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Note: This is a past column from August 08, 2014
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Las Vegas - August 8, 2014

Jason Andino

Andre Ward

As usual, this month's Composers Showcase, held in the Cabaret Jazz club at The Smith Center late on Wednesday night, was outstanding. So many talented writers, singers, actors and musicians contribute to this exciting event, it is almost impossible to acknowledge them and what they do, individually. Among the highlights were presentations by Andre Ward (from Rock of Ages), Jason Andino (back after some time away from Las Vegas), Mary Callahan (most recently in Mamma Mia! at the Tropicana), Roopak Abuja (from Mo5aic), Chris Roque (singing about "Splitting the Check"), Ari Hest, Mariano Longo and company, Paige DiPietro, Kristen Hertzenberg, et al. (We loved you ALL, we just can't name you all.) You never know what you are going to see and hear at the Composers Showcase, but two things are guaranteed - it will be new, and it will be inspiring.

Mary Callanan

Richard Oberacker

Although it seems a bit early to suggest reserving your seats for the next Composers Showcase - it's not happening until September 17th - since the monthly events have been selling out, leaving many who waited until the week before trying to get tickets "seatless," it's really NOT too early to make your plans for this now. We might mention that the price of assigned seating tickets are going up $5, and, effective with the September show, will be $25 per person. For reservations, go to The Smith Center Box Office, 361 Symphony Park Ave., downtown Las Vegas, call (702) 749-2000, or go to online.

And speaking of the Composers Showcase, here is an example of what can happen for local projects that get their early start at this wonderful monthly event. New York-to-Vegas transplant, Joey Pero, who has performed his own music at the showcase, has been cast as an actor/trumpet player in the NYC Workshop of Las Vegan, Richard Oberacker's, set in 1945 musical, Bandstand, happening at the world-famous performing arts facility, New York's Lincoln Center, on September 3rd and 4th. Oberacker needed actors who could really play the instruments. Joey had never acted before, but Keith Thompson, who along with Michael Brennan started the showcase in 2006, actually recommended Joey to Richard because he knew how hard it is to find actors who can really play the trumpet (guitars, pianos, saxes...more common, but trumpet...almost impossible). Joey is a more theatrical type. Richard worked with him and coached him. Joey went to New York to audition and got the role! Bandstand, with music by Oberacker and book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, tells the story of a mismatched swing band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners. But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of the War that each vet band member carries, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break them more than give them their big break. The score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940's swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show races towards a "live on air" finale that has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess. The workshop production, to be attended by theater professionals, not the public, will be directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, who won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his choreography for Broadway's In the Heights. This is some pretty impressive stuff here!

