NBC Sports commentator Jeremy Roenick can cross an item off his bucket list. The nine-time NHL All-Star got behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car and tore around Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday morning to film a segment for NBC Sports Network’s pre-game show before Thursday night’s broadcast of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals. Roenick, who scored 513 goals during his 20-year career, was exhilarated after hitting triple digits at the 1.5-mile speedway.
“That’s the sickest thing I’ve ever done,” Roenick said after climbing out of the No. 43 NASCAR Racing Experience car. “I’ve flown in an F-16 and jumped off the Stratosphere, and that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced. I have a new respect for those (NASCAR) drivers who have to sit in a hot car and concentrate like that while driving in groups for four hours. My hands are sore, and I’m sweating, and I only went eight laps. People say they’re not athletes, but they are athletes to the nth degree.”
Roenick did a ride-along with NASCAR driver and Las Vegas native Brendan Gaughan in an LVMS pace car, then got behind the wheel of a stock car to turn some laps. He and Gaughan spent a few laps racing, drafting, and passing each other, and Roenick also raced with other NASCAR Racing Experience instructors.
Speaking of hockey, Roenick had some advice for the Golden Knights: “No one expected you to be (in the Stanley Cup Finals), or to even be in the playoffs, so just go out there and go for it,” Roenick said.
He was also impressed by the facilities at LVMS: “Just driving into the speedway today, it’s awesome,” Roenick said. “I’m a racing guy and a speed guy, so I got the chills just driving in here. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is 100 percent all adrenaline.”
NBC Sports Network will televise LVMS’s DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Sept. 15, and the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 16, which kicks off the 2018 MENCS playoffs. Various ticket packages, fun extras and special-access passes for LVMS’s second NASCAR weekend of the year are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.
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The Super Summer Theatre continues its 43rd outdoor Summer Series with “She Loves Me” playing Wednesday, June 27 through Saturday, July 14. From the creators of Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret comes this delightful Tony Award winning romantic comedy set in a 1930s European perfumery, where we meet shop clerks, Amalia, and Georg, who don’t agree completely. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Will they find love in the most unexpected of places; right in front of their eyes?
Presented by Hynes-Sight Entertainment and Super Summer Theatre, this charming musical is one of the inspirations for the Jimmy Stewart classic film The Shop Around the Corner and the beloved Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail.
Tickets for the Summer Series are priced at $15 for general admission. Parking opens at 5:00 p.m. and Meadow Seating begins at 6 p.m. Super Summer Theatre is located at Spring Mountain Ranch, just 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection or five-miles east past Blue Diamond from the intersection of Hwy 159 and Hwy 160. All performances are outdoors and run Wednesday – Saturday, excluding September’s production which runs Thursday – Saturday.
Super Summer Theatre is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the use of Nevada State Parks by providing quality, family-oriented and reasonably priced cultural entertainment to the community, including theatrical arts educational opportunities. The outdoor theatre is at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and indoor theatre is located at the Viewpoint Center located at 4340 S Valley View Blvd in Las Vegas. The season now runs year-round June through September at the Bowman Outdoor Pavilion located at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and November through March in the SST Studios for the Performing Arts located in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702.579.PLAY (7529), visit www.supersummertheatre.org or e-mail [email protected]. For the latest show updates, follow Super Summer Theatre on Facebook, Instagram @supersummertheatre and Twitter.
Due to the overwhelming support from the local entertainment community, Golden Rainbow’s 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life will return to its origins and present an original production at the Foundry at SLS on Sunday, June 24. Entitled “The Show Must Go On,” the one-of-a-kind show will feature talented performers from almost every major show on the Strip. A red-carpet reception and silent auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the show to follow at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Golden Rainbow’s critically needed housing, education, and direct financial assistance services for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.
“We are completely humbled and honored that so many performers volunteer their time and talents to support our organization,” said Golden Rainbow’s Executive Director Gary Costa. “We wanted to return to Ribbon of Life’s foundation so more entertainers could be involved to make this the largest production to date!”
