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Note: This is a past column from June 14, 2013
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Las Vegas - June 14, 2013

Neil Patrick Harris & "Sandy" From Annie

We just have to mention Sunday night's Tony Awards show (we never miss the Tonys). First of all...Neil Patrick Harris. What a talent! Not only is he the Host With the Most on the Ball (thank you Madame Ethel Merman), in addition to doing an amazing and entertaining job of starting and ending the show on high notes, Doogie Howser, all grown up, kept things running smoothly between the start and finish. (How does he get the fabulous fast-paced musical recap put together for the GRAND finale?). And, did you know that Neil also served as Producer of this year's show?

Matilda The Musical

This year seems to be the season of children on Broadway, what with the revival of Annie (Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan is genius casting), A Christmas Story the Musical, Motown: The Musical (with the Jackson 5 and a very young Michael Jackson portrayed), and Matilda the Musical. Based on the beloved novel by best-selling author, Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Matilda is the captivating musical masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of an extraordinary girl who dares to change her destiny. Last week, David Letterman featured a big production number from Matilda on his Late Show.

Roald Dahl died in 1990 at the age of 74. He had been married to Oscar-winning actress, Patricia Neal, from 1953 to 1983, and had five children together. If you would like to read about the interesting and tragic life of Patricia Neal, who passed away in 2010, we recommend An Unquiet Life by Stephen Michael Shearer. Shearer is also the author of Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr. Look for his latest book, Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star, available later in the summer.

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Book of Merman Cast

The audience, as well as the folks at The Onyx Theatre, were so pleased with last weekend's Book of Merman revue, the group has been invited back for an encore performance, tomorrow, Saturday, the 15th, at 8 p.m. Tickets are, once again, $20. We saw the show last Saturday and really enjoyed it. A very talented cast, comprised of Vita Corimbi, Kellie Wright and Jimmy Emerson, with Bill Fayne at the helm. Creator Fayne was very fortunate that (somewhat) surprise guest performer, Jimmy Emerson, was available to fill in for the ailing Denise Clemente. Emerson could not hang around the Onyx to take a final bow with the other "Ethels," as he had to make a mad dash to The Quad on the Strip, where he had been filling in for vacationing host/hostess Frank Marino in Divas Las Vegas. For Saturday reservations to see The Book of Merman, call The Onyx at (702) 732-7225. And if you don't know already, The Onyx is located at 953 E. Sahara, in the Commercial Center's Rack clothing store.

And speaking of Frank Marino, on Saturday night, while Jimmy Emerson was doing double duty in Las Vegas, Frank and his family were seeing Beach Blanket Babylon at the 300-seat Club Fugazi in San Francisco' North Beach. BBB has been running for almost 40 years, making it the longest running musical in history. Marino and his group were hosted by Kenny Mazlow, Beach Blanket Babylon's artistic director/choreographer since 1996. Mazlow has a history in Las Vegas, beginning in the late ‘70s, when he was the principle boy singer in an ice revue at the Hacienda (now the site of Mandalay Bay). From the Hacienda, he moved to the Lido de Paris at the Stardust (now the site of an unfinished building), before heading to California to seek his fame and fortune. As fate would have it, Kenny auditioned for the creator of Beach Blanket Babylon, the late Steve Silver, and won, not only a role in the Las Vegas production of BBB at the Sands (now the site of The Venetian), but as a member of the show's creative team. Funny how things sometime work out.

Mazlow & Marino

Dangerous Curves

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For the eighth year, this Sunday, on Father's Day, Nelson Sardelli (you remember him), will lead a group of generous and talented performers to the Veterans Home in Boulder City to entertain the residents who live at the facility. Among those planning to spend some of their Father's Day in the city by the dam are (alphabetically listed, so as not to hurt any feelings), Peter Anthony, Paul Campanella, Dondino (and Donna), Renee Hale, Roy Hammock (Roy Willie), Jac Hayden (Mundane the Grate), Joni Illi, Dr. Wilfred Krom, Nik Mastrangelo, Linda November, Gary Olds and The Usual Suspects, Charly Raymond, Dr. George Ritter, Ronnie Rose, Steve Rossi, Artie Schroeck, Felix Silla, Joseph R. Stanley, Johnny and Pam Thompson (The Great Tomsoni & Co.), and Allen Tramont. Non-performing volunteers (roadies?) include Larry Taylor (lights and smoke effects), Lou Toomin, Don Sacco, Don Ciricillo and Johnny Amato. This annual event is always something looked forward to by all concerned. We hope to have a few photos for next Friday.

