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May 1999 Article

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"Dick Feeney's Viva Las Vegas Show
Sets Records Daily!"

By:  Dick Feeney

Proud to be a Las Vegas producer and honored that Insider Viewpoint Magazine has selected me to write a monthly column, I will give the insider

viewpoint to shows in Las Vegas. This month’s article I take special privilege in writing about because it regards my show, Viva Las Vegas. The honor of being the longest running daytime show in the history of Las Vegas continues with every performance.

On April 15, 1991, the Viva Las Vegas show opened at the Sands Hotel and Casino. Since then, there have been more than 600 performances and the show has entertained and delighted more than two million guests. While breaking showroom records we have also had other thrills, spills and moments of angst.

During her very first show, one of our dancers Lisa Perkowski leaned against a curtain separating the audience from backstage and fell through landing on top of a table much to the surprise of the guests. In another show she appeared onstage with a clothes hanger dangling from her wig.

Another dancer Melissa Buday (now Mrs. Melissa Feeney), unable to find her full length black gloves quickly improvised and wore a pair of dark socks on stage.

Another performer Brian James, while exiting the stage to switch props during a blackout in his act, walked off the edge of the stage landing on his nose. When the lights came back up there he was back center stage never missing a beat with his nose bleeding throughout the rest of his act. Another tense moment in the history of the Viva Las Vegas show was the time the owner of the Sands hotel decided he liked the show and the business it brought in but not me personally. His plans to keep the show, sans me, was foiled when he realized the cast would leave also.

In 1996 the closure of the Sands, created a new opportunity for Viva Las Vegas. A move to the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino has developed into a great working relationship and brought even more success to the "Little Show that Could."

Visit a piece of Las Vegas history, Monday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino when the legendary Viva Las Vegas show takes the stage. See you there. IVLV

 

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