Victor Drai’s at Cromwell will be ‘the most beautiful nightclub you have ever seen’
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Standing under scaffolding and in the rubble of a dust-strewn construction site 11 stories high above the Strip, one worries that there is no possible way it will all be transformed perfectly for a Memorial Day Weekend opening.
But nightlife czar Victor Drai promises me that he’ll be right on schedule: “We’re right on target with everything — 80 days to go, and it will then be the most beautiful nightclub you have ever seen.”
He would know, having created XS and Tryst at Steve Wynn’s Strip hotels Encore and Wynn, respectively. “Every idea I’ve had in my head almost the last 20 years of nightlife that I was never able to do before will now be done here,” he said.
Best of Las Vegas Nominee Poor Richard’s Players will
Challenge the Artist and challenge the Audience with their production of “Men in Suits” by Jason Milligan.
Charles Durning, Dan Lauria, and James Handy starred in the original 1996 production of this portrait of up and coming Mafia soldiers. Max and Bobby both take different approaches to their job, but when they accidentally kill the wrong guy at New York’s Grand Central Station, they venture across state lines to make sure all is right with the Boss. Are either of them prepared for what happens next?
Cirque’s reimagined ‘Zarkana’ at Aria — with new music, acrobatics — is ‘brighter, lighter and faster paced’
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Photo credit: TOM DONOGHUE/DONOGHUEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
New music and an amazing new acrobatic act are among the subtle yet major changes to be unveiled Friday night at the reimagined “Zarkana” by Cirque du Soleil at Aria in MGM’s CityCenter.
On Nov. 13, I reported that Cirque would temporarily shut the year-old magical circus show for a makeover. I was promised: “What was dark and mysterious and enthralled audiences in New York, Spain and Russia will give way to a lighter and more thrilling show for Las Vegas audiences.”
“Zarkana” closed at the end of December to take advantage of the preplanned vacation for cast and crew in January, with the scheduled opening Friday. The spectacle about an abandoned magic theater that comes back to life returns with four guides rather than the individual magic character of Zark, while lead singer Cassiopee’s role has been expanded.
Revitalized and amped-up ‘Jubilee!’ sets March 17 return to Bally’s
BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun
The grander, more spectacular spectacle that is “Jubilee!” at Bally’s is scheduled to hit the stage on St. Patrick’s Day.
Announced this morning is that “Jubilee!” is due back after a two-month upgrade being directed by Frank Gatson Jr. Tickets to the made-over show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Members of Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards program will have access to a pre-sale from Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Thursday at 10 p.m. Tickets are $62.50 to $122.50 (minus fees) and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster and at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment box office and by calling (702) 777-2782 and (855) 234-7469.
The last standing show to feature traditional Las Vegas showgirls, “Jubilee!” was taken down Jan. 30 so that Gatson and his creative team could get to work on boosting the quality of the production, starting with a review of the entire cast. As Gatson has said since being recruited, every facet of the production is open to modification, including the theater’s staging and sound system.
JOE DOWNTOWN: A ROOFTOP WRANGLERS ARENA AT THE PLAZA COULD BE JUST WHAT DOWNTOWN NEEDS
From: Las Vegas Weekly
A short eight months from now, hockey will likely be played on top of the Plaza hotel-casino Downtown. It’s one of those “only in Las Vegas” ideas, spawned by Brit Jonathan Jossel, who dug roots here seven years ago as head of Las Vegas properties for Tamares Group, which owns the Plaza.
Jossel had heard about the Wranglers’ predicament: In December, the team announced its lease with the Orleans would not be renewed this fall and it was looking for a new Valley home. Walking his dog, Snorkel, one day shortly after, Jossel wondered where he could find enough land Downtown to house a rink.
That’s when it hit him: Hockey. Downtown. A rink. The Plaza roof. The more he thought about it, the stronger he believed it would work. “Not only do I believe people would come Downtown [for hockey games],” Jossel says, but Downtown would welcome hockey. “It would add to the variety of things to do Downtown.”
VICTOR DRAI TO OPEN NEW GAY CLUB ON THE STRIP THIS SUMMER
BY: Mike Prevatt/Las Vegas Weekly
With all the news of nightlife impresario Victor Drai opening his nightclub and daylife pool atop the new Cromwell hotel—where he’s also renovating his pioneering afterhours basement spot—it begs the question: What’s he going to do with the Bally’s space currently hosting his pre-sunrise parties?
He’s going to turn it into a gay club.
During a hard-hat tour of Drai’s Nightclub and Beach Club this afternoon, Drai revealed his plans to open and develop Liaison, the first casino-situated venue aimed specifically at LGBT clientele, and the first foray into gay nightlife for the film producer-turned-restaurateur-turned-club-owner.