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July 22, 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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Jeff Bridges and The Abiders are ready to roll through Rocks Lounge

During a recent phone conversation with Jeff Bridges, I asked him a question that had been preying on my brain for several years: Is it true that whenever he comes across “The Big Lebowski” on TV, he watches at least until the moment when …

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‘Jersey Boys’ at Paris Las Vegas and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ are not in sync

“Jersey Boys” from director Clint Eastwood is a general retelling of the tale of the Tony Award-winning musical at Paris Las Vegas with far more emphasis late in the film on Frankie Valli’s family life and the death of his daughter, Francine. …

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Celine by the numbers: How 917 turns into half a billion

When AEG Live/Concerts West and Caesars Entertainment were entertaining the concept of bringing Shania Twain into the Colosseum as a recurring resident headliner, they took a look at who bought tickets to Celine Dion’s shows in Las Vegas …

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Some true and false pretenses as Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band blasts back into the Smith Center

Lon Bronson and the All-Star Band he describes as “industrial strength” has been performing in Las Vegas for 24 years, from the Riviera to Golden Nugget, Green Valley Ranch, M Resort, Boulder Station, Aliante and, if memory serves, the Paddlewheel Inn. …

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Jim Rogers’ passion for classic cars never idled

Jim Rogers and my family in Idaho were connected by a shared affection of old vehicles and the restoration of such. My uncle was Rogers’ mechanic and property manager at the latter’s Indian Hills estate. …

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Human Nature take on the Apollo: ‘I think we earned their respect’

Human Nature, the spinning, sweet-voiced Aussie quartet who performs Motown hits at the Venetian, was in the all-star lineup for the 80th Apollo Spring Gala fundraising production of the storied music hall in New York City on Tuesday. …

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A recharged Ian Ziering plugs in once more with Chippendales

Ian Ziering is an actor who seems electrically charged, rejuvenated by a jolt of volts as he enters his second run as a guest host of Chippendales. Ziering returned to the production Thursday night and fronts the show …

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‘The Book of Mormon’ at the Smith Center: Do you know the way to Sal Tlay Ka Siti?

The concept of sending two apple-cheeked Mormon missionaries to Uganda (especially when one, Elder Price, has made Orlando his own promised land since age 9) is hilarious because we know that is the place where LDS lads would fit least. …

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Nicolas Cage, Andrew Dice Clay and Carrot Top: How GNR closes a run at the Joint

Guns N’ Roses attracted an impressive array of celebs in their latest stint at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, including Andrew Dice Clay, who surprised GNR fans with an unannounced standup set. …

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Long after ‘Bat Night,’ Frankie Moreno is still having a ball

Frankie Moreno’s run at the Stratosphere opened in November 2011 and hits the 500-show milestone Thursday. The show arrives amid a year of great percolation for Moreno, a subject of interest as fans wonder when he will leap from being a showroom headliner. …

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Who wants ‘The Book of Mormon’? Myron Martin had to raise his hand

Myron Martin has been on a mission on behalf of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. But instead of the Book of Mormon, he’s packing his Tony Award voter’s card. And he played it expertly to land …

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Billy Joel shows that this music vocation is a pretty cool job

Billy Joel gazed at the thousands in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night and leered mischievously, as if he’d just been given a paycheck for doing what he loved instead of doing work. And that was the case, naturally. …

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Clint Holmes writes sequel to ‘Great American Songbook’; Penn & Teller spend $250K on elephant/cow trick

Clint Holmes is back at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theme of his show is “The Contemporary American Songbook” filled with songs that might well be the classics of tomorrow. …

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How one performer can alter the Las Vegas Skye-line

One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Skye Dee Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos. …

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Tara Palsha of ‘Vegas! The Show’ leaving the Strip to roll the dice in New York

One of the most dynamic and accomplished dancers in VegasVille is leaving, at the end of this month, for parts uncharted in New York City. Tara Palsha arrived here in 2003, winning a part in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and spending 12 months learning something new. …

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