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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from May 23, 2014
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Las Vegas - May 23, 2014



Rob Garrett - King of Diamonds

Tickets are going fast, but some are still available, for singer Chadwick Johnson's upcoming show to be held at the Italian American Club, next Friday night, May 30th. The world premiere of Chadwick's show-room style production show, entitled Music and Me, will be held at 8 p.m. in the club's Sorrento Showroom, following a grand Red Carpet entrance from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits, Zing Vodka, and the Italian American Club. Music and Me is a celebration of music and life, as Chadwick touches on the impact of music and how it shapes and colors our lives. He will explore some of his earliest memories in song, and how it sparked a journey filled with music. For this show, Chadwick will be accompanied by a handful of Las Vegas' finest musicians: Yves Frulla on keys, Dan DeMorales on bass, John Plows on drums, and Russ Letizia on guitar. Music and Me will also feature three beautiful dancers: Daymara Sibat Laredo, Alain Lavalle, and Lindsey Radice, with Choreographic Artistic Design by Kelly Cabrera. In Music and Me, Chadwick will also be featuring his original song, "The One Who Loves You," which he debuted at the Composers Showcase last month. Tickets are $20. For show or dinner reservations, call (702) 457-3866. By the way, you can take Chadwick home with you after the show. He will have copies of his Soul Rising CD available at the IAC. Price is only $10.

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Acclaimed Neil Diamond tribute artist, Rob Garrett, and his King of Diamonds Band, will make their Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel debut in the Dallas Events Center at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7) on Saturday, May 31st. Like his iconic counterpart, Rob was born in New York City. He has had a long, prolific career as a Las Vegas entertainer. He began performing with his band, Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, in 1980, working bars, clubs, lounges and some showrooms, before he ultimately decided to change the direction of his career by becoming a Neil Diamond tribute artist for Legends in Concert in 1995. He worked on and off for Legends for about five years before going off on his own, traveling around the country (sometimes the world), becoming one of the most popular, respected, tribute acts in the industry, and earning the title "King of Diamonds." Rob's shows are always a sell out, which is a testament to the hard work and perseverance he has put into his trade. As one Las Vegas critic aptly put it, "After witnessing one of Rob Garrett's shows, you realize that there is actually an art to impersonating somebody else. Neil Diamond would be proud." Last year, Garrett was awarded the "Musical Tribute Artist of the Year" by the Entertainment Exchange in Las Vegas. Joining Rob Garrett on stage at Texas Station is Keith Neal (guitar/vocals), Daryl Slade (bass), Steve Gerard (keys), Jay Boyer (keys), Steve Poncar (sax/vocals), Brian Kell (percussion), Jeff Borree (drums), and Russine Zellner (vocals). Tickets for the show are $18.50, plus taxes and fees. They may be purchased at all Station Casinos Rewards Centers, Fiesta Casinos Rewards Centers or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Texas Station Casino is located at 2102 Texas Star Lane in North Las Vegas.

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Martin Kaye

Jolana Sampson

If you have already gotten your tickets for the upcoming Composers Showcase, taking place next Wednesday night at the Cabaret Jazz club inside the Boman Pavilion at The Smith Center, these are the people you will most likely see and hear in the late night/early morning program (subject to a possible slight change of personnel ). This months' contributors include Composers: Michael Cavanaugh, Travis Cloer, Joel Ferguson, Matt Hews, Clint Holmes, Josh Huslig, Windy Karigianes, Martin Kaye, Annie Meadows, Richard Oberacker, Jolana Sampson, Matt Taylor, Keith Thompson (who also serves as host), and Mark Wherry. The Performers include: Megan Arnoldy, Christine de Chavez, Kris Coleman, Mike Erickson, Alison Ewing, Chris Fore, Kristen Hertzenberg, Noah Rivera, Savannah Smith, Vicki Van Tassel, Nikka Wahl and the vocal ensemble Mo5aic - made up of Roopak Ahuja, Heath Burgett, Corwyn Hodge, Josh Huslig and Jake Moulton. The Players are: Patrick Clark, Gary Cordell, Chris L. Davis, Christopher R. Davis (yep, two musicians on the same lineup named Chris Davis), Johnny Fedevich, Mark Ferratt, Pablo Gadda, Dave Hart, Sambi Katano, Jason Montalbano, Mike Mechem, Danny Miranda, Kevin Stout, Eric Tewalt, Billy V., Fred Watstein, John Wedemeyer and Bill Zappia. If you DON'T have your tickets, you won't see any of these talented folks this month, as, once again, the show is sold out. The Smith Center is located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue in downtown Las Vegas.

