Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 | 8:05 a.m.
Leonid the Magnificent
When the world’s most outrageous party returns with the Beacher’s Madhouse preview on Dec. 27, none other than a controversial, headline-making pop superstar will host. The nearly nude “Wrecking Ball” and twerking tabloid terror Miley Cyrus guarantees that showman Jeff Beacher’s circus of 70 performers will reach new heights of madness.
Early this morning, Jeff, Miley and MGM Resorts will officially confirm my earlier reports that she’ll be in Las Vegas for the opening of his new show and cabaret nightclub. Dec. 27 is the same night that Miley’s pop music gal pal Britney Spears opens her two-year “Piece of Me” residency show at Planet Hollywood, so expect the duo to be there joined at the hip: Miley first at Britney’s and then Britney at Miley’s. Hollywood ace showbiz executive Larry Rudolph manages both of them.
I also am continuing to hear Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors that Katy Perry, who will definitely be on the Strip for New Year’s Eve, will become the third member of the trio of temptresses. Regular Beacher’s fan Paris Hilton, who will be at Hyde Bellagio on New Year’s Eve, also is expected at the Madhouse.
Nobody can deny that it’s a triumphant start to a sizzling New Year’s Eve Weekend. “Las Vegas has never seen anything like this,” Jeff told me when I took an advance tour of his new mind-blowing venue at MGM Grand in the former “Crazy Horse Paris” burlesque space.
We also will get a preview of Miley’s new 38-city “Bangerz” tour starting in Vancouver, B.C., on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) when she introduces at MGM Grand on Dec. 27 her favorite entertainer: one of the world’s tallest strippers, Amazon Ashley, a 7-foot-2 transvestite in heels (6-foot-7 without). Miley, celebrating the 4-million-plus sales of her new album “Bangerz,” also will feature a Mini-Miley at Beacher’s Madhouse. Fans of the scandalous Leonid the Magnificent will be thrilled to know that he will be back.
Jeff tells me the Dec, 27 preview with a $50,000 VIP bottle-service center table is already sold out. His star-studded gala and A-list party premiere with 20 costumed and black-tie celebrities is Dec. 31. I also will exclusively reveal those names later this week.
Said Jeff: “Expect the unexpected. I’m going to take the Madhouse and live entertainment to new levels with never-before-seen acts. And there’s no better place to debut my masterpiece than at the famed MGM Grand and with the most beautiful and talented music goddess on the planet, Miley Cyrus.”
When I took the advance tour with Jeff, there was no memory of “CHP.” He had the entire boutique showroom gutted and expanded. It’s a journey of destroyed senses as you enter the unconventional world of Beacher’s Madhouse.
The performance theater is an 8,500-square-foot fantasy-filled realm guests enter through a speakeasy-like passageway hidden behind a library bookcase through a tunnel lined with photos of Hollywood superstars who have made the West Coast hangout their playground, among them Johnny Depp, Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eva Longoria, Zac Efron, Mila Kunis, Bradley Cooper and Minka Kelly.
“It’s a Rat Pack ambiance on steroids,” Jeff laughed. In addition to the LED-lit main stage (with its video projection screens), which has been made taller and deeper than the tiny “CHP runway, Jeff has 15 other stage areas throughout the venue for his performers.
Shows will be five nights a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, with an early show at 8 p.m. and late-night shows Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Jeff told me: “We gutted the whole ‘Crazy Horse’ venue; now it looks much bigger. We have about 300 seats at 35 tables. We have four flying midget bartenders. They shoot into the sky and then cross the club on rigging to find the tables and drop the bottles. I have an oversized elephant that waves its tail to let them explode from its backside. The midget superheroes also can shoot out of the top of our phone booth.
“The stage has become huge — it’s four times the size of the one I have in Los Angeles. It’s a wholly unique, glorious circus set with a backdrop wall of high-res LED screen — think one of the world’s largest television sets. This way you get the performance artist in the front with the show behind them.
“The shows with 70 performers and 18 little people will change every two weeks. We’ve got amazing acts. Stuff you should have seen in L.A. that you didn’t get to see. A lot of never-before-seen acts. We’ve got one lady who crushes watermelons, we have two African midgets who are twins with dreadlocks. You’ve got to just see it to believe it.
“It’s way wilder than we ever did at the Hard Rock. It’s crazier because I’ve had years to perfect it.” Inspired by Vaudeville, Beacher’s Madhouse the Nightclub and Beacher’s Madhouse the Show are both under one roof with nonstop, outrageously sexy over-the-top entertainment five nights a week.
It’s been a nearly 14-year journey for the flamboyant PT Barnum-styled showman. His Madhouse debuted in 2002 at Madison Square Garden’s Paramount Theater, followed by a year on Broadway.
I’ve known Jeff since his 2003 arrival here as a headliner at the Hard Rock Hotel, selling out show after show for five consecutive years. Jeff took his Beacher’s Madhouse Costume Ball Tour to 81 cities nationwide from 2008 through 2010, selling more than 1 million tickets. Then he opened it in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where it remains to this day as one of the hottest playgrounds of the stars in L.A.
“We’re ready for Vegas, and Vegas is ready for us,” Jeff said. “It’s all wilder, crazier, bigger and better than we’ve ever done before. Could you start it any better than this with Miley?”
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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