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Las Vegas - March 15, 2013

Faith Prince & Jason Graae

Individually, Faith Prince and Jason Graae are two of Broadway's finest, and funniest, musical theater stars. Their combined award-winning show, The Prince (as in Faith Prince) and The Showboy (as in Mr. Graae), with title inspired by the 1957 film, The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, playing at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz club on Friday, March 29th and Saturday the 30th, should be one of the highlights as Las Vegas' Performing Arts Center begins its second year. Both performances of The Prince and The Showboy start at 7 p.m. In a delightful evening of song, this pair, veterans of 13 Broadway shows between them, takes to the concert stage singing their most requested and memorable Broadway numbers. The show features a special salute to the legendary composer Jerry Herman, who has been a significant influence on both Prince and Graae personally and professionally. The charming and versatile Ms. Prince moves effortlessly between theater, live vocal performance, television and film, finding huge success on Broadway with Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Circle Critic Awards for Guys and Dolls, and nominations for Bells Are Ringing and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. A New York Nightlife and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award-winner, cabaret vet, Graae, has also graced the Great White Way in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust and more, while his "manic mischief" (The New York Times) delights audiences across the country in his one-man show, Coup de Graae! Tickets for The Prince and The Showboy, with John Boswell at the piano, are $39 and $49. For reservations, visit the Smith Center Box Office at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, or call (702) 749-2000.

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Michael Douglas as Liberace

Before Elvis. Before Elton John. Before Madonna or Lady Gaga. And, definitely, before CeeLo Green ("Loberace"), there was Liberace. HBO Films presents Behind the Candelabra - The Secret Life of Liberace. The TV movie stars Michael Douglas as Liberace, Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, Dan Aykroyd as Seymour Heller, and Debbie Reynolds as Frances Liberace, and features the piano-playing hands of Las Vegas' pianist, Philip Fortenberry. Entertainer Wes Winters, who was an ongoing performer in the Cabaret at the Liberace Museum, as was Mr. Fortenberry, will also be seen in Behind the Candelabra, coming in May.
In October 2010, the Liberace Museum, on East Tropicana in Las Vegas, closed after 31 years of being open to the general public, due to extremely poor management.

CeeLo Green as Loberace

Tina Walsh as Madame Giry

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Got a call from singer/actress Tina Walsh last week. She was at the airport in Los Angeles, waiting to board a plane for Seoul, Korea, to meet the cast of Phantom of the Opera, and start rehearsals to prepare for taking on the role of Madame Giry in the production - the same part she played in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. Tina, who also appeared in EFX at the MGM Grand, and Mamma Mia! at Mandalay Bay, replaced Rebecca Spencer as Madame Giry in Las Vegas, following Rebecca's departure. History repeats itself, as, once again Tina takes over for Rebecca in the touring company production. Tina returns to Vegas this weekend, and will be home for about four weeks, before heading to Bangkok, to join the cast. Phantom will be in Thailand for seven weeks before moving on to Singapore for about three months. Timing is everything. Luckily, Tina will still be in Las Vegas on April 16th, when her son, jazz drummer Austin Pooley, performs a recital at UNLV, where he is a student. Obviously, musical talent runs in the family.

