September 10 -16, 2004 • Vol. 24 - No. 37

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Lance Burton Put a Little Magic
in our Las Vegas Vacation

by The Blonde and The Maven
Staff Writers

The Lance Burton Show took center stage at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino. We sat in plush velvet, covered seats in the beautiful Lance Burton Theater and were entertained, enchanted, intrigued and amazed. Lance Burton recently hit the milestone of performing over 2,000 shows at the Monte Carlo.

The Louisville, Kentucky-born master magician started learning his art at the tender age of five-and-a-half years old. He was given a small magic book by a friendly neighbor, and the rest is history! Lance started performing shows for his young friends at a price of 5 cents. Don’t expect the admission to be the same price today, however! After performing for most of his life, winning numerous prestigious awards, performing for queens, presidents, television specials and shows, Las Vegas rooms, and stages worldwide, he is now an icon magician.

The show’s guest artist was the very funny and quite adorable, multi-talented Michael Goudeau. The juggling, physical comedy man adds the needed comedy touch to this show. You will love him!

The charming Lance Burton and his unique magic have truly brought back the “lost classical soul” of this art form. From magic involving birds, to cards and levitation, and disappearing and reappearing, this show has it all and is quite beautiful to watch.  Lance is always striving to keep his show new and fresh by dreaming up and bringing to reality his latest creations for generations of audiences to enjoy.

The Blonde: This show is a wonderful time for all who enter the theater. Although I consider Lance to be one of the best of our time, if he could make my ex-husband, my back pain, the 20 extra pounds around my middle or my mortgage disappear, now then, I would really be impressed!

The Maven: I agree with you! I remember enjoying Lance on “The Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson, and on his television specials.

The Blonde: Now, what exactly do you mean when you say enjoying Lance?

The Maven: Oh, I didn’t mean it in that way. That would be a whole other review! Once you get past his gorgeous looks, you realize that he is a true magician—no larger than life illusions or high-tech gimmickry. He is the real thing. He does his tricks with his sleeves rolled up. How does he do it?

The Blonde: Yeah, he just uses his pant legs instead.

The Maven: I would see his show again and rate it an A.

The Blonde:  I was impressed by how smooth, charming, wholesome and professional he was. I really enjoyed this show. I rate it an A as well, and advise everyone who visits Vegas to experience the magic of Lance Burton!


A Few Fun Shows to See While in Vegas

If you miss the “good ol’ days,” when you used to talk about the great songs, and now find yourself complaining that, “They don’t write ‘em like they used to,” then you have to see Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean Tribute to the Rat Pack at the Greek Isles Hotel and Casino. The production is a trip down memory lane, filled with fun, comedy, song and nostalgia. Joey Bishop, portrayed by the comedic genius Sandy Hackett, (Buddy Hackett’s son), steals the show. All the other portrayals were wonderful, as well. A guest appearance by the sexy Marilyn Monroe shows up later in the show, for you men. Don’t miss the Rat Pack Tribute. “They do it their way!”

The World's Greatest Magic Show" is the 2004 “Show of the Year” award-winner. This is a terrific show for the whole family to enjoy. Also, at the Greek Isles Hotel and Casino…Several talented magic artists are featured to create one fabulous magic variety show. Lots of fun…
Last but not least. Go have a visit with the amazingly brilliant, intelligent comedy of David Brenner. This is one funny man! You will not be disappointed, spending your evening laughing with David.

Before or after the show, consider having dinner at Bertolini’s, located in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace—a wonderfully delicious meal no matter what you order. The Maven loved their Caesar Salad and Chicken Parmesan, and The Blonde enjoyed their Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken. Their prices are quite reasonable. You will also experience a truly wonderful atmosphere dining in the middle of the Roman waterfalls. Tell Nick, the manager, that The Blonde and The Maven sent you!

Actors’ Playhouse Theatre Conservatory
to Offer Fall Workshops for Aspiring Actors

For those with dreams of someday performing on Broadway, or for anyone who simply desires to explore his or her dramatic side and develop skills in communication, acting, musical theatre, and confidence building, Actors’ Playhouse’s Theatre Conservatory at the Miracle Theatre can help make those dreams a reality. Actors’ Playhouse’s Theatre Conservatory is currently accepting enrollment for its 8-week Fall Session. Classes begin September 13 and will run through November 13, 2004. Classes are held during the week in the late afternoons and Saturdays.

The Conservatory offers a variety of theatrical training programs open to individuals of all ages, experience and talent levels. The Fall Session will include the following series of classes: Just Act (ages 8 –
12); Lights, Camera, Action I (ages 12 – 16); Adult Acting (17 and up); Let’s Make Believe I (ages 5 – 8); Song and Dance (ages 5 – 8); Musical Theatre I (ages 7 – 12); and Performance Workshop (ages 12 – 18). Private voice instruction and audition coaching are also available.

Actors’ Playhouse’s Theatre Conservatory offers children, teenagers and adults the opportunity to discover the many aspects of the performing arts and entertainment industries. At Actors’ Playhouse, students can hone their skills with classes in acting for theatre and camera and in musical theatre. The Conservatory classes are designed to develop an individual’s talents and skills as well as enhance his or her self-esteem, self-confidence and ability to communicate.

The Conservatory is lead by Children’s Theatre Director Earl Maulding, a 17-year veteran of Actors’ Playhouse, and the faculty is comprised of theatre professionals with undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in theatre and education. Classes are limited in size to give each student the maximum opportunity to interact with their peers and more attention and personal instruction.

Actors’ Playhouse Conservatory students have appeared in Broadway musicals, films, television shows, commercials, and other regional theatre productions. The Conservatory program has also been the seed of other performing groups like local singing sensation The Gemz.

For more information or to register for the Fall Conservatory classes, contact the Actors’ Playhouse Education Department at 305-444-9293, ext. 606, by e-mail at or visit

Singin’ in the Rain Tickets on Sale for Performances
at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 10 at noon for the Broadway musical Singin’ in the Rain at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from October 1 - November 12.

A Jersey Shore Entertainment Production, this upbeat romantic comedy is filled with dazzling dance numbers and captivating songs performed by a talented cast. Making its debut at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ, Singin’ in the Rain brings a bit of New York City to Florida.

Performances run Tuesday through Friday at 2pm and 8pm; Saturdays at 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm. All tickets are reserved and cost $25. Tickets may be subject to applicable service charges and can be purchased through all TicketMaster outlets, online at or by calling 954-523-3309 in Broward, 305-358-5885 in Miami-Dade or 561-966-3309 in Palm Beach. Event dates, details and ticket prices subject to change without notice. Discounts are available for groups of more than 40 people. Call Jenny Dreyer at 954-327-7575 for group reservations.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is located at One Seminole Way, just north of Stirling Road on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood. The ballroom is located in the north end of the building. Parking is free.

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