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November 30, 2015

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Vegas diva still waiting for wax treatment
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
Who might or might not be depicted in wax at Madame Tussauds is an inexact, if exhaustive, science. Up next for wax-ian treatment are dissimilarly matched, but similarly famous, Las Vegas newsmakers Donny and Marie Osmond, and Mike Tyson. But left out of the parade is ...
It’s a spin through the circus as Jerry Lewis hits ‘Absinthe’
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
This Friday night visit has been long in the making, and Jerry Lewis brings along his wife, Sam, and daughter Danielle, who works for David Saxe Productions. Lewis recently watched the DSP production “Vegas! The Show” and came away impressed ...
Bathtubs, bass solos and ‘Bang Bang’: What to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
A list, off the top of my noodle, about what makes me so thankful to call VegasVille my home. ...
The Kats Report: A new release and kickoff party mark a crucial moment for The Rockie Brown Band
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
The Vegas native has fine-tuned her act at such haunts as the Sand Dollar Lounge and T Spot at Tuscany Suites.
At Luxor, Blue Man Group fulfills expectations by filling its new room
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Luxor, the pointy resort, is where Blue Man Group spent five successful and substantive years before being turned loose just as MGM Mirage (now MGM Resorts) took over hotel operations ...
April comes early for Sin City Theater; ‘Alice’ bounds back to Brooklyn Bowl
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
On the topic of shows featuring Leopardi, “Alice: A Steampunk Rock Concert” has a date for its next performance: Jan. 12 at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade. ...
Monday By the Numbers: Steve Wynn and 23; Carrot Top’s spin with Jeff Gordon; brunch at Giada
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers makes the turn with stats related to Steve Wynn and his first Frank Sinatra experience, Carrot Top’s long-running gag about Jeff Gordon, the Great Santa Run and brunch action at Giada ...
Old mobster is at peace with his past
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Frank Cullotta was a famous hit man for the Chicago Outfit, a self-described former “gangster, burglar, murderer, extortionist, arsonist” who admitted to the 1979 killing of con man Sherwin “Jerry” Lisner in Las Vegas. Today, the 76-year-old Cullotta earns a legal living as an expert in the culture that led him underground ...
Human Nature’s Christmas gift: Holiday revival with Broadway-bound Ruby Lewis
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Ruby Lewis electrified "For the Record: Baz" but was left without a show after that production closed. Suitors on the Strip and Broadway soon called, and Lewis, who blew minds as Daisy Buchanan from “The Great Gatsby,” ...
Trio of barnburner events proves that it’s never dark in Las Vegas
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
This stretch of VegasVille events started Sunday afternoon, either after church or during the afternoon NFL games, depending on your religious practices. It began with Keith Thompson in tears ...
Rockie Brown takes a night for ‘Brand New Day,’ China is fine for Mike Tyson
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Column favorite Rockie Brown is celebrating the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated release of her debut album titled “Brand New Day.” ...
The Kats Report: Blue Man Group comes full circle—to its original Luxor home
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
“We just keep making this work. We keep evolving so we can be better each time.”
Olivia’s ‘Summer Nights’ fits right at Flamingo in 2016
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Just ahead of the last month of 2015, Flamingo Las Vegas has signed both of its primary headliners for 2016. Olivia Newton-John is returning with her “Summer Nights” residency at Donny & Marie Showroom beginning Jan. 19. Her ...
Civillico rides into Rio with ‘Headliners Bash’; Bennett backs Bob Anderson; Cullotta a hit in DLV
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Jeff Civillico is hosting his Win-Win Entertainment’s “Headliners Bash” at 9 p.m. Friday at Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater. ...
Monday By the Numbers: Spanning Southern Wine and L.V. Philharmonic
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers is on the case and cases at Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. In a case of offering equal space to those not old enough to imbibe, we also track ...
Mirth, music set for Colosseum as Steve Martin, Martin Short to play the Strip
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
For one night in March, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be the home of the Martins. Steve Martin and Martin Short are performing a one-night headlining show, “An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life,” on March 6. ...
Dixie Chicks: Reunited and ready to roll at Las Vegas Arena in ’16
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Dixie Chicks once headlined at a Las Vegas neighborhood casino. In July, they play the big room ...
