For Caesars, waiting is the smartest part

Olivia Newton-John was just a pen stroke away from signing a deal to perform at the Flamingo when her sister was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.

The deal went on hold, and the Australian star’s older sister Rona faded quickly within six weeks, slipping away last May. Newton-John, 65, took the rest of last year off.

“She just didn’t have it in her to go perform. She needed that time to heal,” says her publicist, Michael Caprio.

But Caesars Entertainment Corp. remained patient. On Tuesday, the company announced what both sides hope will be an open-ended Las Vegas run at the Flamingo, debuting April 8.

The singing star most famous for the movie version of “Grease” will share the early slot in the Flamingo showroom with fellow ’70s superstars Donny and Marie Osmond, performing select weeks during breaks of their long-running show.

Newton-John’s first engagement will be April 8-12, returning May 6-10 and 27-31, and again in July and August. Tickets for all the dates are $69 to $139 and go on sale Friday.

The Flamingo showcase will be a career retrospective adapted from the singer’s touring show, shorter but enhanced with more production value.

If it turns out to be a Las Vegas exclusive, it will be by choice, not by contract. Newton-John has a few other dates booked, but will more or less make Las Vegas her home base.

“I do know the plan is to be here on a more permanent basis, let’s put it that way,” Caprio says.

Our favorite “Grease” girl would perform a few engagements before deciding whether to stay in the hotel or buy a house in town.

“When her sister was alive they used to come here for the shopping and the spas,” Caprio adds. …

This seems to be a fertile time for people who meet doing one show to go off and work together on something else, sometimes creating exciting new ideas. And these people all know each other, which allows me to link most of this week’s column items together like a good Craig Ferguson monologue.

So here we go, getting the bad news out of the way first.

The Phat Pack, a trio of singers who met during the long tenure of the Vegas “Phantom” musical, lasted only nine performances in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s before issues over getting paid came to a boil.

It turns out the room leased from Caesars Entertainment involved two entities. Andrew Van Slee’s Extraordinary Media Inc. is the one that did the deal with the Phat Pack, and is no longer part of the operation.

Ken Walker, whose main business is running Creative Light Source in North Las Vegas, is now the sole lease-holder on the room and the sole producer of “Tony ’n Tina’s Wedding.” He says he would like to have the Phat Pack reopen in April, after one member, Randal Keith, finishes an out-of-state contract in “Young Frankenstein.”

The Phat Pack’s Bruce Ewing says Walker wasn’t able to offer the group a guarantee.

“His main concern right now is keeping ‘Tony ’n Tina’s’ going,” Ewing says. “And I need to either be produced (with a financial guarantee) or close the show and do it on the road for a while.”

After doing the show at their own expense at the Plaza, “we can’t do that anymore,” Ewing adds. …

So, Randal Keith is off to “Young Frankenstein,” but not without one more turn in “Les Miserables.”

Keith toured with “Les Miz” for years in the starring role of Jean Valjean. Doing it one more weekend, in a concert version that benefits Golden Rainbow and UNLV’s Performing Arts Center and School of the Arts, won’t be as much of a novelty to him as it will be to Tim Molyneux, who sings the role of Valjean this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., before turning it over to Keith the next weekend. Tickets are $25.

Molyneux makes a high school dream come true by playing Valjean. But he is better known on the Strip as the producer of “Bite,” which had a good run at the Stratosphere. Until the stake is pulled from the dormant vampire revue, he returns to his first love.

“I never set out to be a producer, it just fell into my lap,” he says.

But he did set out to be a singer from age 5, and started learning opera at 13. Molyneux is also training his tenor on an album of standards and Motown classics with local producer Pat Thrall.

The performances at Artemus Ham Hall will be without costumes but with “implied theatrics.” Bill Fayne conducts a 25-piece orchestra and the Las Vegas Master Singers, and says his arms were tired after the first rehearsal of two hours and 40 minutes of music.

“It’s certainly the most ambitious thing I’ve ever tried to do here,” Fayne says. …

So a few weeks ago I wrote about Fayne helming a work called “A Love Story,” with Anne Martinez as one of the singers in the romantic triangle he concocted.

