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MONTI-LICIOUS - JULY 28, 2014
For some reason show business deaths usually comes in 3’s. James Garner, Elaine Stritch, and Augi Rodriguez passed away last week. James Garner, age 86, died at his home of natural causes His greatest talent was the way he brought something comedic into every performance whether it be action, drama or, of course comedy. He had 2 hit TV series: Maverick and The Rockford Files. He starred in films with, among others, Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, and Julie Andrews. His first big movie hit was The Great Escape, and then on to make approximately 50 films, most of which were big hits. His personal favorite was “The Americanization of Emily” co-starring Julie Andrews.
Elaine Stritch, one of the grand dames of Broadway and an Emmy and Tony winner, died in her home in Michigan at the age of 89. Elaine was definitely one of my favorites. Her timing was impeccable, and her interpretation of Steven Sondheim’s ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’ brought her an Emmy. Her stint as Alec Baldwin’s mother on TV’s 30 Rock got her a Tony. Over the years she also did films, concerts, and became a favorite in London as well as here in the U.S.
Augie Rodriguez of the world renowned dance team, Augie and Margo , also died last week. He and wife Margo were amateur contest winning dancers who then studied dance diligently and were so adapt that they frequently appeared on the Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen, and Ernie Kovac TV shows and were the opening act for the likes of Sammy Davis and Dean Martin, among others. Their style of fusing Latin, jazz, and ballet, definitely ahead of its time, is evident on today’s Dancing With The Stars. All of these greats will be missed.
Shania Twain will be ending her 2 year contract at Caesars Colosseum in Dec. and will be moving on to other things. She is a really good performer but box office figures are reportedly not what they should be. Be sure to try and catch her show before she leaves. For ticket info, contact caesars.com of ticketmaster. Celine, Elton and Rod Stewart will still rotate along with Jerry Seinfeld doing occasional one and two-nighters.
The Nevada 150th anniversary show will be presented at Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center on Sept 22. It is called the “Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert”. Scheduled to appear are Jerry Lewis, Clint Holmes, Bob Anderson, Penn & Teller, Frankie Moreno, Jersey Boys, Jubilee, Human Nature and The Lon Bronson All-Star Band. More acts and celebs will be added as their schedules permit. This will be a show to remember.
My new guilty pleasure is the new TV show Rising Star. It’s a new approach to the singing reality shows and is not the boring show that American Idol has become.
Adam Levine, whose fame was enhanced by TV’s The Voice, got married last weekend with Jonah Hill officiating. They should have called me, The Rev. Monti, but alas, they didn’t.
For weeks and weeks I've been talking about finding restaurants off the beaten path, and last week we found a Cuban Restaurant on W. Sahara and Lindell; not far from where I live.
Café Chloe, located at 4155 S. Buffalo Dr.(just south of Flamingo) is a fine Italian restaurant run by great chef, Piero Broglia, originally of Piero’s. Frank Sinatra was a big fan of his food, and justifiably so. They specialize in chicken, fish and pasta dishes, all pricey, but worth it. A complete review will follow in a few weeks.
Frankie Scinta is still holding forth at The D and Gordie Brown is a Golden favorite. Comic Gallagher is also there now, still doing his watermelon shtick.
Mama Mia, the Broadway smash which ran here at the Mandalay Bay for 6 years came back to Las Vegas in May at the new Tropicana Theater. The receipts were far below what was anticipated so the show closed last Sunday. The Tropicana needs a hit show for that beautiful renovated venue. The last hit there was the live stage version of Dancing With The Stars.
I remember seeing Clint Holmes as sidekick to Joan Rivers on her short-lived late night TV show. He also had success in opening for some of the top performers of the day. He came to Las Vegas to star in a show at the Golden Nugget. He then moved to Harrah’s where he starred for 6 years in their showroom, which was renamed “The Clint Holmes Theater”.
He also had a local Las Vegas morning TV show with Sheena Easton and his wife Kelly Clinton. He now performs monthly at Cabaret Jazz at Smith Center, and often at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC, where he received rave reviews, and on luxury cruise ships. Right now Clint is completing a new album and preparing for a new show entitled “Georgia On My Mind-The Music of Ray Charles”.
