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Note: This is a past column from February 15, 2013
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Las Vegas - February 15, 2013

Bobby Caldwell

Natalie Cole

Music. Music. And more music.
So many choices, so little time. Next weekend, a number of our favorite vocalists are going to be performing around Las Vegas. At the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino, it's Bobby Caldwell in the Chrome Showroom. Caldwell is an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who, despite a prolific musical output over his 30-year career, is still best known for his 1978 hit single "What You Won't Do for Love." Starting in 1999, and running for 18 months, Bobby Caldwell starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo Production of The Rat Pack is Back, first at the Desert Inn, and later at the Sahara. The venue was set up like the great lounges and intimate showrooms of the '60s, and tried to recreate the Rat Pack performances at the old Sands Hotel and Casino. Like a number of other singers (such as Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera, Janis Ian and Daryl Hall), Caldwell has attained a great deal of popularity in Japan, where he has been nicknamed "Mister AOR." (In Japan, the term "AOR", or "Adult Oriented Rock", is used to describe the style commonly called "Adult Contemporary" or "Yacht Rock" in the United States). In 1992, Caldwell received the nation's equivalent of a Grammy Award as the "Best International Artist." Showtime is at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 23rd. Tickets are $23, $34 and $45, plus taxes and fees, and may be purchased at all Station Casinos Rewards Centers, Fiesta Casinos Rewards Centers or by calling (800) 745-3000.

On the same night, at 8 p.m., and again at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th, nine time Grammy Award-winner, Natalie Cole, takes over the stage in the Showroom at The Orleans.
Cole rose to stardom in 1975 after releasing her album, Inseparable, which included her first No. 1 single, "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)." The album garnered Natalie two Grammy® Awards - Best New Artist, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. She went on to release another 12 albums before her biggest hit, 1991's Unforgettable...With Love. Best known for its duet with her late father, jazz legend Nat "King" Cole, the album spent five weeks at No.1 on the pop charts, earned six Grammy® Awards, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year, and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide. Cole's Still Unforgettable, released in 2008, garnered her two additional Grammy® Awards, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Accompanying Vocalist. Among her other No. 1 hits are "Our Love," "I've Got Love On My Mind," "Pink Cadillac" and "Miss You Like Crazy." She will be releasing a Latin-influenced record in the spring. Tickets are available starting from $64.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075/(888) 365-7111, or visiting

And, over at the Eastside Cannery on Boulder Highway, Brian McKnight will be performing in the hotel casino's Events Center on Saturday, the 23rd at 8:30 p.m. McKnight is a singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and R&B musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. Brian is perhaps most recognized for his strong falsetto range, and is widely regarded as one of the strongest talents in the adult urban contemporary R&B genre, with songs including "One Last Cry" and "Back at One," to his credit. McKnight's work has earned him 16 Grammy Awards nominations. In 2004 and 2005, McKnight was one of the alternating hosts of The Vegas Show, taking turns with Sheena Easton and Clint Holmes in the interview roles. Tickets for Brian McKnight at the Eastside Cannery are $28.95 and $34.95, plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 856-5300 for reservations.

Brian McKnight

Virginia Woodruff

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The February edition of the Composers Showcase took place in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center on Wednesday, February 6th. As always, it was a night of inspired creativity by the uber-talented members of the Las Vegas music community. Erich Bergen, former Jersey Boy cast member, now in the touring company of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, dashed over to the Cabaret Jazz showcase following his performance in Reynolds Hall, to perform two songs, "There You Go," and "December Without You," written by Bergen, current Jersey Boy, Travis Cloer (performing at the Smith Center on March 6th), lyricist Marty Panzer ("Even Now," "Through the Years"), and American Idol's musical director, Michael Orland. Time and space prevent us from crediting everyone, but special mentions have to go out to showcase newcomers, Virginia Woodruff, singing a touching song to commemorate the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook, written by Keith Thompson; and Jersey Boy, Chris Fore, doing a beautiful job on Christopher Lash's "I Feel Like Someone With You." And adding plenty of humor to the mix, was Vita Corimbi, performing "His Kids Are Grown and His Parents Are Dead," touting the pluses of her new fiancé, Randy Drew, and Dr, Mark Wherry (talk about not being able to tell a book by its cover), performing "White Trash Girls at Walmart Turn Me On." Among those spotted in the audience were first time showcase attendee, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist, Carol Cling; Greenspun Media's John Katsilometes (a regular); and singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress, Deborah Gibson, who, in 1988, was pronounced the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song "Foolish Beat." Ms. Gibson still holds that unbroken record.

