Oscar Goodman’s next chapter, if his grand plan works out, will be “Oscar the Musical” on Broadway.
“I would be the happiest guy in the world,” he said Thursday.
Something looks like it “might be coming to a head right after Labor Day,” said Goodman, who added to his colorful resume as Las Vegas mayor from 1999 to 2011.
Goodman met with potential investors two weeks ago in New York.
Another option, Goodman said, is a one-man Broadway show similar to Chaz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale,” the inspiration for Mike Tyson’s “Undisputed Truth.”
Palminteri might get involved in Goodman’s Broadway foray, according George Polgar, a Philadelphia agent and promoter who describes himself as the middle man.
“The people we are talking to also did Billy Crystal’s highly successful one-man show, ‘700 Sundays,’ ” Polgar said.
“Oscar’s a great story,” he said. “There’s a lot of interest, a lot of material there, between the fascination everyone has for Las Vegas and highlights of his career.
“It’s hard to find a more indomitable spirit than Oscar, certainly as an attorney and as mayor of Las Vegas.”
COHEN CELEBRATES 90TH
A Las Vegas icon from the Rat Pack era turns 90 today.
Former gaming industry executive Burton Cohen, ever quick with a quip, put his decades at the Desert Inn, Dunes, Frontier and the Thunderbird into perspective.
“Testimony to my managerial ability, all except one have been blown up. I’ve left a sea of destruction,” said Cohen, who retired in 1995.
To the contrary, Cohen had the reputation of making major resorts more profitable.
Raised in the hotel business and an attorney by profession, Cohen arrived in Las Vegas 50 years ago after building his reputation in Los Angeles. He was deeply involved in constructing the largest hotel at Los Angeles International Airport.
Opened in the early 1960s, The International was the first high-rise and soundproofed hotel at LAX.
In Las Vegas, his first project as co-owner and general manager was building the New Frontier. Some future star executives worked for him.
“Larry Ruvo was my night manager, and Steve Wynn was responsible for uncrating the slot machines. He was only 21 at the time,” Cohen said.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion joined Twitter on Thursday and racked up 30,000 followers by early afternoon. And for those who wonder how she continues to pack the 4,200-seat Colosseum, there’s this: After I tweeted she was on Twitter, the first four retweets came from Holland, Indonesia, Norway and Las Vegas. Then Ireland and Jamaica. The release date of her upcoming English album has been moved from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5. … Bally’s headliner Veronic DiCaire, a Dion protégé, is among the featured entertainers at Saturday’s 27th Aid for AIDS (AFAN) of Nevada Black & White Party at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Chippendales stars Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis will join the event. Co-hosting will be former Channel 8 (KLAS-TV) weekend anchor Chris Saldana and KLUC-FM (98.5) morning radio personality Lauren Michaels.
Derek Fisher, partying with friends Wednesday night at Surrender nightclub (Wynn) on the day he was replaced by Chris Paul as the president of the NBA Players Association.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Now if you are at home measuring stuff in an Oreo, you should take a long, hard look at your life. I’ll tell you something else right now, we wouldn’t have to worry about stuff like (Double Stuf Oreos) if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was president.” — David Letterman
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