Thursday, July 11, 2013 | 1:39 p.m.
Editor’s Note: While Robin Leach is in London before his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus, the Amalfi Coast this year — many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue with The Mirage impressionist headliner Terry Fator and his wife and onstage co-star Taylor Makakoa.
Terry Fator: Happy summer from The Fators! We thought, for fun, that we would write this column together. I’ll start. It’s been an exciting time for all of us at the show. I signed a new deal with The Mirage that will keep us here for years to come; we had our 1,000th show in our theater; and we recently welcomed our one-millionth guest.
Taylor Makakoa: That one-millionth guest is really stunning because before Terry won “America’s Got Talent,” he once played in a 1,200-seat theater with only one person in the audience. And the person left before his show was done!
T.F.: Another big milestone is that I just finished recording a new CD called “It Starts Tonight” — it’s me singing this time, and it’s full of some great original songs.
T.M.: This CD was really important for Terry to record because when people see his stage show with the puppets, they forget Terry can actually sing. I knew about it because when we started dating, I Googled his days in Texas the Band.
T.F.: And she married me despite my mullet! But wait … there’s more we’ve been up to! We came up with a totally new tour show, also called It Starts Tonight, which we are launching in the middle of July. We wanted to do something totally different from the show at The Mirage for fans to see in their hometowns, and that’s what you will see when we are on the road.
T.M.: It’s a mixed blessing. I love what we’re doing in the tour show, and going on the road is fun. But, let’s face it, whenever we’re away, we miss our dogs.
T.F.: And to cap off the busiest few weeks in my life, we put the final touches on our DVD, which is coming out in February. It will make the perfect Valentine’s gift.
T.M.: May I suggest that as a precaution, you might also want to couple that DVD Valentine’s gift with something else?
T.F.: You mean my CD?
T.M.: I was thinking more along the lines of a dozen roses.
T.F.: Thank you, Taylor. That reminder about the roses could save millions of lives. So that wraps up the “business” part of what we’ve been up to. CD, DVD, tour show … plus, the time we spend on the causes we care so much about, like Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, Snowball Express, Salute to the Troops, Opportunity Village and The Arthritis Foundation.
T.M.: And let’s not forget our show at The Mirage.
T.F.: What’s been so much fun is we constantly add new songs and comedy bits to the show. And then when the DVD comes out, we’ll totally write a new show so people will always have something special to look forward to. I’m pretty lucky. For a guy seven years ago in a 1,200-seat theater with one person who worried he might never find another job, there’s lots of work going on.
So while Robin is vacationing, we’ve been here in Las Vegas working hard. Is this fair? He’s in Italy, and the closest I get is driving past the Palazzo every night? So, Robin, have a great vacation, and see you when you get home.
Check out our other guest columns today from “Bar Rescue” host Jon Taffer, who has his Las Vegas party weekend beginning Friday, and Colleen Kestel-Raidme, Aria’s wedding director.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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