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Dancing With The Stars:  Live in Las Vegas Debuts at the Tropicana

For anyone who is a fan of the immensely popular TV series Dancing with the Stars, now in its 14th season, or just loves the expressive and beautiful art of dance, you are in for treat with Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas, a special, one of a kind production being presented at the New Tropicana Las Vegas for a limited 12 week engagement, beginning April 14. I attended the VIP preview performance on Friday night, April 13 prior to its official opening the following evening, and I can honestly say, I loved every minute of it.

The exciting, fast paced show directed by Amy Tinkham and choreographed by Australian sensation Jason Gilkison, features an amazing cast of some of the best professional dancers in the business including dance pros Lacey Schwimmer and Dmitry Chaplin and several celebrity alumni; Joey Fatone, Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey and Tia Carrere from the ABC hit show, performing spectacular, superbly choreographed, dance numbers. Audiences are also introduced to the one-and-only “Las Vegas Troupe” that include several exceptionally talented dancers that avid fans of TV's So You Think You Can Dance” will recognize from prior seasons.

Acting as host for the Las Vegas show is the always “fabulous”, highly amusing, TV personality and celeb stylist Carson Kressley, who also was a former contestant on DWTS. Along with lending his own brand of comedic flair to the production, Kressley showed off his skills as both a dancer and crowd pleaser in a few entertaining and fun filled dance routines with the pros that delighted the crowd.

The 80 minute live entertainment filled production showcases several favorite dances from prior seasons along with new and thrilling routines.  If you enjoyed watching the steamy hot Argentine tango, sexy paso doble, elegant waltz, energetic swing dance, and fancy fox trot on the TV show, wait to see them performed live and in person. Each and every dance number will take your breath away.

In addition to the live performances, there are video clips from the TV show including insightful as well as humorous comments from judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Annaba.

I highly recommend Dancing With The Stars: Live in Las Vegas. The show features everything you expect from the TV series and more.  Put it on your must see list.

Celebrity arrivals seen walking the Red Carpet included TV's Dance With The Stars co-host Tom Bergeron,  dance pros from the TV series: Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Anna Trebunskaya, Tony Dovolani, Lacey Schwimmer and Dmitri Chaplin along with the entire cast of the Las Vegas show, and Las Vegas headliners: prop comedian Carrot Top, female impersonator Frank Marino, Human Nature, the cast from Jersey Boys, and Miss Nevada 2011 Alana Lee.

Later, spotted among the guests at the fabulous After Party were "Night School for Girls" star Laura Croft, magician Murray SawChuck's comical sidekick and guest act 'Lefty' aka Douglas Leferovich, and extraordinarily talented dancers/fan favorites turned pros Twitch, Allison and Comfort from past seasons of TV's reality dance competition “So You Think You Can Dance” who were there in support of their friends/members of the cast.

Photo Gallery
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn



Carson Kressley

Joey Fatone and Anya Garnis

Lacy Schwimmer with Troupe dancer



Lacy Schwimmer and Kyle Massey

Kym Johnson, Joey Fatone, Tom Bergeron, Lacy Schwimmer, Kyle Massey and Tony Dovolani

Carson Kressley and Troupe performers

Cast of 'Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas'

Human Nature

Tony Dovolani

Miss Nevada 2011, Alana Lee

Tom Bergeron

Anna Trebunskaya

Kym Johnson

Cheryl Burke

Josh Strickland

Carson Kressley

Dmitri Chaplin

Frank Marino

Tia Carrere

Sabrina Bryan, Lacy Schwimmer, Kyle Massy Carrot Top and Joey Fatone

Carrot Top

'Las Vegas Troupe' dancers


Kyle Massey and Troupe dancers

Lacy Schwimmer

Sabrina Bryan

Joey Fatone

Judy Thorburn and Douglas 'Lefty' Leferovich

Allison, Twitch and Comfort

Showtimes for Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8 p.m. Fridays: 9 p.m; Saturdays and Sundays: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets range from $40 - $89 plus tax and applicable fees.

“Mike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage” Star Studded Grand Opening

Boxing legend Mike Tyson hosted a star-studded grand opening event for his one-man show “Mike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage” at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre on Saturday evening, April 14.  Tyson along with wife/producer/co-writer Kiki Tyson, producer/creator Adam Steck and director/co-writer Randy Johnson welcomed a packed house of friends, family, celebrities and VIPs.

Celebrity guests seen walking the red carpet included television personality Rosie O’Donnell, talk show host/comedian George Lopez, talk show host Piers Morgan, retired professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, singer/television personality Paula Abdul, R&B artist Eddie Levert, DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia, R&B artist Al B. Sure!, comedian Carrot Top, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, hip-hop personality Don “Magic” Juan, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, Jeff Timmons of vocal group 98 Degrees, Chris Phillips of the singing duo Zowie Bowie, cast of “FANTASY” from Luxor, cast of “Thunder From Down Under” from Excalibur, Las Vegas’ longest running headliner and star of “Divas Las Vegas” Frank Marino, Las Vegas Strip headliners Human Nature, Michelle Money of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” boxer Zab Judah, Muhammad Ali’s daughter/motivational speaker Rasheda Ali and Kody Brown with his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, stars of TLC’s “Sister Wives.

”As Tyson took the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation and at the end of the show, once again the crowd rose to their feet with applause.“Mike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage” is a live, one-man show starring boxing icon Mike Tyson in which he thrills audiences with untold stories, peeling back layers of tragedy and public turmoil while unfolding his tale of triumph and survival. In an up-close-and-personal setting inside the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand, Tyson delivers vignettes from his life, experiences as a professional athlete and controversies in between, completed by a backdrop of iconic images, videos and live music from the six-piece band The Contenders.

The show has a limited run now through April 18 with nightly performances at 8 p.m.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson on the red carpet

Randy Johnson, Kiki Tyson, Mike Tyson, Adam Steck on the red carpet of Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH - Live on Stage

Director Randy Johnson and Criss Angel

Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

I am deeply saddened to report the passing of beloved Las Vegas entertainer Michaelina Bellamy, who was a principal singer in the now closed  “Folies Bergere” at The Tropicana and a back up vocalist for such stars as Engelbert Humperdinck.  On April 7, Bellamy, at the age of 59, lost her lengthy battle with a form of bone cancer known as acute myeloid leukemia.  She is survived by her three daughters: Andreanna, Maria and Jacqui, and six grandchildren.  Our sincere condolences goes out to her family and friends.

Michaelina Bellamy

Singing and comedy impressionist HOUSTON MACPHERSON opens his show "Celebrities" at the Wolf Theater inside the Clarion Hotel on April 17. In his multi-faceted comedy and family show,  MacPherson performs over 50 celebrities impressions including those of iconic actors, singers, comedians, TV personalities and political figures.   Show times are 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

High wire heiress LIJANA WALLENDA HERNANDEZ joins the cast of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace  now through May 1. Wallenda is a seventh generation member of the world-renowned circus family, the Flying Wallendas and great grand-daughter of the legendary Karl Wallenda.  Wallenda will take to the sky as she joins the Esteemed Gentlemen of the High Wire, temporarily filling in for her husband Tony Hernandez.

Attention: art aficionados. MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES, located at The Forum Shops at Caesars, presents the SPRING ART AUCTION on Saturday, April 21st at 6:30pm. Blind Minotaur Led Through the Night by Girl with Fluttering Dove, considered one of the greatest print medium works by Pablo Picasso, is one of the many fine works of art that will be available and up for bid.  The Martin Lawrence Galleries Auction is open to the public.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts come together with The Cleveland Orchestra to host “MUSIC'S THERAPEUTIC IMPACTS ON THE BRAIN” at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center on  April 21, . The event features a special performance by members of The Cleveland Orchestra followed by a lecture about the beneficial effects of music on the brain hosted by Cleveland Clinic neurologist, Dr. Neil Cherian. Susan Hirsch, director of social services at the Center for Brain Health, will also give insight into how music influences the caregiver experience. This unique event is free and open to the public. To RSVP contact Dee at 702-331-7046 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

College of Southern Nevada's (CSN) 2011-12 theatre season concludes with the Department of Fine Arts presenting John Mortimer’s autobiographical drama, “A VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER.” Performances are April 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. in the BackStage Theatre on the Cheyenne Campus, located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 651-LIVE (5483).

