Cirque du Soleil
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 | 4:33 p.m.
Christopher Simpson and the Celebrity Onset Band
“Celebrity Onset,” a new Las Vegas celebrity TV show, is set to debut this month from the redecorated Wolf Theater at the off-Strip Clarion. Bombshell Las Vegas model Hope McBane will co-host with Robert Cochrane, who hosted and produced the original radio show “Nobody Knows Hollywood” at UNLV. Christopher Simpson and the Celebrity Onset Band will provide music.
Producers promise two weekly one-hour shows will be taped each Saturday in the transformed 100-seat showroom. “Celebrity Onset” will feature celebrity interviews, musical performers and audience participation, plus video coverage of red carpet events and concerts in Las Vegas.
It will be produced and broadcast in HD for airing in Nevada and Arizona before the national syndicated rollout. Producers say it’s the first show of its kind to be broadcast from here on Cox Cable Channels 13 and 25 and Arizona Channel 13.
NEW MICHAEL JACKSON SHOW: Cirque du Soleil President Daniel Lamarre flew in for Shania Twain’s opening night Saturday, and at the Caesars Palace box office, he told me that his cast and crew of the new permanent Michael Jackson show will be arriving here in March for onstage rehearsals at Mandalay Bay. “Everything is on schedule. We still don’t have a show title yet, but we are very pleased with the way the project is developing and coming together.”
The new Cirque nightclub Light will open in the former Rum Jungle in March. The Jackson show opens in the former “Lion King” theater undergoing a transformation for previews beginning May 23, with the grand gala June 21. Daniel also told me that “Zarkana” at Aria is doing great box office, and Cirque and MGM Resorts execs are thrilled with ticket-sale numbers that are ahead of projections.
KENNY ORTEGA’S TIMELINE: Jackson’s “Thriller” and “This Is It” tour director Kenny Ortega also was at Shania’s opening party and confirmed that he’s developing Steve Wynn’s new show “Funhouse” that will open in Encore Theater at the Wynn next year.
“I am spending the next four months turning dreams into reality. It’s the greatest challenge of my life, but we know it can be done,” he told me. “We have found some very interesting and totally new and unique performers who will make the impossible possible. We should be able to make every one of Steve’s brilliant ideas come to life. Then we can start developing the show in May and eventually the rehearsals for opening next fall. ‘Funhouse’ will be amazing and unlike anything ever seen before anywhere. Only Steve could create something so extraordinary and spectacular.”
FREE TAXIS: Here’s a surprise bonus for all the cowboys and cowgirls coming to town for National Finals Rodeo starting Thursday. Crown Royal plans to donate even more money this year to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. First, for each qualified ride that Crown Royal bull rider Cody Whitney makes, the whiskey company donates $1,000 to the charity.
Additionally, rodeo fans will get free $15 taxi vouchers to and from our Thomas & Mack Center from Dec 6-15. For every voucher redeemed, Crown Royal donates an additional amount to JCCF. Cody and his fellow sponsored riders will distribute the vouchers during appearances in town. Consumers also may download the voucher at CrownRoyalRodeo.com.
SPORTS STARS: It’s the ultimate sports fan attraction. Score!, a 10,000-square-foot interactive exhibit at the Luxor, hosts its official VIP grand opening today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and features memorabilia from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, Boxing Hall of Fame, U.S. Soccer Federation and more, along with cutting-edge interactive sports experiences.
The VIP event features a red carpet with sports VIPs Mike Tyson, Richie Sandoval, Mike McCallum, Mike Weaver, Warren Moon, Marcus Allen, Leigh Steinberg, Frank Mir, Leon Spinks, Floyd Mayweather Sr., Ernie Shaver and Jerry Reuss, plus, “Fantasy,” Thunder From Down Under and the Las Vegas Sin.
Moon at the Palms celebrates Wednesday’s Repeal Day in 1933 with a Roaring ’20s party.
Chef Geno Bernardo has an end-of-Prohibition pre-Tweet-Up party at Nove Italiano in the Palms. He promises two complimentary cocktails for all tweeters and samples of his Prohibition-themed appetizers.
And nightlife czar Jack Colton hosts the Top 30 Under 30 nightclub industry kings and queens party at 1 OAK in the Mirage.
Raise a glass to cheer National Repeal Day when Prohibition ended in 1933! We’ll take a glorious and gorgeous photo journey through the Bellagio’s winter spectacular, and cigar king Arturo Fuente marks his family’s 100th anniversary with a special smoke in his boutique Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops of Caesars and displays a $50,000 cigar watch to celebrate. Plus, stars and nightclubs join the Toys for Tots campaign, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez’s arrival at MGM Grand ahead of Saturday’s big fourth fight between them and Miss Universe Leila Lopes at hair guru Michael Boychuck’s salon Color at Caesars.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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