We also expect to have some pictures from yesterday's F.I.O.R.E. luncheon at the Italian America Club, featuring guest speaker Ken Walther, who spent 27 years with the CIA. Next month, the F.I.O.R.E. Non-Club Club will celebrate its 9th Anniversary. For that meeting, former mayor, Oscar Goodman, will be the speaker at the semi-formal gathering (to be held in the evening). Even though he was spending some time on the East Coast, Nelson Sardelli (there's that name again) was hard at work planning the June F.I.O.R.E. meeting, AND the trip to the Veterans Home, AND the anniversary soiree. Nelson promises it will be a major event. More details to follow. Save the date. Incidentally, during Sardelli's weekend absence, Maynard Sloate helped hold down the fort, joining comedy legend, Marty Allen, and busy, busy, Lou Toomin, for bagels and lox at their usual Saturday afternoon get-together. For those who are "newcomers" to this city, Mr. Sloate produced shows at the Tropicana from 1965 to 1971, before moving to the downtown Union Plaza, where he continued producing well into the 1980s. In addition to Broadway favorites, including A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum, Top Banana, Anything Goes, Flower Drum Song, Gypsy, Norman, Is That You?, and Funny Girl, Sloate presented a number of "bedroom farce-type" comedies, with names like Natalie Needs a Nightie and Mind With the Dirty Man. Among the performers used in Maynard's shows were pornographic actress Marilyn Chambers, Phil Ford, Alan Young, Corbett Monica, James MacArthur, June Lockhart, Jack Soo, Pat Suziki, Cork Proctor, Carme, Suzanne Buhrer, Bambi Jr. and Bart Williams.

We just learned that actor/singer Frank Sorell (also known as Frank Sorello and Francesco Sorianello), who appeared in a couple of Maynard Sloate productions, passed away following a heart attack in his Woodland Hills, California, home in early May. He was 84. Among his acting roles, Sorell appeared in The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Debbie Reynolds.

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Jim Caruso's New York weekly Cast Party is in Las Vegas for part of next week, when the wildly popular soiree brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, Wednesday, June 19th at 9:30 p.m. It's a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. For the past nine years, Birdland has been the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with Manhattan show folk and their fans, and now it's going on the road and coming to Las Vegas. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair like a bubbly cruise director, musical genius Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, and the audience is invited to participate in the festivities. It's the bash that would happen if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano. Some of the A-Listers seen at previous Cast Party gatherings include, Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Fiona Apple, Donny Osmond, Mimi Hines, Martin Short, Melissa Manchester, Josh Groban, Jason Alexander, Betty Comden, Linda Lavin, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Koz, Carol Channing, Stephen Schwartz and Tony Bennett. Jim Caruso has been spreading the fun all across the country, celebrating local talent in Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Orlando, the Hamptons, Provincetown, and on the high seas. Somewhere between "There's no business like show business" and "there's no place like home," you'll find Cast Party-On The Road! For the Smith Center's party, expect to see local favorites such as Dangerous Curves, Ron Smith, The Phat Pack, Philip Fortenberry, Keith Thompson, Frankie Moreno, Erich Bergen, and cast members from Jersey Boys, Vegas! The Show, Million Dollar Quartet, and some surprises. The cast is subject to change, as does the life of entertainers. Tickets are $20 and $30. For reservations, call (702) 749-2000, or go to For more information on the Cast Party, wherever it may be holding court, go to

