Musical Arts Scholarship Program
MUSICAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The goal of our new monthly newsletter is to keep you updated about our regularly scheduled stage shows which serve as fundraisers for our organization. We are proud to have a
90+% audience return rate. Put another way: nearly everyone who comes to see one our shows, comes back to see another. Some people have seen just about all of them, saying it's the best entertainment bargain in town. Even better, there are special discount rates for seniors, groups and season passes. Children under the age of 18 are always admitted free.
These productions are presented at the historic and beautifully refurbished Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara Avenue, one Sunday each month at 4 pm. We strongly suggest making dinner reservations for after the show as the club was recently voted "Best of Las Vegas", the annual Review-Journal poll, for Italian food.
For those who have not yet seen our shows, musical director Frank LaSpina has created a series of productions for which he coined the term "stage biographies", telling the life stories of legendary entertainers not only through their songs but, drawing on his longtime experience as a TV producer, also with a video presentation, seen on giant screens on either side of the stage,
containing many rare photos and film clips of the artist. Frank's copious research invariably delivers any number of surprised "I didn't know that!" moments from the audience.
Last year's celebrity subjects included: Dean Martin, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Karen Carpenter, Frankie Laine,
Neil Diamond, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
Now, here's what you've missed, so far, this year......
JAN 11th: ELVIS, the stage biography
Celebrating the King of Rock 'n' Roll's
80th birthday, Frank LaSpina donned some very authentic Elvis togs (that did not include the cliche jumpsuit) for a show backed up by premier bass player Bob Sachs, outstanding guitarist Keth Neal and making her professional debut on drums, 22 year old Angie LaSpina. Elvis fans went home happy!
FEB15th: BACK TO BACHARACH
The father-daughter performing duo of Frank (on piano) and Angie (once again on drums) played and sang two dozen of Burt's incredible 73 Top 40 tunes, strung together with the often amazing stories of how these songs became iconic hits. Those who paid as much as $400 to see Burt in person a couple of weeks earlier, said this show compared well to that and at a minuscule fraction of the ticket price!
MAR 15th: "REMEMBERING ROBERT: a celebration of the life and songs of Robert Goulet"
Veteran Las Vegas entertainer Glenn Williams fulfilled a lifelong dream with this stirring salute to his boyhood idol, the vocalist who inspired Glenn himself, to become a singer, Robert Goulet.
At the piano, the best in the business, Vincent Falcone who, for many years, conducted for Robert. On bass, again, Bob Sachs, and playing drums, Robert's own drummer, Santos Savino.
This show was so well-received, it was chosen to be our debut performance at the Smith Center, October 25th. (That's a Sunday at 2 pm, in the Jazz Caberet Room)
APR 12th. TONY BENNETT: the stage biography
Frank's first voice teacher, the dean of Cleveland vocalists, Vince Mastro, flew into Las Vegas for this tribute to the timeless Tony Bennet. The amazing 80 year old, who sings like someone less than half his age, wowed the audience.
Vince, also a PGA golf pro was thrilled when one of his idols, singer and golfer extraordinaire, Don Cherry and his lovely wife, film actress Francine York, attended the show. Look for this show to be reprised at the Smith Center in 2016.
MAY 17th THE BEATLES BASH
An ensemble show featuring twelve of our top student performers, including some young talents making their debut with us: LaShai Reid, Nick Hampton and Nick Batton. Paul Terry, who has played the Ed Sullivan role in the long running Las Vegas hit show, "Fab Four", kicked off the proceedings with his dead-on Sullivan impression, to everyone's amusement.
JUN 14th. JOHNNY CASH: the stage biography
Johnny Cash fans were unanimous in their raves for Frank as The Man in Black. Joining Frank for the duet of "Jackson" was Aubrey Williams (the aforementioned Glenn's daughter). Then her 9 year old brother, Jack, got in on the act with " Daddy Sang Bass"
Dancing a couple of number were teenagers Haleyann Hart and Danya Diaz. These kids, as the saying goes, "stole the show". A highlight for many, being that the show fell on Flag Day, was Frank's recitation of "That Ragged Old Flag". More than a few people were seen dabbing at tears in their eyes.
JUL 12th. DIANA ROSS: the stage biography
Student performer, Bre Lawrence, received a well-deserved standing ovation for her uncanny recreations of Diana Ross's biggest hits. Curtis Davis, of Starmaker Records, who worked with Ross in her Motown days, beamed, "That girl did Diana proud!".
Denise Rose, widely regarded as the definitive Judy Garland act, was flabbergasted to learn the star of pthe show was a student. She assumed Bre was a professional Diana Ross impersonator. Here's another show to look for at the Smith Center next year!
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