Scinta show­man­ship re­turns in res­i­dency

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THE Kats! Bu­reau at this writ­ing is the South Point Show­room as

Frankie Scinta opens his week­end res­i­dency, “The Show­man.” It’s a 3 p.m. show on se­lect week­ends as Scinta has found a home af­ter opt­ing out of Plaza Show­room as “A Mob Story” loaded in.

Al­ways able to land some­where, Scinta is out now, call­ing out “Let the Good Times Roll” to open the af­ter­noon shindig.

“Hey, every­body, let’s have some fun! You only live but once, and when you’re dead you’re done!” Righ­teous. Later we’ll be watch­ing Conor McGre­gor and Khabib Nur­magome­dov beat the crud out of each other. For now, “The Show­man” is punch­ing ’em out at South Point.

Boyz II Mars

Lady Gaga has some com­pany next door for her New Year’s Eve show at the Park Theater. Bruno Mars, with spe­cial guests and Mi­rage stars Boyz II Men, head­lines T-Mo­bile Arena on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.

That show was just an­nounced. Gaga will have just launched her “Enigma” on Dec. 28; Mars has no dates on the books for Las Ve­gas other than T-Mo­bile. Both shows are listed at 8 p.m., so no count­down, but it is an­other em­bar­rass­ment of riches on the Strip.

A Stir­ling re­turn

On the topic of New Year’s Eve…

As promised, the new own­ers of Stir­ling Club at Turn­berry Place have set a party for New Year’s Eve. In­vites are out for the sneak-pre­view party for the spa-event-en­ter­tain­ment fortress at Turn­berry Place. Club op­er­a­tor Deb­bie

Kelle­her, pres­i­dent of DK En­ter­tain­ment, is hook­ing in the en­ter­tain­ers for the night (ex­pect Kelly Clin­ton-Holmes to re­turn to her one­time per­for­mance venue) and prom­ises an open bar and “very high­end ap­pe­tiz­ers.” That’s the scene for the $150-per-per­son ticket; go to mem­ber­ship@the­stir­ling­ for tick­ets and info. This is an ex­tended pre­view of the space, which is sched­uled to open next spring.

The Stir­ling Club was a prime, re­gal en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tion un­til then-own­ers

Jef­frey and Jackie Sof­fer of Turn­berry As­so­ci­ates shut the place down in May 2012. Many of those who par­tied in the club’s hey­day have since died or moved on, but those who re­mem­ber Stir­ling Club at its peak know there was nowhere like it. A real Las Ve­gas hang.

We heart ‘Nasty’

I stopped in to see a bit of light­ing setup for the new rock-and-dance show “Lit­tle Miss Nasty” at Hoot­ers’ Night Owl Show­room on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Singer/groover

Gina Ka­ton heads up the four-woman dance team, and from ev­ery­thing I ob­served and learned, this show is not quite like any­thing in town. The sound­track is su­per-ag­gres­sive, pulling from Mar­i­lyn Man­son, Korn, the harder

edges of Led Zep­pelin, Pan­tera and Rob Zom­bie. Ka­ton also per­forms to her own Gina

and the East­ern Block al­trock out­fit out of L.A., though all the songs are tracked.

“Lit­tle Miss Nasty” has had suc­cess in L.A. and tour­ing around the coun­try. It’s not topless but has a dis­tinc­tive adult tenor.

The show’s for­mat is a swift­paced, two-act set cov­er­ing about 90 min­utes. There is a brief in­ter­mis­sion, too.

“The idea is to feel like you’re at a con­cert where you drop the lights down and you can feel some loud, kick-ass mu­sic,” says pro­ducer Marc

Jor­dan, an ex-record pro­ducer who has worked with the Cult and Slash, among other rock acts. “We’re go­ing to play it lean and mean and not bite off more than we can chew.”

But we can’t rule out some bit­ing, not from this nasty cast.

More from K.T.

Keith Thomp­son elab­o­rated on the clos­ing of “The Cock­tail Cabaret” in a state­ment Fri­day, in­vok­ing the busi­ness down­turn of Oct. 1 as one rea­son the pre-din­ner, 6 p.m. show is shut­ting down Wed­nes­day at Cleopa­tra’s Barge at Cae­sars Palace.

“I think it is a mir­a­cle that we have run as long as we have at Cleopa­tra’s Barge, es­pe­cially in the un­cer­tain ‘post-Oc­to­ber One’ eco­nomic cli­mate of the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness in Las Ve­gas that has tourism pro­jec­tions down and casi­nos in­creas­ingly hes­i­tant to take risks on smaller un­proven en­ter­tain­ment op­tions,” said Thomp­son.

Em­er­ick re­mem­bered

Renowned Bea­tles en­gi­neer Ge­off Em­er­ick, who died Wed­nes­day at age 72 in Lon­don, helped fine-tune sev­eral leg­endary al­bums, in­clud­ing “Re­volver,” “Sgt. Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Abbey Road.”

Em­er­ick also had a brief but ful­fill­ing run on the Strip as pro­ducer of “Sgt. Pep­per Live” at Las Ve­gas Hilton and Paris Theater sev­eral years ago. The pro­duc­tion starred

Cheap Trick per­form­ing the al­bum end to end and cap­ping the show with a few of their own hits. The show ran at the Hilton in Septem­ber 2009 and at Paris in the sum­mer of 2010.

Em­er­ick liked be­ing in a Ve­gas show. On the fi­nal night of the pro­duc­tion at Paris, I leaned into the sound booth and shouted at him, “Are you com­ing back?” and he said, “We want to! We want to! Ab­so­lutely!” We never saw him again, but there is a DVD of that show, and it was some kinda great.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Bruno Mars will give Lady Gaga com­pe­ti­tion with New Year’s Eve per­for­mances of his own.


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