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Mark Shunock’s ‘Mondays Dark’ fundraiser needs new home after Act closes

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Katie Morgan, with “Rock of Ages” star Mark Shunock, hosts “Pussy Galore,” a benefit for the no-kill animal shelter Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, at The Act in Palazzo on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.

Katie Morgan Hosts Benefit at The Act

Katie Morgan, with “Rock of Ages” star Mark Shunock, hosts “Pussy Galore,” a benefit for the no-kill animal shelter Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, at The Act in Palazzo on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Launch slideshow »

“Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock needs a last-minute angel today or Tuesday to help him find a replacement venue for his Opportunity Village fundraiser next Monday after the sudden closing of the Act at Palazzo on Saturday night.

Joe Vargas broke the story, and Editor at Large John Katsilometes wrote Sunday about the Act’s closing. Mark, who plays Lonny the narrator in the hit musical, had planned Opportunity Village as his first charity to benefit from his premiere “Mondays Dark” series Oct. 21 at the Act .

He’d won co-starring support from Dot-Marie Jones, three-time Emmy nominee for her role as Coach Beiste on “Glee,” Jai Rodriguez (“Malibu Country,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), as well as cast members from “Rock of Ages” and the Act. The eclectic cast of Hollywood and Strip headliners is determined to find a new location so that next Monday’s talk-show format event isn’t scrapped.

Mark told me that he’s been overwhelmed by support from the theater community here to solve the last-minute problem and is confident that he’ll have a new venue by mid-week so that “the show can go on.” Each month, “Mondays Dark” will partner with a different Las Vegas-based charity, with Mark’s goal to raise $10,000 per month for each charity — with a grand total of more than $100,000.

We’ll report the moment Mark knows the location of the new venue.

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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