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Sunday, April 22, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Reams And Nolte Join 'The Producers', Diana Krall Headlines, Lauryn Hill Performs Poolside, Paul Anka Celebrates Anniversary, Fall Out Boy Rescheduled, 'Friday Night Live' Music Begins, Tony Bennett Postponed, Madame Tussauds Unveils Matthew McConaughey, Gaming Life Expo Set, 'Escape: A Tribute To Journey' On Stage, Summer Clambakes Coming, The Signature Opens In July, More...


Jackie Brett
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Paris Las Vegas has announced that Lee Roy Reams and Bill Nolte will join the cast of Mel Brooks musical comedy "The Producers" direct from Broadway on Monday, May 7. Reams will play the outrageously flamboyant Roger DeBris, the part that David Hasselhoff is vacating on May 6, and Nolte will play playwright Franz Liebkind. Hasselhoff will be leaving the show due to a prior commitment as a judge on the hit TV series "America's Got Talent." Beginning, May 7 tickets prices will be $69, $99 and $143.50, call 877-374-7469.

Reams joins the Las Vegas cast after receiving the Helen Hays and Carbonell Awards for his portrayal of Roger DeBris in the First National Co. The New York Times hails him as "Broadway's song and dance man nonpareil." Television, concerts and cabaret have taken him to the White House and around the world.

Nolte has toured the United States and Japan with the Leo and Max Companies of "The Producers." He has many other Broadway credits.

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"The Producers" opened at Paris earlier this year on Feb. 9. The production opened on Broadway on April 19, 2001, to unanimous rave reviews and is the recipient of the most Tony Awards in Broadway History _12 including Best Musical.

The Las Vegas Hilton has signed Grammy winner Diana Krall to her first Las Vegas appearance over four nights, June 14 -17. Her show will feature The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. This exclusive engagement also marks the start of her three-month long U.S. tour in support of her latest release, "From This Moment On (Verve)." Tickets range from $95 to $125, call 702-732-5755 or 800-222-5361.

In 1993, Krall released her first album, "Stepping Out," which she recorded with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. Her third, "All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio" in 1996, was nominated for a Grammy and continued for 70 weeks on the Billboard jazz charts. She has won two Grammys, one for "Best Jazz Vocal Performance" in 1999 for "When I Look In Your Eyes," the first ever Jazz record nominated for "Best Album," and the other for "Best Jazz Vocal Album" in 2002 for "Live in Paris."

As part of a summer concert series, the Red Rock resort will present "An Evening with Lauryn Hill" on Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. poolside at the Sandbar Backyard outdoor concert venue. For tickets, call 702-524-5300.

Hill launched her music career with the successful hip hop trio The Fugees. Releasing their debut album "The Score" in 1996, the group sold more than 17 million albums world-wide. Hill parted ways with The Fugees to pursue a solo career and produced "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998. She was credited with assimilating hip-hop into mainstream music. The album sold more than 12 million albums, topped virtually every major music critic's best-of list, and picked up five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Hill laid low for the next few years and released the double-disc "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0" in 2002.

Paul Anka will mark his 50th anniversary in music and nearly five decades performing in Las Vegas with an exclusive appearance at the Las Vegas Hilton on May 4 and 5. Tickets are $60-$85, call 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.

As a recording artist, Anka has sold more than 40 million albums, CDs and singles worldwide. In the United States, he has scored three No. 1 songs, "Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "You're Having My Baby," as well as 22 Top 20 hits. To date, he has recorded 125 albums, including more than 10 albums in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian, composing songs culturally tailored to each country. Anka's recent an d most personal album, "My Way - Swings & Strings," is a collection of his favorite songs.

In addition, Anka has written a staggering 900 songs and 130 of them were recorded by other artists including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt. He is particularly well-known for penning signature songs for others, notably "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (Buddy Holly), "She's a Lady" (Tom Jones), "Puppy Love" (Donny Osmond) and, of course, "My Way" (Frank Sinatra).

The Fall Out Boy concert at The Pearl at the Palms originally scheduled for Sunday, April 29, has been moved to Sunday, June 24, due to personal issues beyond the band's control. Any unconfirmed tickets will be released and available for sale beginning Saturday, May 5. Tickets are $37, call 702-474-4000.

"Infinity On High," the long-awaited new album by Fall Out Boy, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in February on the first week and was also the No. 1 Digital Album. This new album is the follow-up "From Under The Cork Tree," Fall Out Boy's debut one, which has sold more than three million copies worldwide since its release in May 2005.

The group won the coveted MTV2 Award in 2005, picked up the 2006's MTV VMA Viewers Choice Award, and received last year's Grammy nomination in the Best New Artist category.

The Hard Rock will kick off its new poolside Friday Night Live series on April 27 at 8 p.m. with the Australian rockers Jet. The group's debut album "Get Born" was released in 2003. A worldwide smash, it sold over 3.5 million copies, and earned the band a mantle of awards including Best Rock video at the 2003 MTV Awards.

