It's taken a while to get to this, but it definitely deserves a mention. I posted before about Erich Bergen of the Jersey Boys at Palazzo Las Vegas teaming up with Steve Friess of VegasHappensHere.com to present Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson at the Palm's Pearl Concert Theater.
This was the fundraising concert to benefit Las Vegas schools' arts and music education. It started out as a small thought in the Liberace theater, that grew into the 2500 seat Pearl at the Palms. That venue was donated by Palms owner George Maloof.
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I happy to say that not only was it a fantastic concert, the sellout crowd exceeded their goal of raising $100,000 for Clark County, NV schools. All this done from volunteer performers from various shows, and headliners of Las Vegas.
They included Holly Madison, Terry Fator, Clint Holmes, The Sirens of TI, Peep Show, Human Nature, Mosaic, Zowie Bowie, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, The Las Vegas Mass Choir, Earl Turner and Lani Misalucha, Jersey Boys, Phantom:The Las Vegas Spectacular, Zumanity, and Lion King.
Of course many other Las Vegas celebrities were in the audience to show their support. Just to my left was 'The Pit Bull of Comedy', Bobby Slayton who is now at Tropicana. In the row in front was his former 'roommate' from their Hooters days.
Yes, I had this strange premonition that he would be there.... 'The Mentalist': Gerry McCambridge, who now performs his magic at the V Theater at Planet Hollywood. These just a few of our local stars that came out for the concert, Brenden Theater star presentation, and rare screening of Moonwalker.
Of course there was one star that really stole the show. Eleven year old Elijah Johnson who plays Simba in The Lion King at Mandalay Bay. Well, at least for a few more weeks. He has outgrown his role there. No, not from his breakout performance, but literally. Disney's contract didn't allow him to grow more than 2", and boys will be boys, he did just that.
While there is more footage of the entire show that is being edited for a DVD and possible local broadcast, this YouTube is some raw news video caught by KLAS TV. Just a small idea of just how big his performance really was. It's hard to imagine we won't be seeing more of Elijah in the future.
So a fantastic turnout and performance that raised money for our Las Vegas kids. Another fine example of the community to be found here in Las Vegas, and what makes it such a great place to live. If you'd like to help arts and music education even more, you can donate or purchase concert memorabilia here at VegasLovesMJ.com.
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