Mr. Las Vegas will be here this Saturday, February 9 (snag your tickets here). Before we roll out the red carpet for this incredibly talented man, let’s learn more about who he is.
A quick google search will lend us a few facts about Wayne Newton. For starters, did you know Mr. Newton’s birth name was Carson Wayne Newton? His grassroots take us back to Virginia where his musical journey began. By the age of six Newton was learning the piano, guitar, and steel guitar. When the family moved to Ohio, Newton began singing in local clubs, theaters, and fairs with his older brother. In 1952, Wayne’s severe asthma forced the family to move to Phoenix, AZ (hooray Arizona – local plug).
In the spring of 1958, toward the end of Wayne’s junior year in high school, a Las Vegas booking agent saw a local TV show, Lew King Rangers Show, on which the two Newton brothers were performing. The agent took them back to Las Vegas for an audition. The brothers were originally signed for a two week gig, however they performed for five years, doing six shows a day. By 1963, Wayne Newton was a solo act. Wayne’s break into the glamorous world of Las Vegas lead to wild success in the music industry and turned him into an icon of Las Vegas
Fun fact time:
– His signature song is “Danke Schoen”, which he nearly missed out on recording
– He’s an inductee to the Gaming Hall of Fame
– Wayne Newton has acted in 35 different movies and tv series
– Wayne has appeared in over 90 movies and tv shows as himself
– He was a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”
Come out and see Mr. Las Vegas as he graces our stage with years of talent!
February is just around the corner. The month is full of celebration, love and of course great shows. Before we know it, Valentine’s day will be here. So now is the time to pre-plan how you will celebrate this month. How about a fantastic show at the Arts Center? Yes, we think it is a brilliant idea as well.
The first weekend in February kicks off with death defying stunts, twisting contortionists. precision stunts and jaw dropping acts. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. This show is sure to be filled with traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Purchase tickets here.
The following weekend, on February 9, Mr. Las Vegas (Wayne Newton) will entertain our audience. Wayne has performed live, at last count, to more than 30 million people. He has epitomized the talent, glamor and energy that are Las Vegas. He is a master at showmanship. He sizes up audiences as he goes, tailoring shows to fit their moods, until he’s given them their money’s worth. The songs change and the show gets re-worked, but Wayne’s basic approach is the same. Wayne says, “I know what it means to save your money to go see someone perform, and I’ll work as hard as I have to, to try and make sure they enjoy it.” Purchase tickets here.
Prepare your abs for some laughing as we approach the 15th of February. The Southern 6’2” Hall of Fame speaker, Jeanne Robertson, will tickle your funny bone. Jeanne is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success. She believes that this humor attitude can be developed and improved, and she outlines how to do so while captivating audiences with funny, original stories. Purchase tickets here.
The following day, February 16, the Pushcart Players take the stage an all-new production of “Happily Ever After… A Cinderella Tale.” It is known to most of us as “Cinderella,” but they’ve named it “Happily Ever After…A Cinderella Tale.” It seems that we are never too old, nor do we ever grow tired of hearing this beloved story. Perhaps it is because it’s about overcoming adversity…about dreaming dreams and about goodness, generosity and compassion. And, perhaps because it’s also about things that can help us learn and grow, such as the unbecoming nature of bully behavior; the importance of making good choices and being responsible for the choices we make. Whatever the reasons, audiences love the music, the magic and the funny, beautiful and zany characters in our story. It’s a wondrous journey from long, long ago – to happily ever after. Purchase tickets here.
As we jump into the next weekend, don’t let those abs go soft. Emmy Award winning comedienne, Vicki Lawrence, and Mama will be here. Vicki is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation as a part of the now-legendary cast of the Carol Burnett Show. Ms. Lawrence will take the stage first. “We have designed a show that is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life.” When “Mama” takes the stage next, Ms. Lawrence says, “I think people will get a kick out of the things “Mama” has an opinion about. Where “Mama” is concerned, expect the unexpected. There’s really nothing she can’t do,” she says. Purchase tickets here.
And to finish off the month we will celebrate with a day full of food. February 26 is Eat Your Art Out Chandler. This is a community event that brings together Chandler restaurants, arts patrons and corporate sponsors for one day to show their support for the arts in Chandler. Funds from Eat Your Art Out Chandler support various programs at the Center including headline entertainment, the Free Summer Concert Series and the Connecting Kidz programs. Restaurants help by donating a percentage of their proceeds to the Chandler Center for the Arts on that day. You help by eating at one or more of the participating restaurants.
So pull out your calendar and “pencil” us in. February is bound to be a great month.