this is the 21st year for this annual event. Williams passed away in 1999 at the age of 80. His wife, Jillean Williams, survives him. Show time for the Scholarship Fund Concert is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $ 40, and may be purchased through the South Point box office. Call (702) 797-8055.

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Famed pianist, Roger Williams, passed away in his Encino, California home on October 8th. Williams, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer, was 87. He was best known for his 1955 rendition of "Autumn Leaves," the only piano instrumental to reach No. 1 on Billboard's popular music chart. It sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In 1966, Williams had another Top Ten hit with the song "Born Free" from the motion picture soundtrack. His other hits included "Near You," "Till," "The Impossible Dream," "Yellow Bird," "Maria," and "The Theme from Somewhere in Time." Billboard magazine ranks him as the top selling piano recording artist in history, with 18 gold and platinum albums to his credit. Williams was known as the "Pianist to the Presidents," having played for nine administrations beginning with Harry S. Truman. His last White House performance was in November 2008 for a luncheon hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. Williams performed at the South Point in Las Vegas last year. A public memorial service for the pianist has been set for 1 p.m., Monday at the Richard M. Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California.

We offer our deepest sympathy to the family of Jeraldyn "Jerri" Spencer who passed away on October 3rd. Jerri, who was born on May 21st, 1928, was the smiling friendly greeter at the Sam's Club on Pecos near Tropicana. She frequently had sweet treats for the children as they entered the big box store. Jerri, who was 83, is survived by her husband, Prince Spencer, a member of the famous Four Step Brothers dance troupe since 1941; sons Gary and David; daughter, Holly; and granddaughter, Starr. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Services for Jeraldyn Spencer will be held at the Second Baptist Church, 500 W. Madison Avenue in Las Vegas, tomorrow, October 15th at 11a.m.

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Tomorrow, the City of Las Vegas will officially unveil the new Trail that highlights cultural amenities in downtown Las Vegas. The 12-block Cultural Corridor Trail will feature Artworks, Sidewalk Embellishments and Banners. The public is invited to join the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission, city officials and guests for an arts walk, reception and dedication of new artworks and the Cultural Corridor Trail in downtown Las Vegas. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at the Neon Museum Boneyard Park at 810 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Participants will dedicate the "Pole Dancers," a suite of 46 banners designed by Martin Kreloff, and the "Flourish" series of sidewalk embellishments designed by Denise Duarte on the newly completed trail. The walk will proceed north on Las Vegas Boulevard to the Old Mormon Fort. The two featured Las Vegas artists will lead the walking tour and will stop at key sites on the Cultural Corridor to discuss their works — the Reed Whipple building (now home to Las Vegas Shakespeare Company), Las Vegas Library, Lied Discovery Children's Museum, Cashman Center and Las Vegas Natural History Museum. A reception, cosponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Commission and the Cultural Corridor Coalition, will be offered at the Old Mormon Fort.

Martin Kreloff Banners

Lladro Passionate Tango

Work on the trail included installing sidewalk ramps, new banner poles, stamped concrete sidewalk panels and concrete embellishments for 12 city blocks along the urban trail that leads to the cultural institutions. Kreloff, known for his graphic pop art portraiture, themed his banner suite on the hand as a creative instrument that creates and defines culture. He designed a specific image for each of the neighborhood institutions. Each of the designs, painted in brightly electric primary and secondary colors, feature the hands of humanity in action. From the elegance of the orchestra conductor holding a baton, to the stretch of the baseball player reaching to catch a falling ball....each shaping the cultural destiny of our city. The overall banner concept offers up a Warhol like Pop Art sensibility and invites the viewer to enjoy the presentation achieved through repetition and color. When viewed from a slowly passing car, the banners provide a kinetic, film like experience. The unifying hot cadmium yellow backgrounds blazing against the sky, coupled with the cool blues and blacks of the hand silhouettes, present a compelling tale of Las Vegas activism and achievement. Duarte, who works primarily in ceramics, created eight unique sidewalk flourishes and a wing image that repeats in several locations. The flourishes provide a visual narrative of each institution but overall are inspired by signs in the Neon Museum, while the wing images reflect eddies and swirls of the Las Vegas Creek that once flowed through the area. The Cultural Corridor Trail starts at The Mob Museum, located in the historic post office at 300 Stewart Ave., and continues north on Casino Center Boulevard from Stewart, then east on Bonanza Road to Las Vegas Boulevard, and north on Las Vegas Boulevard to Washington Avenue. The new artworks were commissioned for the trail by the Las Vegas Arts Commission as part of the city's urban trails program. Funding for the $461,544 in improvements was provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. This act allows money from Nevada federal land sales to be used in the state for park and trail projects. The contractor was Preferred Contracting, Inc. A third artwork on the trail is "Vegas Arabesque" by David Griggs. It decorates a pedestrian bridge over Las Vegas Boulevard near Cashman Center Drive and was dedicated this summer. If you are unable to attend tomorrow morning's unveiling, do yourselves a favor and make a trip downtown real soon. Take your cameras with you.

