Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
October 4-10, 2001 ARCHIVES
Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
Review of the Popular Las Vegas Weekly TV Show


by Larry Houck
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Another road trip for the "Backstage Live" crew as hosts Gary Campbell and Connie Ross took in another sampling of the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah.

Fred Adams, founder of the festival, kicked off the show with his usual charm and professionalism, talking about the Fall Festival schedule that includes the plays "Around the World in 80 Days" and "The Fantasticks." Adams has plenty of reasons to be proud of his festival, especially after taking home the 2000 Tony Award for "Outstanding Regional Theatre."

Throughout the two-hour broadcast, which took place onstage in the Adams Theatre, cast members of "Around the World in 80 Days" dropped in to talk about the play, their careers and the excitement that surrounds the Utah Shakespearean Festival. The actors included Ian Stuart (Phileas Fogg), Enid Atkinson (Auoda), Sam Stewart (Sir Francis Cromarty), Richard Kinter (Detective Fix), Bradley Whyte (Foley Artist) and Alexander Ward (Passepartout).

This year, the "Backstage Live" crew was hosted by Doug Knell, who owns The Stratford Hotel, located at 18 S. Main Street in Cedar City, Utah. Knell dropped in on the show to talk about the lodging available for the Festival, considering that the Utah Shakespearean Festival is a favorite weekend getaway spot for Las Vegas residents.

Gary & Connie also had the chance to talk with Donna Law, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, who discussed the reasons for the popularity of this wonderful yearly event.

Last, but not least, the Feste of Fools, an "eclectic, happily-dysfunctional family of multi-gifted performers," shared some of their talents with the "Backstage" crew. This troupe roams the grounds of the festival performing through song, juggling, twirling and dance and setting the perfect mood for audiences attending one of the fabulous plays. For more information or tickets to the Utah Shakespearean Festival, call 1-800-PLAYTIX or look up on the worldwide web.

You, too, can join Gary and Connie weekly FREE in the Grand Salon of The Auto Collections, fifth floor of the parking facility of the Imperial Palace, every Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m., to see the stars come out for "Backstage Live."

Talk America Radio Network and Cable Radio Network originate "Backstage Live," and it airs in the Las Vegas area, live, on KNUU 970 AM, Saturdays 6-8 p.m., and on tape delay on Sundays 10-Mid. on KXNT 840 AM.

If you prefer to just listen in, but would also like to call in, the listener call-in number is 800-298-TALK (8255).

"Backstage Live" is also seen locally on Cox Cable Metro 48, Saturday and Sunday nights, from 11 p.m. to midnight. KEEN TV 17 airs the show Fridays 9 to 11 p.m. and on Realtime video, Also, see "Backstage Live" on KPVM Channel 41 in Pahrump, Nevada, Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m. National cable TV syndicated by American Independent Network, check your local listings.

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