MUSIC DIRECTOR OF “PHANTOM” OPENS NEW SONG & DANCE SHOW AT THE PLAZA

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF “PHANTOM” OPENS NEW SONG & DANCE SHOW AT THE PLAZA
High Kicks and High Spirits Delight Audiences at the GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE

Las Vegas audiences of all ages will stand up and cheer when the GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE opens at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on November 3rd, 2012. Created by long-time “Phantom” performers Jonathan and Marisa Gorst, this gem of a show features the talent of seasoned Broadway and Las Vegas Strip performers in a quick-paced parade of song, dance, and comedy. Drawing inspiration from the vaudeville theater of the early 1900s, the GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE delights in gags and chuckles liberally peppered throughout a sequence of top-quality performances. It’s a blend that, as Anthony Del Valle of the Las Vegas Review-Journal declared, is “bound to please.”

A belief in the merit of universally appealing entertainment drove the show’s creators to write, produce, and direct their way onto the stage in the Showroom at the Plaza. Jonathan Gorst has made his name as the Music Director of the National Tours of both “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats”, and most recently served as the Assistant Conductor in Las Vegas’s own production of “Phantom” at the Venetian. But his roots go back to Cripple Creek, CO, where he played the piano for a little show much like the one he’s produced. “There’s something truly magical about the simplicity of this show,” he says. “We’ve got one piano, a handful of actors, and a whole lot of heart and soul. There’s nothing to stand between the actors and the audience. The result is an enchanting intimacy that’s also comfortable because nothing is taken too seriously. These performers have stood on big stages across the world, but they’re not afraid of good old-fashioned pratfalls and whoopee cushions. It’s amazing how funny things get, even in rehearsals, because every piece of every act is so sincerely joyful.”

Mr. Gorst’s co-producer and wife, Marisa Paull Gorst, brings her own pedigree to the show, with a background in classical dance that saw her onstage at Lincoln Center with New York City Ballet and in Ljubljana, Slovenia with that country’s National Opera Ballet. Her most recent years were spent as part of the ballet chorus in “Phantom” at the Venetian, which brought her to Las Vegas. Joining her onstage are performers who’ve been seen in the national tours of “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Cats,” and “Singin’ In The Rain,” as well as Las Vegas Strip shows “Phantom”, “Spamalot”, “Jubilee!”, “Legends”, “Tony & Tina’s Wedding,” “Tournament Of Kings”, “Bareback”, “Best Little Whorehouse of Texas”, and many others.

With such a cast and the musically gifted Mr. Gorst on the piano, it’s no wonder that when the show previewed at Bonnie Springs Ranch this past summer the reviews were spectacular. Here’s a taste of what critics had to say:

“Surprisingly well-performed . . . a professional-level, well-sung, well-acted welcomed evening of vaudeville nonsense.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Uproariously fresh and funny” – Vegas Only Entertainment

“I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard during a show before!” – Vegas Kool

“The best part: listening to the screams of the children who kept telling each other, “I liked that part the best. No, I liked it all the best.”” – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Vegas24seven.com had a excellent time at the show!!  It  keep laughing all night long! We highly recommend GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE  to all our readers young and old!!

The GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE opens Novemeber 3rd, 2012, at 5pm in the Showroom at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, 1 South Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101. The show will run at 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. Tickets are $59.95 VIP, $49.95 adults, $19.95 children. Call 702-946-8934 for reservations, or visit www.Vegas-Revue.com. A pre-show old-fashioned sing-along begins approximately 15 minutes before curtain, featuring classics such as “Ain’t She Sweet” and “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad.” Lyrics will be provided for your convenience.

 

 

In12Days Delivers “12 Days of Christmas” to Underprivileged Students at Las Vegas and Henderson Schools

IN12DAYS DELIVERS “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” TO underprivileged STUDENTS AT LAS VEGAS AND HENDERSON SCHOOLS

Two Weeks of Surprise Gifts Bring Hope and Relief to Four Students and Their Families

This holiday season, non-profit organization In12Days will bring 12 days of inspiring gifts to rekindle joy and hope in the hearts of four underprivileged students and their families. Gifts such as scholarships, family vacations and private concerts will pop out of unexpected places for these deserving children beginning Dec. 6.

“Having been through a difficult time during the holidays after losing my husband, I was fortunate enough to have friends who anonymously gave me 12 days of thoughtful gifts that lifted my family’s spirit,” said Suzanne Lea, founder of In12Days. “Not only are we aiming to help students and families in need, we also want to bring holiday joy and impactful gifts that inspire hope and happiness.”

