Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 | 9:15 p.m.
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This week, John Katsilometes is joined by longtime Las Vegas performer Enoch Augustus Scott, who plays the Zombie emcee Zenoch in the wild musical production “Zombie Burlesque” at V Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Learn how Scott beat an obsession with steroids, and landed the role in the David Saxe Productions after a fluke audition cal
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas, where the NFL conference championship game lines at the moment are Pats minus-3 and 44.5 and Panthers minus-3 and 47.5.
I like both unders. But I liked the Seahawks last week, too …
The reason for the visit to the Wynn/Encore metroplex is to stop into Encore Players Club, which formally opened Jan. 6 in the casino territory outside Andrea’s and across from Surrender. Captivating space, with table games sharing area with a pool table and shuffleboard.
The tabletops are equipped with what serves as a big smartphone, where you can dial up social media or drink orders and, one day, play games of chance right there from your seat.
This is an attempt to lure the club crowd, expressly the pesky Millennials, into an area that is not Surrender or XS. In researching how to use that space, Wynn/Encore COO Sean Christie and Surrender/Encore Beach Club GM Michael Waltman gauged their club crowd and sought ways to expand the entertainment offerings outside DJ-driven EDM.
They also checked out party pits throughout the city — including downtown — and you can feel the influence of such diverse hotels as the Gold Spike and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Setting up pool tables in the same neighborhood as traditional casino table games is one example, and the execs actually considered a real-size, floor shuffleboard game, bocce court, oversized Jenga game, horseshoe pit, beanbag toss and other related activities.
For the time being, they’ll settle for the table technology, craps and blackjack tables and existing games. But if they ever expand …
More from the scene:
• Adrian Zmed has reportedly played the role of Danny Zuko onstage more than any other actor, dating to various Broadway and national tours of “Grease.” He has appeared in the musical in five decades, remarkably, including a stint as Teen Angel in a production in Thousand Oaks, Calif., two years ago.
Zmed also is famous for his role as Officer Vince Romano alongside William Shatner and Heather Locklear in “T.J. Hooker," as the second host of “Dance Fever,” both in the ’80s, and starred in “Surf the Musical" at Planet Hollywood in 2012.
A Las Vegas resident, Zmed is reviving the film “Grease 2,” in which he starred as Johnny Nogerelli, with a night of bowling and viewing party for the film at Brooklyn Bowl. The event is Thursday. Doors are at 10:30 p.m., film at 11, no cover. Those who want to bowl pay $20, and you get the shoes and a beer. Pink Lady and T-Bird costumes from the film are encouraged.
Zmed will be performing a running commentary — giving him a chance to answer the many critics who dogged the luckless follow-up to “Grease” — and hosting various contests. You know, limbo, trivia, best costumes, best impression of Deney Terrio …
Regardless of its critical response and box office performance (which was acutely disappointing), Zmed has long said “Grease 2” was a more genuine adaptation of the musical than was the original film.
“Grease” was essentially a vehicle to showcase Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and has become one of the most famous movie musical and film soundtracks ever. But “Grease 2,” too, holds a place in pop culture history, even if just for the bowling scene, set to “Score Tonight.”
And Michelle Pfeiffer, we’re holding a lane for you …
• The appearance by Vanilla Ice in the promising “Throwback Thursdays” late-night sets at LAX at Luxor won’t be the last we see of the guy I met Thursday who goes by the offstage name Rob Van Winkle.
We know him better as Vanilla Ice, and he is back at Mandalay Bay Beach on June 24 as part of the “I Love the 90s” tour, joining Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Loc, Coolio, All 4 One, Kid N Play, Rob Base and Young MC. A similar lineup, under the “Legends of Hip-Hop” title, sells out arenas across the country.
Ice does not need to perform to make a living, as he is the host of “The Vanilla Ice” home-improvement series on HGTV. He is just rapping — I mean, wrapping — taping that series.
“Do I need to do this? Financially, no,” he said during Thursday’s walk-through at the club. “But as a performer, I absolutely need to do it.” He later followed with a set featuring “Ninja Rap," "Play That Funky Music" and the ever-famous "Ice Ice Baby." Those who turned up included Flavor Flav, so you know the party was in full force.
Artists booked in upcoming “Throwback Thursdays” are Salt-N-Pepa's DJ Spinderella on Feb. 4 and Young MC on Feb. 18. And, down the line, we’ll have more Ice, whose ability to draw a crowd (wait for it) never seems to melt.
• Often, during a particularly inspiring show — like a Rush concert, performance of “Fantasy" at Luxor or Kenny Davidsen’s Bow Tie Cabaret at Tuscany Suites — I remark, “I shall rush the stage!”
The person who ignited that phrase was Domenick Allen, during a performance of “Vocal Soup” at Suncoast Showroom on June 20, 2009. My first use of that line: “Allen even played the soaring sax solo from “Urgent,” and for those of us who played Foreigner's “4” until the grooves wore down, it was a rush-the-stage moment.”
Allen and his wife, Leigh Zimmerman, are back in Las Vegas from Feb. 4-6 as Allen appears with Clint Holmes at Cabaret Jazz. Allen is one of these wonderfully talented people, a great singer (he toured for a time with Foreigner) and masterful multi-instrumentalist and singer.
Zimmerman and he had been time in London, for a time, as she performed in the West End production of “A Chorus Line,” winning an Olivier Award (akin to a Tony Award) for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her performance as Sheila.
Zimmerman is best known in the city for her portrayal of Ulla in “The Producers” at Paris Las Vegas. She also has played Velma Kelly in “Chicago” in London and on tour. She is hosting a daylong Masterclass at Best Agency on Feb. 6 titled “Mastering Musical Theater.”
Holmes, too, has hosted a couple of these seminars. For info, go to best-agencies.com. You might learn something, but don’t rush the stage. That is frowned upon … so I have learned.
Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.