A show of Ukrainian stars is coming to the Strip
The Kats! Office at the time of this writing is the red carpet entrance to “America’s Got Talent Live!” in Luxor. Show Creator Simon Cowell and judge of the TV show “AGT” Howie Mandel are in town to accept the key to the Las Vegas Strip, and also to review the show. Mandel asked earlier, “What if you lock your car key? I also want the Coat-Hanger for the Strip.
Howie is always on, believe it. More from this scene and beyond:
Ukrainian Stars Show Set
In April 2011, during the opening night of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, I experienced a premiere in Las Vegas. For the first time, I gave an act a standing ovation – twice. And that was even before the end of the act.
We are talking about the marvelous skater Aratas who spin endlessly, or Victor and Jenny Arata, amazing artists and proud Las Vegans. The couple are now a favorite act on “V – The Ultimate Variety Show” at the V Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. Email [email protected] for tickets and details. Get there fast, as it should easily sell out.
The Aratas are preparing a star production of Ukrainian acts for their V Theater stage at 9 p.m. on March 31. Jenny’s family is originally from Kiev. Her sister was safely out of the country and is now in Poland.
The Aratas have participated in protest and support events in Las Vegas since the launch of the Russian invasion, including a Feb. 26 event on the Strip.
They have also been busy reaching out to actors in the war-torn region. Each act of the March will come from Ukraine. Balance Artist Vladimir Dovgan and acrobatic juggler Vladik Myagastupov (also a Cirque du Soleil touring artist) are signed. Rhythmic Gymnast World Champion Tamara Yerofeeva should also occur.
The artists present videos describing their hometowns. The Aratas will also perform.
As Jenny said on Saturday, “We will work hard to continually raise funds for Ukraine, because rebuilding will take years after the destruction that has been caused.” Jenny waves the Ukrainian flag at every show. “We have great support.”
Place for sweets
“You are truly unique. I’ve never met someone like you before,” was by Jeff Goldblum quick review of Melody Candy after Goldblum headlined two shows Saturday night at 24 Oxford at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Sweets donned a dress with a giant heart as a cape (and pulled smaller hearts out of her bra, tossing them to the crowd).
With Sweets offering curves and charisma, Goldblum and his band went through “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “Love Me or Leave Me”, “Come On-A My House” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right”.
Goldblum riffed on Sweets’ name, “She’s Sweets, so sweets…” and the two displayed true chemistry onstage. Offstage there were bubbly conversations about the Rat Pack, Elvis and Jerry Lewis (Golblum spoke with Lewis about the role of Lewis’s son in “Max Rose” before the role went to Kevin Pollack).
Goldblum – a terrific jazz pianist – met each audience member before and after each show. We would support more of this show. The buzz about a possible return, even an extended engagement, starts here.
Keith in Utah
Sadness falls on the column as Randal Keith leave our town.
As Keith said on his Facebook page, “It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I am leaving Las Vegas.” He was engaged for six months at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts at Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins, Utah.
We caught up with the great actor and bellowing baritone just after he arrived in town to open “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” at The Venetian. Keith also co-starred in “Showstoppers” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot”, both at the Encore Theatre; and in “Baz” at the Palazzo Theatre. Keith was known across the country as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on tour and on Broadway.
We’ve also seen Keith in several appearances as The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas, as part of The Phat Pack of former “Phantom” performers. bruce Ewing, Randal Keith and Kevan Patriquinwith Phil Fortenberry at the piano.
A particularly memorable show was a Phat Pack show several years ago for around 50 people at the Plaza Showroom. I said at the time that it was the best collection of talent in front of a small crowd that I had ever seen. Keith was just as awesome in Enoch Augustus Scott The production of Baritones of Love, another show that should play for the masses.
Keith said in his outgoing message, “I will miss the incredibly talented community I have been blessed to be a part of over the past 15 years.” Dozens of friends on the Vegas entertainment scene feel the same way.
cool hang alert
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