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 Frank Caliendo
Frank Caliendo
Comedy: Stand-up, impressions, observational humorComedy Albums/ DVDs:  “National Lampoon Live: Unleashed,” “All Over the Place,” “Frank on the Radio” and “Make the Voices Stop.”  TV Appearances: “Fox NFL Sunday,” “MADtv,” “Frank TV” and “Hot in Cleveland.”Movie Appearances:  “The Comebacks”Of Note: Caliendo mastered many of his impressions, including those of the “Seinfeld” cast, while bedridden following back surgery.Audience: Impressionist fans and those who enjoy stand-up comedy.Venue: Orleans ShowroomComedian Frank Caliendo is perhaps best known for his hilarious – and spot on -- impressions of Charles Barkley, John Madden, William Shatner and former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on Fox NFL Sunday and MADtv. He’s also performed stand-up on such TV programs as the "Late Show with David Letterman," "The View" and "Late Night With Conan O’Brien." He also served as a host for “The Comedy Festival Presents: Funniest Movies of the Year 2008.”
 
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Great show.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
Frank never disappoints. Seen him 4 times, still very funny.
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Three unique towers. Two adjoining properties. One commitment to first-class service.At The Signature at MGM Grand, guests stay in a relaxing, upscale retreat with complete access to the numerous amenities of the MGM Grand.Located on a beautifully landscaped private property adjacent to the MGM Grand, The Signature is a secluded, elegant enclave just a few steps away from the Las Vegas Strip. Each of the three gleaming towers in this gated resort has its own exclusive valet, entrance, lobby and check-in as well as a full service concierge.A high level of service is noticeable from the minute a guest pulls up to any of the three towers, and lasts throughout their departure. The parking attendants are quick to offer bottled water while doormen welcome guests into one of three distinctively decorated lobbies with a smile.The non-smoking boutique property offers a variety of luxurious one-bedroom, two-bedroom and deluxe suites, many with balconies that feature views of either the Strip or the surrounding mountains. Guests enjoy all the qualities of the finest hotels including deluxe king beds, marble and granite bathrooms with Jacuzzi-brand whirlpool tubs and bath products, high-end kitchenette appliances from Sub-Zero and Miele, ultra-thin LCD flat-screen high definition TVs, Wi-Fi internet access, in-room massages (for a fee), newspaper delivery and more.Both Tower 1 and 3 offer a state-of-the-art fitness center, while all three have heated outdoor pools. Meeting space is located off the pool area of Tower 2, and a gift shop and ATM are available in Tower 1. All three towers, as well as the MGM Grand, are accessible via indoor walkways.Those who want to dine on the property will find a delicatessen, Delights, in The Signature at MGM's Tower 2. At the entrance to Tower 1, The Lounge is the perfect place to unwind with a nightcap, while Starbucks Coffee Shop will help guests start their day with a much-needed burst of energy. An elaborate, gourmet menu featuring entrees, appetizers, desserts and a complete bar selection is available 24 hours daily for those who want to enjoy gourmet cuisine dining in-suite.With the additional dining, nightlife and entertainment options just a short, one-minute walk away at the neighboring MGM Grand, a stay at The Signature really offers the best of both worlds: luxury living and the Vegas action of a world-class hotel. It's an escape that doesn't feel like Las Vegas, except when you want it to.
 
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Great Hotel.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
I have stayed there 2 times, neither time disappoints.
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Explore Lake Mead on a paddle-wheeler boat, viewing amazing sights such as Hoover Dam and the Arizona Paint Pots.Your tour begins with a stop at Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering feats ever accomplished. There you will take a guided tour starting at the visitor's center that will include an informative movie, a trip to the generator room on the Nevada side and time to explore a number of exhibits at the center.After a 90-minute stay at the dam you will move on to Lake Mead. Here enjoy the largest man-made lake in the United States with more than 550 miles of shoreline. Board the Desert Princess, a three-level Mississippi-style paddle wheeler with two enclosed climate-controlled decks and a third observation deck.Cruise the beautiful waters of Lake Mead and view the unparalleled sights of Hoover Dam and the steep canyon walls that surround it. View Boulder Island, Sentinel Island and see the Arizona Paint Pots. You will enjoy lunch on board the Desert Princess.After your cruise, enjoy a visit to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens in Henderson.
 
