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Brad Garrett and Ryan Seacrest co-producing a show for the kiddies

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American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

Add Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks in Beverly Hills to the list of Kats Reports bureaus. Been in the area for a day and a half, getting away with it all. I mean, from it all.

Heading back to VegasVille in a few hours, but not before checking in with some literary stuffing on a quick trip that has been busy and very cool.

Garrett, Seacrest teaming up

Brad Garrett and Ryan Seacrest are co-producing a children's-centered show based on the Bill Cosby show (based on a series by Art Linkletter), "Kids Say the Darndest Things." Garrett says, "This is because my show is sokid-friendly." The working title is "That Kids Show" and it is set to run for six episodes on TLC in early 2011.

Meanwhile, Garrett says business at the Brad Garrett Comedy Club is up about 60 percent from a month ago, to 150-160 per show. "I attribute most of that to people coming back for refunds!" Garrett says. That line, and the one about his act being kid-friendly, are jokes.

Garrett is back this week, Wednesday and Thursday, and again Oct. 20-21.

Showcase moving on

You can always count on Vita Corimbi to set the mood to music. "We might be jammin' on the strip, or a dive in downtown! All we want's a place that can support our sound!"

The "Menopause" cast member and frequent performer with Killian's Angels helped cap a spirited if melancholy closing of the freewheeling Composers Showcase performances at Liberace Museum's cabaret showroom. The monthly showcases have been held at the museum for three years after debuted at the since-closed Suede restaurant in April 2005. The Showcase will outlast the museum, set to close on Oct. 17.

"Jersey Boys" music director Keith Thompson, who helped organize the monthly showcases back-when, says the showcases will continue but a location has not been decided. The shows might barnstorm for a while, testing out new venues on the Strip and downtown (and elsewhere) to find the right feel. But the 100-seat (at its largest capacity) cabaret theater will close and the mirror-plated Baldwin will fall silent after the museum closes Oct. 17.

The showcases have been a personal favorite ever since I attended one of the earliest shows at Suede. Over the years the list of the composers, musicians and vocalists to appear represents some of the greatest talent the city has seen. From the Composers Showcase website, we list: Corimbi, Michael Brennan, Travis Cloer, Amos Glick, Wayne Green, Susan Haller, Danny Wright, Jamie Karen, Richard Oberacker (who helped start the series with Thompson), Matt Taylor, Tyler Williams, Matt Taylor, Mackenzie Bell, Kristen Hertzenberg, Christine Hudman, Patrick Leveque, Johnny Miles, Andrew Ragone, Brandon Singleton, Tina Walsh, Danielle White, Tish Diaz, Dan Falcone, Philip Fortenberry, Derek Jones, Mark Pardy, Kevin Stout and Eric Tewalt. I'll add Ali Spuck and her husband, Kristofer McNeeley; Erich Bergen and Kissy Simmons, Tracy Hammon-Hodge and her husband, Corwyn Hodge; and (in that first show) Brent Barrett.

At the moment, all that can be said for the October Composers Showcase is "TBA." The remarkable Fortenberry plays his final "Liberace & Me" performance at the museum on Oct. 13, and fittingly he and Thompson closed Thursday's showcase with Thompson's "The Memory." Thompson hugged Anna Nateece, Liberace's longtime costume designer, and that moment closed a great era of Vegas entertainment.

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