Now Martinez is co-creating a work of her own called “Alice,” which she calls “a romantic steampunk” take on “Alice in Wonderland” and a vehicle for BBR, her singing duo with Savannah Smith.

The two stage the work with four dancers and a nine-piece band at 11 p.m. Tuesday in the lounge of The Tuscany, 255 E. Flamingo Road.

Martinez says she believes the show has commercial potential for Las Vegas, and developed it thinking, “If I went to see a show, what is something I can’t find right now that would blow me away?”

Martinez knew bandleader David Perrico and choreographer and co-director Ryan Kelsey from her tenure in “Pin Up.” She was a singer in that show before joining the short-lived “Dancing Queen,” a generic revue that’s perhaps the perfect example of why we need to try things such as “Alice.”

And, just to prove I can tie it all together Ferguson-style (but without the wit), trumpeter Perrico on Tuesday recorded his band’s standing gig at the Stratosphere. He says two record labels are interested in his original compositions for the big band.

So far, the recording won’t be available to you or me. “Right now we just want to capture some stuff because the band hasn’t been recorded yet,” he says. But you never know.

Contact reporter Mike Weatherford at mweatherford@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0288.

ad-high_impact_4
Entertainment
The Octopus On The Las Vegas Strip Predicted The Winner Of The World Cup
The Octopus On The Las Vegas Strip Predicted The Winner Of The World Cup. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
TLC by the Numbers
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
How to feel like a kid again in Las Vegas
How to feel like a kid again in Las Vegas
People Lined Up For Over 5 Hours For Build-a-bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion At Galleria Mall
People Lined Up For Over 5 Hours For Build-a-bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion At Galleria Mall. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Pawn Stars' Richard Harrison honored at memorial service
A memorial service was conducted for Richard "Old Man" Harrison at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
5 must-see bands at Warped Tour 2018
Five must-see bands at Warped Tour 2018
This Banana Split In Las Vegas Is Made With Fire And Liquid Nitrogen Right At Your Table.
This Banana Split In Las Vegas Is Made With Fire And Liquid Nitrogen Right At Your Table. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pixar Pier At Disneyland Is Open With New Food And A New Roller Coaster
Pixar Pier At Disneyland Is Open With New Food And A New Roller Coaster (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Here's What It's Like To Ride The New Incredicoaster At Disneyland
Here's What It's Like To Ride The New Incredicoaster At Disneyland (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Get a sneak peek at Palace Station's newest renovations
Station Casinos spokesperson Lori Nelson gives a first look at what Palace Station's $192 million renovation will bring. Some areas will begin opening to the public next week according to Nelson. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
You Can Only Get The 11-pound 8-person Burger In Las Vegas
You Can Only Get The 11-pound 8-person Burger In Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Paul McCartney is worth over $1 billion
Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most celebrated and accomplished musicians in history. He just turned 76 on June 18. McCartney grew to international fame with the Beatles and went on to become a wildly successful solo musician. Paul McCartney’s net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In 2017, McCartney landed the No. 13 spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid musicians, earning $54 million for the year. On Thursday, June 20, McCartney will release a double A-side single featuring two new songs, "I Don't Know" and "Come On to Me." McCartney has yet to announce a title of his new album or when it will be released. Th album is expected to be released before he headlines the Austin City Limits Music fest in October.
Bellagio's New Conservatory Brings Italian Summer To Las Vegas
Bellagio's New Conservatory Brings Italian Summer To Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kari Curletto of Las Vegas put over 500 hours into making her toilet paper wedding dress. (Courtesy Kari Curletto)
Kari Curletto of Las Vegas put over 500 hours into making her toilet paper wedding dress. (Courtesy Kari Curletto)
The Real Crepe In Las Vegas Serves Authentic Crepes In The Style Of Brittany, France
The Real Crepe In Las Vegas Serves Authentic Crepes In The Style Of Brittany, France. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
New Marilyn Musical Brings Screen Icons Life To Strip
Paris Las Vegas hosts musical bio featuring new, old tunes. (Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vegas' hottest concerts of the summer
Vegas' hottest concerts of the summer
We Taste-tested The Best Doughnut Shops In Las Vegas
We Taste-tested The Best Doughnut Shops In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like