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Photos: Mark Shunock’s debut ‘Mondays Dark’ at Body English benefits Opportunity Village

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Mark Shunock’s debut “Mondays Dark” benefiting Opportunity Village on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

‘Mondays Dark’ Debuts at Body English

Mark Shunock’s debut “Mondays Dark” benefiting Opportunity Village on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
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Cast members of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian perform during Mark Shunock’s debut “Mondays Dark” benefiting Opportunity Village on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

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Skye Dee Miles and Jeff Civillico attend Mark Shunock’s debut “Mondays Dark” benefiting Opportunity Village on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

“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.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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