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Strip star Frank Marino explains the closing of ‘Divas Las Vegas’

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Scott Roeben Frank Marino, visualized here at Imperial Palace on Sept. 30, 2010, is The Strip’s longest-running headliner.

” As some know, I have traditionally given a portion of the earnings from the sales of certain ‘Queens Las Vegas’ merchandise to the Make-A-Wish foundation. … I’m saddened to state that due to my own neglect, Make-A-Wish has actually not received a check from me for a long time,” Marino said in the statement. “I am personally embarrassed and embarrassed. I take full duty and am seriously apologetic for this situation. I have actually confirmed the figure which I would have customarily donated to them from a portion of my product sales and have provided to considerably increase that many times over.

” Make-A-Wish is an essential charity and my preferred on the planet due to the fact that it raises the hearts and spirits of kids frantically in need of happiness, comfort and empathy. I hope my mistake will not avoid others from contributing generously to this company and I pray that I will be able to deal with them for many years to come.”

Caesars Entertainment, operators of the Linq and the Mat Franco Theater where “Divas Las Vegas” was carried out 7 days a week, sent a declaration on Monday explaining that Caesars and Marino’s production company had equally accepted close the long-running show. Early Tuesday afternoon, Caesars sent an extra declaration:

” Caesars Entertainment holds itself to the greatest standards and offered the non-payment of donations to Make-A-Wish by ‘Queens,’ we identified that a relationship with this show was no longer suitable. Upon discovering and completely examining this issue, we instantly took all proper actions in reaction. Caesars took pleasure in a long, mutually successful relationship with the ‘Divas’ production team which it hoped would have continued for many more years and the show’s cancellation is due solely to these circumstances.”

Marino’s declaration continued: “Numerous other false claims have been circulated, they are unreliable; ‘Divas’ agreed with Caesars to end the production. … I personally want to state that Caesars Entertainment and the ‘Divas Las Vegas’ show have always preserved an extremely favorable and professional working relationship. I likewise wish to go on record and state that the last eight years of performing at the Linq has been nothing less than a wonderful and fantastic experience for myself and the cast.”

In a statement from Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, President and CEO Caroline Ciocca said: “While we were very dissatisfied to learn more about this situtation, our understanding is that things will be made right. We are so grateful for the numerous corporations and people in our neighborhood who support our kids by assisting us grant life-altering dreams. This circumstance will not prevent us from our mission of assisting as many kids as possible.”

Learn more about the regional chapter of the organization or donate at snv.wish.org.

Frank Marino’s ‘Divas Las Vegas’ lets you select the stars that hit the phase

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contact)Wednesday, April 25, 2018|2 a.m.

Anybody who’s seen Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” program has his/her preferred acts. It might be Larry Edwards’ now famous performance as Tina Turner, unless you prefer Edwards as Patti LaBelle, which is similarly electrical and includes flying shoes. Or possibly you enjoy Steven Wayne, who does dual queens and present Strip headliners Celine Dion and Cher. Both are likely the best impersonations you’ve seen of these stars.

If you were Marino, suggesting you have actually been a Las Vegas headliner for nearly 35 years and have actually more than made the right to call your own shots in your very own program, you ‘d have the ability to choose which divas perform which all-star impersonations every night. Incredibly, Marino is passing that responsibly on to you, his faithful audience members, as “Divas” has recently changed into what is likely the very first interactive program of its kind on the Strip.

Before each performance at the Linq’s display room, Marino goes live on Facebook to gather votes from the audience on which stars they want to see onstage that night, from Madonna to BeyoncĂ©, Woman Gaga to Dolly Parton. There are some tough options: Whitney Houston or Dionne Warwick? Too close to call. Whitney triumphed throughout my check out Saturday night and Chris Woods’ rendition did not dissatisfy.

Getting the audience involved in this manner is no simple feat considering the show’s comprehensive outfit collection and the accurate makeup and styling that enters into each celeb impersonation. However whatever steams along efficiently, bolstered by the overall skill of the cast including Marino’s backup Andrew Ryan, who delivers a bubbly Katy Perry in addition to a psychological, disarming efficiency to Charles Aznavour’s “What Makes A Man” that closes the show.

Of course, the limitless energy of the show’s star and host is continuously moving things along, whether Marino is doing his renowned Joan Rivers routine or reappearing to present the next act in one of a limitless series of magnificent gowns. After so many years on the Strip competing with larger spending plans and the biggest names in business, Marino’s battling spirit is intact and his program is naughty as ever. It’s tough to think anyone can still get laughs with Lorena Bobbitt jokes, but that’s why he’s the Queen of Las Vegas, one of a kind.

“Divas Las Vegas” is performed daily at 4 or 9:30 p.m. at the Mat Franco Theater at The Linq (3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-2782) and more information can be discovered at the linq.com.

Frank Marino’s ‘Divas Las Vegas’ handles afternoon showtimes

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Is the Strip all set for a Divas breakfast ? It much better be.

Thursday, July 6, 2017|2 a.m.

Afternoons on the Las Vegas Strip are going to get a little dirty.

Frank Marino has been headlining on the Strip considering that 1985, always in somewhat provocative productions running late into the night. That’s altering now as the superstar female impersonators of his Divas Las Vegas are introducing brand-new showtimes at the Linq hotel and gambling establishment.

“I never wished to do a delighted hour program, but for Thirty Years people have actually been asking and I lastly gave in,” states the renowned drag performer who first began impersonating Joan Rivers in Las Vegas at the Riviera in A Night at La Cage. “People have actually asked all the time over the years for this, stating that the program was so late and they want they could see it but they need to work in the morning. I didn’t wish to have to burn the midnight oil, however doing programs 7 days a week at 9:30 p.m. is a killer. So now I’m hoping we’ll get an entire new group of individuals that were never able to see the program prior to, maybe a brand new audience of locals.”

Beginning on July 10, Divas will dip into 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 4 p.m. Fridays through Mondays at the Linq Theater (discover ticket details here. Now in its 8th year at the Linq (formerly called Imperial Palace then for a brief time as the Quad), Divas currently went through an aggressive revamp in the spring. “We upgraded the whole program and we’re doing it once again to a certain level with brand-new production numbers for the new time slots,” Marino states. “We simply included Adele, Barbra Streisand, Pat Benatar as a retro number, a brand-new Madonna, a new Dolly Parton and a new opening.” Other rotating impersonated legends include Britney Spears, Liza Minnelli, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Cher and Whitney Houston.

Divas is taking advantage of the new times with new promos, including unique beverage packages and a weekend breakfast choice that wraps a meal at Harrah’s Flavors Buffet into the mix. For 5 dollars more, you can add endless Champagne to your program experience, which is quite diva-licious.

“I am delighted to not be taking on Celine and Blue Guy and all the Cirque reveals,” Marino says. “Hopefully I can make myself the king, or queen, of daytime shows.”