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Sunday, March 5, 2006 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
'Menopause The Musical®' A Hot Ticket With Hot Flashes, Auld Dubliner Opens, Stardust Unveils Neiman Painting, Beacher's Rockhouse Arrives, Rita Rudner Moves Out, Craig Ferguson On Stage, Scintas Closing, "Forever Plaid" Celebrates One, "Dragapella!" Debuts, Mentalist Cambridge Extended, Juice Newton Amps Up, Pure Aloha Festival Fun, Nine Inch Nails Take Over Quadruplets Turned 21 Las Vegas Style, Prada Spa Gets Ritzy, Project CityCenter Over Budget, More...

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Jackie Brett
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"Menopause The Musical®," which opened Feb. 1 at the Las Vegas Hilton, has been one of the hottest tickets in town and has two casts. The show is celebrating its sold-out Las Vegas production by adding two more shows to its weekly schedule effective March 6. New times will be Tues.-Sat., 7 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., 2 p.m.; Sat. 4 p.m. and, Sun. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Dark Monday). Tickets are $49.50 plus tax and service charge, call 702-732-5755 or 800-222-5361.

The show is a hoot and this columnist laughed herself silly. The 90-minute production includes 25 re-lyricized familiar tunes from the '60s and '70s such as "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," and salutes women who are experiencing "The Change." The plot is set in Bloomingdale's department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common meet by chance and poke fun at such things as hot flashes, memory loss, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and eating binges.

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It's noticeable that the majority of the audience is women; however, many men who "get it" find it a fun show too. Move over Chippendales, "Menopause" is appealing to your audience.

The Auld Dubliner, an authentic Irish pub crafted in Ireland and re-built at MonteLago Village, will open on St. Patrick's Day. Auld Dubliner is the brainchild of owner David Copley, who was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland, and later moved to Long Beach, Calif. In 1997, he co-founded Limericks Irish pub, which became renowned for its fresh food prepared in a true Irish manner. Together with co-owner Eric Johnson, Copley then opened The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach and eventually in Squaw Valley. Diners savor real Irish food including many recipes from Copley's "Mum."

On March 17 and 18, events will feature Irish dancers and meeting the Leprechaun at night, plus horse and carriage rides on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. For information, call the events hotline at 702-564-4766.

An original commemorative oil painting by renowned artist LeRoy Neiman honoring the 48-year history of the Stardust was unveiled on Feb. 24. Neiman participated in the ceremonies that launched an ongoing celebration of the resort's contributions to the lore and growth of Las Vegas. Boyd Gaming Corporation, owners of the Stardust, recently announced its plans for Echelon Place and that 2006 would be the last year of operation for the Stardust.

The Neiman painting uses the artist's signature bold colors and includes a Las Vegas showgirl and the resort's world-famous electric sign. Stardust showgirls became a symbol for the city in "Lido de Paris," a large-scale production show that played continuously for 33 years, and "Enter the Night," which enjoyed an eight-year run. The original Stardust sign, which reflected an outer space theme, was recognized as the world's largest electric sign.

The Stardust will be presenting special events and introducing memorabilia throughout the year recognizing the resort's history.

Beacher's Rockhouse Bar is coming to the Imperial Palace and will make its home in the on-the-sidewalk center-Strip location currently occupied by Tequila Joe's, home of the Imperial Palace Karaoke Club. The bar is a spin-off of Jeff Beacher's highly successful Madhouse show at the Hard Rock and expected to open by early summer. It will feature Beacher's signature off-the-wall, madcap, carnival atmosphere.

Comedienne Rita Rudner will be leaving New York-New York, where she has been selling out shows for nearly five years, because her showroom will become a new club called Crobar, which is a popular place in Chicago, Miami, and New York. Her last show will be on June 10, but no doubt we'll see Rudner show up this fall at another property.

On March 25 in the Tropicana's showroom, comedian and host of "The Late, Late Show," Craig Ferguson, will debut.

The fact is The Scintas will be losing their show at the Rio in April when their contract expires. What is rumored is that the foursome act will move to the showroom at the Sahara appearing opposite the "Buck Wild" show.

"Forever Plaid" recently celebrated its one-year anniversary at the Gold Coast. The show has given over 4,000 performances in Las Vegas. Congratulations!

The Golden Nugget has plans to close its 400-seat Theater Ballroom and remodel the whole third floor into a 600-seat entertainment venue.

The Kinsey Sicks in "Dragapella!" debuted in the Shimmer Cabaret atthe Las Vegas Hilton on March 3. Producers Rich Super and Paul Reder featured the show at the resort in September and, based on fan reaction, have booked it for an unlimited engagement. Currently, The Kinsey Sicks are the subjects of two impending feature films. One is a concert film of their long running show, "I Wanna Be a Republican," and the other is a behind-the-scenes documentary.

The proposed $1 billion expansion at the Hard Rock has been called off, due to a potential sale of the hotel-casino. The aborted expansion includes the hotel's condo project; money is currently being refunded.

Quadruplets Allison, Monique, Jacques and Danielle Levesque of California, turned 21 in Las Vegas last weekend at the Imperial Palace.

The four marked their milestone with the hotel presenting the quadruplets with four-of-a-kind blackjack birthday cakes and champagne at the "Dealertainers" pit in the casino where celebrity impersonator blackjack dealers were on hand to sing "Happy Birthday" and party. Their mother, Lynn, 26-year-old twin brothers Justin and Sean, and 30-year-old brother Damien, a Los Angeles police officer, and his wife, Julie, joined the fun and everyone attended the hotel's "Legends in Concert" the night before.

