CeeLo Green Stars in New Las Vegas Show ‘Boombox’ at Westgate Las Vegas

At this stage of his prestigious career, CeeLo Green compares himself to the late host of “The Twilight Zone” and recalls being hung upside down while playing the piano at the MGM Grand Garden.

The two carry an explanation as Green prepares for the ’90s revival “Boombox” at Westgate Las Vegas’ International Theater.

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“The best way for me to describe my role on this show is that I’m the show’s Rod Serling,” says CeeLo, unearthing the name of the host of the thriller series, which originally aired from 1959 to 1964. “It’ll be like he’s in ‘The Twilight Zone,’ and I kind of host him.”

But instead of scary and disturbing stories, we’ll have CeeLo singing, dancing and joking with her co-stars, Tone Loc, Kid ‘n Play, JJ Fad and Thea Austin of Instantaneous. The artists will collaborate on each other’s successes in production and, as Green promises, “we’ll be full of surprises.”

The show opens Wednesday after just two days of rehearsals at the International.

But getting this new show ready quickly isn’t Green’s first bold artistic move. During the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, the recording star slowly spun around with her crystal-covered piano while playing a medley of “Crazy,” “Bright Lights Bigger City” and “Forget You.”

It was a moment that lives on forever in Vegas awards show history. Having attended and covered this show, I have long wondered what this Cirque-style performance felt like.

“It was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Green says. “I couldn’t have done it alone. I did it with the support of Atlantic Records, to support the Billboards. They believed in the idea, and it was an expensive idea.

And Green admits, “I was doing everything my way at the time.”

Green has shown an affection for Vegas, on and off the stage. Nearly a decade ago, he headlined “Loberace,” inspired by Liberace (himself a great, sometimes airy pianist) at Planet Hollywood Resort. He also performed Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace (now closed) in July 2017. A planned residency at the Flamingo Showroom for 2020 was set at 16 dates, then cut in half, then cut entirely during COVID-19.

“I’m so excited to be back in Vegas for another residency,” Green said. “Vegas has really embraced me in a really special way, and it’s a very special place.”

Green says he will check out some of the residency productions on the Strip, Sonic Silk and Bailiff at Dolby Live among them. Bruno Mars paid tribute to Green from the piano, a quick take of “Forget You”. It’s not a segment that many are familiar with unless you’ve seen the show, because Mars and Anderson Paak order the phones in pouches.

Even Green didn’t know about the tribute until I told him about it.

“Oh wow. I had no idea. That’s awesome,” Green said. he’s like my little brother. He’s family. I support him too.

Green then became the emcee he will be at International.

“I say, save your coins and support us all,” he says. “Go see my brothers, but definitely come to ‘Boombox’ and soak it all up! We’ll be ready for a show.

Not alone in your nightmare

Duran Duran added two shows at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on October 30 and 31. They’re going full-scale, in the Halloween mood, encouraging fans to dress up and go wild. But you gotta love the property’s disclaimer, “Costume subject to Wynn Las Vegas and Nevada Gaming Control Board restrictions.”

To quote Coach Calhoun in “Grease”, played by the late Sid Caesar: “Keep it clean, keep it clean”.

‘And now?’

It’s the title of by Kevin Hart Concert film from 2016, and also a question to ask about his plans for the Vegas stage. The comic book and movie star actor toured Resorts World with the property president Scott Sibelle Last week. So look for him (Hart) to headline the theater. Details to come.

And more comedy…

Rita Rudner are planning an October appearance at the Stirling Club. Rudner has a long headlining history on and off the Strip, with stints at the Riviera Comedy Club, his own theater in New York-New York, Harrah’s Showroom and The Sands Showroom at The Venetian. She also performed at Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort.

Rudner was a favorite of late New York-New York President Felix Rappaport. His theater was directly under the Manhattan Express, and the clatter of roller coasters rattled the hall’s hollow pillars every three minutes. This did nothing to improve Rudner’s stand-up act, so Rappaport ordered the room soundproofed and its pillars filled with sand. The cost was $1 million and allowed Rudner to perform for the next six years.

Observation of Rear Admiral Todd

Brett Loudermilk, an original member of “Opium” at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, deftly transitioned to a co-hosting role on “Mad Apple” in New York-New York. Loudermilk’s sword-swallowing Rear Admiral Todd was a highlight in “Opium,” but was deemed unnecessary in the show’s recent rewrite. Her last night on Starship OPM3 was July 28. A good pickup for Cirque here, similar to an NFL team finding a star on the waiver wire. And, the Waiver Wire would be a nice act in my own production of Strip. But I digress…

LMS to Area15

I once walked out of a performance of “Little Miss Nasty” in Hooters (now Oyo) with two broken ribs. True. Of course I walked in with two broken ribs, recovering from a slip and fall on a wet Vegas sidewalk during a monsoon two years ago. Then I was invited to a chair on stage for an “LMS” number and, in short, I aggravated the injury. A small price to pay, really.

That’s it to announce that the adult review will perform at 9 p.m. on November 19 at the gate at Area15. It will be a “substantial production update” from previous incarnations of the series, says producer Marc Jordan. “It’s always been difficult to put LMN in a box, so we’re putting it in The Portal.” GA tickets start at $19.95. Head over to area15.com for more information and, as always, be prepared.

That Rolex moment

The story of the tourist who said his $45,000 Rolex watch was stolen after meeting a woman in a Wynn Las Vegas hotel room on Saturday night brought to mind a similar story from around a decade ago. . John Popper of blues traveler chronicled a similar saga in March 2014, after a turbulent night in Mandalay Bay. The blues-harmonica legend lost $2,500 in cash and his Rolex Presidential, for which he paid $19,500.

Popper came away feeling lucky and told you sincerely, “A hotel security guy said 90% of prostitutes don’t have sex; they just covered the guy up and put them to bed. I do not know if that’s true. Maybe he was just trying to make me feel better.

In May, the last time we saw Popper, at the opening of the Sand Dollar Downtown, the suspect had never been arrested.

Cool Hang Alert

police experience, which you might deduce is a tribute to the police, plays Saturday at 8 p.m. at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid. Across the valley, Station Casinos continues to provide high quality live entertainment with no entry fees. Guests must be 21 years or older. Learning the lyrics to “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” is recommended, but not required.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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