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Sunday, February 18, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
'The Producers' Takes Off, Steve Wyrick Opens, Ronn Lucas Returns, 'X' Burlesque On Stage, Louis Prima, Jr. Performs, 'Ghost Rider' Hell Cycle Rides In, 'Hypnosis Gone Wild' New Digs, Confederate Railroad Headlines, Nevada Landing Closing, "Mamma Mia!" Celebrates 4, "Legends in Concert" Elvis On Cover, Rock 'n Roll Wine Expands, Men's Club Moves In, More...

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It's no secret that Broadway shows struggle to be successful on the famed Las Vegas Strip, but "Mamma Mia!" at Mandalay Bay has made it four years so it's not impossible. "The Producers" at Paris Las Vegas may prove to be the exception because it is the most awarded show in Broadway history and a musical comedy with David Hasselhoff, who is listed as the "Most Watched TV Star in the World" by the "Guinness Book of World Records."

In true Las Vegas fashion, the Mel Brooks musical comedy has been cut down to a fast-paced 90-minute production. The characters are all over-the-top which is a complement to the one-of-kind Las Vegas. The show is just plain fun with a superb cast and TV's 6-foot-6 towering icon Hasselhoff in drag is a great sight gag. Enjoy!

The $35 million Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex at the Desert Passage inside the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood has finally opened after many delays. The 33,000 square-foot, four-level facility houses the 500-seat Steve Wyrick Theatre, a magic shop, and TRIQ Ultra Lounge.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the entire complex will be transformed into a four-level nightclub with the theater stage serving as a dance floor for the TRIQ Ultra Lounge. There will be free access to Steve Wyrick show attendees, and TRIQ will have numerous VIP tables that each showcase a personal stripper pole and plush lounge sectioned seating with the best views of the action on the floor. TRIQ Ultra Lounge features an ultra-modern atmosphere with a rich chocolate and warm red decór, plush Italian furniture and cracked glass backlight. Located on the first floor of the Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex, the trendy and contemporary lounge offers a nightly DJ spinning an eclectic mix as well as traditional house tracks. The lounge is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Cover charge is $20.

Illusionist Steve Wyrick has opened his new show "Steve Wyrick: Real Magic," with preview performances running until March 16 inside the new Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex at the Aladdin/Planet. During previews, tickets are $59.95 and $79.95, call 702-777-WYRICK (9974).
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The total production costs for the show are more than $20 million dollars. Wyrick began his Las Vegas career at the Lady Luck downtown more than a decade ago before moving to the Sahara and then on to the Aladdin. Wyrick's shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. nightly except Friday.

International comedian-ventriloquist Ronn Lucas opened his show on Saturday inside the new Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex in Desert Passage at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood. Lucas performs at 3 p.m., daily except Friday. Tickets are $24.95 and $29.95.

"The Ronn Lucas Show" is a family show. With his sidekicks Buffalo Billy, the puppet comedian who thinks he's a ladies' man, and Scorch, the loveable green teenaged dragon, Lucas mixes stand-up comedy, improvisation, audience participation, puppetry and vocal gymnastics to delight audiences.

Lucas has been entertaining for more than 30 years. He has been featured on recent national television shows including "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show" and "Nip-Tuck" as well as his own past comedy special "Who's In Charge Here" for the Disney Channel. He has been called "The World's Best Ventriloquist" by "The New York Post" and the "London Times."

The provocative new adult show, "X" Burlesque opened this week at the Flamingo in the intimate 180-seat Flamingo Cabaret. The show allows audiences to get up close and personal with the six beautiful and talented female dancers. Show times are Monday-Friday at 10 p.m. Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at midnight. Tickets are $44.95 and $55.95, call702-733-3333 or 800-221-7299.

The sexy revue combines imaginative choreography with some outrageous props including bungees, bathtubs and beds. The 90-minute production has seductive scenes ranging from sensual ballet-inspired numbers to funky and energetic acrobatic routines. The variety of styles allows each dancer to showcase her own distinctive talents.

Erotic imagery pushing the envelope includes "Pharaoh Fawcet" with the girls performing a steamy belly dance to the Pussycat Dolls' dance hit "Buttons," and a 1960s-reminiscent "Sharon Delove," set to The Raconteurs' "My Baby's on the Level," features a gorgeous girl in nothing but go-go boots and body paint.

Louis Prima, Jr. is carrying on the legacy and standards his father made famous for more than 30 years in Las Vegas, when he headlines at the Rio every Wednesday and Thursday night at 8 p.m. inside 3121. Tickets are $39.00, call 702-777-7776.

Louis Prima, Jr. has appeared across the country at premiere venues including the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and the Atlantic City Hilton. His music blends New Orleans-style jazz, boogie-woogie, swing, blues, big band and even some rock 'n' roll.

In partnership with SONY Pictures, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas has introduced a new interactive wax attraction at its box office entrance of actor Nicolas Cage in his "Johnny Blaze" role from the new SONY release, "Ghost Rider," which premiered last Friday, Feb. 16, in theaters nationwide.

Cage's wax figure is outfitted in his studded, black leather riding suit from the film and is standing next to the original Hell Cycle custom chopper which the actor deftly wields in the movie. The Hell Cycle is 11 ź feet long and weighs 500 pounds. Like all Madame Tussauds interactive attractions, visitors can be photographed with the Cage figure and the Hell Cycle.

Comedy hypnotists Michael Johns and Terry Stokes are moving their hypnotic magic show, "Hypnosis Gone Wild," from KRAVE to the Empire Ballroom and open on Saturday, March 3 at 11 p.m. The two masters of hypnosis sometimes join forces and become a two-man tag team each trying to one-up the other and most nights they are alternating headliners working solo. Tickets for the nightly shows are $39.95 and $49.95. For information, call 702.415.LATE (5283).

