Las Vegas is home to some of the most exciting entertainment in the country; no other place in America rivals the rich history and variety of thrills located within the limits of Sin City. But just as much as people love to come and lose themselves in this modern adult wonderland, they owe the good time to a few key players in the entertainment industry who helped immortalize the city. From singers, producers, club-owners and showgirls, talented people from all walks of life helped to establish Las Vegas as the party capital of America.
While you could make a list all day long of those who contributed to the city we have today, we are going to feature one of the men who helped bring a little humility and even a little love to an industry known for being morally cut-throat! That man’s name was Dean Martin, and to this day his songs are still on the radio like his heart had never missed a beat. With so much adoration and an entire generation of fans who worshiped the wide eyed crooner, it’s no wonder Dean Martin became the first triple threat in modern entertainment by becoming a hit on television, radio and even major motion pictures.
Dean’s movie career was first centered on comedy, and that was all because of the man who helped Dean rise to fame and sat right alongside him enjoying the ride the entire time, Jerry Lewis! It was said the duo first began when they landed a gig together in Atlantic City, now it’s said they got this job due to Jerry and Dean’s expansive amateur careers: Dean had played a number of local dive bars and small clubs in Chicago due to his mafia connections, and Jerry was a comedian following suite except he happened to be in New York instead of Chicago. One day they both would catch each other performing on the same night at a popular club in New York City, and from there it was history as the two immediately began talking about putting on a show featuring the both of them. It was only a matter of time until somebody noticed what these two had, so they were given a shot at a small casino showroom in Atlantic City.
Signed to perform every night, the two put together a routine they were sure was going to be a hit. Their very first performance they were nearly booed off the stage and the producer told them if they did not come up with another act by the end of the night they were fired and done in the world of Showbiz! In one of those historic moments of things just “working out,” the two would together make a vow outside behind the casino to “Go for Broke!” They did just that, improvising a routine they had no forethought about. Dean simply started singing on stage while Jerry pretended to be a clumsy bus boy running around the showroom. The show ended with Dean pelting Jerry with dinner rolls whilst chasing him out of the showroom.
The audience couldn’t get enough, and it was said no showroom had heard so much laughter until the fateful night those two “went for broke!” After that Dean and Jerry would manage to get signed into a contract doing two movies together while being in charge of all their touring. The movies didn’t pay too much yet, but their tours are where the two raked in their millions and became national sensations. In 1956 the two went their own separate ways after Dean told Jerry “All you are to me is a money sign!”
Soon after, Dean would start his solo film career, landing a role in a more dramatic and much less profitable war film; Dean wanted to finally have a role where he was taken seriously as an actor. Also in the movie was none other than Marlon Brando, and Dean couldn’t pass up a chance to learn from one of the biggest up and coming actors of his time.
So he begged and pleaded and eventually Miramax would replace one of the lead actors with Dean, having an idea that he could potentially earn them millions of dollars through his combination of movies, music and tours. At that moment Dean Martin began his prolific solo career and the rest is quite literally history! Dean went on to create the wildly successful TV Show, “Dean Martin’s Variety Hour” on top of his membership in the most exclusive club in America, “The Chairmen of The Broads!”
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So now that you are familiar with the early career of one of Vegas’ biggest stars, don’t miss out on your chance to see Dean Martin portrayed in the only show in Vegas about Vegas! So pick up your tickets to VEGAS! the Show today and experience a little bit of history for yourself!
Get ready people, the traditional tribute show is about to be turned upside down and dropped right onto it’s head! Yep, look out, Tribute Royalty is making its way to the stage of the V Theater and let me tell you, you don’t want to miss it! Featuring some of the greatest acts to hit the stage in the last few decades, Tribute Royalty takes the traditional tribute to a whole new world of simply put, “Big!”
Showcasing some of the greatest moments and tours of three of the worlds’ best entertainers. First on the list is the King of Pop himself, undeniably the greatest star to emerge from the awesome 80’s Michael Jackson will leave you star struck as you see the star live out some of his greatest hits, right before your eyes live on stage! Experience some of the electric hits that put MJ on the map as a legend, experience the wonder that was Thriller while next enjoying Billy Jean and much more! In this show Michael Jackson is brought to life in a way you have never before seen, but that’s not the only megalithic icon to hit the stage for Tribute Royalty..
Next on the list is one of the worlds’ most controversial and outspoken artists, she has made waves across the fashion world and left old social inhibitions in shambles as she showcased outrageous themes, outfits and lyrics all in the name of free expression. Rising from the bottom to become one of the most shocking and controversial artists in decades, she still holds the throne of one of the greatest personalities the entertainment world has ever known! See her one of a kind and unique styles showcased in detail as she belts some of the hits that helped her rise to the top, this is one tribute you are never going to believe!
Last but not least is the man often considered to be the original King of Rock & Roll. The man who put Las Vegas on the map and set himself apart from other entertainers and managed to set records many believed were unreachable. Performing hundreds of consecutively sold out shows, Elvis Presley is without a doubt the greatest powerhouse to ever hit the music Industry. Setting standards and pioneering the music industries “High Profit” models, Elvis is the one who taught the world it’s possible to be the best, and get appreciated for it!
Originating many classics that helped inspire the modern music landscape we have today, Elvis was also a perfect example of how a Musician can make money in more ways than one! Starring in a number of films that ended up being foundational pieces to modern cinema, you can now see the king of rock & roll live and in a way you never thought possible (Even in Vegas!)
So don’t miss out on your chance to see this once in a lifetime tribute show putting together some of the most monumental voices the world has ever known, pick up your tickets to Tribute Royalty today!
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