Following a heartwarming 2011 that benefited five families and organizations, 2012 will focus on children’s educational needs across Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City. Recipients of this year’s gifts are four future students of DJ’s Community Christian Academy in Henderson, NV, The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, Mountain View Christian School and Edward W. Clark High School in Las Vegas, NV.

In12Days seeks to recreate the 12 Days of Christmas with the following events:

Day 1 – A Partridge in a Pear Tree (Dec. 6)
A helium partridge carrying a hand-written prayer for an educational future along with an entire flock of doves will be released.

 

Day 2 – Two Turtle Doves (Dec. 7)
Mountain View Christian School Director Dr. Crystal Van Kempen Mclanahan emerges from a Papillon helicopter and presents the re-captured helium partridge from Day 1 and surprising news of being chosen as an In12Days recipient to an unsuspecting student.

 

Day 3 – Three French Hens (Dec. 8)
Students at Clark High School discover a French Hen piñata swinging from a tree in the courtyard. Upon cracking, it reveals a laptop, beanbag chair, school supplies, Brainium Gummy Vite Candies and- feathers to the delight of all.

 

Day 4 – Four Callings Birds (Dec. 9)
Phantom’s Phat Pack trio and In12Days’ founder Suzanne Lea pay a home visit to deliver news of a scholarship to The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain’s Summer Program and stay for an afternoon of high tea complete with musical entertainment and a sumptuous Smith’s basket of treats.

 

Day 5 – Five Golden Rings (Dec. 10)
DJ’s Community Christian Academy Director and students reveal a decorated apartment, five inscribed bangle bracelets and news of a scholarship to attend the Academy to the deserving family.

 

Day 6 – Six Geese A-Laying (Dec. 11)
Six Corvette drivers deliver surprises hidden in golden eggs, such as tickets for year-round hot lunches, a voucher for the school yearbook, school pictures, books, guitar lessons and a guitar.

 

Day 7 – Seven Swans A-Swimming (Dec. 12)
White Swan and two clowns from Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana whisk a Clark High School recipient out of class for a hair and makeup makeover complete with a new Cache outfit.

 

Day 8 – Eight Maids A-Milking (Dec. 13)
Ben and Jerry’s crew acts as first-day escort to scholarship recipient and surprises all DJ’s Community Christian Academy students with ice cream and waffles.

 

Day 9 – Nine Ladies Dancing (Dec. 14)
Nine dancing cheerleaders, a uniformed school band and students from Mountain View Christian School give a rousing welcome to recipient on his first day of school.

 

Day 10 – Ten Lords A-Leaping (Dec. 15)
A helicopter brings Mountain View Christian School recipient to Eldorado Canyon and Gold Mine for an afternoon of play and exploration with future classmates and 10 costumed Leaping Gold miners in ATVs.

 

Day 11 – Eleven Pipers Piping (Dec. 16)
Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Blue Man Group invite students from the recipients’ schools to an afternoon of ice skating followed by a scavenger hunt to find show tickets in hidden pipes. All In12Days recipients and their families continue their stay-cation with a dinner feast and an overnight resort stay.

 

Day 12 – Twelve Drummers Drumming (Dec. 17)
Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular and Jersey Boys cast, Cirque du Soleil and MO5AIC gather at Cirque du Soleil’s Mystére Theater at Treasure Island for a grand performance. Dedicated to all In12Days recipients and their classmates, performances include surprises such as a landslide of Dove Chocolate Promises for all.

 

For more information, latest updates and ways to provide support, please visit www.In12Days.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter (@In12Days).

 

About In12Days
In the spring of 2008, founder Suzanne Lea’s husband Bryan died suddenly of a heart attack. Nine months after his passing, Lea and her sons received the gift of “12 Days of Christmas,” based on the popular holiday song, from anonymous church friends, moving the family from devastation to a euphoria so profound that it changed their lives forever. To pay it forward, the Leas created In12Days to share the joy they felt and deliver two weeks of life-changing gifts to those in need of inspiration. The organization seeks to rekindle hope in the hearts of those who are struggling at any time of year, but especially those suffering during the holiday season.

