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George Wallace Show
George Wallace, also at the Flamingo, demands his props from the moment a commanding voice announces his uncensored presence on stage. Witty, taut, rapid-fire and full of adult-only entertainment value for about one hour and fifteen minutes, this is a naughty side of George not seen on his Tonight Show and Oprah appearances.
Without giving away much of his “I Be Thinkin” act, its fair to say that George fully employs a biting tongue and unorthodox view of topical social matters. The effect is a comedic sledgehammer, that also makes you think later that night … hummmm, George may have had a point there. He is the funniest Black comedian performing regularly on a national stage. On nights when he’s at the top of his game, George can be the funniest man in America. If there’s a negative, the cheesy audience giveaways seem grafted onto the show. It’s not necessary, when the laughs are enough.
You’ve heard the stories about comedic insults lashed on patrons in the front rows. That aspect of George’s show is atypical, as long as each patron goes along with the gag. George seems to like spreading gags upon himself and across the room with equal gusto. So here’s a useful tip to front row patrons -- let sleeping dogs lie. If he caps on you, just take it and smile. He won’t heap it on. But if you resist, it will be a long night for you and a laughed-so-hard-I-cried night for everyone else!
In terms of personality, George is a very approachable guy, who shakes hands, signs autographs, and takes pictures with patrons after the show. Be sure to bring your camera. In 1995 George won an American Comedy Award as "Best Stand-Up Comedian," after being nominated four years in a row. He performs at the Flamingo. http://www.GeorgeWallace.net.
Clint Holmes Show (No Longer Performing Regularly)
From the moment he enters the stage, you can tell Clint Holmes was born to perform. His electrifying presence evokes a wide range of audience emotions as it lopes between the lounge show you expect and impromptu audience interaction you don’t. A student of Bill Cosby and Don Rickles when he opened for them, Clint incorporated some of their influences into his own fast-paced comedic style to engage the audience in a conversation. Clint is known for his silky and powerful baritone voice, but Jazz scatting and fluid dancing complete his bombastic, well-timed stage presence. With the genes of a Black Jazz musician father and a British Opera-trained mother, he effortlessly blends pop, jazz and classical musical selections while lovingly touching on his multi-racial background. On some nights his mother is known to drop in for a song. His show stopping tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. is the real deal.
Clint has a magical way of filling a room with his infectiously warm sound and stage presence. With so many youthfully fluid stage moves, you would never guess that he’s over 60. In his quest to provide one of the best entertainment values on the Strip, Clint has assembled a dazzling 11-piece band of all-star musicians, directed by Bill Fayne, that is arguably the best band in town. His sister, an accomplished vocalist in her own right, sings backup. You know you’re in the hands of a real pro. This is what it must have been like when Sammy worked the Strip. Mega-talented. Smooth. Genuine.
Since moving to Las Vegas just after 2000, Clint was selected as “Best Kept Secret” by Las Vegas Life Magazine, “Best Singer” (two years in a row), Best All-Around Las Vegas Performer” and “Favorite Male Las Vegan” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. Clint was inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame. Speaking to the genuine quality of the man, Clint mentors young entertainers at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and occasionally gives young entertainers a resume-building piece in his show.
Untortunately for those who missed him, Clint's show no longer appears regularly on the Strip. Fortunately, he does special engagements in Las Vegas, http://www.clintholmes.com
Stomp Out Loud (No Longer Performing)
Stomp Out Loud is a Broadway spectacular with kinetic back-alley flava’. Aside from the stellar 16-member performing cast, Planet Hollywood Resort spent $28 million on the custom-designed, 1,500-seat theater designed for this production. You’ll never have so much fun watching people beat garbage cans, cardboard boxes, plastic tubes and tap broom sticks.
Creator-directors Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell developed the concept for Stomp in 1980s England, when they were street performers known as "buskers." Their concept caught on in the mid-'90s as Stomp grew into a musical phenomenon in London, Broadway and now the Las Vegas adaptation, Stomp Out Loud. It features some routines that Stomp patrons will remember, but the new dance routines, music, improvised percussive devices and hilarious site gags make for a night of great anticipation for all.