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Rudy de la Mor, a cabaret entertainer who performed in Chicago for decades before working on boat cruises and in venues in California, died at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, California, on March 5th. He was 73. Rudy, a classically trained pianist, entertained the LGBT community for decades. Growing up, he was part of the Orange County Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He was discovered by the late vaudeville and film and television star, Jimmy Durante. As Durante's protégé, Rudy became close friends with a number of stars of the era, such as Martha Raye, Alice Faye, Christine Jorgenson and others. He was well-known in Chicago, where he performed for at least 20 years and was a favorite at the gay bar Gentry on State. Outrageous hats became his trademark, thanks to the late comedian, Martha Raye. After catching one of de la Mor's early sets, she first told him that he had more of a comedic voice than a singing voice. "What's more, she suggested that I wear some of the curtains my mother might have had and change hats all night long," says de la Mor on his website. He was set to take part on a March 9th cruise. On February 5th, de la Mor posted on his official Facebook page, "To all my dear friends: Thank you all so much for your kindness and support as I slowly recover from my illness. Your thoughts and prayers have given me strength and encouragement. I shall see you soon!! Woooosh! Love Rudy." Craig D. Goldsmith, a fellow entertainer, posted on Facebook, "A great many tears will be shed for the loss that we feel right now. A great amount of joy must also be spread to have know someone so special! Also to know that his was a life well lived and lived well! "Farewell for now my sweet friend. Till we meet again at the big lounge in heaven. Please say hello hello hello to my Mom as well, she was also a big fan! I miss you both very much!" Claire Voyant readers, Donald Pile and Ray Williams from Kansas City, had this to say, "Rudy played to packed houses everywhere he performed. We first saw Rudy perform at the Gentry in Chicago years ago and then followed his fabulous performances in Palm Springs. A few years ago when he was in Chicago he went to Saugatuck and performed at the Dunes where we were staying and got to see him perform. He had been a major entertainer in the gay community all over and especially in Palm Springs and in southern California for years. He was known for his interaction with his audience and had the phenomenal ability to remember the name of everybody in the room in which he was performing. Whether he saw us in Chicago or Palm Springs or Southern California, he always remembered our names. He was a favorite in LGBT clubs, and performed on a number of straight and gay cruises." A number of years ago, Rudy performed at Keys on East Sahara in Las Vegas. Cousin Claire saw his show on a couple of occasions. Rudy de la Mor was a talented hoot! Among de la Mor's works was the album, I'm Just Kidding, with songs such as "Send in the Clowns," "Laura," "Elmer's Tune/Music,Music,Music," "Don't Cry Out Loud," "It Had To Be You/Bye Bye Blues," "Some Of These Days," "Malaguena," and "Losing My Mind." If you are in The Windy City, a Celebration of Life, Remembering Rudy through Music and Word, is planned for 3 p.m., Sunday, April 7th, at 3160, Chicago's Piano & Cabaret, located at 3160 N. Clark St. For more information, call (773) 327-5969, or go to Rest in peace, Rudy de la Mor.

Rudy de la Mor

Murray SawChuck's Co-star Dakota

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On Monday, March 11th, Home and Family on the Hallmark Channel, aired an incredible new illusion featuring magician Murray SawChuck. Murray's illusion involved Dakota, a 950 pound grizzly bear, in a dangerous trick that no magician has ever before attempted. It took a month to build, design and prepare for the two-minute trick, which was performed on the Universal Studio lot. The show's co-hosts, Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare, were amazed by the feat. Murray returns to the Tropicana's Laugh Factory Theatre on March 18th. Performances are Sundays through Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, Kenny Davidsen, continues his weekly Celebrity Piano Bar at Tuscany Hotel's T-Spot Lounge on Friday nights, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tonight, Davidsen welcomes guest vocalist, Mark Giovi. Kenny, who began studying music at four-years-old, has performed at many of New York City's most well known nightspots, including the popular Don't Tell Mama clubs in both New York and Las Vegas. He was invited to perform "Goodnight Baby" from his album of the same name at the Ritz Carlton in Cannes, France. The Tuscany is located at 255 E. Flamingo Rd. No cover, no minimum. On Friday and Saturday nights, from 6:30 to 10:30, Giovi performs at Casa di Amore, 2850 E. Tropicana, just east of Eastern. Giovi has become a favorite around the city, highly in demand at local supper clubs and showrooms. His wide ranging repertoire includes blues, jazz, show tunes, classic pop from the Rat Pack era, an occasional Operatic tribute to "Phantom," the Moody Blues or the Righteous Brothers. Reservations are recommended. Call (702) 433-4967.