Dr. Mark Wherry

Deborah Gibson

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Tony nominated Broadway musical [title of show] plays the Baobab Stage in Las Vegas, featuring a Las Vegas theater all-star cast and production team. Tony-nominated musical, [title of show], featuring familiar faces from the Las Vegas productions of Jersey Boys, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular and Mamma Mia!, will play the Baobab Stage, inside Town Square, 6587 Las Vegas Blvd. So. #B-174 (located next to Rave Motion Pictures, across from Yard House, behind Guitar Center), on Friday, February 22nd at 8 p.m., Saturday, the 23rd at 1 p.m., and Monday, the 25th at 8 p.m. Produced by the ArtsFrontier Foundation, [title of show] marks the very first all Actors' Equity theater piece done off the Las Vegas Strip. [title of show], the story of two nobodies in New York who decide to write a completely original musical, starring themselves and their attractive and talented lady-friends, was an immediate hit, critical darling, and quickly became a cult classic among hard-core theater nuts. The offbeat comedy, with tremendous heart, shows the step-by-step process of crafting art and the ups and downs that come with it, ultimately testing their creativity, confidence and friendships along the path to Broadway. The cast is comprised of actors from the original company of Mamma Mia! at Mandalay Bay, Greg Kata, Robert Jarrett and Sarah Lowe, who is now in Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas, and Kristen Hertzenberg, who recently ended a six year run as Christine in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian. [title of show] is directed by Matt Donnelly (co-host of Penn Jillette's pod cast, Penn's Sunday School, and Wayne Brady's Making *@it Up), choreographed by Louisa Lemos (Mamma Mia!, Las Vegas Shakespeare Company), with musical direction by Keith Thompson (We Will Rock You, The Producers, Hairspray, Jersey Boys). Tickets are available online at for $30, General Admission, and $40 for Premium Seating. Please note, the show contains mature language. The ArtsFrontier Foundation has been presenting community theater events in southern Nevada since 2005. Working primarily with youth, the group is now expanding into professional theater productions. For more information, please contact Jeff Tidwell at (702) 605-0561, or e-mail to [email protected].

Jackie Evancho

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Due to time and space, yesterday's Valentine's Day news, including columnist, publicist, author Norm Johnson's Valentine's Day birthday, will be covered in next Friday's column. We will mention this today, though, the F.I.O.R.E. party at the Italian American Club played host to more than 100 people, with 96 of them paying (widows of F.I.O.R.E. presidents - all the boys are presidents - are guests of the non-club club).

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And speaking of clubs, Lisa Gioia-Acres, of the Las Vegas Media Group, provides this timely reminder...
On Monday, February 18th (which happens to be President's Day), the monthly LVMG lunch meeting takes place. The location of the get-together is The Wedding Room at 3601 West Sahara on the southeast corner of 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 is 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 Wedding Room questions or directions is (702) 362-6712. Pre-speaker social time is from 11:15 to 11:30 p.m. The buffet luncheon begins at 11:30. This month's speaker is longtime Las Vegan, Charles Silvestri, who begins his talk at 12 noon. Cost of the lunch is $17, and well worth the price, as it is delicious! Reservations are required, so please be sure to RSVP to Lisa by e-mailing her at [email protected], or calling her at (702) 245-9206.

