Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Last week at the CT casinos: Chazz and the mixed martial arts shows

Last week at the casinos in CT:
Chazz Palminteri put on a great show of "A Bronx Tale," which he originally wrote for the theater based on his own life. I wrote about it in the Register last week, including the emotional part about his co-star in the film, Lillo Brancato.
The show was probably a little more than half-full, which is surprising for such a big star in a state with so many Italian-Americans. The ticket price ($75) might have been too high in a continuing tight economy for many. But Chazz earned yet another standing ovation as he acted out the entire movie.
Last week was notable at the casinos because both had MMA fighting events that were televised on cable and Mohegan's Bellator MMA show drew 7,100 people, a strong show considering the more established UFC at Foxwoods on the same night.
A Mohegan spokesman said TV ratings were close, too, with Mohegan's on Spike and Foxwoods' event on Fox Sports 1.
Here's a couple of photos from the Mohegan event. Photo 2 is former heavyweight champ Larry Holmes and MMA fighter and former NFL pro RB Herschel Walker.

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