Donny & Marie close out ’15, Piff es en fuego, and advice that made Jack Jones shutter
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
Why am I borderline loitering at Patio Bar? Well, Saturday marked Donny & Marie's final Flamingo performance of 2015. They are out of town through the holidays and January, returning ...
New partnership gives SLS hope for turnaround
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
SLS Las Vegas just turned a year old in August, but the hotel’s ownership and image have morphed considerably. This month, hotel officials disclosed a new partnership, which will result in the 289-room tower closest to Paradise Road serving as the first W hotel in Las Vegas. President Scott Kreeger outlines the next phase for the hotel he took over in September 2014 ...
BMG bananas at new Luxor venue; Life to be resurrected as Foundry Hall at SLS
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau is the food court at Luxor, just a Twinkie toss from Blue Man Group Theater. This is the former home of Jabbawockeez, built for them, in fact, and is now overtaken by BMG in a series of recent venue and production shifts ...
Moving elephant gives Jabbawockeez a chance to open trunk at MGM Grand
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
We’ve heard of the proverbial elephant in the room, but rarely do we encounter an actual elephant in the room. Metaphorically and for real, the Jabbawockeez know about the elephant ...
Monday By the Numbers: A look through the window of Keith Thompson’s ‘God Lives in Glass’
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
For many years, the ever-optimistic Keith Thompson has been seeing this glass as half full. It should be close to the brim this weekend at the Smith Center. Set for 3 p.m. Sunday at Reynolds Hall ...
Billy Idol bringing his rebel yell to HOB in 2016 mini-residency
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay will serve as the proverbial cradle of love next spring as Billy Idol is setting up for the latest “mini-residency” of performances on the Strip. In a show titled “Bill Idol Forever,” the rocker, who turns 60 on Nov. 30, is set for ...
Big things happening for sports fans at Westgate
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
Accelerating like an F-1 car hitting the green flag, Westgate officials are in the process of overhauling the hotel’s sports book. The process began in July, with a reported price tag of $13 million. The first phase is almost complete, and the result is, in fact, staggering.
Andy Walmsley’s ‘Drop the Mic’ ready for mime time Nov. 17 at SLS
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
Emmy Award-winning set designer Andy Walmsley is producing “Drop the Mic.” This sleight-of-mouth cavalcade is set for Nov. 17 at the Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas. In a distinctively Las Vegas moment, the idea was …
Cruising NBT’s ‘Tenth Avenue’ is a bit of a winding trip
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
On Thursday night, I turned to one of the stagehands for Nevada Ballet Theatre and said, “I can’t figure out what to do with my hat, if it should be on my head or in my lap. I feel like it should be on my head when I am aiming the gun …” The response …
Officially, ‘Rock’ rocks out Jan. 3; Red Mercury rises with Britney, Lionel, J.Lo partnership
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Fed Ex Business Center at MGM Grand. Somehow, a person I see quite often around VegasVille but never at ...
Las Vegas musical ‘The Bandstand’ gets shot on Broadway
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Richard Oberacker’s dream for “The Bandstand” was not always spoken. He never wanted to put out in the universe that the musical he had conceived and written with Robert Taylor was destined for Broadway. ...
The Kats Report: Even amid turmoil, Murray Sawchuck continues to raise his public profile
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Sawchuck’s master plan: use his cozy Vegas afternoon show as a launching pad for a weekly TV series.
David Perrico casts line to Britney Spears band; Rio closing Village Seafood Buffet
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
Worlds are mashing as the Las Vegas lounge scene meets a superstar headliner on the Strip at David Perrico’s Pop Strings show Saturday night. Sitting in for the performance at Lounge at the Palms is the four-piece rhythm section for ...
Monday By the Numbers: Puck, pucks and thousands of pounds of chicken
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers unfurls the stats as related to food and play and a combination thereof. Featured is Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill in Downtown Summerlin (which is actually in Summerlin, we’re glad to report), which ...
Rewind: What could’ve been for Trump in downtown Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
"I’ve never been in a room with such egos. I’ve never seen anything like it," Oscar Goodman recalls his wife saying about a conversation between himself and Donald Trump ...