Mark Giovi

Laura Fritz

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From Lisa Gioia-Acres, of the Las Vegas Media Group, comes this note. Hello! What a great day here in Las Vegas. It will be an even better day on Monday, March 18th, when we meet for our regular luncheon at the Wedding Room! I'm sure we'll all be in a great mood if the weather holds. If it doesn't, then we'll have the company of some great people to share a meal and conversation with. Speaking of conversation, our guest speaker for the March meeting will be Laura Fritz, a good friend of Thalia Dondero and the Las Vegas community. She is the Senior Director of Development for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and a long time Nevadan who will share her story with us. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and, of course, I'll need an RSVP to ensure you have a plate of hot food waiting for you. The Wedding Room is 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 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. The cost of lunch is $17. The luncheons are open to anyone with an interest in Southern Nevada history, and the people who made that history. For additional information about the LVMG, contact Lisa at (702) 245-9206.
History is the memory of things said and done - Carl L. Becker

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Mistinguett Productions presents an all new show, Showgirl Follies 3 - Life In Feathers & Rhinestones, at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, next weekend. The heart and soul of Las Vegas is best symbolized with the beautiful ladies who graced the stages and worked the shows that are unique to the city. Produced, choreographed and directed by Mistinguett Productions, the newest edition of Showgirl Follies 3 have beautiful dancers, more gorgeous costumes, and wonderful musical production numbers, talented singers all tied together with world-class comic relief. Come and enjoy a reminder of the fabulous feathered and jeweled lavish shows that used to be in every major show room on the Las Vegas Strip! Featuring 18 beautiful and talented singers, dancers, and showgirls, hosted by comedian Kathleen Dunbar, with singers Lou DeMeisand Gabriella Versace, and starring lead showgirl, Delia Sheppard. Dancers are Angela Santangelo, Andrea Avruskin, Gwen Ausburn, Troy Stern, Laura Evans, Kim Anderson-Munford, Stacy Law, Dejah Padon, Lisa Kunz, Jack Failla, Edward Sam, Mary Ann Arcadipane, Season Northstrom, and Sarah Storey. Show times for Showgirl Follies 3 are Saturday evening, March 23rd, at 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, March 24th, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. They are available, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd., or the box offices at Pinnacle, (702) 240-130; Mountain Shadows, (702)966-1410; and Desert Vista, (702) 363-1341. 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.

Lee Roy Reams

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Our friend, Lee Roy Reams (Roger DeBris in the Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' The Producers), is keeping himself mighty busy. The Broadway song and dance man is currently in Ft. Lauderdale doing the condo circuit. He reports that he saw Melissa Manchester on Wednesday night, and they are "now in love." "She's sensational," says Reams. Hal Linden is in the Ft. Lauderdale area, too, and went to see Lee Roy's show last night. Tonight, Reams makes a trip to Palm Beach, where he will see Faith Prince at The Colony's Royal Room. Mr. Reams returns to New York late on Sunday, presumably to rest up before his next theatrical adventure. Stay tuned.

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The Phat Pack officially re-opened at the downtown Plaza Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, March 13th, earning a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience. At the end of the performance, Plaza Executive, Jonathan Jossel, presented The Phat Pack with an official proclamation from Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, naming March 13th, 2013, Phat Pack Day in the City of Las Vegas. Inspired by the spirit of the Rat Pack, The Phat Pack was formed after its three members met while performing in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. Prior to the Vegas production, Ted Keegan starred as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, both on Broadway and on tour; Randal Keith starred as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and on tour; and Bruce Ewing starred in three of the four roles in Forever Plaid, on tour and in Las Vegas. The Phat Pack originally opened at the Plaza in November 2012, receiving rave reviews from both the press and audience members. The Plaza's classic showroom was closed for remodeling in December. It recently reopened, bringing The Phat Pack back with a new schedule - Wednesdays through Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Plaza Hotel & Casino box office or by phone at (702) 386-2507, or visit . More information on The Phat Pack can also be found at .
Accompanying photo of (from left to right) Jonathan Jossel, Laurence Sobel, Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan & Randal Keith, by Khanh Nguen.

