Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 | 1:31 p.m.
Discussions and negotiations are underway for former “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood headliner Holly Madison to star in her own cabaret lounge at Mandalay Bay. It’s a delicious Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor I’ve learned of exclusively and involves the business experts behind the Minus 5 Ice Lounge success stories.
The plan would be for the Minus 5 operators to take over the long-shuttered Forty Deuce venue that burlesque promoter Ivan Kane operated as Royal Jelly, a striptease and late-night live-band music venue near Mandalay Place escalators at Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood and the hotel’s entranceway to its Michael Jackson One Theater.
Reality TV star Holly, who won raves for her glamorous appearance and vocal stylings in “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s last week, would headline her own 1920s-themed cabaret.
The invitation to Holly was one of two offers she received to return to the Strip in her own production. As late as Tuesday, I was told that she is weighing both, but there’s no confirmation of either. Nobody is talking, and nobody is confirming even the preliminary conversations.
However, just as we received confirmation this morning of Criss Angel’s new Luxor show “Magic Jam,” Jon Secada’s residency this week at Wynn Las Vegas, Garth Brooks’ world tour this week, Britney Spears’ two-year “Piece of Me” residency at Planet Hollywood and Bruno Mars’ shows in the new Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, we stand behind this new Holly revelation.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.