Vegas company makes educated appeal to Judy Collins

The Kats! Office at this writing is Tom’s Urban in New York-New York. Just around the bend and at the top of the elevator is Liberty Loft, and inside is that of Terry Fator last strip residence. We didn’t see the show at this cozy club, but we understand that Fator developed a joke on yours in his new number. Crooner country Walter T. Airedale, who is drunk, tells the joke. I buy him a shot later.

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Girl in Las Vegas

The Big Dance returns for the Nevada Ballet Theater in January.

Recording caption Judy Collins will be the winner of the 38th Annual NBT Black and White Ball, which takes place on January 22 at the Encore Ballroom at Encore Las Vegas. Collins, 82, is still busy on the road and is breaking away from a US tour of her new album, “Girl in Colorado,” to appear at the NBT event. She appeared as a co-headliner with Stephen stills at Reynolds Hall in September 2017.

Collins’ career spans six decades as she helped transform contemporary music. Collins’ “Both Sides Now” reached the Billboard Top 10 in 1967 and won Collins the inaugural Grammy, for Best Folk Performance.

She followed up with the singles “Someday Soon”, “Chelsea Morning”, “Amazing Grace” and “Cook with Honey”. His 1975 album “Judith” rose to number one, bolstered by his recording of “Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim.

Throughout his career, Collins has used his fame to implement cultural change. She has been active in the fight against social injustices, supporting environmental causes and taking the lead in mental health awareness.

“Judy Collins is a bona fide superstar who has spanned generations and continues to enlighten, entertain and inspire with her music and humanitarian efforts,” NBT Co-Founder and Co-Chair. Nancy Houssels said in a statement. “From the arts and entertainment to advocacy for mental health awareness, we are delighted to honor this legendary artist whose extraordinary life and career have made an unforgettable impact on our world. “

Collins joins a list of luminaries honored by NBT including, Debbie Reynolds, Celine Dion, Marie Osmond, Bette Midler, Mitzi Gaynor, Rita Rudner, Florence Henderson, Debbie Allen, Olivia Newton-John, Vanessa Williams, Giada De Laurentiis, Rita Moreno and Shania Twain.

Costa Entrance

Former magician “Masters of Illusion” Farrell Dillon moves into The Magic Attic at Bally’s. Her show opens Nov. 3 and runs at 6 p.m. every night (Dark Mondays).

One of the producers behind the move knows this place well.

Damien costa, longtime entertainment director at Caesars Entertainment, is co-producing the show at his company Pompey Entertainment with John and Shannon Bentham Ivoire Star Productions.

Costa left Caesars in September after spending approximately 8.5 years with the business. Prior to that tenure, he was Entertainment Director at South Point for almost four years. It was featured for shows continuously during this period. Now he’s a pitcher.

“I can tell you a little better in a few months what that looks like,” Costa said on Wednesday. “Right now, I’m just building the business. He says the time has come for the Farrell show. “It’s a family market, and having someone in town who can let people cheer and feel joy, feel elated – that’s what we want the magic to bring to Las Vegas.”

And Pompey is derived from Pompey the Great, the Roman general. It’s a sly nod to Julius Caesar, from Costa’s old post. Very clever.

Powell remembered

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health founder Larry Ruvo was saddened to learn of the passing of Colin Powell. The four-star U.S. military general and former secretary of state died of complications from COVID on Monday at age 84. Powell was among the first dignitaries to visit the Ruvo Clinic just after it opened in 2012. Presidents Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and George W. Bush also visited the complex in the early days.

“He was one of our first and biggest supporters,” Ruvo said on Tuesday. “He was at one of our first auctions, in ’98 or ’99, to have lunch with him in Washington DC. Powell was later appointed Secretary of State under Bush 41, and the gift had not yet been claimed. He called Ruvo, saying that under normal circumstances he would not be allowed to participate in the auction, but that he asked for and got permission because the offer was made before he joined the Bush cabinet.

“It was one of our first very important donations,” Ruvo recalls. “It was a great moment for us, for the association. It was quite remarkable, looking back. He was a great friend and his involvement had a great impact.

ZB is back

It has been over 19 months since “Zombie Burlesque” was the last show to close on the Strip before the March 2020 COVID shutdown. The adult comedy / music review returns at 8 p.m. Thursday, returning to the V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. Enoch Auguste Scott and Sophie monique return to their plumb roles in the show. The rehearsals were nails, aside from a slight production issue involving a lack of proper lighting. No problem. “Zombie” is a force.

“I actually cried during rehearsals,” producer and suddenly softie David Saxony said. “I didn’t think it would hit me. But the show is awesome, and it will be amazing to finally see him come back on stage. “

Cool Hang Alert

Broadway star and Las Vegas resident Brent Barrett (Billy Flynn in “Chicago”, the lead role in “Phantom” at the Venetian) celebrates his career with “40 Years on Broadway” Thursday at the Italian American Club Showroom. It’s another winner for this favorite section, doors at 6 p.m., dinner at 6.30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Barrett brings badk his pianist band Philippe Fortenberry, saxophonist Eric Tewalt drummer Jakubu Griffon, and bassist David ostrem. Jeanne Sobel and Bernard Blanks act as guest singers. The whole price is $ 65. Hit the club for more direction.

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