By Sandy Zimmerman
The Orleans Hotel always has great shows with some of the biggest names in the entertainment biz, but they topped themselves with Suzanne Somers! Her show was a refreshingly new twist far from the usual fare. Suzanne took us on what she called “Her wild ride called life”, telling the story of the hills and valleys she experienced while emphasizing each point with a song. It was beautifully orchestrated with a perfect blend of humor and pathos. After Suzanne discussed each chapter of her life, she eased herself into songs. Suzanne would suddenly stop in the middle of singing to add her own comments. What a great storyteller!
Remember the cartoon character, the Shmoo, created by Al Capp? Suzanne compares herself to the Shmoo because it always bounces right back! “It does not matter how many times you punch it, the Shmoo keeps coming right back over and over again. We all have a little Shmoo in us.” Suzanne confides about her rocky love life. She fell in love with Alan Hamel, a famous host of the most popular talk show in Canada, and a man who did not want to get married. Suzanne sang “He Loves Me”, “That Face”, “Hey, Look Me Over”, “If I only Had a Brain”- from “Alice in Wonderland”, “They All Laughed”, “How Do I Say I Love You?”, “I’m In Love”, and other songs about love and relationships.
Suzanne discussed her alcoholic father, years of therapy, and low self esteem. As a self-help guru, Suzanne has written several books and sold products encouraging people to lose weight, look better, feel better, and improve their lives.
She has been an inspiring guide for the public to change their lives.
The Orleans Hotel has a great entertainment calendar: Dec. 14-17, Donny Osmond’s Holiday Celebration. Dec. 18, The Magic of Rick Thomas. Jan. 11-14, Tony Orlando. Love Shack New Year’s Eve Party, Sunday, December 31,
9 P. M., in the Esplanade Ballroom, $45 inclusive. This includes 2 free drinks, dry party snacks, and a champagne toast at midnight. Must be 21 or older.
Dec. 31, Vincent Falcone Orchestra featuring Laura Taylor, Orleans Grand Ballroom. www.orleanshotel.com
The Suncoast Hotel’s exciting line up of stars: Dec. 15-17, Paul Revere and the Raiders. Dec. 21-24, Christmas Hawaiian Style. Dec. 29-31, Susan Anton.
Jan. 5-7, Juice Newton. Dec. 31/Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians with Ty Lemley and Keaton Douglas, in the Grand Ballroom. For information, call the Orleans Hotel 365-7111 and Suncoast Hotel 636-7111.