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WHAT'S NEW"
MARCH 2005


press release from Caesars/Bally's

"This is a good opportunity to let you know how pleased I was to be working here through the month of March. It's a particular kick for me to be able to go to a show producer and say, "You know, Roy Orbison did a heck of a recording of 'Danny Boy'. Don't you think there's room to do it for a few days around St. Patrick's Day?"
Management went for the idea again and I sang the tune all week here in Atlantic City. One of the factors that made the idea an easy sell was the acoustic guitar talent of Dean Simmons. Dean is doing a bang-up job filling in for Steve Fairchild as Garth Brooks for a few weeks. He handles his Takamine very well, and I asked him if he would consider playing the piece with me on stage. With a bit of musical consultation from Dave Lawrence (our Lionel Richie) as scribe making sure we had all the chords right, "Garth" returned onto the stage at my introduction to strum the soulful chords of that Irish weeper. The crowds were most appreciative. Thanks for the assist, Dean!" ...
Brian

Read more about this show at the Claridge Palace Theatre
of Bally's Casino in last months column
January/February 2005, link at bottom


Yes, time flies. There are only a few weeks left of Brians engagement here before he has to move on to his next gig for the summer. Included last month were some tidbits about Atlantic City's place in history - the famous boardwalk, the Miss America pagents, and it's tie-in with the beloved game "Monopoly". In the late 70's the casinos started building, and the old seaside resort town was changed forever.
Before Brian has to leave, how about a quick look at something big that predates all the above?...there is no way our resident (OK, temporary-resident) history buff could miss this bathing beauty... click on those eyes at left


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EXTRA! EXTRA!.

Read what the Atlantic City newspaper had to say about that show


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WHAT'S NEW"
APRIL/MAY/JUNE 2005

Brian's last night of his January through April run at "Legends in Concert" in Atlantic City rolled around all too soon. He was on the road the very next day to a new gig...




He sent a positively glowing note in from the"Palmetto Country" of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - and his first few weeks with the new show "Tribute" - plus, news that the phone has been ringing with some great new dates for later this year!


"The newest Calvin Gilmore production in town is a great place to work. Gilmore is responsible for the long-running "Carolina Opry" just down the highway a few miles and has long been considered the originator of first class entertainment here in the area known as the Grand Strand. The folks making Tribute happen every night (except Sunday) are a dedicated bunch of professionals, and as a sidelight, they are very nice people, too. Absolutely everything possible has been done to make my appearing here go smoothly, from the polished band to the amazing lighting array. We're just a few blocks from the beach and close to all the activities one would expect to find in a major resort town.

.....link
There are writeups on many of the "Tributes" artists
on the theatre website.

All of the performers in the current cast are people I have heard of in my years in the business, but have not worked with until now. Tom Bongiorno is a fine Neil Diamond; Mitch Adams is an upbeat and talented Elton John; Roz Thomas is very much enjoyed in her role as Diana Ross; Daryl Wagner is the very embodiment of Liberace and plays the heck out of that piano every night; and Johnny Fortuno has an impressive resume working as Elvis.

By now, you've seen the latest "SHOWS" page with news of Labor Day weekend in Galveston, Texas. This will be a great chance to work with old friend Pete Alden and give another part of the country an opportunity to see our Roy and Elvis show. Click on the link on that page and get a look at the beautiful venue. We're really looking forward to the shows there!

The weather is gorgeous, so if you are a golfer, or if you are a lover of the best seafood around, come pay us a visit. I'm sure you'll have a great time, and we can head out after the show to my favorite all-night pancake house for a little caloric indulgence and a chat about Roy. See you soon!"

All the best, Brian


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Even if you have never been here, you may be more familiar with Atlantic City, New Jersey than you realize. Right in the center of all the fabulous Vegas-glitzy casino hotels along the beachfront (and next to Bally's where Brian is appearing) is the venerable Civic Auditorium, home since 1921 of the "Miss America" pageant. And remember all those hours you spent playing "the world's most popular board game" Monopoly, with Park Place, Ventnor, Atlantic and Pacific Avenues?...all named for real streets here in Atlantic City. There's a posh plaza at the intersection of (where else!) Boardwalk & Park Place; and The Boardwalk is still real boards, miles of it.........(close)






Not quite the kind of somber historical site Brian usually visits,
and no, the apartment inside Lucy is not where he is staying,
but you know he would if he could !

credit for Lucy's photographs goes to
Mr & Mrs J. Schempp of Massachusettes


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California has three story high doughnuts and giant Burger-boy Bob, Route 66 once sprouted oversized teepee "motels", Washington State still has gas stations housed in giant teapots...but Atlantic City has the Grandaddy (or Grandma) of all quirkyness.

Dubbed a "zoomorphic" building, you cannot miss
"Lucy the Margate Elephant", all six stories of her (with living quarters).

For a clearer idea of just how big six stories of elephant is, the wrought iron fence surrounding her is over eight feet tall.

Click on her photos to read more.