Joey Pero

Rebecca Spencer & Philip Fortenberry

And speaking of Broadway and musicals...
Broadway performer and BackStage Bistro Award-winning recording artist, Rebecca Spencer, will celebrate her Los Angeles concert debut with a performance of Fair Warning, Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, California, with an 8 p.m. show on Friday, August 15th. Working with her long-time collaborator, virtuoso pianist Philip Fortenberry, their musical symmetry has been hailed by critics across the country. The combination of these two artists was heralded in BackStage as "collaboration at its finest." Fair Warning will take the audience on a journey that melds Rachmaninoff to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Copland to Marvin Hamlisch, Vangelis to Lloyd Webber, Hoagy Carmichael to Jerry Herman, Bobby Scott to Frank Wildhorn, and Chopin to Rodgers and Hart, among others. The program will also include original material written for Ms. Spencer by Broadway conductor, Keith Thompson, which debuted at the Las Vegas Composer's Showcase. Ms. Spencer's solo Las Vegas debut at the Flamingo Library Theatre was named as the top concert event of the month by Las Vegas Magazine, and her New York City solo appearances, including the venerable Birdland Jazz Club, Don't Tell Mama, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre, were hailed by BackStage as "one of the most impressive debuts I've seen in a decade." Cabaret Scenes magazine noted her "soaring, versatile, glorious and affecting" voice, and the Monthly Herald (London/Paris) heralded that she "redefines romanticism, vocal virtuosity and human warmth for the world of contemporary cabaret." Recognized and invited by the late Donald Smith, Rebecca sang at two NYC Cabaret Conventions at Town Hall, and Rose Hall at Lincoln Center. As a crossover Artist, Rebecca has been a guest soloist with numerous American opera companies, and American symphony engagements that include Carnegie Hall's Gershwin Centennial, recorded for PBS. Ms. Spencer also toured as guest soloist with the late, great, Marvin Hamlisch. Rebecca's self-produced debut recording, Wide Awake and Dreaming, was honored with the BackStage Bistro Award for Most Outstanding Recording. Her second offering, Fair Warning, was noted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as "a sensuous and passionate vocal performance." Both CDs appear on the LML Music label. Ms. Spencer is an original Broadway cast member of Jekyll and Hyde, and created the role of Lisa (Emma) Carew in the world premiere of the Frank Wildhorn musical at the Alley Theatre in Houston. She has appeared internationally as Carlotta in the Hamburg, Germany company of Hal Prince's Phantom of the Opera, and recently toured Asia as Madame Giry in the 25th Anniversary World Tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. She premiered the role of Madame Giry in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, under the direction of Mr. Prince, who described her as "a consummate artist." She has co-starred on Third Watch and Law and Order: SVU on television, and most recently made her LA theatrical debut, co-starring in both The Music Man and S'Wonderful, at Musical Theatre West. Philip Fortenberry was most recently the Associate Conductor and pianist for Broadway's Rocky the musical, and continues as the Associate Conductor for Jersey Boys in Las Vegas. In part, recognizing his contributions to the development of so many notable Broadway musicals, this year he was awarded the inaugural Ghostlight Award as Best Musician on Broadway. Philip was the Liberace hand and body double for Michael Douglas in the award–winning HBO film, Behind the Candelabra. As a concert pianist, Philip has produced more than a dozen solo recordings. Most recently, he launched his new solo concert entitled The Man at the Piano Rebecca performed as a Guest Artist on Mr. Fortenberry's tribute concert, Liberace and Me, which played for more than two years in Las Vegas as part of the Liberace Museum Afternoon Concert Series. For more information, please visit Tickets for Fair Warning: Rebecca Spencer in Concert range from $20 to $45, and are available through, or by calling Upstairs at Vitello's box office at (818) 769-0905. Box office hours are 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Upstairs at Vitello's is located at Vitello's Restaurant, 4349 Tujunga Ave. in Studio City, CA. For more information visit

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This information is specifically aimed at a lady who lives in Aguila, Arizona, and loves the band, Deep Purple. Cousin Claire has known this gal, now in her 50s, since she was an embryo. So, Terri, here's the news. Next Friday, August 15th, the English rock band, and one of the pioneers of rock music, Deep Purple, joins the stellar lineup of bands performing in the Rock of Vegas summer concert series at Fremont Street Experience. Renowned for hit songs like "Smoke on the Water," "Highway Star," "Fireball," and "Speed King," Deep Purple will rock audiences on the 3rd Street Stage in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas, beginning at 9 p.m. Each year, from May through September, Fremont Street Experience transforms downtown into the hottest place to be, with the Rock of Vegas free summer concert series; one of the most popular summertime events in Las Vegas. This series features four months of rockin' nightly entertainment, free headliner concerts and Viva Vision shows. This year included performances by Marianas Trench, pop-duo Karmin, 3 Doors Down, and the Summerland Tour 2014: featuring Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Space Hog.