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Nik at Nite

Christopher Nolan

Last Sunday, Nikolas Mastrangelo and the Nik at Nite band celebrated the wonderful music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, many people were surprised at the number of wonderful songs he wrote. As usual, the audience was also treated to some talented guests that stopped by. First of all, Cocho Arbe joined Bob Sachs (bass), Mike Mechem (drums), and Nik with his ingenious keyboard interpretations. Martin Mancuso stopped in with his alto sax and accompanied Nik on "Everything Happens to Me" and "My One and Only Love." There was also a newcomer at the venue. Christopher Nolan, who performs around town as a Nat King Cole tribute artist, did a version of "When I Fall In Love" that we are sure Nat would have enjoyed. Last, but not least, our pal Joey Singer stopped by after his Mamma Mia! gig, and gave Cocho a much deserved rest during the last set of the evening. This Sunday, Nik and the fellows will, once again, celebrate the music of Johnny Mercer. They will repeat some of what they did a couple of months ago, with several new songs added in. Providing back up once again this Sunday will be the talented Bob Sachs on bass and Mike Mechem on drums. Audience members can expect some special guests to drop by and join in the fun. The Piazza Lounge is located inside the Tuscany Suites & Casino (on the hotel side) at 255 E. Flamingo Road. If you are a fan of the classics from the Great American Songbook, you might want to add these Sunday night music fests to your weekly schedule, and help spread the word about one of the coolest rooms in town.

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Michael Travis

Liberace Neptune Costume by Michael Travis

We learned late last Friday, that costume designer Michael Travis had passed away in his Studio City home on May 1st. He was 86. Though he designed for other performers, including Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Nancy Sinatra, Travis will be best remembered for his work of 16 years with Liberace before the performer's death in 1987. Travis created over-the-top stage costumes that would become Liberace's signature. The outfits incorporated jewels, sequins, feathers, fur and other adornments, resulting in some weighing more than 100 pounds. One outfit that Travis designed for Liberace in 1979, widely known as the "flame" costume, included 1,600 tiny lights. Many of the memorable costumes Travis designed were on display at the Liberace Museum. Travis, who was born in Detroit on April 13, 1928, worked under legendary costume designer Edith Head after moving to Los Angeles in 1960. He worked on the 1960s TV comedy hit, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and several specials, as well as on the Academy Award shows. His bio on the Costume Designers Guild website says he is "widely known as one of the most gifted and talented costume designers in American television and theater." His TV work earned him the Costume Designers Guild career achievement award for television in 2010. A number of years ago, Michael Travis had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It slowed him down a bit, but didn't stop him. He left no survivors. Thanks to Grant Philipo, who was a friend and fan of Mr. Travis, Cousin Claire had the opportunity to have a brief phone conversation with the designer in September of 2010. That experience took place on a cell phone during a Save the Museum picketing party in front of the now closed Liberace Museum. We are sure if he could have, Mr. Travis would have been there with the rest of the protestors. As anyone who keeps up on these things knows, picketing did no good. The East Tropicana facility, more than 30 years old, closed in October, 2010. In spite of promises and rumors, there is no sign of the collection turning up anywhere....sooner OR later. Call us skeptical, but we have to wonder what is actually left of Liberace's possessions from the days when the museum first opened.


Jerry Vale 1932-2014

Bill Spinning 1955-2014

Popular 1950s singing star, Jerry Vale, passed away at his Palm Desert, California, home on May 18th. He was 83. Vale, born in the Bronx as Genaro Louis Vitaliano, got his start in New York supper clubs as a teen. He was discovered by Paul Insetta, who got him to change his name and led him to Columbia Records. Vale went on to record more than 50 albums. His signature tune was "Al Di La." Other popular Vale recordings include "Pretend You Don't See Her," "You're Breaking My Heart," "Mama," and "You Don't Know Me." He recorded a version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the 1960s that became a staple at sporting events for years. He made cameo appearances as himself in the 1990 film Goodfellas and 1995's Casino, both directed by Martin Scorsese. He also appeared on HBO's The Sopranos. For a number of years, the Vale family lived in the Sierra Vista Ranchos part of southeast Las Vegas. The gated community was also where celebrities including Orson Welles, Robert Goulet, Pat Cooper and Totie Fields. Today, savvy businessman Robert George Allen (producer of Interactive Shows and Tours for the Entertainment Community. Currently operating The Haunted Vegas Tours, The Goodsprings Ghost Hunt, The Vegas Mob Tour, The Mob-Con Convention and MINDvention, a convention for mentalists) and his wife, financial planner, Deborah Danielson, own and live in the former Vale home. Jerry Vale is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita, son Robert, daughter, Pamela, and three grandchildren.