Eight more acts have been confirmed so far for Friday Night Live: LL Cool J May 4; girl band The Donnas May 11; Everlast & DJ Muggs May 18; Dread Zeppelin May 25; Eek-A-Mouse June 15; Ky-Mani Marley Aug. 3; Steel Pulse Aug. 10; and Young Dubliners Aug. 24. Tickets are $20 and $40 for LL Cool J., call 702-474-4000.


Singer Tony Bennett postponed his April 13 and 14 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton because he was recovering from the flu.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas has unveiled a new life-sized wax figure of "Sexiest Male Celebrity" Matthew McConaughey. The museum asked its customers to help select its next wax figure in a poll to name Hollywood's "Sexiest Male Celebrity." Superstar Matthew McConaughey won in a landslide.

The last night jazz sessions with Prince are continuing through April. Approximately 45 minutes following Prince's performances in 3121, the Late Night Jam Sessions take place inside 3121 with a ticket price of just $70. The 3121 Jazz Cuisine is closed and as yet there's no word what will take over the space that was formerly Buzzio's restaurant.

The 25th Annual Open will be held at TPC Summerlin and TPC Canyons Oct. 8-14. The 2007 tournament is in search of volunteers. Golf enthusiasts over the age of 18 can sign up; call Kathy Williamson at 702-242-3008. A Volunteer Package remains $25 and includes: a week-long badge, a season badge for a guest, logoed shirt and visor, lunch, memorabilia discounts, special promotions and final party.

The Rio's third annual 2007 Gaming Life Expo (GLE) is scheduled to coincide with the World Series of Poker®. The expo will exhibit more than 100 diverse company booths with varied attractions. An indoor sand beach volleyball court will feature an all-ladies tournament, competing for a cash prize. A racing-themed area and bar with racing simulators will offer customers the chance to meet celebrity racers, view authentic race cars and participate in giveaways. Rio Secco's Golf World, an area dedicated to the sport, will showcase top retail products and instructors providing professional tips and free rounds.

Beverage tastings, live sports, martial arts demos, tattooing, live stage performances and much more will intensify the GLE experience. The increased participation of non-poker related exhibitors and the more than 100,000 attendees last year indicate the growing popularity of the WSOP.

The expo is free and open to the public age 21 and over. The schedule will be July 5-8 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Escape the ultimate Journey tribute featuring the band's classic hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s will appear at the Silverton next Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. Tickets are $9.99, call 702-914-8557 or 1-866-946-4373.

The five California rockers making up Escape have had musical success together and apart. Singer John Koha carefully emulates Journey's lead singer Steve Perry. His voice can be heard singing the title track, "Don't Stop Believin'," in the movie "A View From the Top" starring Gwyneth Paltrow. He was the front man for the rock band Koha, and was even joined on stage for a vocal duet with Steve Perry.

Keyboardist and guitarist Stu Simone's credits include working with top-drawing musicians and bands, as well as numerous sessions for movies and TV. In 1999, Simone played before 300,000 fans as the keyboardist for Poison on their headlining tour. Lead guitarist Jay Gore has played with members of Santana, and drummer Gary Ponder and bassist Clark Souter round out the rest of the group.

The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas, located 17 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip, has started clambakes, BBQ feasts and "Dive-In Movies" that are open to hotel guests and the public. From 5 to 8 p.m., the Poolside Café and Grill is offering brand new menus for its Friday night Clambakes through May 25 and Saturday night BBQ Feasts through May 26. Also on Friday nights, guests can experience free "Dive-In Movies" in May at 8:30 p.m. For information, call 702-567-4700 or book online.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship 12-part series began airing April 12 and 19, and will continue April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7, 14 and 21. Spike TV is airing "The Ultimate Fighter 5" a mixed martial arts series in the United States and Canada on those dates. Locally, Las Vegas native and ultimate fighter Gray Maynard is appearing for each viewing at the Aces Bar & Grill located on the corner of Warm Springs and El Capitan. Aces Bar has big screen TVs and offers drink specials, match play and raffle prizes, call 702-579-3330.

During January, they chose 16 contenders for the filming and the prospects were secluded in a house near Las Vegas. This series features one weight class, the lightweights (145-155 lb) and they are divided into two teams. The winner will get a six-figure contract with the UFC and a chance to compete in a fight at The Palms Hotel on Saturday, June 23 to be televised.

The Signature at MGM Grand will open its third 576-suite tower in July. The debut of this all-suite tower will mark the completion of The Signature at MGM Grand complex and Las Vegas' first condo hotel project. Guests of each tower enjoy separate lobbies with different designs and amenities, check-in facilities and pool complexes including private cabanas, Jacuzzi and bars.

Tower 1 offers a fitness center, retail shopping, lobby lounge and Starbucks. Tower 2 includes a delicatessen and Tower 3 has a fitness center. Both Towers 2 and 3 feature meeting rooms and executive boardrooms. Rates begin at $200 for a junior suite; $300 for a one-bedroom suite; and $510 for a two-bedroom suite, call 877-727-0007.

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