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Great time.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
This is a must to tour Lake Meade. Great cruise. Have done it several times.
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Best known for playing Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor on the hit TV show "Home Improvement," actor, comedian and author Tim Allen is taking his hilarious stand-up routine to the stage in Vegas.What started as a dare from a friend in 1979 when Allen performed his first stand-up comedy routine at a club in Michigan, turned into a career for the budding star. From there he continued perfecting his act performing in clubs across the country before setting out for Los Angeles.He got his big break in 1991 when he was cast for "Home Improvement." Allen's performance as the baffled yet loving husband won him several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series and eight consecutive People's Choice Awards for Favorite Male Television Performer until the popular sitcom came to an end in 1999.Allen also found success on the big screen and has been featured in various films including Disney's "The Santa Clause," "The Santa Clause 2" and "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause." In 1995 he lent his voice to the character Buzz Lightyear for the Disney/Pixar film "Toy Story." The film has two sequels, most recently "Toy Story 3," which opened in late June 2010.Along with his success as an actor, Allen is an accomplished author. His first book "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man" was released in 1995 and topped the New York Times' Bestseller List. The book's success, along with the hit movie "Toy Story", resulted in Allen having a No. 1-rated television show, No. 1 box office movie and No. 1 best-selling book, all in the same week.He followed up his first book with another bestseller, "I'm Not Really Here," published in 1997. That same year he starred in the Disney family comedy "Jungle 2 Jungle." Since then he has appeared in several other movies including "Galaxy Quest," "The Shaggy Dog," a cameo in "American Wedding" and "Crazy on the Outside."Allen currently stars in the ABC sitcom "Last Man Standing." The series premiered in October 2011 and marks the first sitcom Allen has starred in since "Home Improvement."
 
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Laugh out loud.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
Tim makes me laugh so much I cry. Too funny. Seen him 4 times.
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Dec. 4, 1956.In a rock 'n' roll moment so surreal you'd swear it was scripted for a movie, music superstars Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash came together in the afternoon for an impromptu jam session at Sun Record Studios in Memphis.It was a moment that should never have happened. Presley, who had recorded for Sun Records, was now an RCA artist. Johnny Cash had just stopped by to listen to Carl Perkins' recording session (or pick up a check, depending on what version of the legend you believe). Jerry Lee Lewis was a relatively unknown performer outside of Memphis and was there just to provide some piano pizzaaz on Perkins' recording.It was a one-in-a-million chance that these four rock 'n' roll superstars would meet and become, for a few hours, the Million Dollar Quartet.More than 50 years later, the moment has been been musically brought to life in the hit Broadway show "Million Dollar Quartet" now playing at Harrahs Las Vegas.We know exactly what was sung on that fateful December day at Sun Records because Jack Clement, the engineer for Perkins' session, recorded it. The session mainly featured gospel songs, but also a number of country and western songs by Bill Monroe, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow and Gene Autry. Elvis' recent (at the time) hits "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender," as well as Lewis' song "End of the Road.""Million Dollar Quartet" the show takes a little more license, using that famous recording session as a springboard to imagine what it would sound like if Presley, Cash, Perkins and Lewis had the benefit of time to sing their greatest hits.Featured songs in the show include "Blue Suede Shoes," "Real Wild Child," "Who DO You Love?," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," "Hound Dog, "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "See You Later, Alligator," "Riders in the Sky," and more.The show gives a nod to the original session with performances of "Peace In The Valley," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," and "Down By The Riverside."The Las Vegas production of the show features Tyler Hunter as Elvis Presley, Benjamin D. Hale as Johnny Cash, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis and Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins. The cast is round out by Marc Donovan as Sam Phillips, Felice Garcia as Dyanne, and musicians Jim Belk and Mikey Hachey.Kaye performed on the first world tour of "Million Dollar Quartet." Vegas audiences will recognize Hale who played Raoul in "Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular." Hunter previously performed as Elvis in "Legends in Concert in Atlantic City." Lyons orginated the role of Perkins and has starred in every production of the show.It was 25 years before the recordings of that December day were rediscovered and released. And another six years after that before the complete jam session was made available to the public."Million Dollar Quartet" ensures that Dec. 4, 1956, will be a day you'll never forget.
 