We also learned that dancer, Bill Spinning, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 16th. Bill, and his longtime dance partner, Ludo Vika, were well-known as specialty acts in the Dunes' Casino de Paris (1977), and Cary LaSpina's Branded at the Silver Slipper. Bill and Ludo, aka Spin & Ludo, were also competitors during the first season of TV's Star Search in the early '80s. Bill, who was only 59, is survived by his sister, Mary Spinning Shier; his daughter, Elle Kaye Spinning; and son, William Chase Spinning. A service for Bill will be held in his home state of Michigan on May 31st. Friends are planning a memorial service in Las Vegas. When we have the details, we will pass them along.

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Nelson Sardelli tells us that a committee, made up mostly of Italians, has been formed for one purpose, and one purpose only. THE HELL WITH MARIJUANA...LEGALIZE MARINARA... THE TIME IS NOW!‏ If you believe in the cause... And speaking of Mr. Sardelli, which we frequently do, although Father's Day isn't until next month, entertainers are already signing up to take part in the annual variety show on Sunday, June 15th, at the Veterans Home in Boulder City. Event organizer, Mr. Sardelli, reminds us of some of the fine folks who have made the trek to Boulder City to entertain the troops. Among the many performers who have taken part in these inspirational events over the years, are Charlie Callas, Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell, Pete Barbutti, Babe Pier, Don Cherry, Gordie Brown, Felix Silla, Frankie Scinta, Vincent Falcone, Artie Schroeck & Linda November, Peter Anthony, Cork Proctor, Nik Mastrangelo, Allan Tramont, Paul Campanella, Dondino, Michaelina Bellamy, Bill Acosta, Tommy Deering, Roy "Willie" Hammock, Pietra Sardelli, Carme, Linda Kristy, Bill Fayne, Gary Olds, Kelly McDonald, Larry Liso, Charly Raymond, Ronnie Rose, Jac (Mundane the Grate) Hayden, Linda Angeline, Renee Hale, Fielding West, Bambi Jones, Dr. George Ritter, Dr. Wil Krom, Patricia Welch, Nathan Brian Wine, Joni Illi, Chuck Hoover, Lou De Meis, Danny Morales (or is it DeMorales?), Steve Cantor, Barry Wendt, George Dare, Former Lt. Governor Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, Chuck Baker, Joseph R. Stanley, Charlie Shaffer, Frank Grata, The Great Tomsoni & Co., and the questionably spelled Sinco, Kid and Nicole and Maria Militari. Larry Taylor handled lights. If you would like to be a part of this year's experience, please contact Nelson Sardelli at [email protected]

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Received a note from Jessica Marciel, one of our "victims" in last Fridays' column. She says..."Thank you for the wonderful piece on me and my students. I was made 40 years younger when you said I was in Hair in the '90s. That was the REVIVAL. I was in the '60s original...but hey, this makes me very young, so I'm not complaining!!!! Thanks again. Loved it,"


May F.I.O.R.E. Gathering

And another OOOPS. We inadvertently forgot to include the photo of some of the F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) partygoers who attended the gathering at the Italian American Club on May 8th. We are including the group shot with this column.

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Seen on a sign outside a storage facility on East Tropicana, "Everyone is entitled to our opinion." In our opinion, that sign is absolutely correct.

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The Henderson Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Taras Krysa, presents a live orchestral screening of Charlie Chaplin's The Circus at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy. Kid Auto Races at Venice, a six-minute short, featuring the Little Tramp for the first time, opens the show. The screening revisits the 1928 comedic masterpiece, with a new musical score from the 1969 re-release. The updated soundtrack was written by Chaplin later in life to accompany the film for the new theatrical premiere, and will be performed by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra as part of the 70-minute presentation. The Circus is one of the last motion pictures of the silent film era. The high-flying comedy follows the blunders of the Little Tramp as a circus employee. With his whirlwind of jokes and show-stopping stunts, he quickly becomes the main attraction without knowing it, while falling in love with the ringmaster's daughter. Tickets are $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit HendersonLive.com, call 702-267-4TIX (4849), or visit the Henderson Pavilion Box Office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.