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Songstress Lisa Smith, and pianist, Gary Peterson, perform at that Italian joint on Las Vegas Blvd. South, Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m., making up for their short-noticed cancelled gig on Super Bowl Sunday. And, yes, the folks at the restaurant did the right thing, paying the duo for the missed night on entertainment.

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Jackie Evancho, who came in second on the 2010 season of America's Got Talent, performs in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center on Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m. Evancho's current album, Songs From The Silver Screen, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical charts, and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200. Last year, at just 12-years-old, Evancho was named to Billboard Magazine's "21 Under 21" list for the second consecutive year. With sell-out U.S. shows, and a remarkable taped-for-broadcast special on PBS for the Great Performances series, Evancho's Dream With Me In Concert was one of the top pledge-producing performances in PBS' history. Following the success of her first PBS show, Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies debuted in 2012 featuring classic songs from South Pacific, Cinema Paradiso, and the timeless hit, "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. Tickets, priced from $58 to $128, are now on sale at The Smith Center.

And, speaking of TV-created phenoms...
Katharine McPhee and Jennifer Hudson are proof that you don't have to be an American Idol winner to become a smash. The two talented ladies are currently appearing in the popular NBC TV series, Smash. Ms. Hudson, an Oscar-winner for her role in the film Dreamgirls, was an Idol finalist in 2004, while McPhee was a finalist on the reality series in 2006. In addition to these two finalists, some of the other non-winners have done alright for themselves. Adam Lambert and Jasmine Trias come to mind.

Katharine McPhee

Jennifer Hudson

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For those in and around the Memphis, Tennessee, area, Hudson & Saleeby, the singing/piano playing duo, continue at Theo's Bistro on Friday nights. In addition to live music by former Las Vegans, Chris Hudson and Doug Saleeby, Theo's has great food, a cool staff, tasty drinks, and five TVs so you won't miss a game. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Theo's Bistro is at 6696 Poplar Ave. Call (901) 737-5664 for reservations. Tell the fellows that Claire Voyant sent you.

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At Kelly's Prime Steak & Seafood, tonight and tomorrow night, vocalist, Renee Hale, accompanied by pianist Randy Thomas, will be celebrating Renee's mother, Eileen Hale's, 82nd birthday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Kelly's is located in the former Ruth Chris location at 3900 Paradise Road. Join the party on either, or both, nights. Call (702) 791-7011 for reservations.

Eileen Hale Turns 82

Loretta Holloway

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In honor of Black History Month, South Carolina has named their 25 most Notable persons from around the state. Among them are scientists, politicians, astronauts, athletes, singers, and more. Check out some of the honorees (listed, as usual, in politically correct alphabetical order) and their accomplishments - Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (1907-1978) dancer; Phillip Lamae Boykin (1971- ), Tony Award-nominated stage actor, currently appearing as Crown in the Broadway revival of Porgy & Bess; James Brown (1933-2006), recording artist; Chubby Checker (1941- ), singer, songwriter; Joe Frazier (1944- ), professional boxer, Olympic Gold Medalist, World Heavyweight Champion; Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), trumpet player, bandleader, composer, jazz icon; Loretta Holloway, born in Belton, S.C., known as South Carolina's First Lady of Song, Holloway has performed all over the world, from China to Australia, where she performed for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. In 2011, the Anderson County Council proclaimed Holloway an Anderson County Treasure, and she was honored in 2007 as one of South Carolina's Women of Substance; Jesse Jackson (1941- ), civil rights activist; Eartha Kitt (1927-2008), singer, actress, cabaret star; Sarah Reese, opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall; and Chris Rock (1965- ), comedian, actor, screenwriter. Quite an impressive group.
(NOTE: Tonight, Ms. Holloway performs at The Handlebar: A Listening Room in Greenville, for the 16th Annual Chase Away the Blues event, to benefit Compass of Carolina. Music starts at 8 p.m.)

