Grand Ole Vegas Review at the Plaza

Photos by Nikki Artale

The Grand Ole Vegas Review takes you back to the good ole days of Vaudeville that features talented performers on the Las Vegas Strip and Broadway Shows. The music director of Phantom, Jonathan Gorst,  opens the show playing the piano and singing "Ain't She Sweet" and "Iv'e Been Working on the Railroadd". Jonathan Gorst co created and directed the show along with his talented wife Marisa Gorst, who is also a featured performer in the show.
Marisa and Jonathan Gorst
The skits and one liners were hilarious, especially The Cousins, the First, the Second and the Final Reading and The Puppet.

The show has a cast of incredible talented stars who have played on some of the largest stages in the world and now they share their belly laughs in what people are calling the best afternoon family show at The Plaza Casino Hotel.
Mayor Caroline Goodman presented the show with a proclamation, which Jonathan shared with the audience
Jonathan Gorst

One of the best parts  of the show was the spoof about the various strip hotels and the circus acts.

The Grand Ole Vegas Review takes you on a 90 minute journey by the cast members who are both talented and superb. It is the good ole days, right now.
A private media reception was held after the show and congratulation balloons were presented to Marisa and Jonathan.
On hand to to celebrate were some local entertainers who attended the show, Lorena Peril, who stars in "Fantasy" a late night topless review at the Luxor, where she receives standing ovations. Lorena has a powerful voice and is fabulous in the Fantasy Show. She attended with her husband Jon Narbaitz who plays in the house band in the Red Light Lounge at Planet Hollywood Monday through Thursday from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Jon Narbaitz and Lorena Peril

Also in attendance was the very talented and handsome Zowie Bowie and Lydia Ansel. You must go to see him perform at the Red Rock Casino Hotel on Friday nights and on Freemont St. on Saturday nights.
Lydia Ansel and Zowie Bowie

This is a must see review that everyone is calling a great family show downtown. Bruce Merrin is handling the public relations for the show.

Tony Sacca's T.V. Christmas Special
Tony Sacca
Photos by Nikki Artale

Once again Tony Sacca brought us love, cheer and inspiration during his special Christmas Show at the LVH in Las Vegas. It was the 27th annual benefit show and the proceeds benefited the YFPA,  Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts and to the Las Vegas Young Entertainers, for scholarships. It is in memory  of Helen Joy's Young
Entertainers. One very talented 17 year old boy, Tommy Ward opened the show with Tony Sacca.

Tommy Ward
Tony Sacca and Tommy Ward
Tommy Ward has a great future as a singer and entertainer. Denise Clemente once again displayed  her powerful voice and sang songs with Tony Sacca. The  Young Entertainers were fabulous and they brought joy, hope and love to the show.
Denise Clemente
Anna Nichols
Young Entertainers
We loved seeing the legendary Impressionist Rich Little and he wowed the crowd with all his favorite impressions of the old time greats.
Rich Little
The Rat Pack was welcomed by many of their fans and as always, they looked great.
Bringing the house down were the energetic, fun loving nuns from the "Nunsense" show.
We were in for a treat with the beautiful singing sisters "Blonde Divas"
Esteban captured the room when he came onstage with his violinist daughter Teresa Joy. Esteban  is a master in playing his guitar and it is magical to see and hear him play a selection of music, ranging from Flamingo to pop. Esteban's concerts are an experience which touches the heart and soul. Esteban and Teresa Joy are performing in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LVH every Thursday and Friday evening at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available by calling 702 732-5111.
A media after party was held in the lounge and everyone spent some quality time together. Thank you Tony Sacca for another wonderful holiday show.
Rich Little with Blonde Divas

Mob Museum Hosts Repeal Day Celebration

Mob Museum Hosts Repeal Day Celebration

Photos by Nikki Artale

The Repeal Day Celebration was held at the Mob Museum on December 5, 2012, and the day started with former Mayor Oscar Goodman smashing a bottle against old wooden barrels. Prohibition was officially lifted on December 5, 1933 and Americans once again could drink legally. The Mob Museum was selected as the place to commemorate the day and an invitation went out to the general public to come and celebrate.

                                                              Jonathan  Ullman

Jonathan Ullman Executive Director of the Mob Museum and the Mob Girls were on hand to start off the festivities at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the museum. The Repeal Day Party was scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm and everyone was encouraged to come dressed in their best vintage clothes from the 20’ and 30’s era.

The 20’s party was the place to be as the booze flowed, the jazz band played and the ladies looked fabulous. Everyone enjoyed the prohibition era cocktails and the great food. Oscar Goodman loves his gin and I found him celebrating and as happy as he could be, in the crowd with his signature drink. 
                                                   Oscar Goodman

Prizes were awarded for the best costumes and the men and women did not disappoint us with their clothing, hair, makeup and accessories.

Best Dressed Man
Best Dressed Woman

I will never have to wonder how I would look in a police line up because I had the opportunity to take photos to see myself, along with my friends Debbie & Mickey Silver.
Nikki Artale
Debbie Sweeney and Mickey Silver

I was very impressed as I entered the three story building, which once was a federal court house and a U.S. Post Office, and saw the PO boxes, marble floors and the original elevators. Every floor was filled with mob memorabilia, photos, guns, documents, videos and clothes. Videos, audios and photos tell the stories of the early years of Las Vegas and the crime families that ran the town. It is the story of law enforcement and organized crime. The displays were excellent, the photos graphic and gory and it was a chance to actually see the crime scenes that we have all read about but never saw.

One of the displays was of the wall where the Valentine’s Day Massacre took place and an actual electric chair that was used to kill over 500 prisoners.
Valentine Day Massacre

Old slots and gambling equipment were on display and I saw an Abercrombie & Fitch false bottom tote bag that was used to smuggle flasks of illegal booze. 

The Mob Museum is located at 300 East Stewart Avenue and tickets are available by calling the box office at 702 229-2743

Robert Nash
I will definitely be going back to visit the museum and take a few hours to see it in its entirety.