Lunching With The (Vintage Vegas) Stars

In Christine on The Scene by Christine McKellar

Nevada Opera Theatre Presents Star Studded Salute with ‘Vintage Vegas’ Show

In the mid-80s ballroom dancing was the rage. Even Madonna capitalized on the hot trend with her 1990 hit “Vogue.”  The public’s passion for posing, dipping, styling and swaying waned in the 90s when a new generation took over the charts and nightclubs with the Macarena, then moved on to Hip Hop and Gangnam Style dancing.

In 2005, “Dancing with the Stars” first aired on ABC  and celebrity contestants brought the likes of the Samba, the classic waltz, the Jive, the Paso Doble, the Tango and the Cha-Cha-Cha back to life and into millions of enthralled television viewers’ homes.

Nevada Opera Theatre Association (NOTA), spearheaded by Eileen Hayes, is resurrecting the song, dance, and comedy of the star-studded comedian in blue jacketVegas of yore with a “Vintage Vegas” afternoon soiree and show at the Italian American Club on Sunday, May 18, 2014. A buffet luncheon will be followed by a Las Vegas celebrities show featuring many of the original celebrities that delighted audiences in the glamorous heydays of Las Vegas.

Among the scheduled “nostalgia pack” are impressionist Rich Little,comedian in red sweater comedians Pete Barbutti and Steve Rossi, singer Don Cherry of “Band of Gold” fame, pianist Magnificent Mafalda, songstress Pia Zadora, showgirl Cindy Doumani (Honorary Chair of the event), dancer Tempest Storm, Joe LaVigna, the Singing Chef and Copa girl, Ruth Gillis.

A rare feature video will be shown of the late Allen King along with a video, produced by tribute artist Wes Winters, of local artists who represent the famous Rat Pack, Elvis, and Liberace.

Prominent hotel and casino moguls who were pivotal in creating some of Vegas’ most time honored entertainment venues will be on hand including: Burton Cohen, former President of the Desert Inn; Morris “Arthur” Shenker, Jr., of the Dunes; and renowned jazz and Vegas show producer, Maynard Sloate.  Actor Adam West (Batman) is included in the celebrity guest roster.

“Vintage Vegas” begins at noon with a reception and silent auction followed by The Vintage Vegas Buffet in the ballroom at 1:15 p.m.  Pianist Joe Darro and Friends will entertain during the luncheon.

The Las Vegas Celebrities show begins at 1:45 p.m. Topping off the event  will be performances from the NOTA Soloists who will represent Las Vegas former guest artists Pavarotti, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Giorgio Tozzi, and Leontyne Price.

This classic event won’t be aired on national television.  NOTA is bringing the wit, the charm, the talent, the glitter and grace of vintage Vegas alive and in true living color right to the table. Book now for an intimate afternoon with the real stars of fabled Las Vegas.- Christine McKellar


Ticket prices are $110 per person; $1,100 for a table of 10 for the general public and can be reserved by calling 702-762-4110702-762-4110 or by email to Eileen Hayes at:

Members of the Italian American Club can purchase tickets for $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 by ordering online at: