Las Vegas Woos Catherine to Be `Queen of the Desert' in Pounds 7m Dance Show; Superstar's Long-Distance Call to Say `Thank You'

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Las Vegas Woos Catherine to Be `Queen of the Desert' in Pounds 7m Dance Show; Superstar's Long-Distance Call to Say `Thank You'


DANCE teacher Hazel Johnson has received a long-distance telephone call from Catherine Zeta Jones thanking her for being such a good instructor.

The call came after Zeta Jones's nomination for a Golden Globe award thanks to her stunning per-formance in the yet to be released film version of the musical Chica-go. Mrs Johnson told The Western Mail that Catherine was in Bermuda when she telephoned.

She said, ``I can't wait to see the film of Chicago.

``She phoned up to say how much she enjoyed making Chicago. She always thanks me for the time we spent together.''

Mrs Johnson and her husband Trevor were guests at Catherine's wedding to Michael Douglas at the New York Plaza hotel.

SWANSEA'S Catherine Zeta Jones could soon find herself queen of the desert as Las Vegas casinos line up to pay for her spectacular planned song and dance stage show.

The 33-year-old who is basking in the glory of a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the forthcoming musical movie Chicago, could get up to pounds 7m for 70 of the new shows. She would be following in the footsteps of stars such as Tom Jones who was paid millions for a long-running series of shows in Las Vegas casinos. Pontypridd-born ``Jones the Voice'' met Elvis Presley in Las Vegas when the US singing star was paid pounds 1m for a comeback concert in 1969.

Built by mobsters in the middle of the Nevada desert in the 1940s, Las Vegas lures 40 million tourists a year to its flamboyant, neon-lit streets.

Casino and hotel owners depend on big name attractions to persuade punters to take the flight to Las Vegas and the desert sun.

Catherine Zeta Jones is said to have helped devise a two-hour show packed with famous song and dance routines including some from Chicago. …

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