Sunday, September 17, 2000 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
"Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus", "La Cage", More...

Jackie Brett
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World premiere's are exciting and Las Vegas will be privy to one on Sept. 28, when "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" debuts in the 750-seat Flamingo Showroom as a musical comedy.

Author John Gray, whose best selling relationship guide book inspired this entertainment venture, was in town recently for the announcement. He said the 24-song show was written by Rita Abrams, who gave music lessons to his daughter and commented that it would make a good revue.

The press got a very exciting sneak preview to three songs and met the 10-member cast, who play four married couples setting one couple up on a blind date and giving them advice. The lead characters Janien Masse and Mark W. Smith play the set-up couple and they were both principals of the recently-closed "Notre Dame de Paris."

Gray's insightful book has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and was the second best-selling book of the 1990s, behind the Bible. "All the messages of my book are there, but cleverly disguised as pure entertainment," Gray said.

Tickets will be on a three-tiered price structure of $36, $44 and $52 plus tax. Ten preview shows will take place Sept. 18-27, with a $39 ticket price. For tickets call 1-800-221-7299 or 702-733-3333 or visit

As a side note, notice the word "Hilton" has been removed from the Flamingo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip because of an agreement with new owners Park Place Entertainment Corp. This move also affects the Laughlin and Reno Hilton properties.

Sarah Brightman will bring her "La Luna" tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Oct. 20. The tour, featuring an all-new stage production, will include a mix of tunes from her most recent album, "La Luna," as well as her previous platinum alum "Time to Say Goodbye" and gold album "Eden," and from the musical theater. In the last two years alone, she has sold more than 5 million albums.

"La Luna" showcases Brightman's crystalline soprano voice in five different languages. Tickets to her concert are $35, $50, $75 and $150 plus applicable charges, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000 or go online at

"An Evening at La Cage," starring Frank Marino as Joan Rivers, will celebrate its 15th anniversary as the fifth longest running show in Las Vegas this week on Sept. 21. The show stays fresh by being updated every six to seven months. Tickets for this special 7:30 performance are $22.25 plus fees and taxes, call 702-794-9433.

Marino has the largest wardrobe of any showman in Las Vegas since Liberace. He is technically the longest running headliner on the Las Vegas Strip, who has performed in a production show at the same hotel with 15 years under his garter belt. Marino's contract has been extended another ten years.

The lavish female impersonator revue actually opened on Sept. 18, 1985. Immediately after opening, Joan Rivers sued Marino for $5 million when he used her lines in "La Cage." The controversy spanned years and put his name on the map.

For the anniversary festivities, flamboyant Vegas personality Monti Rock III will be the "official host" of the evening and meet and greet the audience. Rock has theater, film and television credits. His recording career is highlighted by the albums "Piece Of The Rock," "Manhattan Millionaire" and "Disco Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes," which sold over seven million copies and features the 60's hits "Get Dancin' " and "I Want To Dance Withcou."

The Las Vegas Hilton has strong headliners featured this month in the 1,700-seat Hilton Theater, call 1-800-222-5361. Reba McEntire is returning Sept. 14-17, after a successful run earlier this year. Tickets are $90. Kenny Rogers will continue the country music scene on Sept. 22 and 23. Tickets start at $55. Engelbert Humperdinck, who holds the distinction of selling more than 125 million records and has more fan club members than any other artist, will appear Sept. 26-Oct. 1. Tickets again start at $55.

Ray Charles with 10 Grammys to his name will headline in The Orleans Showroom, Sept. 27-Oct. 1. He's considered a national treasure and has been recognized in the Halls of Fame for Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Rock & Roll. Tickets range from $59.95 to $79.95 plus tax, call 702-365-7075.


Debbie Reynolds will appear at The Orleans Showroom, Oct. 5-8, but not before she headlines in the new 500-sesat Suncoast Hotel & Casino Showroom on Sept. 23 and 24.

Reynolds has more than 25 films to her credit. She is about to star in daughter Carrie Fisher's movie script entitled, "Those Old Broads" starring Shirley MacLaine, Lauren Bacall and Elizabeth Taylor. Reynolds has also just received an "Emmy" award nomination for her recurring role in the television series "Will & Grace."