Brief pay-to-park history; how Ross and Wynn nearly went commercial
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau is abuzz with transportation concerns as they relate to the new Las Vegas Arena. We have been reminded this past week that MGM Resorts International might enact parking fees for events at the arena. The venue is to seat 20,000, and the vision for …
Is Las Vegas Arena in ultimate fight for naming rights?
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau this week visited the Halloween party hosted by Matt and Angela Stabile at their home in Seven Hills. The Stabiles operate Stabile Productions, on something of a hot streak of late. ...
The Kats Report: Piff the Magic Dragon is ready to set the Strip on fire
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
A man and his Chihuahua. In dragon costumes. Doing magic.
Hits keep coming from NBT, Oberacker’s ‘Bandstand’ and off-Broadway star Tara Palsha
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau is partnering with Nevada Ballet Theatre in the upcoming production “A Balanchine Celebration: The Best of Ballet, Hollywood and Broadway.” ...
Monday By the Numbers: ‘Miami Vice’ and unicorn action with Penny Pibbets
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
For the last several months, Penny Pibbets has been sending packages of odd items to those who donated to her Kickstarter campaign to fund “The Penny Pibbets Show,” which she performed a half-dozen times last December and ...
Penn Jillette’s atheist fundraiser: Bacon, skepticism and Trump on the side
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Gaining followers as he sheds weight, Penn Jillette realized a vision in the desert Sunday afternoon: The Slammer, his famous first Las Vegas home, has become a fortress for atheist and skeptical philosophies. That, and some ...
New look makes the most of Mandalay Bay’s great view
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015
For several years, the lofty storeroom at Mix restaurant at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay offered a picturesque view of the Strip. Problem was, hardly anyone could take a picture from that 64th-floor …
Spiegelworld-Coastal Luxury brainstorms RRL-style venue
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau on Saturday night could be found at Table No. 43 at Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz and Table No. Whatever at Tuscany Suites’ Piazza Lounge. Long a favorite in VegasVille, the singing-piano …
Public tour of Little Bavaria? Siegfried says, ‘Absolutely not’
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Many Las Vegas homes and sites have been opened over the years, among them Liberace Mansion, the Mob Museum and just last month Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah. But don’t count on a public tour of ...
‘Divas’ Madonna tribute artist has his own blond ambition
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Fan first, tribute artist second. That is the order of progression for Kenneth Banks as he has portrayed Madonna for more than a decade in two Strip productions.
Donny & Marie set to return to Flamingo in 2016 — and watch for them in wax
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
On Saturday, Donny Osmond indicated that a lengthy wait for his sister and him to decide on their future on the Strip was about to be resolved. The two met that afternoon to make the final decision ...
Cheeky changes at Sin City Theater as ‘Crazy Girls’ notches No. 28
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Sin City Theater has been under operational shifts since “Crazy Girls” producer Norbert Aleman relocated the show. ...
The Kats Report: Impressionist Gordie Brown has mastered his manic mind
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
If he’s having a good time in his home entertainment center of a brain, you will, too.
Never arid, Cirque ready to overhaul ‘Love’ and ‘Believe’ in early 2016
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
It was at Springs Preserve that Cirque du Soleil Senior Vice President Jerry Nadal put a timeline on some highly anticipated upgrades in a pair of shows on the Cirque docket: “Believe” at Luxor and “Love” at Mirage. ...
Monday By the Numbers: ‘Jersey Boys’ marks No. 3,000 on the Strip
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers opens with a moment caught at the fifth-annual NF Hope Concert at the Venetian’s Sands Showroom. Members of the Paris Las Vegas show “Jersey Boys” were onstage to perform shtick with ex-cast member ...
Former child star’s new spotlight: activism
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
John Katsilometes catches up with Danny Pintauro, the “Who’s the Boss?” actor who recently shared a big secret on national television and thrust himself into the role of HIV activist.
Donny Osmond voices vocal recovery and return to Flamingo in 2016
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Fulfilling a promise he made two years ago to the family of his late friend and fellow Strip headliner Danny Gans, Osmond once more hosted the Danny Gans Memorial Run for Life, a benefit for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. ...
Piff thinks out of the box, Heidi Klum doesn’t; Village people expect Route 91 return
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is an enclave of serenity just around the corner from Mayweather Boxing Club. All I’ll say about these respective training centers is those inside are apt to slug it out and hug it out. Onward …

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