Wayne Newton in Miami: Work keeps me young

Saturday night’s Make A Wish ball at the Intercontinental Hotel brought out one unlikely star: Wayne Newton.

The veteran Las Vegas entertainer was tucked away in a corner of the party space holding court alongside wife of 20 years Kat McCrone; the two have a 12 year old daughter.

The so-called Midnight Idol — who some guests commented was taller than they expected — was in a great mood, smiling and drinking in all the colorful sights of the Oz-themed gala. “What’s the secret to your staying power?” Newton was asked. “It’s simple, I tell you,” said the 72-year-old singing legend.

“It’s the work. The working keeps me young.” His next gig is Nov. 8 in Beverly Hills. “We’re all over the place,” said Newton laughing.

As for McCrone, she said she was looking forward to Diana Ross’s performance and that she was enjoying all the fashions at the party. The former lawyer has a clothing and accessories store in Lakeside, Montana.