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May 24, 2015

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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.
Photo: Chippendales' 10th anniversary with guest host Jak
Star Surveillance: Jake Pavelka, Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, Jeremy Lin
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Former “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With the Stars” star Jake Pavelka dined at Stack in the Mirage and enjoyed oysters, hot rocks and wings before watching Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love.” Fans mobbed handsome actor Josh Henderson at the D Las Vegas.
Photo: The official grand opening night of
Photos: Happy-go-lucky songs and love mesh in ‘Mamma Mia!’ at Tropicana
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
“Mamma Mia!” is ABBA’s fun, feel-good, forget-your-troubles smash-hit musical, and it’s back rocking the Strip. After watching it in London, New York and Las Vegas since it began its global trek 15 years ago, I’ve finally figured out its secret to success.
Photo: Madonna backstage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awar
Celebrity preview: BBMAs, Tiger Woods, John Legend, HRC Gala, Phillip Phillips, ‘Mamma Mia!’
Friday, May 16, 2014
In space parlance: Las Vegas, we have a problem! It’s a sexually charged battle of the vivacious vixens. Breakout female rapper Iggy Azalea is likely to get very explicit Sunday at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards with her hit “Fancy.”
Photo: An artists rendering of Victor Drais Beach Club an
Strip Scribbles: Drai’s at Cromwell nears completion; Pure at Caesars Palace closes for major facelift
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Construction crews at the Cromwell have given the go-ahead for nightlife czar Victor Drai to set the final timetable for the opening of his $100 million rooftop, center Strip Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub that overlooks the Bellagio Fountains.
Photo: Alex Yemenidjian, CEO of the Tropicana, and Judy C
Spandex smash ‘Mamma Mia!’ is ready to take it all at Tropicana Theater
Thursday, May 8, 2014
The phenomenon of “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All” and “Take a Chance on Me” is returning to make more “Money, Money, Money.” After four weeks of rehearsals, a cast of New York and Las Vegas actors and musicians opens it for previews tonight.
Photo: Foster the People performs at Boulevard Pool at Th
Celebrity preview: Bastille, Jason Derulo, Foster the People, Aloe Blacc, Claire Sinclair, Jay Cutler
Friday, April 18, 2014
Happy Easter Weekend, everyone! Viva Las Vegas — it’s also a rockabilly pin-up party weekend, plus a lot of music high notes. The Strip plays host to Foster the People and Phil Lesh, the founding member of The Grateful Dead, while Tyler Farr takes care of country.
Photo: Elise Hansen, Criss Angel, Robin Leach and Claire
Strip Scribbles: Gloria Estefan, Criss Angel, Robosaurus, Carlo’s Bakery, ‘Pawn Stars,’ gay dayclub Xposed!
Monday, March 24, 2014
More headline names are being added to the Keep Memory Alive tribute to Gloria Estefan, but I’ve learned exclusively that Carole King, Jordin Sparks, Rita Moreno, Fantine, Ricky Martin and Jon Secada will all perform duets with Gloria at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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