Cee Lo’s private preview of his new show ‘Loberace’
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
Photo credit: GLENN PINKERTON/LAS VEGAS NEWS BUREAU
Super-busy singer Cee Lo Green will be in Las Vegas this weekend, and a privileged few will attend a performance to tease his new show “Loberace” headed to Planet Hollywood next year. Meantime, Season 3 of NBC’s “The Voice,” on which he’s a judge, premieres tonight with a new format.
Plus, Cee Lo’s just signed another NBC deal for a sitcom based loosely on his jam-packed life balancing his supercharged career and his ex-wife and their children. The deal also includes other scripted and unscripted projects. This summer, he also appears in the Jordin Sparks film “Sparkle,” the late Whitney Houston’s final movie, recorded a cameo for Eminem’s group Slaughterhouse and did a voiceover for the upcoming animated film “Hotel Transylvania.”
Cee Lo, with his white cat, joins Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on “The Voice” with the new format. A “Battle Round” has been added that lets a coach steal a contestant from another team if they lose, and the new “knockout round” will precede the teams being cut from 10 contestants to five. Cee Lo kicks off his run at Planet Hollywood on Feb. 27 but this weekend performs at a party at another hotel for a private VIP event -- and we’ll be there.
Holly Madison and ‘Peepshow’ to part ways Oct. 21.
BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun.
Holly Madison’s run as a Strip headliner comes to a close Oct. 21.
That is the date specified by BASE Entertainment co-CEO Scott Zeiger for Madison’s final appearance in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood. In a phone conversation from his New York office today, Zeiger said the date was acceptable to Madison and the company that produces the topless show.
“Holly is very comfortable in herself and her ability to continue in the show through that date,” Zeiger said. “We will be announcing our casting change quite soon.”
Jenny McCarthy, Carmen Electra to replace Holly Madison in ‘Peepshow’?
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
Photo credit: DANNY MAHONEY/XS
Solid rumors surfaced over the Labor Day Weekend that negotiations are underway -- or about to start this week -- for Holly Madison’s replacement in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood when she leaves early this fall because she’s expecting her first baby in February.
Vegas DeLuxe learned last week that New York producers at BASE Entertainment had mulled invitations to Playboy beauty Jenny McCarthy and petite bombshell Carmen Electra -- another Playboy nude centerfold cover girl -- to possibly take over for 32-year-old Holly.
Now discussions on possible contract terms are moving forward, and there’s even the rumored possibility that Jenny and Carmen would alternate in limited-engagement runs.
Steve's Las Vegas Quickies:
On its website, Tropicana
proudly boasts its new poker room as the city's best, but that wasn't enough to keep it open. The room has closed and the space will be used for slot tourneys.
Congratulations to producer David Saxe
, who will celebrate the 10th anniversary Wednesday of his “V -- the Ultimate Variety Show”
at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile. “V” features comedy, magic and acrobatic acts and was featured this year on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” It opened at theVenetian in 2002, but box office sellouts for two years persuaded David to open his own theater in Miracle Mile.
Two acts joined the lineup this year: his sister Melinda, the First Lady of Magic, and the daredevil duo the Skating Aratas. Performances are twice nightly at 7 and 8:30. David is our most prolific producer with 12 shows running at Planet Hollywood and during the past 25 years has produced more than 100 shows in Las Vegas and globally. He opened a second venue at Planet Hollywood in 2010, Saxe Theater, home to “Vegas! the Show,” “BeatleShow!,” “Michael Turco’s Magic & Mayhem”and “iCandy Burlesque: the Show.”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame
is opening its first exhibit in Las Vegas to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Warren Moon will make the official announcement this Thursday morning at the Luxor with Heisman Trophies, busts, jerseys and six championship rings going on display alongside the Titanic and Bodies exhibits.
There will be an eight-week run of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” starting Sept. 26 at the Palazzo
. This season’s winner about to be determined will perform along with other stars from the show and fan favorites.
Even before the last of the Labor Day Weekend
party stragglers headed home from 96 hours of raucous revelry, Las Vegas hotel entertainment executives began laying out New Year’s Eve headliner plans.
To kick off Halloween week, female impersonator Frank Marino and his “Divas Las Vegas”
launch Disco Divas Bingo
at Imperial Palace. “This isn’t your grandmother’s bingo game,” Frank said. “There’s nowhere else in the world you can play bingo with drag queens breaking out in dance on your table while yours truly hosts. These bingo games will be anything but a drag!”
First to announce is the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with news of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
for Dec. 31 in their first Las Vegas appearance in more than seven years. The group, who have six Grammy Awardsand racked up more than 60 million in sales, is in concert in the Chelsea Ballroom at 11 p.m.
Although the new Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson
show going into Mandalay Bay
in March still doesn’t have a title, rehearsals begin in Montreal on schedule next month under director and choreographer Jamie King. I’m told that construction is on target, too, with stage and high-speed lifts, scaffolding and rigging in place.
Starting Sept. 20, magician Seth Grabel,
who has been entertaining late-night weekends at the Foundation Room in House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, begins a run at the Clarion Hotel.
It’s a $17 million gastronomic gamble: Construction is completed, the staff is trained, and now the food awaits preparation. Caesars Palace opens its highly anticipated Bacchanal Buffet
on Tuesday. There will be more than 500 food items in the sophisticated, unique space with nine globally inspired live kitchens. Check out the media preview, posted last month, of the 25,000-square-foot decadence for 600 diners -- said to be the biggest buffet in America if not the world.
is returning to Las Vegas in November, nearly a half-century after a smitten Liberace signed the 20-year-old as his opening act at the Riviera.
