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Note: This is a past column from May 17, 2013
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Las Vegas - May 17, 2013


Nelson Sardelli & Steve Rossi at F.I.O.R.E.

Last Thursday's F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon was a smashing success, with almost 120 people in attendance. The featured guest speaker was entertainer Steve Rossi, best known for his onstage partnership with comic Marty Allen. Among those we spotted in the crowd (many first-timers, or as they are called at the luncheons, "virgins") were Marvin Lashever, Barbara Kaye, Peggy King, Spike Measer, Tom and Pat Beiner, Dori "Boom Boom" Kotzan, Dave Williams, Bill Acosta, George Ritter, Nik Mastrangelo, Lou Toomin, Sharon Graziano, Jim Marsh, Felix Silla, Tom and Alice Saitta, Don Hill (wife Gloria was mending at home following surgery), Artie Schroeck and Linda November, Buddy Greco Jr., Peter Anthony, Dr. Will Krom, Chick Hughes, Judy Coco, Allen Tramont, Sam Wagmeister and, of course, hard-working presidents (all the F.I.O.R.E. men are presidents) Gary Anderson, Jimmy Racey, Conrad Villella and Nelson Sardelli. If you were there, and your name isn't mentioned here, don't take it personally (except for a few of you). In addition to a Neil Diamond look-a-like (tribute artist, Rob Garrett), there was a Dondino look-a-like as well. Dondino, who was a favorite entertainer around these parts in the ‘70s and ‘80s, relocated to Branson a number of years ago. The look-a-like at the F.I.O.R.E. gathering was so convincing, he even had a lady with him that amazingly resembled Dondino's manager/ partner/wife, Donna Gummelt. Oh my goodness! It really WAS Dondino and Donna! The two are back in Las Vegas, hoping to find a room where Dondino can sing for his longtime fans, and make new ones. In addition to performing, Dondino and Donna have been hard at work, putting together a series of popular children's books. We will have more about these two in future columns. The crowd enjoyed Rossi's talk. We were quite impressed, that after his program, Mr. Rossi, who is 81, took the time to go all around the room, individually greet the guests and thank them for coming.


F.I.O.R.E. Gang

F.I.O.R.E. group photo caption (left to right): Linda November, Steve Rossi, Nelson Sardelli, Bill Acosta, Dondino, Rob Garrett, Nik Mastrangelo and The Duke of Fremont Street

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On Sunday afternoon, we were at UNLV's Judy Bayley Theatre to see the last of seven performances of the Broadway musical, Urinetown, winding up the Nevada Conservatory Theatre's 10th season. There have been musicals written covering just about every subject, with locales set in imaginable and unimaginable places, but we think it would be fair to say that this is the first story built around peeing and toilets! The premise is that, due to severe water shortages, private toilets have been banned, and people must wait in line to use sources such as Public Amenity No. 9 to relieve themselves. The Tony-winning musical features satirical songs such as "It's a Privilege to Pee," and the name of the corporation controlling the public toilets is Urine Good Company (do we hear groaning?) It was a fun afternoon, with lots of talent not only in front of the curtain, but also behind the scenes. Director/choreographer Tim Bennett did an outstanding job of moving the cast around the stage. We found the choreography to be exceptional. Music director/conductor/keyboard player, Christopher Lash, did a fine job, as did Mike Smith on percussion/drums, Raymond Reyes on bass, Paul Olesuk on trombone, and John Summers on reeds. We were pleased to see a good turnout for the last of the two weekend performances.

We will be back at the Judy Bayley Theatre this weekend to see Putting On a Show, an original musical revue to benefit the Nevada Conservatory Theatre's Guest Artist program.
Putting On a Show is a fun and eclectic collection of original theatrical songs with music and lyrics written by local composer, the above mentioned Christopher Lash. The concert will feature a 17-piece on-stage orchestra along with 30 performers from the Las Vegas Broadway and production show community, including members of the casts of Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet, Vegas! The Show, Menopause the Musical and Peepshow. The show will also feature MAC Award-winners, Broadway stars and UNLV alumni, along with some aspiring young performers from Las Vegas Academy and UNLV's Theatre program. In keeping with the spirit of NCT's Guest Artist Program, the concert will give the young aspiring student performers the opportunity to work alongside working professional entertainers and performance artists, including actors, singers, musicians, directors, and designers. "'Putting On a Show is the product of my last six years as an artist," says composer Lash. "It reveals our passion for what we do, what we want to do, the things we love and the things we lose. Portions of Putting On a Show have been work-shopped and developed as a part of the Composer's Showcase series at The Smith Center. In this musical revue-style show, the songs transform into scenes and reveal what it is like to be an artist." The 90-minute performances are Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($10 senior and student discounts available), and all proceeds will benefit Nevada Conservatory Theatre, whose mission is to elevate Theatrical Arts in Las Vegas. Did we happen to mention that Mr. Lash is only 24? We have been watching him since he was in his teens, and had to have a chaperone with him when he performed at downtown Las Vegas' Don't Tell Mama piano bar.


