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December 13-19, 2001 ARCHIVES
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Friends and December Shows In Las Vegas

by Norm Johnson
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I've mentioned this before, but one of the nice things about writing this column is the great shows one gets to see or the fantastic people one meets over the years. Some become lifelong friends with most becoming good friends for sure. I have been blessed over the years to make many friends. Of this I am grateful.

Recently two of my good friends celebrated special events in their life. Robert Goulet had his 68th birthday and Tony Sacca presented his 16th annual "Merry Christmas Las Vegas" benefit celebration. Robert's wife, Vera (they will be celebrating 20 years of marriage during 2002) hosted a surprise party for this wonderful friend of over 22 years at their Las Vegas home. Sacca held his celebration at the Stratosphere where he had three television cameras covering the occasion for delayed airing across the nation. Both had a slew of celebrities on hand to help them celebrate. Needless to say I am not going to list them all, but it was a fun evening (Goulet) and afternoon (Sacca) for everyone in attendance.

Sacca's show is very special in that it's a joyful program of seasonal songs and laughter. The program conceived by Tony, with the assistance of his wife Darlene, always donates every red cent collected (a requested $25 donation ticket) to benefit the Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts, a non-profit organization that awards grants and scholarships to students and teachers in the performing arts.

The Suncoast showroom will be quite busy this month with some great acts. First off the bat will be Don Ho's Hawaiian Christmas Show featuring The Kids Next Door and his lovely daughter Hoku (which means Star). He'll be singing many of your favorites from his years of entertaining beginning tomorrow (Dec. 14) through Sunday, with showtime set for 7 pm. Don will be followed by The Kingston Trio on Dec. 21-23 with an 8 pm. showtime. Then the remarkable and wonderful 17-piece orchestra of Vince Falcone and his partner with the great voice, Frankie Randall takes over the showroom on Dec. 29-30 with an 8 pm. showtime.

The Imperial Palace has been going country every year since the National Finals Rodeo began coming to Las Vegas, and this year is no exception. Usually John Stuart, the legendary producer of "Legends in Concert" brings in a complete new lineup. However, this year he has kept his regulars Madonna, Liberace, Tom Jones, The Temptation and Elvis and added two country greats in Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (as portrayed by Annika Nielson and Zack Parrish). The two will blow you away so perfect is their act as they perform duets such as "Let's Make Love," "I Like It, I Love It" and "It's You Love." Showtimes are 7:30 and 10:30 pm. in the Imperial Theatre with tickets priced at $34.50 for adults. The two country stars will close Saturday night.

The Follies Bergere show at the Tropicana Hotel has a newly revised show (which we plan on reviewing very soon) as well as a great new singer in the form of Traci Ault. Ault is no newcomer to Las Vegas regulars, as she has appeared in numerous strip productions as well as regional theatre companies. Incidentally, the “Follies” is the nations longest running production show and was originally brought to the Tropicana by Lou Walters, who was the entertainment director in 1959. Showtimes are nightly at 7:30 and 10 pm., except Thursday. The early show is covered for audiences of all ages and the late show is topless.

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