Due to a scheduling conflict, Anne V will have to reschedule her April 22 hosting appearance at ENCORE BEACH CLUB for a date in May.

Model and TV personality Sara Underwood, who recently beat out Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to win Esquire’s “Hottest Woman of 2012” competition, will now host Encore Beach Club’s season grand opening celebration on Sunday, April 22.

That day, electronic dance music sensation Tiësto makes his Encore Beach Club debut as a Wynn Las Vegas resident DJ.

April is National Humor Month and the LAS VEGAS IMPROVISATION PLAYERS are celebrating it with a brand new show of hilarious improvised comedy. The “all new, every time” comedy improv show will be on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the American Heritage Academy, located at 6126 South Sandhill Road in Las Vegas. Tickets are only $10 and available for purchase at the door which opens at 6:40 p.m.

The comedy lineup from now to May 6 at LAUGH FACTORY LAS VEGAS at the New Tropicana Las Vegas  are as follows:

April 16-22: James Stephens III and Bill Dawes

April 23-29: Harry Basil, Andrew Norelli and Lester Barrie

April 30-May 6: Alex Ortiz, Rene Garcia and Aida Rodriguez

Laugh Factory Las Vegas shows are performed daily at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 (plus applicable taxes) or $44.95 (plus applicable taxes) for VIP tickets. Special two-for-one tickets are also available for locals and Tropicana Las Vegas hotel guests for both 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows.

The lineup of comedic rock stars to perform live at the popular LA COMEDY CLUB at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino through early May are:

April 19-22 - Ben Morrison.

April 26-29 (Dark April 27) Daryl Wright.

May 3-6 (Dark May 5) Shayma Tash

Show times are at 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices start at $29.95 for general admission. Show specials include a $25 open bar and the opportunity to upgrade to VIP discounts are available as well. All of the headlining acts will feature special guests.

Legendary comedian and impressionist Rich Little will bring his one-man show, “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” featuring more than 25 celebrity icon voices, including Cary Grant, George Burns, Ronald Reagan, Catherine Hepburn and John Wayne among others, to the Shimmer Cabaret inside the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino beginning Monday, April 30. “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” will be performed Saturday – Wednesday  at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $63.90 plus tax and applicable fees. A VIP package, which includes premium seating and a meet and greet with Rich Little following the show is available for $73.90 plus tax and applicable fees. Nevada residents and LVH Hotel guests receive a $10 discount.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino has announced the opening of THE BROADWAY THEATER, a live performance venue featuring afternoon and evening shows. Located next to Nine Fine Irishmen, the intimate theater will be the new home for various hit shows presented by British producer David King of Spirit Productions.

Spirit of the Dance” with special guests Dublin’s Irish Tenors premieres Tuesday, May 1 with performances at 4 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday (dark Monday).

Dancing Queen,” one of the most popular ABBA shows worldwide, has an anticipated debut in early May filling The Broadway Theater’s 8 p.m. time-slot Tuesday – Sunday (dark Monday). “Dancing Queen,” a non-stop, fun-filled tribute to Swedish pop group ABBA, features a dynamic cast of singers and dancers performing ABBA’s greatest hits including “Money Money Money,” Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen.” Tickets start at $49.95, plus tax and service charge.

NEVADA BALLET THEATER with special guest artists will celebrate its 40 years in Las Vegas and commemorate its debut on the Reynolds Hall stage at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on May 5. This one-night-only spectacular of Dance, Music, Style and Class will open with George Balanchine's classic Serenade, performed by NBT.  Often described as "a milestone in the history of dance," it is set to Tchaikovsky's stunning score of "Serenade for Strings" performed by the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Internationally acclaimed guest artists joining this varied program include Principal Dancers Carla Körbes and Seth Orza from Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Principal Dancer Herman Cornejo from the American Ballet Theatre. The evening culminates with a collaboration between NBT and Caesars Palace headliner, MATT GOSS. Goss and his band will perform live on stage while NBT executes original choreography by Artistic Director James Canfield -- set to the music of Goss.