The anticipation began in the theater lobby where a make-shift collection of flotsam-jetsam make you want to bang a can, tap a traffic sign, spin a wheel and feel the rhythm before the show starts. It may look like Planet Hollywood put a healthy chunk of that $28m in the lobby, but that decorative junk comes from local salvage yards, antique stores and parts of the Aladdin during renovation into Planet Hollywood Resort. The ‘junk' is distressed to create a particular show sound that is amplified for all to hear in the most distant corners of the theater.
Stomp Out Loud is more than banging on cans and tapping broomsticks. Comedic moments intertwine with high-intensity athleticism and ingenuity, from the catwalk to the floor. Quickly paced, there’s never a dull moment. Carlos Thomas’ handbone routine will take you back for a minute. To be sure, everyone will have their favorite routines, but none fall short of satisfying. Without giving away more routines, lets just say the collective experience is the most soulful, toe-tapping and unique show on the Strip. In a word, its inspired. The performers make you feel comfortable with their charm, casual street wear and use of ordinary objects. After the show, you'll never see everyday things the same. In fact, you may find yourself clapping and drumming on everything.
After the show, you’ll see everyone take renewed interest in the lobby objects. Everybody’s got a little rhythm in ‘em and none more than the children who attended the show. That’s right! One of the top shows on the Strip is also family-friendly.
Toni Braxton: Reveled (No Longer Performing)
Six-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton gives a dazzling show fans will love from the moment they see her over-sized image on the Flamingo Hotel to the last note uttered on a million dollar microphone. Toni Braxton Revealed takes audiences at the Flamingo through a musical journey that showcases her recording career and touches on several personal moments in her life.
When her unique voice massages ballads such as, Un-break My Heart, Another Sad Love Song, How Could An Angel Break My Heart and Breathe Again”, it tugs at your heartstrings. But she doesn’t leave you there. Spanish Guitar and other up-tempo numbers elevate the spirit with equal aplomb. Rob Lewis, Musical Director, keeps the mood right and musicians, particularly the stand-out violinist and guitarist, execute the material with the precision of a switch watch. With one notable exception mentioned later, auditorium acoustics nearly resemble that heard at recording studios – very polished. Finding comfort in songs that sound like we remember, many in the jovial audience sing along to Toni’s favorites throughout the night. People really get into the show.
Set design enables more intimacy with a stage that juts out to audience, encouraging Toni to intermingle with front row patrons. It’s hard to imagine a more intimate showroom setting for Toni to share her experience as a wife, mother and artist.
Elaborate costuming complement Toni’s sense of fashion, while accenting mood changes within the show. Her costume designer, Anthony Franco, deftly crafted each piece to reveal another mood and something in Toni’s career, family or personality. Costumes range from a seductive, flamenco-style dress sure to steam up the room and vintage-inspired couture that will spark ladies envy. One show-stopping costume features over 25,000 decorative stones created by a hand-beading process that took 120 hours!
Nine eye-candy male and female dancers and intricate choreography combine a variety of styles, while appealing to the sensibilities of a diverse audience. Pairings of dance genres such as a “Hip-Hop Tango” exemplify the energy, inventiveness and happy medium of Revealed. Toni reveals the breath of her ample talents by bringing a saucy flair to several dance numbers and deftly playing piano to the cheerful embrace of her audience.
With such a great overall show, you hate to mention two nits. The staging of an expensive mic-change about 15 minutes into the show could be more refined. Be assured however, that Toni’s voices soars during high notes and delightfully swoons during her trademark low notes in the 90-minute production. Second, a couple of the dancers could have executed routines tighter. But given the competition of Vegas dancing, you can anticipate all dance routines acquiring a shiny patina soon.
Most of all, fans will see the dividends of Toni’s musical upbringing and Broadway experience coupled with top-shelf musical, costume, and set design in a full-scale production that works as both an elaborate Vegas show and the excitement of a Toni Braxton concert. The delicious result is an experience that reveals Toni’s passion as a singer and skill as a consummate live entertainer. Bravo Diva, Bravo!