It was announced Thursday that Streisand, who has made only a handful of appearances here over three decades, has added a Nov. 2 show at the MGM Grand Garden
to her upcoming tour. Joining her will be Italy's pop-opera tenors Il Volo and Grammy-nominated trumpeter Chris Botti.
and wife Kiki will have the first fundraiser for their charity, called Mike Tyson Cares,
on Oct. 27 at the estate of Jim and Joan Hammer inside the Red Rock Country Club. Rio headliner Eddie Griffin will provide part of the entertainment. The event benefits The Shade Tree, which helps homeless and abused women and children in crisis, and the Torino Foundation, which offers summer camp for critically ill children.
, the season 10 winner of "Hell's Kitchen,"
starts her new job -- the prize for her victory -- at the new Gordon Ramsay steakhouse at Paris today, so drop by and say hi if you're a fan of the show.
Tetsu Teppan Grill Debuts:
Michelin 3-Star chef Masa Takayama has opened his new teppan grill inside bar MASA at Aria.
Rockers Green Day
headline the MGM Grand Garden arena on Feb. 8. Tickets are $29.50, $49.50 and $69.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. today at Ticketmaster outlets.
The iconic Bob Dylan
comes to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Oct. 27. Tickets are $59.50, $89.50 and $129.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster outlets.
Dorothy McGuire Williamson,
one of the McGuire Sisters trio popular for their vocal harmonies and identical look in the '50s and '60s, has passed away at the age of 84. Her sisters Christine and Phyllis, who was a long-time companion to the late Bob Stupak, continue to reside in Las Vegas, where the group performed regularly.
For all of you out there who've been mourning the passing of the popular locals eatery that succumbed, like so many others, to the recessionary woes that hit Vegas so hard, we have good news! R-Jgossip columnist Norm! reports that, a year after closing its doors on W. Sahara, Rosemary's
is due to return as part of the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company's renovation of the Reed Whipple Cultural Center on Las Vegas Blvd. North, a project that will also include 499-seat theater.
, a showcase of leading Middle Eastern performers, returns to the Paris Ballroom
for one night only on Saturday, Nov. 3. Tickets will be available to the public Friday, Sept. 7 beginning at 10 a.m. and range in price from $75 to $285, including taxes and fees. The show is at 9 p.m.
While Awesome '80s Prom
is set to shut-up shop at V Theater on Sept. 16 (it may yet have an alternative Vegas venue -- or not), producer Sirc Michaels will replace this short-lived happening with something called Legwarmers
, described as "a jukebox musical with rotating specialty numbers. Hmm
The Pure Aloha Fall Festival
will move to a new home at the Rio
this year. Featuring more than 100 island craft and merchandise booths, food vendors, and amusement rides, the event will take place from Oct. 11-14 and General Admission tickets are available for $8 at the gate on the day.
B.B. King's Blues Club
in The Mirage, which opened in November 2009 and has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since early 2011, could face closure by mid-November, pending a ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mike Nakagawa due today, reports the R-J. The club is accusing its landlord of overcharging for facility fees, while the Mirage contends that the venue violated its lease from the get-go and owes more than $600,000 in unpaid obligations.
The rumor brokered last fall by Robin Leach, that a Las Vegas outpost of New York's alt. nightclub The Box
would be coming to a venue somewhere on the Strip, has been confirmed: The new nightlife hotspot, called The Act, is under construction on the third floor of the Shoppes at Palazzo, next door to Barney's New York. The new 15,000-square-foot labyrinthine brainchild of impresario Simon Hammerstein has been termed "part cabaret, part Vaudevillian showcase, with exotic performances set between interludes of roaring music" and is due to open later this fall.
Today's LV R-J reports that the Nevada Taxicab Authority
has taken a new, tougher stance against the practice of long-hauling, or taking unsuspecting passengers on a circuitous route in order to artificially inflate the fare. It's a practice that largely affects new visitors arriving at the airport, and has long been the bane of many tourist's vacation, especially when they know they're being taken for a ride -- literally. Now, however, officials have ceased settling citations for less than the statutory penalties, which range from $100 for the first offense, to $350 for the fourth. In addition, temporary suspension may be imposed following the second offense, and possible license revocation following the fifth.
For the second time, a Las Vegas loo is up for the Cintas "America's Best Restroom"
award, with Vanity nightclub -- dubbed the most luxurious toilet in Sin City by the Travel Channel -- in the running. With a $1.2-million-dollar price tag, the men's room at the Hard Rock nightspot features flat screens over the urinals and faux reptile-skin walls, while the 2,000-square-foot ladies' room features opulent red velvet vanity stations, gold-plated faucets, and a custom hand-blown chandelier, which alone cost $40,000.
“Casual cocktails, comfortable food” is the mantra that has made Public House
a restaurant success story from the East Coast with the first eatery opening in 2005. There's a Public House at the Venetian and now at the Luxor on the main casino floor adjacent to the lobby and next to LAX nightclub. The 7,000-square-foot bar and restaurant will accommodate as many as 200 guests for seated dining, along with standing room and bar stools for about 50 more in the bar and lounge. Public House will open at 11 a.m. daily, and serve lunch, dinner and late-night menus, as well as a "Happy Hangover Brunch" in the months following its opening.
