By JERRY FRANK
Las Vegas Sun

Who: Lin Stephens And LeRay Ferrelli
Where: Stardust's Wayne Newton Theater Lounge
When: Thursday
Rating (out of five stars): *****

It was as if there had been an entertainment drought in Las Vegas for the past four years.

Fans, thirsty for an excellent show lined up outside the Stardust's Wayne Newton Theater on Thursday night, eager to drink in the performance of Lin and Ray, two local entertainers. The lounge only seats 300.

If Danny Gans, Clint Holmes, the Scintas, Lance Burton and Wayne Newton can have their own theaters that bear their names, why not Lin and Ray? Newton reportedly is going on tour for six months. Let Lin and Ray make use of his theater while he's away. Steve Wynn is building a $2 billion resort. Create a room for Lin and Ray. Coast and Station Casinos have broken ground on resorts. Plans for building or expanding other casinos have been discussed -- surely one of their entertainment directors are smart enough to recognize that Lin and Ray are still hugely popular with the locals and over the years have created quite a buzz. Of course, the couple may have different ideas. Maybe they prefer traveling six months out of the year, and performing in a more intimate setting here in-town.

Judging from their performance Thursday, they still have the "Eye of the Tiger" -- and certainly they have the talent to attract standing-room-only crowds. There were a host of local celebrities on hand for the night -- among them Buddy Greco and his wife Lezlie Anders, Robert Goulet, Steve Rossi, Phyllis McGuire, Frankie Randall and Jerry Lewis. The fans who filled the lounge for the duo's show were certainly not disappointed.

In addition to being a great vocalist, Lin can tell a joke, and he told many during the Thursday night show.

It was a night of music and comedy, a perfect blend by two entertainers who know how to please an audience. Along with superb vocals, Ray delivers surprising moments of Broadway style song and dance worthy of spirited ovations.

Backed by a top notch jazz quartet, the couple sang the songs of Gershwin, Porter and many others.

They did one 10-minute medley of nothing but hits originally sung by Sinatra, they sang their own songs and they bickered lovingly like a true couple.

The only flaw in the evening was Eydie's cold, which affected a few of her notes.

"Even sick, she's better than everyone else," Lin said.

He might be right.

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