Christopher Lash

Phillip Officer by Don Cadette

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As usual, the May edition of the Composers Showcase, held in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center on Wednesday night, was inspiring. There is so much hidden talent in the community. A venue like the showcase gives professional actors and musical directors the opportunity to step out of their routine and show more of their creative skills. Unfortunately, Vita Corimbi had to cancel her appearance because of hand surgery, and Rebecca Spencer, scheduled to be here from Southern California, decided an audition in LA was more important than performing in Las Vegas. We can expect her to make up for her excused absence. We were very pleased to see Phillip Officer performing a, surprise, Christopher Lash original called "That's What I Do." We hope to hear this clever piece of business again in Putting On a Show this weekend. As for Mr. Officer, although he has lived in Las Vegas for a few years, the New York transplant, with some impressive credits including a key role in Broadway's Side Show, and a number of CDs, rarely gets on stage. Now that he‘s gotten his feet wet again, perhaps that will change.

Note: There will be no Composers Showcase in June, with the next one taking place on Wednesday, July 17th. We will provide details and a list of talented contributors in early July.

Our sympathies go out to musician John Wedemeyer, an occasional contributor at the showcase, as well as a part of the Donny and Marie team. John's mother, Ardis, passed away shortly before Mother's Day. We had the pleasure of meeting her last year, and found her to be a lovely person, and very proud of her talented son.


John Wedemeyer and Mom Ardis

Mac King Lucky 13 Goldfish Cake

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Comedy magician Mac King celebrated 13 years of performing The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's Las Vegas last Saturday. After a special show, Christian Stuart, Harrah's regional vice president and assistant general manager, presented King with a cake (looking suspiciously like a big goldfish) and a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman naming May 11th, 2013, Mac King 13th Anniversary Day in Las Vegas. King also received certificates of commendation from Governor Brian Sandoval and United States Senator, Dean Heller. "I am very honored and grateful to be celebrating my 13th anniversary and I feel lucky to have landed here at Harrah's Las Vegas. I have made several mighty great pals in this city and it's because of you I am able to continue doing what I love to do – perform magic," said King. "A big thank you to all my pals and fans who have come out to support comedy and magic in the afternoon. I look forward to making more memories here at Harrah's Las Vegas and I really am the luckiest boy on earth." A number of King's celebrity pals - including the cast of Million Dollar Quartet, Defending the Caveman's Kevin Burke, the cast of Chippendales, Maren Wade from iCandy Burlesque, Mark Shunock from Rock of Ages and his wife Cheryl Daro, Eric and Jayne Post from Marriage Can Be Murder - helped him celebrate the momentous occasion on the red carpet. King then performed a special show for his pals and guests of the hotel where he presented the newest member of the cast – Colonel Sanders. King began his full-time one-man show "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" at Harrah's Las Vegas in 2000. Since then, King has performed an unprecedented 6,760 shows to more than one million audience members at the main showroom at Harrah's Las Vegas. This translates to:
· 3,380 days of plaid suits worn
· 20,280 feet of rope used for King's famous rope trick
· 351,520 playing cards
· 20,280 magically appearing Fig Newton pastries
· And 33,800 audience volunteers!

