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July 23, 2014

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Mamma Mia (Jun. 20)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Christine Sherrill and Sean Krill from "Mamma Mia," which is currently performing at the Tropicana. Listen »

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Notes from the scene: Sammy (Shore) keeps the beat; Sammy (Hagar) pours it on

The Kats Report Bureau on this Independence Day is Terrace 1 (which is the only terrace) at our Newport Lofts office. Sirens have been blaring already today, and from our high perch, we feel the heat of another 110-degree …

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For Life Is Beautiful, Patrick Duffy has a great Western forum

Patrick Duffy, one of the busiest art collectors anywhere, is hopscotching around Europe right now. But that has not stopped him from igniting the art program for the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival. …

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No panic at this disco as Rehan Choudhry summons Lionel Richie

Though Life Is Beautiful is entering just its second year downtown, it has achieved something of a rock identity. Highlights a year ago on the main stage included Las Vegas rock bands The Killers and Imagine Dragons and alt-rocker Beck. …

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David Siegel’s Westgate seizes LVH: ‘Rock Vault’ rocks on, but it’s bye-bye, Shimmer

David Siegel, a 79-year-old towering figure and the master of the manor at the redubbed Westgate Las Vegas, made his formal debut Tuesday morning ceremonially pulling the “L” off the old LVH sign facing Paradise Road. …

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Westgate ready to change marquee as purchase of LVH is official

Announced this morning is the sale of Las Vegas Hotel (LVH) from Goldman Sachs to David Siegel’s Westgate Resorts. No terms of the deal were disclosed, but it is believed that …

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After ‘Vegas! The Show,’ Eric Jordan Young eager to connect with audience

Eric Jordan Young left his role as Ernie the Janitor in “Vegas! The Show” in March with a plan to tell the story of classic Vegas in a, shall we say, more traditional way. …

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Post-‘Grease’ tour, Lorena Peril and Ray Jon Narbaitz are lounging around

Lorena Peril left “Fantasy” at the Luxor in April 2013 to tour Europe in “Grease: The Arena Spectacular,” in which she was cast as Sandra Dee. That show played to crowds of tens of thousands in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, …

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On a scale of 1-to-tenors, Las Vegas scores highly for vocal groups

If Latin club music is your thing, well, opportunity knocks at LVH. If tenor-fashioned vocal groups are your thing, there are two to note — one of whom plays Shimmer Cabaret across the way. …

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Bill Burr’s latest Las Vegas comedy stop is the Mirage

Bill Burr remembers those days 15, 16 years ago when he was a young comic performing at comedy clubs on the Strip. Not fondly, in every instance. But he does remember. “I had a horrific run at the Comedy Stop at the Trop, just horrific,” says Burr. …

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Unofficial honors from the 2014 NHL Awards at the Wynn

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the media center of the 2014 NHL Awards at Encore Ballroom. The awards, being broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas, caps days of frivolity and victory-lap parading. …

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Ex-‘Zumanity’ artist Wassa Coulibaly takes on the world with ‘Tribal Night’

Wassa Coulibaly was one of the standout performers in “Zumanity” at New York-New York until leaving in October at the peak of her acrobatic acumen to focus full time on her true passion, Baobab Stage at Town Square. …

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‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ opts for Payne relief

“We can confirm that John Payne is no longer with ‘Raiding the Rock Vault,’ ” read a statement issued by what is described as “the show.” Payne was suspended indefinitely beginning May 18; his firing reportedly came down a week ago. …

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Pop Evolution puts Cab Jazz to the test — and vice versa

While the big room at the Smith Center, Reynolds Hall, has flourished with a first-class series of Broadway touring shows, Cabaret Jazz has tried to keep pace with the best productions suited for a small venue. …

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Las Vegas entertainment legend Steve Rossi dies of cancer at 82

Steve Rossi, half of the legendary comedy team of Allen & Rossi, died this afternoon of cancer at age 82 in Las Vegas. Rossi had been in hospice care since June 11. …

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Maverick’s top guns deliver a high-flying experience at EDC

At 4 a.m. the text flashed on the iPhone, a message from a friend of mine on the Las Vegas entertainment scene. It read, “Besides the cool helicopter ride, maybe you can explain …

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