Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday)
Magic wedding draws big Vegas scene
YOU run into the stars of “Pawn Stars” on your way to say hey to Flavor Flav. There’s guitar great DJ Ashba. … Wait, is that Pauly Shore at the cold-cuts station? And is that Paul Shortino, working up the vows?
This was the scene at “Magic” Murray Sawchuck and “Crazy Girls” showgirl Dani Elizabeth’s very Vegas wedding. The nuptials, and also production show, played out Tuesday afternoon and evening at Plaza Showroom. It was a time to toast the newly married couple, the bubbly crowd and hotel CEO Jonathan Jossel. The result was what many guests in attendance said was the party of the year in Vegas (and this is no small statement, given our city’s recent wedding history).
A total of 380 people spilled into the regal room, most from the Vegas entertainment community. Sawchuck’s sidekick at Laugh Factory at the Trop, Doug “Lefty” Leferovich, was best man. “The List” on ABC Producer Alexandra Flahive, Dani’s sister, was maid of honor.
Shortino, the powerhouse vocalist from Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot and Raiding the Rock Vault, was officiant. Walter F. Zick, the grandfather of Shortino’s wife, Carmen, was an architect for the original Union Plaza and its showroom.
Around the horn, we had DJ-Jbray (who has worked the Emmy Awards and all around town) and the Zowie Bowie Wedding Band as the recruited entertainment; Marklen Kennedy (“Gigolos,” “Labor of Love” producer); Peter Lenkov (creator/ producer of “Hawaii 5-0,” “McGyver” and “Magnum P.I.”); Duane Clark (the son of broadcast legend Dick Clark); J.D. Scott (“Property Brothers”); Emmy Award-winning set designer Andy Walmsley with his wife, Amy; singers Jaime Lynch, Michelle Johnson and Sina Foley; Vegas artist Michael Godard (whose Raiders-themed work is featured at Allegiant Stadium); the “Pawn Stars” team of
Austin “Chumlee” Russell, and Rick and Corey Harrison; singer Toby Beau (who recorded the 1978 hit “My Angel Baby,”); Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin; “Purple Reign” star Jason Tenner; Notoriety Live proprietor Ken Henderson; veteran hypnosis headliner Anthony Cools; Vinny “Vin A.” Adinolfi of Bronx Wanderers; Jimmy Denning of Tenors of Rock; Vegas comic actor and impressionist John Di Domenico; cast members from “Fantasy,” “Crazy Girls,” and “Sexxy,” and that show’s creator, Jennifer Romas.
The event was further peppered with Vegas starlings: Dani’s engagement ring came from Gold & Silver Pawn, the setting for “Pawn Stars.” Both wedding bands were from famed Vegas bauble emporium Tower of Jewels. The cake was a replica of Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding cake from their 1967 ceremony at the Aladdin. Also, Sawchuck drove his 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix, the car in which his parents, John and Arlene Sawchuck, brought him home from the hospital the day he was born. The magician wore his late father’s Elco wristwatch (with the famous Air Flex band) from 1947.
The showroom buzzed with good energy (not dulled by a version of “Viva Las Vegas” performed by Chris Phillips, Michael Shapiro and yours truly). Dani said it was “a truly magical day.” Sawchuck said he was “honored and shocked” at how many folks turned out.
Three wise men
Call this a tease to an upcoming column, but Human Nature is going to be a threeman act in Vegas. Andrew and Mike Tierney and Toby Allen are headlining a Christmas show at South Point Showroom on Dec. 17-19. Original member Phil Burton is living just outside of Sydney, and the band plans to continue on as a three-man act while touring with Burton next year in Australia.
Society of Two
Martin Nievera and special guest Travis Cloer are appearing at M Pavilion at the M Resort at 8 p.m. (doors at 7) Saturday. Nievera still draws a strong locals crowd, and Cloer is also a Vegas favorite. This is the first time the two have performed together.
Cloer spent eight years with “Jersey Boys” in Las Vegas and has since crisscrossed the city in headlining gigs. Nievera is a veritable legend in his native Philippines and has a strong Vegas lineage. His late father, Bert, once sang with the great Society of Seven variety act in Vegas showrooms and lounges.
Usher pre-show to return
We have it on good authority that Usher’s “Backstory Pass” pre-show is going to return, in full form, when the superstar headliner is back at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace from Dec. 28-Jan. 1.
Cool Hang Alert
The Baritones of Love fourman vocal group is shaking the ceiling at The Nevada Room at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. This is the low-tone comedy stylings of Enoch Augustus Scott of “Zombie Burlesque,” Randal Keith of “Les Miserables,” “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,” David Villella of “Vegas! The Show” and Carnell “Golden Pipes” Johnson of VGK national anthem fame. Scott says the guys sing “everything from Frank Sinatra to Josh Groban.”
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