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Sunday, March 11, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Stars On The Lake Lineup Announced, 'Jerry Springer The Opera' Set, Downtown Headliners Revealed, Sahara Hotel Sold, Las Vegas Sign Replicated, Roseanne Barr On Stage, David Copperfield Reappears, Barry Manilow Moves Dates, "Hypnosis Gone Wild" Reopens, Thomas Dolby Performs, Candlelight Wedding Chapel Moved, Joe Piscopo Headlines, 'The Gazillionaire Show' Arrives, More...

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Lake Las Vegas Resort has announced its lineup for the 2007 Stars on the Lake concert series that will begin on May 11 on the resort's signature floating stage. The fourth year for the concert series will be launched by rock crooner Chris Isaak. Following Isaak will be singer-songwriter John Legend with his soulful melodies on May 18. Legend's appearance will be made all the more special as part of a series of events for The Bon Appetit Culinary & Wine Focus 2007 and offer a number of ticket holders the opportunity to dine stage-side on a meal specially prepared by "Bon Appetit" Executive Chef and first female Iron Chef Cat Cora. Rounding out the rest of the concert series will be classical pianist Lang Lang performing with a 35-piece orchestra on June 2, rock trio Three Dog Night headlining a pre-Fourth of July celebration with fireworks display on June 30, the critically acclaimed Nevada Ballet Theatre on Sept. 8, and Grammy winner Kenny G providing the grand finale on Sept. 29. Tickets range from $25 up to $125 depending on the concert, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

Having won awards including the Olivier Award for Best Musical in London, "Jerry Springer the Opera" will preview concert-style on March 17 and 18 at the MGM Grand as a benefit for Las Vegas-based HIV/AIDS charity Golden Rainbow. Tickets are $75, $50 and $30, call 702- 384-2899.

Bringing the preview to America is Suzanne Childers, owner of Las Vegas-based Choozi Entertainment, in partnership with Michael Brennan, Music Director for the Las Vegas production of "Mamma Mia." The pair was granted the license to produce the concert version of "Jerry Springer the Opera," with minimal staging to emphasize the music and an eight-piece orchestra. Two choreographed numbers will remain intact, with the addition of a line of tap dancers, choreographed by Childers.

The show will be staged in the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre at 1 p.m. both days. Star performers will be from "Folies Bergere," "Jubilee!,""Mamma Mia" and "Phantom of the Opera." Artie Anderson, whose acting credits include "8 Simple Rules," "Home Improvement," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "3rd Rock from the Sun" will lead the cast as Jerry Springer.

The show is an operatic restaging of "The Jerry Springer Show," where people confess to an assortment of infidelities and guilty secrets in front of outraged partners and a vocal studio audience. In the second act, Springer finds himself in a hell of his own making, and is called upon to effect reconciliation between the two ultimate adversaries - Jesus and Satan.
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Veteran comedian Don Rickles will perform with special guest vocalist Shawn King, at The Showroom at the Golden Nugget, March 22-24. King has been performing since the age of 3, sung back-up vocals for such renowned artists as Neil Diamond, The Beach Boys, Herb Albert and Sergio Mendez, hosted "Hollywood Insider" on the USA Cable Network from 1990-1996, and been married to CNN's Larry King since 1997. She released her first solo CD, "In My Own Backyard," in 2005, and her latest release, which will include duets with country music legends Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell, is scheduled for release this year. Tickets start at $55, call 702-386-8100.

Grammy Award-winner Steve Tyrell will make his debut at the Golden Nugget, April 12-14. Tyrell, a Texas native who has enjoyed a four-decade long career as a producer, songwriter, composer and singer, has had many of his songs on the big screen. Most notably, his rendition of the standard, "The Way You Look Tonight," was featured in "Father of the Bride," starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Tickets start at $45.

The original "Dreamgirl" Mary Wilson of the Supremes, the most successful girl-group in music history and Las Vegas resident, will headline at the Golden Nugget, April 20-21.

She has enjoyed a prestigious career that has spanned more than four decades. Tickets start at $35.

The Golden Nugget will present a one-night benefit, "An Evening of Hope: A Concert to Benefit Nevada's Children" starring Jennifer Joseph on March 27. Las Vegas resident, singer and performer, Joseph was featured in E! Entertainment's series, "The Entertainer," and starred on the Las Vegas stage in "Le Folies Bergere." Most recently, Joseph toured with Wayne Newton and was Don Rickles' special guest at HBO's "The Comedy Festival" in Las Vegas. Tickets are $100 and $50, call 702-382-3445 or 702-300-7361.

The Sahara Hotel and Casino has been purchased by California movie producer, restaurateur and nightclub owner Sam Nazarian.

The famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign designed by Betty Whitehead Willis and built in 1959 has been replicated once again. The new sign has been installed at 5486 Boulder Highway to mark the gateway to the Boulder Strip.

Comedienne Roseanne Barr will headline her "All You Can Eat Comedy" with opening act drag superstar Jackie Beat, March 15-April 30, at New York-New York. Barr is returning to Las Vegas for her first extended run on The Strip in several years. She is best known for her creation of ABC's "Roseanne" series. Tickets are from $49.95; call the box office at 866-606-7111.

Master magician and illusionist David Copperfield will continue his 2007 tour at the MGM Grand's 740-seat Hollywood Theatre with performances March 22 through April 19. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. with an additional 4:30 p.m. show each Saturday. Tickets are $97, call 800-929-1111.

Legendary act The Isley Brothers will perform live as part of the "3121 Presents" series inside 3121 at the Rio on March 14. Spanning six decades, the group's distinguished history has spanned two generations of Isley siblings and massive cultural and musical shifts from gritty R&B to Motown soul and blistering funk. Tickets are $31.21, call 702-777-7776.

