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Copyright: September 19, 1999
By: Laura Deni
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RUBBER CHICKEN WIN
MIA ST. JOHN her breasts didn't
While Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad were preparing to try to knock the stuffing out of
each other, Trinidad's flamboyant promoter Don King went shopping. King had won $7,500
playing a slot machine at Mandalay Bay. He spent more than that buying more expensive glitz at
The Jewelers. That's the same store fighter Mike Tyson frequents. The Jewelers sued Tyson in
February of 1998 claiming the boxer owed $805,350 for purchases made since 1996. At that time
King was - and maybe still is - Tyson's manager and had nothing to say about the lawsuit.
Tyson also returned to The Jewelers but danced around socializing with King. "King and I
had a great relationship, a great business relationship. But we're not great friends."
Also having experienced a sometimes strained relationship are Felix Trinidad, Sr. and Jr. thanks to
King. It seems that the fight promoter introduced Trinidad, Sr. to a woman that resulted in Felix,
Sr. leaving Felix, Jr.'s mother.
Not relying entirely on expert training and coaching, Trinidad brought along his good luck charm
- a rubber chicken. They are everywhere.
A rubber chicken hangs from the porch of the Las Vegas home he rented. A rubber chicken was
hung from a ring post during workouts and he had a chicken drawn on his fight bag. At a fancy
restaurant inside the Paris Hotel the fighter bit into a chicken, indicating that was what he
intended to do to De La Hoya.
Actually, it was a boring fight greeted by numerous boos
until Trinidad was finally declared the winner. The new champ and his entourage partied hardily at
the Hilton Hotel. So did Brad Pitt and Ed Norton and Andre Agassi finally put his official public
stamp on what everyone has known for weeks - that he and Steffi Graf are a duo. Expect her to
remain in Las Vegas and attend his Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children benefit this coming
Meanwhile Tyson, who forgot to leave his chewing to items on a menu, is set to return to the ring
Oct. 23 in Las Vegas at the MGM-Grand. Showtime will televise the event.
Good-looking babes were also were a part of the preliminary fight card. Andrea Blevins and
Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Nina Ahlin went at it.
More side bets were placed on the physical attributes of a preliminary round than anything else.
Playboy centerfold Mia St. John who has an undefeated (11-0) boxing record was duking
Divorced from Young and Restless star Kristoff St. John, the mother of two began her
professional boxing career at the age of 29 and proved she could one two punch with the best of
The preliminary round before the De La Hoya-Trinidad patty-cake was one of the few fights
where more attention was paid to a fighter's enhanced breasts than to the boxing gloves. The
wagers concerned whether her implants might go splat. They didn't.
FEINSTEIN OPENS SEASON
Michael Feinstein returns to Las Vegas opening the Best of The New York Stage Series at the
Performing Arts Center, University of Nevada, Friday, September 24.
In New York Feinstein is seeing a dream come true with the opening of his own cabaret, aptly
called Feinstein's at the Regency. The personable performer is a strong proponent of cabaret and
was tapped to turn the Bellagio Hotel into cabaret but the experiment was a disaster
In New York people who go into a hotel to attend a cabaret show are there for the expressed
purpose of enjoying the cabaret artist. The New York demeanor accommodates the cabaret
In Las Vegas the atmosphere is disquieting. People stumble in, either in anticipation of - or as an
afterthought to - gambling and glitz.
Feinstein gave it his best shot at the Bellagio and hit snake eyes. The experiment was
commendable and the bag packing decision was high class. He returned to New York where
there is a different sophistication and performance appreciation.
The energetic and tireless performer continues his concert tour while the musician's musician
simultaneously opens his intimate and elegant Feinstein's. The marvelous Rosemary Clooney
steps into the spotlight as the inaugural performer. We wish Michael Feinstein sublime success!
We shall cover his University of Nevada performance.
The remainder of the season is a stellar offering. The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band with Jon Faddis,
Music Director performs Saturday November 13. The New York Voices do the same on Friday
November 19. Leslie Nielsen as Clarence Darrow takes center stage on Sunday December 5.
