Billy’s Sin City Birthday

No sooner had I landed in Las Vegas when tragedy struck.  No Cinnabon!!  The airport location is temporarily closed.  Well, now we know why Adele cancelled!  I can’t speak for the songstress, but I had planned to carbo-load at Cinnabon for my entire fun-filled, four-day birthday weekend in Vegas.  Instead, I had to suffice with some hurriedly purchased Fig Newtons and dash off to see the girls of RuPaul’s Drag Race in their residency at the Flamingo.  Various alums have been part of this live show since it began in 2020.  The current cast features Derrick Barry, Kameron Michaels, Trinity K. Bonet, Jaida Essence Hall and the incredible Eureka O’Hara, with Asia O’Hara as host.  One mustn’t forget the Pit Crew which features five sexy men who are also fantastic dancers.  The production values in the Flamingo Showroom are ideally suited for this show – it’s all quite amazing.  In between the numbers, we were treated to some clever video clips featuring RuPaul herself.  Alas, some of the banter between numbers could have been better, and the show could be tighter.  But, these are minor quibbles.  If you are a Drag Race fan – and even if you’re not – it is a show not to be missed.  Grab tickets at

RuPaul shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to world domination.  Ru will be hosting a reboot of the game show Lingo for CBS.  I don’t remember Lingo, but I presume it’s some sort of a literal game – unless it’s short for “Cunni-Lingo”.  Turns out the show originally ran in 1987 and was hosted by Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan – so the bar is set pretty low.  Since the host is listed as “RuPaul Charles”, I presume he’ll be dressed as a boy.  By the by, Ru is also one of the executive producers.


As you know, Adele was unable to come up with a show for Caesars Palace that would justify the ticket price of hundreds (or, in some cases, thousands) of dollars.  Rather than just hoist herself on top of a piano and warble some ditties, she left her fans high and dry.  Around the same time, Legends in Concert re-opened at the Tropicana hosted by the legendary Frank Marino as Joan Rivers – and that’s always a cause for celebration.  As luck would have it, this incarnation of the revue stars a quartet of exceptional female singers – Tierney Allen as Lady Gaga, Janae Longo as Adele, Lisa McClowry as Cher and Elisa Furr as Celine Dion.  And they’re all fantastic!  As a gesture of goodwill, Legends in Concert is offering a limited number of free tickets to people who bought tix to the real Celine and Adele.  To take advantage of this offer, simply head on over to the Tropicana’s box office.


My last night in town was spent with a couple of legends who were also in concert – Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.   They appeared at The Orleans Showroom, and it was a great way to not only celebrate my birthday, but also celebrate their Oscar nomination.  Marilyn and Billy are featured in Questlove’s Summer of Soul, which just got an Oscar nod for Best Documentary.  As to their show…what can I say?  They never disappoint.  In addition to all of the hits, they performed several numbers from their recent Lennon/McCartney collection entitled Blackbird.  It was a great concert and the capacity audience enjoyed every second of it.


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