Murray Westgate

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Retired comic, Cork Proctor, called from his home in Ecuador to tell us that veteran media man, Murray Westgate, is recovering at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas following a stroke over the weekend. We are not sure if Murray is still a patient or has been released. These days, the 85-year-old Westgate spends much of his time in Thailand. Keep him in your good thoughts.

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Jon-Bovi, the Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band, will perform two sets, starting at 9 p.m., in the Tspot at the Tuscany, 255 East Flamingo, next Saturday, May 31st. The talented group of musicians is made up of the newly single, Larry Atello (lead vocals), Z Maddox (guitar), Martin Motnik (bass), Fred Beni (keyboards), and Peter Dallas (drums). The shows are free. Must be over 21 to attend.


Larry Atello & Jon Bovi Band

Mary Wilson

And speaking of the happening Tuscany's Tspot Lounge...
We heard good things about Michelle Johnson's Tapestry show last Friday night, where she paid tribute to Carole King. The show was very well attended, with folks such as music maestro and friend Bill Fayne, singers Patty Janura, Margaret Menzies from Dangerous Curves, Toscha Comeaux, Mickki Brown, Clint and Kelly Clinton Holmes and many other entertainers in the audience. Bruce Williamson, lead singer of The Temptations, joined Michelle on a wonderful gospel version of "You've Got a Friend." Keyboardist, Jeff Neiman, was a special guest, playing an arrangement he did of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," created especially for this show. Michelle and the fantastic band - Kenny Davidsen on piano, John Wedemeyer on guitar, Mike "Beans" Benigno on drums, Dennis Blair on bass, and Charles McNeal on sax - did all the songs on the award-winning Tapestry album. Savannah Smith and Anne Martinez, from the act BBR, and Michelle's friend and amazing vocalist, Eric Sean, joined in on vocals. Ms. Johnson says, "It was a thrill to sing the soundtrack of my childhood, and to honor the very first artist who influenced me as a singer, writer and producer...Carole King. I have to thank Kenny Davidsen for letting me do this at the Tuscany's Celebrity Piano Bar. What a great night!" It might be noted that Tapestry, released in 1971 and produced by Lou Adler, is one of the best-selling albums of all-time, with more than 25 million copies sold worldwide. In the United States, it has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, with more than 10 million copies sold. It received four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year. The lead single from the album - "It's Too Late"/"I Feel the Earth Move" - reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for 17 weeks. In 2003, Tapestry was ranked No. 36 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Musician Spencer Baker sends along this information...
On Memorial Day weekend, the Las Vegas Masters Singers will present In Remembrance, A Memorial Tribute at the Green Valley Presbyterian Church in Henderson. The performance includes excerpts from the Brahms Requiem and René Clausen's Memorial, written in commemoration of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. Show time for In Remembrance is Sunday, May 18th, at 3:30 p.m. Free Will Offering. Upcoming events at Green Valley Presbyterian include the Harmony Handbells and Summerlin Ringers Spring 2014 Concert, directed by Janet Ty and Bradley Hendricks, at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 1st. Selections from Broadway to classical, sacred to pop, and international favorites to original bell compositions, will be part of the program. Great Music. Great Acoustics. A "meet the musicians" reception will follow the open to the public performance. Again, a Free-Will Offering is graciously accepted. Green Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 1798 Wigwam Parkway, on the northeast corner of Valle Verde at Wigwam (just north of I-215). For additional information, contact (702) 454-8484, or go to www.greenvalleypres.com.

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The Supreme Mary Wilson returns to the Royal Room at The Colony in Palm Beach, Florida, for Friday and Saturday shows on May 30th and 31st, and June 6th and 7th. Widely considered to be one of the top five cabaret venues in the country, The Colony's Royal Room headliners will perform 8:30 p.m. shows, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for dinner. Las Vegas resident, Mary Wilson, is a true musical legend. It was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired her to co-found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history - The Supremes. With an unprecedented 12 No. 1 hits, including "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Come See About Me" and "Stop, In The Name Of Love," The Supremes set the precedent for super group success. Wilson also has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. There is an $80 Show Music Charge plus $20 per person minimum for food and beverage. A full a la carte dinner menu is offered with a special table d'hôte entrée. For show reservations, call (561) 655-5430.

