Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 | 11:58 p.m.
“Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star and narrator Mark Shunock, who is usually in a mullet and telling herpes jokes in the hit musical, pulled off a successful launch of his “Mondays Dark” monthly fundraisers Monday night at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
Travis Cloer of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas, rock god Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, “Raiding the Rock Vault” at LVH) and Emmy-nominated actress Dot-Marie Jones of “Glee” were Mark’s first guests in the variety talk show. Dot announced that her fiancee Bridgett Casteen and she have set an early New Year wedding date for their nuptials in Las Vegas, of which Mark pledged to attend.
Mark asked Travis about his starring role as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys,” and Paul performed a solid rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Mark had Dot-Marie in tears when he asked her about the death of “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith.” The emotion continued when Mark closed his first “Mondays Dark” by reading Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” followed by his “Rock of Ages” cast mates singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Monday night’s audience included “Jersey Boys” star Deven May and girlfriend Dayna Roselli; Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie; Quad headliner Jeff Civillico; singer Skye Dee Miles; singer Maren Wade of “Vegas! The Show” at Planet Hollywood; “American Idol” Season 3 finalist and Society of Seven star Jasmine Trias; UD Factory owner Seth Yudof; Aid for AIDS of Nevada board Chairman Marek Bute; Q Vegas Publisher Russ White; Mark’s publicist Michael Caprio; yours truly; and more.
Our thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery of all the Strip stars who supported the Opportunity Village fundraiser; the evening also included a performance by the O.V. Elvi. Mark throws his next “Mondays Dark” for AFAN on the third Thursday of December. He plans a total of 12 over the year to meet his fundraising target of $120,000.
Las Vegas Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy contributed to this report.
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Though masculine in lines and furnishings, there are sensuous feminine touches to be found within Body English's black leather upholstered walls and oversized booths.
Guests walk down a long flight of stairs which leads to the main entrance of the club. The first focal point that catches the eye is a larger-than-life million dollar, color-changing crystal chandelier that hangs over the main dance floor, offering a touch of elegance while simultaneously offering just enough lighting to create an intimate ambiance.
Around the perimeter of the upstairs level are the main bar and a number of VIP godfather booths, ideal for elite groups. On the main dance floor, additional VIP booths made of elegant black leather circle the room, giving guests the best view of all the action. Complete with its own DJ booth, bar and waitress staff, the room known as The Parlor, which is adjacent to the main dance floor, also offers an intimate experience for separate parties.
Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.