Deep Purple

Vita Corimbi & Randy Drew Say I Do

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Vita Corimbi and Randy Drew were married in a backyard ceremony at their home on June 28th. The wedding was awesome. Randy put up over 10,000 lights. The backyard looked like heaven on earth. We suspected this romance might have staying power, when the immensely talented singer/musician/songwriter/actress/voiceover artist, Vita, wrote and performed one of her unique creations, "His Kids Are Grown & His Parents Are Dead!," at a Composers Showcase some months back (Ms. Corimbi/Mrs. Drew is a regular, and much welcome and anticipated, contributor to the showcases). According to the happy bride, "The coolest part of the wedding were the details." Instead of a typical flower bouquet, friends and family sent Vita brooches, from which she made a "Brooch bouquet." There was a basket of "Irish Stones" (Randy's Irish), on which wedding guests wrote a word or wish for the bride and groom. "The stones are going in our garden," we were told. There was the "Circle of Acceptance," where the happy couple included Vita's teenage daughter, Journey (her mother's "daughter of honor"), in their ceremony. Randy and Journey made "vows" to each other, saying that we would be there for each other as a new family, but Randy would not be taking the place of her dad, and the lovely young lady was gifted with a necklace holding three rings, symbolizing the three of them and their new blended family. Not a dry eye in the place, including the bride! Poster boards celebrating famous Vegas weddings were part of the décor, and there was a "shout out" to their deceased parents. Extended family members from as far away as Holland and the UK were present, creating an amazing reunion for friends and family. Vita shares that *the funnest part was right after we were man and wife, we re-created the scene from "Love Actually," with the musical group, Killian's Angels (Beth Mullaney, Ginger Bruner, Nan Fortier and Anne Donahue), along with Jim D'Arrigo and Christie Copeland started singing "Love Is All You Need," and then, from their tables, the musicians stood up and played the famous riff!!! SO FUN & COOL!!!!! The newlyweds went on an amazing four-Hawaiian Islands honeymoon. We wish the threesome a long, happy life together.
Note: We feel a song coming on!
The wedding photos are by Adam Frazier.

Mr. & Mrs. Randy Drew

Randy & Vita Drew and Vita's Daughter Journey

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It CAN happen...just not to us!
A lucky man hit a $1.2 million jackpot at the Downtown Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday, August 5th. A Texan, who asked to remain anonymous, hit the life-changing jackpot while playing the one-cent denomination 1,000,000 Degrees game Triple Blazing 7s Wild Jackpot. The jackpot, which hit at about 9 p.m., paid a total of $1,212,863.16. The exciting Millionaire Sevens wide-area progressive features an initial million-dollar top award that increases the more the games are played. Various Native American casinos offer the game, and the mammoth Millionaire Sevens jackpot can be hit by players at any one of the many casinos in California, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, and New Jersey.

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Joey Singer

Brace Phillips

This Sunday, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Tuscany's Piazza Lounge, it's the return of Joey Singer with the Nik at Nite Trio, celebrating the music of Nat King Cole. Nik Mastrangelo reports that they had another fun night last Sunday, as a great crowd was treated to lots of great music and special guests. The stellar trio consisted of Joey Melotti on keys, Brace Phillips on bass (both with Nik for the first time), and Jess Gopen on drums. As a musical director, Joey's impressive credits include accompanying Barry Manilow, Eartha Kitt, Michael Bolton, Liza Minnelli and Julio Iglesias on their world tours. Brace is a highly respected bassist whose credits include working with the house bands for the MGM, Desert Inn, and Sands, where he played behind such names as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Jackson and a host of others. Gopen is a drummer's drummer, who works with the finest musicians and entertainers in Las Vegas, including Joe Lano and Clint Holmes. There were also guest appearances by Rich Pullen on trumpet and Bobby Howard on guitar, along with Ryan Baker and Yolanda Quandt on vocals. They tried out some new material, which Nik and the trio strive to do every week. This Sunday marks the return of Joey Singer on keys. He will be joined by Kenny Seiffert on bass, and Gopen once again on drums, as they reprise the music of Nat King Cole that they last did some nine weeks ago, with some new songs added. Join the musicians in the coolest lounge in town. The Piazza Lounge is located inside the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side), at 255 E. Flamingo.

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Johnny Thompson Turns 80

Veteran magician, Johnny Thompson, also known as The Great Tomsoni, recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a party at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. Guests included Siegfried Fischbacher, David Copperfield, Penn Jillette, Penn's silent partner, Teller, and Lance Burton. The beloved entertainer was gifted with a brand new Cadillac, courtesy of his VIP friends. The Great Tomsoni & Company (the "company" being John's lovely wife, Pam) are known and respected throughout the International magic world. Happy, happy birthday, Great One!