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Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, opens at Off-Strip Productions' Onyx Theatre, tonight, Friday, May 23rd. Off-Strip's Artistic Director, Brandon Burk, will direct what Wilde dubbed his "Trivial comedy for serious people." Gwendolen loves Ernest, and he loves her. Cecily loves Ernest too, though he's only just finding that out. But is it a lover's triangle, or is there room for two happy couples in Oscar Wilde's madcap romance -and what will fearsome Lady Bracknell have to say about it? This quintessential comedy of proper manners, by the quintessential bad boy of his day, includes mislaid babies, mistaken identities, secret engagements, baffled suitors, and some of the wittiest wordplay ever volleyed over cucumber sandwiches. Burk is returning to the director's chair after a 16 month hiatus. His sold-out production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which opened in 2012, and was revived by popular demand in 2013, received widespread acclaim. The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest includes applauded local performers: Barbara King, Alex Olson, Edgar Nunez, Tara Thompson, Abby Dandy, Sue McNulty and Sandy Stein. The all-star list of designers include: David Sankuer - Set; Isaias Hiram Urrabazo - Costumes; Jake Copenhaver - Lighting; and Sandy Stein - Sound. The Importance of Being Earnest celebrates its opening weekend tonight and tomorrow, Saturday, May 24th at 8 p.m. The run continues May 29th, 30th and 31st, and June 5th, 6th and 7th, with shows at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on June 1st and 8th. Tickets are only $20 for regular admission, and $15 for Students, Seniors, and Military. They are available online at www.onytheatre.com, or by calling The Onyx Box Office at (702) 732-7225.

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Johnny Mathis, with special guest, comic Gary Mule Deer, will perform in concert at The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall, next Friday, May 30th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59. It's not "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" to see the legendary singer, as he celebrates his 58th year as a recording artist. Johnny will present his greatest hits and personal favorites. Seats are still available, but hurry—they are selling quickly. "Chances Are" you should buy today to reserve your seats or you'll be seeing Johnny "The Twelfth Of Never." For reservations, call The Smith Center box office at (702) 749-2000.


Johnny Mathis

Tasty Space Presents

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If it's not too late, the good folks at TastySpace invite you to join them, tonight, Friday, May 23rd, from 7 to 10 p.m., for the opening of the Video Installation of Yasmina Chavez and Javier Sanchez's Derivative Presence. The Sound Installation is currently running outside the Barrick Museum on UNLV campus. The two installations will run concurrently through June 21st. Derivative Presence is an exhibit about what "presence" means in this day and age. We no longer only exist in an interpersonal physical form or "face-to-face." Through social media a post means "here." This project explores what it is to be present now, which pertains to the unawareness of our pervasive presence forever accessible in a digital condition. Derivative Presence will run in two locations for the duration of the exhibit. Randomly searched and found youtube videos of people communicating directly to their audience will be exhibited inside TastySpace Gallery (through June 21st) as an invasive spatial installation. The original sound corresponding to those videos will fill the Xeric Garden environment at the Marjorie Barrick Museum creating an isolating sound experience. TastySpace is located at 520 Fremont St, LV NV (Suites 145 +150). Check out www: tastyspacelv.com, e-mail to [email protected], or call (617) 513-7336, for additional information.

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From NewYorkTheatreGuide.com, comes this news.
The Broadway production of Rocky, playing at the Winter Garden Theatre has extended to March 29, 2015. The musical opened for previews on February 13, 2014, and had its official opening night one month later on March 13. Rocky features an original score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated songwriters behind Ragtime, Once on This Island and Anastasia, and a book by multiple Tony Award-winner, Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray and Annie) and Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 1976 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Rocky. The production is directed by Tony Award-nominee, Alex Timbers (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher), and features choreography by Kelly Devine, best known for the long-running Broadway hit, Rock of Ages, and fight choreography by Steven Hoggett, who received a Tony Award nomination for his work on Once. The show's principal cast stars Andy Karl who steps into the ring as iconic boxer 'Rocky Balboa,' and Margo Seibert play's his girlfriend 'Adrian.' They are joined by Terence Archie as Rocky's opponent 'Apollo Creed,' Dakin Matthews as Rocky's trainer, 'Mickey,' Danny Mastrogiorgio as Adrian's brother 'Paulie,' and Jennifer Mudge as 'Gloria,' the girlfriend of Paulie, Adrian's brother. The creative team features set design by Chris Barreca, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Christopher Ackerlind and sound design by Peter Hylenski. The musical Rocky had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany, in 2012, were it is still playing. The German production's original cast, directed by Alex Timbers, starred Drew Sarich (Lestat) as 'Rocky' and Wietske van Tongeren as his girlfriend, 'Adrian.' The musical featured songs from the film's original soundtrack: 'Gonna Fly Now' and 'Eye of the Tiger.' The 1976 film 'Rocky,' was written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. Stallone starred as 'Rocky Balboa' and Talia Shire as his shy girlfriend 'Adrian.' The film won three Oscars, including Best Film. Philip Fortenberry has taken a temporary leave from his position as Associate Conductor for Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas to serve as Associate Conductor and Keyboard player for Rocky the Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York.


