Restaurants and bars are open. Entertainment is back with the 25-foot entertainment moat. But the invisible thingy in the air is wreaking havoc and covid-19 cases are soaring, so here are a few things you can safely do for FREE.
Cats the play
During the early days of the national lock down this spring, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber graciously shared his musicals on YouTube. Every week-end there was a different one. Cats was one of them.
I watched mesmerized. As you, my loyal readers know, I love musical theater. I had seen this show live in New York back in the day. But the April YouTube show raised my spirits in a dark and scary time.
Friday night the third national touring company of the show is reuniting after 34 years. They live part of the live stream starts at 5 pm our time but the show will be available for watching through Tuesday.
These actors are not going to perform the play. Instead they are going to do the Cats songs their way.
In addition to the show’s signature song “Memory,” there is a new song just for Halloween called “The Naming of Cats.“
Cats4Covid Relief Fund is part of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids organization. The goal is to raise $10,000 to help unemployed actors and musicians in both New York and Las Vegas.
But of course you can watch for FREE. Go to broadwaycares.org/catsbenefit to watch.
P.S. There is a Las Vegas connection. Randy Slovacek, who played Magical Mr. Mistoffelees, is reprising the role. Jack Gaughan, who was the conductor for both “Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacle” at the Venetian and “Chicago” at Mandalay Bay, is part of the musical team. And Jay Alger, who conducted “The Lion King” at the Mandalay Bay, is the music director for the live stream.
Yep, we Las Vegans are always ready to help out!
The “On With the Show” Telethon
Of all the things I am missing during the pandemic, live entertainment ranks No. 1 in my book. That’s why I moved to Las Vegas two decades ago!
Surprise! This city’s entertainers are feeling the same way. They miss us too. So in true civic spirit, they are doing something about it.
Keith Thompson produces the Composers Showcase of Las Vegas. This was a monthly show at the Smith Center’s Myron’s Cabaret Jazz showroom. The format allowed local performers to present their newest work. After awhile, it became one of the hardest tickets to get after Hamilton.
Thompson has organized the “On With the Show” telethon. It runs from 6-9 pm Friday and 6-midnight Saturday, Sunday and Monday. All the performers will be struttin’ their stuff live one by one at AV Vegas‘s production studio.
You can see all the performances FREE at thecomposersshowcase.com.
Everybody who is anyone in Las Vegas entertainment is scheduled to perform. Here are some of my favorites:
- Broadway in the Hood
- The Bronx Wanderers
- Travis Cloer
- Philip Fortenberry
- Tyriq Johnson
- Skye Dee Miles
- David Perrico’s Pop Soul
- Murray Sawchuck
- Janien Valentine
- Eric Jordan Young
The Composers Showcase is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that helps Las Vegas performing artists and stage technicians who need financial assistance. And they surely need it now!
So if you can, enjoy both shows and try to open your wallet to help. I can’t imagine Las Vegas without live entertainment.
I did tell you this is what I miss most during our pandemic, right?
Have a great, safe and healthy week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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