Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 4:58 p.m.
It was a case of life imitating art imitating life at Monday night’s performance of “Marriage Can Be Murder” at the downtown D Las Vegas. One of the actors planted in the audience performed his “death” but actually passed out and fell to the ground.
Medics were called in to deal with the unexpected emergency. Veteran Las Vegas actor Jon Axelrod was wheeled out on the stage-prop gurney and taken via ambulance to University Medical Center.
Producer John Bentham confirmed: “In true show-business spirit, the show went on with two more fake ‘deaths’ as audience members tried to solve the award-winning murder-mystery dinner show. In his absence, Jon was given a standing ovation during his moment at the curtain call.”
As of this morning, Jon was being kept at UMC for a few days for tests and observation.
ROYAL LAUGHS: Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller had His Royal Highness Prince Charles laughing and baffled with their magic show at his fundraising dinner in Windsor Castle on Monday night. The magicians sat at the head table in Waterloo Chamber with Britain’s future king and actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who also attended.
“We had a royal dinner of goat cheese, asparagus, artichokes and Beef Wellington but had to forego dessert to prep the 20-minute show,” said Teller. They performed their Cups & Balls routine and Teller’s needle-eating trick in the Garter Throne Room of the landmark castle.
Penn commented: “It was a great final day in the U.K. for us. We started it by watching the dress rehearsal for the reunion shows of Monty Python and ended with dinner and a performance at Windsor Castle for Prince Charles. We are happy to be returning home to Las Vegas this week, but these past two weeks in the U.K. have been fabulous for us.”
Is it true that our Caesars Palace resident headliner Sir Elton John is trying to set a record for most countries played to top all of his other achievements? Unfortunately, several countries he recently booked had to be canceled due to war breaking out.
Miss Nevada USA Pageant Director Shanna Moakler has set the Nov. 21 weekend for the 2015 pageant to be hosted at UNLV by 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella and newlywed and morning-radio DJ Chet Buchanan. The winner takes over from Nia Sanchez, who won the 2014 Miss USA Pageant and is prepping for the Miss Universe Pageant.
Actor Kevin Burke is returning to the solo show “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s as of July 7 after an engagement in Laughlin. He was the lead for 10 years before turning it over last May to Chris Allen. “Caveman” is still the longest-running solo play in Broadway history, and during the run here, Kevin won the Guinness World Record for the most theatrical performances in a 50-day period and performed more than 3,000 shows here.
Rumors persist that as Pinot Brasserie ends its 15-year run at the Venetian, a chicken dining concept from Miami will move into the space.
The Tropic Beauty Model Search will return to the Strip mid-June next year for its fifth-annual world finals.
WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS: It’s known as the ultimate food fight with more than 500 competitors in nine culinary categories but only one winner. This year with 100 name chefs, the World Food Championships returns downtown from Nov. 12-18.
Food TV stars Ben Vaughan and Simon Majumdar and rising stars Whitney Miller, Emily Ellen and Roberto Trevino are among the first signed up. Ben, who hosts the WFC events, will present an exclusive chef’s table dining experience for competitors. You can get an advance look at all the action and surprises when a one-hour special from last fall airs on A&E’s new cable network FYI on July 10.
SPECIAL SHOW: Las Vegas cast members from “Mamma Mia!” at Tropicana visited Opportunity Village. After a tour of the Engelstad campus where they met several of the OVIPs at work, they put on a special surprise performance with “Mamma Mia!” hits “Money, Money, Money,” “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen.”
LICENSING CELEBS: The Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential annual trade show dedicated to licensing and brand extension, at Mandalay Bay attracted more than 5,000 brands and 15,0000 attendees from 90-plus countries. Attendees included Jeffrey Katzenberg, Nicole Richie, Priscilla Presley, Kathy Ireland, Tony Hawk, The Bella Twins, Kellie Pickler and Grumpy Cat.
MURRAY’S MAGIC KIT: Magician Murray Sawchuck, a regular on History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” as the magic expert, has created a new product, “The Gold & Silver Pawn Murray Magic Expert Magic Kit.” It has 15 of Murray’s favorite magic tricks that are easy to learn from ages 4 years to 104. It goes on sale this week in Gold & Silver Pawn’s souvenir section and at Murray’s Tropicana show.
John Henton, Brian McKim and Tracii Skene headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
Music maestro David Perrico and his 20-piece Pop Evolution band are at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
It’s Lost Angels industry night at Hyde Bellagio.
Three Square food bank hosts a fundraiser with bowling and dancing at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.
Plans for filming the family-feature film “Guard Dog” off Strip shift into high gear, plus our coverage of today’s 2014 NHL Awards at Wynn Las Vegas.
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The D Las Vegas is the new revved-up name for a longtime downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had been in operation since 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to give it a motor city theme, using the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The property features 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino included slots and table games. Dancing dealers are featured on the first floor. And the second floor transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino.
The casino also features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen TVs. Outside on Fremont Street, D Bar invites guests and passerby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D features the interactive comedy show, "Marriage Can Be Murder," where guests can be part of the mystery.
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.