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Regis Galerie, a high-end art collections boutique that was one of Michael Jackson's favorite stores, will be holding an exclusive art signing event at its location inside The Venetians' Grand Canal Shoppes, on October 21st, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will give customers the opportunity to have Lladro pieces signed by Rosa Lladro (CEO of the company and daughter of a founding member), adding value to every purchased piece. Passionate Tango, shown in accompanying photo, will be unveiled that evening. Regis Galerie is a family owned business and has expertise in Asian art. People fly from all over the world to view the collection. The beautiful Passionate Tango piece sells for $1,500.

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For those who are fans of Easy Listening music, chances are if they listen to radio in the Las Vegas area, KJUL would be their station of choice. There is something missing from 104.7 AM these days, and that is the voice of longtime radio personality, Duke Morgan. Good news! Fans of Morgan will soon be able to hear him again. Because he still receives e-mails form his former KJUL listeners who want him back on the air, in mid-January, Duke will be launching his own internet radio station. He has a music library that is very diverse, with not just one genre, but many genres. Unlike most terrestrial stations that have about 600 songs in rotation, Duke's library is climbing to almost 2500. It will be quite different from other internet stations, as Morgan will be the to air. Eventually, contests will be added to the mix. Internet radio has become very popular. Many of the 2012 autos include hook ups for internet radio. Stay tuned for Duke Morgan!

Duke Morgan

Paul Simon

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Singer/songwriter, Paul Simon, best known for his success with former musical partner, Art Garfunkel, turned 70 yesterday, and what better way to let loose than with a new tour. And what better place to perform part of that tour than at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. In celebration of his Grammy-winning Graceland album's 25th anniversary, Simon has recently announced his plans to reunite with the musical acts he played with when the album was originally released for a special tour in 2012. With a reported 14 million copies sold worldwide, Graceland is the best-selling album of Simon's career. It ranked at No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In addition to the tour, the talented musician will also release a box set, which will include a documentary about the album. Back in 1987, Simon collaborated with several artists in South Africa, including trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, for the album. He was accused at the time of breaking the cultural boycott against the apartheid regime in the region. Over the course of his impressive musical journey, which began in 1965 with Simon & Garfunkel, and later evolved into a successful solo career, Simon has earned 13 Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. Paul Simon Live in Concert at Caesars will be on Monday, October 24th. Tickets are $59.50, $85, $120 and $145 and are on sale at The Colosseum box office, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, and Ticketmaster outlets.

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And speaking of Dean Martin...Thanks to racing fan/publicist/columnist, Norm Johnson, the daughter of Steubenville, Ohio's favorite son, Deana Martin, will be singing the national anthem tomorrow, Saturday, October 15th, prior to the Smith's 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Driver introductions for the Smith's 350 are set for noon, and the race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the October 14th through 16th Smith's 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series/IZOD IndyCar World Championships may be purchased online at or by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444. Deana made her television debut in 1966, performing on her father's legendary television show, The Dean Martin Show. A successful nightclub entertainment career soon followed, including appearances at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the hallowed Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood. In addition to performing on her international concert tour, the singer/actress is the author of a best-selling book, Memories Are Made Of This.

Deana Martin

Michaelina Bellamy by Sam Morris

Look for Deana's newest album, White Christmas, featuring a beautiful duet with Andy Williams. Surprise! White Christmas is available in both CD version AND vinyl. Yes, folks. Vinyl! Hope you saved your old turntable, as recording companies are, once again, producing those large, flat discs for your listening enjoyment.

