In the later years of his career, the comic performed his act on cruise ships and appeared in the popular Palm Springs Follies variety show. And while still on the subject of all things Liberace, the top prize winner of the 2008 Liberace Piano Competition, personable Southern gentleman, Christopher Joel Carter IV of Albertville, Alabama, is currently performing in the Lobby Bar at the M Resort Spa & Casino in Las Vegas.
The annual Liberace Piano Competition is presented by the Liberace Foundation to help talented students pursue careers in the performing and creative arts.
Among the folks in the audience for John's performance, we spotted his father, Norman Kaye of the Mary Kaye Trio fame, step-mother, Barbara Meriwether Kaye; singer/actor Don Lance; Liberace's favorite furrier and friend, the still beautiful Anna Nateese; singer Diane Ellis; community philanthropist, Cindy Doumani; and Jim Hodge, former principal production show singer. She recently finished the pre-Broadway run of Vanities at the Pasadena Playhouse. Mc Neeley, as she is the wife of Jersey Boy, cast member, Kristofer Mc Neeley), created the role of Jenny in Internet Dating: the Musical, written by 30 Rock's Ron Weiner. After the war, Barry began a long association with Las Vegas, where his quick-fire comedy act warmed up audiences for many top stars.
It is also the site of the monthly, late night, Composers Showcase and some very special musical programs. In just the last week and a half, we attended three different performances in the Cabaret Showroom. The cast includes Andrea Bochicchio from High School Musical, Erich Bergen from Jersey Boys, Charl Brown also from Jersey Boys, and Benjamin Hale from Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The above mentioned guitar player, Dana Barry, is the son of Dave Barry - not the syndicated humor columnist, but the stand-up funny man who was Wayne Newton's opening act for more than eight years.
We'll pull from all styles of music - you never know what you'll get to see and hear! He also made a featured appearance in the 1959 Billy Wilder hit, Some Like It Hot, and provided voice work for The Pink Panther TV series.
In Some Like It Hot, Barry played Beinstock, the balding, owlish manager of the all-girl band Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopaters.
We don't want too many folks to know about it, though, because it's a relatively small performance space, seating only about 80 people.
The Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum has become one of the best spots for entertainment in the city.
This coming Monday night, at the same place, music lover, Evan Davis, recommends Lynn Ross' Those Marvelous Musicals, celebrating the musicals of stage and screen.