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.
By: Sam Wagmeister, The Vegas Voice Newspaper
The overused term “boyish charm” gets overused once again in describing Mark OToole’s explosive performance Saturday night (Oct.2, 2015) at Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz.
Backed by an all-star band, OToole glided smoothly through 90 minutes of the best of Barry Manilow’s music, only to have an appreciative crowd yell for “more” as melodies subsided.
Between classic Manilow ballads, OToole endeared himself to the sold out audience with his signature anecdotes, stories and jokes that punctuated his magnetic personality. During his medley of Manilow-composed commercial jingles…that included “Grab a Bucket of Chicken” (for KFC), “I am Stuck on Band-Aid ‘Cause Band-Aid’s Stuck on Me” and McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today”…OToole turned State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor State Farm is There” into a near love song as he draped over the piano of musical director Vita Corimbi.
By: Sam Wagmeister - Nightlife Editor
Rarely have so many celebrities packed a room as they did Tuesday (7/14) evening at the Tropicana Casino’s Laugh Factory. Clint Eastwood and Willie Nelson were there.
Johnny Carson brought Carnac the Magnificent. Jack Lemon was still battling with Walter Matthau and Katherine Hepburn bickered with her On Golden Pond co-star, that “old poop” Henry Fonda. Presidents, singers, actors and actresses paraded across the stage in a nostalgic tribute, but none shown brighter than Rich Little, the comic genius who brought each of the larger-than-lifers to life in his recreations at the premier of his one man retrospective of Little’s own life in show business.
WES WINTERS CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF PERFORMANCES IN THE SOUTH POINT HOTEL CASINO AND SPA GRANDVIEW LOUNGE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25th.
On Saturday, April 25th, entertainer Wes Winters will celebrate four years of performing in the Grandview Lounge at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, where he has presented approximately 400 shows to enthusiastic audiences. The anniversary party begins at 5 p.m. with a meet and greet, and complimentary cake and champagne. A performance by Winters will follow from 6 to 9 p.m.
By: Shaun Leonard
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