What a drag

What a drag. A stunner this past week when the announcement came that "An Evening with La Cage," the flamboyant drag show at the Riviera, was abruptly ending its 24-year run. Caught everybody by surprise as it appeared this show would go on forever. Seems our hard-hit economy has been taking its toll and the numbers just weren't there any longer to justify it continuing. Too bad, as it was a very fun show with good talent. The show's star, Frank Marino, says he may produce his own show and either stay at the Riv or look for another venue in town.

Line up for the Lion. Tickets for the much-anticipated production of "The Lion King" at Mandalay Bay will go on sale Saturday, March 14; preview performances will begin Tuesday, May 5, with the official opening on Friday, May 15. You will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets during a special on-sale event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office from 7 to 10 a.m.; you will also receive commemorative gifts during the event, while supplies last. All other outlets, phone and online sales will launch at 10 a.m.

The first guest in line at the box office will receive complimentary autographed copies of "The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway, and How Does the Show Go On?" by Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions. The first 100 guests will receive a full-length CD of the musical; all purchasing guests at the box office during the event will receive a special gift while supplies last. Tickets will be available at the box office for $53, $86 and $113.50. VIP packages, which include premium seating, a complimentary souvenir program and a complimentary VIP show merchandise item, will be available for $168.50. Tax and service fees are included in all prices.

If you can't be there, you can get your tickets via phone through the box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000; and online via www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Reservations for groups of 15 or more can be purchased now by calling (877) 632-7505 or e-mailing LionKingSales@mandalaybay.com.

Preview performances of "The Lion King" will run April 22 through May 1 at 8 p.m. and April 25 at 4 and 8 p.m. (dark April 29). The grand opening will be May 2 with a 7 p.m. performance only. May 3 will have an 8 p.m. performance only. Beginning May 4, show times will be Monday through Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 4 and 8 p.m. There are no performances on Fridays.

Mosaic, the six-man a cappella group, headlines a 75-minute performance at Las Vegas Hilton this Saturday (Feb. 21) at 8 p.m. Recently voted MTV's Top Pop Group, Mosaic's music experience includes renditions from Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You" and Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" to Zapp & Roger's "More Bounce" and classic television theme songs.

If you've never heard them before, Mosaic's musical range is an amalgamation of funk, soul, hip-hop, and jazz. It is a unique vocal band that produces every sound with the human voice -- from the guitar riffs and funky bass lines, to the ambient rhythms and the complex chord textures. The group has shared the stage with Marc Broussard, Jay Leno, the Pussycat Dolls, Il Divo and Prince.

Tickets to see Mosaic are $29-$59 ($59 includes stage seating, meet and greet after the show and CD). All ticket prices exclude tax and fees. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office, online at www.lvhilton.com, www.vegas.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.

Liberace lives on. If you are a fan of Liberace's music you won't want to miss pianist and composer Philip Fortenberry's cabaret series Feb. 24, 25 and 28 at the Liberace Museum. The series, called "Liberace & Me," will feature the very talented Rebecca Spencer who will join Fortenberry at the 1 p.m. shows. Fortenberry says "the show will offer selections from our musical collaborations, which are also featured on our two recordings, "Wide Awake and Dreaming" and "Fair Warning." (Both recordings will be available for sale in the museum store.) With continued acknowledgment and respect for Liberace's musical influences, we will also share stories behind some of the musical selections as well as from our personal and professional experiences."

Some of the musical numbers include standards such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Stardust," "Deep Purple," as well as novelty songs and some original compositions.

Tickets are $17.50 for the show or $20 for the show and museum admission for Nevada residents with ID. Show times are 1 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Museum hours are Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For tickets, you can call 702-798-5595, ext. 14, and advance reservations recommended. The Liberace Museum is located at 1775 E. Tropicana Ave. (Tropicana at Spencer).

Wanna have some laughs? The Bonkerz Comedy Club has opened at Palace Station in what used to be the Sound Trax showroom. The club is part of the Bonkerz Comedy Club chain where comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Carrot Top, Larry the Cable Guy and Sam Kinison performed.

Bonkerz Comedy Club offers five shows weekly, featuring different comedians each week. Show times are Thursday at 8 p.m. and two shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $29.95 each. Palace Station hotel guests and locals with a valid Nevada ID receive a $10 discount. You must be 21 years and older. You can get tickets at any Station Casinos Reward Center, The Fiestas and The Galleria Mall or by calling (702) 547-5300 or log onto www.stationcasinos.com.

Hey, mon, it's fun time. If you want to tap your feet to the tropical music of the Las Vegas band, Caribbean Steel, make your way down to the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center tomorrow night (Friday, Feb. 20). The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are only $5; kids 12 years and under get in free. The center is located at 250 N. Eastern Ave., on the southeast corner at Stewart Avenue. Call (702) 229-1515 for tickets and more information.

The Caribbean Steel trio features Dave Romero (percussion), Ricky Dread (keyboards and vocals) and Nico Gutierrez (steel drum). The group describes themselves as a fun steel drum island band. For more information on the group, go online to www.caribbeansteel.us. Should be lots of fun and do we need it these days.

M'mm good. Here's a good deal for residents 50 and older. The staff at the Derfelt Senior Center is inviting them to a hot soup luncheon twice a month, on the first and fourth Friday at noon. For $2, you can enjoy freshly made soup, bread, dessert and a beverage, as well as good company and the environs of Lorenzi Park. Advance reservations are requested. The center is located at 3343 W. Washington Ave., inside Lorenzi Park. Call (702) 229-6601 for reservations and directions.

The luncheon plans include the following entrees: Feb. 27: Zucchini Chicken Cheddar Soup; March 6: Zucchini Bisque; March 27: Chicken Tortilla Soup. Sounds yummy to me.

Good luck and I'll see you on the Strip. And don't forget to check out eNeon each Thursday by subscribing (free of charge) to the Review-Journal's weekly newsletter. If you have a question or a Las Vegas experience you would like to share with my readers, please e-mail me at lennylasvegas@gmail.com. Please include your full name and the city or town where you live.


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