Entertainer, Singer, TV Host, Producer, Ad Man and Restaurateur
Las Vegas recently lost entertainer Tony Sacca, an energetic health conscious person, to a shockingly sudden heart attack. He was at the top of his game headlining and producing his own musical comedy show Tony Sacca’s Vegas The Story at Bally’s Windows Showroom. Sacca was the 23rd recipient of a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in front of Paris and next to Elvis Presley’s star.
Sacca settled in Las Vegas in 1981 performing shows with his identical twin brother and completely immersed himself in the fabric of the community. It’s impossible to tally how many lives he touched; however, his public memorial at the 650-seat Stratosphere Showroom was literally standing-room only.
It’s difficult to imagine the annual San Gennaro Feast without Sacca, whose roles included host, talent director and coordinator, and star performer for 36 years. He headed the philanthropic Showbiz Society for years helping fellow entertainers and appreciating learning his craft as a child founded the Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts. He produced an annual fundraising Christmas television show for the youth group starting in 1986. Along with receiving seven city proclamations, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for a lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service signed by President Barack Obama.
Sacca, with his 11-year partner Chef Josette Leblond, together commuted between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where she has her businesses and he often performed for clients and friends. In 2010 during the recession, they opened the Las Vegas Rocks Café at Neonopolis downtown with entertainment, but timing was poor. Most recently, he was booking his talented friends at restaurant Trattoria Reggiano in Summerlin. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman dubbed Sacca “Las Vegas Ambassador of Entertainment.”
Promotionally, Sacca was a one-man promotion machine creating his own line of trademarked Las Vegas Rocks™ souvenir items including his famous musical clock, voted one year as best Las Vegas souvenir, that plays the song “Las Vegas Rocks,” one of many he penned about the city.
Sacca had his own advertising and production company, Vegas Media, and produced award-winning commercials and television shows. Sacca celebrated 50 years in show business and 30 years as producer and host of the award-winning entertainment television show Entertainment Las Vegas Style. His vintage video archives of his interviews with the stars that headlined on the Strip are of tremendous historical value. Last year, Sacca received special honors and induction into the Nevada Broadcasters Association’s class of 2016 Hall of Fame.
If you didn’t get to know Sacca personally, local writer Arlene Krieger wrote his tell-all biography sharing his story of growing up in Philadelphia with parents who were second generation Italian Americans, twin brother Robert and older sister Marie, to his remarkable and unforgettable life in Las Vegas. He is greatly missed but not forgotten.