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Upset you missed out on your Shania Twain fix this December? We have a solution and good news for all you Twain-iacs. In a curious piece of synergy, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas has a new tweak that nods to their superstar neighbor directly across the street at Caesars.
Andrew Ryan, who performs as Katy Perry in Divas, will now be adding a Shania Twain tribute to the production. Ryan will be performing a medley that includes “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” We bet you saw the last one coming. Divas promises the male dance troupe will be wearing suitably cowboy themed attire. You probably saw that one coming, too.
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Chalking up over 200,000 Las Vegas performances, 350,000 costume changes and more than 25 years of performing on the Las Vegas Strip, female impersonator Frank Marino has earned the right to the title of Vegas performing legend.
But, his show isn't called Legends. Frank's is accurately called Divas and presents an all male cast of celebrity impersonators who imitate the look of female superstars. Just the look. These are look-a-likes, not sound-a-likes. The music and singing are on tape and taken directly from the original performers. Your admiration and enjoyment derives from the accuracy of the gentleman's transformation from man to songstress. And, how much you really like old-school, Vegas-style diva-ism combined with yards of Bob Mackie gowns and boas.
Divas Las Vegas just celebrated its 1000th performance and, despite the mammoth human transformational work done backstage to prepare for each segment, the show's format is simple. Marino, as Joan Rivers, welcomes with an opening segment of introductions and jokes. Then Marino and the Divas alternate. A singer is glorified, Marino changes gowns, returns to tell jokes and introduces the next singer. And, repeat. Rhianna, Madonna, Celine, Cher, a roster of iconic women are given high-octane drag interpretations and tributes. Think Diva -- they got 'em. That includes Frank Marino himself.
A couple weeks ago we wondered aloud whether Frank Marino's Diva truck needed a refresh or if the the Millionaire Matchmaker makeup crew went a little overboard on the high def moisturizer, adding a few
wrinkles years in the process. Frank fan @dribbleglass dove into the diva discussion to clear up any questions on the complexion. Below is an entirely un-retouched pic Mr. Glass dribbled our way.
An un-initiated Vegas Virgin dragging themselves to the IP to check out the Divas show based on a billboard drive-by might expect to see a twenty-something (thirty-something?) Frankie with well-conditioned black locks. But his recent appearance on reality TV shows a
slightly older looking fella that clearly still takes care of that now longer mane.
WARNING: Spoiler alerts ahead! If you don't want to know, close out of the story now!... But, come back after to tee-hee with us!
So last night was the big night we've all been waiting for--Divas' Frank Marino was on the Millionaire Matchmaker show with Patti Stanger. But like most of us who visit Las Vegas with the high hopes of hitting a jackpot (FU Candy Spelling), Frank was sent home empty-ended.
The "Millionaire Matchmaker" show kicked off as it always does with Patti reviewing the potential clients that her henchman and woman--Destin and his wife Rachel--have brought in for her. One guy was a straight dude from Boringsburgh, Penn. who ended up being too boring to find a girl. The only exciting thing that happened to him all episode is when Frank hit on him, asking, "Do you think you could dump the bitch and make the switch!" God, we love you Frank even if your non-Divas persona sorta looks like a very femme Wayne Campbell.
Once Patti decides to take on the clients, they give a little bit on their background for the cameras. Wayne, er, Frank tells us that as the producer and star of Divas, he's worth about $8 million. In his show he does all sorts of ladies, er, we mean he impersonates all sorts of ladies, mostly Joan Rivers but for this episode he did a special stint as Patti. And is it wrong that we prefer Frank's Patti to the real Patti? He's had less work than her, not that he's all natural, but he does look good.
Programming alert for reality TV and female impersonator fans: Vegas Diva Frank Marino is getting into the dating game. Next week's episode of Millionaire Matchmaker features the superstar Diva looking for love.
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Over the weekend we spotted a Vegas cab advertising Steve Wyrick's show and figured some ad manager missed the memo, being that his Miracle Mile Show disappeared in 2009. A double take clarified that the ad dollars were in fact well spent, alerting us to his new show at the Las Vegas Hilton. Or is there a new show?
Earlier this week, the Hilton had a page dedicated to Wyrick's new show, Ultra Magician but today that page has done a disappearing act of it's own. The show had already been pushed back at least once due to "scheduling conflicts" and was finally due to open Friday, August 5.
Wyrick still has a $54 million dollar bankruptcy filing pending over the theater that bore his name inside the Miracle Mile. Has the rug been pulled on the show for reasons relating to his financials? Issues with the show itself? Is the Hilton still sorting out its entertainment schedule? Or is this a website glitch? As of today, the Hilton's event calendar doesn't list Wyrick's show or the recently announced Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack that was set to move to the Hilton this week.