Sarah Reese

Frank Dain

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And in New York, where we have a number of performer friends and a couple of readers...
Tomorrow night, February 16th at 7:30 p.m., it's 2012 Broadway World Cabaret Award-nominee for Best Tribute Show, Frank Dain performing The Magic of Mathis, with Kathleen Landis serving as musical director, Saadi Zain on bass, and Lennie Watts directing, at Don't Tell Mama. Expect fresh interpretations of such Johnny Mathis signature tunes as "Chances Are," "It's Not for Me to Say," "Wild Is the Wind," "Misty" and "The Twelfth of Never," "Wonderful! Wonderful!" and "A Certain Smile." The Magic of Mathis also includes infrequently sung jewels, such as "99 Miles from L.A.," "Yellow Roses on Her Gown," "I'll Be Easy to Find" and "Photograph," all part of Mathis' 57-year career. Part of what some critics have to say..."Frank Dain does not look or sound like Johnny Mathis, however his new show, The Magic of Mathis, evokes very pleasant memories of the music, life and still ongoing career of Johnny Mathis. Mr. Dain's voice is a soft and very pleasant sounding baritone; his stage presence is relaxed and somewhat reminiscent of Mathis' minimalist demeanor on stage. The show is a well thought out mix of classic Johnny Mathis songs, lesser-known songs that were significant to Mathis and interesting and often very funny stories about Mathis told in an engaging manner by Mr. Dain. The show opens with an overture performed by Musical Director Kathleen Landis on piano and Saadi Zain on bass. Mr. Dain performs Errol Garner's Misty and Stranger in Paradise before singing the song that made Mathis a super star at age 21, Chances Are. Mr. Dain then performs a series of more obscure songs covered by Mathis that are part of the biographical narrative that Mr. Dain skillfully mixes in with the sings. Bassist Saadi Zain provides an evocative background for the Academy Award nominated, Wild is the Wind. Frank Dain then sang the third of the songs along with Chances Are and Misty that Mathis includes in all of his appearances The Twelfth of Never. The closing number was Mathis first hit song, Wonderful, Wonderful. Dain's encore of Misty left the overflow crowd asking for more." Another reviewer had this to say, "Doing a tribute show to a singer as iconic as Johnny Mathis could be a disaster, but not when it's put together by a performer as accomplished as Frank Dain. Poised, purposeful and polished, Dain put his smooth, lyric baritone to good use via a generous sampling of Mathis's astonishing repertoire in the show The Magic of Mathis. Filled with charming and witty patter, the show struck the perfect balance between homage and biography while allowing the singer to put his own stamp on material we've enjoyed for decades." Another article had this to say. "Some performers pay lip service homage to other artists by merely strolling coolly through their repertoire unaffected. For Frank Dain his The Magic of Mathis has clearly entered his psyche leading him to find different timbres in his voice. He held some notes longer, added some honey to his light baritone—in other words, he allowed these songs to affect his interpretation. The program featured just about every Mathis classic, opening with a little overture played by Dain's Musical Director Kathleen Landis and bassist Saadi Zain which included tantalizing hints of "Maria" and "Tonight" from West Side Story. "Misty" (Erroll Garner/Johnny Burke) and "Stranger in Paradise" (Borodin/Wright & Forrest) were a seemingly odd combination of opening songs, yet Dain's conversational approach found similarities in the songs. "Chances Are" (Robert Allen/Al Stillman) was a finger-snappingly jazzy version, peppered with subtle bass playing, not the usual expansive ballad. Dain's "99 Miles from L.A." (Albert Hammond/Hal David) was tense, with his band joining in for harmonic emphasis. Throughout the show, Dain told lovely vignettes about Mathis, including