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Las Vegas - November 16, 2012


The Phat Pack

Good news for those who saw this show in previews at the Community Lutheran Church or the Composers Showcase at The Smith Center. Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan, and Randal Keith, former cast mates, from Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, have found a home for their brand new show for Las Vegas...The Phat Pack! Beginning on Thursday, November 29th, The Phat Pack will play in the showroom at the downtown Plaza Hotel & Casino, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5 and 7 p.m. The three talented entertainers met during their stints at Phantom. When it was announced that the long running Venetian production would be closing on September 2nd, this trio got busy and made lemonade out of lemons. The result is a 75-minute show, jam-packed with great music - Broadway tunes, American Standards, Las Vegas favorites and original songs; laughter - in song and story; and dreams, as the guys share their personal and career journeys. The cast has an impressive theatrical history. Before Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Ted Keegan performed as the lead in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on tour; Randal Keith played Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and on tour; and Bruce Ewing was Jinx in Forever Plaid on the national tour and in Las Vegas. The Phat Pack's musical director, Joey Singer, who plays piano, bass and sings, has served as Debbie Reynolds' musical director for 28 years. Phat Pack ticket prices start at $34.95 for general admission, and are available at the Plaza Box Office, or by phone at (702) 946-8934. For more information about the show, please visit: www.PhatPackShow.com.

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Part of the November F.I.O.R.E. Gang

Don Hill, Pam Thompson & Grace, Linda November at F.I.O.R.E.

The November F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon meeting on the 8th, was one of the largest non-holiday events the group has ever had. More than 85 people showed up for a buffet lunch, fun with friends, music and comedy, and to hear Linda November (that is her real name; she did not change it for this meeting) talk about her long music career. The lady has thousands of jingles to her impressive credits, including the famous Meow Mix (with lots of "meows" involved) spots, and has performed with stars such as, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Burt Bacharach, Engelbert Humperdinck, Neil Diamond and many more - unfortunately none of who were present at the F.I.O.R.E. meeting. Linda, originally from Brooklyn, New York, now makes her home in Las Vegas with her very talented husband, Artie Schroeck, a very accomplished musician, composer, arranger, who has written songs for Old Blue Eyes, and is also a winner of multiple Clio Awards. The Presidents (all of the gentlemen of F.I.O.R.E. are presidents) and First Ladies also celebrated the 91st birthday of president Don Hill (the birthday cake was delicious). We have it on good authority that Methuselah, sent Don, the oldest President of the F.I.O.R.E. , a congratulatory "telegram" and an apology for not attending...something wrong with his camel. Among those enjoying the afternoon, were some politico-types, quite a few entertainers, a couple of well-known car dealers (Jim Marsh and first-time F.I.O.R.E. attendee, Tom Saitta, in from Pahrump), and Gary Anderson, who, instead of being onstage playing his saxophone as he usually does, was an audience member, recovering nicely from hip replacement surgery. President Nelson Sardelli was having more fun than just about anyone else. Give the man a crowd, and he is in seventh heaven. The next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13th, at the F.I.O.R.E. headquarters, the Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara. Blvd. As a personal note, the roving reporter, who contributed some of this information for the Las Vegas Tribune, "had much more fun than he expected when given the assignment to cover what he thought was going to be "just another one on those boring luncheons." He is now an official President.