Broadway star Betty Buckley performs February 8 and The Acting Company in Macbeth
round out the season on April 2.
Las Vegas is proud of Gina Giacinto, Miss Nevada in last night's Miss America pageant.
A preliminary winner in the bathing suit competition the sensible Gina purchased her gold one
piece bathing suit for $12.99 at Marshall's Discount Store. Reportedly, others in the contest had
paid as much as $l,000 for custom-made swimsuits.
When Gia isn't studying at the University of Nevada at Reno, she's a high kicking Rockette in the
Nevada production show.
Gia isn't the only beauty in the Silver State. University of Nevada, Las Vegas student Alexia
Vernon was recently crowned Miss Junior America for the West Coast, and Tishara Cousino was
last May's Playboy centerfold.
Broadway To Vegas wants to sincerely congratulate last week's Emmy winners. While it may not
be fair to single out one or two, we do feel it is appropriate to mention that last year's Tony
Awards telecast hosted by Rosie O'Donnell, received two Emmy Awards. The executive producer
Walter Miller accepted that Emmy for Best Variety, Music or Comedy Special, while son Paul
Miller grabbed his own Emmy for directing the show, in the Best Directing of a Variety or
Musical Program category.
The brilliant Edie Falco, who made her Broadway debut starring in the Tony winning Side
Man, - and was the major reason to see the production - took home her statue for Best
Actress, Drama series for HBO's The Sopranos.
Debra Monk, whose Broadway credits range from Nick & Nora to Redwood
Curtain received her Emmy for her performance as a Guest Actress in a Drama Series on
ABC's NYPD BLUE.
John Lequizamo didn't win a Tony for his play Freak, but took home the Emmy for the
best Performance in a Variety or Music Program, which was for the TV adaptation of his
Broadway play re-titled, John Leguizamo's Freak.
Composer Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Ind. in the autumn of 1899,
and ranks among the finest of this century's popular composers.
He studied law at Indian University where he spent his free time organizing campus dance bands.
He abandoned law to become a song writer
His music had a dreamy and relaxed mood and captured the heart of America's home-grown blues
style. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, the Dorsey brothers, and many more adopted his songs.
They recorded their own adaptations, and performed the songs on what was then the hot new
medium of radio.
Carmichael also appeared in several motion pictures and starred in his own radio and television
Just 100 days before the new millennium, The Music Performance Trust Funds and NYC 2000
present the signature Hoagy Carmichael Centennial concert event: The New York Pops Celebrate
100 Years of Hoagy Carmichael. The free Sept. 22 concert at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park,
will feature Skitch Henderson and his world renowned New York Pops orchestra, along with
Michael Feinstein, Tony Award winner Lillias White, trumpet player Byron Stripling, and other
This heartwarming tribute will feature performances of Carmichael's most recorded standards,
including Georgia On My Mind, Stardust, Skylark, The Nearness of
You, Rockin' Chair, Ole Buttermilk Sky, and Heart and
DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
The Dance Theatre of Harlem, a world-class neoclassical ballet company, will celebrate its 30th
Anniversary season with a two-week engagement at New York's City Center Sept. 21-Oct.
The season will feature seven varied programs, including two World Premieres, one NewYork
Premiere and revivals of several DTH classics such as Dougla and
The World Premieres are Return choreographed By Robert Garland and Twist
created by Dwight Rhoden. Robert Garland, Resident Choreographer at Dance Theatre at
Harlem, found his inspiration for Return in a performance he attended at age 14 of DTH's
early signature work Forces of Rhythm. Set to soul standards recorded by Aretha Franklin
and James Brown, Return creates a new style the choreographer calls "post modern urban
The New York Premiere, South African Suite, which will debut on Sept. 21, was
choreographed by Arthur Mitchell, Augustus Van Heerden and Laveen Naidu to music by the
Soweto String Quartet, Sandile Khemese and Dave Grusin. Musicians Reuben Khemese, Sandile
Khemese, Thami Khemese and Makhosini Mnguni are joined by percussionists Samir Chatterjee
and Donald Eaton.