Deana will be one of the entertainers donating her talent at Sunday afternoon's benefit for ailing performer, Michaelina Bellamy. The all-star fundraiser is set for 2 p.m. at the South Point Showroom. In addition to Deana Martin, among the others scheduled to perform are Abraham Laboriel; Artie Schroeck; Dennis Bono; Elisa Furr; Gordie Brown; Justo Almario; Linda November; Lorraine Hunt Bono; Rob Garrett; Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns; Vince Falcone; and Domenick Allen and Leigh Zimmerman and their daughter, Cayleigh Capaldi. The Gary Anderson Band will provide the instrumental music. Hosting the event are Allen and Zimmerman and journalist John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone. Tickets are $25 and available at the door or by calling the South Point box office at (702) 797-8055. They may also be purchased at the South Point box office up until show time. If you are unable to attend the show, but would like to help the onetime Folies Bergere singer who is battling leukemia, donations can be made to the Lions HealthFirst Foundation: Michaelina Bellamy Fund, 5040 Edna Ave., Las Vegas, NV, 89146.

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Roslyn Kind will appear at Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club on October 21st and 22nd. Roslyn, known as Rozzie to her friends, is a dynamic, multi-talented entertainer who has forged a successful career in all facets of entertainment, from critically acclaimed recordings to sold-out performances on Broadway, to top concert venues and nightclubs the world over. A vibrant musical artist, Rozzie is familiar to both national and international audiences for her headlining appearances at some of the most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, The Greek Theater and London's Café Royal. The London Times noted "To say she is superb would be an understatement." In 2006, she made her long awaited and rapturously received Carnegie Hall debut with her frequent musical collaborator and friend, Michael Feinstein. She began her performing career while still in her teens with the release of her first album, Give Me You. A whirlwind of performing activity followed, including engagements at the nation's top nightclubs, acclaim from Time magazine and three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, leading up to her show-stopping New York debut at the Plaza Hotel's legendary Persian Room. Her follow up singles and a second album, This is Roslyn Kind, showcased her growth as a recording artist comfortable in a wide range of musical genres. Ms. Kind's latest CD release, Come What May, described in the New York Times as "splendid and sizzling", further established her reputation as a virtuoso vocalist possessing impeccable phrasing, a richness and clarity of tone and an undeniable emotional connection to her always first-rate material. Concurrent with her recording career, Ms. Kind is an accomplished theatrical performer. On Broadway, she starred in the crowd-pleasing musical revue 3 from Brooklyn. Additional theatrical credits include the off-Broadway production of Show Me Where the Good Times Are, Leader of the Pack and Ferguson the Tailor. She also stopped the show in a critically lauded Los Angeles production of William Finn's Elegies. The Hollywood Reporter noted, "Roslyn Kind sings like a dream..." Ms. Kind's extensive list of television credits include the film Switched at Birth, multiple episodes of NBC's Gimme a Break, Throb starring Jane Leeves, and a humorously memorable turn as herself on CBS's The Nanny. This appearance also showcased her talent as a songwriter in a performance of her composition, "Light of Love." She also performed the title song for the made-for-TV movie, Not Just Another Affair. Ms. Kind has appeared on virtually every major talk/variety show, including the Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. Among her international television credits are England's Pebble Mill Show, Canada's Musique Plus, and For Me – Formidable, a Charles Aznavour special for European TV co-starring Dusty Springfield. In motion pictures, Ms. Kind has had starring roles in The Underachievers, I'm Going to Be Famous, and has just completed working on a Hallmark movie for TV called Ladies of the House, starring Donna Mills and Florence Henderson. Roz can also be heard singing "Hold On While You Can" in the 2008 movie, Truloved. She just completed a biography for Vision TV called Unscripted. Ms. Kind also works tirelessly for various animal welfare, Alzheimer's and AIDS related charitable organizations, including HSUS, APLA and Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS for which she contributed a song selection to Cabaret Noel, a recent volume in their annual series of holiday CD releases. One of the premiere interpreters of popular song, Roslyn Kind continues to succeed in every new facet of her performing career, delighting audiences with her spellbinding talent. Roslyn's unique artistry is equally at home on stage, screen and disc. The New York Post summed it up best, "She's so good on so many levels; it's difficult to categorize her. This elegant, beautiful, petite, dynamo delight rules the stage with a royal command that demands adoration from every seat in the house." Enough comparisons with sister Barbra Streisand. Roslyn Kind is her very own special creation, a singer's singer whose star shines brightly with its individual sparkling light.

Roslyn Kind

UNLV Jazz Ensemble

A native of Brooklyn, New York she currently resides in Los Angeles. The Catalina Jazz Club Bar and Grill is located at 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. There is a $30 cover for Rozzie, plus a two drink minimum and/or dinner. For additional information, call (323) 466-2210.

