Deana Martin returns to the Showroom at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas for her next edition of The Deana Martin Celebrity Roast honoring the ‘Man of the Hour’ – world-renowned actor, producer, writer and director, Joe Mantegna on Sunday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. Deana continues her father’s legacy by recreating The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, which ran on NBC between 1974 to 1984.
Mantegna, best known for his role as David Rossi in the CBS hit-series Criminal Minds, is the “Man of the Hour,” and will have his life and career roasted by special celebrity guests. In addition, Mantegna is known for roles In box office hits, including Three Amigos, The Godfather Part III and Up Close & Personal. Mantegna won a Tony Award for David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross and earned Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries: The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (Starring as Dean Martin,1999), and The Starter Wife (2007). He’s also known for his role voicing Fat Tony in The Simpsons.
Deana is excited to announce the celebrity guests who will join her in roasting Joe Mantegna: Singer, actor, and star of Saturday Night Live, Joe Piscopo; actor and Sopranos guest star, Lou Martini, Jr.; star of Westworld, Clifton Collins; star of Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness; star of NYPD Blue, Gail O’Grady; “The Bad Boy of New Jersey” comedian, Mike Marino; director and star of Criminal Minds, Matthew Gray Gubler; and legendary comedian and Tonight Show Host, Tom Dreesen.
“Joe Mantegna is ‘one of the good guys’, so roasting him will be difficult. But with our creative and talented cast of Roasters, we will take no prisoners. So, fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night,” Deana Martin said during a phone call. The first Deana Martin Roast was held last year at the South Point, and the Roastee at that time was Dennis Bono.
Deana is an influential American singer, actor and performer and the very proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin. Her 2006 debut CD release, “Memories Are Made of This,” stayed in the top ten for 40 consecutive weeks. Her follow-up CD, 2009’s, ” Volare,” debuted in the top ten of the Billboard charts, followed by 2011’s seasonal evergreen, “White Christmas,” 2013’s critically acclaimed “Destination Moon” and her latest, 2016’s “Swing Street,” garnered airplay on top jazz, standards and country radio stations, emphasizing her prominent status as a hit recording artist. As a celebrated author, Deana found herself on the New York Times’ coveted #1 Best Seller list with her 2004 memoir, “Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter’s Eyes.” In it, she shares never-before-told stories about her father and his ‘pallies’.
Tickets for The Deana Martin Celebrity Roast are available for purchase on the South Point Casino website.
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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and on April 24th, “Las Vegas’ First Lady of Jazz” Michelle Johnson stars in Happy Birthday Ella – an intimate concert paying tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald on the eve of what would have been her 101st birthday.
The show is part of the popular Tuesday Night Jazz series in “The BackSpace”, a cozy backroom at producer Mark Shunock’s Las Vegas venue The Space.
Michelle Johnson’s soaring vocals and ability to engage an audience in a dynamic, personal, and intimate way have made her a favorite in cabarets and performing arts centers across the country. Michelle has starred in and executive produced sold-out shows in Las Vegas and elsewhere, including 2017’s “Strictly Taboo” celebrating the great ladies of jazz. She has performed on Broadway and has also appeared, toured, or recorded with legendary artists Gladys Knight, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and others.
Come and hear the songs that made Ella a Legend and find out some things you may not have known about her. The show promises to be a great night of entertainment and classic jazz, featuring the world class Uli Geissendoerfer Trio and some special guests. Michelle’s liquid voice and unique style will engage you from the first note to the last. Happy Birthday Ella takes place on Tuesday, April 24th at 9 p.m. inside The Space, at 3460 Cavaretta Court in Las Vegas. Tickets are $10 plus applicable taxes and fees. To purchase tickets, call The Space box office at 702-903-1070 or visit https://www.thespacelv.com/event/michelle-johnson/.
One of Hollywood’s most iconic stars is coming to the Las Vegas Strip in “Marilyn! The New Musical”, an original musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show will open at Paris Las Vegas with preview performances beginning May 23, and a grand opening June 1, just in time for Marilyn’s birthday. Written, directed, and produced by Tegan Summer, CEO of Prospect House Entertainment, in partnership with Authentic Brands Group, owner of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe, the new musical will feature acclaimed Broadway actress Ruby Lewis as the resident Marilyn Monroe.