After six successful years, the iconic hotspot ROCKHOUSE BAR & NIGHTCLUB has announced plans to close its doors on Saturday, May 5 until its reopening at a new venue on the Las Vegas strip later this year. With a closing party planned for Cinco de Mayo, Rockhouse plans to go full-throttle with a drink countdown. Starting at 10 p.m. Drinks will be priced for $6 then drop down $1 after each hour until 4 a.m. when all drinks will be on the house until doors close for the last time. The wildly popular party bar is moving to make way for The Linq, set to open in 2013 on the site in part occupied by the Rockhouse, across the street from Caesars Palace.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday night, April 12...

Actor and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was spotted dining with a group of friends at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood.

Shannon Elizabeth hosted TAO’s Worship Thursday. The star of “American Reunion” first dined at the Asian Bistro, with friends before heading up to the nightclub where she hopped into the booth with DJ Five to say hello to the crowd.

Ricardo Laguna, BMX pro and star of his own reality show on MTV 3, celebrated his 30th birthday at TAO.  He dined at TAO with friends and family. Up in the nightclub he was surrounded by a group of 25 as he was presented with a birthday cake from Gimme Some Sugar.

Actress and singer Brandy was also spotted at TAO.  After dining with two male friends they took over a VIP table in the nightclub.

Shannon Elizabeth
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Ricardo Laguna
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Brandy and friends
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DJ Five and Shannon Elizabeth
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Friday night, April 13...

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, Kandi Burruss, stopped by Sugar Factory's flagship retail store at Paris Las Vegas.

Later that evening, the R&B singer headed over to Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to celebrate the announcement of her own reality-television series, “The Kandi Factory”.

Kandi Burruss at Gallery
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

Kandi Burruss
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

La Freak Fridays successfully debuted at LAVO with DJ Homicide.

Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

Singer Mark McGrath, best known as the front man for rock band Sugar Ray, was spotted dining at TAO Restaurant with a large group of men for a bachelor party.

Actor Joe Mazzello and Producer Bryan Singer also dined at TAO before heading up to the nightclub.

Canadian hockey player Ryan O'Byrne was seen at a VIP table in the main room of Marquee. The Colorado Avalanche player was joined by friends and teammates and enjoyed the sounds of DJ Serge Devant.

Electro-funk duo Chromeo, comprised of two members, P-Thugg(Patrick Gemayel) and Dave 1 (David Macklovitch),debuted the first date of their residency to a sold-out crowd at PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace.

Chromeo P-ThuggL and Dave 1R
Photo credit: Powers Imagery

Saturday afternoon, April 14...

“Glee” star, Kevin McHale hosted a meet and greet at Sugar Factory inside Paris Las Vegas.

McHale on the red carpet with Sugar Factory’s signature Couture Pop at Sugar Factory inside Paris Las Vegas
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

McHale autographing a poster during his meet and greet at Sugar Factory in Las Vegas
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Glee's Kevin McHale hosted a bachelor party for childhood friend J.J. DiLuigi at Sugar Factory American Brasserie and Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas. First, the group of about 15 friends went to Sugar Factory for a festive dinner. The guys then took the party upstairs to Chateau Nightclub & Gardens, where they sat in the exclusive VIP area.

Kevin McHale poses at the entrance of Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in Las Vegas
Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

Kevin McHale poses inside Chateau Nightclub & Gardens
Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

Saturday night at LAVO marked the launch of Stereo Saturdays with resident DJ Reflex and special appearance by Chiddy of the alternative hip hop duo Chiddy Bang. After dining at Lavo Restaurant, Chiddy made his way upstairs to the DJ booth, surprising the crowd with a performance of hits including "Opposite of Adults" and "Ray Charles", all the while shouting out his friend Reflex throughout the set. The rapper was joined by a group of friends and hung out at the club before making a late night stop at Tao, his second visit to the club in two nights.

Dance choreographer/director/producer Adam Shankman was spotted dining at TAO with a group of friends. Afterward they made their way up to the nightclub to check out the scene.

At Marquee, international superstar DJ Erick Morillo headlined the main room.

Chiddy Bang
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Eric Morillo
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Sunday night, April 15...

Cat Deeley, best known as the host of "So You Think You Can Dance?", took a break from filming the Vegas aspect of the show and was spotted dining at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood with a small group of friends.