In12Days Delivers “12 Days of Christmas” to Underprivileged Students at Las Vegas and Henderson Schools

IN12DAYS DELIVERS “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” TO underprivileged STUDENTS AT LAS VEGAS AND HENDERSON SCHOOLS

Two Weeks of Surprise Gifts Bring Hope and Relief to Four Students and Their Families

This holiday season, non-profit organization In12Days will bring 12 days of inspiring gifts to rekindle joy and hope in the hearts of four underprivileged students and their families. Gifts such as scholarships, family vacations and private concerts will pop out of unexpected places for these deserving children beginning Dec. 6.

“Having been through a difficult time during the holidays after losing my husband, I was fortunate enough to have friends who anonymously gave me 12 days of thoughtful gifts that lifted my family’s spirit,” said Suzanne Lea, founder of In12Days. “Not only are we aiming to help students and families in need, we also want to bring holiday joy and impactful gifts that inspire hope and happiness.”

Following a heartwarming 2011 that benefited five families and organizations, 2012 will focus on children’s educational needs across Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City. Recipients of this year’s gifts are four future students of DJ’s Community Christian Academy in Henderson, NV, The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, Mountain View Christian School and Edward W. Clark High School in Las Vegas, NV.

In12Days seeks to recreate the 12 Days of Christmas with the following events:

Day 1 – A Partridge in a Pear Tree (Dec. 6)
A helium partridge carrying a hand-written prayer for an educational future along with an entire flock of doves will be released.

Day 2 – Two Turtle Doves (Dec. 7)
Mountain View Christian School Director Dr. Crystal Van Kempen Mclanahan emerges from a Scenic Airlines helicopter and presents the re-captured helium partridge from Day 1 and surprising news of being chosen as an In12Days recipient to an unsuspecting student.

Day 3 – Three French Hens (Dec. 8)
Students at Clark High School discover a French Hen piñata swinging from a tree in the courtyard. Upon cracking, it reveals a laptop, beanbag chair, school supplies, Brainium Gummy Vite Candies and- feathers to the delight of all.

Day 4 – Four Callings Birds (Dec. 9)
Phantom’s Phat Pack trio and In12Days’ founder Suzanne Lea pay a home visit to deliver news of a scholarship to The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain’s Summer Program and stay for an afternoon of high tea complete with musical entertainment and a sumptuous Smith’s basket of treats.

Day 5 – Five Golden Rings (Dec. 10)
DJ’s Community Christian Academy Director and students reveal a decorated apartment, five inscribed bangle bracelets and news of a scholarship to attend the Academy to the deserving family.

Day 6 – Six Geese A-Laying (Dec. 11)
Six Corvette drivers deliver surprises hidden in golden eggs, such as tickets for year-round hot lunches, a voucher for the school yearbook, school pictures, books, guitar lessons and a guitar.

Day 7 – Seven Swans A-Swimming (Dec. 12)
White Swan and two clowns from Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana whisk a Clark High School recipient out of class for a hair and makeup makeover complete with a new Cache outfit.

Day 8 – Eight Maids A-Milking (Dec. 13)
Ben and Jerry’s crew acts as first-day escort to scholarship recipient and surprises all DJ’s Community Christian Academy students with ice cream and waffles.

Day 9 – Nine Ladies Dancing (Dec. 14)
Nine dancing cheerleaders, a uniformed school band and students from Mountain View Christian School give a rousing welcome to recipient on his first day of school.

Day 10 – Ten Lords A-Leaping (Dec. 15)
A helicopter brings Mountain View Christian School recipient to Eldorado Canyon and Gold Mine for an afternoon of play and exploration with future classmates and 10 costumed Leaping Gold miners in ATVs.

Day 11 – Eleven Pipers Piping (Dec. 16)
Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Blue Man Group invite students from the recipients’ schools to an afternoon of ice skating followed by a scavenger hunt to find show tickets in hidden pipes. All In12Days recipients and their families continue their stay-cation with a dinner feast and an overnight resort stay.

Day 12 – Twelve Drummers Drumming (Dec. 17)
Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular and Jersey Boys cast, Cirque du Soleil and MO5AIC gather at Cirque du Soleil’s Mystére Theater at Treasure Island for a grand performance. Dedicated to all In12Days recipients and their classmates, performances include surprises such as a landslide of Dove Chocolate Promises for all.

For more information, latest updates and ways to provide support, please visit www.In12Days.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter (@In12Days).

 

About In12Days
In the spring of 2008, founder Suzanne Lea’s husband Bryan died suddenly of a heart attack. Nine months after his passing, Lea and her sons received the gift of “12 Days of Christmas,” based on the popular holiday song, from anonymous church friends, moving the family from devastation to a euphoria so profound that it changed their lives forever. To pay it forward, the Leas created In12Days to share the joy they felt and deliver two weeks of life-changing gifts to those in need of inspiration. The organization seeks to rekindle hope in the hearts of those who are struggling at any time of year, but especially those suffering during the holiday season.

