Internationally-known singer, dancer, comedienne, actress, guitarist
Charo, has returned home 20 years after her headliner debut at the
Sahara Hotel and Casino. The voluptuous bombshell is starring in and
co-producing, "Bravo," a sizzling international revue in the Sahara's
The multi-talented Charo is best known for her signature move--a
hip-shaking wiggle and famous phrase, "cuchi-cuchi"_lights up the stage
with big blonde hair, a magnetic smile and bright colored sequined
costumes. She also displays a surprising comedic talent with the
ability to make fun of herself and laugh along with everyone who mocks
Born in Murcia, Spain, Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza (aka
Charo) was classically trained on the flamenco guitar at the age of
nine. One of her teachers was the legendary Andres Segovia.
At age 19, she began appearing as a solo artist. Among her recording
credits were "La Salsa" and "Flamenco Salsa" on Capitol Records. Her
first U.S. album was "Cuchi-Cuchi" from Charo & The Salsa Orchestra, on
Salsoul Records, and it went platinum. The single "Dance a Little Bit
Closer" became a #1 hit in clubs worldwide.
She arrived in Las Vegas in 1966, where she was discovered by
bandleader, Xavier Cugat whom she married for 11 years. In 1978, she
married her manager, Kjell Kasten and they had a son. Charo and Kasten
left Las Vegas in 1988 and moved to Hawaii to give their son a more
normal life. "I just closed my eyes to some good offers in show
business. I love show business, but my family is my priority," she
said. In Hawaii, she became extremely popular with the Japanese
tourists who visited, and made several world tours.
In the 70s and 80s, she made her mark co-headlining shows with legendary
entertainers George Burns, Jerry Lewis, Buddy Hackett, Jack Benny, Sammy
Davis Jr. and late night TV host Johnny Carson. Carson was so
mesmerized by her that he invited her on "The Tonight Show" dozens of
Later she found her niche on the classic 70s series "Love Boat," where
she starred on more episodes than any other star. The series enabled
her to explore her musical talents as the loveable stowaway nanny, April
Who is that "cuchi-cuchi" girl? Charo does not take that persona too
seriously. She is someone who is playful and amusing on stage. Her
performance is for her audience and it's all in fun. The real Charo
shines when she shows-off her real talent, the flamenco guitar. "The
rest is just making a living." She said, "All my life, I have felt
passion for the guitar and I love to serenade everyone."
Audiences began expressing a desire for an album spotlighting her fluid
finger playing, so she produce "Guitar Passion," a compilation of new
style Young Flamenco, Salsa and Classical masterpieces. It was named
Pop Album of the Year for a female artist at the 1995 Billboard
International Latin Music Conference, and reached platinum status
Charo has kept busy working in the recording studio and touring. In
February 1997, her first dance tune since her disco hit, "Gusto" for
Universal Wave Records was released. Recently she made her way into a
whole new generation of fans appearing in a nationwide cellular phone
commercial for Sprint PCS.
Charo is one of only few people in show business who attracts audiences
young children to old and from all ethnic cultures. Today, only a few
combine comedy with music and have as much fun. Charo is one of those
With her son completing his studies at the University of Southern
California in Los Angeles, she is excited about returning to Las Vegas
and the famed Sahara Hotel. It is a sentimental reunion for her.
Las Vegas is the "city that never sleeps" and she enjoys its dynamic
energy. Like the City, Charo is ageless and tireless. "For me, this is
like a homecoming" she said. "To perform again at the Sahara is a
thrill for me and I know the audiences from all over the world will
enjoy all the many exciting elements that make up `Bravo'."
Charo Entertainment, Inc., along with On Stage Entertainment, Inc.,
developed "Bravo," which has found a home in the 550-seat Congo Room.
Charo is shaking things up in the Congo Room on Friday, Sunday, Tuesday
and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Monday at 7:30 and 10 p.m.; and
on Thursday, the show is dark. Tickets starting at $44.95 plus taxes
and service charge are available at the Sahara Box Office at (702)
737-2515 and online at www.saharavegas.com.
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