The closing performance on Sunday, Oct. 3, will be a tribute to George Balanchine.
DRESSING US UP
The Fashion Institute of Technology unveils a retrospective of designer Bob Mackie's creations
on Sept. 23.
BOB MACKIE fell off his platform
Mackie has designed clothes for Cher, Streisand, Diana Ross, Angie Dickinson, Raquel Welch,
Ann-Margret and Bette Midler, to name only a few. "I consider them friends, but I distance
myself from most of them. Carol Burnett is different, like part of the family, I did the costumes for
her show for 11 years. And Bernadette Peters is a pal. But, let's face it, Cher's lifestyle and mine
are not the same."
His life story Unmistakably Mackie, by Frank DeCaro divulges that the 59-year old
designer still carries two scars on his chin he received when he was five years old. It seems
Mackie was pretending to be Carmen Miranda and fell off his platform shoes.
Married to Marianne Wolford from 1960-63 they had a son, Robin Gordon.
As for a woman's wardrobe Mackie advises, "They're wrong to pay too much attention to the
latest trend. I realize the magazines and the stores are pushing something new so they can sell.
But a woman should just add to her wardrobe every year and not throw everything out. A
well-dressed woman can wear the same black shirt for 10 years and look great."
As for himself the designer admits, "They're all off the rack. When I need something I need it
yesterday. I don't care about clothes."
POSTAL SERVICE PRAISES
MEREDITH WILLSON get his name wrong and
you'd be told off by his mother
Tom Wopat will be the master of ceremonies at the United States Postal Service unveiling of six
Great American Composers/Lyricists; George and Ira Gershwin, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick
Lowe, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Loesser and Meredith
Willson, whose mother used to live in Las Vegas.
If any member of the press misspelled Willson - using just one l instead of two, she would call
them up and read the riot act.
The stamp unveiling will include a free concert open to the public at the Broadhust Theatre at
Performing will be Wopat who is currently starring in Annie GetYour Gun, Roger Bart,
Barbara Cook, Brent Barrett, Kristin Chenoweth, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bashirrah Creswell,
Rebecca Luker, and Faith Prince.
WARREN BUFFET hosted his annual
Golf Classic in Omaha. The guest listed included Chuck Norris of Walker, Texas Ranger,
baseball Hall of Famer George Brett, Pat Summerall of Fox Sports and Jack Valenti, president of
the Motion Picture Association of America. Commending on his host Valenti said; "He's such a
compelling character. He's the only business titan I know who's genuinely witty. He doesn't need
a screenwriter to inject life into what he's saying." The event raised more than $1 million for
Girls, Inc. in Omaha. Each year four youth oriented charities rotate as the tournament
ANDIE MACDOWELL who was born
and raised in North Carolina, according to our roving reporter Trudy Knight, returned for the
Ducky Derby last Saturday at the Biltmore Square in Asheville. The Duckie Derby is a charity
event where rubber ducks can be purchased for $5.00 to raise money for the Neo-Natal Intensive
Care Unit at Mission St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville.
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INVASIONS AND LEGACIES
stars folk legend Tommy Makem. The Irish Repertory Theatre with Charlotte Moore, Artistic
Director and Claran O'Reilly, Producing director, present the world premiere of Invasions and
Legacies at the Irish Repertory Theatre, NYC.
The production is a reflective evening of clever folk songs, comic stories, passionate poetry and
informal history lessons, culminating Makem's four-decade career as a master of Irish folk music
and lore. Also featured with Makem are Ron D'Adario and Bob Mastro. Directed by Charlotte
Moore, Invasions and Legacies features set design by Klara Zieglerova and lighting design
by Jason A. Cina. Performances through October 9.
Tommy Makem and the Makem Brothers appear tonight, Sept 19th at the Irish Festival in
Baltimore, MD and then head to Albany, NY to do the same at their Irish Festival on Sept.
As to whether he has plans to retire he answered; "Certainly, I retire every night and in the
morning I get up, have my coffee and decide what I can do to make life interesting.
