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Rick Faugno: From Frankie Valli in ‘Jersey Boys’ to big-screen virgin


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Peter Saide, Deven May, Rick Faugno and Jeff Leibow in Virgin Alexander.

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Rick Faugno in Jersey Boys and Virgin Alexander

Rick Faugno in Virgin Alexander. Launch slideshow »

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Jersey Boys stars Travis Cloer, Deven May, Rick Faugno, Peter Saide and Jeff Leibow at their third-anniversary celebration at the Palazzo on May 12, 2011. Launch slideshow »
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Rick Faugno's new show Body & Soul.

Editor’s Note: One of today’s guest columnists is actor, singer, dancer and Jersey Boys star Rick Faugno while Robin Leach takes his well-deserved annual vacation to Europe (follow him on his travels at Every day, a new column, plus you never know what Robin will dig up in the wine country north of Rome, so please check back daily.

Hello, faithful readers! No, this is not your ubiquitous columnist, Robin Leach, but an understudy: a standby waiting for his big chance to write for a major column. I’m Rick Faugno, aka Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at the Palazzo, and while Mr. Leach is off frolicking on a beach somewhere, I’m here to tell you about some summer happenings in this great town of ours, Las Vegas.

Today through Sunday, the Las Vegas Film Festival is back at the Las Vegas Hilton, and guess what? I’m starring in one of the films! You read that right, my movie, Virgin Alexander, has its Las Vegas premiere Sunday at noon.

I play Alexander, a 26-year-old scrap hauler who is getting evicted. In a last-ditch effort to save my house from the bank, I turn it into a brothel -- even though I’ve never had sex before! That’s right, I play the virgin.

While it was a departure from the role of Valli, a man quite popular with women, making this movie was a very fulfilling artistic experience, even though I didn’t get to have that steamy love scene. Well, maybe next time. I was playing a virgin, so what could I expect?! All kidding aside, it’s a great film with a wonderful cast.

Please join me and the writer and directors of Virgin Alexander, Charlotte Barrett and Sean Fallon, at the screening. They’re traveling all the way from Henderson. That’s right, they’re locals! Check out the trailer at Come! You’ll thank me after you see it. Plus, you’ll get to meet some Jersey Boys who will be in the audience with me.

Go see some of the other great movies screening this year at the Las Vegas Film Festival. It’s Vegas’ only film festival, and it’s happening only at the Las Vegas Hilton. Tickets for Virgin Alexander and other films are available at

And how’s this for kismet? Yours truly will be performing his new one-man show, Body and Soul, at Shimmer Cabaret Lounge, also at the Las Vegas Hilton, on July 25 and Aug. 1. Talk about a happy coincidence!

I had a fabulous time there during my first performance May 27 playing to a packed house. Shimmer is a great classic Vegas showroom that makes me feel like I’m back in the days of Sammy and Frank. In fact, that’s how I describe this new show of mine: a modern Sammy Davis Jr. club show. There’s singing, dancing, piano and comedy. I even slip on my tap shoes, but no one flies through the air. Sorry, Cirque!

And of course come see me in Jersey Boys at the Palazzo. What do you mean you haven’t seen it yet?! Buy a ticket already -- JerseyBoysVegas.comcom! We’ll wait ...

There are a lot of great things going on in this town. Sometimes they happen in unexpected places; you just have to know where to look. Happy summer, and I’ll see you in the audience.

Tomorrow, welcomes Dashaun Young, who portrays Simba in The Lion King at Mandalay Bay; Wendy Albert, who talks celebrities at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood; and Eric Jamison, who has shot a behind-the-curtain photo gallery of three Strip shows. Guest columnists this year include Holly Madison, Donny Osmond, cast members of Jubilee! and Jersey Boys, Chefs Julian Serrano and Charlie Palmer, plus other surprises, including nightlife analysis by Jesse Waits and Jack Colton.

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