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I still stand by my earlier article. Now that I’ve seen this show a couple of times, I can say this: you’re likely to have a lot of fun at this nutty musical parody of the book that’s changed our entertainment landscape in a big way, whether we want to admit it or not.
Typically, I judge a show by several factors: My initial reaction, aka how much fun I had the very first time I saw it, the setting of how I saw it, and how far along the show was in its own timeline. If I go to a media event and already know half the cast, then that is clearly a particular set of circumstances I realize will not be experienced by 99.27% of other people who see that show.
Also, I am often there for opening night or the grand opening. I’ll never do a review of the actual soft opening because that’s just mean. Performers, producers, etc. all need time to get into their roles, get used to the venue, blah, blah, blah. The thing I’ll never forget though is how genuinely excited (or not) I was after that first taste.
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Assuming you caught our update on Jeff Civillico’s new digs over at Flamingo, you might have noted the part where we said his temporary move was due to renovations of his former showroom at The Linq. If you’re keeping score at home, that means Divas Las Vegas, the show Civillico used to share a stage with, will be displaced as well.
The Facebook page of Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas posted a photo of The Linq Showroom after the show’s very last performance in that room. Not to worry, both the showroom and the show will go on. The theater is getting a complete renovation and Divas will be sashaying back in all its feather boa-ed glory once the upgrade is complete.
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A few weeks back, we told you about the upcoming new show at Mandalay Bay's LIGHT Nightclub. Called "For The Record: BAZ", it had us hoping that this Cirque Theatrical production would fill the void created by the demise of Cosmo’s Vegas Nocturne.
Now that we’ve attended two performances, we can tell you that it's "Spectacular! Spectacular!" (a Moulin Rouge reference).
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Grand opening....Grand closing.
We're used to places suddenly closing on The Strip but these two closures have us slightly taken aback. Let's start with the first and the most sudden of the two--Mo5aic at Bally's.
Just last week, the boys of this acapella show were hyping their return to Las Vegas with a grand media opening at the Windows Showroom at Bally's. But sadly, the residency lasted just short of a month as the The LVRJ reports that the show was halted due to "a dispute over delinquent rent." Seems like Mo5aic' s producer just pulled the plug at the last-minute. (Which probably won't help the guys get hired in this town again.)
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It's BAZ, baby, BAZ!
Here's a cheat sheet for what's happening in Las Vegas this weekend. These are events and listings that we picked because we think they're cool, noteworthy and/or funny. This is not a complete listing of everything that's happening in Vegas this weekend so simma' down now. Remember, what happens in Vegas...should probably be shared with VegasChatter. XOXO.
Melody Sweets Presents "Big Top Circus and Burlesque": The tassle-wearing vixen of Absinthe kicks off her break-out show tonight in the Absinthe Tent at Caesars Palace. Melody will perform both covers and originals from her album Burlesque in the Black accompanied by live Vegas musicians and a mix of aerial and burlesque acts (including Dirty Martinai, Buttercup Delight, and Absinthe Duo Fevrier.) Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Doors open at midnight.
"For The Record: BAZ" Opens Tonight: Not into the prodcution style of Absinthe? Head on over to Mandalay Bay's Light nightclub to check out the newest but most intimate Cirque du Soleil production yet, based on the music and style of movie director Baz Luhrmann who's best known for "Moulin Rouge", "Romeo + Juliet" and most recently, "The Great Gatsby." Tickets start at $55, plus fees.
Hard Rock's "Final Toast" for Center Bar: On Sunday, June 28, Hard Rock will host a “Final Toast” party for locals and visitors as well as past and current employees from 7 to 10 p.m. Top music hits from 1995 will be playing, and attendees can sign their name on the original Center Bar before it closes for good. The final toast will be given by Robin Leach, which may or may not affect your decision to be there at closing time. Meanwhile, guests can still enjoy the bar's "Last Call" promotion through Sunday. That gets them five of the bar's most popular shots for just $5 and which also come in with a limited-edition Center Bar shot glass.
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It’s evidently contract extension season in Vegas. Frank- The Man, The Music will be sticking around at Palazzo through the end of the year. If you haven’t caught it yet, you’ll have at least until December 31st to hear Bob Anderson sing his way through the classic Sinatra hits you likely know so well. There’s also the 32-piece band led by Vincent Falcone, Sinatra’s own band leader from back in his prime. The show runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdaysy and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 9 p.m.
Now to switch gears from Frank to Frankie. Frankie Moreno’s residency at Cabaret Jazz at Smith Center has been extended for another 10 shows and will pick back up July 14 through September 29. After twelve shows that must have gone well, the crooner and pianist is back on select Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. If you missed him at Stratosphere and Golden Nugget before that, his show is definitely worth it. His piano abilities are downright impressive and he’s most certainly easy on the eyes. With tickets starting at just $25, give it a try.
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As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Piff the Magic Dragon, everyone's favorite magic dragon, who actually does magic tricks, is returning to The Strip---this time to The Flamingo as a part of the new X Comedy Uncensored Fun comedy show.