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Great show.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
Fantastic show, great sound, and cast. Easy to be there that magic night.
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With more than 25 years of success on the Las Vegas Strip, Legends in Concert has become a mecca for tribute artists around the world. The show features only the crème de la crème of performers who pay tribute to the most iconic entertainers in the world.The cast consistently changes, giving audiences new faces and voices to marvel at. The performance we saw began with a stunningly realistic Rod Stewart (John Anthony), who swung his mic stand as he sauntered around the stage singing hits like "Tonight's the Night" and "Maggie May."Pop princess Britney Spears (Katie Murdock) danced nonstop while she sang "I'm a Slave 4 U," "Oops I Did It Again" and other favorites in her signature pouty voice. From her backup dancers' choreography to her tight, shiny costumes, the act was a convincing mimic of the "real" music videos that played simultaneously on the theater's giant screens.Damian Brantley brought the moonwalking magic of Michael Jackson to life in "Billy Jean," and the Legends dancers were ghoulishly great in "Thriller," which was performed in full, accompanied by the original video.Kate Steel made an appearance as Lady Gaga but, true to her character, didn't seem to care that she had. Gaga's costumes were out in force, from leotard to bubble dress, but the real treat was Steel's redesign of "Edge of Glory," in which she paid tribute to the original artist's talent as a pianist.Of course, Elvis Presley (Shawn Klush) topped off the show with a flashy display of hip-swivels and stage slides. He broke with Las Vegas tradition by leading with "Heartbreak Hotel" instead of "Blue Suede Shoes" (in fact, he never sang the latter). "Burning Love" was an audience favorite, and Klush hammed it up, demanding kisses on the cheek from women in the crowd and then turning quickly to peck them on the mouth instead. Elvis closed the show with "Viva Las Vegas," and the performers led the way out of the theater, wishing the guests lots of luck.Legends in Concert earns distinction among shows on the Strip for leaving no noticeable breaks in performance because its several stars each play short sets. There is no down-time for re-arranging or re-costuming. In an afternoon or an evening with Legends, you'll be sure to get a whole lotta star power for your money.-- By Haley Etchison
 
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Still a great show.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
I always go to see this show, as it does not disappoint.
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Trent Carlini is widely regarded as one of the best Elvis impersonators in Las Vegas, and with a re-imagined show at LVH that's as genuine and touching as it is classically fun, it's clear that he'll remain a star for years to come.The show highlights Elvis' life in film, and Carlini pays tribute to The King rather than act as a strict impersonator. If you see "The King," you'll agree there's no question that Carlini earns his reputation as one of Vegas' best. Still, it's hard to put a finger on what it is that makes Carlini special.It could be the mastery with which he handles his musical duty. A life-long fan of Elvis, Carlini started performing The King's music at parties and functions around age 10. (His dad was his "manager.") So he knows the material inside and out, which means he can deliver a smooth-as-silk performance every night.Maybe it's the way he works a room that makes him a long-time Vegas favorite. Shimmer Cabaret at LVH is a small, 350-seat showroom. The stage is low and close to the audience and it's just big enough for Carlini to put on an intimate show. The small crowd is just right for Carlini, who works to make each member feel like the sole object of his serenade.These are both great aspects of  Carlini's show, but the reason we think Carlini has been a favorite for so long is that in addition to being experienced and talented, he delivers a remarkably heartfelt and genuine performance.Carlini is an artist in his own right, not a rip-off or a piggybacker. Oh yes, he looks and sounds like Elvis, but he also looks and sounds like Trent Carlini. During the show, a video takes the audience into Carlini's Southern Nevada home, to a jam session in his living room. The sincerity of Carlini's performance sinks in for the audience when he returns to the stage.Carlini said that sometimes other impersonators visit his show to take notes. We're not surprised, and while the quality of his performance is certainly something to aspire to, no one could match it by imitation, because Carlini's greatness depends largely on his being true to himself as well as his inspiration.In "The King," which highlights its namesake's work in film, Carlini shares the stage with his beautiful and talented wife, Ashley Belle, who dances in almost every number and performs solo. He explained that Belle represents the many excellent actresses Elvis performed with during his career on screen."She has an entire story to tell," Carlini said of Belle. "… She can tell a story with just one look."The two have a natural rhythm and chemistry on stage and an obvious wealth of mutual respect. Carlini refers to Belle as his "co-star" and praises her work throughout the show.Belle opens the production with a solo dance to the modern country hit "Cry Like Memphis," setting the tone for the show: Carlini is not actually Elvis and he won't pretend to be. This is a concert to honor a beloved musician and his work.The set is simple -- just a few sheer curtains on which soft lights and video are projected -- but Carlini and Belle's costumes provide plenty to look at. They both change outfits every two or three songs.Carlini wears the compulsory gold blazer for the show's opener, "Blue Suede Shoes," and adds a guitar with a flowered pick guard for "Shake, Rattle and Roll." He dons a Hawaiian shirt and a lei for his tribute to the 1961 film "Blue Hawaii" and dresses in all leather for "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up." He performs "If I Can Dream" in Elvis' classic white suit, then finishes the show in a bedazzled sky blue jumpsuit and a wide, shiny white belt.Belle's wardrobe is just as extensive, including girly army fatigues for "G.I. Blues" and a glitzy green grass skirt and bikini top during the Blue Hawaii tribute. She gives the men in the audience something to watch, but her performance is appropriate to the period she represents, and she's never less than classy."The King" is a must-see for fans of Elvis' music and character, Old Vegas junkies and lovers of all-around great performances.-- By Haley Etchison
 