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Rip Taylor

Howard Maurer & Dyanne Thorne

Last Saturday afternoon, we spent about three hours at the LVH (you may best know it as the former Las Vegas Hilton, and, before that, the International), cruising the Hollywood Show, where many celebrities of the past and present were signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. We enjoyed visiting with 78-year-old Rip Taylor, still as outrageous as ever; Felix Silla, best remembered as Cousin Itt on The Addams Family TV show; Morgan Fairchild, with recurring roles on the nighttime dramas, Flamingo Road and Falcon Crest; actresses Beverly Washburn and Cynthia Pepper, both with movie and television credits up the wazoo; Murray "The Unknown Comic" Langston, a Gong Show favorite; Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas, of Starsky & Hutch; Eddie Mekka, of Laverne & Shirley fame; and actress Dyanne Thorne and musician hubby, Howard Maurer. Among the attendees that we recognized schmoozing with the stars were, funny lady and 96.3 KKLZ radio host, Carla Rea; Cannery Casino Resort's director of entertainment, Kathie Spehar; and retro fans, Steve and Diane Albert. As we were departing the LVH on Saturday evening, we spotted an unusual looking couple in the hotel lobby. As we are, after all, Claire Voyant (meaning "having or claiming to have the power of seeing objects or actions beyond the range of natural vision"), we were pretty sure these two were entertainers. Not good at following mom's advice, we very frequently talk to strangers. We felt compelled to do just that, and introduced ourselves to these "strangers." It turns out that they were animal trainer/comic/magician, Max Clever, and his very well trained, well behaved dog, JoJo. Up until early this week, Max and JoJo, who have performed on stages all around the country, spent a few hours a day, greeting visitors and posing for camera carrying guests at the hotel...a dandy public relations move, if we say so ourselves (and we do). Unfortunately, it seems that with a change in name and ownership at the Paradise property, there also comes a change in policy, and Max and JoJo will no longer be creating warm fuzzy feelings outside the Shimmer Cabaret. We have a feeling, it won't be long before they get invited to charm the public at another local establishment. Stay tuned.


Max Clever with JoJo, Kitty & Spike

Diane Ellis and Wedding Party Friends

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Longtime Las Vegas entertainer, Diane Ellis, back in the city for a few days from Boston where she is currently living, managed to get a number of her local friends together for an outing to see Tony n' Tina's Wedding in their new, as of June, home at Bally's. Diane's partying group was made up of Tom and Tish Amador (who gifted Diane with an airline ticket to come visit), Danny and Jaye Calico (Colica), Corky DiFini (Danny, Corky and Diane were members of the popular vocal ensemble, Chazz), Janice Sands, Robin Cohen Efron and her friends, Mary Kaye and Joe (Robin co-starred with Diane, playing Snow White in Beach Blanket Babylon at the Sands), and Tom and Joni Illi. During the past 10+ years in Las Vegas, Tony and Tina have walked down the aisle more than 3,300 times, in front of more than 500,000 guests, and still continue to make every wedding a one-of-a-kind event filled with great music, laughter, food and love. The most imaginative aspect of the show is its unpredictability. Because the actors are indistinguishable from the guests, no one is quite sure of the outcome. This creates certain spontaneity, unparalleled by other shows. Tony n' Tina's Wedding made its Las Vegas debut at the Rio on Valentine's Day of 2001. In 2009, it moved to the Mezzanine Level at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. At the end of that year, it relocated to the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood, until June where it debuted at Bally's. The talented cast that we saw portray the members of the Nunzio/Vitale wedding party on the night we attended, consisted of - Ryan Flanigan, as Tony Nunzio the groom; Jen Spraul, Tina Vitale the bride; Ryan Mueller, Barry; Maria Valdez, Connie; Jason Outlaw, Dominic; Marissa Johnson, Donna; Dolly Coulter, Mrs. Vitale; Nolan Christopher, Joey; Jessica Everett, Sister; Paul Campanella, Mr. Nunzio; Alison Mills, Maddy; Dominic Calandra, Father Mark; Ryan Remark, Michael; David Ianacci, Sal; Tony Torres, Donny Dulce; Tony Sandrew, Vinnie; and Amanda Shay, Loretta. Friend Larry Atello, who was out on the night we were there, plays Donny the wedding singer in the interactive dinner show (which means that the audience is very much involved in the wedding) a few nights out of the week. Unfortunately, although we tried, we were unsuccessful in getting the names of the rest of the cast members.