Victory's Bar and Grill,
a race-themed restaurant, has opened inside the casino at the Cannery.
Open 24/7, it features a Lobster Zone - a claw machine with live lobsters. For $2 per attempt, guests have a chance to catch and pull out a live Maine lobster that will be prepared and served at no additional charge. Menu items have names like Checker Flagged Cheese Curds, Shelby Shrooms, and Crash and Burn Burgers. For sports fans, Victory's features 80' flat screen TVs around the entire venue.
After a fun private Halloween event last October, the Stratosphere i
s bringing back Dr. Havock's Sideshow of Curiosities
for the public to enjoy. Dr. Havock's Sideshow of Curiosities is an eccentric show experience full of startling visual illusions, dark humor, chilling characters and scenes inspired by the medicine pitch men, carnivals and vintage circus sideshows of yesteryear.
This theatrical show haunt is for people 18 years of age or older and children 12+ accompanied by a parent. Tickets are $12.50. Shows are Oct. 3, 5, 6, 7, 12 – 14, 19-21, and 26-31 from 5 to 11 p.m.
Adult guests will pass through the Elixir Lounge filled with bizarre mementos of Havock’s travels and featuring specially concocted Jägermeister potions and test tube shots.
After more than eight years at the Stratosphere, “Bite Las Vegas”
will have its final performance on Halloween night Oct. 31 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.45. The show debuted inside the Stratosphere Theater on Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, introducing audiences to the world of vampires while offering a tale of lost love, temptation and redemption.
Beginning Sept. 27, director Eli Roth
will unveil Eli Roth's GORETORIUM,
the massive chamber-of- horrors that will be open year-round on the Las Vegas Strip at 3717 Las Vegas Blvd. South across from CityCenter. The attraction will open at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2 p.m. on weekends. Tickets at www.goretorium.com
are $40 for general admission; $35 for advanced, and $60 for a Death Row VIP package.
The Hard Rock
is entering into the Halloween spirit, as it does from time to time, with word that from Oct. 12-31 Body English nightclub will transform into a Victorian-London-themed terror attraction,
featuring vignettes inspired by gothic-horror stories like "Jack the Ripper," "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," and "Frankenstein," plus ghoulish classics like "Sweeney Todd." Entry will be $18, with discounts for locals and groups.
the untold story of the witches of Oz, is currently playing at The Smith Center through Oct. 7. There are currently seven productions of “WICKED” worldwide.
Although the name change and a lot of the upgrade was completed earlier this year, the former Fitzgerald's Casino
on Fremont Street wukk celebrate its official transformation into the D
with a week-long event starting Saturday, Oct. 13 with a performance by Poison front man Bret Michaels and wraps up with a show by OneRepublic on Oct. 20. More details to follow.
Boyd Gaming’s Pumpkin Patch Pick Returns Sept. 30 – Nov. 17
Boyd Gaming celebrates October with $9.99 dining specials, Columbus Day point multipliers, month-long bowling specials and gift shop/liquor store deals.
Boyd Gaming’s popular fall cash giveaway, the Pumpkin Patch Pick, returns this fall with drawings, collect and win and instant win prizes. From September 30 to November 17, B Connected members playing at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town will have the chance to win their share of $500,000 in prizes.
Starting September 30, B Connected members can participate in the Pumpkin Patch Pick Collect and Win game. After earning slot points when playing with their B Connected card at Boyd Gaming’s four Las Vegas Locals properties, players can collect game pieces when swiping their card at B Connected kiosks to match and win game pieces for a chance to win cash prizes up to $2,500. B Connected members who have earned points and swipe their card at kiosks are also eligible for a variety of Instant Winner prizes, including 1 million Bonus Points, dinners, $50 cash, hotel stays, slot dollars, salon or spa discounts, movie tickets, bowling and other prizes. B Connected members can play up to three times each Friday and Saturday during the promotion.
In addition, B Connected card members playing slots, video poker and table games at participating properties will earn points toward entries in weekly drawings. Card members will also be eligible to earn additional bonus entries based on their card level status. Players must activate entries to participate.
Drawings will be held weekly each Saturday from October 6 to November 17 at 8:15 p.m. at each of the four participating properties. Winners of the drawing will be invited to punch out one of 10 spots on a drawing board, each containing a cash prize ranging from $250 to $5,000. Each participating property is giving away $70,000 guaranteed during the drawings, for a total of $280,000 in cash.
But the fun doesn’t stop there, as Boyd Gaming will offer a variety of October specials throughout the Las Vegas Valley:
$9.99 Oktoberfest Buffet
Every Saturday evening in October, the buffets at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California, Fremont and Main Street Station will offer a special Oktoberfest Buffet. Specially priced at $9.99 for B Connected members (non-B Connected member pricing varies per property), the buffet will feature eight traditional German dishes and includes a complimentary bottle of St. Pauli Girl beer. Additional bottles of St. Pauli Girl will be available for just $2 each.
$9.99 Unlimited Enchiladas or Tacos with Bottomless Margaritas
Every Wednesday and Thursday in October, Boyd Gaming’s three Mexican restaurants – Coasta Cantina at The Orleans and Suncoast, and Willy & Jose’s Cantina at Sam’s Town – will offer B Connected members unlimited enchiladas or tacos with bottomless margaritas for just $9.99 per person, plus tax.
