Wayne Newton: Behind the Neon Lights
Known world wide as “Mr. Las Vegas,” entertainer Wayne Newton is known for his signature song, “Danke Schoen,” plus many hit singles, including “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast,” “Red Roses For a Blue Lady” and “Years.” In a business that is, at best, volatile, and success sometimes short-lived, Wayne has performed live, at last count, to more than 40 million people and on television, film and record, to many times that number. He has epitomized the talent, glamour and energy that is Las Vegas. And these days, having established himself both on television and in movies as a fine actor, he’s getting more attention than ever.
He does it with the incredible talent and showmanship he was born with and the approach he developed as a child entertainer in Virginia. He simply works harder and digs deeper than anyone out there, sizing up audiences as he goes, tailoring shows to fit their moods, until he’s given them their money’s worth. The songs change and the show gets re-worked, but Wayne’s basic approach is the same as it has been since his beginning, and it’s something that goes to the core of who he is.
Wayne Newton has recorded and released 165 albums to date. The people of Las Vegas and Nevada, whom he so dearly loves, have given him their highest honors as well. He is one of only two people in Las Vegas history to receive the city’s Medal of Honor, he has been named Ambassador of Goodwill for the state and he has seen Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport’s main thoroughfare renamed “Wayne Newton Boulevard.” Wayne was also named one of the “top 3 entertainers of the century in Nevada and around the world” (along with Frank Sinatra and Elvis). There is a Wayne Newton star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he was bestowed the first star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. To quote Merv Griffin “Las Vegas without Wayne Newton is like Disneyland without Mickey Mouse”.
Wayne’s extraordinary life is the outgrowth of one thing – his willingness and ability to give his all. He is the entertainer’s entertainer. A born showman who combines a host of God-given talents with an exceptional and disciplined work ethic and boundless stamina.
- Mar 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
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