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Praise for "Praise",
Bad Girls at the Hilton, Shecky Greene Returns to the Suncoast, Plus More...

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Well, gang, I've got a lot of catching up to do, so this column will cover a multitude of little subjects and a couple of reviews.

First off the bat, I attended Larry Hart's new production of "Praise," at the South Point Resort a couple of Sunday's ago. And, I must say, it was quite a production! It had great music, wonderful singers, some fabulous costumes and even a wee bit of humor. I liked the show tremendously. It's hard to pick out any particular singer as number one, but there is no problem in selecting the best singer doing a couple of comedy songs - Jeneane Marie gets the nod hands down.

I've known Ms. Marie for a number of years and have always admired her vocal abilities. But, this is the first time I've seen this great singer (who can belt out a song with the best of them, including Sophie Tucker) do comedy. Her first song was titled, "Big," and her costume was designed to enlarge her size two-fold, and the words were really funny. So were her expressions! Jeneane's next song was "Jesus Loves Me for the Mess I Am," and was delivered perfectly - her physical size, words and expressions sold it for me. Her third song, near the end of the show, "If it Wasn't for Jesus," was the final touch for a great gal-showing the full extent of her comedic vocal abilities and seriousness (when called for).

Hart, a well known Grammy-winner, opened the show with three rousing songs, including, "More" and the title song, "Praise." Mary Williams followed with a powerful, "I Was a Wild, Wild Woman." Diane Span performed, "It Don't Matter What You Call Him," followed by Jennifer Wainwright singing, "With Your Love." Jenevi, who can often be found singing backup for Wayne Newton, sang the first of her three songs, "Blossom of My Life," beautifully, and the costume was a knockout. Ms. Paris Red sang a wonderful, "Watch Over Me." All together the ladies sang nearly 19 songs, while Larry performed on eight.

All the costumes were basically thought up and designed by Hart. The final touch to the production was the appearance by the Grand Matriarch of the Hart family, Toni Hart, who sang "Pumps," and then joined her son in singing, "Amazing Grace." Sister, Linda Hart, closed out the show by joining the entire cast in singing "Can't Nobody."

Hart plans on, eventually taking the production to Broadway. In the meantime Griffin Productions is negotiating with the South Point for a few more Sunday afternoon dates.


"Bad Girls," a new Sin City production, will have its VIP/Media night, Thursday, April 30, in the Shimmer Showroom at the Hilton Hotel. It is replacing "Menopause..The Musical," which concluded its four-year run last Sunday. If the new Sin City production, direct from the naughty minds of producer Glenn Medas and creator/director, Michael Chambers, is like any of their previous revues, then it should be safe for at least four years...

Golden Nugget will be staging its World Series of Slots contest, with a $250,000 prize pool, April 17-19...

Marvin Lashever reports that his son, Steven, has been promoted to partner with CAA (one of the big talent agencies in Hollywood)...

Dangerous Curves (a super group of three ladies who sing their butts off) will be performing at the Flamingo Library Theater, Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m...

The Love Train stops off at The Club, inside the Cannery in North Las Vegas, when the O'Jays perform their number No.1 hit, Saturday, April 25...

One of the great ones, Shecky Greene, makes his Suncoast casino debut, May 15-17 at 7:30. If you have never heard of Shecky, it's because he has sorta been on a long vacation. In his heyday, nobody could touch this wizard of the stage - he sings opera, he does pop, he is a comic bar-none and is just one heck of an entertainer. His home in Las Vegas for a number of years was the plush lounge (mini showroom in those days) at the old Riviera Hotel. We go way back in time, and you can bet your last dollar, I'll be there cheering him on opening night!...

I got an e-mail the other day from my ex-wife, Cathy Bittinger, who attached a story about an American Hero, who had won the Medal of Honor for rescuing more than 30 American soldiers during a fire fight in Viet Nam. It was quite a story. At the end, they show a photo of Ed Freeman. Freeman had flown his un-armed copter into the midst of the fighting to take out the wounded-after the medic-copters were told not to attempt the rescue. Freeman recently passed away at the age of 80. There was no national news regarding this man who was a hero. That's a shame!...

Our group will be at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission this Easter Sunday helping in any way we can. Hope to see ya there?

That's it for this week.
I'm Outa here!

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