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Reminders...
If it's not too late when you are reading this, and you happen to be in Las Vegas, and you like glorious voices singing the songs of Broadway, you might want to get yourself over to the LVH tonight, Friday, November 16th, before 8 p.m., to catch Showstoppers, presented by Bill Fayne and Rag Tag Entertainment. Hosted by Kelly Clinton-Holmes, Andrew Wright, and Mr. Fayne, dozens of cast members from Jubilee!, BITE, Nunsense, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, Vegas! The Show, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, and more, will perform the Best of Broadway, backed by a 15-piece orchestra. Tickets are $25 to $40 (includes tax and service charge). Please call the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Box Office (24 hours a day) at (800) 222-5361 for reservations.


Tony n' Tina logo (no caption)

Green Valley Ranch Showroom Closing

Just two Fridays left to catch the Lon Bronson All-Star Band in the Ovation showroom at Green Valley Ranch. For whatever reason, the powers-that-be (we often wonder just who they are) have decided to close the room, leaving some very talented entertainers homeless...for a while, at least. In the meantime, the Bronson ensemble, will perform at the Henderson property, tonight, November 16th, at 10:30. Get there early, as the room fills up quickly for the Industrial Strength R&B, Rock, Soul & Funk sounds of Lon Bronson and company. Don't forget about their Gala TOP CD Release Party at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 29th, in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station.

And on Sunday, November 18th at 2 p.m., Paul Hansell, dresser to the stars, performs his one-man bio-musical at Hattie's House, 9109 Lazy Hill Circle. Paul, who loves food and baking almost as much as he loves music, promises some of his delectable delicacies will be a part of the afternoon entertainment. He will be accompanied, musically, by Angela Chan at the piano. Tickets are $15. Reservations are required. Call (702) 255-0695.

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Another opening, another show...
Last night was the official Broadway opening of Scandalous at the Neil Simon Theatre. With book and some of the music credits going to Kathie Lee Gifford, along with the Davids, Friedman and Pomeranz, Scandalous stars Caolee Carmello as early-20th-century evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson. The Scandalous cast also includes two-time Tony Award-winner (La Cage aux Folles, Sunset Boulevard), George Hearn, and Roz Ryan, who played Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago the Musical at Mandalay Bay.


Carolee Carmello by Jeremy Daniel

Linda Smith

And, over at The Venetian, Rock of Ages is scheduled to open on December 18th. TimeOut New York describes the musical as, "insanely fun." The worldwide smash hit, featuring a raucous mix of 28 eyebrow-scorching tunes, will begin performances at The Venetian on December 18th. Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This hilarious, feel-good love story celebrates the great rock songs of the '80s including such sing-out-loud songs as "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Here I Go Again," "Don't Stop Believin'" and more. Here is an interesting note. In a tribute to Las Vegas past, they are now calling The Venetian performance space the Sands Theatre. For newbies, The Venetian sits on the Strip property where the historic Sands once was located.

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Lisa Gioia-Acres informs us that the next Las Vegas Media Group meeting is this coming Monday, November 19th at 11:30 a.m. Thanks to the very helpful and supportive former Clark County Commissioner, Thalia Dondero, Linda Smith, associate executive director at Opportunity Village, will be the guest speaker. The group is looking forward to meeting Ms. Smith, and hearing her Las Vegas stories. As always, the meeting will take place at the Wedding Room, located at 3601 W. Sahara (on the southwest corner of Sahara and Valley View). If you know where the Gallery of History is (was?) located and/or The Cellar, then you know where it 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. Lunch is $15, and the food is great! The phone number for any questions or directions is (702) 362-6712. RSVPs are required. Contact Lisa, immediately if not sooner, at (702) 245-9206, or e-mail to [email protected].