Philip Fortenberry

Air Supply

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Pullen Productions presents Thank You for the Music - A Modern Tribute to ABBA, at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd., on Saturday, May 31st, at 7 p.m. Back by popular demand, the talented cast returns to the Starbright Theater after their sold-out performance in 2012. Don't miss your opportunity to experience this thrilling musical tribute! Thank You for the Music - A Modern Tribute to ABBA is an exciting and dynamic tribute to the Swedish pop super-group. Powerful harmonies, high energy dance, and the unforgettable hits of ABBA make this musical tribute one not to be missed. "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo," "Take a Chance on Me," "Fernando," "The Winner Takes it All," and "Mamma Mia" are only the beginning of this nostalgic musical journey. Join us as we turn back time, and re-live the moments of our past...moments when we first heard each and every one of ABBA's truly timeless hits. Thoroughly entertaining for adults and kids alike, Thank You for the Music will make you fall in love with ABBA all over again! Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin Residents, and $18 Non-Residents. Call (702) 240-1301.

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Air Supply, a staple of early '80s radio, is returning to The Orleans Showroom for three shows, May 23, 24 and 25. Englishman Graham Russell and Australian Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 while performing in the Australian production of "Jesus Christ Superstar." Later that year, the duo formed Air Supply and released their first smash hit and self-titled debut album, reaching gold in Australia. After opening for Rod Stewart's tour in the United States in the late '70s, Air Supply had an international breakthrough and signed a distribution deal with Arista Records in 1980. Their album, "Lost in Love," featured three U.S. Top 5 singles, including the title track, which was the fastest-selling single in the world; "Every Woman in the World"; and "All Out of Love." Over the next three years, Air Supply produced hit after hit, including "Just Another Woman," "The One That You Love," "Here I Am," "Sweet Dreams," "Even The Nights Are Better" and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All," which reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts in 1983. They released "Mumbo Jumbo" in May 2010, and the single "Sanctuary" was released in December 2011. With 30 albums, and more than 15 hit singles, Air Supply is renowned around the world. In 2008, Air Supply was named No. 83 on Billboard's top 100 musical acts of all time, making them the only Australian band on the list. Show times are at 8 p.m. Tickets are available, starting at $39.95 plus tax and fees, and may be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 636-7075, or by visiting www.orleanscasino.com.



Paula Poundstone

Comedienne, actress and author, Paula Poundstone, returns to The Orleans Showroom, May 30th and 31st, with a fresh stand-up act. The multiple award-winning Poundstone began nurturing her comedy talent in 1979 on the Boston club scene before moving to San Francisco. By 1990, she had relocated to Los Angeles, starred in multiple HBO comedy specials, and appeared on Saturday Night Live. Poundstone was the first woman to receive a Cable ACE Award for a comedy special for her one-hour HBO special, Cats, Cops, and Stuff. She received her second Cable ACE Award for her self-titled HBO talk show series. Continuing with many successes throughout the 1990s, Poundstone starred in The Paula Poundstone Show on ABC, appeared in her second one-hour special on HBO titled Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard, and appeared on camera and as the voice of characters in several TV shows, including Cybill, Science Court, Hercules and Home Movies. In 2007, she appeared in a BRAVO comedy special, Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In. Poundstone is the recipient of an Emmy® Award for her field pieces on the PBS program, Life & Times, and most recently appeared in the television documentary, Why We Laugh: Funny Women. Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR's weekly quiz program, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, where her impeccable timing is key to the show's format. She has written numerous magazine articles, including five years of the back page column in Mother Jones, and has authored multiple books, including There's Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say. Her first comedy CD, I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them In Maine, was released in 2009. Her most recent comedy CD, I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them In Boston, was released in 2013. Both are available at www.paulapoundstone.com. Paula's Orleans shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are available, from $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 284-7777 or (888) 365-7111, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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One of Claire Voyant's devoted readers (she has at least three) suggested that we mention Jerry Lewis.

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Cousin Claire is taking a little time off.
There will be no column next Friday, May 30th.
Back on June 6th.





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