"Harrah's Las Vegas is proud to have served as home to Mac King for the past 13 years. He is not only an exceptional entertainer who has entertained more than a million audience members since opening here at Harrah's, but he is also an accomplished writer and an outstanding citizen who is an avid supporter of literacy programs. Harrah's Las Vegas hopes to serve as his home several more years," said Stuart. Mac King has been consistently lauded throughout his impressive run, including recently being named "Best Strip headliner" in the Las Vegas Weekly's2011 annual Vegas' best awards. Las Vegas Review-Journal's "Best of Las Vegas" readers' poll named his show the "Best Bargain Show" for nine straight years (2003-2012) and deemed him "Favorite Male Las Vegan" in 2008. King has also been honored as Magic Magazine's "Funniest Act in Magic," the World Magic Awards' "Best Comedy Magician" and the Magic Castle's "Magician of the Year." Sought after worldwide, King has made television appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and all five of NBC's "The World's Greatest Magic" TV specials. King has also made several appearances at the "Just For Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, and was a featured performer in the "Masters of Magic" series at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada. King, one of today's brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre. Tickets are $29.95 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting www.mackingshow.com.
Mac King and cake photo courtesy of Gabe Ginsberg

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Gary Olds Promotes Tropicana MOB Attraction

Gary Olds & Lifesaving Dr. Allan S. Stewart

In an earlier column, we reported on the health problems of local musician/actor, Gary Olds. Gary has had a pretty rough couple of months. While in New York for music and theater business, following a photo shoot at the 5th Precinct to promote the Tropicana Hotel's MOB Attraction where Gary portrays a policeman, he suffered the results of an aneurysm putting pressure on the esophageal airway. He experienced severe heart problems and trouble breathing. He was transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was admitted at around 3 p.m. He spent most of Wednesday night, March 20th, in emergency. At 9 a.m. on Thursday he was in surgery. Lucky for Gary, a top doctor in the field of heart and valve surgery, Allan S. Stewart, was on hand. The surgery lasted six-and-a-half hours. The doctor told Julie, Gary's wife and caregiver, that the aneurysm was "huge, thin, and getting ready to burst,' and followed that statement up with, "He is a real Lucky Guy." Gary was in the hospital for six days, and was in New York City for 12. On what Gary terms as "a long blessed flight to Portland via Denver, with gentle winds," he began his second phase of recovery, walking 2 to 3 miles every day. Only 44 days after aneurysm surgery, Olds was playing the drums for The Chiffons in a Las Vegas showroom. The next day, after the second night backing The Chiffons, in true Gary Olds style, he and Julie raced across Las Vegas to the Aria to play the Ford Corp Event with a jazz quartet. He was "doubling" 45 days from the knife. Gary emphatically adds, "I could not have accomplished this without my wife, who also doubled as a drum tech, along with my sister and, of course, Dr. Allan Stewart." Also, the countless prayers from everyone have to be mentioned. The very next day, with only four-and-a-half hours of sleep, Gary walked back on the set at the Tropicana's MOB Attraction where he did a double shift as the Irish Cop. As he is mending, Gary continues to act his role on the MOB and field drumming jobs. He will be behind the drums with The Crystals for the Summer of Fun Kickoff concert at the Cannery Casino Hotel on May 25th, and he will also be drumming for Clark County Schools. Gary has also been called to perform for Jazz on the Lake in Henderson. On Father's Day, Gary and his band will be holding court for the eighth year, celebrating and honoring our nations veterans. The show, hosted and organized by Nelson Sardelli, features a number of generous and talented people who will entertain the residents at the Veterans Hospital in Boulder City for much of the day. Gary's artistic venues are the ongoing MOB Attraction, "the cast and crew are my extended family. I love them." Musically, the criteria has to be creative, inspiring, and out of the box. "Opportunities? God saved me. I will follow God. I will honor his decisions." That seems like a wise idea.
A note: The Cannery concert on Saturday the 25th, starts at 4 p.m., and it's FREE. If you go, say a special hello to the smiling guy behind the drums.

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SOS at Cannery

This weekend, the Cannery in North Las Vegas welcomes you to celebrate Hawaii and the Pacific Islands and their famous history, culture, and traditions at the Islands of the Pacific Cultural Festival . There will be lots of good fun and "ono" food at this year's festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th, at the Club, an indoor/outdoor venue located at the Cannery Casino & Hotel. This festival kicks off on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the night ending with a concert by Hawaii's own Society of Seven, starting at 8 p.m. Society of Seven - made up of Tony Ruivivar, Bert Sagum, Hoku Low, Wayne Wakai, Roy Venturina, Randy Abellar, Michael Laygo and Lhey Bella - is famous for its unique mix of music, singing and lots of humor. They have delighted Las Vegans for years on and off the Strip. On Sunday, the fun continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include: cultural performances and Hawaiian and Pacific Island vendors featuring a variety of island arts and crafts. Food booths will offer everything from local plate lunches to delicious snacks and desserts. Admission prices for the festival is $7 for adults, and $5 for children, seniors and military. Tickets for the concert are $15. Enjoy both the festival and the show for $20. Call (702) 856-5300. Mahalo nui loa na ho'olaule'a me la kauaets: Thank you for celebrating with us!