Columbus Day Point Multipliers
On Columbus Day (Monday, October 8), The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town will offer point multipliers to B Connected members: 11x on slots and 7x on video poker.
Midnight Bowling Specials
Throughout October, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town Bowling Centers will offer $1 games, Monday through Friday, from midnight until 8 a.m. In addition, K&K Bowling Pro Shop at each location now offers B Connected members a 15 percent discount.
Gift Shop and Liquor Store Deals
B Connected members will receive a 25 percent discount on all wine purchased at liquor stores or gift shops at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town in October. B Connected members making purchases $20 or more at these four properties’ gift shops will receive a special surprise gift in October.
For complete details and rules on the $500,000 Pumpkin Patch Pick, and information about other promotions and Boyd Gaming properties, visit www.boydgaming.com
, or visit any B Connected Club desk. Membership in B Connected is required to participate in all promotions and specials; membership is free and available to persons over the age of 21.
15 Vegas Spots That Are (Surprise!) Still Open.
A lot of new stuff opens and lot of old stuff closes each month in Las Vegas. Sometimes even new sh*t closes. There are so many openings and closings even your favorite know-it-alls had to start keeping track. Seriously, did you see how much sh*t happened last month?
Sometimes when we're wrapping up the comings and goings around town we stop to think wow, that's still open? Some revelations are pleasant surprises while others seem to break every law of economics and common sense we ever did learnt. Time to get in our head and discover which spots we're surprised are still open:
New “Resort Rewards” Players Club Offers Members Enhanced Benefits within Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa.
Rampart Casino is further enhancing its customer experience by launching the new Resort Rewards players club on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
With the new Resort Rewards program, members will receive a multitude of new benefits with the opportunity to not only earn points faster but also redeem those points for cash back, free slot play, meals at restaurants throughout the casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, treatments inside Aquae Sulis Spa, rooms at JW Marriott Las Vegas and golf at TPC Las Vegas. All rewarded benefits are based on members’ rated play, which varies by machine and game type, denomination, average bet and length of play.
“After my team began managing the casino in April 2012, we took several months to speak with our players and learn what they wanted from a rewards program,” said Mike Gaughan, Jr., Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas general manager. “The players were all very passionate about their experiences in both the casino and the resort side, so we decided to launch a fully integrated program in Resort Rewards. I am confident our players will very much enjoy these exclusive new benefits.”
The most prominent enhancement in Resort Rewards is the ability for players to rapidly accumulate points. Under the new program, players will earn one point for every $1 played on slot reels and video reels, one point for every $2 played on video poker and comp dollars for table game play based on length of play, average bet and type of game. The new rates on slot and video poker play now allow players to earn points twice as fast. Once points are accumulated, they can be redeemed at a rate of $1 rewarded for every 200 points.
“Resort Rewards provides tremendous value to the player with our two-times point system equal to our competitors’ 10-times point system,” said Gaughan. “We want players to take a look at what we will give them versus our competitors every time they step into the casino.”
In addition, the new program will offer three tiers for member benefits, including Resort Rewards (0 – 79,999 points), Summerlin (80,000 – 399,999 points) and Summerlin Elite (400,000 points or more). Players will maintain their tier level for six months once reached and must maintain their point level after that time period in order to remain eligible. Each tier offers additional benefits from the previous tier to provide an incentive for guests to accumulate larger point amounts. Benefits include room discounts at JW Marriott Las Vegas, golf discounts at TPC Las Vegas, exclusive VIP line access, Aquae Sulis Spa discounts and much more.
Resort Rewards is exclusive to Rampart Casino. Membership is free and only available to individuals 21 years or older. Full program details and restrictions can be found in the new Resort Rewards Club on the casino floor or online at www.rampartcasino.com
About Rampart Casino
The 50,000-square-foot Rampart Casino, located next to the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, offers an intimate gaming experience with more than 1,200 slot, video poker and keno machines; more than 40 live-action table games, featuring craps, roulette, 6-deck shoe blackjack, double-deck blackjack, single-deck blackjack, three-card poker, crazy 4 poker and progressive commission free pai gow; and a full-service race and sports book where guests can wager on horse racing, football, basketball, baseball, hockey, auto racing, boxing and additional selected events. Guests can also enjoy the benefits of the Resort Rewards players club where they can take advantage of monthly promotions in addition to earning and redeeming points for cash, free play, complimentary meals, entertainment, merchandise, trips to the Aquae Sulis Spa and rooms at the JW Marriott Las Vegas. Rampart Casino also offers entertainment on a nightly basis with live music and events inside both Addison’s Lounge and J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub and an intimate piano bar experience at Round Bar.
TLC’s new series ‘High Rollers’ is ruffling L.V. feathers.
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
Las Vegas VIPs are concerned that the new TLC reality TV series “High Rollers” will wind up showing our city in a bad light. Some who have been privy to scenes filmed here are fearful that editors and producers will “cut it up and re-stitch it” to show the opposite side of Las Vegas’ generosity, charity goodwill and good-neighbor concerns. The program is reporting premiering in December.
Much of the concern is focused on outspoken Russian-born Lana Fuchs, who heads her own fashion line and eyebrow-raising named Billionaire Mafia stores. Lana also has her Emerald Dream Charity Foundation. Lana moved here from California and had her first ready-to-wear collection in 2004. Singer Paula Abdul regularly wore her designs on “American Idol.”