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Sandra Huntsman stars in Broadway & Beyond at The Onyx Theatre, tonight, Friday, November 16th at 10:30 p.m. Ms. Huntsman starts her series of themed cabaret evenings with some of the finest musical theater vocal talent in town. Every month will bring a new theme - from composers to role reversals to holiday themes. Tonight‘s offering will showcase songs from Broadway, off-Broadway, concept musicals and beyond! Join the crowd for a lively and fun evening of Broadway and Beyond! Tickets are $15. The Onyx Theatre is located at 953 E. Sahara Avenue, #16B (in Commercial Center). Call (702) 732-7225, or (702) 333-6698.


Sandra Huntsman

Betty Buckley

And, on two Saturdays, November 24th and again December 15th, the Onyx Theatre will present Confessions of a Roid Fag or How He-Man Made Me Gay, in 10 p.m. shows on Confessions of a Roid Fag or How He-Man Made Me Gay is one man's examination through monologue and song of He-Man (yes that He-Man), Body Dysmorphia, Gay Identity, Professional Wrestling and, of course, Love. Written and performed by Las Vegas' premiere gay actor and author, Enoch Augustus Scott, with Spencer Baker on piano, the show is part fan boy fiction, part cabaret, part TED talk and part maniacal ravings of the meat head in the locker room. Ultimately, it is a very personal, revealing tale of the genesis of desire and the trouble we encounter when we act on that desire. Confessions of a Roid Fag or How He-Man Made Me Gay offers a unique gay perspective that is sure to entertain, titillate, and enlighten.

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Three Square Food Bank, Southern Nevada's only food bank, kicked off its fourth annual Fight Holiday Hunger program on November 12th, and will continue it through Monday, December 31st. During this time, through the generosity of Barrick North America, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, IGT and Towbin Automotive, all cash contributions to Three Square are matched dollar for dollar. "We are excited for the return of Fight Holiday Hunger, and anticipate that the local community will once again embrace this program and support those in need," said Brian Burton, CEO/President of Three Square. "We are grateful for the generosity of our four partners and look forward seeing the donations grow over the course of the seven-week program." As part of Fight Holiday Hunger, Three Square partners with KJUL 104.7 FM (SMI Radio) and X 107.5 FM (CBS Radio) for two radio-thons - 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, November 28th and 29th. For two days, KJUL 104.7 asks its listeners to phone in with their monetary donations. Similar to telethons, various prizes, such as show tickets, dinners and many other exciting items provided by the generosity of local businesses and shows, will be offered as incentives . Call-in number is (702) 258-6060. and visit www.kjul1047.com. To make a donation to and for further information about Fight Holiday Hunger, visit www.fightholidayhunger.com. Three Square was established to end hunger in the valley, by providing wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit organizations that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans in need. A national model project, inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with the gaming industry, businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the CCSD, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 24 million pounds of food and grocery products per year – the equivalent of nearly 18 million meals – to more than 600 Program Partners, including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org.

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Here is some of what is happening at The Smith Center over the next few weeks. You still have time to see and hear Betty Buckley in Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway. She has a 7 p.m. show tomorrow, and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Called "The Voice of Broadway" by New York magazine, Betty Buckley, the Tony Award-winner, and star of TV's Eight is Enough, Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway features men's songs from Broadway shows that Buckley has always wanted to sing, including numbers from Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Pippin, The Fantasticks and more. The centerpiece of the show is "A Hymn to Her," a rewrite of My Fair Lady's "A Hymn to Him" in which Henry Higgins asks "Why Can't a Woman be More Like A Man?" The prolific singer reverses the question in a witty retort, complete with musical references to iconic male Broadway roles, including Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Harold Hill in The Music Man and Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables. Tickets range from $40 to $70.

The Irish Tenors (Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan) perform their Premiere Irish Holiday Celebration Tour on November 27th. Tickets start at $26


Frank Wildhorn & Friends

Frank Wildhorn & Friends, who are made up of Jane Monheit and Clint Holmes, plays in the Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, on Wednesday, November 28th at 7 p.m., and Thursday, the 29th at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Direct from his acclaimed monthly concert series at the famed jazz club, Birdland, in New York City, multi-Grammy and Tony-nominated composer, Frank Wildhorn, brings his Frank & Friends concert to Las Vegas. Frank & Friends celebrates the songs from the composer's wide range of work. Backed by an all-star jazz trio, this concert features hits from Wildhorn's vast pop and jazz catalog, as well as songs from his shows, Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, etc. The show also features Frank's stories of some of his adventures on Broadway and abroad. Ticket prices range from $40 to $95, plus fees.
For reservations or information about The Smith Center events, call (702) 749.2000.

