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This Issue: Mama Mia!
Also In This Issue – June 18, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, News Of Interest To Tourists
Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:
Hello from Las Vegas! The rumble you hear isn’t an earthquake. It is us getting ready to launch all of our new community features! New Message Boards, Games (play for fun and points/prizes blackjack, video poker, more), Free Email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Members Photo Albums (post photos of your last trip!) and more.
Sign up now! Membership is absolutely free. Present message board members (or just those who want to know more): See our note to you at the bottom of the newsletter.
Mystere 4500’th Show – Congratulations to Mystere at Treasure Island on the celebration of 4500 shows! This is the show that proved elaborate, theatre style concept based entertainment would work in the land of the (then) $3 late night steak dinner and paved the way “O”, Blue Man Group, Celine Dion’s concept concert performance, and more. I consider this show a must see, but buy those tickets in advance. This is a popular show!
|See the Grand Canyon in a Jet Helicopter! For years Maverick Helicopters has been providing a true VIP Helicopter experience of the Grand Canyon. We do things a little different than any other helicopter Company. We give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas Strip tours plus Helicopter Weddings also available!|
Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists
Wheel Of Fortune/Vanna White At Harrah’s – ôWheel of Fortuneö and Vanna White will be at HarrahÆs Las VegasÆ Carnival Court to give away $100,000 on Saturday, June 28, 2003. The festivities will begin at 1p.m. in Carnival Court with an appearance and question and answer session with White.
ôWheel of FortuneÆsö visit to HarrahÆs Las Vegas will culminate when the $100,000 winner is revealed live on the Carnival Court stage. In addition to the $100,000 grand prize, someone in attendance will win a trip for two to visit the ôWheel of Fortuneö set in Culver City, Calif., along with $1,000 in spending cash. Read More …
Jimmy Buffet At MGM September 20 – Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. and are priced at $200, $100 and $65, not including applicable service charges. Ticket sales are limited to four (4) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com. Read More …
Find out all of the great concerts and headliners coming to town in our Las Vegas Concert Calendar
Las Vegas Pool Parties – Las Vegas gets hot in the summer and hotel and resort swimming pools are jammed with hotel guests. However, on selected nights these hotels open up their pool to the public! This is a great time to have some summer fun as the sun goes down and see what other hotels and resorts look like. Read Listings …
Caribbean Stud Jackpot Hits For $184,780 – Tropicana casino guest, Perry Milliman, took home the grand prize of $184,780 from the Tropicana Resort and CasinoÆs Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker table game. Mr. Milliman bet a total of $100 before coming up with a hand consisting of the royal flush in diamonds. Read More (with photo) …
Tropicana Swim-Up Blackjack Open – Swim-up blackjack, the coolest game in town, is open for daily play. Guests are invited to make a big splash at the popular outdoor table game with bet limits of $5-$50. Must be at least 21 years old to play. Read More (with photo) …
“Tom Jones” Comes To Legends In Concert – “I’m living a dream.” That’s how Steve McCoy describes his performance tribute to Tom Jones. Steve, who wins audiences young and old with his startling sound and resemblance to the real thing, credits the famous Welshman for his career. Steve won a look-alike, sound-alike contest sponsored by a Philadelphia radio station hands down when one of the judges (Tom Jones) commented Steve was the best. Read More (with photo) …
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We are pleased to have a review by our Senior’s Las Vegas Newsletter Editor Ted Sherman as well as a blurb of his on Madame Tussaud’s. This new, free newsletter launched with almost 1500 subscribers last week and that count is growing steadily! If you are 55+ or just enjoy Las Vegas and good writing, check out the premiere issue. You canásign up here.
Featured Story: Mama Mia!
By Ted Sherman
|What do you get when you put on a Broadway-style musical that features a hotel in Greece owned by an American woman, whose daughter’s father 21 years ago could have been one of three of the single mamma’s lovers, one each British, Australian and American? Did I mention that the play’s title is Italian, and the music is from the popular 1970s Swedish group, ABBA, (Dancing Queen, Thank You For The Music, etc.)?What you get from that mix is Mamma Mia, a fantastically popular show that currently plays to packed audiences at the Mandalay Bay Resort.|
My daughter and I recently attended a performance. She’s a young TV comedy writer, and we sat down later to compare intergenerational opinions. Before the curtain rose, I feared that my stage musical preferences, except maybe for Cats and Les Miserables, had ended in the 1960s, when Rogers and Hammerstein broke up.
My daughter recently spent five years in NYC, living just a short hike from the theater district. In addition to being an expert on the current entertainment scene, she knows Broadway history. At age three, she had already memorized the entire scores of Bye, Bye Birdie, Oliver, Mame, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and other shows of the era.
My opinion is that Mamma Mia started slowly as the basic story was explained. Then after several quiet love songs, it exploded into highly-entertaining, toe-tapping musical numbers. Sorry, Oscar and Richard, but I believe the guys and gals who put this show together and performed it are every bit as original and entertaining as your creations.
My expert daughter patiently explained to her dad that the first 15 minutes were intentionally expository (All right, I said slow) so that the audience would understand the very complex relationships among the single mother, her daughter and the three maybe dads. We both agreed that once the lively dancing and singing numbers took over, we were totally entranced. Final father-daughter opinion: Go grABBA cab, plane, auto or bus, and wind your way to Mandalay Bay without delay to see Mamma Mia!
Mama Mia! Las Vegas: Show Times and Reservations
|Now That’s a Waxy Build-Up – Madame Tussaud’s London-based Wax Museum just announced it’ll soon display a replica of teen singer/rocker Britney Spears. Unlike non-moving images of such famed female celebrities as Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Di and Margaret Thatcher, Britney’s wax figure will feature inflated breasts (chest breathing) that vibrate to an accompanying sound track.Although it may be some time before a wax copy of Britney’s animated anatomy arrives here, check out Madame Tussaud’s everyday exhibit at the Venetian on your next Vegas visit.|
Bring your camera, because you’ll have a ball shooting cheek-to-cheek pix with the waxy likenesses of Sinatra, Elvis, Streisand, Newton, Whoopie and many others.
Message Board Members – Very, very important: The old board (and posts) are gone because they didn’t mesh with our new comprehensive member community. Sorry but no way to save them so we are starting from scratch. That also means all user names are up for grabs, so go to the registration area and register the user name you want ASAP!
This will let you start posting to the new message boards and as well as play our new free games. Anyone signing up this week will get 1000 credits to play with (instead of the usual 200 new users get). Next week, we’ll tell you how to earn more credits (hint: visiting certain parts of our site, participating in the forums) and will soon be awarding weekly and monthly prizes to those with the most credits gained!
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June 18, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770