Along with Clint are Nneena Freelon, singing group Take 6, gospel great Kirk Whelum, The Las Vegas Mass Chjoir and the Lon Bronson all-star band. The show will run at The Venetian from Sept 18-Aug 29 and from the previews I saw-IT IS HOT! For more information and tickets, please call 866-641-7469.
James Brown and Whitney Houston are the latest subjects of film biographies. The James Brown film will be shown in theaters and the Whitney Houston film, now in production is set for the small screen. Ex-husband Bobby Brown and daughter Bobbi Kristina wanted to be in this film, but that’s not going to happen. Angela Bassett is at the helm, so it is sure to be in the best of taste. My movie, “Monti Rock Unmasked” is in the works with Troy Heard writing the screenplay. It centers upon my early life, which is most interesting though not very rosy.
The Rev. Monti wishes you only the best.
Well, Germany did it - they won the World Cup for the first time; a unified country. The soccer craze has finally hit the U.S. in a big way.Our team did surprisingly well and hopefully will be a winner the next time around. Brazil was a surprise loser and the fans were crying, rioting, and really showed their displeasure by booing their own players at the end of the game. Sore losers? Soccer is giving tennis and golf, a run for their money. Football, basketball and our national pastime baseball will be around for a long time. Look at the publicity surrounding the retirement of baseball giant Derek Jeter, considered the best shortstop of his generation, and one of the most beloved of all MLB players.
Tracy Morgan is finally home after five weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation.Doctors say it will take a long time for his broken leg, broken ribs, and broken nose to heal. He is now doing extensive rehab at his Cresskill, N.J. mansion. His lawsuit against Walmart is underway and Walmart has promised full cooperation with the ongoing investigation of the horrific accident. The driver of the 18-wheeler allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and hit Tracy’s limo while traveling at a reported speed of 75 mph. Let’s hope Tracy will soon be back making us laugh.
Las Vegas and New York favorite, and my good friend, Clint Holmes will be back at his monthly weekend home, Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center, on Aug. 1 and 2.This time around he will be concentrating on duets, singing with some of the best singers in our city, some "old” and some “new." This is an interesting concept, which will be the tops in entertainment; as always. When it comes to singer/performers, nobody does it better than Clint.
Iconic group KISS has signed a semi-residency agreement with the Hard Rock.This is one of those long-lived groups that still perform to sellout crowds wherever they appear. Don Marrandino will hopefully be at the Hard Rock in a top-level position to help shake things up at this youth-oriented hotel/casino. Don was a very successful executive at the Flamingo before he left for Atlantic City, N.J. But even he couldn’t help the failing Atlantic City casino business.
The Eileen Ford modeling agency was very important to me, Monti Rock, in my early “ showbiz years” years. I did some modeling and Eileen handled me when I taped my commercials for Maidenform (yes, Maidenform), Benson & Hedges cigarettes and some runway strutting. Eileen handled the top supermodels of the day - namely Suzy Parker and Dorian Leigh. Then came Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley, and many others - even me. Dorian Leigh, who became a close friend of mine, was the face of “Fire and Ice,” Revlon’s biggest ad campaign ever. My work for Eileen made it possible for me to get my face in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar when I was a top hairdresser to some of the biggest models of the day.
Changes are happening at the Cosmopolitan. The “Vegas Nocturne” show at Rose, Rabbit, Lie played its final shows last week. “Vegas Nocturne” was a very costly show that didn't bring in enough money to cover expenses. So the new owners who decided to cancel the show will reportedly be making some big changes at the facility. The entertainment, though not a financial success, had some of the best talent of any show on The Strip. Now, unfortunately there are 30 performers plus the backstage crew looking for new jobs.
Jessica Simpson and former NFL football player Eric Johnson tied the knot last week after a three-year engagement. The bride looked sensational after losing those pounds following her Weight Watchers program followed by a two-week vegan diet for two weeks prior to the wedding, Near future weddings reportedly in the works are George Clooney and his exotic lawyer fiancée, Amal Alamuddin.