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Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway jumpstarts the season with Nevada's largest Holiday Light Show. The drive-through spectacular, will brighten Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North, with the world's largest light tunnel and more than 450 animated light displays along a 2.5-mile racetrack. Glittering Lights also features attractions such as Avenue of Trees and a NASCAR Scene. The display will be open nightly, through January 6th, Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Fridays through Sundays from 5:30 to 10 p.m.


Las Vegas Motor Speedway Event

Glenn Williams

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Robert George Allen's GOODSPRINGS GHOST HUNT earned 5 of 5 Stars in a Trip Advisor review, from October 25th... A recent participant had this to say, "So much fun! This was our 3rd experience with this particular company (having done the Haunted tour in 2010 and the Mob tour in 2011) and while the other two were great, the Goodsprings Ghost Hunt was amazing! For those who believe in ghosts this trip is an automatic, for those who aren't sure this trip might convince you. Even for those who are adamant that they don't exist, there is so much history discussed, and it is a great way to see something in Southern Nevada besides Vegas. For added ambiance, we even had a massive thunderstorm roll through when we were at the bar! Dress warmly, as it can get pretty cold at night, and have a great time. The hosts were fantastic and I would consider doing this again.

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Glenn Williams, Frankie Laine tribute artist, will portray the legendary singer in That Lucky Old Son, at the Family Music Center, 8125 West Sahara at Cimarron, on Saturday, November 24th at 7 p.m. Frank LaSpina, who wrote the show, accompanies Williams on piano. LaSpina is joined by Marlo Price on bass, Damian Coughlin on guitar, and John Muscarella on drums. Tickets are $10 per person. Call Frank LaSpina at (702) 469-3902 for additional information.


Frankie Laine by Maurice Seymour

Kelly & Brandon Albright

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The Art Square Theatre, located at 1025 S. First Street in downtown Las Vegas, will feature Marry Me a Little, from Tuesday, November 27th, through Thursday, the 29th. Conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, this production is produced by RagTag Entertainment. A clever revue, comprised of Stephen Sondheim's "cut" songs, Marry Me a Little is an intimate piano-bar look at the varying stages of relationships. Starring - Kelly Albright, Sandra Huntsman, Kelly Ward, Kim Glover, Tracy Blackwell, Brandon Albright, Ayler Evan, Glenn Heath, and Alex Mendoza. The evening will also feature original works by popular Las Vegas poets. Performances at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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Don't know how we missed this news earlier, but, after 14 years, Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York, will close its doors in January. The move comes following the retirement of the Regency's 17-year restaurant manager, Rae Bianco. Michael Feinstein's supper club, known for its intimate cabarets and concerts, is expected to find a new home in the new year, though no exact venue has been announced. Some of the notable performers to play Feinstein's over the years have include Betty Buckley, Lea Michele, Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Linda Purl, Lucie Arnaz, Petula Clark, Rosemary Clooney, Mitzi Gaynor, Deana Martin, Lorenzo Lamas, Lainie Kazan, and Jane Krakowski, along with some entertainers with strong current or past Las Vegas connections - including Terri White, Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell, Susan Anton, Pat Cooper, Eric Michael Gillett, Mimi Hines, Donny Osmond, Frankie Randall, Joey Pero, Gianni Russo, Keely Smith, Mary Wilson and Clint Holmes. Last February, another New York cabaret, the 32-year-old Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, closed. The good news on the New York cabaret scene is the activity going on at the new 54 Below.