From ‘America’s Got Talent’ to the Palazzo for local acts?
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
“America’s Got Talent” judges have been tough on Las Vegas acts, as the top-rated NBC series edges closer to next week’s finals. But there’s a silver lining breaking through the dark clouds! Judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, in her last outings with the show, first nixed master illusionist and piano genius duo Jarrett & Raja last week even though viewers voted them back for a second shot.
Then last night, the King of All Media groaned over Clint Carvahlo and his Extreme Parrots.
The results show airs Thursday, and critics say despite his parrot Kitty dancing, flying through hoops, mailing letters and retrieving soda cans from Sharon, Clint will be rejected.
However, there’s buzz that both acts could perform in the live version of “AGT,” which opens for a run at the Palazzo starting Sept. 26 and starring this season’s winner. Incidentally, the magical duo will be hosting a meet-and-greet at PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile on Friday after they broadcast on Hook Jaw Net Radio’s “Robert & C.C.” They have moved here after a two-year run in Singapore with praise from Siegfried & Roy and Rio headliners Penn & Teller.
Meantime, former “AGT” contestant, magician and newlywed Murray Sawchuck celebrated his 100th show at Tropicana on Monday.
V The Ultimate Variety Show Celebrating 10 Years on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Las Vegas show that has “something for everyone” will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary on September 12th.
V The Ultimate Variety Show features an ingenious collection of specialty acts from comedy and magic to acrobats that soar out over the crowd and routines so difficult, no other performers in the world have been able to duplicate them.
It has been an exciting year for V The Ultimate Variety Show with a February appearance on Ellen and two new acts joining the entertainment roster: daredevil duo, “The Skating Aratas” – voted Best Specialty Act by Las Vegas Weekly Magazine - and the most famous female magician in the world, “Melinda – First Lady of Magic.”
Show producer David Saxe opened V The Ultimate Variety Show at The Venetian Resort & Casino in 2002. After two years of packed performances, Saxe decided to open his own venue, V Theater, inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino where the show continues to take the stage twice nightly at 7 and 8:30.
David Saxe is Las Vegas’ most prolific producer with 12 shows currently running at Planet Hollywood. You could even say show business is in his blood. His mother was a dancer in Folies Bergere and his father, a bandleader for The Rat Pack. Saxe literally grew up backstage and launched his first show on the Strip at the age of 17 making him the youngest producer in Vegas’ history. “Specialty acts were always my favorite part of the shows,” said Saxe. “I created V The Ultimate Variety Show to showcase these amazing performers so audiences could experience the best of the best all on one stage.”
During the last 25 years, Saxe has produced more than 100 shows in Las Vegas and all over the world. He opened a second theater at Planet Hollywood in 2010, the Saxe Theater, home to VEGAS! The Show, BeatleShow!, Michael Turco’s MAGIC & MAYHEM and most recently, iCandy Burlesque THE SHOW.
Dining Pick of the Week: Lefty's Pizza.
Dining Pick of the Week: Maddy's Paddy Cafe.
Dining Pick of the Week: Osaka Japanese Bistro.
Caesars set to unveil new Bacchanal Buffet.
BY: Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review Journal.
Meet the new Bacchanal. It's not the same as the old Bacchanal.
If you've been around Las Vegas for a while, either as a resident or a visitor, you might remember Bacchanal at Caesars Palace, which closed in 2000.
It was an expansive room lined with classic columns and centered with a reflecting pool complete with nymph fountain, water flowing from her urn. The menu - printed as a parchment scroll - described it as "the most sumptuous of Roman dining experiences," and indeed it was, six courses (plus "intermezzo") accompanied by wines, with "goddesses" on hand to massage the shoulders of and feed grapes to the guests.
Yeah, that's not going to happen in the new one.
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Fans part of the party at raunchy 'Evil Dead: The Musical'
BY: Mike Weatherford/Las Vegas Review Journal.
Bruce Campbell gets a cut of this thing, right?
The audience at "Evil Dead: The Musical" may or may not have been at the V Theater to get squirted with blood in this one-of-a-kind offering, a campy musical descendant of "The Rocky Horror Show."
But they sure were there for the catchphrases.
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Bally Technologies to unveil 'Pawn Stars' slot machine.
BY: Howard Stutz/Las Vegas Review Journal.
The Las Vegas-based reality television series "Pawn Stars," will soon be coming to a casino near you.
Bally Technologies said Wednesday it will unveil a slot machine based on the History Channel's cable television series during the Global Gaming Expo Oct. 1-4 at the Sands Expo.
The slot machine will feature likenesses of Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell on the game's spinning reels.
Shows get new titles, same song and dance.
BY: Mike Weatherford/Las Vegas Review Journal.
Shows open, shows close. But seldom does one show morph into another, let alone having it happen twice in the same month.
One instance is no surprise. "Spirit of the Dance" turning into "Broadway Celebration" this week was an option producer David King left open all along.
"I've got 28 chances to get this right," the British producer said in May of his deep well of titles, which can be performed in repertory at New York-New York. "We'll put in what sells, and what doesn't, we'll take out."
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Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken at Blondies.
We knew the kickoff of the NFL season was going to take us a casino.. but which? After reading that our favorite non-sportsbook place to watch the games on The Strip was serving Flavor Flav's fried chicken we had the answer. Off to Blondies at Planet Hollywood we went!