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The Starbright Theatre, at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in Sun City Summerlin, presents The Las Vegas Follies Goes to the Movies, tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. Baubles, bangles and bling! It's Sass with Class in a tribute to burlesque, featuring the "Queen of Burlesque," Bambi Jones! In addition to the Rich Rizzo Dancers and Showgirls, the show stars internationally acclaimed impersonators, Frankie Kein and Manuel Arte, and their special friends – Liza, Marilyn and Julie Andrews. A special treat for burlesque fans, features Frankie as Gypsy Rose Lee. Gino Venezio, a former entertainer in Splash, joins the cast. Teresa Cushman is back as The Follies songstress. "The Singing Chef," Joe La Vigna, will join Teresa in a duet of "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," and he will also do his own versions of "You Make Me Feel So Young," "For Once In My Life," and "Here's To Life." Tickets, at $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $17 for non-residents, are on sale, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle community centers. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. All shows at the Starbright are first come, first served, with no limit on the amount of tickets purchased. Just a reminder that there is no reserved seating at the Starbright Theatre, and saving seats is not permitted. Please remember there is not a bad seat in the theater, so everyone can enjoy the performances no matter where they are seated. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. The Starbright Theatre is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with listening devices for the hearing challenged. To obtain a listening device, please ask at the Pinnacle Monitor Station. No one under the age of 12 is allowed in the theater. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, call (702) 240-1301.

Bambi Jones

Aiko Berge-Kay

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Justin J. Parsons, 25, passed away in Las Vegas on June 5, after a sudden illness. Justin lived an interesting life, traveling around the world with his show business family to such places as England, Scotland, France and Holland. Justin aspired to be an actor. He had appearances in movies such as Pay It Forward and The Grinch, as well as in TV shows with Penn & Teller. He also was seen in international commercials. Justin was preceded in death by his father, Terry Lee Parsons of Las Vegas. He is survived by his mother, Danuta Parsons of Las Vegas; and his sister, Kimberly Morgan of Charleston, West Virginia. A celebration of Justin's life was held yesterday, June 13th, at the Shelter Cove Apartments Community Building in Las Vegas.

Longtime Las Vegan, dancer/trapeze artist/gymnast/model, Aiko Berge-Kay, passed away on June 9th. Aiko started dance training at 10, and began performing professionally at 13. During her career, she earned stage credits in Kismet, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song and The Music Man, and appeared on screen in The King and I, Flower Drum Song, South Pacific, and Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis Presley. In Las Vegas, Aiko danced on showroom stages with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., Wayne Newton, Phyllis Diller, Milton Berle, Isaac Hayes and Dave Barry, and was a cast member in Breck Wall‘s Watusi Stampede and Bottoms Up. Aiko was featured as the gold-plated Go Go Dancer on the cover of the 1968 Golden Hits of the Smothers Brothers Vol. 2 album for Mercury Records. she is survived by her two loving daughters, Gina and Lori; her three grandchildren, Alexandra, Ryland and Hero. A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, June 12th, on the 22nd floor at Bally's Hotel. Aiko Berge-Kay wished that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or to the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

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We have learned that, with no pre-announcement or advance warning, Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show has closed at the LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). The show had scaled back in performers, and had replaced a live band with tracks, for its one night a week (Tuesdays) performances in the hotel's Shimmer Cabaret.

There are some other entertainment changes taking place at the LVH as well. After a six month run in the Shimmer Cabaret, classical guitarist, Esteban, and his violinist daughter, Teresa Joy, end their Music From the Heart shows following tonight's performance. Rumor has it that the twosome are headed for a showroom on the Strip, beginning the end of next month. We hear that Rich Little's Jimmy Stewart & Friends will also end its run in the Shimmer Cabaret. Always comings and goings on Las Vegas stages. Stay tuned.