Although we are embarrassed that we can't identify everyone in the accompanying photo, the ones we do know (from left to right) are: Siegfried, David Copperfield, Penn Jillette, a pretty lady, Johnny Thompson, another pretty lady, Lance Burton, a mystery man (PLEASE let me know who this is), Mrs. John Thompson - Pamela Hayes Thompson), and Teller.

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Nelson Sardelli, who has been noticeably absent from our column of late (Do something, Nelson!), tells us that, due to a scheduling conflict, Mr. Frank Cullotta will not be the guest speaker at the September F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) meeting. Cullotta will be rescheduled for another time. Meanwhile, the group is sure to have an interesting, exciting and informative guest to entertain the masses next month. The 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 14th luncheon at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, will feature Sue and Paul Lowden as special guests. Meet the Lowdens, two major icons in our community and state. Sue is a former news anchor and active in politics. Paul was a professional musician and later owned and operated the Hacienda, Sahara and Santa Fe Hotel Casinos in Las Vegas. A delicious lunch buffet, live music by Gary Anderson & The Malcontents, the internationally famous F.I.O.R.E. 50/50, and fun giveaways - all for the paltry sum of $25. Widows of F.I.O.R.E. past presidents (all the male members are presidents) are guests of the non-club club. New boyfriends are on their own. RSVPs are an absolute must. E-mail to [email protected]. Before you make any commitments, it is suggested that you read the ABOUT US section at Although the friendly group is not for everyone (why not?),it is for MOST people. See if you are part of "Most" people before you make your reservations.

Nelson Sardelli, Lorraine Thompson, and Paul & Sue Lowden

Rob Garrett The King of Diamonds

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The real Neil Diamond has been on hiatus from doing live performances now for about two years. However, those who wish to get their Neil-fix can catch America's No. 1 Diamond tribute artist, Rob Garrett, as he performs his 5th annual Hot August Night show at the Cannery Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas, Saturday, August 16th, from 8 to 10 p.m.

No local Vegas entertainer has been on fire more recently than Garrett, who, along with his K.O.D. Band performed to an SRO/Sold Out crowd of more than 2,000 paid attendees in the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Casino on May 31st. Like his iconic counterpart, Rob Garrett was born in Brooklyn, New York, although his parents moved to Queens shortly after his birth. The family relocated to Las Vegas in the mid 1970s. In 1980, Rob formed his own band, Rock N Roll Heaven, and began working Las Vegas bars, clubs, lounges, and even some showrooms, before ultimately deciding 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." His shows always sell out, which is a testament to the hard work and perseverance Garrett has put into his trade. Last year, Rob Garrett was awarded the "Tribute Artist of the Year" by the Entertainment Exchange in Las Vegas. For his show at the Cannery, he will be accompanied by longtime members of his "K.O.D. Band," which includes Keith Neal on guitar/vocals, Daryl Slade on bass), Steve Gerard on keys, Jay Boyer on keys, LJ Harness on percussion, Jeff Borree on drums, and Russine Zellner and Rosanna Telford on vocals. Tickets are $10 at the door. The Cannery Casino & Hotel is located at 2121 E. Craig Road, in North Las Vegas.

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Just learned that Michelle Johnson, who had been scheduled for some recent musical performances (see last Friday's column), was ordered by her doctor to take a break from singing, as well as her other jobs. Michelle had felt, in spite of a recent car accident, that she would still be able to stick to her planned schedule. The medic had other ideas. As a result, Michelle missed her daytime Gold Coast gig on Wednesday, and the Ella Fitzgerald tribute at the Viva Las Vegas Event Center on Wednesday night. Bill Fayne, who served as musical director for the Event Center engagement, tells us that the Ella event took place without Ms. Johnson, but with planned vocalists Pascale Elia, Micki Brown, Toscha Comeaux, and Jassen Cropp (Jerry Jones, who had also been scheduled to be part of the Viva Las Vegas show, was also missing due to health issues.) You can be sure that as soon as Michelle Johnson is given the okay by her physician, the busy lady will be back in the spotlight.