Hollywood is giving us some interesting bio films again. Jersey Boys is in current release and a James Brow film is opening. Tiny Tim’s story is in the works with Brett Ratner at the helm. My film, Monti Rock-Unmasked is also in the works with the screenplay almost complete.
Sofia Vergara split from ex-fiancée Nick Loeb in May. Her current amour is sexy actor Joe Manganiello with whom she celebrated her 42nd birthday. What a couple they make! Joe has been in the hit TV series True Blood, which sadly is ending its run. He was also featured on the cover of People Magazine,
What’s happening with the Star Wars production? We know that Harrison Ford, 72, suffered a broken leg and Carrie Fisher lost many pounds for her star turn in the new flick. Star Wars fans will have to wait until Ford is ready to return. So far Dawn of Planet of the Apes is my favorite of the summer blockbusters, which had a spectacular opening weekend.
The Southern Nevada Advertising Community will put on its 17th annual Advertising Community Talent Show at Santa Fe Station on Saturday, Aug. 2. This event will benefit Safe Nest, a local charity which offers temporary assistance to those going through domestic crisis in Southern Nevada. This is very important as domestic violence is on the rise and must be stopped. For ticket information please visit: www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
Choreographer, producer/director, dancer and one of my favorite people, Anita Mann, has joined the board of directors of the Dizzy Feet Foundation. This organization supports dance programs for our countries young people. Anita’s input will definitely help the program achieve more success.
Sad news just in—Elaine Stritch, 89 years young, passed away at her home in Michigan. This award winning Tony, Emmy star was definitely one of a kind. Her show-stopping interpretation of The Ladies Who Lunch in Sondheims’s, Broadway hit “Company” and her stint as Alec Baldwin’s mother on TV’s “30 Rock” were highlights of her long career.
Another loss is that of movie and TV favorite James Garner who died at age 86. He was completely at home with both comedic and action roles. He projected a “one of the guys” personality and good looks that made him a favorite with both men and women.
The dance world lost Augie Rodriguez of the dance team Augie and Margo. This couple started out dancing in contests in NYC, and at the Palladium Ballroom at the height of the mambo craze. Their obvious talent led to extensive dance training and they became one of the foremost dance teams of the 50’s and60’s, appearing on Ed Sullivan Steve Allen, Ernie Kovac and PBS as well opening for Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin among others. They also became international favorites. So much of what they did is evident in what the dancers do today on Dancing With The Stars. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of these wonderful stars.
Monti – Licious - July 14, 2014
The Fourth of July weekend was celebrated with lots of fireworks. Fremont St. Experience no longer offers beer cans or glass for drinks, so the tourists are “forced” into buying plastic or paper cups. Nothing stops them from imbibing.
Other big news this weekend was Adam Lambert performing with Queen at the Hard Rock Hotel. He is no Freddie Mercury, but he did a formidable job with the music, costumes, and makeup. Actually, no one can do justice to Freddie Mercury, who died of HIV/AIDS too early in his life. If you remember, Adam became famous after appearing on American Idol. He had the bulls--- and the ego to compare himself to Madonna. That ego kept him from becoming a real superstar.
The new owners of the LVH have formally changed the name of the iconic Hilton to Westgate Las Vegas Hotel/Casino.Approximately 300 of its 3,000 rooms will be converted to time-share suites, and a full renovation of the property has already begun. Owner David Siegel promises this hotel/casino will be a tourist favorite. Let us all remember that this was the Las Vegas home of Elvis Presley and Barbra Streisand.
This weekend I did a stint on the Brett Feinstein radio show. Brett is also involved with the Crown Theater at the Rio. His latest venture is at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, one of the finer strip clubs in town.He and partner Dick Feeney have a comedy room and a restaurant at the club. Dick Feeney, the producer of the Rat Pack Is Back. Feeney and Feinstein brought us the Michael Jackson Tribute Show, which just celebrated its two-year anniversary at the Rio.
