Known by many as Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton has been entertaining audiences for nearly all of his life.
Now in his seventies, Newton’s shows have become a history of his legacy with video clips, stories, and music.
On October 19 and 20, Newton brought his “Wayne: Up Close and Personal” show to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
Newton opened the show with the Elvis hits “C C Rider” and “Viva Las Vegas”. And after telling a few jokes, he sang a little Blues with “Every Day I Get the Blues”.
Originally from Virginia, Newton has been performing since he was five years old. Chronic bronchial asthma saw the family moving to Phoenix and the call to Las Vegas where Newton has been performing since he was 15 years old.
Throughout his career, Wayne Newton has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business including Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Bobby Darin, and Bob Hope.
More than just a singer, Newton is a multi instrumentalist who plays 13 instruments including the guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and trumpet. Newton’s musical skills were demonstrated on the video screens, but he also played two of the instruments live on stage – “Help Me Make it Through the Night” on the guitar and “Orange Blossom Special” on the fiddle.
Before the show, Newton held a special VIP meet and greet where some fans wrote down questions for Newton to answer. All through the program, a special assistant asked those question. Fans learned that Newton’s father is Native American, Newton is a certified helicopter pilot, and rides Arabian horses and has demonstrated his riding skills on a few television shows. And the special assistant…his wife of 25 years, Kathleen.
Remarking on how happy he was to be back in the area, Newton called the Bear’s Den Showroom a fabulous venue.
Along with the videos and stories, Newton performed “I Forget You Everyday”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, his signature song “Danke Schoen”, the hit “Daddy Don’t You Walk so Fast”, “Your Nobody”, and he closed out the night with the Frank Sinatra hit “My Way”.
Unable to enlist in the military, Newton has toured with the USO entertaining the troops all over the world since he was 17, including being the first non combatant in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Bob Hope could no longer be the chairman of the Celebrity Circle, Wayne Newton took over the duties…and continues to do so.
In his mid seventies, Wayne Newton can no loner hit some of those high notes of his youth, but it does not deter him from putting on a great show filled with fun and entertainment.