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Robert Goulet & The Cast Inc


by Norm Johnson
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Went to a couple of parties during the Fourth of July Holiday and really had a great time.

Robert & Vera Goulet invited a few friends over to their fabulous home on the fourth for a great get together and a wonderful dinner. Robert, as you may know (or maybe not) has been on the road since early this year staring in "South Pacific." Being on the road is tough no matter who you are, thus every once in awhile one must take a break. Robert & Vera picked that week for theirs. There was about 24 of us, including a Menka (Vera's mother) who was celebrating another year of birth. For those of you who would like to see our local lad hit those beautiful and classic notes the show is at the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles through this Sunday.

The following Saturday Patricia Welch, who starred on Broadway in the "King & I" with Yul Brenner, and her husband invited a few friends to a wonderful house warming party at their new home near the Goulet's abode.

Stopping by to say hello, enjoy a few drinks and help Patricia entertain during the evening was Nelson Sardelli, Buddy Greco, Lezlie Anders, Frankie Randall and many others who joined in at the piano. It was truly a wonderful evening.

Nelson was telling this writer all about the new organization he and other entertainers have formed. It was first called "M.A.F.I.A." and has since been changed to "The Cast." It is meant to be a social club for entertainers and those who were or are in the entertainment business as well as friends. "We wanted to form our own organization, along the lines of the famous Friars Club, but keep it as a more affordable club," Nelson said. "It would be open, of course, to all entertainers from line dancer to showgirl to the biggest star in the universe. We will be a social as well as a charitable club. Another great thing is when a charity is in need of talent they will now have one place to call. We plan on becoming a vital part of our town for the benefit of all." For those who are not entertainers there is a membership open to you too. So, gang, want to be in on the ground floor of what I think will be a great social club here is how you can get more information. Check out WWW.Thecastinc.com on the Internet or call 702-269-8091.

Penn & Teller, named "Magician of the Year" for two years in a row, have signed a long-term agreement to perform at the Rio Hotel & Casino over on Flamingo. They will be performing in the Samba Theatre through September 2004. Both men have purchased homes here in our little valley and are very active in various community projects and benefits. Congrats to all concerned.

The Riviera Le Bistro Lounge just continues to get better and better with each new act. Of course Marlene Ricci continues to entertain as only a protege of Frank Sinatra could. This petite lady with a huge voice holds down the star position at 8:30 pm. Jay White, as Neil Diamond, is the early act and is drawing great crowds. Of course you know that Stephen Sorrentino and his "Voices in my Head" show (I did a review on him a couple of weeks ago) is holding down the fort at 10 pm., to be followed by Trent Carlini and his "Dream King" show at 11:30 pm. I intend to get in and see both Jay White and Trent one of these evenings. Appearing only Monday evenings at 8:30 pm. is a new entertainer to the Las Vegas stage, Australian singing star David Gilchrist who has a great voice, a wonderful collection of musicians and will be appearing in the Le Bistro for the next six weeks.

Well, gang, that's it for another week. I am outa here!

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