Celine Dion cast her magic spell over fan Richard Dunn and his family this past weekend. Richard lip-synched her version of “All By Myself” on You Tube and it went viral. Celine played host to the group at her show at the Colosseum and posed for pictures with them, making their weekend a not to be forgotten experience.
The revised version of Pawn Stars-LIve is reopening at the Riviera. There are changes in the cast and in the script. Troy Heard is at the helm and he also is in the process of working with me on the screenplay of The Life and Times of Monti Rock lll. The story will cover his childhood to his days as a top hairdresser, performer in many of New York City nightclubs, as well as a TV and recording star.
The always busy producer Adam Steck is bringing in yet another Australian production, ‘SIDNEY AFTER DARK.” It will be moving into Planet Hollywood. This is a topless revue, that includes eight classically trained dancers, an aerialist, and a vocalist, featuring Australian performers, and pop and rock music. This will be the latest of quite a few “Aussie” shows on the Strip, among them Thunder From Down Under, Human Nature, the BeeGees Tribute show and Olivia Newton-John.
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation hosts its 18th annual summer camp for critically ill children and their siblings July 16-19 and July 22-26. This event is a medically supervised outdoor and overnight camp experience for children with cancer or other life-threatening diseases, Children attending are given a cost-free camp experience thanks to local donations. For more information please call 702-735-8434 or visit www.nvccf.org.
Rosie O’Donnell is reportedly returning to The View. She is part of the big changes being made on the show. Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck have already gone, and Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy will not be back next season. Whoopi Goldberg will be staying on as moderator and the big question is will she and Rosie hit it off or will sparks be flying? Elizabeth Hasselbeck alleges that the return of Rosie has been long in the works. Rosie was supposedly involved in the production of the Barbara Walter retirement show. With all these major changes will The View continue to be a top-rated daytime show?
Joan Rivers is busy promoting her new book. These promotional tours are grueling and take their toll on all the people involved. CNN reporter Fredricka Whitfield, a hard-line news reporter, was interviewing Joan and was, in my opinion, not asking the right questions and also was “attacking” Joan about her style of comedy. Joan, obviously annoyed, got into it with the reporter, cut the interview short and walked off the set. Joan is one of the few people who could successfully do this. More power to this 81-year-old iconic comedienne, the funniest lady in show business.
Garth Brooks, one of the most popular male country singers of all time, has come out of his temporary retirement, and was set to open in a world-wide tour with five consecutive shows in Dublin. For some reason the Dublin city council would only approve three shows. Garth said five shows or no shows - so no shows in Ireland. Some of Garth’s fans gathered at the stadium and protested against the council’s decision with chants and signs but Garth will not be performing in Ireland.
As always, the Rev. Monti wishes you all the best.
MONTI-LICOUS – JULY 7, 2014
The heat is on-that’s for sure. The Bill Acosta tribute show exploded at the Golden Nugget, featuring Bob Anderson, Rich Little, Gordie Brown, with Vince Falcone leading an 18-piece orchestra.Clint Holmes and wife Kelly were also on hand to give us a most entertaining show, and more importantly, to help raise money to assist Bill Acosta to pay his medical bills incurred due to his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Bill, his wife and daughter attended as did Johnny and Pam Thompson, Artie Schroeck and Linda November. Nelson Sardelli did a great job in getting this tribute off the ground. Bill, in his thank you letter, noted how much the show business world was so important to him and how their support was so encouraging. Let’s hope he will be around for a long time.
Shia LeBeouf had what appeared to be the makings of a big career, starring in the Transformers franchise, Indiana Jones flick, and "Wall Street; Money Never Sleeps." His most recent brush with the law came last week as he created a disturbance at a performance of Cabaret in NYC's Roundabout Theater while carrying a copy of an Alcoholics Anonymous book. He has reportedly entered a rehab program. He is now said to be worth $25 million, but this shows once again that money can’t buy happiness or sanity. Let’s hope this young man can get back on track and become productive once again.
