Yes, Terry Bradshaw can sing, and he’ll be doing a lot more of it in his new Las Vegas show at the Luxor. The legendary quarterback and current TV analyst has appeared on The Masked Singer and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry three times in recent years, so he’s ready to take over the Atrium Theater with songs and stories in a tightly planned show by Fantasy producer Anita Mann, backed by powerhouse Fantasy singers Lorena Peril and Anne Martinez.
IF YOU GO
• What: The Terry Bradshaw Show
• When: August 1-4, 8 p.m.
• Where: Luxor
• Cost: $72-$218.
• For more information: Call 702-262-4400
The long-term goal is to play the room before Fantasy when Carrot Top takes a break, so expect to see more Bradshaw if all goes well onstage. “It’s going to be a family show with a lot of laughs, and I just want everybody to have a good time,” he says.
Anita Mann directs and produces your new show. Was she involved with your gigs at the Mirage a few years ago? Yes. My manager, before he retired, knew I wanted to do a storytelling, song-singing show, something for Broadway or at local theaters in various cities, and he introduced me to Anita. She didn’t know I could sing, or I guess what I should say is that I’m not afraid to attempt to sing. But she took the show to the Mirage, where it was America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde: A Life in Four Quarters, which is a long title but catchy. Now it’s just The Terry Bradshaw Show, and we’ve sliced out a lot of dialogue out, edited it down to 70 minutes and added more songs.
What was it like taking the Vegas stage for the first time at the Mirage? Petrifying. I opened in this elevator that came up through the floor with smoke going everywhere, and I’m screaming like a preacher: “Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls!” When you come up out of the floor looking at 2,200 people—oh my God. How am I gonna remember all of this show? It was just nerve-racking. I had dinner with Henry Winkler last night and we were talking about this, and he said, “Well, that’s normal.”
The Luxor room is much smaller. I know I’ll have a lot of fun doing this show with this crowd, and I think it’s going to be more intimate. I’m going to get out into the crowd for the last song, and it’s gonna be really fun. Unless they’re throwing stuff at me—then I don’t think I’ll go down there.
What are your thoughts on the NFL coming to Las Vegas next year? I love it. Las Vegas is really a family town now. It’s beautiful. People live lives here. It’s not just that you go out to Vegas to have fun or go to a convention. There’s a great family atmosphere. And I find it to be perfect timing, because the NFL has evolved over the last 25 years. In every pregame show they’re talking about who’s going to win and people betting and there’s gambling everywhere, so I don’t think that’s the issue. The NFL will be exciting and very well-received—a smash hit. As a matter of fact, I’m in the process of buying four seats from Howie Long’s son to be a season ticket holder, and I’m going to send people out there.