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Good show.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
Trent is Vegas next best thing to Elvis. Shimmer Cabaret is a great theater to see this show.
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People might immediately think Elvis when it comes to Las Vegas, but before The King, the city jived to the tune of four entertainers who won over audiences with their cool musical stylings and playful stage demeanor.During the 1960s, the Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin brought fame and recognition to the city as both an entertainment capital and gambling destination during their run inside the Copa Room at the Sands. Today, audiences can relive the revelry and timeless music of the Rat Pack era in the show The Rat Pack is Back at the Rio."What happens in Vegas all started with the Rat Pack," said the show's producer Dick Feeney. "The real legend of Vegas - the cool cats, the drinking, the partying, the gambling, they epitomized it, and people still look at those days with fond memories."The Rat Pack is Back starts with a custodian mopping the stage and reminiscing about working at the Sands and hanging out with Frank and the guys."Boy those were the days. I sure do miss them," says the custodian before walking off stage.Video clips of vintage Vegas play on screens hanging on both sides of the stage, reminding everyone of where the city's reputation as a glitzy and glamorous destination started.The curtain opens and the 12-piece Lon Bronson orchestra gets the audience going with some toe-tapping music before performers portraying all the members of the Rat Pack enter the stage. They sing and dance, conveying all of the charisma and camaraderie of the real entertainers.Dean takes center stage with drink in hand and fittingly sings, "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes." His smooth voice and casual stage presence convey all the essence of the real performer. He pauses between songs for some playful joking with the audience."I'm on the whiskey diet," says Dean, "in one week I lost four days." Everyone laughs before he gets back to singing the Italian love song "That's Amore" where he invites the audience to join in.He does a smooth rendition of "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," before Sammy Davis Jr. joins him on stage to sing "That Old Black Magic" and "What Kind of Fool Am I."Just like the real Rat Pack, you never know who is going to come out on stage next. Sometimes the performers interrupt one another for some good old fashioned ribbing.Later in the show, the four guys are joined by a beautiful woman portraying Marilyn Monroe. Wearing a red high-cut gown she sings "Happy Birthday" to a lucky guy in the audience.Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean reunite on stage to belt out a few more classics including "Luck Be a Lady," "Lady is a Tramp" and "New York, New York." These four cool cats really know how to have a good time. By the end of the show you will too.-- By Caroline Fontein
 
