Resorts' 13th floor secret

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Steven Andrade the producer is also Cher in Divas in a Man’s World on the stage in the screening room at Resorts Casino Hotel. Steven Andrade the producer is also Cher in Divas in a Man’s World on the stage in the screening room at Resorts Casino Hotel.  

Forget whatever people say about the number 13. At Resorts Casino Hotel on the 13th floor you will find two secrets that are about to be revealed. First is the Piano Bar where you may relax, and listen to Bob Egan 6-11 p.m. on Monday evenings. While he tickles the ivories, Egan plays tunes that would be perfect to listen to while you carry on conversions in normal tone, without having to scream over a high-pitched vocalist or band. Friday evening in the Piano Bar, Matthew Kenworthy will do the same mellow sounds 9 p.m.-1 a.m. He then he comes back on Saturday evening in the same timeframe. You may order a drink if you wish and also some light food. The room is set up with sofas, arm chairs along with several tables to place your drinks or food upon.

The next best kept secret is in the room known as the Screening Room, also located on the 13th floor. Be prepared to see one enjoyable show for $25 per person. It’s called “Believe, Divas in a Man's World.” The show is presented by Steven Andrade. Joan Rivers aka Gary Dee is the MC for the night. With those glitzy showoff clothes of hers, the look and the voice that is only as Joan speaks, it will make you wonder why she is not in the big showroom. All you have to do is sit back for the next 90 minutes and enjoy the night and the rest of the show. Any person who is outside of the screening room doors will have to think: why did no one mention that Joan Rivers, Cher, Liza Minelli, Dolly Parton and Patti La Belle were all on stage in one showroom and no one saw any publicity on the event.

The simple answer is these are some of the best, if not, the best female impersonators you will see on one stage with one exception. Prince is a male by the name of Frank Moore. But back to Joan Rivers opening the show. She goes after those seated in the front rows so beware. It’s all done for fun. Gary Dee has so many costume changes, I wonder if Joan has as many clothes herself. She is quick on the jokes, but also remember, like Joan, she speaks of many topics and some are not for children to hear. You may find yourself blushing at times. Between makeup, the wigs and material she as MC helps carry the show, she is present during most of the 90 minutes of show time. Jason Cozmo comes on stage as the one and only Dolly Parton in a stunning red gown of feathers and sequins then after her first number she quickly changes into a short red dress with a ruffled long article of clothing over it. But it was her western outfit that bought the crowd to their feet as she sang "9 to 5" in which she had the lead in the movie of the same name.

During many of the performances there are a couple very hard working male dancers and female dancer singers. They do an excellent job of being background for some of the lead performers. If I am not mistaken they have held the same parts in the previous show.

Patti La Belle comes on stage with two female backup singers in a stunning black dress, feathers in her hair then does a quick change of clothing for her "New Attitude" song before closing with "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." Eddie Summers has her voice and moves as if it is Pattie on stage herself. Liza Minelli is portrayed by Phyl Craig who comes from the back of the showroom taking the time to allow some patrons to grab quick pictures. Of course, most of her material is from the movie "Cabaret" in which she had the starring role. While makeup and wigs are a big part of this show, keep in mind that the performers are male but the voices are their real voices. They do not lip sync to the recorded music. One could say besides the MC portraying Joan, Cher is the showstopper. Steven Andrane has her moves down to every look and action much as she is in real life. She makes her first appearance on stage lowered from the ceiling in an outfit that the word "wow" will cover it. The other outfit that drew a standing ovation was her appearance in an Indian outfit. The two male dancers who were part of that routine made the number over the top enjoyable. As a way to maybe calm the house after that segment, Frank Moore comes on the stage to portray the one and only Prince. He is the only true gender performer in the show. For his fans, he did not disappoint in his performance. Once again, appearing from above the stage for the final number of the night, Steven Andrane who as mentioned previously is responsible for the show, appears again as Cher and closes with the song “Do You Believe in Love?”

As we were leaving the showroom, out in the lobby the performers were willing to pose for pictures. The question I heard most often was how many changes of outfits did Joan River aka Gary Dee change into? If you go, count them. Times for the show are 8 p.m. on Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.

Photos by Fred Fabel

Steven Andrade the producer is also Cher in Divas in a Man’s World on the stage in the screening room at Resorts Casino Hotel. Steven Andrade the producer is also Cher in Divas in a Man’s World on the stage in the screening room at Resorts Casino Hotel.

Gary Dee as Joan Rivers comic and MC for the Divas in a Man’s World.  Gary Dee as Joan Rivers comic and MC for the Divas in a Man’s World.

Moore as Prince in Divas in a Man’s World. Moore as Prince in Divas in a Man’s World.

Phyl Craig is Liza Minnelli during his set in the Resort’s Casino Screening Room. Phyl Craig is Liza Minnelli during his set in the Resort’s Casino Screening Room.

Eddie Summers as Patti LaBelle in the Resorts Casino Hotel’s 13th Floor  Screening Room. Eddie Summers as Patti LaBelle in the Resorts Casino Hotel’s 13th Floor Screening Room.

Cozmo as Dolly Parton in the show Divas in a Man’s World. Cozmo as Dolly Parton in the show Divas in a Man’s World.


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