And speaking of tributes to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, producer Dick Feeney, the fellow behind The Rat Pack Is Back and MJ Live, both at the Rio, is going back to where it all started. After years of touring as a successful entertainer, in 1981 Feeney produced and starred in his very first show, Lullaby of Swing in Hawaii. Now, after producing more than 32,000 performances of some of the most successful shows in Las Vegas and throughout the world, Feeney is opening a new show in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Teaming up with highly successful business owner, tour operator and entrepreneur, Raymond "Squire" Foat, his friend of more than three decades, along with world famous, multiple award-winning comedy magician, Paul Kozak (a regular in Feeney‘s World's Greatest Magic Show that ran at the Sahara and Greek Isles for five years), the trio will open the Kona Kozy Comedy & Magic Show, July 1st inside Kozy's VooDoo Room, part of the Humpy's restaurant chain. Catering to tourists and locals alike, Kozak has adopted the name "Kona Kozy" to reflect the local flavor of the islands. Kozy will be performing nightly in the newly renovated showroom aptly named after his new Hawaiian name. Since arriving in Hawaii in preparation for the opening, Kozak has fallen in love with his new island home in mind, body and spirit. He feels as he says "one with the islands and always meant to be here." For more information on show times and to purchase tickets visit, or call (808) 430-1957.

Paul Kozak

Pascale Elia

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Nik Mastrangelo has been appearing at Casa di Amore throughout the week, and will continue through this evening, Friday, June 14th, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nik, the singing attorney, will be accompanied tonight by Joey Singer. Casa di Amore is located at 2850 E. Tropicana, between Eastern and Pecos. Call (702) 433-4967 for reservations (highly recommended, because the place fills up quickly). Due to some insurmountable obstacles, Naomi Mauro will not be performing with Nik at The Mad Greek Café on Thursday, June 20th. So, without missing a (Latin) beat, the lovely and talented Pascale Elia will be stepping in at The Mad Greek in Naomi's place. The event, taking place from 7 to 10 p.m., will be sponsored by Milagro Tequila. There will be specialty cocktails to sample, featuring creations by Milagro's award-winning brand ambassador, Gaston Martinez. So, get ready to cool down with some tantalizing cocktails and an evening filled with bossa novas, cha-chas, rumbas, mambos, and sambas. The Mad Greek is located at 8565 W. Sahara at Durango. Please call (702) 242-7669 for reservations (strongly suggested if you want a seat for this special night).

And speaking of Pascale Elia, the jazzy lady will be singing at The Dispensary Lounge, 2451 E. Tropicana at Eastern, tomorrow night, June 15th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. She will be backed by Uli Geissendoerfer on keys, Fred Watstein on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums, with special guest, Julian Tanaka, on sax. Anticipate some musical surprises. Where Jazz Lives In Las Vegas ~ Late Nights at The Dispensary Lounge. Call (702) 458-6343.

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Here is your Las Vegas Media Group luncheon reminder, courtesy of busy Lisa Gioia-Acres. This Monday, June 17th, is the Member Highlight lunch meeting. What's that, you say? This is the meeting when members bring things of Las Vegas history to share: Carey Burke is bringing his postcard, chip and ephemera collection. Frank Valeri (and hopefully Bo Boivert) bringing their extensive photograph collection. And Thalia Dondero is bringing something special - that's just an example of what we might see on Monday! What are YOU going to bring? There will be tables set up for attendees to browse the collections. The buffet luncheon begins at 11:30. Cost of the lunch is $17, and it is delicious! The location of the meeting 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 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. Reservations are required, so be sure to RSVP to Lisa via e-mail at [email protected], or calling her at (702) 245-9206.