“Marilyn! The New Musical,” features 20 original musical numbers as well as classics like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” telling the story of one of the world’s most famous women, from her days as Norma Jeane overcoming a difficult childhood, to her meteoric rise to stardom and becoming one of the biggest and most enduring sex symbols of all time.
“Marilyn Monroe is a true American icon and there is no better way to bring her story to the stage than through a unique American art form: the musical,” Summer said. “Marilyn has always been an inspiration to me because she is the ultimate story of the human condition, and I have always been fascinated by the dichotomy between Norma Jeane and Marilyn. The story will pull at the heart, touching anyone who is reaching for something greater than themselves and to persevere no matter what the obstacles.”
The Marilyn! cast includes the best talent that Broadway, Los Angeles and Las Vegas have to offer including: Brittney Bertier as Norma Jeane, Frank Lawson as Charlie, Marilyn’s trusted driver, Travis Cloer as Milton Greene, Chris Fore as Bill Pursel, Randal Keith as Darryl F. Zanuck, Christopher Showerman as Joe DiMaggio, Matthew Tyler as Arthur Miller, Lindsay Roginski as Jane Russell, Una Eggerts as Jayne Mansfield, and Chanel Edwards-Frederick as Ella Fitzgerald. Kelley Jakle will serve as the swing for Marilyn Monroe. In addition, the show anticipates a rotating cast of celebrity guest performers in the lead and supporting roles.
Representing the essence of the era of Marilyn Monroe with a modern twist, the set will feature dynamic, innovative, contemporary design that retains all the beauty and nostalgic elements of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Additional production credits include music and additional lyrics by Gregory Nabours, choreography by Ferly Prado, set design by Matt Steinbrenner and casting by Michael Donovan. Rick S. Weiner, principle of RTM Entertainment, LLC and co-manager of Red Lips, LLC serves as the executive producer of the musical.
Marilyn! The New Musical will perform Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $49, plus applicable taxes and fees, and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com/Marilyn starting Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PST. An exclusive presale for Total Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, will be available from Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, April 5 at 10 p.m. PST.
Acclaimed actor Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters are returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and go on sale Friday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Fronted by the mercurial actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters released their debut album The Boxmasters in 2008. The band is made up of Thornton (vocals and drums), J.D. Andrew (guitar, bass, and vocals), and Teddy Andreadis (keyboards).
Tickets are $35, $47, and $59 plus tax and applicable fees, for reserved seating, and go on sale Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas, by logging onto www.stationcasinoslive.com or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.
Tickets are on sale now for The Commodores, who will be in concert Saturday, May 26 at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm. Guests will enjoy R&B hits from the Grammy-award winning funk group including “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Just to Be Close to You,” and “Nightshift, along with disco sounds from the ‘70s from the Ohio Players. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Founded in Alabama by Tuskegee University students, The Commodores were discovered by Berry Gordy in 1968 and went on to become one of Motown’s most successful acts in the 70s and 80s, selling more than 60 million records worldwide. The group topped the charts with funky dance ballads such as “Brick House,” “Lady (You Bring Me Up),” and “Too Hot to Trot.” Today, the group consists of three members including Walter “Clyde” Orange, James “J.D.” Dean Nicholas, and original member William “WAK” King. The group legacy of The Commodores continues with the release of multiple volumes of their greatest hits and live album recordings on their label, Commodores Records. The trio continues to perform along with their five-piece band, known as the “Mean Machine,” at festivals and arenas across the globe.
“We are thrilled to have the legendary Commodores perform on the Star of the Desert Arena stage again,” Stuart Richey, vice president and general manager, said. “It is the perfect time for a weekend getaway to Primm, to enjoy great music and all of the amenities our resort has to offer.”
For tickets, visit primmvalleyresorts.com or call the Star of the Desert Arena Box Office at 702.386.7867. Box office hours of operation are Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Well, gang, that’s it for this week.