The multi-talented actress, producer and recording artist Connie Stevens will take the stage at Riviera Hotel & Casino performing with accomplished actor and comedian John Byner. Stevens and Byner will appear for a limited engagement July 6 through July 17 in the Starlite Theatre.
With a career in the entertainment industry spanning over 50 years, Stevens’ musical career began when she first sang in a group called The Three Debs at the age of 16 and then proceeded to record as a solo artist with the Warner Bros Records. Stevens recorded major hits in the 1960s including “Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb),” a duet with Edd Byrnes and “Sixteen Reasons.” In her starring role on the hit series, “Hawaiian Eye,” Stevens propelled to fame as of one of America’s teen idols in the ‘60s. Her television work also includes “Maverick” as well as “77 Sunset Strip,” “Wendy and Me” with George Burns and several other television roles. Over the years, Stevens’ film work included roles in films such as “Rock-A-Bye Baby,” “Parish,” “The Grissom Gang,” “Grease 2,” “Tapeheads” and many more.
Hailed as a “Man of a Thousand Impressions,” Byner’s stand-up comedy career began in New York’s Greenwich Village at Max Gordon’s jazz club, Village Vanguard. He then went on to open for some of the finest jazz greats and followed with opening and headlining stints across the country including Basin Street East, Copacabana, The Rainbow Room and at Las Vegas showrooms such as Harrah’s, The Sahara, The Sands as well as Riviera’s Comedy Club. Byner’s television career began on Merv Griffin’s “Talent Scouts Show” in 1964 and success ensued with appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson over the next 10 years. With starring television roles on “Bizarre” and “Comedy on the Road,” in which he won a CableACE Award for both, and “The John Byner Comedy Club,” Byner also made guest appearances on favorite shows including “Get Smart,” “Maude,” “The Odd Couple” and “Dharma and Greg.”
Shows will run nightly Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30pm in the Starlite Theatre. Tickets are $39.95 for preferred seating and $59.95 for VIP seating. All prices are exclusive of tax and fees. To purchase tickets, visit www.rivierahotel.com, call 702-794-9433 or visit the Riviera Box Office.