Terry Fator and his ex-manager are still at it, four years after they reached a settlement. After paying ex-manager, John McEntee and his companies approximately $10 million for services rendered through Feb. 2014. McEntee reportedly claims to be entitled to additional payments. Fator is now suing McKentee and this case should be resolved once and for all
The BET 2014 Awards were presented and the big winner was Pharrell Williams - it’s definitely his year.Best dancing was provided by Chris Brown with Usher running a close second. Lionel Richie received this year’s Lifetime Achievement award and performed like the pro he is. Robin Thicke did his thing, still trying to win back his wife Paula and Jay Z with Beyonce gave us a disappointing pre-recorded finale. Chris Rock hosted the event and, in my opinion, was racist in many instances. Gospel great Yolanda Adams got the entire audience to its feet with an inspiring rendition of “Jesus Is Love,” which would have been a better choice to close the show.
The big news out of Housewives of Beverly Hills is the pending divorce of Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif. It seems that all of last season's bickering got a lot more ugly than the comedic banter of the past. Adrienne has been seen being absolutely rude to Paul for the smallest of things. These, along with the other “Housewives” series, thrive on the drama they create. At least we have NeNe Leakes to inject about the only humor in these reality shows. NeNe has just completed her week as hostess of Cirque’s “Zumanity”, which has been running for 10 years. She is the first celebrity guest star to appear in a Cirque show and producers plan to occasionally use guests periodically in the future. Word is that she was a big success.
The LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) is now the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. New owner David Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts has announced the acquisition of the 3,000 room hotel/casino to the 28 resorts they now won. Some of the rooms will be converted into luxury time-share suites, while most, along with the casino, will remain a top vacation spot for the many tourists who come to Las Vegas. Siegel said that the hotel has been neglected and needs work and that not an inch will be untouched. The Shimmer Cabaret will probably be turned into an open lounge and performance area with day and night entertainment while the large showroom will be renovated and feature major entertainment
First it was called The Imperial Palace, then Caesars Entertainment decided to rename it The Quad. After a relatively short time the name will change again, this time to the Linq Hotel/Casino. $223 million will be spent to revamp and rebrand the facility an rooms, suites, and public areas will be upgraded. Hopefully the ground level parking area will be included in the renovation plans, as it floods during heavy rainfalls. Access to the Linq Pomenade will allow guests to enjoy restaurants, shops, and of course the Linq observation wheel.
Atlantic City has not been able to recover from the recession and now another hotel/ casino is closing. The Showboat has announced that it will close at the end of August. This is the second major hotel/casino to shutdown. The Atlantic Club closed in January and there are rumors that the $2.4 billion facility, Revel, which has yet to show a profit, may close. Hopefully a buyer will be found who will turn this palatial hotel/casino into a money-maker. . Atlantic City is surrounded by neighboring states that now have gambling which has proven to be strong competition.
As always the Rev. Monti wishes you all the best and hopes you all had a great holiday weekend.
MONTI-LICOUS - JUNE 30, 2014
EDC, the Electric Daisy Carnival, completed its fourth year early Monday morning, June 23 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.More than 400,000 tickets were sold. A sold-out house each of three days brought in about 130,000 attendees. People traveled from all over the world to see the wild costumes, enjoy carnival rides and listen to musical performances. It was a successful weekend for all except for those arrested for DUI, drugs, and various other violations. But considering the magnitude of the crowds, it was not too bad. Exit traffic on Monday morning was a horror, with cars lined up on the highway for miles.This was treated as just part of the event for those young people who attend these marathons. Some friends of mine from Miami brought their families to Vegas for the event.
My old friend Steve Rossi, 82 years old, passed away last week, a victim of lung, esophagus, and liver cancer. He hadn’t been feeling well for some time but was not diagnosed as having cancer until recently. He and friend Marty Allen, who's still going strong at 92, made up the very successful team of Allen and Rossi.They appeared on over 700 TV shows, among them, the Ed Sullivan Show more then 40 times. They were on the show that introduced the Beatles to the American public. Steve was the straight man in the act and was also a good singer. They also appeared in a few films.