his home life which inspired Dain to sing "Yellow Roses on Her Gown" (Michael Moore) a sentimental look at a happy family whose happiness goes into an inevitable decline. Dain was quite touching. In the same vein was "Photograph" (Dori Caymmi/Tracy Mann), a tender song about a long-ago love. Dain didn't take all the songs so seriously. On "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington), his bassist provided some modest—but funny—wind sounds, which, along with an echo chamber effect, knocked that song down a peg or two. The combination of Dain's intense honesty and love of the material made The Magic of Mathis a joy. His director, Lennie Watts, knew how to balance narration with song and how to keep dramatic and musical interest from flogging. And, Ms. Landis' expert and witty arrangements gave each song a distinctive feel. This was a chance to re-examine Johnny Mathis' career and hear Frank Dain at his best." Another music aficionado states, "For anyone who grew up and came of age listening to the unique, mellifluous sound of Johnny Mathis's voice on songs that defined a genre and a generation, it would come as no surprise that putting together a tribute to one of the most distinctive crooners of an era could present a formidable challenge. But our editor in chief here at Cabaret Scenes, Frank Dain, has risen mightily to that challenge. After a thirteen-year absence from the stage and heroic efforts on behalf of this magazine, it would appear that his time has been well spent. He has managed to not only breathe new life into these beloved pop standard classics but also to go one step further and illuminate them in a very fresh and personal way. And isn't that exactly what this art form of cabaret is all about? His show opened with a mood setting overture of Mathis songs played by his lovely and exceptionally gifted pianist and musical director, Kathleen Landis and the ubiquitous Saadi Zain on bass. When Dain took the stage, he immediately connected with his audience and the magic continued! Their collaborative arrangements of "Chances Are" (Al Stillman/Robert Allen) and "Wild Is the Wind" (Ned Washington/Dimitri Tiomkin) were simply breathtaking and by including the rarely heard verse to "It's Not for Me to Say" (Al Stillman/ Robert Allen), another of Mathis's signature songs, was immediately rejuvenated. It's one thing to listen to Johnny Mathis; it is another thing to watch him perform. Some of his facial expressions and, in particular, the way he produces his sound can often be distracting. Not so with Dain. Appearing extremely dapper in a tailored tux, black tie and silk handkerchief and, with that ever-present glint in his eyes, he's as engaging and easy to look at as he is to hear. Like Mathis, his voice has a warm and smoky quality, but it's Dain's interpretive skills that make the songs his and his alone. His song list covered all the romantic Mathis moods with the more familiar "A Certain Smile" (Paul Francis Webster/Sammy Fain), "The Twelfth of Never" (Paul Francis Webster/Jerry Livingston) and "Wonderful, Wonderful" (Ben Raleigh/Sherman Edwards), but he also included, while weaving bits and pieces of Mathis's life story throughout, lesser-known gems like "Let Go (Canto de Ossanha; English lyrics by Norman Gimbel and music by Baden Powell) and "Photograph"(lyrics by Tracy Mann and music by Dori Caymmi). For those readers who only know Frank Dain as an award-winning editor, writer, graphic designer and "one of the good guys" in our cabaret community, avail yourselves of the opportunity to see and hear him do what he does best...sing! In a word, Frank Dain and The Magic of Mathis is "magical!" For Mathis fans, this is a given. For cabaret fans, we recommend spending the evening with Frank Dain at Don't Tell Mama. The club is located at 343 W. 46th Street in Manhattan. There is a $20 cover charge plus two drink minimum (cash only - no credit cards). For reservations, call (212) 757-0788, after 4 p.m.