The Phat Pack Is Back

Nelson Sardelli & Dale Robertson

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Another loss from the world of entertainment. Actor Dale Robertson (Dayle Lymoine Robertson), best known for his starring roles on television, passed away on February 26th at the age of 89. He played the roving investigator Jim Hardie in the NBC/ABC television series, Tales of Wells Fargo, and Ben Calhoun, the owner of an incomplete railroad line in ABC's The Iron Horse. From 1968 to 1970, Robertson was the fourth and final host of the syndicated Death Valley Days anthology series. He received the Golden Boot Award in 1985, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is also in the Hall of Great Western Performers and the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. In his later years, Robertson and his wife, the former Susan Robbins, whom he married in 1980, had lived on his ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma. He died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, from lung cancer and pneumonia. In addition to his wife, Robertson is survived by a daughter and a granddaughter.

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Rock favorites headline Bob Rocks 2013 at the Orleans Arena on Friday, March 22nd. Featuring an all-star line-up of musical acts from the '80s, including Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Night Ranger, Skid Row, Warrant and Quiet Riot. Neil became the lead singer of the "World's Most Notorious Rock Band," Motley Crue, in 1981, the same year the band released its first album, Too Fast For Love. As a solo artist, Neil released his first record, "Exposed," in 1992. In 1983, Night Ranger earned widespread acclaim with their multi-platinum album Midnight Madness, which included smash hits "Sister Christian," "When You Close Your Eyes" and the rock anthem "(You Can Still) Rock in America." Released in 1989, Skid Row's self-titled debut album went five times platinum and featured the hit singles "18 and Life," "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild." The band's second album, Slave to the Grind, was released in 1991 and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. Warrant first came into the spotlight in 1989, with their double platinum debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, and one of its singles, "Heaven," reached the top of the charts. The band continued their successful run into the early '90s with their hit song, "Cherry Pie." Known as the first heavy metal band to top the Billboard pop chart, Quiet Riot became an overnight sensation, thanks to their 1983 smash album, Metal Health, which featured the Top 10 single, "Cum On Feel the Noize." Doors open at 6 p.m., with performances beginning at 6:20 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are $15, $25 and $45, with floor standing room only tickets at $65. Extreme VIP tickets are $150. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office at (702) 284-7777, or by visiting Floor suites, which provide tickets for up to 18 people, can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Premium Services department at (702) 691-5107. Bob Rocks is an '80s Metal Festival, presented by New Breed and Frederic Entertainment, and 107.9 Bob FM.

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This Thursday, March 21st, the UNLV College of Fine Arts presents the 10h Annual Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame honoring acclaimed musical director Vincent Falcone; celebrated architect Joel Bergman; and Jeanette Farmer, expert in theater technical support and show production. Also recognized are Robin and Danny Greenspun, who receive the College of Fine Arts Dean's Medal for continually demonstrating commitment to education and extraordinary contributions to the College of Fine Arts, and Grammy Award-winner Eric Whitacre, College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year. Recipients receive the Sidney Award, named for the Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame's first inductee, George Sidney, who epitomized the term artist-educator. Sidney, a three-time Academy Award-winning director and producer, worked with such legends as Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Howard Keel, Ann-Margret, and Lana Turner. Sidney was a frequent guest lecturer in UNLV film classes, providing students with priceless insights into the industry. Born in Syracuse, New York, Falcone began studying classical piano at the age of three. During high school, he was introduced to jazz and decided to pursue it and pop music as a career. He was house pianist at Caesars Palace where he met Frank Sinatra who eventually employed him as his musical director and pianist from 1976 1982 with a reprise in 1985 1986. He has, at one time or another, been pianist/conductor for many of the country's top singers, including Robert Goulet, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Paul Anka, Diahann Carroll, Sylvia Syms, The McGuire Sisters, Frankie Randall, Jack Jones, Al Martino, Eddie Fisher, James Darren, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Julius LaRosa, and Tony Bennett. Bergman is a celebrated architect and the co-founder and chairman of Bergman, Walls & Associates in Las Vegas. He is recognized worldwide as a leader in entertainment and casino resort design. For more than 48 years he has been intimately involved in the design, planning and programming of projects throughout Nevada, the U.S. and internationally. He has brought exciting, innovative design to all forms of entertainment architecture ranging from boutique retail venues to large-scale mixed-use resorts. He is particularly well known for themed projects including Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Palace Las Vegas. He and his projects have won numerous awards and he received the prestigious Sarno Lifetime Achievement Award for Casino Design in 2006. Farmer's career spans more than three decades of professional theatre technical support, show production, concert/theatre lighting design, theatre consulting and themed entertainment project management. She has worked throughout the Las Vegas properties and has lit Cher, Disney on Ice, The Highwaymen, and supported Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas productions for 18 years as a theatre consultant, lighting director, production electrician and lighting designer. Mr. and Mrs. Greenspun are extremely active in the community. Mr. Greenspun was awarded the 2001 Governor's Award for Public Service in the Arts & Humanities. As a director of the Greenspun Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the family, he has a longtime active involvement in support of community organizations and charitable causes. Mrs. Greenspun is a longtime community and arts advocate and has concentrated her volunteer efforts primarily with cultural and youth organizations. Both Mr. and Mrs. Greenspun are supportive and nurturing of the UNLV Department of Film. They assisted financially with the newly minted Professional Film Crew training program, and also supported film students with the annual emerging filmmaker award, and the UNLV Filmmaker Showcase at the CineVegas film festival. Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, as well as a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the top classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release. His second album, Water Night, was released on Decca in April 2012 and debuted at No. 1 in the iTunes and Billboard classical chart. The evening begins at 6 p.m. in the UNLV Student Union Ballroom. Tickets for the event are $75 and include cocktails, dinner, ceremony, and performances. All proceeds benefit the UNLV College of Fine Arts. For tickets, please contact the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at or (702) 895-ARTS (2787). For information on how to sponsor a table, please contact Lori Slinn at (702) 895-2455.