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For you Lon Bronson Band fans, and we know you are out there, coming up for them in August, are dates at the gorgeous Mizuya Lounge inside Mandalay Bay, on Wednesday, the 20th, from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and then on Labor Day Weekend, the group will be returning once again to the intimate Tuscany Tspot room, Saturday, August 30th, beginning at 10:30 p.m.

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Warren Vache

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano are thrilled to have a giant of jazz with them at New York's Birdland, The Jazz Corner of the World, on Sunday, August 17th. Warren Vaché on coronet will be joining them. About Warren Vaché, the New York Times describes him as "Flashes of excitement. Subtle and provocative. Bright, exuberant. Rich, honied vibrato. Dazzling coronet explosion ..." This Birdland gig is only a week away from Eric and Barbara's 10th wedding anniversary. They invite everyone to come join the party! Masterful. Magical. Married. Making the American Songbook. Living. Lasting. Lovable. Showtime is at 6 p.m. The Birdland Jazz Club is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York City. For reservations, call (212) 581-3080.

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Florida's Palm Coast Arts Foundation is thrilled to present Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, starring Annie Gaybis as Catherine Holly on Saturday, August 16th. Annie has been touring with the show since July, performing at some member-only theaters in Florida. The production on the 16th is the "only" public performance where tickets are available to anybody and everybody. In It's Showtime by Bob Feldheim, the writer describes this version of Suddenly Last Summer as "Brilliant, Haunting, Virtually Hypnotic." You may think you know it, but it's likely you're confusing it with the 1959 movie of the same name, starring Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. Back then, movies didn't dare touch on the subject of homosexuality. The result is a watered-down, meandering, confusing screenplay.

This is the original, a stark, dark portrait of moral disintegration that pulls no punches. It's presented by The Palm Coast Arts Foundation partnering with City Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director, John Sbordone. The all-star cast of consummate professionals is headed by two beautiful, accomplished actresses, Annie Gaybis as the poor niece, and Anne Kraft, as her wealthy New Orleans aunt, Mrs. Venable. Every summer for the past 25 years, Mrs. Venable. accompanied her handsome, blatantly homosexual golden boy son, Sebastian, on a trip abroad. Last summer, after Mrs. Venable suffered a stroke, Sebastian asked his cousin, Catherine, to take her place. Loving her cousin, Catharine agreed, even when she realized that she was being used by Sebastian – just as he'd used his mother -- as a lure to attract homosexual partners. Sebastian never made it home. He died on a Spanish tourist beach under circumstances so horrible, that Catherine, who witnessed it all, was driven virtually to insanity. To prevent Catherine from ever recounting details of what actually happened, defiling her son's memory, Mrs. Venable has had her niece institutionalized in a psychiatric clinic, intent on having her lobotomized. But the clinic head, Dr. Sugar, played by Peter Gutierrez, demurs. Mrs. Venable attempts a $1-million bribe, but Dr. Sugar needs to know what's going on (as does the audience). Catherine's mother, played by Bobbi Fouts, and brother, played by Bruce Scott, with dollar signs dancing before their greedy eyes, would just as soon the lobotomy be performed. Leana Gardella, as clinic staff member Sister Felicity, holds Catherine's arm tightly as she is injected with truth serum which restores order to her memory, Catherine starts telling the gruesome story of Sebastian's death, Here, the drama explodes, "with Annie Gaybis bringing incredible pathos to the role." As with many Tennessee Williams plays, Suddenly Last Summer incorporates elements from the playwright's own life. His sister Rose was compelled to undergo a lobotomy at the instigation of their domineering mother, and Williams had begun psychoanalysis shortly before writing this play. Its language contains many images and symbols of predation. The performance is a fund-raiser for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation. Tickets for this extraordinary event are $75 per person. Music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a staged reading of the play by a cast of professionals. Desserts and coffees will be served at 9. It is suggested that attendees make it fun, by dressing up in period attire. A prize will be presented for the most authentic 1930s style outfit. If you happen to be in the Pam Coast, Florida, area... Call (386) 263-2991 for reservations.

