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May 1, 2016

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Robin Leach

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Strip Scribbles: Miss USA Pageant returns to L.V., Nick Jonas, Nick Carter
Monday, April 4, 2016
Today’s Strip Scribbles is in abbreviated form because of the incredibly busy weekend of the 2016 ACM Awards and this morning’s opening-day celebrations at MGM Resorts’ new The Park entertainment-and-dining district near New York-New York and Monte Carlo.
Tonight in L.V.: Josh Strickland at Smith Center, Star Trek, Cook E Jarr, Marshmello, Technicolor
Monday, April 4, 2016
The Smith Center hosts its third-annual Disney Musicals in School Share celebration. Former “Tarzan” on Broadway star Josh Strickland (“Peepshow,” “Vegas! The Show”) hosts with Smith Center President Myron Martin.
ACM Awards highlights: Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood
Monday, April 4, 2016
More than 11 million viewers tuned in to Sunday’s 51st Academy of Country Music Awards from MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS, but it was a 30 percent drop in viewers from last year’s 50th anniversary show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
MGM chief predicts 50 million L.V. visitors; new name for Monte Carlo in June
Monday, April 4, 2016
MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren is predicting 50 million annual visitors to Las Vegas and believes that his non-gaming attractions will help speed the progress: “I’ve never been more excited about our future in the last two decades I’ve been here.”
Preview: Florida Georgia Line at Skyfall, planning one year ahead, Tim McGraw to return to Venetian?
Sunday, April 3, 2016
It’s an entire year in the making, and it all comes down to a one-night-only, three-hour live CBS special. Even during last year’s 50th anniversary ACM Awards, the producers began planning their return to Las Vegas for tonight’s 51st epic production.
Celebrity preview: ACM Weekend with Luke, Dierks, Blake, Miranda, Dolly, Katy, Carrie and Kenny
Friday, April 1, 2016
If country music isn’t your cup of tea, there are still plenty of other options in the Entertainment Capital of the World this weekend: Adam Lambert and Santigold at the Foundry, DJs Tiesto and Steve Aoki at Wet Republic — and much more.
Maren Wade transforms from mouse to musical star in ‘50 Shades! The Parody’
Friday, April 1, 2016
Whips, chains, handcuffs and eye masks aren’t the normal props of a musical on the Strip. But if you’re presenting a parody of the provocative S&M sex book “Fifty Shades of Grey,” you’ve got to have all the Red Room accessories at the ready.
Preview: Le Diner en Blanc en route to Las Vegas on April 17
Friday, April 1, 2016
The most-sought-after secret event April 17 in Las Vegas will be a visually stunning all-white-decor dinner party, and it follows for the first time the traditions of Le Diner en Blanc, which began nearly 30 years ago in France.
‘Eating Las Vegas’ Top 50 returns with new critics for fourth edition
Thursday, March 31, 2016
A 2016 edition of “Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants” has gone off to the printer to be available in the next 30 days. I have an advance copy, and there’s a new holy trinity of authors shaking our culinary world.
Strip Scribbles: Star Trek, Steve Wozniak, sex trafficking, EDC, Penn & Teller
Thursday, March 31, 2016
We have some Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors this thrilling Thursday! We love the WW&RR that circulate in this city, as many do come true. The latest is that Star Trek: The Experience that once lured Trekkies and alien characters to the Hilton will reopen at Linq Promenade.
Melody Sweets, Maxim Popazov talk ‘Absinthe’s’ fifth anniversary
Thursday, March 31, 2016
The odds of “Absinthe” reaching a first anniversary were severely stacked against it. Now defying all the odds, the wacky, eccentric and offbeat cast led by the outrageously pompous and rude, in-your-face producer and MC The Gazillionaire celebrate its fifth anniversary tonight.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘Absinthe’ 5th anniversary, ‘53X’ grand opening, ACM stars, Jaleo dinner
Thursday, March 31, 2016
The fifth anniversary of the against-all-odds success of one-of-a-kind “Absinthe” will be marked by one of the circus tent cast members risking life and limb in the Caesars Palace fountains at 7 p.m.