Vince Falcone

Jarrett & Raja

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Continuing the 2012-2013 season of plays, Cockroach Theatre presents the Las Vegas premiere of You May Go Now by Bekah Brunstetter, opening tonight, March 15th, at the brand new Art Square Theatre, located at 1025 S. First Street #110, in downtown Las Vegas, in the heart of the 18b Arts District. The show stars Anita Bean, Brenna Folger, Alex Olson, and Joe Basso - all of whom will be making their debut with Cockroach Theatre. In fact, Joe Basso will be making his Las Vegas stage debut after spending 20 years as an actor in Los Angeles. Raised in Las Vegas, Basso attended Chaparral High School, as did director Erik Amblad, who previously helmed this season's earlier production of Love Song by John Kolvenbach. "You May Go Now is an absurd comedy about how we deal with grief," said Amblad, who is also Cockroach Theatre's Artistic Director. "Bekah Brunstetter's take on how we cope with the tragedies life throws at us, leaves me laughing at its audacity and crying at its poignancy - sometimes in the same moment." Following the death of her husband, Robert (Joe Basso), Dottie (Anita Bean) retreats to an unfamiliar world that looks eerily like the '50s. She lives in her imagination with her "daughter," Betty (Brenna Folger). When Dottie takes the bold step of sending Betty off into the real world for her 18th birthday, Dottie's world begins to unravel around her. Enter Phillip (Alex Olson), a dark stranger who has his own plans for Betty and her future. "Our season continues its exploration of how we confront the future," continues Amblad. "Here, in You May Go Now, we travel into some pretty dark corners, but by the journey's end, I think we find ourselves bravely looking forward to whatever comes next." Audiences can catch You May Go Now, each weekend through Easter Sunday, March 31st, with show times on Friday, March 15th, Saturday the 16th, Thursday the 21st, Friday the 22nd, Saturday the 23rd, Thursday the 28th, Friday the 29th, and Saturday the 30th at 8 p.m., and Sundays, March 17th, 24th and 31st, at 2 p.m. Tickets for You May Go Now, at $18 for general admission, and $15 for Seniors/Students, are available online at, or at the door of The Art Square Theatre. The Cockroach Theatre season will culminate in April and May with Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. For more information, contact [email protected].

