Comedy giant Don Rickles will be joined by songstress Lorna Luft at
the Stardust Resort and Casino June 27-30.
Rickles, who has performed in Las Vegas during every one of the past
six decades, has demonstrated that he has lost none of his renowned drawing
power. Now in the second year of his exclusive two-year Stardust contract,
he has consistently attracted capacity crowds to the Las Vegas Strip
Luft will reprise much of the material she introduced on her widely
acclaimed concert tour, "Songs My Mother Taught Me."
Las Vegas audiences are delighted to discover that Rickles' comedic
cutting edge is as sharp as ever. His nimble mind, aggressive demeanor and
patented Gatling gun delivery are on full display at every performance.
He takes pride in fashioning every show into a totally original
tour-de-force, artfully blending trademark phrases and routines with
instantaneous flashes of comedy genius. Rickles still stalks the stage
like a panther, hilariously pouncing on members of his orchestra, the
showroom staff and the audience.
His no-holds-barred style continues to be eagerly embraced because it
is tempered by a sensitivity that enables him to know the exact limits of
his particular approach to humor. His entire technique is based on his
audiences' willingness to laugh at themselves.
Longtime Las Vegas showgoers have observed Rickles' evolution from a
standup lounge comic to an all-around showman who has taken his rightful
place among the city's legends.
Proximity to a show business legend will be a routine experience for
Luft, whose mother, Judy Garland, ranks among the most honored and beloved
figures in the annals of entertainment.
She received her first taste of show business as a youngster on her
mother's TV variety series and in the Broadway revue "Judy at the Palace."
This early exposure to the footlights inevitably led to a career of her
As a vocalist who inherited much of her mother's gusto and
romanticism, Luft has enjoyed widespread popularity, starring in some of
the world's most storied venues, including the London Palladium, Carnegie
Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall. She sang for President George W. Bush
at the Kennedy Center Inaugural Anniversary Gala.
She has displayed a talent for musical comedy in successful touring
versions of "Guys and Dolls," Girl Crazy," "Mame" and "Grease."
Her autobiography, "Me And My Shadow, A Family Memoir," remained on
the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks. The TV movie version of
the book was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards.
Her Stardust show will include songs closely identified with Garland,
including "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby," "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart,"
"Over The Rainbow," "The Man Who Got Away," "I Can't Give You Anything But
Love" and "Born In A Trunk."
Performances at the Stardust will begin at 8 p.m. Ticket information
can be obtained by calling the Stardust box office at 732-6325. Wayne
Newton, who headlines the Stardust 40 weeks a year, will return July 15.
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