A $2 billion Mars theme park experience in Las Vegas?
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
It might turn out to be little more than wishful thinking, but John Spencer, designer and founder of the Space Tourism Society, has outlined plans to build a $2 billion red planet theme park experience as a Las Vegas tourist attraction.
Strip Scribbles: Downtown farming, 1980s on CNN, Andre Agassi, ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Celebrity chef Geno Bernardo, late of Nove Italiano at the Palms and now at the hit Herringbone in Aria, has joined forces with the Desert Blooms farm folks near Pahrump to develop a hydroponic farm on former downtown Las Vegas parking lots.
Jennifer Lopez, Sir Elton John pick up $1M apiece for weddings
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
If not a billionaire’s wedding of a lifetime, then certainly the nuptials of this century — and our Caesars Entertainment headliners Jennifer Lopez and Sir Elton John are up to their eyes in it.
Criss Angel sets ‘Mindfreak Live!’ cast, casts net for Sept. 12 charity show
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The magic in Criss Angel’s new show on the Strip is to arrive from two performers: Angel himself and Chloe Crawford. This is the overarching message from the casting of Angel’s “Mindfreak Live!” at Luxor ...
Tonight in L.V.: ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog,’ DJs Five and Snake, Davidoff Cigar Bar, CAM
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Woof! Woof! The childhood favorite “Clifford the Big Red Dog Live” is an interactive musical production wrapping up the four-part Family Series at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and is perfect for the young and young at heart.
Criss Angel’s Sept. 12 Heal Every Life Possible benefit announces lineup
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Showbiz superstars from across America and the globe are joining “Mindfreak Live!” at the Luxor star Criss Angel in his Sept. 12 fundraiser for children’s cancer research, treatments and ultimately a cure, and Vegas DeLuxe has a rundown.
Photos: Marty Allen still a knockout at 94th birthday show at Rampart
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Don’t expect legendary entertainer Marty Allen to slow down now that he’s celebrated his 94th birthday. The veteran comedy star and wife, singer Karon Kate Blackwell, returned from tour dates in Texas and California to Las Vegas for his weekend of partying.
Word is up and out that Cameo is wowing at the Westgate
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
It’s a real blast from the past as Larry Blackmon, complete with his shiny red codpiece over black spandex, is joined by Tomi Jenkins, Anthony Lockett, Aaron Mills and Charlie Singleton for Cameo’s hits “Candy,” “Single Life,” “Sweet, Sexy Thing” and, of course, “Word Up.”
Strip Scribbles: Park at Monte Carlo, Patty Duke, Human Nature, Rick Moonen, ‘DWTS’
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The last steel beam for the new 5,000-seat Park at Monte Carlo theater was signed by construction workers and installed this morning. A 330-ton crane lifted the beam into place atop the more than 2,700 steel beam structures.
New hologram show; Elton John + Putin; new magic show; Lagasse + Boulud
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
One of the most ambitious productions using new hologram technology to “bring back to life” deceased pop stars in concert is nearing completion for an upcoming date and theater to be announced before summer. One name I’m reliably hearing is Whitney Houston!
‘50 Shades! The Parody’ celebrates first anniversary at Bally’s
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
To celebrate its first anniversary at Bally’s tonight, the 69-minute production “50 Shades! The Parody” officially welcomes our favorite hometown showgirl Maren Wade to the cast and gets ready to move to a naughtier time slot of 9:30 p.m.
ACM Awards to remain in Las Vegas for 12 more years?
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
“We have returned to our home in Las Vegas,” Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, told me this morning. “We’re here to stay. ... We’ve already begun planning for next year when we move into the new MGM T-Mobile Arena.”
Tonight in L.V.: Human Nature, ‘50 Shades! The Parody,’ Nervo, The Still, Improv comedy
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Australian pop-soul quartet Human Nature previews its new show “Jukebox” to kick off a new three-year contract at the Venetian in advance of its formal April 21 premiere. Aussie DJ duo and sisters Nervo are at Omnia in Caesars Palace.