At The Orleans her shows range from $33.95 to $43.95 plus tax. At Suncoast, located 11 miles from the Strip, ticket prices start at $39.95 plus tax, call 702-365-7075.

The Mediterranean-themed Suncoast opened its $200 million, 200-room resort in northwest Las Vegas this past week on Sept. 12. Amenities include five restaurants, a 64-lane bowing alley, a child care center, a 600-seat bingo room and 25,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Most of the slot machines dispense bar-coded slips for cash-outs of 200 or more coins.

The exciting Hollywood-word is Robin Williams has signed a development deal to star in a movie based on the life of the flamboyant pianist Liberace. There's no way to do his life story without a lot of filming being done around Las Vegas.

Park Place Entertainment Corp. has opened its new hotel check-in desk at McCarran International Airport.

The desk, open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight, lets guests check into their hotel rooms and receive keys for rooms at Park Place's four Las Vegas resorts: Bally's, Paris, Caesars Palace and the Flamingo. The desk also lets guests order show tickets and check their bags for delivery to their rooms.

The MGM Grand has a similar satellite check-in desk at McCarran.

Shaggy-haired singer Eddie Money will perform at the Sunset Ballroom in the Flamingo on Sept. 29 and 30. Staying current, he has a new album "Ready Eddie" featuring all new material. Two of the songs -- "Ready to Rock" and "Broken Down Chevy" -- pay homage to his rock `n roll roots. Tickets are $25 and $37.50 plus tax, call 702-733-3333.

The 2000 Billboard Music Awards will air on FOX, Tuesday, Dec. 5. The MGM Grand Garden Arena will play host as the stars for the music world gather for the11th year in a row to honor the No. 1 performers of the year.

Now in its 107th year of publication, "Billboard" magazine is the premier music industry publication read weekly by more than 150,000 people in 110 countries.

The MGM is offering Grand Value Days based upon availability during the following dates: Sept. 17-21; Oct. 3-5; Nov. 19-22, 26-30; Dec. 3-7, 10-21. Substantial savings are being offered with room rates starting at $69.95 per night. In addition, guests will receive savings on a variety of services, entertainment, recreational facilities and dining options at the resort.

There's a 20 percent savings on adult tickets to "EFX" starring Tommy Tune, two-for-one brunch or dinner at the buffet, a complimentary bottle of champagne with dinner for two at either The Hollywood Brown Derby or Dragon Court restaurant. There's also a 15 percent savings at the gourmet restaurant Gatsby's. The Grand Spa offers $5 off the facility fee, and shoppers at select MGM Grand retail outlets will receive a free gift with a purchase of $25 or more.

For "Grand Value Days" reservations or information, call 1-800-929-111 or 702-891-7777.

Caesars Palace has added Walters Golf Player Services to its Empire as an added amenity. Located at the Front Desk, Walters Golf will handle all golf inquiries and requests for hotel gusts, including tee times, transportation and information about courses in Las Vegas, call 702-731-7400 or fax 702-731-7404. Golf specialists will assist groups with tournaments and large outings.

Guests will have the opportunity, through Walters Golf, to play at three private clubs just minutes from Caesars Palace. Another option is Walters Golf's newest course, Bali Hai schedueld to open in November. Bali Hai is a 7,050-yard, par-72, tropical-themed golf course highlighted by an island green, numerous large water features, thick stands of towering palms, tropical plants and flowers.

Trombonists from all over the country will gather on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus for the 16th annual 76 Trombones+4 benefit concert. The 2 p.m. event will be held at Artemus Ham Hall. The massed trombone choir of more than 100 will perform light classics and jazz standards. Tickets in advance are $10 and $12 the day of the concert with discounts for seniors, call 702-895-3736.

The popular nightclub C2K at The Venetian closed recently. Other nightclub choices in town include Baby's at the Hard Rock, Studio 54 at the MGM Grand, RA at the Luxor, The NightClub at the Las Vegas Hilton and Club Rio at the Rio.

The MGM Grand Adventures theme park is closed for the season. It will only open for scheduled private functions until it reopens to the general public for Memorial Day weekend in 2001.On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is having its 6th annual Harvest Festival. The event will include cultural and natural history demonstrations, craft projects and more, Call 702-363-1921 for information.

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