THE OTHER DAY I got a call from the boss. She wanted me to review The Larry G. Jones show, at Fitzgeralds Hotel & Casino. I never heard of Larry G. Jones and I don't go downtown much, but here was a chance to see a show, walk around Fremont Street, and get a few 99-cent shrimp cocktails.
Fitzgeralds started out as The Sundance Hotel & Casino in 1980. In 1987 The Sundance was sold, and renamed Fitzgeralds Hotel & Casino.
There is very little work in the "Entertainment Capital of the World." The casinos don't care; there is no money in entertainment, it takes talent and a great deal of your money to be a star. I bet Larry does a '4 wall,' that's show biz lingo for renting the showroom. If so, Larry, not the hotel, is responsible for all the advertising and promotion of the show. Show Business is tough, but it's really tough, when you got to worry about the light bill.
Fitzgeralds does not even have Larry's name on their Web site, and from what I can see, they do no advertising. This is going on all over Las Vegas. Same thing happened the other night at the Stardust, the hotel did not have the show I reviewed anywhere on the marquee. Since the early days, entertainment was always a drawing card for Vegas. Not anymore, millions of people come here anyway, for the food, shopping, gawking at the new hotels, and of course gambling. Even the big stars now '4 wall,' pay their own advertising, and manage their shows.
As I walked in Fitzgeralds, I saw Larry performing on a small stage in the casino. He was promoting his show that would begin in a half hour upstairs. As he left the stage, I spoke to him for a few minutes and got a picture, and then he rushed off to get ready for the show. All his promotion paid off, Larry had a good crowd. He is a wonderful singer, and great impersonator, he did Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole. It's a nice showroom, with a bar. However I miss cocktail waitresses, in showrooms I'm on vacation, I don't want to get my own drink.
You can take the whole family to this show, big or small, everyone will enjoy it. Go see Larry; he loves his work, he must, he sure can't be in it for the money. How does that old song go? 'There's no business, like show business, like no business I know.'
301 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Larry G. Jones
2nd Floor Showroom
9:00 p.m. ThursdayMonday
Dark Tuesday & Wednesday
Tickets $22.00 & $30.00 + tax & fee.
HOW MANY GUYS INCLUDE A DISCOUNT COUPON WITH THEIR REVIEW?