The MGM Grand's "Crazy Horse Paris" will welcome the international Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese for a series of exclusive performances April 15 - 20. When she performed at the Crazy Horse in Paris, France last October, Von Teese became the first guest star in the legendary show's history. She will perform her sensual 'Le Bain' bathtub act, a second seductive surprise act and join the Crazy Horse dancers in the revived finale "We Are the Girls of Crazy Horse."

Las Vegas Hilton headliner Barry Manilow will have his May 2-5 dates moved to later in the year due to scheduling conflicts.

Blue Man Group at the Venetian will change its performance times on April 2 and add an additional 10 p.m. show on Fridays through May 31. Tickets are $110, $85, and $65, call 702-414-9000.



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"Hypnosis Gone Wild" has opened at the Empire Ballroom across from the Monte Carlo and plays seven nights a week at 11 p.m. The show stars Michael Johns and/or Terry Stokes.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT), an 80 percent scale replica of the Washington D.C. based Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is on display 24 hours a day through March 24 with a closing ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson parking lot located on Eastern Avenue just south of Sahara. Measuring nearly 380 feet in length and 8 1/2 high at its apex, the tribute is the largest wall replica in the United States and includes 58,245 names of U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

The Cannery welcomes electronica original and one of the first artists to be played on MTV, Thomas Dolby with the Jazz Mafia Horns on Wednesday, March 21 inside The Club. Tickets are $14.95, call 702-617-5585 or 866-287-4643.

Dolby is pioneering a new blend of instruments: high-tech electronica plus live jazz brass. His spring touring ensemble will feature real-time looping on a computer laptop, along with a three-piece horn section, the Jazz Mafia Horns, comprising some of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest young jazz soloists.

As a London teenager, Thomas Robertson was fascinated with the convergence of music and technology. His experiments with an assortment of keyboards, synthesizers and cassette players led his friends to dub him "Dolby." That same fascination later drove him to become an electronic musician and multimedia artist whose groundbreaking work fused music with computer technology and video.

Thomas began his performing career beneath the streets of Paris, playing his synthesizer-based songs in the Metro subway. The advent of MTV brought him increased exposure. Numerous awards and five Grammy nominations later, Thomas has achieved worldwide recognition.

The "American Superstars" show at the Stratosphere has added Lorena Peril as Christina Aguilera to its line-up of celebrity tributes to yesterday's and today's hottest music stars. Peril performs a four-song set of some of Aguilera's biggest hits. The San Francisco native most recently headlined as the original lead singer in the hit show band, Sunset Strip at the Hilton. Peril has performed for numerous corporate and special events including Sylvester Stallone's 60th Birthday Bash. She is currently working on a Latin/English recording project and writing material for a solo album. Tickets are $41.75, call 702-380-7711 or 800-99-TOWER.

The Candlelight Wedding Chapel that was on the Strip next to the old Algiers since 1966 and had its last wedding in 2004 has been moved to the Clark County Heritage Museum on Boulder Highway. After the building is restored, weddings and vow renewals will be held again in the famous landmark.

The opening of the 500-seat Canyon Club at the Four Queens downtown has been postponed until probably next month.

Austin Miller, who was in "Hairspray" at the Luxor last year, is one of the finalists for the role of Danny Zuco on NBC's "Grease: You're The One That I Want."

Joe Piscopo, who headlines in Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton Sundays-Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., received a "Lifetime Achievement" award from the Cuisine Club of Las Vegas last month. The award was designed to honor Piscopo's humanitarian efforts through the years, including Jersey Joe's Gyms, a Newark program involving the city's police department and Boys and Girls Club, and his own foundation, "The Positive Impact Foundation." The foundation creates positive media for at-risk youth, including the syndicated television show for teens, "Positive Impact TV."

Glenn Medas and Michael Chambers, producers of the high-energy group, Sunset Strip, at the Las Vegas Hilton's Shimmer Cabaret, have produced a CD for fans who love the live show. The CD, recorded live, features "the Best of the Best" of Sunset Strip and is for sale at the show.

STEAK is a Henderson restaurant/lounge and wine shop with a view located at 76 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway. Every week the lounge promotes Wicked Wednesdays from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. with drink specials, a D.J. and dancing, call 702-56-STEAK for information.

The New American Theatre Project, a local theatre company featuring performers currently working in Las Vegas, will present the Las Vegas premiere of "The Gazillionaire Show" developed and directed by renowned clown Voki Kalfayan on Friday, March 23 at 3 and 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the ballroom at the Aruba Hotel, located at 1215 Las Vegas Blvd South. Tickets are $20, call 702-360-9959.

The show is formatted in the fashion of a late-night, television talk show, in front of a live audience, with the filthy rich and foul-mouthed Gazillionaire, played by Kalfayan, and his studio band offering a variety of comedy, music, special guests and unique acts. Comic and musical assistance is provided by his lovely, if ditsy and lovelorn bandleader Penny, played by Anais Thomassian.

Kalfayan has been involved with three Cirque du Soleil shows including "O" and "Ka." He has toured the U.S. with Ringling Bros Circus, Japan with the Wallenda Circus, Asia and Australia with Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam."

The Irish spirit will prevail at the MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas over St. Patrick's Day weekend. On Friday, March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a concert by former "Lord of the Dance" vocalist, Ashley Davis next to the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub. On Saturday, March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m., Irish singer and culture expert Davis will host a workshop including traditional Irish songs, music and stories in the Villagio Conference Room in the MonteLago Village. At 4, 5 and 6 p.m., the Fearon O'Connor School of Irish Dance will perform on the events plaza in MonteLago Village. Finally from 7 to 9 p.m., Davis will close the celebration with more Irish songs, poetry and stories. Admission and parking are free, call 702-564-1600 for information.

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