T. Fox throws a house party at Resorts

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T. Fox opens the show with him singing and playing the piano on the stage in the Resorts Superstar Theater. T. Fox opens the show with him singing and playing the piano on the stage in the Resorts Superstar Theater.  If you want to see a rousing show with just one entertainer doing it all, I would recommend heading to Resorts Casino Hotel Super Star Theater before July 12.

During T. Fox’s show ‘The House Party,’ he said Dennis Gomes caught his show last year in Resorts’ 25 Hours Lounge and told him then, “You belong in the main Showroom.” He was right. The late Mr. Gomes was a true visionary in many ways, as this past week proved with various events.

T. Fox made a name for himself in Las Vegas at the Tropicana, performing there for nine years. Then in September 2002 he was awarded a day as T. Fox Day in Vegas, with keys to the city and all the hoopla that went with it.

The show in the Superstar Theater opens with T. Fox playing the piano dressed in a black suit, hat and jacket that glitter in the showroom stage lights. The background is of the Vegas strip. He is dressed for an over-the-top house party as he welcomes the audience into his living room.

On stage are some comfy-looking chairs, decorations, balloons and party favors. Then on a video screen the late Louis Armstrong sings that classic of his, “What a Wonderful World." The show takes a quick look back as Fox pulls out some covers of 78 records. We are taken back to the Electric Slide dance moves that Luther Vandross got started, along with his smooth voice. Then the time comes to pull up that long-forgotten look of the 33 1/3 records as well as the 45s.

Referred to as “old school,” the records jolt you back to the past (and today's youngsters have no idea what they were). Then he pulls out a rotary dial phone. Fox recalls all the smooth sounds of Al Green, Rick Jones, and Stevie Wonder. It seems like just yesterday the number-one hit was Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You."

Then for a happy shock, Fox asks the audience to use their cell phones to call their friends so he can sing them a song, telling them it’s a live show from Resorts that they are hearing at the other end. It seemed that just about everyone present had a cell phone handy for that moment to happen. With the house light on, it was a spectacle to see everyone looking in pockets or purses for a phone which normally would have been kept turned off.

With several jacket changes, the show takes on a different memory of the past. Earth, Wind and Fire was not forgotten, along with Frank Sinatra. I have to give credit to T. Fox – his energy never wavers from its over-the-top high the entire 75 minutes on stage. He even convinces several in the audience to join him on stage for the party, though it did not take much urging, as everyone was willing to become part of the show.

One woman’s voice had the crowd giving her a standing ovation. She was not the least bit shy about performing on stage. But the showstopper was an 88-year-young woman named Pearle who had all the dance moves that Fox had. She stole the show from the three little kids on stage. Normally children are the scene-stealers, but Pearle outdid them this time and even gave Fox a run for his money. It was a heartwarming moment when she became part of the conga line that weaved throughout the audience, and everyone wanted to shake her hand instead of the headliner. He did not mind it one bit. They all got a little something to remember their 15 minutes of fame on stage.

Fox grew up in a house where the words to live by were "Never give up on your dreams, believe in yourself, and put God first." As he said, that was what he learned and heard, “and here I am today.” His song after that little lesson was “I Believe I Can Fly." It seemed fitting to close that segment of the show. But there was a more touching moment to follow, when he asked all the current and former members of the armed forces to stand up for a round of applause. Then he requested everyone stand up for America as the song “God Bless America” played.

T. Fox thanked us all for attending his house party and said he would be in the lobby outside the showroom for autographs, pictures and merchandise sales. I walked away feeling as if I had indeed been at a friend's party.

‘The House Party’ has shows at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays (no show Thursday, July 5) and 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The show runs through July 12. Tickets are $25.

It is a feel-good show all done by one amazing entertainer. Be sure to say you were at the House Party thrown by T. Fox; you’ll be glad you went.

Photos by Fred Fabel

T. Fox singing is full of high energy as he belts out one song after another at Resorts. T. Fox singing is full of high energy as he belts out one song after another at Resorts.

T. Fox singing is full of high energy as he belts out one song after another at Resorts. T. Fox singing is full of high energy as he belts out one song after another at Resorts.

T. Fox ends his show with a tribute to those who served our country in the military. T. Fox ends his show with a tribute to those who served our country in the military.


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