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Summer officially begins next Friday, June 21st. A great way to launch the season is on National Flip Flop Day at Tropical Smoothie Cafés. On the 21st, all 22 Las Vegas Tropical Smoothie Café locations will welcome summer during the seventh annual National Flip Flop Day celebration. From 2 to 7 p.m., customers who visit any of the Las Vegas locations wearing flip flop sandals will receive a free 24-oz. Jetty Punch™ smoothie. In addition to giving away more than 20,000 free smoothies to customers in the area, Tropical Smoothie Café is raising money for Camp Sunshine - a summer camp designed specifically for children with a life-threatening illness, and their families. Camp Sunshine provides a week of rest and relaxation, plus medical counseling and much-needed emotional support. Tropical Smoothie Café customers can contribute to Camp Sunshine in several ways: Purchase $1 paper flip-flops, which are posted throughout each store; Donate $5 or more in-store and receive a Flip Flop Key Fob good for 10 percent off all purchases in 2013; or make a Donation online at "National Flip Flop Day is one of our favorite times of the year! We have the best, most loyal customers, and this is our chance to give back to them with a free Jetty Punch smoothie," said Dina Mitchell, Area Developer and Marketing Director for Nevada. "But our customers give back to us, too – with very generous donations to Camp Sunshine. We are accepting donations through June 23rd, and through our Nevada stores we want to raise $40,000 in order to send 20 kids and families to camp. We have been collecting donations since May 10th, and I think this is going to be a record-breaking year!" Camp Sunshine is located in Casco, Maine. Families attend Camp Sunshine for a completely paid, weeklong programs. The cost for one family to participate in the weeklong program is $2,000, plus travel expenses. To date, Tropical Smoothie has donated $1,500,000 to Camp Sunshine, sending 750 children and their families to experience camp. Last year, Tropical Smoothie Café raised $400,000 for Camp Sunshine and plans to exceed that number in 2013 by raising $500,000. For further information on Tropical Smoothie Café's National Flip Flop Day celebration, visit For further information about Camp Sunshine, visit

Tropical Smoothie Jetty Punch

Arleen Gibson

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Our wishes for a return to good health go out to local ladies. Gal about town, Arleen Gibson, given the title of "Princess of Las Vegas," by former mayor Oscar Goodman, was seriously injured in a freak accident when she was run over by her own vehicle in her driveway on June 6th...the day of the Gibson's 30th wedding anniversary. Arleen wasn't run over by a little Smart Car. No, she was run over by a 2006 six-ton Dodge Durango, after returning home from driving her husband, Tony, to work that morning. At this point, it is not known if this was caused by a mechanical problem or human error. Although this has been a horrible experience, Arleen must be surrounded by angels. She was spotted under her vehicle by a handyman, who Arleen calls one of her angels, who was working in her neighborhood. He called 911. In what certainly could have killed her, Arleen's injuries were relatively mild, the most serious being to her spleen, which was removed by a team of doctors during a four hour surgery. She received 19 pints of blood, and the incision required 17 staples to close. In addition, Gibson's rib cage was shattered. Arleen remains hospitalized, but is doing remarkably well, considering what she has been through. She will have to spend more time away from home, but is extremely grateful for the good things that have come out of this.

And we send our good thoughts and prayers to vocalist Denise Clemente, who apparently suffered a massive heart attack some weeks ago, and still remains in ICU in a local hospital. We were told she would have to have bypass surgery, but we haven't been able to confirm that. We have no other information at this time.

Life is so fragile. In minutes, what was taken for granted can be taken away. Treasure your good health. Nothing is more important.

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Are we the only folks in Las Vegas who are a bit disenchanted with the way certain departments are run (or not) at The Smith Center? One area that consistently gets it wrong is the box office at the Theater for the Performing Arts. Month-after-month, we see mistake-after-mistake. More than once, people have called to make reservations for a show, only to be told that, either the show is sold out, or that there are only a few scattered single seats still available. It turns out that that information is wrong - there are plenty of seats open for couples or groups. And, on a number of occasions, people who requested to be seated at adjoining tables, and were told that they would be, learned when they got to the Cabaret Jazz club, their "adjoining" tables were at opposite sides of the room. Misspelled names are another ongoing issue. Too often, when people come to pick up their phone ordered tickets, the tickets can't be located by box office personnel. Why? Because the customers' name has been spelled incorrectly by an employee. How about ASKING the customer for the correct spelling of their name, instead of just guessing? Seems logical to us, but apparently not so to some of the box office employees. And, when are they going to put in the promised automatic door or power-assisted door that meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards, for the heavy "pull to open" doors at the Smith Center Box Office? Although other doors to public spaces at The Smith Center are automated, the Box Office door is not. A low energy power operated door, which requires a knowing act (for example: pushing a wall switch or using a card reader) to start the automatic opening cycle, is what should have been in place there, but is not. This type of door is commonly found at local libraries, schools, or office buildings. Proper signage is also mandatory for instructing the end user how to proceed safely and efficiently. The Center has been open for more than 15 months... long enough for things to be running more smoothly than they are. Who is in charge here? We really want to feel good about The Smith Center, and to be proud of this $470 million facility, but we need some help and cooperation. We will rant about some of the access issues for drivers, as well as parking problems, on another day.