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Gordie Brown by Terry Thompson

Doug Davidson

Las Vegas Headliner Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie is the host for a one of a kind star-studded holiday spectacular to benefit the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots. This fourth annual event, sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas and produced by Cadillac of Las Vegas' LJ Harness and Jonathan Scott, of ABC's The Morning Blend, will take place on Saturday, December 1st in the theater of the Las Vegas Hotel (LVH), formerly the Las Vegas Hilton. This benefit show is sure to once again bring out the Las Vegas Entertainers, Performers, and Celebrities, all to help ensure a brighter holiday for our community's children. As in the past, the evening will also be a focus of local media coverage. The David Pericco Group, who has been the backbone for so many Las Vegas productions, will provide the music for the evening. This versatile band has received numerous accolades for their unique arrangements and will provide a solid base for all those scheduled to perform. Headliner Trent Carlini will be among the artists, and "The King" will add a special tribute to those who truly deserve the spotlight for the evening, the men and women of our armed forces. They not only provide us with our freedoms, but make the additional sacrifices of their time at home to benefit and better our community. Rocker Paul Shortino, "Duke Fame" of the movie Spinal Tap, and front man for Quiet Riot, Ruff Cutt, King Kobra and many more Classic Rock Heavy Metal bands, will be adding his incredible lead vocals and fun personality to make this a truly special night! Rock fans, this is your chance to catch a legend! Singer, musician, impressionist, and comedian, Gordie Brown, is also on board to perform, and he's bringing his band! The fact that he and his crew will fly across town to join the show after doing 90-minutes of their own, just goes to show how willing Las Vegas entertainers are to support the community. An amazing high energy performer, Gordie not only headlines at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, he has opened for Celine Dion's North American "Taking Chances Tour." Also committed to perform are Louie Anderson, Rob Garrett, Mark Giovi, Frankie Moreno, Tara Palsha, Steve Rossi, Murray SawChuck and the Clark County High School Choir. Additional performers are expected to sign on before the show night. All of this will take place in the theater at the famed LVH Hotel, formerly the Hilton and International. This production is on the very stage where so many top performers have played. The hotel showroom was opened by Barbra Streisand, and has hosted the all time greats, from Elvis and Liberace, to more recently Barry Manilow. Academy Award-winning actor, Nicolas Cage, and his family are scheduled to participate. As you can see, more are getting involved in this local Las Vegas United States Marine Corps community event. And remember, what is donated in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Red carpet at the LVH, 3000 Paradise Road, will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8. Admission/donation is $19, or FREE with an unwrapped new toy(s) of similar or greater value. Tickets on sale now at LVH Box Office, (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361. Toys may be exchanged for tickets, through LJ Harness, Director of Marketing and Community Enrichment at Cadillac of Las Vegas, 5185 West Sahara. Contact LJ at (702) 873-8888, or [email protected].

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Happy birthday to these SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) celebrants - Doug Davidson, Barbara Cook, Helen Reddy, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Lee Greenwood, Fran Lebowitz, Charlie Daniels, Brad Paisley, Denny Laine, Grace Slick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vanilla Ice, Lyle Lovett, Larry Flynt, Kinky Friedman, David Foster, kd lang, Roseanne Barr, Jasmine Trias, Dennis Miller, Terry Hernandez, Adam Ant, Harry Elston, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Kathy Griffin, Peter Noone, Art Garfunkel, Andrea McArdle, Bryan Adams, Glenn Frey, Joni Mitchell, Judy Tenuta, Patti Page, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Hart, Nick Lachey, Sinbad, Rob Garrett, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Yanni, Petula Clark, Diana Krall, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Gaudio, Kevin Nealon, Alan Young, Savion Glover, Dick Smothers, Goldie Hawn, Andy DiMino, Eileen Zillman, Chris Hudson, Greg Smith, John Wertz, Elliot Ames, Don Hill, Gary Anderson, Gerry McCambridge, Rick (Wells) Smith, Melissa Feeney, Dolly Coulter, Charlette Eskin Krane, Joseph "Kid Carey" Degrosa, and Frank Marino.

