Terry Bradshaw and Las Vegas looked like a darn good match from where I sat in the 320 seat Atrium Showroom at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. Bradshaw’s opening on August 1, 2019 for a limited four night run marked the return of the legendary professional football player and entertainer to the Las Vegas Strip.
Prior to the show, Bradshaw cheerfully walked the mandatory Las Vegas Red Carpet. Fellow entertainers in attendance to support Bradshaw’s opening night event included cast members of FANTASY and Thunder From Down Under and Boxing Hall of Fame announcer Al Bernstein.
The show, produced and directed by Emmy Award-winner Anita Mann and written by Jon Macks, included songs, comedy, storytelling, and a bit of dancing. The 70 year old’s 70 minute production featured popular songs such as “Bye Bye Love” and Terry’s 1976 hit, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. The guy ain’t half bad as they say. Translation: He is a gosh darn legitimately good singer.
I don’t know much about football, but that didn’t matter. I had seen Bradshaw with William Shatner, Henry Winkler and George Foreman on the NBC reality show “Better Late than Never” and he was a hoot. The four time Super Bowl champ and Pro Football Hall of Famer was also a contestant on “The Masked Singer” (He was the Deer).
The charismatic fellow with down home charm had the audience laughing and smiling and singing along. He told us early on that, “I’ve never done anything normal in my life.” and went on to say that, “Dumb is what I do best.” The audience loved his story about getting part of his back waxed.
Ya gotta love a guy who stands on stage in Las Vegas and says that, “I made my living by putting my hands on antoher guys’ butts” In addition to his stories of football days, he allowed time for a question and answer session with the audience.
Terry could not have had two more talented ladies with him on stage. Lorena Peril and Anne Martinez delight Luxor audiences with their singing in FANTASY, but here they wowed the attendees as Terry’s back-up singers. These two have it all, looks, charm, and talent and their voices blend beautifully. But lucky for the audience, they also each have a time to shine alone as well.
Sax player Smokin’ Joe Excriba serves as musical director. The show was written by veteran comedy writer Jon Macks with some original songs by David Goldsmith and John Kavanaugh.
Terry’s family cheered him on during his show. He introduced them and informed us that he also has nine dogs, cows, and chickens.
If you missed the show, not to worry. Plans call for Terry to return to the Atrium when CarrotTop is away from his base. Terry’s closing song sums up how he is viewing life these days, “It’s a Wonderful World”. And it is a wonderful evening when you spend it with Terry Bradshaw at the Luxor.
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