Sophia Loren: ‘Beauty comes from happiness, and I am a very happy woman’
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Sophia Loren brought the epitome of class and glamour to the stage of the Venetian on Saturday night — but limped painfully to her chair holding on to the arm of her one-woman-show moderator, my onetime “Entertainment Tonight” colleague Bill Harris.
Strip Scribbles: Dan Bilzerian, Lance Armstrong, Reba’s divorce, ACM Awards
Monday, March 28, 2016
With just days to go, social-media multimillionaire playboy Dan Bilzerian has been training here with Lance Armstrong in his attempt to win a $1.2 million bet to pedal a bike the 300 miles from L.A. to Las Vegas in 48 hours.
Historic ‘Splash’ is preparing for Las Vegas Strip comeback
Monday, March 28, 2016
First up, though, producer Jeff Kutash has just completed a film documentary on his “aquacade of music and dance” in the 20,000-gallon tank before the final water acrobatic dance there in 2006. The flick is set for a film-festival showcase early summer.
Tonight in L.V.: Rick Moonen, Scott Commings, Antonio Nunez, Vegas 16, R.L. Grime, ‘Drag Race’
Monday, March 28, 2016
Celebrity chef Rick Moonen hosts a backyard Kentucky burgoo and mixologist contest by the United States Bartending Guild at his Rx Boiler Room in Mandalay Place to raise funds with cocktail king Tony Abou-Gamin. They’re pouring Eddie Russell Reserve bourbon.
Celebrity preview: Justin Bieber, Sophia Loren, Slayer, Ice-T and Coco, David Guetta, Travis Barker
Friday, March 25, 2016
This Easter Weekend finds show-business success at opposite ends of the age spectrum. From the legendary screen goddess Sophia Loren, now 81 years old, to baby-faced Justin Bieber, who just celebrated his 22nd birthday, it’s poise vs. pop!
Sophia Loren is ready to spill the secrets of her life and loves
Friday, March 25, 2016
She is beautiful, glamorous, alluring, stunning, smoldering and sexy — the epitome of a movie superstar. She is the sensational Sophia Loren and still eternally elegant, an enchanting and attractive knockout at 81 years of age.
Strip Scribbles: Top restaurants Tao, STK, RRL; T-Mobile Arena; Electric Daisy Carnival
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Congratulations to three of our Strip hotspot restaurants who were picked by millions of Open Table online diner registrants for the list of America’s Hottest 100 restaurants.
Review: Bill Medley, Bucky Heard soar as The Righteous Brothers at Harrah’s
Thursday, March 24, 2016
If it was a test, an audition, then singer Bucky Heard passed it with flying colors with his solo renditions of Roy Orbison’s “Cryin’ ” and Roy Hamilton’s “Ebb Tide” from 1954.
Tonight in L.V.: Kid ’n Play, The Lettermen, Saints of Las Vegas, Otherwise
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Pull out your flannel sleepy-time wear and nightgowns when Kid ’n Play hosts its pajama jam party for an old-school Throwback Thursday with hits from the 1980s and ’90s at LAX in the Luxor. The Scotty Alexander Band plays Gilley’s at Treasure Island.
Wayne Newton is confirmed for new Las Vegas Strip show
Thursday, March 24, 2016
There were the usual disbelievers when I tipped the rumors two days ago that Wayne Newton, “Mr. Las Vegas,” was planning a return to the Las Vegas Strip. Now I can officially confirm that Caesars Entertainment has negotiated a new show.
Photos: Ondori Asian Kitchen mixes Chinese, Japanese cuisine at the Orleans
Thursday, March 24, 2016
The Orleans has opened the second of its new restaurants in its massive makeover of dining options at the locals hotel. Ondori Asian Kitchen, with its panda wall decorations, has married Chinese and Japanese cuisines in an elegant, upscale fusion.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Ink Master,’ 1980s on CNN, ‘Bliss Dance,’ anti-conjurer Dan Sperry
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The artists on Spike TV’s hit tattoo competition series “Ink Master” on Tuesday night faced one of the most extreme tests of detail work ever attempted. The cutthroat battle challenged them with reproducing a fingerprint as a tattoo.
