When we go to a show, we know what to expect. Sure, we may not know the exact set list or the precise patter or have spoiler-ed the big finish, but we’ve got an idea.
Not so with Debbie Reynolds’ upcoming gig at South Point (7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9, $45 and up). Not only will the longtime Vegas headliner be onstage, but performing with her will be daughter Carrie Fisher, son Todd Fisher and granddaughter Billie Lourd. This is not entirely unprecedented: Carrie sang in mom’s nightclub act when she was a teenager, and Billie is developing a performing career of her own (including an appearance with mom in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII).
Sure, Debbie was a perky ingénue and is now a lovable Disney grandma, but she also used to own a casino and once gave her mother and Carrie vibrators for Christmas. Sure, Carrie will always be laser guns and Danish hair, but she’s also a fine writer with a top-level grasp of black humor. So, really, anything could happen.
Maybe Carrie will sing the theme song from The Star Wars Holiday Special, an ahead-of-its-time piece of profound kitsch and weirdness that would take 100 hipsters working for 100 years to replicate. Maybe Debbie will don a silver afro wig and cover “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” as she is accused of doing in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. We can only hope …