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March 20, 2019

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John Katsilometes has an update on Greg Brady, who’s still groovy

Barry Williams was propositioned - well, sort of - several years ago while striding along the Strip in front of the MGM Grand. It was December 2000 and he had just appeared (in character) at the "2000 Billboard Music Awards."

"I appeared as Greg Brady and there were 50 Greg Bradys behind me, all in costume wearing these polyester shirts," Williams, currently headlining a limited engagement at the Riviera, said during a phone interview Wednesday. "I'm walking out and this cute girl looks like she's checking me out. I think maybe it's because of the polyester shirt, so I kept walking."

It turned out the woman did have designs on the former Brady kid.

"Four weeks later I saw her on (the documentary series) 'Taxicab Confessions,' from Las Vegas, and she said that she wanted to sleep with a celebrity, and how disappointed she was that she never was able to find one to sleep with. Oh well."

The 51-year-old Williams stars in "The Real Greg Brady" through May 20 at the Riviera. He hopes to make the interactive production show, which he calls "a total Brady experience" a permanent feature on the Strip or somewhere in Las Vegas. The night features Williams singing pop tunes, slipping into costumes to inhabit old roles from the show (including Johnny Bravo, and yes the jacket fits), interacting with the audience and finishing with a Broadway-style closing. Tickets are $21.95 and available at the Riviera box office.

"People know who I am, but not what I do," Williams said. "We're looking to change that, and looking to find a home.

It's hardly the first time Williams has played off his iconic TV character on the Las Vegas stage. In the early '70s the entire "Brady Bunch" cast appeared at Caesars Palace's Circus Maximus during the "Associated Guild of Variety Artists Awards Show."

"It was our first live appearance on the main stage. It was hosted by Ed Sullivan - how cool is that?" Williams said. "Lily Tomlin, Danny Thomas, Sonny & Cher, and Edwina the Elephant were all part of the show. It was star-studded."

The Brady kids - the full six-pack - killed that night. "We did 'Time to Change,' I think," Williams said. "We followed Edwina the Elephant."


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Shot in the dark: The bullet holes at the former home of the late Chester Simms on South Sixth Street, which have scarred the house's walls since law enforcement officers were involved in a gunfight with notorious criminal John Durbin in 1970, have never been repaired or papered over. They have been kept intact for posterity, we were told at Saturday's party honoring Simms' induction into the Las Vegas Walk of Stars at Flamingo Las Vegas' Steakhouse 46

Towering presence: Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce has purchased a residence at Boca Raton Luxury Condominiums on the south end of the Strip

U.S. Bond: The vanity plate on the beige convertible VW bug that reads OHJAMES makes sense when you read the plate's frame: Bond Girl Forever.