Produced by the same team who did "X Burlesque" and "X Rocks", X Comedy will premiere on June 25 at 8pm inside Bugsy's Showroom. The show will be hosted by comedy veterans
we've never heard of Nancy Ryan and John Bizarre, and it is promising "non-stop laughs and a hysterical lineup of comedians, including PIFF the Magic Dragon and his sidekick Mr. Piffles, the “TV Guy” Joe Trammel, Dennis Blair and more." Whether it will have actual X-rated stuff, we don't know, nor do we care because YOU HAD US AT MR. PIFFLES.
Tickets for the show will go on sale on June 22 and range from $49.95, $59.95 to $69.95 plus tax and fees. A Comedy Star ticket, which includes a guarantee that you will be a part of the show, is also available for $100 plus tax and fees. Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com. But no minors allowed as guests must be 18 years or older to see this X-rated (fingers crossed) show.
[Photo: Erik Kabib/Rose.Rabbit.Lie; Logo via X Comedy]
One of the Strip’s most energetic shows is returning soon, this time at a new location. Recycled Percussion, the goofy drumming quartet (ok, one plays mostly guitar) you may remember from America’s Got Talent is bringing a new show to the Saxe Theater inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.
Their former show at The Linq (and Tropicana and Studio 54 before that) featured high energy drumming and an ADHD-fueled romp through classic rock hits. The show was called Recycled Percussion but it looks like that will change. The band posted a poll on its Facebook page asking fans to choose between the names Kaos The Show or Ridonkulous The Show. Eek. Not sure we can get on board with either of those names but hopefully the show is as fun as it was before, even though it will be on a smaller stage.
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One of the most iconic shows on The Strip is Jubilee at Bally's. The show has been around since 1981, and it is still full of gorgeous dancers and amazing talent. When you think of Vegas, you think of showgirls and Jubilee has some of the best.
As part of our newfound mission to bring you insider Vegas stories, we sat down with a former Jubilee dancer, Lisa Gallion, to learn about the two years in the mid-90s that she spent as part of the cast. In a way, this Q&A touches on both those behind-the-scenes moments as well as gives us a look back at "old" Vegas, which is rapidly disappearing before our eyes. So pour a drink, sit back and enjoy!
Lisa spoke to VegasChatter about her own personal experience with Jubilee, which does not necessarily represent the way things currently are with the Jubilee cast.
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UPDATE June 18, 2015: For the Record: BAZ will actually begin performances on June 26, not June 19 as previously expected. The shows start at 8pm nightly, but is dark on Tuesdays. Go here to buy tickets or for more information.
Vegas is about to down another shot of Cirque du Soleil (try to hold back your groans). Well, sort of. Imagine what would happen if you took hit songs from various eras and staged them as familiar movie scenes inside a cabaret-style theater.
That's what happens in “For The Record: BAZ”, which Cirque is bringing to Mandalay Bay's LIGHT Nightclub this month. If BAZ is anything like the film director who inspired it, your senses might never be the same.
British crooner Matt Goss is coming back for another round in The Gossy Room at Caesars Palace. He’s been performing off and on since 2010 and on June 23, the run continues. The former Bros singer has been hailed as the second coming of Sinatra. This time around, he’s got some competition from Michael Monge at Eastside Lounge at Encore and Bob Anderson in Frank: The Man, The Music at Venetian, both of whom have Sinatra acts.
Goss has an ace in the hole this time in well-known entertainment manager and producer Bernie Yuman, who has repped Muhammad Ali and Siegfried & Roy. Perhaps he can keep the momentum going for the Vegas veteran. His nine-piece band and backup dancers should help.
Expect a mix of covers, his own tracks and of course a healthy dose of Sinatra classics. His new residency will run Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for GA, $80 for Gold Circle and $120 for VIP which includes a meet and greet with New Blue Eyes.
Also coming to Caesars Palace is the Reba, Brooks & Dunn show beginning on June 17. The mini-residency runs through July 4 and picks back up again in December when all the cowboys come to town again. [Thanks @Flinthaven for the tip!]
Vegas' favorite and only magic dragon, Piff, who was left show-less when Vegas Nocturne was kicked out of The Cosompolitan last year, made a triumphant return on America's Got Talent reality show the other night, wooing judges Mel B. and Heidi Klum in the process. (And we thought his Mr. Darcy-esque affection was only for us.)
While we've yet to see where Piff will end up in the reality show, VegasDeluxe reports that he's already landed another Vegas gig. Buried under a bizarre item about a plastic-surgery Instagram star, Leachy
dictates his scoop to his secretary who writes:
I can now confirm the earlier rumors that I reported: It will be one woman and four men handling the adult, four-letter-word shock comedy in “X Comedy Uncensored Fun” opening June 25 at Flamingo in place of the recently departed Vinnie Favorito show.
The host will be Nancy Ryan and husband John Bizarre, with comedians Dennis Blair, Joe Trammel and Piff the Magic Dragon, formerly of “Vegas Nocturne” at the Cosmopolitan.
We tried to find out more on the show but Googling "X Comedy Uncensored Fun" pulled up some interesting but probably x-rated results.
Still, if Piff is involved then we'll probably watch it. Any chance he'll get really filthy and remove the dragon
costume skin? We can only hope. #dragondownunder
[Photo: Erik Kabib/Rose.Rabbit.Lie]