Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 | 2:01 p.m.
Business has been so good for “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood starring Coco Austin that producers are hoping she’ll stay longer than her current 15-week contract. They met Monday to see if she will renew and for how long.
Coco previously told me that she’d like to return to the show after her planned March exit date under two conditions: 1) any prolonged Las Vegas stay doesn’t affect her East Coast-based marriage to husband Ice-T, who films “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” there, and 2) that she can complete the designs and furnishings for their new home in New Jersey before resuming “Peepshow.” (The couple celebrated their 12th anniversary and hosted New Year’s Eve at LAX in the Luxor here.)
An insider privy to the negotiations told me: “The producers would like her to continue. She would like to continue. Now it’s a matter of ensuring that the jigsaw puzzle pieces fit together to keep everybody happy.”
* Donny & Marie Osmond have agreed to extend their headline contract at the Flamingo through the end of the year. It will be the fifth year for the brother and sister duo at the casino hotel, which announced the new deal today.
“Donny and I are thrilled to have extended our residency here at Flamingo Las Vegas, which has become a wonderful second home to us,” said Marie in a news release. “Who knew that when we first signed a limited six-week engagement back in 2008 that it would turn into a multi-year run! It is a dream come true for us.”
“When we first wanted to return to Vegas and were looking for showrooms, I saw the one at the Flamingo and immediately knew that this was it, this was the one. It was traditional Vegas, and it was intimate enough, yet big enough to support a larger production show. It was a perfect fit,” Donny said.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to extend Donny & Marie’s run at Flamingo Las Vegas,” said Rick Mazer, president. “Not only are Donny & Marie some of the Strip’s most popular entertainers, but they’ve truly become part of our family. We’re proud and honored to have them call the Flamingo ‘home,’ and we know their fans will be just as ecstatic to learn they’ll have the opportunity to see them perform here throughout the year.”
* Rumblings of the musical “The Book of Mormon” possibly coming to The Venetian continue. The touring company has set dates for a run at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Downtown in 2014, but there’s hope that an earlier version can slot into the former “Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular” at the casino hotel. Broadway producers and Venetian executives knowledgeable about the talks say “it would be very nice” if they can pull off that coup.
Meantime, Human Nature open their Venetian show on Jan. 19, “America’s Got Talent” returns to the adjoining sister casino hotel Palazzo with a new lineup Jan. 29, and the musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” will get a three-month run at The Venetian this summer.
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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.
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.