And anniversary greetings to Don and Gloria Hill, Ron and Nancy Andrews, Dan and Liz Pero, Domenick Allen and Leigh Zimmerman Capaldi, and Clint and Kelly Clinton Holmes.

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Legends In Concert Holiday Show

Dust off your Santa hat and get ready to trim the tree, because Legends in Concert will once again be bringing the holly jolly spirit to the Las Vegas Strip with its annual holiday shows from November 23rd through December 25th. This year's traditional celebration of the 90-minute holiday spectacular will showcase superstar tribute artists Barry White, portrayed by Jourdan Carroll; Adele, by J.C. Brando; Scott Jordan as Justin Timberlake; Whitney Houston, performed by Cynthia Minx, and Grahame Patrick as Elvis, singing the chart-topping hits that launched their celebrity characters into superstardom, as well as a few heart-warming holiday favorites including "White Christmas," "Oh Holy Night," "Blue Christmas," "The Grinch" and more. Everyone's favorite duo, The Blues Brothers, will also be represented. The holiday spectacular concludes nightly with a grand cast finale and a stunning tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve in Sarajevo" ("Carol of the Bells") that will fill audiences with the spirit of the season. "Legends is thrilled to offer our guests one of the only holiday shows on the Las Vegas Strip, while combining hits of the past and present along with memorable music of the season," said Brian Brigner, COO for Legends in Concert. "We are truly honored to perform this very special production and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with our audiences." Featuring live re-creations of superstars of yesterday and today, with performers singing with their own natural voices and backed by a live rockin' band and the Legends singers and dancers, Legends in Concert is a one-of-a-kind concert experience. With an ever-changing line-up of tribute artists, elaborate theatrical sets and costumes, and a full array of incredible special effects, including three dimensional multimedia and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, Legends in Concert is truly a must-see show in Las Vegas for both visitors and locals. Legends in Concert performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. nightly, except Saturdays. For reservations, call (702) 369-5111, or visit www.harrahslasvegas.com.

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Christmas is a-Comin' to the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin on Tuesday, November 27th, at 7 p.m. Featuring the Las Vegas Metro "City of Lights" Chorus and Quartets, this show will feature a delightful collection of memorable Christmas songs, sung in the unique four-part a cappella harmony by the 30-man City of Lights Chorus and its quartets. This is appropriate for all family members. Tickets are $12 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $15 for non-residents. 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. All shows at the Starbright Theatre are first come, first served, with no limit on the number of tickets purchased. Saving seats is prohibited. Be sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out! Show tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle Community Centers in Sun City Summerlin. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable.

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Spencer Baker and Phillip Fortenberry will play works by Debussy and Gershwin arranged for two pianos, Sunday, November 18th, starting at 3 p.m., at the Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8601 Del Webb Boulevard in Sun City Summerlin, just west of Rampart Boulevard. Included in the program will be "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun" "I Got Rhythm," and "Rhapsody in Blue." Admission is free, with donations accepted. Call (702) 341-7800 for more information.

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The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) at UNLV, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The NCT is the professional theatre-training program of UNLV and is committed to bringing to Las Vegas the highest quality theatre by featuring professional artists and advanced students recruited from around the country. Their mission is to entertain, provoke and inspire. As part of its 2012-2012 season, NCT is presenting Arcadia by Tom Stoppard in the Judy Bayley Theatre, November 30th through December 9th. Set on the elegant Coverly family estate, Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and present day. This brilliant play examines the nature of truth and time, the differences between the classical and romantic ideals, as well as the disruptive influence of sex on our life. For ticket information on any performance, or for season ticket information, please call (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

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No column next Friday.

We are taking Thanksgiving weekend off to be with our family and friends. Back on November 30th. Watch out for the tryptophan, and be careful if you eat and drive.



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