Originally established for my 2006 Birthday Bash this has evolved into a spot to save my Vegas related experiences and comments, all in a "small potatoes" tone. Posts with TR Snippet in the title report experiences on a trip to Vegas. The link collection at the top right is also an excellent resource to learn about Vegas. Comments welcome.
Those of you who have been avoiding this site due to the emotional disturbed moderator might like to know that Gene is gone and replaced by Rhoda, a most wonderful woman. Give the site a second chance.
Here is a clip from the latest Claire Voyant newsletter.
Odd she did not mention his work at Toast of the Town at Sam's Town which I see everytime I am in Vegas.
On Thursday, the 12th, the June gathering of the F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) folks will take place at the Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara Avenue. The special guest speaker for this month will be Bill Fayne. Bill has been musical director of more than 50 theater productions, operas, and television shows over the past 40 years, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Atlanta, Georgia; Buffalo, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and Delaware Symphony Orchestras. As an arranger, he has worked with Clint Holmes, Suzanne Somers, Gloria Loring, Ann Jillian, Hal Linden, Mickey Rooney, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Bill's TV credits include various Bob Hope specials, Dick Clark productions, The Tonight Show, The Joan Rivers Show, and many others. His musical association with Clint spans 33 years, and their friendship goes back to college where they first met. They have traveled the world, making music, creating shows, and sharing wonderful experiences. Together, Bill and Clint have created production revues for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, as well as their recent and current shows in Las Vegas. They appeared at Harrah's Las Vegas from 2000 thru 2006. Bill spent 10 summers in Monte Carlo as Music Director of the famed Sporting Club. He conducted and co-created (with Jean-Pierre Reggiori) 16 shows for full orchestra, and a cast of 25 singer/ dancers. In past years, he has written the theme song for the NBC TV series, Jennifer Slept Here and Ann Jillian, and has composed music and written special material for the stage and television. He has been involved as either musical director, production director or creator of award-winning stage shows in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, as well as internationally. Bill is currently performing around the world with the group he created called Voices 3 Las Vegas. In the past two years, he has produced and Musical Directed Les Miserables, Company, Putting It Together, It's a Grand Night for Singing, A Love Story, Showstoppers, Guys and Dolls, Bill Fayne & Friends Celebrate Rodgers and Hart & Hammerstein Too!, Bill Fayne & Friends Celebrate Stephen Sondheim, Bill Fayne & Friends Celebrate The Golden Age of Movie Musicals, and The Book of Merman. He continues to create new shows and performances in Vegas and across the United States. In addition to Bill Fayne sharing show business stories with the group, the afternoon attendees are also treated to a great buffet, live music by Gary Anderson and the Malcontents and camaraderie with interesting people. The cost of all this fun and food is $25 per person (cash or check only - no credit cards). Doors to the IAC open at 11:30 a.m. RSVPs to Nonclubclubfiore@aol.com are a must. The non-club club F.I.O.R.E. is not for everyone. Before committing yourself to any of the events, it is suggested that you visit: http://nonclubclubfiore.com/about-u/. CAPISCE?
As for busy Bill Fayne, on Saturday, June 14th, it's Fayne & Friends presenting The Book of Merman at the happening Viva Las Vegas Event Center. Ethel Merman was the last of her kind: a grand talent with equally immense vehicles to showcase her clarion voice and impeccable comic timing. Merman sang into her mid seventies. In her sixties she performed here at the Flamingo Hotel. It was like a happy earthquake had hit Las Vegas. Fayne's show recreates the music from Merman's Las Vegas show, and recalls stories and the great music spanning her long illustrious career. Created by Bill Fayne, in addition to him being at the piano and singing some of those iconic songs, the upcoming production of The Book of Merman will feature two different and equally talented 'Ethels'...Kellie Wright and Jimmy Emerson. The show time is from 8 to 11:30 p.m., followed by Celebrity Open Mic. The doors open at 7 for cocktails, with tickets priced at $15 online at vivalasvegaseventcenter.com, or at the door. A varied and reasonably priced dinner and appetizer menu is available. The Viva Las Vegas Event Center is located on the Strip at 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. So. Call (702) 384-0771.