Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 | 2 a.m.
It was a pretty ordinary Sunday afternoon in VegasVille, as former “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” star Anthony Crivello tossed bowling balls just a few lanes down from the casts of “Fantasy” at the Luxor and “The D* Word” at LVH. It was suggested to Paris Las Vegas hypnotist Anthony Cools that he should wear bowling shoes during his show without at all mentioning the weird footwear, and he said that he might actually do that.
Those were just a few of the more than two dozen Las Vegas celebrities and entertainers who took part in the Out of the Gutters charity event at Sam’s Town to raise money for Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and no-kill animal shelter in Las Vegas.
What was gleaned:
• Crivello still has a home in Las Vegas and is traveling back and forth from L.A. while looking for work after his run in “Golden Boy” on Broadway ended in January. Crivello’s wife, Dori Rosenthal, is on NSPCA’s board.
• Graham Fenton of “Jersey Boys” at the Paris has a band, A Million Pieces, that has yet to play a date in Las Vegas, in part because two members live in L.A. Fenton is here, and another member lives in Montana. Also, Fenton lettered in bowling at Memorial High School in Millville, N.J., and sadly reports that the bowling team lacked any cheerleaders.
• Mark Shunock (and you just knew he would be there) is working on a late-night charity show, "Monday After Dark," which he wants to put into a Vegas nightspot and is talking to one particularly edgy nightspot about this project. It sounds very cool and very Vintage Vegas, as I use up my allotments of V’s in this column.
• V (whoops there’s another) Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood hypnotist Marc Savard and wife Joanna are expecting their fourth child (a girl) this month, and that date might fall on Savard’s birthday, which is Aug. 22. Joanna is giving birth naturally with the help of hypnosis from her hubby. The couple are trying to arrive at a name beginning with “L” to match the rest of the kids — girls, all — in the Savard clan. I thought of “Lane” during the bowling, and it turns out “Layne” with that spelling is actually in the couple’s list of Top 10 names.
• Former Channel 8 morning anchor Dayna Roselli, who walked the carpet with “Jersey Boys” star Deven May (this is because they are dating), is back in broadcasting, debuting Monday on KXNT 100.5-FM. She joins Nate “Mostly Sunny” Tannenbaum and Joe Gillespie from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays in what is termed a “sit-in” stint. Roselli has been in public frequently since she left KLAS in July 2012 and is still exploring options as she begin what she describes as a part-time run at KXNT.
• Master guitarist Howard Leese, the member of “Raiding the Rock Vault” who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just wrapped a co-headlining tour with Bad Company on that band’s 40th anniversary, which means, damn we’re getting old.
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, located on the corner of Boulder Highway and Flamingo Avenue is six miles east of the Strip near Frenchman's Mountain. It features a large casino and rooms built around a unique indoor atrium, where a water-and-laser show dazzles spectators.
The hotel’s 646 rooms are built around Mystic Falls Park. With a 10-story glass roof and a 25,000-square foot indoor park with live trees, waterfalls and footpaths, Mystic Falls Park is one of Las Vegas’ many surprises and has free 15-minute shows at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. music, laser lights, water and animatronics. The property also features two RV parks with a total of 500 lots.
The casino is spread across three levels and features table games and slots, a race and sports book, a poker room, a bingo room and keno.
Dining options include Willy and Jose's Cantina, Billy Bob's Steak House & Saloon and the Firelight Buffet, as well as several other places to grab a quick bites. Sam’s Town has dozens of other amenities including a 56-lane bowling alley, an 18-screen movie theater and the Sam’s Town Live! entertainment complex.