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF “PHANTOM” OPENS NEW SONG & DANCE SHOW AT THE PLAZA

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF “PHANTOM” OPENS NEW SONG & DANCE SHOW AT THE PLAZA
High Kicks and High Spirits Delight Audiences at the GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE

Las Vegas audiences of all ages will stand up and cheer when the GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE opens at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on November 3rd, 2012. Created by long-time “Phantom” performers Jonathan and Marisa Gorst, this gem of a show features the talent of seasoned Broadway and Las Vegas Strip performers in a quick-paced parade of song, dance, and comedy. Drawing inspiration from the vaudeville theater of the early 1900s, the GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE delights in gags and chuckles liberally peppered throughout a sequence of top-quality performances. It’s a blend that, as Anthony Del Valle of the Las Vegas Review-Journal declared, is “bound to please.”

A belief in the merit of universally appealing entertainment drove the show’s creators to write, produce, and direct their way onto the stage in the Showroom at the Plaza.  Jonathan Gorst has made his name as the Music Director of the National Tours of both “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats”, and most recently served as the Assistant Conductor in Las Vegas’s own production of “Phantom” at the Venetian. But his roots go back to Cripple Creek, CO, where he played the piano for a little show much like the one he’s produced. “There’s something truly magical about the simplicity of this show,” he says. “We’ve got one piano, a handful of actors, and a whole lot of heart and soul. There’s nothing to stand between the actors and the audience. The result is an enchanting intimacy that’s also comfortable because nothing is taken too seriously. These performers have stood on big stages across the world, but they’re not afraid of good old-fashioned pratfalls and whoopee cushions. It’s amazing how funny things get, even in rehearsals, because every piece of every act is so sincerely joyful.”

Mr. Gorst’s co-producer and wife, Marisa Paull Gorst, brings her own pedigree to the show, with a background in classical dance that saw her onstage at Lincoln Center with New York City Ballet and in Ljubljana, Slovenia with that country’s National Opera Ballet. Her most recent years were spent as part of the ballet chorus in “Phantom” at the Venetian, which brought her to Las Vegas. Joining her onstage are performers who’ve been seen in the national tours of “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Cats,” and “Singin’ In The Rain,” as well as Las Vegas Strip shows “Phantom”, “Spamalot”, “Jubilee!”, “Legends”, “Tony & Tina’s Wedding,” “Tournament Of Kings”, “Bareback”, “Best Little Whorehouse of Texas”, and many others.

With such a cast and the musically gifted Mr. Gorst on the piano, it’s no wonder that when the show previewed at Bonnie Springs Ranch this past summer the reviews were spectacular. Here’s a taste of what critics had to say:

“Surprisingly well-performed . . . a professional-level, well-sung, well-acted welcomed evening of vaudeville nonsense.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Uproariously fresh and funny” – Vegas Only Entertainment

“I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard during a show before!” – Vegas Kool

“The best part: listening to the screams of the children who kept telling each other, “I liked that part the best. No, I liked it all the best.””  – Las Vegas Review-Journal

The GRAND OLE VEGAS REVUE opens Novemeber 3rd, 2012, at 5pm in the Showroom at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, 1 South Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101. The show will  run at 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. Tickets are $59.95 VIP, $49.95 adults, $19.95 children. Call 702-946-8934 for reservations, or visit www.Vegas-Revue.com. A pre-show old-fashioned sing-along begins approximately 15 minutes before curtain, featuring classics such as “Ain’t She Sweet” and “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad.” Lyrics will be provided for your convenience.

 

Golden Rainbow Unveils Talented Lineup For 26th “Ribbon of Life” Spectacular

Golden Rainbow UNVEILS TALENTED LINEUP FOR 26th “Ribbon Of Life” Spectacular
Las Vegas Strip Cast Members and Legendary Headliners Confirmed to Perform at Local HIV/AIDS Nonprofit’s Annual Fundraiser

Golden Rainbow reveals the talent lineup for the 26th “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production taking place at 1 p.m. inside The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 24.