Week one of the NFL season is, obviously, a little busier than most Sundays so Blondies imposed a minimum per person. But, at $25, it wasn't a big deal. That's only a few drinks or almost the cost of a plate of fried chicken.
Is Allegro At Wynn The Strip's Finest Late, Late Night Option?
Wynn's latest restaurant has a hidden surprise. It could be your new, go-to, late, late, late night destination in a setting that seems most suitable for a charming evening dinner. And, easily caters to both worlds.
Now officially open, it has been operating under the radar for a few weeks, but already slots into the Wynn terrain like a veteran resident. Reds, golds and unusual fixtures create an attractive setting. Especially surprising for a large portion of their potential guests. Because after serving their evening session of casual dining, Allegro turns into probably the fanciest all-night restaurant on The Strip.
If you are whooping it up at "XS, Allegro offers a special menu until 6 a.m. Yep, the latest late-dining option at Wynn is way fancier than a food court or In-N-Out burger run.
Hideaway For Brunch At Wynn's La Cave.
When you possess enough self-awareness to label yourself a "wine and food hideaway," it's clear La Cave understands it's not on most Vegas visitor's radar. Located at Wynn, if La Cave is new to you then you've definitely missed the news that a few months ago they launched an exceptional Sunday brunch. And we think we need to rectify that.
True to the wine bar ambiance, their other prominently displayed motto is translated as "In Wine There Is Truth." But, you need to look past their wine cellar premise and discover their weekend experiment. You'll be in select company as the brunch isn't even mentioned on the Wynn website. However, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday, you'll find an exceptional experience presented with imagination.
Bally's Has An 'Amazing' New Show.
The Price Is Right has disappeared from Bally's entertainment lineup, but a (self-proclaimed) 'amazing' act has popped up.
Amazing Johnathan can now be found at Bally's after a stint over at Planet Hollywood's Harmon Theater. The zany comic-slash-magician has been performing around Vegas for some time now. We can personally remember being amazed over at the Golden Nugget.
Catch Amazing Johnathan Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 p.m. Tickets are $59.95, or upgrade to VIP status for another $10 bucks. We're not exactly sure what that will get ya, but usually it's front of line access to seating and meet and greets.
New buffet brings 500 menu items to Caesars Palace.
BY: Ron Sylvester/Las Vegas Sun.
There weren't any fireworks or huge crowds, but those who showed up for the opening of the new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace did get the first tastes of 500 menu items.
The doors to the $17 million buffet opened at 7 a.m. today.
"This wasn't like a casino opening, where everyone is town shows up when the doors open," said Gabby Perez, general manager. "This was more of a soft opening. I counted about 20 people."
Peekaboo: Caesars Bacchanal Buffet.
VT reader dshapiro dropped in at Caesars Palace's brand new Bacchanal Buffet and brought back a slew of photos and a coupla thousand calories of nom. It looks as sleek and modern as we predicted... but then again, we saw the architectural diagrams so it wasn't much or a prediction. Anyhoos... strap on the photo proxy feedbag!
Turning Back The Clock: Sahara.
The first casino that opened on the land that would eventually be occupied by the Sahara was called Club Bingo. It was built by Milton Prell and opened July 24, 1947. Club Bingo was mostly a bingo hall, but also offered all the other standard casino games of the time. When Prell acquired the land, he was convinced to build a resort hotel and casino on the property.
San Gennaro Feast has music, amusement rides, oh, and food.
BY: Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review Journal.
Oh, what a night.
Make that nights - tonight through Sunday night, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well - as the 33rd annual San Gennaro Feast brings even more than its usual allotment of food, music and fun to the parking lots at the Silverton.
Anthony Palmisano, president of the event (which kicked off Tuesday with a recognition night for members of the military, veterans and law-enforcement officers in memory of 9/11), said the grand marshals are "Jersey Boys" cast members, who will perform sometime after 8 tonight. Denise Clemente is a grand lady and will perform nightly. Other entertainers include Clint Holmes, the Society of Seven with Jasmine Trias and many others. Free live entertainment begins at 4 p.m. daily; after 8 p.m., Las Vegas entertainer Tony Sacca will host a lineup on the feast's main stage.
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Gordon Ramsay chooses Paris chef on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
It was down to the wire in the closing moments of the Season 10 finale of Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” on Monday night. The fiery and controversial celebrity chef in a nail-biting closer chose 32-year-old Philadelphia chef Christina Wilson as the winner. She earned the head chef position working under Gordon’s executive chef Kevin Hee at Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris and starts work there Wednesday with a full turnout of employees greeting her first day.
“As chef Ramsay counted down, I took a deep breath and told myself I did my absolute best against a truly talented competitor,” said Christina about her win. “Feeling the door open was one of those moments I want to hold onto for life. I am so proud of my team for breaking their backs during prep and service. Despite our differences throughout the season, I honestly couldn’t have picked a better crew. After the most intense months of my life ... I am Vegas bound.”
Gordon added: “I’m really excited for Christina to come to Las Vegas to work under executive chef Kevin. … We had some great talent in the kitchen on Season 10, but throughout this competition, Christina stood out and proved herself as both a skilled chef and a leader in the kitchen. Her hard work and dedication is obvious, and I look forward to seeing what she does.” Starting Wednesday night!
Evil is Alive and Well by Jack Houston/Las Vegas Magazine.
