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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hey, I'm outa here!
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