Preview: Cameo is ready to bring the P-Funk to Westgate
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
It’s a safe bet that when 1970s funk and rock band Cameo reignites its groove during Thursday night’s official premiere of its residency at Westgate Las Vegas that the audience will be bopping along as if Shimmer Cabaret Lounge had become a disco dance floor.
Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison set to attend ‘Love’s’ 10th anniversary
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The 10th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage is to be celebrated this July, and Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison have been juggling their schedules to ensure that they are all able to travel here.
Tonight in L.V.: The Righteous Brothers, Skrillex, Rod Stewart, Crown the Empire, Black Donnellys
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Righteous Brothers are reborn with Bill Medley and newcomer Bucky Heard starting a three-month residency at Harrah’s. Our Q+A with Bill was posted this morning. Rod Stewart rocks with his hits at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
The Righteous Brothers reborn: Bill Medley’s emotional Harrah’s residency
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Since the death of singer Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers in 2003, his music partner of more than 40 years, Bill Medley, has remained under the radar. There were occasional concerts with daughter McKenna and son Darrin.
Strip Scribbles: Steven Tyler + Tony Bennett, Wanya Morris rules ‘DWTS,’ Leona Lewis
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has agreed to perform for the 90th birthday salute to Tony Bennett at the “Power of Love” 20th anniversary gala for Keep Memory Alive on May 21.
Beauty & Essex, Ku Noodle, ‘Top Chef’ at MGM Grand, Sprinkles Cupcakes
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Hot off the grill! New York celebrity chef Chris Santos and Tao Group have announced a May 16 start date for serving dinner at their new restaurant Beauty & Essex in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Tonight in L.V.: ARTTEC with Third Eye Blind, Afrojack, Mike Attack, The Sword, Yuck
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Kevin Cadogan and Arion Salazar, founding members of Third Eye Blind, perform at the ARTTEC “Friendraiser” at the House of Blues Foundation Room atop Mandalay Bay. The Hogwarts Express steams to life with wizards and Muggles at Discovery Children’s Museum.
‘One Drop’s’ $6.5M success boosts 2017 plans for ‘big top’ on the Strip
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
“One Night for One Drop” raised $6.5 million for the global water-conservation campaign Friday night at the Smith Center. That puts the four one-night fundraisers here just shy of $25 million to assist in the fight for fresh running water worldwide.
Criss Angel adds Chloe Crawford as co-star in ‘Mindfreak Live!’
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
“Mindfreak Live!” magician Criss Angel described British blonde bombshell Chloe Crawford as a “triple threat” when he told me this morning that she will co-star in his new magic production opening at the Luxor in May.
Engelbert Humperdinck: ‘There’s something very special about playing Las Vegas’
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Eng, as he’s affectionately known, is a true gentleman of show business — rare in this day and age for being polite, on time and ensuring that his band and two darling, sexy backup singers are acknowledged properly, each as a standout.
Strip Scribbles: Caesars’ 50th, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Wayne Newton, ‘Sharknado’
Monday, March 21, 2016
A slew of juicy news exclusives start the week: Plans are nearly finalized for the gala parties and events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Caesars Palace this summer. The actual date is in August, but execs want to move up plans to June.
Russell Wilson + Ciara; Calvin Harris + Taylor Swift; Tiffany Masters + Vincent White
Monday, March 21, 2016
Las Vegas Bucket List party planner and nightclub czarina Tiffany Masters wed, in a surprise Sunday evening ceremony, British mortgage banker Vincent White at the Chapelle de L’Amour wedding chapel downtown.
Tonight in L.V.: Diplo and XS’ 7th anniversary, Santana, New Order, Yanni
Monday, March 21, 2016
The show at Carlos Santana’s hometown stage House of Blues at Mandalay Bay includes Carlos, of course, joined by Neal Schon of Journey fame, drummer Michael Shrieve, percussionist Michael Carabello and keyboardist Gregg Rolie.

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