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Reminder...
Friends and fans of the late Kenny Kerr will gather at Palms Mortuary East, 7600 S. Eastern, on Sunday, May 19th, at 5 p.m. to share memories of the iconic female impersonator/comic.
Kenny, the star of the long running Boy-Lesque revue, passed away on April 28th at the age of 60. The public is invited to attend the service.

And reader Tommie Laing sent the following message...
I conducted Peter Reveen's Memorial Service at 11 a.m., Friday, May 17th. I hope no one missed it because of your error in reporting that it was to be at 3 p.m. There is an additional, so called "Official," service tomorrow, Saturday, May 18th, from 3 to 6 p.m. as you reported correctly.
We apologize for any mistake we may have made. We wish Mr. Laing had mentioned WHERE tomorrow's official service was taking place. We would have been happy to pass the information along. Just shows, we all make a mistake every now and then.


Kenny Kerr 1952-2013

Bethany Owen On Tour

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Lisa Gioia-Acres, spokesperson for the Las Vegas Media Group, reminds readers that on Monday, May 20th, the group WILL NOT, repeat, WILL NOT, meet at their regularly scheduled venue. So, if you show up at the Wedding Room, and no one is there, then you didn't read her e-mail or you forgot. Those that RSVPd in time will be going on the field trip. For those who could not attend, Lisa will have a recap of that great experience so you can "Read All About It!" This coming Monday, the Las Vegas Media Group's monthly lunch meeting will take place at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, located at 888 W. Bonneville Ave., near The Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas. The LVMG will meet at 11 a.m. SHARP. The attendees will have lunch provided and be given a tour of the clinic. Lunch, as always, is $17. If you didn't contact Lisa by Monday, the 13th, to let her know you would be joining the folks at the Lou Ruvo Center, the bad news is that you won't be going (no matter what your "the dog ate my e-invite" excuse might be). The good, and very exciting, news is that about 60 of your LVMG friends WILL be attending! Lisa is delighted with the good response for this "field trip."

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Carmine Mandia and Friends are making music at Piero's, 355 Convention Center Drive, tonight and tomorrow night from 7 to 10:30 p.m. For reservations, call (702) 369-2305.

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Comic impressionist, Bethany Owen, who has performed at the Sands, Dunes, Rio and Palms in Las Vegas over the years, is now on the Road to Nowhere. That's really not true. Bethany is always on the road to somewhere, but the Road to Nowhere is the name of her current tour. If you follow her for the next few weeks, it will be through Washington state, where she will perform her one-woman show at the Jubilee Community Showroom in Lacey on May 18th, at the Red Wind Casino in Yelm on the 21st, and at the Fox Theatre in Centralia on the 24th. We have a feeling the Woman of 1,001 Voices and Faces will be back here as part of her Road to Nowhere Tour. We will keep you posted.

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Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), Las Vegas' famed Fremont Street Experience and the celebrated tribute artist production "Legends in Concert," celebrating its 30th birthday, presented the 4th Annual Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Downtown Las Vegas this weekend. On Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, the only Las Vegas EPE-sanctioned preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest had 19 Elvi from around the world competing for a chance to advance to the finals held during Elvis Week 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. Guest judges Linda Thompson, Elvis' long-time girlfriend, and personal bodyguard, Sam Thompson, determined the ‘best representation of the Elvis legacy' based on vocals, style, stage wear, and stage presence. On Saturday, the top 10 competed and Las Vegas resident, Chad Collins, was crowned Las Vegas' ‘King of Rock ‘n' Roll' winning $2,500 cash, a Graceland Getaway prize package and most importantly, qualifies to compete in the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest presented by EPE in Memphis, during Elvis Week 2013 held August 10-17. The winner of the contest will be offered the opportunity to sign a performance contract with Legends in Concert, $20,000 cash, recognition by EPE as the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2013 and a selection of other valuable prizes. The eclectic singer/songwriter duo and Billboard's "Top New Artist Albums" charting artist, Brandon and Leah, treated audiences to a performance on Fremont Street Experience's 3rd Street Stage, kicking off this year's event. Other ‘Kingly' festivities at Fremont Street Experience during the weekend included special presentations on the Viva Vision canopy and a parade of Elvi at the beginning of each night's competition. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. is based in Memphis, with additional offices in Los Angeles. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.elvis.com. EPE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc. (www.ckx.com), a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market® under the ticker symbol CKXE.