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Very good show.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
I have always wished I could have meet the Rat Pack, now I feel I have.
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Standing in the spotlight on a Las Vegas stage is second nature to Donny and Marie Osmond.The Osmond family has an extensive history with the city. Donny's first gig was at the Sahara hotel opening for Shirley Bassey performing with his brothers at the age of 7.It was at Caesars Palace during an Osmond show in 1973 that Donny and Marie sang together on stage for the first time, and throughout the '70s, members of the Osmond family played at practically every hotel in Las Vegas, including the Tropicana and the Las Vegas Hilton.In 2008, the duo opened their production at the Flamingo, aptly titled "Donny & Marie," and haven't looked back. The show is a family-friendly variety show that follows the winning formula of their 1970s TV program, incorporating dancing, humor and all of their hit songs -- both as individuals and as a duo.The show starts out with Donny & Marie singing a medley of "Get the Party Started," "Dancing in the Streets" and "Knock on Wood," accompanied by a group of talented back up dancers.They also sing a new song, "Vegas Love," from their latest album -- the first they have recorded together in 30 years.While they may be best known as a team, both Donny and Marie found significant success as solo artists as well and the show gives them each a chance to highlight their individual achievements.For Marie's turn in the spotlight, she sings her most well-known song, "Paper Roses," along with some of her other country favorites, accompanied by two guitar players.She also heats things up with a mash up of "Walk this Way" and "These Boots Were Made for Walking," accompanied by male dancers.Marie has a strong voice and shows her considerable range by belting out a flawless version of the operatic piece "Pie Jesu."As everyone knows, it's Donny who was always a little bit rock 'n' roll, and the show switches gears for his solo set.He appears out of fog on stage in to rock his 1989 comeback hit "Soldier of Love."Donny, a "Dancing with the Stars" winner, shows off some of his moves and some funky choreography on "Yo Yo" while footage of him and his brothers dancing during the '70s plays on a screen behind the stage.Even though Donny likes to rock, it was his love ballads that made him an official heartthrob and he doesn't disappoint the longtime fans, singing well-known hits like "Puppy Love," accompanied by footage of him during his teenage years."This is the part where all of the women would scream," says Donny in the middle of "Puppy Love," which of course, elicits screams from the female members of the audience. "I've still got it!" he proclaims.Donny and Marie reunite on stage toward the end of the show, singing some of their classic hits like "Make the World Go Away," "Morning Side of the Mountain" and "Deep Purple."The intimate 750-seat showroom at the Flamingo is a perfect fit for Donny and Marie, offering a good view from just about any seat and allowing the performers to walk out into the audience and get close to their fans. The classic Vegas-style room features booths and tables and contributes to the feeling of nostalgia the duo evokes with their show.The Osmonds have both starred on Broadway and they close the show with songs from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Wicked," "The Sound of Music" and more.Donny and Marie have been crowd pleasers in Vegas since childhood and judging by the fact that they're still consistently selling out shows, they'll continue to be welcome for a long time.Q&A with Donny OsmondDonny Osmond's life in the entertainment business began at the age of 5 when he first appeared on "The Andy Williams Show" with his brothers' singing group. During the 1970s, Donny stood out as the heartthrob of the bunch and he soon found himself in the center of "Osmondmania."His sister Marie joined him in the spotlight on "The Donny and Marie Show," a popular variety program that aired on ABC from 1976 to 1979. Donny (at age 18) and Marie (at age 16) made television history by becoming the youngest hosts of a weekly prime-time TV musical/variety show. When the show ended, they continued to perform together up until 1986 and they each went on to pursue solo careers. Donny and Marie reunited in 1998 to co-host "Donny & Marie," a talk show that ran for two seasons.Over the years, Donny has released 55 albums and has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing theater, television and the big screen. He has hosted the game show "Pyramid," he's a best-selling author (his autobiography debuted at No. 1 on the UK bestseller list) and an accomplished theater performer (over 2,000 performances starring in Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and most recently on Broadway in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast").Donny also recently co-starred in the Disney film "College Road Trip" and he can currently be found appearing with Marie in their variety show at the Flamingo five nights a week.Q: You have a lot of history performing in Las Vegas -- you've been working here since you were a kid. How have you seen the city change over the years -- has entertainment changed?A: "It's gotten bigger -- that's for sure. Entertainment is entertainment. Obviously the production value has gotten huge and I think a lot of people have learned that, yes, we've raised the bar. But what Marie and I have tried to accomplish here is bring back a little bit of traditional Vegas where it's not just production, but there's personality -- and that's what we've tried to create here at the Flamingo. Yeah, we give them a lot of the dancing and the lights and the multimedia and sound and everything, but there are times where we just sit down and sing and try to give them what we were raised on -- and that is variety."Do you have any memories that stand out from your days performing here back in the '70s? Ever hang out with the Rat Pack or anything like that?A: "My first memory is opening up for Shirley Bassey at Sahara and Mickey Rooney would come by every so often and join in the show. I remember Elvis coming back stage when we were playing the International, when the Hilton was the International, and talking to us back in his dressing room. He closed and then we opened the next night and he stayed to watch our opening show. Then I remember working at Caesars and Frank was out in the audience when we were opening up for Nancy."Speaking of Elvis, there's some footage of you in your show in Elvis-like jumpsuits. Was that just the style or were you a big fan?A: "It's interesting to note that we had the same designer and when Elvis went into that high collar, flare bellbottom kind of a look, it's about the same time that Bill Belew started designing for us, which was around 1970. Obviously Elvis had it maybe slightly before us, but we had the same designer, Bill Belew."It's been 29 years since you did a long-term engagement in Las Vegas. What made you want to come back and do that?A: "We always knew we'd be back. We knew it would be inevitable for Donny and Marie to do something … We wanted to pursue our own careers after 'The Donny and Marie Show' ended and we did that and we thought, you know it's time to bring back some nostalgia and bring back our individual careers. When Chip Lightman and Danny Gans contacted us, they said 'we think Donny and Marie is right for Vegas right now and I know you guys have been thinking about it.' So we looked at a lot of different showrooms and then he introduced us to Don (Marrandino, president of the Flamingo). I was the first one to come here to the Flamingo and I saw the showroom and I said 'that's it.' The booths, the old traditional Vegas -- it's not the concert seating. It's intimate enough, it's small enough yet large enough to support a larger show. It was a perfect fit."You've been performing together for more than 30 years and you're still selling out shows. How have you managed to maintain that popularity?A: "It's unbelievable what's going on. You never really know what's going to happen... You can throw millions of dollars at a show and you just don't know if the audience is going to take to it. We're no exception to the rule, but the word of mouth has been fantastic. Granted, Marie and I have put forth a lot of work… but you just never know, so we're really lucky, really blessed right now to have a wave to ride -- especially in these economic times."In the show you joke about the fact that you're a grandfather, yet you do some pretty strenuous dancing. Where do you get all the energy for that?A: "I have no idea. I really don't know. I'm pretty tired at the end of the week. This grandpa goes home and plays with the grandkids."But that takes a lot of energy too.A: "It's different though. It recharges my batteries so to speak. I still have young children at home. My youngest is ten and I have a seventeen-year-old in high school and three older than that -- twenty-three, twenty-seven and twenty-nine." You've got your hands full.A: "Yeah I do, but I'm pretty lucky in that respect too. I get to have my cake and eat it too as they say. I get to play Vegas and do the star role and then I go home and play the dad role."You sing a lot of greatest hits in your show -- any plans to release new music? A: "We do actually. There's talk of doing a Donny and Marie album but again, we still have our own separate careers. Marie's working on an album right now and so the plans are there but …to add any more on the plate would be kind of dangerous right now, but there are plans for me to start my solo project after the first of the year."Would you ever want to go back to TV or do you prefer a live audience?A: "There is a show in the works right now -- can't really release the information yet -- but a network show that Marie and I are looking at doing... Vegas is looking like exactly the way I wanted it to be a few years ago -- the home base for both of us. Because when you get right down to it, let's call it the way it is -- Vegas has become the entertainment capital of the world. Everybody comes here and to have a huge presence here is just a good move."Have you gone to see anyone else's shows in town?A: "No I haven't. I wish I could but we all do shows at the same time. Although, the night before last I was in my dressing room late and George Wallace comes on and I walk out on stage, so I was part of George's show and sang with Mosaic. They said they want to do it again. They're coming up with an arrangement to involve me in one of their songs. So really that's the only thing I can do since all of our shows are at the same time and I go home Sundays and Mondays."You have done television, Broadway -- is there anything you haven't done yet that you'd like to do? Would you like to go back to Broadway?A: "Yeah -- That's obviously a really nice feather in your cap to say you've been to Broadway -- it's a long commitment because you have to do at least 5 -- 6 months…it's going to be easier for me to do stuff like that once my children are raised, but right now Vegas is the ideal situation for me. I did something last August that was so much fun. I did a Disney film with Martin Lawrence and Raven Symone. I played the dorkiest guy though but I had so much fun so I'd kind of like to do some more cameo spots in films. I like to jump around. I like to do it all. It keeps me from getting bored so to speak. Here again, I guess it's that variety in me -- I like to do a lot of different kinds of things."-- By Kristine McKenzie
 