Have you ever watched The Evil Dead and thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be so much better with showtunes?” From stage left arises Evil Dead: The Musical, a 4-D theatrical experience that brings the macabre magic of the 1981 cult classic and its two sequels to the stage.
The story follows a group of college students into a cabin in the woods, where they try to fight off a demonic force with the help of a chain saw—and a few good songs. It’s the rare example of a show that began its existence off-Strip (at the Onyx Theater on Sahara Avenue) and graduated to a more prominent space on Las Vegas Boulevard, mostly thanks to stellar reviews and an influx of Hollywood reboots of classic horror films. (The Evil Dead gets its own remake next year.)
Part of the spectacle of the Evil Dead stage production is the so-called “splatter zone,” a designated section of the audience where blood flies and protective ponchos are prohibited. Casual clothing is recommended for these and all seats, as no one really knows just how far blood will fly. “We cannot guarantee that any seat in the house will be completely safe from spray,” reads the warning. Words to live by.
V Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, 10 p.m. Fri., 11:30 p.m. Sat., $39.99-$59.99 plus tax and fee. 702.260.7200
The $1 million saga of Michael Grimm.
BY: John Katslioments/Las Vegas Weekly.
Michael Grimm is going back to Louisiana, in a lyrical sense, and the singer is baying out the words: “Well it’s three o’clock in the mornin’, ya’ll! Oh, and I’m bidin’ my time! Give me two more, Mr. Waiter! You know I got a whole lot on my mind!” The song is an old Delbert McClinton tune. The audience, which paid a five-spot apiece to see this 90-minute R&B revival, is drinking it up. Heads nod in approval, and most in the seated crowd bounce slightly in their seats. A dozen or so get up to groove near the stage, as if dancing to a vintage Wurlitzer whose volume is jacked up as high as she’ll go.
The venue is Ovation at Green Valley Ranch, which takes on the vibe of a big ol’ tavern, with Grimm and his crew serving as the house band. He fits the role ideally, wearing a familiar fedora, jeans and charcoal-colored vest over an untucked white dress shirt. Grimm’s hands dance easily across the strings of his Gibson electric, an instrument he learned to play at age 12. He closes his eyes when he sings, and ducks his head so the brim of his hat halfway shades his face. There is a warmth and a vague sense of familiarity about Grimm as he belts out, “I’m goin’ back to Louisiana! To that girl I left behind!”
Kitchen legend Andre Rochat picks his favorite local dining rooms.
BY: Jim Begley/Las Vegas Weekly.
Chef Andre Rochat is a legitimate Las Vegas legend, helming two restaurants in two separate properties: namesake Andre’s at the Monte Carlo and Alizé at the Palms. When he finds time to escape his own kitchens, here’s where he likes to eat.
IMPERIAL PALACE TO HOST FIRST-EVER “FRANK MARINO’S DISCO DIVAS BINGO” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Halloween-themed Bingo extravaganza to feature Frank Marino and cast of Divas Las Vegas, thousands of dollars awarded in Reel Rewards slot play and a costume contest.
To kick off Halloween week in style, Imperial Palace will host the inaugural “Frank Marino’s Disco Divas Bingo” in the property’s showroom on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Superstar female impersonator Frank Marino will host the evening, along with a deejay and “Divas Las Vegas” cast members, who will hustle and jive to Disco music throughout the game.
“This isn’t your grandmother’s Bingo game!” said Marino. “There’s nowhere else in the world you can play Bingo with drag queens breaking out in dance on your table, while yours truly hosts. This Bingo will be anything BUT a drag!”
The session will consist of 12 games, with prizes ranging from $100 to $500 in Reel Rewards vouchers for non-negotiable free slot play, and are redeemable as slot play credits at any designated slot machine within a Total Vegas resort.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. at the special events desk in front of the Imperial Palace Showroom. The game is open to existing and new Total Rewards members. Complimentary daubers will be provided. Existing Total Rewards members may buy-in for a maximum of four books. Those who sign up for new a Total Rewards card up to 48 hours before Thursday, Oct. 25 will receive one free book, and may buy-in for an additional three books. Guests 21 years of age or older can sign up for a Total Rewards card for free at the Total Rewards booths at the following Total Vegas properties: Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas and Imperial Palace.
VIP booths are available for purchase for $100 and include a bottle of Skyy Coconut Vodka. All guests will be able to purchase specialty Skyy Coconut Vodka cocktails and Miller High Life, as well as other cocktails, wine and beer.
In celebration of Halloween week, guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume and can sign up for a costume contest at the showroom doors upon entry. Frank Marino and Caesars Entertainment will determine the top three Best Disco-Themed Costumes, who will be awarded with Reel Rewards ranging in value from $50 - $300.
Additionally, those who purchase tickets to the Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” performance on Thursday, Oct. 25 will receive one free book per ticket purchased.
A contemporary and upbeat production, Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” continues to reinvent itself as the only Las Vegas tribute show to feature 17 characters each night. In addition to featuring talented female celebrity impersonations of entertainment’s most beloved superstars like Cher, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Bette Midler and Madonna, the production was the first on the Strip to add new characters such as Rihanna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Additionally, the show now features a Katy Perry number with hits “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold.”
Marino narrates the entire production and also performs a comedic pop culture monologue. At 1,000 performances, “Divas Las Vegas” continues to wow audiences from young and old with amazing talent, imagery – most importantly in a divas-style drag show – with stunning costumes and gowns.
Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” is co-produced by Adam Steck and Alex Schechter of SPI Entertainment.
Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” performs six nights a week (dark Fridays) at 10 p.m. Tickets are $39, $69 and $79 (plus tax and fees) and are available at the Imperial Palace box office, online at www.imperialpalace.com
or by calling (888) 777-7664. For more information on Frank Marino, visit www.frankmarino.com
Legwarmers – An 80s Musical Opening at Planet Hollywood’s V Theater.
LThe 80s return to Las Vegas when LegWarmers – An 80s Musical opens at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shop – Planet Hollywood Resort on September 20th.
LegWarmers is jam-packed with your favorite 80s hits and a storyline straight out of a John Hughes’ film. The show tells the story of six friends and the night that changed their lives forever. Audience members can sit back and enjoy the show or sing along with their favorite songs. It’s part comedy, part love story, and ALL fun!
As for the music, there is no shortage of hits. From one-hit wonders and new wave sensations to rock & roll classics and pop masterpieces; this show features the very best of the 80s!
“If you’re looking for a unique experience with songs you know and love, a story you can follow, and enough fun to last your entire time in Vegas, LegWarmers is for you,” said Sirc Michaels, director and producer of the show.
The musical will take the stage at V Theater, home to 8 other stage productions including V The Ultimate Variety Show, Evil Dead the Musical, and the world-famous Stripper 101 classes. Theater owner David Saxe is proud LegWarmers is joining his stellar entertainment roster. “Audiences love interactive shows,” said Saxe. “LegWarmers combines all of the best music and styles of the 80s with a great storyline and audience participation that’s perfect for the whole family.”
LegWarmers – An 80s Musical opens September 20th at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and runs nightly at 9pm.
Rampart Casino Satisfies Any Craving with a Revamped Schedule of Specialty Buffet Options.
This September, Rampart Casino is offering fresh, seasonal menu additions, weekend brunch and a schedule of theme nights inside its revamped buffet every Thursday through Sunday.
Guests can enjoy “New York Deli Night” every Thursday evening with the finest deli meats, specialty cheeses, soups, a gourmet gelato bar and more. Even the most seasoned delicatessen veteran won’t be disappointed with these quality cuts in addition to unlimited bottles of authentic Dr. Brown’s Soda. Pricing starts at $16.99 with a Resort Reward card, $18.99 without a card or $15.99 for seniors (50 years or older with a Resort Rewards card).
On Friday night, Rampart Buffet patrons can enjoy “Fisherman’s Delight,” featuring fresh Fish of the Day and a large selection of other seafood favorites. Also returning to the buffet is fresh salmon, which is flown in fresh to the buffet daily. Pricing starts at $16.99 with a Resort Reward card, $18.99 without a card or $15.99 for seniors (50 years or older with a Resort Rewards card).
Saturday evenings are for meat lovers with a sample of flavorful filets, prime rib, NY steak and other favorite cuts available for “Steakhouse Night.” Pricing starts at $16.99 with a Resort Reward card, $18.99 without a card or $16.99 for seniors (50years or older with a Resort Rewards card).
“New York Deli Night,” “Fisherman’s Delight” and “Steakhouse Night” are all served on their respective nights from 4 to 9 p.m.
Toast the weekend with the” Champagne Brunch” inside the Rampart Buffet every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet will offer a vast selection of traditional breakfast and lunch options. For the perfect family affair, children may enjoy the crispy bacon and pancakes while parents relax with bottomless champagne and gourmet omelets. Pricing starts at $12.99 with a Resort Reward card, $14.99 without a card or $11.99 for seniors (50+ with a Resort Rewards card).
These specialty options and events join the already popular lunch and dinner buffets. The lunch option is offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with pricing at $7.99 with a Resort Reward Card, $9.99 without a card or $6.99 for seniors (50 years and older with a Resort Rewards card). Dinner options are offered Sunday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for$13.99 with a Resort Reward Card, $15.99 without a card or $12.99 for seniors (50 years or older with a Resort Rewards card).
'Tony N' Tina's Wedding' leaves everyone happy.
BY: Mike Weatherford/Las Vegas Review Journal.
Some people have to be coaxed into this interactive-theater thing, and some don't. "Tony N' Tina's Wedding" takes care of them both.
The surreal play-along comedy debuted in Las Vegas 10 years ago, long before people gave you funny looks if you weren't on Facebook.
So, at this table sat your dutiful scribe, here to once again review the show because it has once again moved, this time into the best room of its four: a former Bally's buffet with split levels of seating, retro-kitsch chandelier and picture-window views.
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First NFL weekend in LVH era goes well enough for the guy in the Manning jersey.
BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun.
Around the time David Akers drilled his 63-yard field goal at Lambeau Field in the 49ers' 30-22 victory over the Packers, I had an epiphany: To visit a different Las Vegas sports book each week of the NFL season.
I was seated in the former Las Vegas Hilton at the time of this epiphany, which may or may not have been prompted by the site of a guy wearing a replica Warren Sapp Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey ... and an authentic leather helmet.
LVH celebrated its first NFL opening week in the post-Hilton era. If success can be measured by hundreds of guys convening to watch football, drink cheap beer and wear such jerseys as Sapp's old No. 99 or Peyton Manning’s new Denver Broncos No. 18, it went great.
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