By: Sam Wagmeister/People & Places
The barren black-walled warehouse was reminiscent of a menacing film noir scene; fifteen people were seated at the four tables arranged in a square, heads bowed pouring over the manuscripts before them. The room had fallen weirdly hushed.
The silence was broken by Jersey Boys alumnus Michael Erickson’s deep, bellowing yet soft and melodic vocal contribution…Try to remember the kind of September, when life was slow and oh so mellow…
Those opening lines of the opening song from The Fantastiks, lifted the cloud that had descended over composer/arranger/conductor and now-director, Bill Fayne. Fayne’s decades-long dream of bringing the longest running musical to Las Vegas was crushed during production when the Onyx Theater closed last year.
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
I thought I'd write this month about a TV show I did called "Fury." The year was 1956 and I was cast in this Saturday morning NBC serial. The TV show was about a boy and his horse (much like Lassie the dog) since the boy and horse always came to someone's rescue!
The series ran from 1955 to 1960. I watched it every Saturday and was thrilled to be cast in one of my favorite shows.
In this episode, I played a little brat who was not happy that my mother was getting married to someone I did not like. I was almost thirteen, but was playing the part of a 10-year-old. It also starred Peter Graves, who later was remembered from the TV show Mission Impossible.
Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation
I'm very excited about the return of our radio show, “Listening to The Vegas Voice.” Beginning on Tuesday, September 5th and thereafter every Tuesday from 10 -11 am, make sure you hear our great celebrity interviews. We will be heard on KSHP 1400 am and, of course, the radio programs can always be heard anytime on our (new and improved) Vegas Voice website.
I will have the pleasure of interviewing both local as well as national stars and celebrities. I'm also very proud to welcome my co-host, the man with the “Golden Voice” Jon Lindquist to the show.
Jon is one of the most experienced radio personalities I know. As the photo demonstrates, we have previously worked together on our Vegas Voice podcast and radio shows.
Together we will once again bring a fun and entertaining interview show to Las Vegas. Please tune in and tell your friends as we return to “live” radio - KSHP 1400 am this month.
1. Remember the music of 1967? Some of the best songs ever recorded will be heard once again.
2. Did you see the list of entertainers scheduled to perform (plus a surprise guest or two)? Enough said.
3. Ticket price of only $19.67 (get it?) with all proceeds going to two non-profit organizations – Nevada Association to Stop Guardian & Elder Abuse and the Las Vegas Showbiz Network.
4. Free raffle prizes courtesy of our great sponsors.
5. The concert will be at the Silverton Hotel & Casino. And unlike “other” casinos, no valet or parking charges.
By: Beverly Washburn/ Hollywood Memories
I previously written about Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger. I thought this month I'd write about Jay Silverheels who was his faithful sidekick, Tonto.
The year was 1956 and I was cast in the Warner Bros. feature film "The Lone Ranger." I was quite fortunate back in the 50s, because for the most part, scripts would just be sent to me without an audition.
However, I had never worked at Warner Bros. so they didn't know me and I was asked to go out and read for the role of Lila, the little girl who gets kidnapped by the Indians and yep, you guessed it - gets saved by the Lone Ranger. I was a huge fan of The Lone Ranger and wanted so badly to get this part.
By Charlie Christy/ Executive Director Ms Senior Nevada
The Senior Nevada Pageant Family is busier than ever. With three to five shows at Assisted Living Centers each month, we are now returning to Eureka, Nevada to raise money for the Meals on Wheels program.
The trip will be August 14-16, with “show time” at 5 pm on August 15, in the Historic Opera House Theatre. This restored treasure is a joy to behold. Built in the 1800’s (before the advent of sound equipment) it is so beautifully engineered; a singer can project to the audience without any amplification.
By: Vickie Wentz/Vicki’s Voice
It’s just that I didn’t know you could inherit a dog. I mean, a necklace, a set of china, even a savings bond...but a dog?
Don’t get me wrong, she’s a really cute dog. A tiny white Maltese who was named by her first “mother” obsessed with the British royal family.
Hence, I’m now the proud - if slightly reluctant - owner of Lady Diana. The name is longer than the actual dog.
Anyway, no one was able to take Lady Di, and I do love her, and so does my dog, Gabby. But, Lady Di has a real Napoleon…or, Napoleonella…complex, and she will bark like she’s going to friggin’ take you apart, limb by limb. In reality, I don’t think she could take apart one actual limb.
By Sam Wagmeister - Nightlife Editor
The “Next Big Thing” opened on the Las Vegas Strip last week when the Bronx Wanderers took the stage at Bally’s Casino for the first of what should be many, many performances to come.
Fans flew thousands of miles to experience the music and culture that engulfed the room. There was a sense that the Windows Showroom moved and swayed to the beat of the songs from a bygone era: Ragdoll, Walk Like a Man, Dawn (I’m No Good for You) …and more contemporary hits like Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and a tribute to Billy Joel…all among a rich inventory of music that drew standing ovations throughout the nearly 90-minute show.
By: Sam Wagmeister, Nightlife Editor
The Las Vegas team of Denise Rose (as Judy Garland) and Suzanne Goulet (as Liza Minelli) celebrate outside of West Hollywood’s historic El Portal Theater after three performances of Liza and Judy Together Again March 20, 2016.
First constructed as a movie theater in 1926, the El Portal boasts a rich history as a vaudeville theater. In 1928, a touring vaudeville show featuring the O'Connor Family appeared on the El Portal's stage with their 2-year old son, Donald.
A 1994 earthquake devastated the El Portal, beginning a 5-year restoration project. Prior to its 2000 reopening, a "Celebrate the Journey" benefit was held.
Carol Channing presented O'Connor with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The guest list for the event included Robert Morse, Maureen Arthur, Bea Arthur, Patty Andrews, Carroll Baker, Joseph Campanella, Sid Caesar, Tyne Daly, Peter Falk, Kathleen Freeman, Beverly Garland, Mitzi Gaynor, Darryl Hickman, Piper Laurie, Carol Lawrence, Nolan Miller, Margaret O'Brien, Tom Poston, Carl Reiner, Doris Roberts, Anne Rogers, Marion Ross, Russ Tamblyn, Rip Taylor, Jane Withers and JoAnne Worley.
Today the El Portal's three stages plays host to concerts, plays and shows.
By: M.A.R. Unger
February 4th marked the start of the USO’s 75th Anniversary. Over the years, countless Americans became acquainted with the USO through Bob Hope’s tours. Whether we experienced the show in person or on TV, one look at the smiling faces of the troops told us all that the USO was a home away from home. It brought with it a sense of community.
Celebration events took place at nearly 200 locations worldwide and programs will continue throughout the year. At McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas USO kicked off the celebrated in style, and why not? For the second consecutive year, it was voted the top facility in the world—a singular honor. The Las Vegas USO serves over 37,000 troops and their family members every year.
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