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Thanks to popular demand and good numbers (that means good business), America's Got Talent Live is back in Las Vegas at The Palazzo. At this point, the variety show is scheduled to run in the Palazzo Theatre through Sunday, April 14th. The returning all-star cast features Tom Cotter, the first comedian ever to reach the finals of the hit show, as host, plus stars from NBC's No. 1 hit television show, including last season's $1million winner, Olate Dogs, led by champion trainer Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, who introduce some new furry friends; spellbinding Lightwire Theater who bring their electro-luminescent creations back to the stage, where new characters combine dance, puppetry and beauty to create unforgettable glow-in-the-dark performances; explosive speed painter David Garibaldi and CMYKs, his crew of performance artists creating stunning visual images before audiences' eyes to up-tempo beats; 13-year old musician and singer/songwriter, Anna Graceman; and Jarrett & Raja, with their amazing and unique blend of magic, music and comedy. Las Vegas' own Jarrett & Raja are known as a "Master Illusionist & Piano Genius." Jarrett was trained by legendary magician Harry Blackstone Jr. and Raja studied for five years as a classically trained pianist, at the word famous Juilliard School in New York City. The world class performers are currently celebrating their 10th anniversary in show business. Acclaimed by the likes of Siegfried & Roy and Penn & Teller, Jarrett & Raja represent the exciting next generation of what's known in show business at "The Double Act." The duo met in Manhattan when magician Jarrett Parker was invited to perform at the legendary Friar's Club. He asked Raja Rahman, a classically trained pianist and recent graduate of the world famous Juilliard School in NYC, to "add a little piano accompaniment" to his magic. The combination of magic and music swept the audience off its feet, and the double act of Jarrett & Raja was born. Since then, they have achieved a level of success that has taken them onto the major stages of New York, Las Vegas, Asia, Europe and the world. A New York City Greenwich Village theatrical run marked the very first public production of Jarrett & Raja. The entertainers received such critical acclaim that they were booked at New York's renowned Lincoln Center. A move to Las Vegas found the pair booked for an extended run at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. In 2003, Jarrett & Raja appeared (and disappeared) at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, presented special guest performances at Paris Las Vegas, and traveled to China for an extended engagement. The highlight of 2004, was a month-long run at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival (UK), which became the best-selling show of the year. Following that successful run, Jarrett & Raja began their work with the enormously talented director, Kenny Ortega, who later directed the hit motion picture, High School Musical and Michael Jackson's last tour. In 2005, the entertainers performed throughout England, including headlining in their own showroom at the Blackpool Hilton. The legendary Selfridges London commissioned them to produce their Vegas SuperNova event, co-starring David LaChapelle, Pamela Anderson and The Pussycat Dolls. In 2007, J&R starred in Elements, the first American musical production, with a cast of 30, commissioned and launched in China. They were invited to Budapest, Hungary, in 2008, to consult on a major feature film, and in 2009, Jarrett & Raja performed with the rock band, One Republic, in Los Angeles, continued to perform nationally and internationally and wowed audiences in the world famous Jubilee! at Bally's in Las Vegas. The Master Illusionist and Piano Genius completed a two year run (2010-2012) in Asia, headlining and performing with notable Cirque acts in Singapore's spectacular, Voyage de la Vie. The duo returned to Las Vegas in 2012, and have enjoyed performing for millions of viewers on NBC-TV's popular variety series, America's Got Talent, competing for the $1 million dollar prize in San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York. Judge Howard Stern is a big fan and exclaimed, "Jarrett & Raja - Bravo!" The New York Times proclaimed, "This is Real Magic!" America's Got Talent Live is presented by AEG Live and produced by FremantleMedia Enterprises and Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. (dark 3/12, 3/19, 3/22, 4/2, and 4/9), through April 14th. Tickets for America's Got Talent Live, priced from $45 to $125 plus taxes and fees, can be purchased at any Venetian/ Palazzo Box Office, online at, and, or by phone at (702) 414-9000.
Following the run of America's Got Talent Live, The Palazzo presents the musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

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The City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs presents Spirit Journeys, an exhibit by artist Rainer Bertrams, at the Charleston Heights Art Center, 800 S Brush St., March 21st through May 4th. A reception for Bertrams will be held on Thursday, March 21st, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bertrams images will focus on meditative subjects and themes that explore existential struggles for a universal understanding of human nature. The Art Center's hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, 12:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For questions about this showing or the gallery program, call (702) 229-1012, or visit