Chad Collins

Theory of a Deadman

And continuing on the subject of downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street Experience's Rock of Vegas concert series will kick-off the summer early with the first show set for Sunday, May 19th, featuring Theory of a Deadman. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the free concert series has become one of the most popular summertime events in Las Vegas, and this year's lineup will turn the legendary downtown Las Vegas entertainment venue into summer's alternative destination. Fremont Street Experience will provide the ultimate nirvana for rock music fans with an exciting lineup of performances. In addition to Theory of a Deadman, rockers can see Fuel and Lit on May 25th; Hinder on June 8th; Summerland Tour 2013 Alternative Guitars, starring Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge on June 29th; Three Days Grace on Thursday, July 4th; Sister Hazel and Tonic on July 20th; Eve 6 on July 27th; The Presidents of the United States of America on Aug. 3rd; Third Eye Blind on Aug. 17th and Puddle of Mudd on August 31st. All concerts start at 9 p.m. Nevermind is an alternative rock themed cover band produced by Face Productions that will create the haunting and memorable sounds that we all know and love including "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, "Stupid Girl" by Garbage, "Don't Speak" by No Doubt, "Man in a Box" by Alice in Chains, "Come to My Window" by Melissa Etheridge, "Fly Away" Lenny Kravitz and many more. Nevermind is a custom Las Vegas band which will perform six nights a week, Fridays through Wednesdays beginning May 24th, throughout the summer on Fremont Street Experience.

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TV or not TV. On last night's American Idol finale (the new Idol is Candice Glover, in case you missed it), the real live Frankie Valli (who turned 79 on May 3rd) joined the show's male finalists in a Four Seasons medley. On occasion, you can see Frankie Valli performing in Southern Nevada. When Frankie isn't in the neighborhood, or he is and you can't afford the ticket price, don't forget Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas. It may not be the real thing, but it's a darn good thing.

And twice during this past week, the movie Calypso Heat Wave (1957) aired on Antenna-TV in the wee small hours of the morning. The black and while film probably didn't win any awards, but the music and cast made for some interesting viewing. Among the stars were singer Johnny Desmond (who played Nicky Arnstein to Las Vegan Mimi Hines, Fanny Brice, in Broadway‘s Funny Girl), a 25-year-young Joel Grey, the Hi Lo's singing group, Maya Angelou (the respected poet was singing and dancing!), and Las Vegas treasures, the Treniers! In Las Vegas, if you have cable, Antenna airs on channel 127. If you don't have cable, check out 3.3 (two clicks past our local NBC station). You should find it there. Lots of nostalgia there, with old movies and vintage TV series running 24/7. Try it. You might like it.


Treniers 1957

Camila Alves-McConaughey

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A longtime friend reports that the Rolling Stones concert, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday night, was worth every hard-earned dollar she paid for her tickets to be in the audience (we didn't ask exactly how many dollars that was). In addition to seeing her lifetime favorites (second only to The Beatles) in their 50 & Counting anniversary tour, MG also got to see pop star, Katy Perry perform with the boys. A number of surprise guests, including Keith Urban and Gwen Stefani, have shown up to join the Stones during their current (and possibly final) tour.

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Tomorrow, Saturday, May 18th, Brazilian supermodel and Macy's INC Brand Ambassador, Camila Alves-McConaughey , together with Ramshackle Glam Editor, Jordan Reid, host an afternoon of fashion and fun at Macy's Fashion Show in Las Vegas. The afternoon kicks off at 2, with a fashion show at the mall's Great Hall Stage featuring the latest Spring ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry from Macy's INC. Directly following the fashion show, guests are invited to the mall's Macy's store for a shopping party, where they can enjoy refreshments, discounts on INC purchases, and a meet-and-greet with Camila. One lucky guest will win an on-the-spot Macy's INC shopping spree with Camila (who is the wife of actor Matthew McConaughey) and Jordan, and an INC specialist ($500 value).

