This week I did an in depth interview with the Cuban legend “herself”, David De Alba. He opens at the Onyx Theater on November 11 in a loving tribute to Judy Garland.
This columnist was fascinated by the home of Mr. De Alba, which contains more memorabilia on this iconic legend – including posters, costumes, dolls – all in tribute to Garland. I am the Puerto Rican legend and thought I was the hairdresser to the stars. Mr. De Alba is, in a way, my Cuban counterpart. He did a mini concert for me and his marvelous voice was something to behold.
Also this week we have the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.” This time they did it right and picked a dog act that will headline here in Vegas in the next few weeks at the Palazzo. We also have the exit of Sharon Osborne which, in my opinion, is no great loss.
Now we have “American Idol” with new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey as the dueling divas. What is Keith Urban doing there? And, of course, Randy Jackson, what is he still doing there?
It is time to pull the plug but not before giving Minaj reportedly $12 million and Carey $18 million. So far there is no mention of how much Urban’s earning. I would have done it for considerably less and some fresh fruit.
Now we have “The X Factor” with a nicer Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid serving up their peculiar brand of ho hum. “The Voice” made its debut with Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and the gorgeous Adam Levine from Maroon 5.
Cee Lo just announced this will be his last season on “The Voice.” Their ratings are pretty high but how many of these shows do you need to change a light bulb my darlings? The true talents, in my opinion, to emerge from all these shows is Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Hicks. Hicks was a big hit in Las Vegas this past summer and also at the Republican convention. Bally’s has just signed him for another year.
Frankie Moreno’s star continues to shine more brightly as his new CD is being released. We attended the Official VIP CD release party last week. Frankie is the current star attraction at the Stratosphere and has been seen on national television. He has also been named Headliner of the Year in Las Vegas. This new CD covers many genres, including classical and country. He’s a big star in the making.
Back to Green. His “CeeLo and Friends” will be doing a special show at Planet Hollywood on Oct. 10. Rod Stewart and the Muppets are the latest names to sign on to this special show. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Keep Memory Alive, which raises awareness and funds in support of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets and more info. CeeLo will have his own show at PH beginning in February 2013.
Knockout Cancer for Candelighters’ Kids will hold its annual event to raise funds for children with cancer Oct 11 at Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort. Please call 702-737-1919 for more information.
A new show I love is iCandy Burlesque at the David Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood. Great voices, imaginative choreography, suggestive staging (because burlesque was all about creating an illusion), wonderful costumes and a woman who knows how to relate to “the pole.” The show is late (10:30 p.m.) so get a nap.
Barbara Streisand is going back on tour and will be at MGM on November 2 for a single performance. This is the voice of the 20th century as well as a great actress and director. We’ll be among the first to get tickets. She was awarded Kennedy Center Honors and is a national treasure. Don’t miss her, as she doesn’t often tour.
We visited the recently opened Public House Restaurant at the Luxor. This wonderful place has a huge selection of beers, wines and foods plus a relaxed atmosphere.
There will be a V.I.P. performance of Crazy Girls to commemorate their Silver Anniversary on October 3. This, as most of you know, is the longest-running topless revue on the Strip. Congratulations to Norman Aleman for keeping this show alive and ever entertaining.
Phantom may have closed in Las Vegas, but star Anthony Crivello moves on quickly. He has just been signed for a leading role in the anniversary revival of Golden Boy opening soon at Lincoln Center in NYC. Anthony, a multi-talented performer, is a gift to and from the world of entertainment.
Show business lost another one of the fabulous “old-timers” last week. Norman Kaye, the last surviving member of the Mary Kaye Trio, which was the best lounge act in Las Vegas along with Louis Prima during the 1950’s, died at age 89.
Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta is the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at MontiRock@GamingToday.com
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