Newton-John turns to ONJ Centre in second cancer battle

Conversations with Olivia Newton-John often veer toward health, wellness, achieving life balance and surviving setbacks. Such was the case during a chat before a performance at Hard Rock Live on the Strip when she recalled her battle with breast cancer 25 years ago.

“I have had a long time to brighten up as time has gone on, but it was very frighting, very scary,” she said last October at the “Turn Up The Pink” breast cancer awareness event. “I had to get my mind around chemo, which can be a very scary word to hear, but I also did meditation, homeopathic care, herbs, yoga, transcendental meditation.”

Newton-John, a headliner at Flamingo Las Vegas for three years ending in December, is bracing for another round of similar treatments after announcing Tuesday that the cancer has returned. She postponed earlier tour dates because of back pain, thinking it was likely sciatica.

Instead, she learned cancer had returned and had spread to the sacrum, a bone in the lower back.

“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” she said in statement announcing the cancellation of additional tour dates. The treatments include natural wellness therapies and a “short course” of radiation therapies.

The ONJ Centre’s leading physician, Dr. Belinda Yeo, said on the facility’s website: “Newer, targeted therapies are providing significant improvements alongside standard therapies.”

Having helped establish the ONJ Centre after her original battle with breast cancer, Newton-John is now a patient well-educated about her disease. As she said of her earlier battle, “Wellness became imperative to me.” Newton-John backed her efforts by donating a portion of every ticket sold at through her entire Flamingo run to the ONJ Centre.

Full-scale ‘Phantom’

Violinist James Harvey was the concert master of “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” during its 6 1/2-year run at Venetian Theater (then known as the Phantom Theater), a $40 million fortress designed expressly for the musical. The show closed in September 2012, remembered for its 90-minute, Vegas-fashioned run time, which lopped the intermission and trimmed many of the musicals “transitional” pieces.

Harvey’s now playing the full, 2 1/2-hour musical, which runs Tuesday through June 11 at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

“It’s a big difference,” Harvey said. “Having spent so much time on the show, I’m still learning a lot of music. There was a lot of music cut for the Venetian show, full numbers that were used as transitional passages, and these are difficult passages.”

Another, more aesthetic change in the production at Reynolds Hall is that the famed chandelier drops onto the stage rather than dangling above the audience.

The set piece remains there as a lingering reminder of one of the Strip’s most ambitious productions.

Magic at the mezzanine

The first Cirque du Soleil artist to headline a show on the Strip, Xavier Mortimer,continues to persevere at Sin City Theater on the mezzanine level at Planet Hollywood. The 27-year-old Mortimer just signed a six-month extension for his “Magical Dream” show, remaining in the 7 p.m. daily (dark Wednesdays). Mortimer, whose show is produced and co-directed by French TV personality and former “Twisted Vegas” star Alex Goude, opened last June after performing in “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay.

Wallace and ‘yo mama’

George Wallace filled the 400-capacity South Point Showroom thrice-over on Memorial Day Weekend. His shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday were spiced with a Wallace hallmark: The audience-participation “Yo Mama Challenge.”

The game: Wallace calls out a “Yo Mama” joke, and someone — anyone — calls one back to the stage. One from Wallace on Sunday, “Yo mama so fat, when she gets on the elevator, it’s always goin’ down!” And from the crowd, “Yo mama so ugly, she just got a job at the airport, sniffing luggage!”

