Sondheim, sequin stories and Shakespeare top month's offerings


It's going to be déjà vu all over again for me and my wife when Bill Fayne and Friends pay tribute to musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim at the Suncoast, Oct. 8-9. My first date with my wife was in 1991 when I took her to see a similar Sondheim celebration at the Cashman Center. Fast-forward 20 years as I'm going to surprise her with tickets to the show that will feature a seven-piece orchestra performing tunes from Sondheim's repertoire, including "West Side Story," "Gypsy," "A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum," "A Little Night Music" and "Sweeney Todd."

This show is going to be much better than the one we saw in 1991 as the cast is made up of many of Las Vegas' best performers, including Lysander Abadia, James Allen, Doug Baker, Michealina Bellamy, Robin Berry-Vincent, Natalie Carson, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, Christie Copeland, Vita Corimbi, Teddy Davey, Lisa Davis, George DeMott, Felice Garcia, Mark Giovi, Lydia Gladstone, Jay Joseph, Richel Komst, Ellen Lawson, Benjamin Loewy, Dana Martin, Margaret Menzies, Lisa Smith, Ron Smith, Gayle Steele, Sydney Story, Mollie Tennant and Kara Van Aschwege.

Showtime is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. For more information, call 636-7075 or visit suncoastcasino.com.

Ms. Razzle Dazzle

Legendary entertainer Mitzi Gaynor plans to share personal stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her remarkable show business career when she presents "Razzle Dazzle: My Life Behind the Sequins" at The Orleans, Oct. 14-16.

The 90-minute musical memoir, culled from her six-decade television, concert and film career, is a homecoming for Gaynor, who premiered as a Las Vegas headliner in 1961 and continued to perform in Strip showrooms with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. She is the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated star of such classic musicals as "South Pacific," "Les Girls," "Anything Goes" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95. For more information, call 365-7075 or visit orleanscasino.com.

Shakespeare's Month

For the record, William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 and died in April 1616. But it seems October is the month Southern Nevada celebrates the Bard of Avon.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is scheduled to be performed by the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company celebrating the 25th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park. During those years, Shakespeare in the Park has evolved from a vision to strengthen community arts programming into one of the longest-running annual events in Henderson. This year's Shakespeare in the Park will include a traveling tour where residents will have four opportunities to see the play. The production was set to kick off Oct. 1 at Sonata Park (1550 Seven Hills Drive). Remaining shows are scheduled Oct. 8 at Discovery Park (2011 Paseo Verde Parkway); Oct. 15 at Lake Las Vegas; and Oct. 22 at River Mountain Park (1941 Appaloosa Drive). All performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 267-2171 or visit hendersonlive.com.

Celine of Country Music

Did you know that Martina McBride, who is scheduled to perform at Green Valley Ranch on Oct. 28, is known as the "Celine Dion of country music"? Neither did I. McBride has earned five platinum-certified albums, two multiplatinum-certified albums and one gold-certified album. Just like Celine. In addition, she has been awarded the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" four times and the Academy of Country Music's "Top Female Vocalist" three times. Her hits include "Wild Angels," "A Broken Wing," "Wrong Again" and "Blessed." Tickets start at $42.50. Showtime is 8 p.m. Call 547-5300 or visit stationcasinos.com.

Jean-Louis Palladin

There are dinners and then there is the annual dinner that brings together legendary chefs for a worthy cause. That worthy cause is the Jean-Louis Palladin Fund of the James Beard Foundation, and dinner is the 10th annual Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner on Oct. 16 at Alizé on the 56th floor of the Palms hosted by chef André Rochat. The evening is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $295 per person.

For $295, you will get an array of star chefs cooking for you, including Pascal Sanchez, executive chef, TWIST by Pierre Gagnaire; Mark Purdy, chef de cuisine, Alizé; Luciano Pellegrini, chef/owner, Valentino's; Martin Heierling, executive chef, Sensi and Vdara; Gregory Pugin, executive chef, Le Cirque; Megan Romano, executive pastry chef, Aureole; Bryan Podgorski, chef de cuisine, Bouchon; and Laurent Pillard, executive chef, Burger Bar & Fleur.

"Jean-Louis helped raise the level of dining in Las Vegas with his restaurant NAPA at the Rio," said Rochat.

For tickets, call 951-7000.

And Finally …

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, "Wow! What a ride."

Jack Bulavsky is a 35-year Nevadan and has covered the entertainment, dining and gaming industries for local and national publications. Contact him at jackbulavsky@yahoo.com.

 

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