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Off Strip Productions is honored to present The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, at The Onyx Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays, June 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, June 23rd at 2 p.m. The play focuses on the small Wyoming town where 21-year-old Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998 because he was gay. Based on more then 200 interviews, The Laramie Project portrays the community's emotional devastation at the horrific crime, and their subsequent attempts to recover from it, in their own words. Even 15 years after the event, the message of this poignant and heartbreaking drama still resonates as we see an increase in anti-gay violence across the country. Directed by David Ament, the cast includes Lysander Abadia, Greg Baine, Jessica Hird, John Ivanoff, Lee Meyers, Mikey Phillips, Natalie Senecal, and Cody Smock. Tickets are $15. The Onyx is located inside Commercial Center at 953 East Sahara, #16. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Onyx website at

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Talk about poor timing. On the same date that Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano and Jeff Harnar are doing their tribute to lyricist, songwriter and musician, Sammy Cahn (Tuesday, June 18th, at 7 p.m.) on what is the 100th anniversary of Cahn‘s birth at Stage 72/The Triad in Manhattan, it has just been announced that the Iridium Jazz Club, at 1650 Broadway in New York City, will also play host to a tribute to lyricist Sammy Cahn. Among those performing at the 8 and 10 p.m. Iridium shows are Karen Akers, Scott Barbarino, Deb Berman, Devin Bing, Steven Brinberg (as Simply Barbra), Suzanne Carrico, Mary Foster Conklin, The Copa Boys, Frank Dain, Liam Forde, Carol Fredette, Eric Yves Garcia, Eric Michael Gillett, Karen Mason, Sidney Myer, Karen Oberlin, Tony Ponella, Jonathan Rayson, T. Oliver Reid, The Rescignos, Ricky Ritzel, Jay Rogers, Marta Sanders, Stacy Sullivan, Lennie Watts, Susan Winter and Bill Zeffiro. Tickets for The Triad show are $25. Phone (212) 362-2590. Tickets for the Iridium shows are also $25. Call (212) 582-2121 for reservations. Glad we aren't faced with the decision. Coin toss, perhaps?

And speaking of Sammy Cahn...Regarding last Friday's list of some famous folks, in addition to award-winning songwriter Cahn, who were born sometime in 1913 - 100 years ago. New York reader, Steve Friedman, sent this note to his friend, Bart Williams, who passed it on to us. Friedman wrote, "...And my father, Leo Friedman, was born 100 years ago too (March 7, 1913). Tell her. Tell Claire Voyant. TELL HER, FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE!!!" Okay. He told us, for the love of Mike (and for the love of Leo).

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Vocalist/actress, Rebecca Spencer, who now makes her home in Southern California, will join her former Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular cast mates, when she appears as a guest artist in The Phat Pack revue, at the downtown Plaza, through Sunday, June 16th. Rebecca portrayed Madam Giry in the lavish production at The Venetian, alongside Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan and Randal Keith, the stars of The Phat Pack. The A-rated Phat Pack show times are at 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. For reservations, call (702) 386-2507.