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Good show.
PostedNovember 18, 2013
I was not disappointed, Donny and Marie provide a very high level of entertainment.
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Terry Fator may just be the greatest illusionist on the Las Vegas Strip, but you'll never see him perform any magic tricks. He amazes audiences by singing like famous entertainers from Elvis to Cher without moving his lips, and that's not all. Along with being a singer and a celebrity impressionist, Fator is a puppeteer. His face may not move much during his show, but his hands are always in action, bringing to life his cast of lovable puppet co-stars.The puppets each have their own comical personalities and music style, which makes Fator's show feel like both a concert and a stand-up comedy routine. There's Winston, the impersonating turtle; Walter T. Airdale; Maynard Thompkins, the World's Greatest Elvis Impersonator; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor; Julius, the soul singer; Monty Carlo, the lounge singer; Hyphen, the delusional British rocker; Vikki, the cougar; Barry Fabulous, a flamboyant hip-hop diva; and Wrex, the safety expert. When the puppets aren't singing, they're sharing their comedic wit with Fator and the audience.All the while, if you really pay attention, you get the chance to hear something remarkable. Fator's vocal range extends from Etta James' "At Last," to Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places." The appreciation for his talent runs even deeper when he performs both parts of two duets. He does Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe," and "What A Wonderful World," as Kermit the Frog (with Winston) and Louis Armstrong.Combine that range of musical samplings and add in that Fator never opens his mouth more than half an inch during the songs unless he's taking a breath or, on the rare occasion, singing a song as himself.To call Terry Fator a master of puppets would be an under appreciation for his show and talents. But to call him the best singer on the Strip, who doesn't open his mouth more than half an inch, while using puppets and providing endless comedy might be more accurate. Unfortunately, that's really hard to fit on a billboard.A multitalented performer, Fator got his big break when he won NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2007. Fator won $1 million and a gig to perform on the Strip. He started out as a headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton, which is now LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and later moved to The Mirage. Since 2008 hundreds of thousands of tourists have seen Fator's show. Aside from Vegas, Fator has been featured on "The Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Late Show with David Letterman."-- Staff Report
 