A call to the Hilton box office informed us Wyrick is set to debut Friday but will be performing weekly rather than the previously announced nightly schedule.
Steve Wyrick, Ultra Magician, opens August 5:
Where: Las Vegas Hilton Theater
Price: $21.98 - $137.50
For tickets, call 800-222-5361
or visit LVHilton.com.
UPDATE 8/4: The Hilton website now has a different page up and running for the Wyrick show. That page again indicates nightly performances at 7:30pm beginning August 5. Tix are listed at $39.95 - $125 (plus tax and service charge). We suggest calling if you really want to see the new show.
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In the face of all they do, Las Vegas tries to do its small part for the country's military men and women by taking part of it off the bottom line, sometimes by as much as 50 percent. But, discounts for the military aren't always easy to find and often require a phone call more than a quick visit online.
As Memorial Day approaches, we compiled a list of military deals to give you all the information you need at your fingertips:
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With icky W2s showing up in the mail and faux Statue of Libertys (Liberties?) popping up on street corners, hearing about a chance to buy Vegas show tickets at half-off really made us perk up.
Yelp is holding its first so-called "theatre week" in Vegas starting next week and you'll be able to grab a Yelp Seat for 50-percent off.
The good news is that the offer is valid for the show we picked as best in Vegas, Matt Goss. The bad news is that the rest of the show selection isn't quite as A list, but there are still a few that will offer good fun like Mac King, Frank Marino's Divas and Matsuri.
One of Frank's divas
We've recommended hitting up Frank Marino's "Divas" show at the Imperial Palace for his spot-on impressions of well, divas, we all know and love from Celine to Bette to Cher, Britney, Dolly, Whitney, Gaga and Liza. But will you want to try one of the recipes from his new cookbook, Dining with Divas? That remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, if you are a huge fan, Marino will be doing his backstage meet n' greet as usual before the show on Thursday, July 22 where he will also be signing copies of the new cookbook. The book contains over 120 photos and recipes of meals "fit for a king...or queen" and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. You can buy it from the IP box office for just $20.
Now we have a tough decision to make---should we buy Dining with Divas or Skinny Italian, the cookbook from "Real Housewife" Teresa Giudice? Decisions!
The Dining with Divas cookbook signing will happen this Thursday, July 22 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Imperial Palace Theater Showroom on the third floor.
Cher. Officially amazeballs.
Finally! It’s time for our Divas Las Vegas review. We went to thepremiere last Thursday* to see Frank Marino get his second slab on the Walk of Stars and caught the show in all its feather boa-ed glory.
Now we love drag, we love filthy jokes and we love cheesy pop, so we knew we were going to enjoy this. And it didn’t disappoint.
The show is built as a revue. Marino acts as the MC, and comes onstage to introduce each act. He’s done up as Joan Rivers to start with, and tells some spectacularly filthy jokes; then for each of the “singers”, he comes onstage in a different outfit, tells a couple more jokes and hands over to the performers – of which we counted seven, covering 13 artists. You get your Bette Midler and your Dolly Parton, your Whitney Houston (old style) and your Shirley Bassey, but there are also young ones – Beyonce doing Single Ladies, Madonna’s latest incarnation, Circus-era Britney and Lady Gaga.
And they’re spectacular. The physical resemblance to each is – for the most part – uncanny, their dance routines are spot on and their impersonations are incredible. Our favorites? Britney, obvs, Celine (“at the price you should have paid at Caesars”, as Marino says), Cher (complete with bum tattoo) and Liza Minnelli, who was faultless. The set is skeleton, and there are only a few dancers to jazz it up, but the impersonations are so good that you don’t notice for a minute.
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Starting to feel a bit sorry for Frank Sinatra here. Not only has Matt Goss nicked his singing kudos, what with all the “new Sinatra” quotes flying around, but now Frank Marino has eclipsed him on the Strip’s Walk of Stars.
Marino opened his drag show Divas Las Vegas last night at the Imperial Palace (when we say “opened”, we mean “officially opened” – it’s been in previews since October), and to celebrate, official Vegas peeps presented him with a slab for the Walk of Stars to go outside the casino.
Not bad. He’s already got a star, outside the Riviera, where his An Evening at La Cage ran for a mammoth 23 years. He’s also got a key to the city (in his own words, “I swear it’s to the back door,”), and a road named after him – Frank Marino Drive (again, in his own words, “it goes both ways”).