Johnny Mathis

Mark Waldrop

Also happening in The Big Apple, the 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists presents Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee, with Billy Stritch, artistic director, host, piano and vocals; Mark Waldrop, stage director; vocals by Barbara Fasano, La Tanya Hall, Gabrielle Stravelli, and special guest, Marilyn Maye. John Hart is on guitar, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Ray Marchica on drums. With hits like "Fever" and "Is That All There Is," and an inimitable persona, Peggy Lee is an icon. In a career spanning six decades, she was an honored singer, songwriter, composer and actress, who teamed with legends like Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington to produce songs like "I'm Gonna Go Fishin" and "He's a Tramp." She surveyed the musical landscape of her times and claimed it as her own. Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee plays at the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, Saturday, February 23rd at 8 p.m., Sunday the 24th at 2 and 7 p.m., and Monday the 25th, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $52. To purchase, go to, call (212) 415-5500, or go to the 92Y Box Office.

Marilyn Maye

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Voice Impressionist, Bethany Owen, is starring in Country Queens, opening tonight at the Indio Performing Arts Center in Indio, California. Owen, the Las Vegas headliner called "The Woman with 1001 Voices and Faces," is set to make a stop in Indio for two weekends where she will present a few new faces and voices to the Coachella Valley in her latest theatrical production. Bethany is currently touring her original one-woman country themed show, headlining in key places, nationally and internationally, including Berlin, Germany; Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada; and Lake Tahoe, California. In Country Queens, Owen pays tribute to new and the classic legendary women of country music, including Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Shania Twain, Patsy Cline, June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, Jeannie C. Riley, Lynn Anderson and Tanya Tucker, and even some wanna-be country legends, such as Cher, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli, in this non-stop, foot-stompin' 90-mimute comedy and musical show. Country Queens is an evening of pure entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, and a journey into the world of an extraordinary entertainer and voice impressionist...Bethany Owen. Owen continues to amaze audiences, night-after-night, with her incredible talent to mimic the human voice as she portrays her chosen celebrity character impressions, as well as, takes on their look, body language and facial expressions. What they are saying about Bethany - "Bethany does my voice better than I do my own" - Dolly Parton, legendary country music star. "The Best Female Voice Impressionist I've ever heard" - Terry Fator, Ventriloquist Headliner at The Mirage in Las Vegas. "An Incredible voice impressionist, singer and Entertainer" - Ron Abear, Nashville A&R Record Producer. Owen's voice talent, combined with stage wardrobe, wigs, props, lighting, visual effects and musical production, produces the full theatrical show version of Country Queens, produced by JRW Group Entertainment, out of Huntington Beach, California, and created by the husband and wife team of Bethany Owen and Jim Whirlow. Show times at the Indio Performing Arts Center are Friday, February 15th; Saturday, the 16th; Friday, the 22nd; and Saturday, the 23rd, at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, the 17th and 24th, at 2 p.m. matinees. General admission ticket prices are $25. The Indio Performing Arts Center is located at 45-175 Fargo Street. For additional information, call (760) 775-5200, or go to

Bethany Owen as Minnie Pearl

Carol Lynley

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Happy birthday to Aquarians Bill Maher, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Lorenzo Lamas, Stephen Michael Shearer, Mac Davis, Placido Domingo, Mariska Hargitay, Chita Rivera, Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Anita Pointer, Yakov Smirnoff, Neil Diamond, Aaron Neville, Ray Stevens, Alicia Keys, Eddie Van Halen, Ellen DeGeneres, Anita Baker, Joey Fatone ('N Sync), Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), Ann Jillian, Irlene Mandrell, Harold Prince, Phil Collins, Brett Butler, Carol Channing, Justin Timberlake, Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band), Don Everly, Lisa Marie Presley, Pauly Shore, Tom Smothers, Graham Nash, Shakira, Adam Ferrera, Shelley Berman, David Brenner, Alice Cooper, Oscar De La Hoya, Natalie Cole, Fabian, Axl Rose, Garth Brooks, Robert Klein, Vince Neil, Sue Lowden, Carole King, Travis Tritt, Roberta Flack, Burt Reynolds, Catherine Hickland, Sergio Mendes, Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, Carol Lynley, Peter Tork, Peter Gabriel, Teller (Penn & Teller), Melissa Manchester, Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers), Karen Ruivivar, Lin Stone, Ben Stone, James Ingram, Hal Holbrook, Dame Edna (Barry Humphries), Larry the Cable Guy, Paris Hilton, Dennis DeYoung (Stix), Juice Newton, Wyntergrace Williams, Keith Thompson, Jim Seagrave, Terry Jenkins, Walter Mason, Eddie Edwards, Doug Saleeby, Pietra Sardelli, Nino Frediani, Ariann Black, Irving Benson, Ashleigh Hackett, Jim Semmelman, Ron Andrews, Nancy Lee Parker Andrews, Joe Krathwohl, Cindy Raft, Martin Nievera, Eddie Foy III, Norm Johnson, Phyllis McGuire, Joey Zarzecki, Sean Grady, Florence LaRue, Clint Black, Joe Pesci, Kelly Rowland, Aubrey O'Day , Chynna Phillips, and Jerry Springer.
Also, Happy Anniversary to Jimmy and Sheri Hopper.