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PostedNovember 18, 2013
Terry never fails, fourth time I have seen him. Great show.
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People might immediately think Elvis when it comes to Las Vegas, but before The King, the city jived to the tune of four entertainers who won over audiences with their cool musical stylings and playful stage demeanor.During the 1960s, the Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin brought fame and recognition to the city as both an entertainment capital and gambling destination during their run inside the Copa Room at the Sands. Today, audiences can relive the revelry and timeless music of the Rat Pack era in the show The Rat Pack is Back at the Rio."What happens in Vegas all started with the Rat Pack," said the show's producer Dick Feeney. "The real legend of Vegas - the cool cats, the drinking, the partying, the gambling, they epitomized it, and people still look at those days with fond memories."The Rat Pack is Back starts with a custodian mopping the stage and reminiscing about working at the Sands and hanging out with Frank and the guys."Boy those were the days. I sure do miss them," says the custodian before walking off stage.Video clips of vintage Vegas play on screens hanging on both sides of the stage, reminding everyone of where the city's reputation as a glitzy and glamorous destination started.The curtain opens and the 12-piece Lon Bronson orchestra gets the audience going with some toe-tapping music before performers portraying all the members of the Rat Pack enter the stage. They sing and dance, conveying all of the charisma and camaraderie of the real entertainers.Dean takes center stage with drink in hand and fittingly sings, "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes." His smooth voice and casual stage presence convey all the essence of the real performer. He pauses between songs for some playful joking with the audience."I'm on the whiskey diet," says Dean, "in one week I lost four days." Everyone laughs before he gets back to singing the Italian love song "That's Amore" where he invites the audience to join in.He does a smooth rendition of "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," before Sammy Davis Jr. joins him on stage to sing "That Old Black Magic" and "What Kind of Fool Am I."Just like the real Rat Pack, you never know who is going to come out on stage next. Sometimes the performers interrupt one another for some good old fashioned ribbing.Later in the show, the four guys are joined by a beautiful woman portraying Marilyn Monroe. Wearing a red high-cut gown she sings "Happy Birthday" to a lucky guy in the audience.Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean reunite on stage to belt out a few more classics including "Luck Be a Lady," "Lady is a Tramp" and "New York, New York." These four cool cats really know how to have a good time. By the end of the show you will too.-- By Caroline Fontein
 

