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Show Palace Dinner Theatre revises 'Viva Vegas — The Sequel'

Katie Kerwin, W.C. Green, center, and Matthew McGee play a trio of retired Las Vegas performers who are brought back to Sin City for a final show at a soon-to-be-demolished casino.

BUD THACKER | Special to the Times

Katie Kerwin, W.C. Green, center, and Matthew McGee play a trio of retired Las Vegas performers who are brought back to Sin City for a final show at a soon-to-be-demolished casino.

The Show Palace Dinner Theatre brings a taste of Las Vegas to west-central Florida with Viva Vegas — The Sequel, a glammed-up version of the original that set attendance records for its time slot at the Palace in 2006.

The new show has a "miniplot" by artistic director/star Matthew McGee built around music director Michael Ursua's new compositions and medleys of favorites made famous by Tom Jones, Elvis and Ann-Margret, plus 10 flashy new dances by choreographer/co-star Katie Kerwin.

In it, Morty (McGee) and Sylvia (Kerwin) have retired from a long showbiz career in Sin City to New Port Richey, but are being called back to Vegas for one last show in the soon-to-be-demolished Breaking Winds Casino. They reminisce about their cross-country tours and big hits in Vegas, all the while surrounded by a dozen young, fresh dancers who don't quite know what to make of these Florida retirees.

Viva Vegas — The Sequel has matinee and evening performances Friday through May 31 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $46; show only, $34.95, plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.

Barbara L. Fredricksen, Times staff writer

Show Palace Dinner Theatre revises 'Viva Vegas — The Sequel' 04/22/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 7:21pm]

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