ANCESTRAL VOICES begins
previews tonight, September 19 and officially re-opens at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln
Center on October18. Written by A.R. Gurney the production stars Blythe Danner, Philip Bosco,
Edward Herrmann, David Aaron Baker and Elizabeth Wilson.
GRAND HOTEL the 4-time Tony
Award winner where a whirlwind evening of dancing and romancing awaits those in the Grand
Hotel. Show runs through October 3 Staged at the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company,
Playhouse Sept 25-Oct 24.
CLARENCE DARROW starring
Leslie Nielsen September 25 at the William Jewell College Liberty, MO. As part of their 35th
THE BEARD by Michael McClure
Considered a milestone work of avant-guarde theater that was closed for obscenity in the 1960s.
Jean Harlow and Billy The Kid are trapped together in eternity - their dialogue, while seemingly
repetitive, simple and lewd, speaks to the nature of seduction, attraction and the perverse
temperament between a man and a woman. Lawrence Sacharow directs. Performances September 23 to
Oct. 10 at The Club, NYC.
SUSAN LUCCI will make her
Broadway debut in Annie Get Your Gun, as a vacation replacement for Bernadette Peters.
The hard working Peters goes ona three week vacation beginning Dec.21.
ERIC IDLE AND CARRIE FISHER discuss their careers at The Writers Build Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA Wednesday,
Sept 22. Tickets $15.
HARRY BELAFONTE Lied
Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE. September 22.
CHER AND CYNDI LAUPER perform at the Orlando Arena, Florida.
ELTON JOHN performs in the
Jacksonville, Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida on September 23. The next night John does more of
the same in Atlanta, GA at the Phillips Arena.
RICK SPRINGFIELD steps into
Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Virginia Theater, NYC October 19-31. Rumors are that he hopes
this Broadway spot will increase his changes of replacing Tommy Tune in the EFX
production at the MGM-Grand in Las Vegas.
ROSLYN KIND In 1992 she
starred on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in 3 From Brooklyn - and is Barbra
Streisand's half-sister - performs Friday, September 24. Lebanon Community Concerts, Tenn.
ROSLYN KIND, she's Barbra Streisand's half sister
Roslyn, who is down to earth, charming and personable, not only has won rave reviews for her
singing, but also for her cooking. She once owned a bakery in Los Angeles.
As for growing up, Kind recalls that their mother was from the Eastern European tradition that
believes compliments put the Evil Eye on you. "My mother, God bless her, was from the old
school; she's rather knock us down than compliment us." Roslyn was in the sixth grade when Babs
opened on Broadway in I Can Get It For You Wholesale. Suddenly Roslyn noticed that
the kids in Flatbush "made a big magilla out of it." Their mother did not. "My mother would
rather Barbra had gotten an education, gotten a job with a pension."
THIS AND THAT
DICK CLARK attending the World
Gaming Congress in Las Vegas, showing off his new Dick Clark Rockin' New Year's Eve slot
machine. Another money eater about to become a casino fixture is the Three Stooges slot
machine. The mechanical device features film clips of the Stooges and Curly's trademark "hyuk,
nyuk, nyuk" sound effect.
WB RADIO MUSIC AWARDS the
first major television special to air on the WB, will be shown live Oct. 28 from the Mandalay Bay
Events Center, Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 21. $20-$50.
LAUREN BACALL hosts a special
screening of the 1956 television classic Blithe Spirit written by Noel Coward, which
starred Bacall, Claudette Colbert and the author himself. Museum of Television & Radio NYC
Sept 21. Prior to the screen Bacall will answer questions regarding the television show in which
she played Elvira, the blithe spirit who returns from the dead to haunt the marriage of her husband
and his current wife.
37TH NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center rolls the reels Sept.
HONORING MICHAEL In 19th
century England, farm workers honored St. Michael by trading their well-worn tools for
costumes, musical instruments and dancing shoes. This version of the English Harvest Fair
place on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., even has a traditional grape stomp. September
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