The Empire Ballroom located at 3765 Las Vegas Boulevard South, opposite the Monte Carlo Resort, is a cutting-edge facility featuring a 900-seat theater, a 350-seat Cabana Room, a 250-seat VIP Gallery, eight Private Cabanas seating six-to-eight people, and distinctive lighting and production systems. The Empire Ballroom is also home to John Stagliano's "The Fashionistas" and Dillstar Productions, "The Soprano's Last Supper."



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MGM Mirage has announced plans to close the Nevada Landing hotel and casino in Jean in April and develop 166 acres into a master-planned community 25 miles south of Las Vegas. Polo Towers developer Steven Cloobeck and the Greenspuns are partners in the project. The Gold Strike located across the road off I-15 will remain open.

The award-winning and multi-platinum country group Confederate Railroad is set to perform inside The Club at The Cannery in North Las Vegas on Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.95, call 702-617-5585 or 866-287-4643.

With a distinctive a niche in modern music history, Confederate Railroad offers a combination of honky-tonk rockers, sensitive ballads and offbeat humor. Nearly five million albums later, there is no doubt that Confederate Railroad possesses versatility, likeability and a willingness to stretch boundaries. Songs like "Queen Of Memphis," "Trashy Women," "Jesus And Mama" and "Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind" became major hits and established Confederate Railroad as a key part of country music's landscape during the genre's expansion of the '90s. The accolades kicked off with the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group award in 1993 and have included a Grammy nomination, and a host of nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.

"American Idol" finalist and Hawaiian vocalist Jasmine Trias is temporarily replacing Lani Misalucha with the Society of Seven and their afternoon show at the Flamingo through March 20. Trias, a Pinoy-American Idol is fascinating listeners in the United States and in the Philippines with her renditions of songs with wholly Tagalog lyrics.

The musical hit show "Mamma Mia!" based on the songs of ABBA celebrated its four year anniversary at Mandalay Bay on Feb. 15.

Joe Piscopo begins his engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton's Shimmer Cabaret tonight with renowned conductor Vincent Falcone, who is also an author. Falcone has written the book, "Frankly Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music." Piscopo, Falcone and his sextet are performing Sundays-Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale for Keith Urban's June 9 concert being held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The show will feature hits from Urban's recent multi-platinum album, "Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing," as well as many of the No. 1 hits that have defined his career.

Jo Dee Messina and special guest Josh Gracin will be performing at Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert Arena in Primm on Saturday, March 10. Messina is an award-winning, multi-platinum artist who has recorded eight No. 1 hits, including "Bring on the Rain" and "I'm Alright." Tickets are $45 and $32.75, call 800-FUN-STOP.

Two girls, Taquita and Kaui, star in MTV's new sitcom / reality show that follows their adventures as they look for their big showbiz break In Las Vegas. For the show's second episode scheduled to air April 16, Taquita and Kaui audition at the Imperial Palace to perform as celebrity impersonators in "Legends in Concert." The ladies were taped in both "Legends" performances on Feb. 12.

"Legends in Concert" Elvis impersonator Matt Lewis got lots of publicity last month: his picture graced the cover of two glossy magazines. The problem was that both misidentified him as another impersonator. What were the odds! Lewis, an Elvis impersonator for 16 years, acknowledges some people can get Elvis performers confused.

The 32-story Stardust tower is being prepared for a planned mid-March implosion. Much of the property's low-rise buildings will be demolished before the implosion that will take place in the early morning hours.

On Oscar night in Las Vegas, the place to be in Las Vegas is at the Arthritis Foundation's benefit with a silent auction, dinner, Academy Awards ceremony telecast, dancing and special entertainment. Tickets for the fundraiser are $170, call 702-367-1626.

"SoundsLike Sushi Roku," is Innovative Dining Group's second CD in the "SoundsLike" series and follows the 2003 release of "SoundsLike Katana," which also features a sampling of the international mix of music heard in the Innovative Dining Group restaurants and sold for $20. The disc features beats and rhythms by artists from around the globe and includes an eclectic array of tracks from mellow sounds to more lively beats. The compilation echoes the progression of music played every evening at the prominent and fashionable Sushi Roku at the Fashion Show mall.

Every Tuesday night, Isla Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar inside TI transforms into a Latin Late Night, Noche de la Diosa (Night of the Goddess). Amigo Production's DJ Lian and DJ Gil Barba spin the latest in rock, pop en espanol, and more.

The hours of operation for Prince's 3121 Jazz Cuisine at the Rio will change on Feb. 19.

Hours will be Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. with Late Nites from 2 to 6 a.m.

Rock 'n Roll Wine is expanding its cult phenomenon by combining wine tasting with rock music and launching the first AMPLIFIED! tasting series with national award-winning headliner, Dashboard Confessional. Working with radio partner MIX 94.1, Rock 'n Roll Wine will bring the guitar-driven indie rock band to the Empire Ballroom, 3765 Las Vegas Boulevard South, on March 2. As of 2006, Dashboard Confessional has released five full-length albums, three of which have been certified gold.

The newest gentlemen's cabaret in town is Men's Club, a Reno transplant that has taken over the former Leopard Lounge space on Polaris and Harmon behind the Panorama Towers. After a multi-million dollar renovation, the facility has a Moroccan-theme, two restaurant offerings and an impressive wine cellar.

As part of the series of '3121 Presents' special performances inside 3121, R&B artist, Musiq Soulchild, will perform live at the Rio on Wednesday, Feb. 28. His new album "Luvanmusiq" is due out in Spring 2007. Tickets are $31.21, call 702-777-7776.

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