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The City of Las Vegas sponsored Alex Krasky Art Exhibition, which had been advertised to run until June 8th at the West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, closed on May 10th, due to a change in Alex Krasky's schedule. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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The National Asian Artists Project presented a Rediscover Series production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hello, Dolly! for two performances on April 29th and May 6th at The Pershing Square Signature Center in Manhattan. The fully staged and choreographed production starred Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man, Grease) and was directed by Lee Roy Reams, director and choreographer of Carol Channing's last Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! The popular musical features a score by Jerry Herman with a book by Michael Stewart.

On April 3rd, Lee Roy Reams, who starred as Roger DeBris in the Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' The Producers, polished up his tap shoes for a night of song and dance at 54 Below, Broadway's hottest new nightclub. Accompanied by Alex Rybeck on piano, Jered Egan on bass, and Dan Gross on drums, Lee Roy earned himself multiple standing ovations for his first time at 54 Below. The enthralled audience members included celebrities (listed alphabetically) Etan Aronson (Merrick), Len Cariou, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Dana Ivey, Baayork Lee, Marilyn Maye, Tony Sheldon and Leslie Uggams. We think it's time to bring Mr. Reams back to Las Vegas for a performance or two.
Shown in accompanying photo (from left to right): Marilyn Maye, Leslie Uggams, Anita Gillette, Lee Roy, Penny Fuller and Dana Ivey.


Lee Roy Reams Plays 54 Below

Paul X. Campanella

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Paul X. Campanella is excited to announce that a film he was part of won two awards in the Las Vegas 48 Hr. Film Contest with their submission titled HARD OUT. They won in the categories of Best Ensemble Cast and Audience Favorite Award. The award ceremony was held at The Vegas Indie Film Fest at The Orleans theater on May 2nd. The challenge of the 48 Hr. Film Contest is that you have to write, shoot, edit and submit the project in 48 Hours. You are given a genre, prop, character name and occupation, and line of dialogue that must be used in the film. While the director, Ryan R. Williams, provided the story line and much guidance, a great deal of the dialogue you hear was improvised by the cast. The short can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTcPG19UHX0.

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Magician Kevin James

Jackie Jackson

Birthday greetings to TAURUS (April 20-May 20) celebrants, Carmen Electra, Patti LuPone, Tony Danza, Glen Campbell, John Waters, Peter Frampton, George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, Shirley MacLaine, Barbra Streisand, Kelly Clarkson, Denny Scott Miller, Ace Frehley, Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Emily Bergl, Bobby Rydell, Kevin James (comic), Duane Eddy, Sheena Easton, Casey Kasem, Kevin James (magician), Ann-Margret, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys), Carnie Wilson, Andre Agassi, Merrill Osmond, Cloris Leachman, Willie Nelson, Bobby Vee, Akon, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Engelbert Humperdinck, Theodore Bikel, Lesley Gore, Larry Gatlin, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Pete Seeger, Frankie Valli, Christopher Cross, Pia Zadora, Nick Ashford, Jackie Jackson, Oleta Adams, Randy Travis, Katherine Jackson, Adele, Chris Brown, Bob Seger, Thelma Houston, Don Rickles, Toni Tennille, Enrique Iglesias, Billy Joel, Clint Holmes, Donovan, Bono (U2), Mort Sahl, Eric Burdon (Animals), Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Jason Graae, Trini Lopez, Lenny Welch, Lainie Kazan, K.T. Oslin, Chazz Palminteri, Janet Jackson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bob Saget, Craig Ferguson, Pete Townshend, Grace Jones, Cher, Joe Cocker, David de Alba, Brian Keith Griffiths, Jerry Fink, Jim Pegg, Brenda Leonard Cowart, Lucy Shropshire, Howard Jochsberger, Dori "Bambi Jones" Kotzan, Aurora Miller, Gloria Hill, Rebecca Spencer, Nancy Archer, Wes Davis, Darcus Speed, Grant Philipo, Paul Stone, Emerson Lila McNeeley, Stephen Thorburn and Peter Gordon.
Also, anniversary greetings to Phil Mandel and Sharon Holmes Mandel, Stephen and Judy Thorburn, and Whitney and Marianne Phoenix.


Jason Graae

Darcus Speed

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Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis perform as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in A Martin and Lewis Tribute at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7 p.m. These two incredible talents recreate the music, laughter and the love of two of the world's most beloved entertainers. You'll feel as though you are watching and hearing Dean and Jerry together again. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $20 for non-residents. All shows at the Starbright Theatre are first come, first served with no limit on the number of tickets purchased. Saving seats is prohibited. Be sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out! Show tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle Community Centers. All ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax. Tickets are non-refundable. 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. The Starbright is located at Starbright Theatre. Starbright Theatre located in Sun City Summerlin at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd., in the hills west of North Rampart, and just south of Lake Mead Blvd.