Ribbon of Life’s “The Show Must Go On” will feature the Strip’s top stars including Anne Martinez and Jaclyn McSpadden from “BAZ – A Musical Tour de Force,” Ruby Lewis from “Marilyn the Musical,” cast members from Opium, Zumanity, and Chippendales, as well as entertainment veteran Brent Barrett from Broadway’s revival of “Chicago.” Follow Golden Rainbow on social media for the full lineup and new announcements at facebook.com/GoldenRainbowLV, @GoldenRainbowLV on Twitter, and @GoldenRainbow1 on Instagram.
Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at goldenrainbow.org/ribbonoflife. The Sayers Club at SLS will host the official after party with additional exclusive performances and acts. Entry is $25 at the door or $20 in advance through the Golden Rainbow website. VIP and Premiere level ticket prices include the after-party admission. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend the show but must be 21 for entrance into the after party. As one of the most anticipated events of the year, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early as seating is limited.
Join The Speakeasy Swingers, by dressing in your favorite decade’s attire (’20s-’50s), at this Thursday’s June 7th Swanky Supper Club Soiree at the Italian American Club, to assist in celebrating the creator of the group, and a great entertainer, Jeanne Brei’s birthday and others born in June.
“Last time we saw lots of ladies in shimmy dresses and the gentlemen in James Dean T-shirts and jeans…and this year Suzanne has promised to appear in her Miss Kitty costume from the 1850s,” Jeanne said. The Swanky Supper Club Soiree will begin early – doors open at 5:00 p.m. for optional dinner (reservations required for dinner at (702) 457-3866). Be sure and tell Ben you’d like to dine in the ballroom, so you don’t miss a minute of the show. At 6:15 p.m., there will be a free dance lesson. We’ll be playing songs from the Roarin’ 20s and ’30s to the Fabulous 40s and 50s and more along with special guest stars – including the Spotlight Dancers in our floor show. There will also be a contest for the best dressed!
We’ll have free birthday cake, copies of Don Hill’s memoirs, “House Party tonight! The Career of Legendary Saxophonist Don Hill” available on Amazon, eBay and at The Swanky Supper Club Soiree for signing and purchase as well.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has found the perfect venue with the announcement that the production is opening in Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s Las Vegas starting Friday, June 15. This joining together of two renowned brands means the production will continue to bring lighthearted entertainment to Las Vegas, and this time the wedding will be catered with family-style Italian meals from Buca di Beppo. With its original director, Larry Pellegrini, at the helm, and an ensemble cast featuring Rachel Swindler as Tina and Joseph Ben Shimon as Tony, this production will feel fresh and relevant as it incorporates today’s popular culture into the show’s repertoire.
“I am delighted to be working again with producers Raphael Berko and Jeff Gitlin on Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” said Robert Earl, owner of Buca di Beppo. “I have always loved the show, and finally we found a way to bring it back to Las Vegas, using our restaurant as the perfect wedding venue for the show. It is an ideal marriage – fantastic entertainment and great food.”
“We have been around the world with Tony n’ Tina but are most excited to be back in Las Vegas with Robert Earl and Buca di Beppo as our partners,” said producers Raphael Berko and Jeff Gitlin.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an interactive comedy, a festive celebration in which the audience doesn’t just watch a show, they participate directly in the fun. Join Tony and Tina, along with their colorful and madcap Italian-American families, as they tie-the-knot; then take your seat for the wildest, wackiest wedding reception you’ll ever experience. You can kiss the bride, dance with the groom, and make friends with the family. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an experience like no other.
The hilarious Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is the longest running Off-Broadway comedy in history. Since opening February 14, 1988 in New York City, this unique theatrical experience has won over the hearts of thousands of people, in over 100 cities worldwide, including Japan, Australia and throughout Europe and on Norwegian cruise lines in Hawaii and the Mediterranean. With over 15,000 shows staged around the world and 3,300 in Las Vegas alone, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a classic crowd pleaser that proves, night after night, that against crazy odds and despite crazy families, love really does prevail.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding will perform at Buca di Beppo in Bally’s Las Vegas Friday through Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets, which includes dinner and the show are available, as is a VIP package, which includes a two-hour open bar and a post-show meet and greet. Other packages are available. Tickets are now on sale and are available to purchase in person at the Bally’s Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling (888) 746-7784. For groups of 10 or more, please call 1-866-574-3851 or email [email protected]. For more information, please visit tonyntinasvegaswedding.com.
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.