 

Confirmed performers include:

  • Broadway in the Hood, nonprofit theatrical program for inner-city youth

 

  • Performers from Centrifuge, one of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s illustrious bars

 

  • Chippendales, famed Las Vegas male revue

 

  • Clint Holmes, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts headliner and award-winning singer

 

  • Dancing Queen, Las Vegas headliner

 

  • Performers from David Saxe Productions, local entertainment company

 

  • Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, Las Vegas headliner

 

  • Human Nature, Las Vegas headliner and Australia’s lead pop vocal group

 

  • Jubilee!, authentic Las Vegas showgirl revue

 

  • Las Vegas City Ballet, Tara Foy’s elite ballet company

 

  • Las Vegas Deaf Theatre, local deaf entertainment group that stages unique performances for the hard of hearing

 

  • Las Vegas Men’s Chorus, community-based men’s organization that promotes acceptance and tolerance through performing arts

 

  • Mo5aic, local a cappella group

 

  • Nevada Ballet Theatre, the largest ballet and dance company in Nevada

 

  • PEEPSHOW, Las Vegas headliner

 

  • Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, Las Vegas headliner

 

  • Reva Rice and the cast of VEGAS! The Show, Las Vegas headliners

 

  • Performers from RagTag Entertainment, local entertainment company

 

  • Performers from Searcy Entertainment, local entertainment company

 

  • Showgirls Across America, U.S. kick line tour featuring Las Vegas showgirls

 

  • Spirit of the Dance, award-winning entertainment company

 

  • The Asian Pacific Performing Arts Alliance, local entertainment company

 

  • The Desert Angels Gospel Choir, world-renowned performance choir

 

  • The Las Vegas Tenors, one of the city’s most recognizable musical groups

 

  • Viva Elvis, Las Vegas headliner

 

  • X Burlesque, Las Vegas’ hottest topless revue

 

“Ribbon of Life” is one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the state of Nevada and Golden Rainbow’s main source of revenue. The fundraiser is a completely original show unlike any other in the city, featuring some of the best artists from shows on the Las Vegas Strip as well as local entertainment companies like RagTag Entertainment and the Las Vegas Deaf Theatre performing never-before-seen, one-of-a-kind acts.

 

Tickets start at $38 and are available for purchase at thesmithcenter.com, goldenrainbow.org and The Smith Center box office at 702-749-2000. All proceeds directly benefit the nonprofit’s Direct Financial Assistance and Affordable Housing programs.  Keep up with the latest news on the 26th annual “Ribbon of Life” event on Facebook or Twitter.

 

About Golden Rainbow
Celebrating 25 years of service to the Southern Nevada area, Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit www.goldenrainbow.org or call 702-384-2899.

 

Tickets For Golden Rainbow’s 26th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Spectacular Now On Sale

Tickets For Golden Rainbow’s 26th Annual “Ribbon Of Life” Spectacular Now On Sale
Local HIV/AIDS nonprofit hosts fundraising production June 24 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets for Golden Rainbow’s 26th “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production start at $38 and are now available for purchase at thesmithcenter.com, goldenrainbow.org and The Smith Center box office at 702.749.2000. This year’s “Ribbon of Life” will take place inside Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Artson Sunday, June 24 at 1 p.m.

Confirmed performers include Clint Holmes, Reva Rice and the cast of Vegas the Show!, Broadway in the Hood, Las Vegas Deaf Choir as well as the casts of Jubilee!, Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular and more.

Debuting in its new home, The Smith Center for Performing Arts, “Ribbon of Life” draws thousands of supporters each year and is easily one of the biggest shows in Southern Nevada. Last year’s spectacular included “Everything I Am” by PEEPSHOW headliner and co-star of E!’s “Holly’s World” Josh Strickland, “The Color Purple” by the cast of THE LION KING, “Footloose” by Human Nature and Clint Holmes’ rendition of “West Side Story,” which earned a standing ovation from the crowd.

Keep up with the latest news on the 26th annual “Ribbon of Life” event on Facebook or Twitter.

About Golden Rainbow
Celebrating 25 years of service to the Southern Nevada area, Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit www.goldenrainbow.org or call 702.384.2899.

Photo: 2012 Miss America Contestants Enjoy Phantom

Fifty three of the most talented, intelligent and beautiful women vying for the title of 2012 Miss America pose on stage at Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular with cast members Anthony Crivello (“The Phantom”), Kristi Holden (“Christine”) and Andrew Ragone (“Raoul”). The 2012 Miss America contestants kick-off a full schedule including preliminary competitions (interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent and evening wear), culminating in the live telecast on ABC, Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Loosbrock WJAGENCY