Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight ignore ESPN misfires
Could a co-headlining residency in Las Vegas be considered?
Maybe not. But Dionne Warwick was mistaken for another entertainment legend Gladys Chevalier during ESPN’s US Open television broadcast on Wednesday night. It all happened during Serena Williams’ Second-round US Open win over second seed Anet Kontaveit Arthur Ashe Stadium.
As the cameras turned to Warwick in the stands, announcers and other professional players Mary Carlillo and Chanda Rubin identified Warwick as Gladys Knight. Rubin said, “I got even more stars…” Carillo cut in, “Gladys Knight!” with Rubin adding, “Gladys Knight” and Rubin saying, “Hel-lo!” But the shot was clearly from Warwick, sitting near the court.
Hi, I’m Gladys Knight…and instead of taking that midnight train to Georgia, I won’t pass but I’ll say a little prayer for you 😂😐
— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) September 1, 2022
Both legends ignored the incident.
Warwick used the humor on her Twitter page on Thursday morning, posting “Hi I’m Gladys Knight…and instead of taking that midnight train to Georgia I won’t be passing by but I’ll say a little prayer for you.”
Through a rep, Knight said, “Dionne and I have been sisters for a long time and I hope she’s as honored to be mistaken for me as I would be. I’m sure it was a Honest mistake. It was a blessing to be in the house to see Serena’s greatness.
Knight is a longtime Vegas resident and headliner for six decades (her brother and original Pip, Bouba Knight, still lives in the city). As she noted, Knight was actually at Ashe Stadium on Wednesday and Tuesday nights.
And, for the record, the two appeared onstage together in Las Vegas, at “Gladys Knight & Friends” at the brand new Sunset Station in August 1997. They also appeared, separately, at Raiders games at Allegiant Stadium during the season 2021. .=
Unacceptable from both. pic.twitter.com/kVSTGRslPs
— Novaxx Djokoverit. 🙄 (@Stevies_Wonder) August 31, 2022
Twitter erupted in complaints shortly after the on-air misfire. The original clip from the @Stevies_Wonder Twitter account amassed over 2.2 million views overnight. “Unacceptable, from both,” was the trigger.
Rubin later explained that she was told Knight was in the crowd and she was looking at Knight and not the Monitor when she made the comment.
Warwick, who recently headlined in March at the Stirling Club in Las Vegas, has been a popular poster boy on Twitter. Also on Wednesday, she berated the gospel artist Serious pugh for posting this incorrectly cissy houston was dead. Cissy is Whitney Houston’s mother and Warwick’s aunt.
As Warwick posted, “My Aunt Cissy is alive and well. This Earnest Pugh needs to have a life and stay out of other people’s lives! This was hours before the Knight incident. Pugh wisely deleted the post.
It’s really super
Super Summer Theater celebrates its 45th anniversary at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park on September 15. Expert musician, singer and arranger Bill Fayne and performer/producer Joy Tomorrow about 30 singers from Las Vegas are vying for the event.
One of these singers is the good doctor and strong supporter of the arts of Vegas Keith Bomanwho agreed to sing “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” from “Oklahoma”.
Boman sings this song at least once every 55 years.
“I haven’t sung in public at all since I was a senior in high school,” Boman says, “and I sang this song.”
Boman refers to a performance of “Oklahoma” during his senior year at Clark High School. He was known for this dazzling performance and as the school’s first senior class president in his first class of 1967.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Boman says. “I train every day, I’ll tell you.”
Boman’s name adorns the Boman Pavilion at the Smith Center. He’s a big benefactor to the venue, where we spotted him at the Composers Showcase last month. He’s also been a lifelong supporter of SST, which recently premiered “Mary Poppins” this summer.
The September 15 fundraising event begins at 5 p.m. with a reception, open bar, and snacks to go. A gourmet barbecue dinner is at 6 p.m., the program runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prices range from $45 for a show ticket to $154 for a VIP ticket to the reception, dinner, and a table at The Meadow. Information is at beta.purplepass.com. The lyrics to “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” are at rodgersandhammerstein.com.
And we dance on the sand…
Duran Duran is headlining Encore Theater this weekend (the second show is Saturday). Coincidentally, or not, the Rockstar Bar inside the Vegas Golf Center at 6730 Las Vegas Boulevard South is hosting the Duran Duran tribute act D3 at 10:30 p.m. Friday. Opening is the beach-inspired rock trio Surf Monster. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Go to rockstarbarlv.com for more information.
Your IAC reboot
The Italian American Club is back after its annual summer break for maintenance. The club reopened on Wednesday. On Sunday, Zowie Bowie returns with co-singer Jaime Lynch and the ZB Showgirls for a night of throwback, shtick and imbibing music numbers. The show always bounces back with Nicholas Cole at the keys, with guest spots by Carmen Romano. If this sounds like a vintage Vegas scene, you’d be right.
cool hang alert
“The definition of showbiz!” this is how Cheapshot Showroom and Nightclub manager Amy Saunders describe Clint Carvalho, the iconic performer entering “Mavericks.” Catch Carvalho and his winged sidekicks, including Neliy (the little green superstar parrot) this month. Neliy is 62 and was taught to sing by Judy Garland, and also performed with Elizabeth Taylor during her illustrious career Catch the Bird Pictures on Carvalho’s Instagram. He is shown with Taylor, in what appears to be a swimming pool in the historic Paradise Palms area of Vegas. He is also shown hanging with Betty White. This bird had a life. Visit sevenrooms.com/events/cheapshot for information on the “Mavericks” and the full Cheapshots schedule.
John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.