Steve was very much involved in many local charity functions and often performed at the Veteran’s Home in Boulder City. He and good friend Rich Little would also be seen enjoying themselves at several places in town, among them at Pia Zadora’s room at Piero’s. I replaced Steve in a show at Miami’s famous Eden Roc Hotel in the late '70s. I would see him very often here in Vegas at all types of functions. Though they went their separate ways, Steve and Marty Allen remained close friends. Steve last performed in February 2014 at The LVH. Marty stood up at Steve’s church service and said his signature “HELLO DERE” and then led the crowd to a standing ovation for Steve.
Yes! Yes! Yes! I went to an early matinee of the New Jersey Boys movie. My good friend Marsha Ratner’s son Bret Ratner is one of the producers. I saw the live show again recently just prior to my seeing the film. Directed by Clint Eastwood we have a terrific film adaptation of a great show. I prefer the live show, as it generated more excitement. But this is a must-see movie.
Remember, back in the day I was part of the group, consisting of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Kenny Nolan , and of course, Bob Crewe. Bob, as you know, wrote for and produced Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes. He, along with Wes Farrell and Chelsea Records, controlled my recording career. Though the original Disco Tex album was a tremendous success, I was never paid my share. Somehow ALL production costs were charged to my account, leaving almost nothing for me. This same type of creative bookkeeping was used with many other recording artists of the time. My relationship with Bob Crewe was tenuous and volatile to say the least, but Bob was one of the really great producers and lyricists of that era.
Celine Dion back at the Colosseum for her current engagement has announced her schedule for 2015. On June 18 she gave her 917th performance at the Colosseum and she’s forward to her 1000th performance. The Colosseum has just announced that recording artists Hall and Oates will be there in October, stopping here on their tour.
Jeff Dunham, who has just signed a residency contract with Planet Hollywood, has made a $100,000 donation to the Injured Police Officers Fund and the Joseph R. Wilcox Memorial Fund. Jeff will donate $50,000 and his show partners will donate the additional $50,000 in memory of the two officers recently murdered by homegrown terrorists. Show people are always there to help those in need.
We celebrated my good friend Jim Perine’s birthday last week with a small group of Jim and his wife Rose’s close friends at P J Chang’s in Planet Hollywood. Jim and Rose are being very helpful to me in gathering information from my archives for my upcoming book and film.
Academy Award winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr., who never really reached his potential, reportedly made and a-s of himself at the 2014 NHL Awards. They say he was out of control and making everyone uncomfortable. He did however create some excitement to the event, which reportedly needs a lift. His fans seem to have loved it and they would like to see him as next year’s host.
Some major changes are in the works for several of the Cirque shows in town. The biggest change so far is that their first ever guest star, NeNe Leakes of Housewives of Atlanta fame, begins as guest host of Zumanity. Though costly, the addition of an occasional guest host should help the box office, and appeal to a new audience. Zumanity will get a new choreographer and some new acrobatic acts later this year. Changes are also being made in Love, Mystere, and Zarkana. It seems that Cirque producers have finally realized that they have to change with the times. Speaking of NeNE, she has become a major attraction and by far the most successful of the “housewives” cast members.
Another change is that of the upheaval at “Raiding the Rock Vault” currently at the LVH. John Payne, bassist, co-writer, and spokesman for the group was let go last week. Payne is now concentrating on his own band, “Asia”.
Adam Steck is always one step ahead as he brings in 2 new limited run shows in July to the PH Theater. “Sydney After Dark”, an Australian topless revue and “Viva Veracruz”, a Latin themed revue will run until November, when Jeff Dunham begins his residency show. Adams hopes to move them into smaller rooms after that. Leave it to him to keep the entertainment rolling.
Changes are also being made at ABC News. Diane Sawyer is stepping down from her position as ABC World News anchor to concentrate on high profile interviews like the ones done by Barbara Walters and Katie Couric. Each of these ladies will do the type of stories they are noted for. David Muir will move to evening anchor as well as continuing as cohost of 20/20. George Stefanopolous becomes ABC News chief anchor.
The Rev. Monti as always wishes you the best.
ABRACADABRA! EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: MURRAY SAWCHUCK WEDS CHLOE CRAWFOR
Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Crawford wed in Las Vegas on Friday, July 20, 2012. Monte Rock III officiated, Doug Leferovich served as best man, and Ashton Nicole was the bridesmaid.
