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"Spirit of the Dance" and Bobby Vinton


by Norm Johnson
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Our good friend Tony Sacca hosted one heck of a party the other night at the newest addition to the strip night scene, "Seven" a place where fashion and entertainment meet to keep locals and tourist entertained into the wee hours of the morning.

Included within the nights special entertainment was an opportunity to meet and talk with a number of the contestants and the winner of the 2002 USA Pageant. Tony was a great host and emcee during the live entertainment portion of the evening. There was a fashion show with beautiful models strutting the runway and of course guests were well fed from a great food menu. Check it out at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd., and Harmon across from the Aladdin Hotel.

"Spirit of the Dance," another fast paced dance show similar to "Lord of the Dance" which just closed at New York-New York, has landed in Las Vegas and will take up residence inside the Golden Nugget beginning this coming Monday (August 19). But, from what I have been told, this is not just another Irish foot-stomping spectacular like "Lord," but a mixture of just about every dance there is from the Tango to Salsa. Winner of nine Global Awards, including "Best Choreography" and "Best International Production." There are actually a total of six troupes touring the world. The world champion dancers of the Irish International Dance Company are said to sound like a runaway express train with their skill and military precision.

"Spirit" can be seen in the 400-seat Theatre Ballroom nightly at 7:30 pm., with an extra 9:30 pm., show on Mondays. Tickets, priced at $45 inclusive, are now on sale at the Golden Nugget ticket office.

One of our favorite entertainers over the years has been Bobby Vinton. We go way back with this elder statesmen of "Love singers of the Rock Era." This is a man who's name has been around for a long time and who has survived every musical craze. And we are so glad to see him coming back to The Orleans Showroom this month beginning tonight (15th) through Sunday. The hit songs Vinton has given music lovers, such as you and I, are endless. Most have become classics. Who can forget "Mr. Lonely" or "Roses Are Red?" According to Billboard Magazine, Bobby had more #1 hits than any other male vocalist including Elvis and The Man (Sinatra) during the first 10 years of the rock era. The last time we actually sat in an audience he sang all his hits including "There I've Said It Again," "Please Love Me Forever" and "My Melody of Love," along with a slew of others. Tickets, priced from $39.95 up, may be obtained by calling 365-7075.

Rick Thomas, who has had his own highly successful magic show "The Magic of Rick Thomas" at the Tropicana Hotel for nearly five years, has come up with a new illusion. The Master Illusionist actually shrinks a 500-pound Royal white Bengal tiger. This all takes place every afternoon (except Fridays) in the Tiffany Theatre at 2 and 4 pm. The effect begins with four female dancers taking to the stage where a giant crate-type box sits center stage. Sampson, Rick's full-grown white tiger is let into the box. Eventually the Tiger and the box shrinks down to a small version of Sampson and a small box. You have to see it to believe it. But, of course, it's all magic!

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