Martin & Lewis: A Tribute Show

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The Las Vegas Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. has announced its Class of 2013, and will honor a group of high school senior girls from four Summerlin-area high schools for community service and leadership to the Las Vegas community. National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is the largest nationally established mother-daughter organization in the country. The Mission of the National Charity League is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Currently, the Las Vegas Chapter is one of 160 chapters nationally, providing middle and high school students and their mothers' opportunities to serve local charities. The Class of 2013 and the Las Vegas Chapter of NCL has provided more than 5,150 hours of community service to local organizations such as The Animal Foundation, Assistance League of Las Vegas – Operation School Bell, Baby's Bounty, Blind Center of Nevada, Catholic Charities, Communities in Schools, Get Outdoors Nevada, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Make-A-Wish, Soldiers' Angels, Opportunity Village, Public Education Foundation, Salvation Army, Springs Preserve, Susan G. Komen, Three Square, Weekend Assistance Program and Shade Tree Women's Shelter. The Class of 2013 completed a class project for The Miracle League, which serves severely physically challenged children, and will be honored for their service and leadership by the Las Vegas Chapter on May 19th. The girls represent outstanding high school seniors from Bishop Gorman High School, Northwest CTA, The Meadows School and Faith Lutheran High School. Students to be honored include Abigail Bramble, Kallyse Duddlesten, Shelby Dunn, Addison Gardner, Sarah Haller, Taylor Malkin, Mary Beth Morton, Lynsey Ng, Victoria Onufrieff, Juliana Remark, Lindsay Remark, Taylor Richards, Carly Saxe, Isabella Sorrentino and Haley Whalen.


National Charity League Class of 2013
Accompanying photo by Breathe Photography.

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Beginning on Friday, May 24th, and continuing on the 25th, 31st, and June 1st, SRO Productions presents Michael Vukadinovich's Billboard at The Onyx Theatre, 935 E. Sahara 16-B in the Commercial Center's Rack clothing store. Andy, a recent college graduate, weighed down by student loans, gets paid a great deal to tattoo a corporate logo on his forehead. His artist girlfriend Katelyn is not impressed; his liberal best friend thinks he's crazy; and now he has to live with it. The decision has both tragic and comic consequences as he comes to learn that the logo is more than just ink on his skin. But Katelyn sees a very unique artistic opportunity. She sees his body as an example of the extent to which consumerism has permeated our daily lives. When Andy decides to rip up the check and get the tattoo removed, he finds he is faced with an unexpected decision. Billboard is a comedy about the battle between commercialism, fame, art, and love. Produced by special arrangements with Samuel French Inc. of New York City, this production of Billboard is directed by Matt Martello. All four Billboard performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website at www.onyxtheatre.com, or call The Onyx at (702) 732-7225.

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Meet participating Southern Nevada artists on Friday, May 24th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Celebrating Life! reception and awards ceremony as the new exhibition opens at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Residents, minimum age 50, were invited to submit one artwork to this juried competition, sponsored annually by the Las Vegas Arts Commission and the City of Las Vegas to recognize the talents of Southern Nevada artists. This year's jurors are K.D. Matheson, Linda Alterwitz and Lynda Whitehair. Admission is free to the reception and exhibition. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 24-July 13. Call (702) 229-1012 or 229-6383 for more information, or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

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Jay Jones, of the Los Angeles Times, writes in the travel section...
The supernatural side of Sin City will be on display as the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference casts its spell, May 19th through 21st at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. Local ghost hunters Robert George Allen and Janice Oberding are hoping for plenty of paranormal activity over the course of three days. A planned séance will try to put participants in touch with Liberace. The legendary entertainer, who died in 1987, was known as Mr. Showmanship, and the séance is to be held in his old dressing room. The weekend is also to include a visit to the former mining town of Goodsprings, Nev., in search of two ghosts. They reportedly reside at the 100-year-old Pioneer Saloon. A variety of workshops featuring guest speakers from the world of ghost hunting are also planned. Registration costs $225 and is available online. The cost includes a pass to Allen's Haunted Vegas Tour. Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel and like us on Facebook.



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