“We finally decided to tie the knot,” the “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist told me exclusively. A small group of close friends, Las Vegas magicians and family, including her parents who flew over from England, witnessed the ceremony in the intimacy of the lush garden of hishome in the Lakes in Summerlin.
Monti Rock III, the 1970s icon, disco legend and licensed marriage minister, officiated the ceremony, which included the couple exchanging rings that had been selected by “Pawn Stars” stars at their Gold & Silver Pawn, where Murray serves as a regular expert on the top-rated History Channel show.
Also, a shout out to Mr. Criss Angel. You are a star and you made this columnist a fan! Your generosity and kindness will never be forgotten! Jersey Boys at Paris is wowing the crowds. Check out the Sugar Factory while you are there - a chocolate aroma world that's decadently divine.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you only the best.
A Meal With Monti
As a gossip columnist, committed foodie and theater critic, I spend the better part of my work week covering all the fabulous shows, clubs, restaurant openings and special events on The Strip—’tis good to be Monti Rock.
Come Saturday and Sunday, what I enjoy most is kicking back in my own neighborhood...Yes, Vegas does have neighborhoods.
One of my favorite haunts has been a Las Vegas fixture for over a quarter century, Siena Italian. Owners Antonio Accornero and Giancarlo Bomparola have created a truly authentic Italian Trattoria experience and recently relocated it to a new, urban-chic site, which includes not only a restaurant, bar and lounge with indoor and al fresco seating, but soon, an Italian Marketplace complete with a bakery, deli and coffee bar.
Trained in Milan, Italy, Chef Giancarlo works the kitchen while Antonio, with his infinite Italian charm, works the front of the house. For starters, you must have the Tortino di Riso—rice cakes, Parmesan cheese and mushrooms in truffle oil—to die for!
Going on to salad, my favorite is Mele E Noci—baby greens, roasted walnuts, apple and Gorgonzola tossed with champagne vinaigrette—heavenly!
The main event, new to the menu this month, Misto Pesce Griglia—fresh scampi, calamari, tuna, jumbo scallops and salmon simmered in lemon juice and olive oil and served with fresh seasonal vegetables—died and gone to heaven for!
And for the encore (I'm sure you’ve had this before, but not this good), Tiramisu—Chef Giancarlo’s family recipe—certain to assure Giancarlo sainthood!
Siena also features live entertainment in the bar and lounge Wed. and Sat. with Sinatra-style crooner Larry Liso. Siena Authentic Italian
Trattoria | Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; half-price Happy Hour specials in the bar and lounge, daily, 3:30-7:30 p.m. | 9500 W. Sahara Ave. | 702-360-3358
Monti Rock III will be honored during entertainment consumers’ exchange inc’s spring 2012 awards luncheon
DATE OF EVENT: 1:00pm, March 31, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada
Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange will enshrine Monti Rock III into the Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame during their Spring 2012 Awards Luncheon Event. He will also be honored with the Excellence in Entertainment Sweet Louie Living Legend Award. The event will take place staring 1:00 PM on March 31, 2012. at Double Play Restaurant, 9495 S Las Vegas Blvd, (Las Vegas Blvd & Richmar one/ block north of the South Point Resort Casino)
Several other outstanding entertainers will be honored with Excellence in Entertainment Awards. The Shades of Sinatra will be honored with the Tribute Show of the Year. Jim D’Arrigo will receive the Saxophonist of the Year Award and Pascale Elia is to be honored with the Horizon Award for new or emerging star of tomorrow. Jazzin’ Jeanne Brei will emcee the event.
About Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc.
Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc is a 501c7 non-profit association for fans and their favorites in entertainment. The recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as an organization.
About Fans’ Entertainment Hall of Fame:
Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame is about giving the Fans, Audience, consumers those who pay to support their favorites in entertainment a chance to participate in the selection process of selecting who will be in this Hall of Fame. Last year t heir had their first extended display during the month of November at Studio 810 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Zee Matulonis, President of Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc.
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