Rebecca Spencer

Joe La Vigna

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For those who were disappointed in not being able to purchase tickets to see the amazing Philip Fortenberry's first solo concert at The Smith Center on Sunday afternoon, June 23rd, we have great news! Because Fortenberry's concert Sold Out so quickly, The Man at the Piano returns to the Cabaret Jazz club for a second concert on Sunday, July 21st at 2:30 p.m. The virtuoso pianist, composer, recording artist, and associate conductor of Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas on the Strip, will debut The Man at the Piano, his new, intimate acoustic 75-minute cabaret-style concert in the 247-seat Cabaret Jazz showroom on the 23rd. Fortenberry will showcase his signature playing style with the music surrounding his own life story as a pianist from rural Mississippi, to becoming a sought-after Broadway pianist, a concert artist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The White House, giving command performances for royals and dignitaries such as President Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the late Margaret Thatcher, then on to his journey to Las Vegas on the famous Strip with Broadway-Vegas shows, as the featured musical artist in residence at the Liberace Museum with his critically-acclaimed one-man show, Liberace and Me, eight solo CD releases, and performing numerous concerts around the U.S. During the concert, he will share his insights into the music and the special meaning it has for him by performing solo offerings of popular classical and Broadway show music he loves, including "Memory" from Cats, "Getting' Ready Rag" from Ragtime, "Malaguena," Chopin's "Aeolian Harp" Etude, and Liberace's famous arrangements of "Nola" and "Chopsticks," all presented with his own brand of southern charm. Tickets are $35 and $25 and can be purchased at The Smith Center Box Office, by phone (702) 749-2000, or online For more information about Fortenberry's prestigious career, or to purchase his solo CDs, go online to Tickets, still priced at $25 and $35, are now on sale for the Sunday, July 21st at 2:30 p.m. performance. We strongly suggest that if you don't want to get shut out again, you make your reservations sooner than later. Call the number above, (702) 749-2000, or order online by going to

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Charles Aznavour

Vic Damone

Birthday greetings to the following Geminis (May 21-June 20):
Rebbie Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Sam Harris, Tom Gallagher, Rich Affannato, Lon Bronson, Sarasue Essenpreis, Diane Ellis, Jim Hodge, Bill Nolte, Michael LaRocca, Nicholas Pomeranz, Katrina Loncaric Chliaris, Kenny Mazlow, Sharon Holmes Mandel, Dick Feeney, Marvin Lashever, Liz Pero, Mel Carter, Gordie Brown, Joe La Vigna, Sandy Hackett, Merrick Wolfe, Tom Illi, Julie Grunwald, Vanessa Pero, Bic Carrol, Ron Isley, Leo Sayer, Charles Aznavour, Bernie Taupin, Drew Carey, Jewel, Joan Collins (80), Bob Dylan, Tommy Chong, Patti LaBelle, Priscilla Presley, Rosanne Cash, Elton John, Bobcat Goldthwait, Danica Patrick, Stevie Nicks, Hank Williams Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Adam Corolla, Gladys Knight, Billy Vera, John Fogerty, Phil Vassar, Kylie Minogue, Melissa Etheridge, Melanie Brown (Mel B - Spice Girl), Wynonna Judd, Idina Menzel, Cee Lo Green, Peter Yarrow, Ronnie Wood, Pat Boone, Mark Curry, Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn), Alanis Morissette, Wayne Brady, Dana Carvey, Deneice Williams, Dan Hill, Brian McKnight, Kenny G, Harvey Fierstein, Sandra Bernhard, Gary "U.S." Bonds, Tom Jones, Jenny Jones, Prince, Joan Rivers (80), James Darren, Nancy Sinatra, Boz Scaggs, Kanye West, Jackie Mason, Shirley Alston Reeves, Faith Evans, Vic Damone, Jim Nabors, Chick Corea, Tim Allen, Boy George, Siegfried Fischbacher, Donald Trump, Eddie Mekka, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Belushi, Eileen Davidson, Gino Vannelli, Joe Piscopo, Barry Manilow (70), Sir Paul McCartney, Ann Wilson (Heart), Paula Abdul, Lionel Richie, Anne Murray and Brian Wilson.

Nancy Sinatra

Jackie Mason

And happy anniversary to Jim D'Asaro and Rebecca Spencer, Matt Donnelly and Sarah Lowe, Ed and Valerie Mathews, and Jim and Jan Seagrave.

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The Tommy Thompson Project will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m., as part of the Montelago Village Concert Series at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday, July 6th. Thompson tells us that there will be an amazing fireworks display at 9 p.m. during Jazz on the Lake. Enjoy the outdoor concert, but please leave the coolers at home.

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Barry Manilow

Michael Buble

Buble alert! Tickets for Michael Buble's November 23rd performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena went on sale at 10 this morning (Friday, June 14th). Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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Happy Father's Day...

if you are a father, plan to be a father, have or had a father, or know a father.

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