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Dave Loeb, Nathan Tanouye and Las Vegas Master Singers, directed by Jocelyn Jensen, will present a special benefit concert at the Green Valley Methodist Church, 2200 Robindale at Green Valley Parkway, on Sunday October 16th at 4 p.m. Concert selections include arrangements for jazz band and choir by jazz composer Bill Cunliffe. Among the vocal arrangements are "Sing, Sing, Sing," arranged by Darmon Meader; "One Note Samba," arranged by Larry Lapin; and "Old Black Magic, arranged by Steve Zegree. Other selections will include "Moondance," "Air Mail Special," and "Singing in the Rain/Umbrella." Tickets are $20 at the door, with $10 group tickets available. Pick up and pay at the church the day of the concert. All ticket monies benefit students of the UNLV Choirs and Jazz Studies. Make checks out to Las Vegas Master Singers.

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Jason Graae sings the songs of Jerry Herman in Perfect Hermany, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street (at 9th Ave.), Tuesday, October 18th and Wednesday the 19th at 7 p.m., Monday the 24th at 7, and Tuesday the 25th at 9:30 p.m. John Boswell serves as Musical Director, and Lee Tannen is Director. Variety says, "Jason Graae raises versatility to new heights. He's a comic, a character actor and a balladeer... extraordinary a suburb comic...magnificent voice." According to songwriter Ervin Drake ("I Believe," "Good Morning Heartache," "It Was a Very Good Year"), Graae is one of the two most talented performers on the planet, with Mark Nadler being the other one. It's the year of Jerry's 80th Birthday, so "Light the Candles - Get the Ice Out!" (Jerry's birthday is not "Today." He actually turned 80 on July 10th.) Celebrate a Broadway Legend at the Beechman...and also Jerry Herman!!! There is a $20 cover plus two drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 695-6909. A live recording of Jason's Perfect Hermany has just been released on the Kritzerland label.

Note: In October of 2006, Hello, Jerry! Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Jerry Herman was performed at UNLV as part of the New York Stage and Beyond series. Jason Graae, along with Karen Morrow, Paige O'Hara, and Donald Pippin conducting , performed. The cast generously came in early to conduct master classes for UNLV students.

Jason Graae

David Hasselhoff

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International star of stage and screen, David Hasselhoff, will answer why he has been described as "the most indisputable star on the planet," when he performs at The Orleans Showroom, November 18th through 20th, each evening at 8 p.m. The Orleans appearance marks "The Hoff's" first return to a Las Vegas stage since 2007, when he starred as Roger DeBris in the hit musical The Producers during its run on the Strip. At his Orleans Showroom engagement, Hasselhoff will entertain through multimedia, song and audience interaction. "My long-awaited return to Las Vegas is an opportunity for me to bring my sold-out European tour to The Orleans," he says. "In this show, there is something for everyone, so I'm extending a personal invitation for everyone to come and party Hoff-style!" Hasselhoff began his acting career playing Snapper Foster on The Young and the Restless in the 1970s, before becoming a household name in the ‘80s with roles such as Michael Knight on Knight Rider, and Mitch Buchannon on Baywatch. The latter show, with more than 1.1 billion (that's with a "B") viewers, helped earn Hasselhoff the Guinness Book of World Records' "Most Watched Leading Man on Television Ever" recognition. Since his most famed TV roles, Hasselhoff has guest-starred on numerous television series, including Still Standing, Just Shoot Me and Sons of Anarchy. He was a judge on America's Got Talent from 2006 to 2009, is a current judge on Britain's Got Talent, and was a contestant on the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars. Iconic status came for Hasselhoff when he was honored by Comedy Central channel with The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff. (You can see most of the very funny raking over the coals on YouTube). On the big screen, Hasselhoff has displayed his comedic skills in various movies, including Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and Click. In 2000, Hasselhoff made his Broadway debut in the dual roles of Jekyll & Hyde, and in 2004, he starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago on London's West End. Already a recognizable figure, Hasselhoff began his music career in the late 1980s and released numerous hits in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including "Looking for Freedom," "Crazy for You" and "Hooked on a Feeling." To date, Hasselhoff has released more than a dozen albums, including his 2011 release, A Real Good Feeling. "Jump in My Car," which he performed live on America's Got Talent, hit the top of the UK charts. The videos for the song, as well as his viral hit "Hooked On A Feeling," were downloaded more than 16 million times, making him one of the most downloaded artists of the decade. The Hoff's concerts continue to play to standing room only audiences worldwide. Tickets for his Orleans shows are available starting from $49.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting

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Golden Globe and Tony Award-nominated performer, Lainie Kazan, will headline Aid for AIDS of Nevada's 3rd Annual An Evening of Cabaret, on Wednesday, October 26th, in The Lounge at Palms Casino Resort. Lainie served as understudy to Barbra Streisand in Broadway's Funny Girl, finally getting to go on 18 months into the run when the star was felled by a serious throat problem. Coincidentally, both had attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. In 1970, Kazan posed for a spread in Playboy. Her appearance in the magazine opened the door for her to headline and operate two different Playboy Jazz Clubs, Lainie's Lounge in both Los Angeles and Manhattan. She appeared in numerous supper clubs across the country, and she was a guest on Dean Martin's variety series 26 times. Other television work included a recurring role as Aunt Freida on the Fran Drescher sitcom The Nanny, and as Kirstie Alley's mother on Veronica's Closet, and guest shots on St. Elsewhere (for which she earned an Emmy nomination), The Paper Chase, Touched by an Angel, and Will & Grace. Lainie also had a recurring role on Desperate Housewives. In film, she was featured in One From the Heart, Lust In the Dust, Beaches, The Associate (in which female impersonator/comic Kenny Kerr had a cameo role), and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She appeared in both the Broadway production and film of My Favorite Year, receiving a Tony-nomination for her performance. Enjoy an evening of singing and comedy with the versatile Lainie Kazan, from 8 to 10 p.m. on the 26th. Tickets, priced from $35 to $75, are limited. To purchase, call AFAN at (702) 349-7078, or go to

Lainie Kazan

Bob Anderson

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Singer/vocal impressionist/comic, Tony Pace, returns to the Clarion Hotel & Casino for 7 p.m. shows on Monday and Tuesday, October 24th and 25th. Backed by a group of talented musicians, Pace offers a high-energy, music and comedy-filled performance. Tickets start at $49.95, plus taxes and fees. They may be purchased at the theater box office, or by calling (702) 467-1054. The Clarion (previously the Greek Isles) is located at 305 Convention Center Drive, between the Las Vegas Strip and Paradise Road.

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Life Long Dreams, "Where Talent is never too small...and Dreams are never too big," presents its 3rd annual Beyond the Starz Fall Concert on Saturday, October 22nd at 7 p.m. (Red Carpet at 6:30 p.m.). Life Long Dreams is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of individuals with special needs. The program offers an opportunity for students to develop their artistic and creative talents. With the support of mentors and professionals from the arts and entertainment community, these students talent will be showcased throughout the world. Life Long Dreams continues to reshape disability into special ability! The lineup for this years' event includes Lillian McMorris, Mark Giovi, Veronica "Lady V" Morton, the Las Vegas Mass Choir, Andre King, Denise Fuleihan, Shelly Jordan and Sherry Kline. The concert will take place in the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo. Tickets are $15 in advance for adults, and $10 for children and students; $20 for adults, and $15 for children and students, at the door. For additional information and/or reservations, call (702) 979-4642, or (702) 885-7157.

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Next Saturday, October 22nd, former Las Vegas resident, Bob Anderson, fronts the Las Vegas Philharmonic for Pops I in UNLV's Concert Series. Vincent Falcone will serve as guest conductor for A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and The Great American Songbook. Anderson has appeared on more than 200 national television shows, from Johnny Carson to David Letterman. People Magazine named Bob, "The Best Singing Impressionist in America." His impersonations include Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin. For this engagement, Anderson will not be doing vocal impressions, he will be paying tribute to Sinatra and his music utilizing his own fine singing voice. Falcone served as Frank Sinatra's musical director and pianist for seven years. In addition to Sinatra, Vinnie also has been pianist/ conductor for many of the country's top singers, including Robert Goulet, Andy Williams, and Connie Francis. The presentation will take place at UNLV's Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, beginning at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $38, $53 and $78, plus fees. For reservations, call (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

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Midsummer Night's Dream

Tomorrow, October 15th, the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company performs A Midsummer Night's Dream at Lake Las Vegas. The City of Henderson's Shakespeare in the Park will make a stop at Lake Las Vegas this weekend. This is the third show for the event's 25th anniversary celebration. After this waterfront performance, Shakespeare fans will have one more opportunity to see A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of the series' traveling tour. Admission is complimentary. The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company will present the popular romantic comedy at the final neighborhood park in Henderson next week. The Lake Las Vegas performance, at 15 Costa di Lago, starts at 7 p.m. (*Green show at 6 p.m.) Next Saturday's show (October 22nd) takes place at 7 p.m., at River Mountain Park, 1941 Appaloosa Drive. For additional information, visit or call the City of Henderson Cultural Arts & Tourism Department at (702) 267-2171.

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