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By Chuck Rounds
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Bill Acosta, Lasting Impressions: A Topless Revue is playing inside the main showroom at the Flamingo, Las Vegas. the show features Bill Acosta, who is renowned as a singer/impressionist and is known as 'The Man of a 1001 Voices.' Performing with him is a live on stage 8 piece orchestra and the 'Lasting Impression' dancers--a chorus of 12 beautiful and talented showgirls. The show has just been successfully revamped after a two year run at the Luxor Hotel and Casino.
Bill Acosta is one of several impressionists in town and has often been thought of as an underdog competing against bigger names and bigger venues. His show at the Luxor was often times lost among the flurry of the other shows, and he really didn't seem to be getting the notice that he needed. The new show at the Flamingo should give him the exposure he needs to show that he can compete, and is in fact, one of the 'big' dogs in the field of impressionists.
Acosta is, in fact, exceedingly talented, and a very hard working performer. Each time that he is on stage, you can see that he is always doing his utmost for the audience. He performs a combination of comedy, straight vocals and impressions. He often sings 'duets' with himself--combining very unlikely personalities. It is a good evening of entertainment, and it is a lot of fun, too.
The eight piece, Joey Singer Orchestra, supports Acosta and the dancers. The difference between real musicians and taped music is incredible. The orchestra adds greater depth and dynamic to the production. Each of the musicians is strong. I wish that the orchestra could have been given a featured numbered by itself so that we could see them shine on their own, rather than just work in a support and framework capacity.
At one point in the evening, Acosta commented to the audience about the dancers, 'We have beautiful showgirls, and they can dance, too.' This was certainly not an understatement. One of the highlights of the evening was watching the dancers perform a tap number after a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. It is hard to find a good line of tappers anymore. It is a style that is just not as common as it used to be. It was great to see it revived.
The show is also a 'topless revue,' so in addition to seeing the dancers dance, we also get to see them strut across the stage bare breasted. And whil e these showgirls are indeed beautiful, the topless aspect of this show seemed to be more blatantly gratuitous than in other shows. I simply didn't see the need for it. It took away from the integrity of Acosta's impressions and excludes younger audiences which would also enjoy the show. It is a swing of the pendulum, though. The number of topless revues has tripled in Las Vegas in the last year and everyone seems to be jumping on this bandwagon whether it will truly augment the show or not. In a couple of years, the pendulum will swing back the other way and most of these shows will either fade away or become covered.
The main showroom inside the Flamingo, Las Vegas; is a great venue for this production. The show is mostly a tribute to Vegas performers of the past--allowing them to live again through Bill Acosta, and the Flamingo is a perfect place for this. The Flamingo is truly part of the Vegas history and mystique, and the showroom is well equipped and comfortable. The show and the showroom are a good match for each other.
Bill Acosta, Lasting Impressions: A Topless Revue is a good evening of entertainment. This new venue and revamped show should give Acosta the attention that he deserves. he is a hard working performer, and he will earn the respect and praises from his audiences.