Annie Gaybis

Don Rickles

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Performances of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, at The Onyx Theatre, begin tonight, and continue on August 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, August 17th, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at The Onyx Theatre is at 953 E. Sahara, 16B, in Commercial Center. For reservations, call (702) 732-7225. For additional information about Poor Richard's Players, or Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, contact Mr. Loewy at [email protected].

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Continuing his record-breaking 55th consecutive year as a Las Vegas headliner, internationally renowned comedian, actor and entertainer, Don Rickles, is set to perform at The Orleans Showroom August 16th and 17th. Having earned the nicknames "The Merchant of Venom" and "Mr. Warmth" (the latter coined affectionately by Johnny Carson), Rickles' style of comedy is never mean-spirited and is all just part of his act. It has been said that being "zinged" by Rickles is like "wearing a badge of honor." In May, Rickles was honored on SPIKE TV's One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, featuring luminaries from the world of comedy, television and the silver screen, including Bill Cosby, Robert DeNiro, Johnny Depp, Tina Fey, Brad Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, Eddie Murphy, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler, Ray Romano, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Brian Williams. The two-hour special was taped in New York City, Rickles' hometown, and includes stand-up performances, short films, pre-taped tributes and personal stories as told by Rickles' closest friends, his co-stars and other comedians he has influenced. Rickles took his first step toward national fame in 1957, when he spotted Frank Sinatra in the audience at a nightclub in Miami Beach. The still-unknown Rickles eyed Sinatra and said, "I just saw your movie, 'The Pride and the Passion,' and I want to tell you, the cannon was great. Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody." Sinatra, whose pet name for Rickles was "bullet-head," enjoyed Rickles so much, that he returned to see him when he was performing in Los Angeles, and encouraged other celebrities to see his act. Rickles soon became the "in" comic among Hollywood stars, who flocked to see him in hopes of becoming a target of his insults. Sinatra's continuing support helped Rickles become a popular performer in Las Vegas, where he first started in 1959, and has been a headliner ever since. Shortly after being discovered by Sinatra, Rickles made his acting debut in 1958's, Run Silent Run Deep. The movie was a hit, launching Rickles towards a celebrated career as a movie, television and theater actor. His still-growing television and film resume includes roles in Casino, Kelly's Heroes, The Rat Race, all three Toy Story films, HBO's Tales From the Crypt, and Bravo's My Life on the D-List with Kathy Griffin. In 2011, he made a surprise appearance in a "cliff-hanger" episode as the "thought-to-be-dead" husband of Betty White's character on the TV Land comedy series, Hot In Cleveland. Later in the year, Rickles returned to the show for the "payoff." He recently appeared on Showtime's new series, Inside Comedy, where fellow comedian, David Steinberg, interviewed him. In 2000, Rickles received one of the highest honors in the entertainment business, when he received a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has received two Primetime Emmy® Awards, including Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Musical for the 2008 HBO special, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. In 2009, cable network TV Land honored Rickles with the "Legend Award." Rickles' best-selling memoir, Rickles' Book, was released in 2007, and was followed up with the 2008 Rickles' Letters. In spring 2012, Rickles joined David Letterman as the only performers to receive the prestigious "Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence" at The Comedy Awards, aired on Comedy Central. The award was presented to Rickles by Jon Stewart and Robert DeNiro. Last June, Rickles was honored with the Friars Club's Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at a star-studded gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Among those participating in honoring Don through their songs or words were Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Natalie Cole, Bob Costas, Tony Danza, Robert DeNiro, Kathy Griffin, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Bob Saget and John Stamos. In addition to recurring dates in Las Vegas at The Orleans, Rickles continues to be a popular performer in venues throughout the country. Showtime for Don Rickles at The Orleans is at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are available, starting from $79.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting The Orleans is located at 4500 W. Tropicana.

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