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The Man at The Piano

I had the chance to see Philip Fortenberry perform at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz room and he was incredible!! What a treat. Fortenberry is a virtuoso pianist, composer, recording artist, and associate conductor of “Jersey boys” on the Las Vegas Strip.

“The Man at the Piano,” was an intimate acoustic 75-minute cabaret-style concert. Fortenberry is a master at the piano. The show was so moving. His stories led you to each song. Fortenberry showcased his signature playing style with the music surrounding his own life story as a pianist from rural Mississippi, to becoming a sought-after Broadway pianist, a concert artist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The White House, giving command performances for royals and dignitaries such as President Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, the late Margaret Thatcher, then on to his journey to Las Vegas on the famous Strip with Broadway-Vegas shows, as the featured musical artist in residence at the Liberace Museum with his critically-acclaimed one-man show, “Liberace and Me,” eight solo CD releases, and performing numerous concerts around the U.S.

The show is produced and directed by Keith Thompson, currently musical conductor of “Jersey Boys” and co-founder of “The Composer’s Showcase” held at The Smith Center.

Both of his shows at The Smith Center sold out. There was more than one standing ovation. I think he may need his own permanent show!

"The Man at The Piano"
“The Man at The Piano”

 

Enjoy this short video clip I took with my iPhone.

Jersey Boys Las Vegas Celebrate with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio (AND… Jersey Boys film announced!)

Living in Las Vegas, we are pretty lucky when it comes to entertainment. The best of the best… and that for sure includes the hit show JERSEY BOYS.

Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Las Vegas Jersey Boys, and David Hoenemeyer. Photo: Denise Truscello/Wireimage
Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Las Vegas Jersey Boys, and Paris President David Hoenemeyer. Photo: Denise Truscello/Wireimage

The show celebrated its fifth anniversary in Las Vegas by presenting a star to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on the “Las Vegas Walk of Stars” outside of the show’s home, Paris Las Vegas. Original Four Seasons group members Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio were at the event to receive the commemorative star. It was the 64th star to be unveiled on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons Receive Star On "Las Vegas Walk Of Stars" - Photo: Denise Truscello/Wireimage
Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons Receive Star On “Las Vegas Walk Of Stars” Photo: Denise Truscello/Wireimage

“It is a real honor to receive a star on the ‘Las Vegas Walk of Stars’ in celebration of the show’s fifth anniversary in this city,” says Frankie Valli. “Bob and I are thrilled to be here to accept the star and to celebrate this milestone with the talented cast.”

The Las Vegas JERSEY BOYS (Travis Cloer, Rob Marnell, Deven May, Jeff Leibow) performed at the ceremony for Frankie and Bob (watch a short clip that I took below.) Graham Fenton, who plays Frankie as well, was also at the event.

Valli and Gaudio later attended the fifth anniversary performance of JERSEY BOYS, joining the cast onstage for a special presentation after the show.

“JERSEY BOYS has been an incredible addition to Paris Las Vegas over the past year. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones with this award-winning production,” says David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Paris Las Vegas.

Jersey Boys Las Vegas 5th Anniversary. Photo: Denise Truscello/Wireimage
Jersey Boys Las Vegas 5th Anniversary. Photo: Denise Truscello/Wireimage

Here’s some big news for JERSEY BOYS fans: On the heels of the incredible success of JERSEY BOYS worldwide, GK FILMS is currently in development on the feature film adaptation of the JERSEY BOYS musical. Set to begin production at the end of 2013, the film will be produced by GK FILMS’ Graham King with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio serving as executive producers.

JERSEY BOYS performs in the Paris Théâtre at Paris Las Vegas on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.; Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and is dark on Monday. Ticket prices range from $48-$168 plus all applicable taxes and LET fees.

For more information about the show CLICK HERE.