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Jack Presley Fritz Turns Two

The Supreme Mary Wilson

Happy birthday to Pisces (February 20-March 20) celebrants, Lisa Gioia-Acres, John Katsilometes, Jack Presley Fritz (son of Niki Scalera and Jamie Fritz), jazz singer Nancy Wilson, David Geffen, Rihanna, Kelsey Grammer, Christine Ebersole, Lea Salonga, Michel Legrand, Johnny Winter, Carrot Top, Sean Astin, Chelsea Handler, Fats Domino, Michael Bolton, Corinne Bailey Rae, Josh Groban, Frank Gehry, Tommy Tune, Bernadette Peters, Gilbert Gottfried, Jason Aldean, Tempest Storm, Harry Belafonte, Roger Daltry, Justin Bieber, Jay Osmond, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Warnes, Emilio Estefan, Penn Jillette, Mary Wilson, Tom Arnold, Wanda Sykes, Taylor Dayne, Sebastian Izambard (Il Divo), Micky Dolenz, Keely Smith, Mickey Gilley, Jeffrey Osborne, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ralph Emery, Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean), Robin Thicke, Lance Burton, Jasmine Guy, Walter Parazaider (Chicago), Carrie Underwood, Bobby McFerrin, Liza Minnelli, Marlon Jackson, Al Jarreau, James Taylor, Neil Sedaka, Quincy Jones, Billy Crystal, Eva Longoria, Sly Stone, (Black Eyed Peas), Mike Love, Dee Snider, Bret Michaels, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Nancy Wilson (Heart), John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful), John Kander, Charley Pride, Dane Cook, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Vanessa Williams, Queen Latifah, Ruth Pointer, Hal Linden, Candy Cazau, Joseph Michael Pero, Renee Hale, Harry Goldson, James Lee Reeves, Brent Barrett, Jed Allen, Don Cadette, Cherry Wainer, Tyler Cohen, Spike Measer, Cruz Gallagher, Margaret Kurtz, Toni Andrews, and Jaymi Marshall.
And happy anniversary to James Lee and Amber Reeves, and Robert George Allen and Deborah Danielson.

Marlon Jackson

Kenny Rogers

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We are continually surprised by what we see on the tube, sometimes, quite by accident. The television is ALWAYS on in Cousin Claire's abode, although we are rarely watching it. Its primary purpose is as background noise and/or a night light. So, when we do happen to actually see something, we consider it to be "bashert" (if you don't know what it means, look it up). For example, on a recent Saturday morning, there was a cute segment on the Today show featuring a Karaoke Cab in The Big Apple. The vehicle was outfitted with a karaoke machine, mics for the musical passengers, and even a mirror ball. Today show hosts displayed their vocal skills inside the cab, singing along to Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" (everyone knows the chorus to that one). We spotted former Las Vegan, director/entertainer Jim Semmelman (Jesus Christ Superstar, Stud Terkel's Working, Two), who is the Today show stage manager, singing along outside the cab. Wonder when some cabbie in Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, will follow suit.

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Singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, entrepreneur and author, Kenny Rogers, will appear at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel's Dallas Events Center next Friday, March 22nd, at 8 p.m. Though he has been most successful with country audiences, Rogers has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone, and has sold more than 130 million records worldwide, making him one of the highest-selling artists of all time. Two of his albums, The Gambler and Kenny, are featured in the poll of "The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever". He was voted the "Favorite Singer of All-Time" in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People, has received numerous such awards as the AMA's, Grammy's, ACM's and CMA's. In 2003, Rogers earned a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades. He has also acted in a variety of movies and television shows, most notably the title roles in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler and the MacShayne series. Tickets for Kenny Rogers range in price from $29 to $59, plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased at all Station Casinos and Fiestas, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by logging on to

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We jumped the gun, last Friday, in wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day a little too early. It's this Sunday. Enjoy the festivities, green beer, and food, available around your part of the world.

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