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November 21, 2014

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Photo: Paul Shortino emerges from the fog while performin
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, it’s probably ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ at Trop
Monday, November 17, 2014
Now at the Tropicana, "Raiding the Rock Vault" is comfortably familiar, ever-rocking and absent the notorious "Orkin Scene." ...
Photo: KISS begins their residency at The Joint on Wednes
KISS gives away the house; Steve Wynn recalls the days of going full throttle
Thursday, November 6, 2014
During a rare quiet moment in the KISS opening-night performance Wednesday night at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, the band broke between “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. ...
Photo: Laugh Factory at the Tropicana headliner Murray Sa
‘The Dennis Bono Show’ airs it out; Sawchuck goes on his Murray way
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Popular among locals since it debuted 15 years ago at Sunset Station, “The Dennis Bono Show” has been buoyed by a new syndication deal Bono signed with the CRN Network. He now reaches 30 additional radio stations ...
Photo: John Payne and Robin McAuley perform with other ba
In one magic stroke, Trop lures ‘Rock Vault’ and Jan Rouven
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
In a sweep affecting three hotel-casinos — so far — “Raiding the Rock Vault” is vacating the theater at Westgate Las Vegas and moving to Tropicana Theater. ...
Photo: Lady Gaga performs during her ArtRave: The ArtPop
Celebrity preview: Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Koz, Crystal Hefner
Friday, August 1, 2014
It’s music mayhem because in addition to Lady Gaga’s second time at MGM Grand in two weeks, there’s Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and The Plain White T’s at Red Rock Resort; Journey and The Steve Miller Band at Mandalay Bay; Aerosmith at MGM Grand; and more.
‘Mamma Mia!’ closes in less than three months at Tropicana
‘Mamma Mia!’ closes in less than three months at Tropicana
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The return of “Mamma Mia!” at the Tropicana lasted about six years less than the show’s original run at Mandalay Bay. The show is closing, effective ...
Photo: Alison Ewing, Christine Sherril and Mary Callanan
‘Mamma Mia!’ star Alison Ewing: ‘I had gotten the bug … I was born to do this!’
Monday, July 21, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember charging a ticket price for my performances. It was 5 cents for a show in my living room, me dancing around in my sister’s old, oversized dance-recital costumes while lip syncing to a worn-down record.
Photo: Steve Judkins and Mary Callanan in
‘Mamma Mia!’ star Mary Callanan: ‘I am lucky enough to play one of my dream roles here in Las Vegas’
Monday, July 21, 2014
Guest Columnist:
We’ve now been here six weeks or so; the bags and boxes are emptied, pictures put up, dressing room decorated. Now what? Routine becomes your friend here. Wake up, coffee and breakfast, then a phone call home.
Photo: The official grand opening night of
‘Mamma Mia!’ star Joe Moeller: 10 Things That Make a New Yorker Feel at Home in Las Vegas
Monday, July 21, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Moving to Las Vegas from New York City is a bit abrupt, to say the least, but these Las Vegas staples make living here feel more like home every day. First of all, Las Vegas puts NYC to shame when it comes to 24-hour options.
Photo: Skye Dee Miles and her men arrive at the grand ope
Singer Skye Dee Miles: ‘Perform with passion, perform with purpose, and perform for the people’
Monday, July 14, 2014
Guest Columnist:
“We live for the applause, applause, applause! We live for the applause, ’plause, ’plause!” Just put Lady Gaga’s song on repeat. I have limited space, but you get my point. This is a catchy phrase that refers to all of us in the entertainment business.
Photo: Skye Dee Miles and her men arrive at the grand ope
How one performer can alter the Las Vegas Skye-line
Thursday, June 5, 2014
One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Skye Dee Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos. ...
Photo: Skye Dee Miles and her men arrive at the grand ope
How one performer — a fabulous diva — can alter the Las Vegas Skye-line
Thursday, June 5, 2014
One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Skye Dee Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos.
Laugh Factory’s Harry Basil recalls stint with unprecedented comic lineup at Dunes
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
One night 30 years ago, Harry Basil opened in Las Vegas as part of a comedy show at the Dunes. It was no ordinary lineup. Basil was sharing the hotel’s 500-seat showroom with a handful of other rising young comics.
Photo: Guns N' Roses'
Appetite for Comparison: GNR and ‘Mamma Mia!’ still rock the house
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Guns N’ Roses and “Mamma Mia!” have again touched down in town. These two “entertainment experiences,” as the suits call them, seem unalike, but that isn’t so. Both lean on familiarity in their respective performances. ...
Photo: Shania Twain arrives at the 2014 Billboard Music A
Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain, Murray Sawchuck, Epicurean Affair, Bobby Flay and ‘Rat Rods’
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Las Vegas schoolchildren will be presenting their end-of-year report cards to superstar Shania Twain next week. Last fall, I interviewed Shania after her charitable foundation Shania Kids Can donated funds and furniture to needy elementary school students.

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