Martin Nievera

John Kerr

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And, if you are of a certain age, and went to the movies in the 1950s, you would probably be familiar with the name John Kerr. Kerr is probably best remembered for his 1953 role in Elia Kazan's Tea and Sympathy on Broadway, for which the actor won a Tony Award, followed by his reprise of the same role in the 1956 film, for which he won an Oscar. Kerr, 81, died of heart failure at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California, on February 2nd. Kerr's other film roles included Lt. Cable in the 1958 film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical South Pacific, co-starring with Mitzi Gaynor, and the young man investigating his sister's murder in Roger Corman's 1961 cult classic, The Pit and the Pendulum, starring Vincent Price. In Tea and Sympathy, Kerr played Tom Lee, a sensitive adolescent whom his prep school classmates suspect of having homosexual tendencies and who is comforted by the headmaster's wife, played by Deborah Kerr. It was the Broadway debut for the actress, who was not related, and she also repeated her role in the movie drama, directed by Vincente Minnelli. John Kerr's mother was actress June Walker, and his father, Geoffrey Kerr, was a former actor turned playwright. John's grandfather, Frederick Kerr, also acted on the London stage and in films. After his parents' marriage ended, John Kerr attended Harvard University, where he began acting while a student. His first Broadway appearance was a starring role in the comedy, Bernardine, in 1952. Also in the 1950s, Kerr was a busy television actor. In the '60s, he had a recurring role as a district attorney in the TV series, Peyton Place. In the late 1960s, Kerr made a career change. In 1966, Kerr became a full-time law student at UCLA, and was admitted to the California bar in 1970. He maintained a successful private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in personal injury defense, until his retirement in 2000. He did do some occasional acting on TV in the 1970s, including portraying a district attorney on The Streets of San Francisco. John Kerr is survived by his wife, two stepchildren, two daughters from his first marriage, and seven grandchildren.

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The multi-talented Kelly Clinton, who keeps quite busy hosting open mic nights and performing her terrific one-woman show, has an additional job as hostess of Talktails, on the Vegas Video Network. Vegas Video Network is the first and only live, online broadcasting network, which specializes in insider news and expert views about Las Vegas. From headliners to producers, up-and-comers, to the people who used to hang with Sinatra, each episode of Talktails delivers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the city seldom seen elsewhere. The show is loose, fun and often features an impromptu song or two from guests. For additional information, please e-mail to [email protected], or call (702) 395-5268. We spotted Ms. Clinton, along with her hubby, entertainer Clint Holmes, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling, and Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor/singer, Norm Lewis, following Elling's recent performances at The Smith Center (see accompanying photo).

Clint Holmes, Kurt Elling, Kelly Clinton & Norm Lewis

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The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company is hosting open auditions for Charlotte's Web, the spring musical scheduled at the Henderson Pavilion, on Saturday, February 16th from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, 821 Las Vegas Boulevard N. (across from Cashman Field). Call back auditions are on Sunday, with times to be announced. From the all-time bestselling novel, the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company brings to life E.B White's classic children's tale, Charlotte's Web. The musical version, featuring music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (Annie and Bye Bye Birdie), and book by award-winning playwright, Joseph Robinette, proves "friendship is one of the most important things in the world." The theater troupe is seeking actors and singers, ranging from 7-70 years old, to audition. Performers should prepare a musical theater song, as well as bring sheet music. A pianist will be provided. For more information, or to schedule an audition time, please contact the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company at [email protected]. Charlotte's Web will be performed at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, April 19-21 and 26-28. Tickets are only $10. For show times, or to purchase tickets, visit, call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), or visit the Henderson Pavilion box office, Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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