It’s comedy gold. Just ask yo mama …

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

ad-high_impact_4
Entertainment
5 must-see bands at Punk Rock Bowling 2018
5 must-see bands at Punk Rock Bowling 2018
Gabi Coffee & Bakery Is Like A Korean Speakeasy From The 1920s
Gabi Coffee & Bakery Is Like A Korean Speakeasy From The 1920s (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Five must-see acts at the Electric Daisy Carnival 2018
Five must-see acts at the Electric Daisy Carnival 2018
The "13 Reasons Why" mustang cruises down the Las Vegas Strip (Courtesy Netflix)
4 fun and fascinating museums in Las Vegas
U2 in Vegas through the years
U2 in Vegas through the years
Dirt Dog In Las Vegas Makes Crazy L.A. Street Food
Dirt Dog In Las Vegas Makes Crazy L.A. Street Food (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
Black Tap In Las Vegas Makes This Instagram-ready Golden Knights Shake (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
Nevada Ballet Theatre Premieres Until December
‘Until December’ debuts at ‘Ballet & Broadway’ season finale (Carol Cling Las Vegas
Celebrate The Golden Knights With Knights-inpired Latte Art (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Yodeling Boy Mason Ramsey Signs With Atlantic Records, Debuts First Single
Yodeling Boy Mason Ramsey Signs With Atlantic Records, Debuts First Single Ramsey, who shot to fame after a viral video of him yodeling at an Illinois Walmart surfaced, just debuted “Famous.” “If I'm gonna be famous for somethin'/I wanna be famous for lovin' you/If I'm gonna be known around the world/I wanna because of you, girl” Mason Ramsey, “Famous” It’s been quite the rush to stardom for the 11-year-old, who appeared on The Ellen Show and performed at Coachella earlier this month. “I’d been to Nashville a few times before, but never thought something like this would happen. It’s a dream to sign with Atlantic and Big Loud.” Mason Ramsey “I loved recording ‘Famous’ and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
Steve Aoki, Pitbull And Other Stars Make An Apperance At The "Keep Memory Alive" Gala
Steve Aoki, Pitbull And Other Stars Make An Apperance At The "Keep Memory Alive" Gala. (Janna Karel Las Vegas review-Journal)
"Hamilton" Fans Line Up Overnight At Smith Center To Get Tickets
"Hamilton" fans line up overnight at Smith Center to get tickets. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
5 concerts to see in Las Vegas this week
You can visit the speakeasy in The Mob Museum's basement... if you know the password
6 new foods hitting movie theaters in 2018
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Welcomes New Baby Girl!
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Welcomes New Baby Girl! The 45-year-old actor posted an adorable photo on Instagram, celebrating his newborn baby girl, Tiana Gia Johnson. Dwayne Johnson, via Instagram Dwayne Johnson, via Instagram Dwayne Johnson, via Instagram This is Johnson’s second daughter with his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian. His oldest daughter, Simone Garcia Johnson, came from his previous marriage. Johnson and Hashian first announced they were expecting another child back in January. Congratulations!!
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend Car Show celebrates 21st year
The Stray Cats, Jerry Lee Lewis, Duane Eddy, Elvira and Mitch Polzak make appearances the 21st Annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend car show at the Orleans hotel and casino on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
This "Alice in Wonderland" cocktail changes colors and flavors while you sip
Take a tour of The Underground at The Mob Museum
Prince death investigation coming to an end
Prosecutors in Minnesota plan an announcement Thursday on the two-year investigation into Prince's death from a drug overdose Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. Search warrants unsealed about a year after Prince died showed that authorities searched his home, cellphone records of associates and his email accounts to try to determine how he got the drug. The county attorney has scheduled a morning announcement at which time charges could be filed.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Big Bounce America visits North Las Vegas
Billing itself as "the biggest bounce house in the world," Big Bounce America visits Craig Ranch Regional Park in Las Vegas.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
Disneyland debuts new foods for Pixar Fest on Friday
Pixar Fest takes place ahead of California Adventure’s Pixar Pier expansion. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sneak Peek at New Decorations, Merch and Parade for Disneyland's Pixar Fest
Las Vegas Philharmonic celebrates 20th anniversary season
Orchestra’s 2018-19 season features premiere, more (Carol Cling/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Downtown Las Vegas' newest bar is a reggae lounge
Jammyland serves island-inspired cocktails. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
5 things connecting Las Vegas and Marilyn Monroe
1. Marilyn Monroe, known then as Norma Jeane, obtained her first divorce in Las Vegas at the age of 20 on September 13, 1946. 2. According to some biographers, Monroe lived at 604 S. 3rd Street for four months during the summer of 1946. The house has since been torn down and is now the site of a parking lot. 3. In 1954, Monroe almost married Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas but the wedding was called off last minute. The wedding was to be held at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas which was located on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. 4. Las Vegas has at least one road dedicated to the star. Marilyn Monroe Avenue is located in east Las Vegas and intersects with Betty Davis Street and Cary Grant Court. 5. There are currently more than 20 Marilyn Monroe impersonators for hire in the Las Vegas Valley.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
ad-infeed_1
ads_infeed_2
Local Spotlight
Events
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like