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July 25, 2014

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VegasBeat — Timothy McDarrah: Stamos, Carlini perform the King and I

We finally worked up the nerve to ask him, but John Stamos wasn't talking about his recent breakup with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. But he had plenty to say about Trent Carlini .

"I am going to bring this guy to Broadway," Stamos told us at the Carson Daly show wrap party at the Hard Rock Hotel's penthouse suite Thursday night. "Trent is far and away the best Elvis in the world, and he deserves to be on the world's biggest stage."

Carlini, who was humbly staring at the floor and shuffling his feet as Stamos went on about him, is a rotating headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton with his "Dream King" Elvis Presley tribute show.

"Las Vegas is a big stage too -- don't get me wrong," the suddenly single Stamos said. "But Broadway is, well, Broadway."

Stamos, who first made a name for himself on "General Hospital" and then on the sitcom "Full House," is a veteran of the Great White Way who also has serious producer credits. Most recently he replaced Antonio Banderas in the Broadway production of "Nine," and also earned solid reviews in "Cabaret" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

Stamos was also executive producer of the 2002 TV biopic "Martin and Lewis," about the famous comedy team of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, and of 1999's "The Beach Boys: An American Family."

Also making the Hard Rock scene were Chef Kerry Simon, comedy headliner Jeff Beacher, Daisy Fuentes, Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile"), Tom Arnold and Daly's house-band leader Richard Cheese (whose real name is Mark Davis and who is the subject of a feature story by Spencer Patterson on page 1E of today's Sun).

Mork alert

Comedian Robin Williams hits town over the Labor Day weekend. He'll play the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sept. 4.

He'd better be funny -- tickets start at $100 and top out at $225, before service charges and taxes are slapped on.

They go on sale Saturday.

More country

Tim McGraw, Clint Black, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill and local faves Lance Burton and Penn & Teller have been added to the lineup for Wednesday's Country Music Awards at Mandalay Bay.

They join an all-star list of performers and presenters that already includes Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait and Kenny Chesney.

The ceremony will be televised on CBS. It airs locally at 8 p.m. on KLAS Channel 8.

Happy

Rotating Orleans headliner Neil Sedaka has a lot to be thrilled about these days.

On June 10 he will receive the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at a Songwriter's Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City. Teen singing sensation Renee Olstead, a protege of Celine Dion's producer, David Foster, sings Sedaka's classic "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" on a soon-to-be-released self-titled album. And Clay Aiken's single of Sedaka's "Solitaire" is No. 1 on Nielsen SoundScan's U.S. Singles Sales chart for the eighth straight week.

Sedaka returns to The Orleans for a one-week engagement June 4.

K-karaoke

Another attractive Las Vegas entertainer named Kellie is hosting karaoke.

For over a year now Kelly Clinton has been doing a celebrity karaoke thing every Monday night at the Bootlegger Bistro, with pals such as Clint Holmes, Martin Nievera, Bill Fayne, Cook E. Jarr and Melba Moore turning out.

Now, Kellie Karl and former TV and Broadway star Allen Fawcett ("Putting on the Hits," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat") are hosting a karaoke night Wednesdays through Saturdays at the Tropics Lounge in the Tropicana.

VegasBits

Ante: Ben Affleck is in Las Vegas. He is in town for appearances today and Saturday surrounding the World Series of Poker ...

Show: Luci Arnaz attended the 10:30 p.m. performacne of "Zumanity" (New York-New York) Thursday night ...

Next: In Demand, the pay cable service, is broadcasting the pilot of "The Strip Poker Invitational" at 10 p.m. July 18, according to CableFAX Daily, an industry newsletter. Producers are looking for a Vegas locale for the event, which features six women playing Texas Hold 'Em. Carmen Electra is the host. We hope she also plays a few hands ...

Badge: Cop-turned-author Lou Eppolito, one of the most-decorated New York City police detectives, was at AquaKnox (Venetian) for its anniversary fete Wednesday night. He has also had bit parts in several movies, including "Bullets Over Broadway" and "Mad Dog and Glory." His daughter, Andrea Eppolito, helps manage the swank eatery ...

Club: Marklen Kennedy, a distant cousin of the former president and a one-time soap opera actor, has returned to his position at Light (Bellagio) as a VIP host, celeb wrangler and all-around troubleshooter ...

Ahh: Barry Eyestone is the new spa director at Imperial Palace. He has more than a decade of experience working at MGM Grand, Canyon Ranch and the JW Marriott in Summerlin ...

Move: John McCoy is leaving the powerhouse PR firm of KirvinDoak Communications for Cirque du Soleil, where he'll keep the "Mystere" juggernaut flowing ...

Focus: Famed rock (music that is, not actual rocks) photogs Robert Knight and Maryanne Bilham-Knight will make an appearance at the Art of Music gallery at Desert Passage at the Aladdin at 6 p.m. Saturday. John 5 of Marilyn Manson will also appear and Dishwalla will perform a brief set. The Knights have shot every top act from Eric Clapton to the Rolling Stones.

From Sun wires

Seinfeld short: Seinfeld and Superman are together again for another adventure.

Jerry Seinfeld and the superhero are costarring in a second online short film, titled "Hindsight Is 20/20," which premiered Thursday. It's available on the American Express Web site alongside the first short they did together, "A Uniform Used to Mean Something."

Cash in demand: One piece at a time, Johnny Cash's guitars, banjos, handwritten lyrics, photographs, vintage black leather clothing, Grammy Awards and other belongings will be auctioned this fall by Sotheby's.

More than 650 pieces from the estate of the country music icon and his wife, June Carter Cash, will be offered Sept. 14 and 15, Sotheby's said Thursday.

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