july shows

please could you let me know where rat pack is performing in July
RIO
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Terry Fator may just be the greatest illusionist on the Las Vegas Strip, but you'll never see him perform any magic tricks. He amazes audiences by singing like famous entertainers from Elvis to Cher without moving his lips, and that's not all. Along with being a singer and a celebrity impressionist, Fator is a puppeteer. His face may not move much during his show, but his hands are always in action, bringing to life his cast of lovable puppet co-stars.The puppets each have their own comical personalities and music style, which makes Fator's show feel like both a concert and a stand-up comedy routine. There's Winston, the impersonating turtle; Walter T. Airdale; Maynard Thompkins, the World's Greatest Elvis Impersonator; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor; Julius, the soul singer; Monty Carlo, the lounge singer; Hyphen, the delusional British rocker; Vikki, the cougar; Barry Fabulous, a flamboyant hip-hop diva; and Wrex, the safety expert. When the puppets aren't singing, they're sharing their comedic wit with Fator and the audience.All the while, if you really pay attention, you get the chance to hear something remarkable. Fator's vocal range extends from Etta James' "At Last," to Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places." The appreciation for his talent runs even deeper when he performs both parts of two duets. He does Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe," and "What A Wonderful World," as Kermit the Frog (with Winston) and Louis Armstrong.Combine that range of musical samplings and add in that Fator never opens his mouth more than half an inch during the songs unless he's taking a breath or, on the rare occasion, singing a song as himself.To call Terry Fator a master of puppets would be an under appreciation for his show and talents. But to call him the best singer on the Strip, who doesn't open his mouth more than half an inch, while using puppets and providing endless comedy might be more accurate. Unfortunately, that's really hard to fit on a billboard.A multitalented performer, Fator got his big break when he won NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2007. Fator won $1 million and a gig to perform on the Strip. He started out as a headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton, which is now LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and later moved to The Mirage. Since 2008 hundreds of thousands of tourists have seen Fator's show. Aside from Vegas, Fator has been featured on "The Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Late Show with David Letterman."-- Staff Report
 

I saw Terry Fator in Sept 2012. I'm coming to Vegas 2/2013, does Terry perform a different show from the 2012 show?

A few similar bits, as well as new parts.
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Terry Fator may just be the greatest illusionist on the Las Vegas Strip, but you'll never see him perform any magic tricks. He amazes audiences by singing like famous entertainers from Elvis to Cher without moving his lips, and that's not all. Along with being a singer and a celebrity impressionist, Fator is a puppeteer. His face may not move much during his show, but his hands are always in action, bringing to life his cast of lovable puppet co-stars.The puppets each have their own comical personalities and music style, which makes Fator's show feel like both a concert and a stand-up comedy routine. There's Winston, the impersonating turtle; Walter T. Airdale; Maynard Thompkins, the World's Greatest Elvis Impersonator; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor; Julius, the soul singer; Monty Carlo, the lounge singer; Hyphen, the delusional British rocker; Vikki, the cougar; Barry Fabulous, a flamboyant hip-hop diva; and Wrex, the safety expert. When the puppets aren't singing, they're sharing their comedic wit with Fator and the audience.All the while, if you really pay attention, you get the chance to hear something remarkable. Fator's vocal range extends from Etta James' "At Last," to Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places." The appreciation for his talent runs even deeper when he performs both parts of two duets. He does Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe," and "What A Wonderful World," as Kermit the Frog (with Winston) and Louis Armstrong.Combine that range of musical samplings and add in that Fator never opens his mouth more than half an inch during the songs unless he's taking a breath or, on the rare occasion, singing a song as himself.To call Terry Fator a master of puppets would be an under appreciation for his show and talents. But to call him the best singer on the Strip, who doesn't open his mouth more than half an inch, while using puppets and providing endless comedy might be more accurate. Unfortunately, that's really hard to fit on a billboard.A multitalented performer, Fator got his big break when he won NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2007. Fator won $1 million and a gig to perform on the Strip. He started out as a headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton, which is now LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and later moved to The Mirage. Since 2008 hundreds of thousands of tourists have seen Fator's show. Aside from Vegas, Fator has been featured on "The Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Late Show with David Letterman."-- Staff Report
 

can you bring small 35mm cameras into vegas shows ie C,Dion

Yes, I took pictures.
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