The quads got their first glimpse of Las Vegas about five years ago but, as high school teens, all they got to do is walk down the Strip. About two years ago, with their 21st birthday on the horizon, the four starting bugging their mother to celebrate in Las Vegas. Lynn Levesque, 51, raised her seven children as a single mom since the quads were 9 years old.



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Mentalist Gerry Cambridge just keeps getting extensions at the Rampart Casino after having begun as a "temporary" act. He's now extended through March.

The Silverton located three miles south of Mandalay Bay off I-15 will host country rocker Juice Newton in-concert in the resort's entertainment pavilion on Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, call 702-914-8557 or 1-866-946-4373.

Most recently, Newton has concentrated on performing live ratherthan recording new material. The release of her 2002 album, "Every Road Leads Back to You," was accompanied by a DVD, which chronicled Newton's live performance at The Keyclub in Los Angeles.

Judy Kay Newton began her music career in college in the folk-rock band Juice Newton & Silver Spring. The band landed a recording contract but encountered dismal sales and disbanded.

Newton became a pioneer in women's music, creating an eclectic country-tinged, folk-rock sound evident in her hit singles. Known primarily as a country artist, her music fusion appealed to a large audience and allowed the singer / songwriter a sustained career in country music, as well as a successful pop crossover in the early 1980s.

Newton's solo platinum debut from Capitol records was released in 1981 and quickly became a hit on both the country and pop charts. In 1982, Newton's follow up album, "Quiet Lies," went gold, produced two more top 10 singles and garnered a Grammy Award for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance." In 1985, Newton got back to her country roots with the release of "Old Flame." The album produced three number one hits and three other top 10 hits.

Vizzun Entertainment will present the fifth annual Pure Aloha Festival in an indoor/outdoor setting at The Club on Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2. The three-day festival at the Cannery in North Las Vegas will feature food and crafts from the Hawaiian and Pacific islands and family entertainment.

The Pure Aloha Festival will kick off on March 31 at 6 p.m. with a concert hosted by Augie T. featuring Fiji, Kekai Boyz, Bonafide, and Sudden Rush. Saturday evening will also feature an evening concert at 6 p.m. with Kapena, Pana'ewa, and Mango Kings. Festival hours begin at 9 a.m. on April 1 and 2 with culture performances as well as Polynesian and Hawaiian specialty vendors selling food, clothing and art.

Admission to the daytime festival is $5 at the door and $2 for children under 10, military, and seniors. Tickets for evening concerts are $26 in advance and $31 the day of the show, call 702-617-5585 or 866-287-4643.

The Aladdin will surrender to industrial rock artists Nine Inch Nails on Saturday, April 1. The 8 p.m. show at the Aladdin Theatre for Performing Arts will include special guest Saul Williams, a noted poet lyricist. Tickets are $42 plus service charges and tax, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

Nine Inch Nails (NIN) is the commercially and critically acclaimed rock group fronted by lead singer, Trent Reznor. NIN is one of the most important rock bands of the 90's and Reznor is the only constant member of the band, writing all of the lyrics himself and maintaining sole control of the direction of the band. The platinum record selling group has received two Grammys and has been named one of the top 15 bands of the last 25 years by RollingStone.com.

Arizona Charlie's Boulder recently began an $8 million expansion project that will add 7,300 square feet of space for additional gaming areas along with a new front desk, Ultimate Rewards Center, gift shop and porte cochere. The projected completion date is scheduled for early this summer.

The newly expanded area will feature an additional 250 slot and video poker machines as well as several table games. The front area of the property will undergo a complete make over. The front desk and The Ultimate Rewards Center will be moved into larger spaces. The gift shop will be much larger to carry more items including signature apparel and the porte cochere will be re-designed.

Prada Beauty, a leader in scientifically advanced skin care, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, known for luxury and award-winning service, have joined forces to create a new spa experience. Launching throughout 2006, Prada Beauty treatments will be featured exclusively in all 12 full-service Ritz-Carlton Spas in North America and are available now at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas. For reservations or information, call 702-567-4600.

Several of the new Prada Beauty experiences at the Mobil Four Star spa will include a week's take-home supply of the same advanced product used in the treatment. Prada Beauty's Special Care products are the focus of The Ritz-Carlton Spa treatments, but the high-touch techniques used in their application is a step above many standard skin treatment movements.

The award-winning spa is a 30,000 square-foot destination retreat offering 24 treatment rooms, a fitness center, full-service salon, retail boutique, group and private fitness and movement classes, personal wellness and nutrition programs, open-air meditation garden, expert guided outdoor recreation including hiking, mountain biking and stargazing, and access to the resort's own private waterfall and white sand beach.

Tacone Flavor Grill, one of the fastest-growing quick-service gourmet food franchises in America, will open its doors this month to offer healthy and tantalizing treats at its first restaurant on the Strip inside The Shops in Desert Passage. Tacone's corporate headquarters is in Los Angeles, with 19 locations in nine states. The Desert Passage location will feature Tacone's signature Flavor Bar™, where customers personalize their meals from a selection of fresh, hand-made sauces and dressings.

MGM Mirage has indicated that Project CityCenter will cost $2 billion more than originally announced, raising the stakes from $5 to $7 billion. The increase is attributed to repositioning the project.

Construction on the main 4,000-room hotel is scheduled to begin in June or July of this year; the entire project is expected to take roughly three and a half years to complete.

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