Monday, March 18, 2013 | 6:09 p.m.
Vegas DeLuxe has exclusively learned that pop princess Britney Spears and pinup queen Pamela Anderson will both be at this weekend’s Cirque du Soleil “One Night for One Drop” fundraising gala. Cirque founder Guy Laliberte is hoping to raise more than $5 million with the parties and special one-night-only show with 240 of his artists in the “O” Theater at Bellagio.
Jackie Evancho is one of the guest artists appearing in the show; we posted her rehearsal photos on March 11. Many Hollywood stars will fly in to join Prince Albert of Monaco and director James Cameron, who are hosting Guy’s gala. Britney also is scheduled to see Shania Twain’s concert at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace while she is here touring PH Live at Planet Hollywood, where her new residency will be performed.
TRIPLE POWER: 98 Degrees star Jeff Timmons, who lives here in Las Vegas, told me that he rejoins the group for the start of a cross-country tour in Connecticut on May 28. They have a July 6 stop here at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
98 Degrees teams with New Kids on the Block and our The Mirage headliners Boyz II Men for the 48 dates on their summer tour that ends Aug. 4.
OUR EXCLUSIVES CONFIRMED: Today’s official Caesars Entertainment confirmation that Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon is being converted into an 188-room luxury boutique Gansevoort Las Vegas from New York was old news to Vegas DeLuxe readers who got the scoop Nov. 1 and again Feb. 4. The official announcement also confirmed our previous stories on July 6, 2010, and Aug. 27, 2010, that Victor Drai would run a monster 75,000-sqare-foot beach club and nightclub with a rooftop pool.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Which Las Vegas-headquartered hotel group has a new VP of marketing who is determined to give the empire a new, fresh, younger appeal and look and end its feel of yesteryear gaming?
Superstar CeeLo Green, whose resident show “Loberace” is at Planet Hollywood, has now seen “The Beatles’ Love” by Cirque at The Mirage five times.
Do we wait until next Monday for the first photos of Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella’s new baby girl Rainbow Aurora in their new Las Vegas home? Pasquale, founder of Electric Daisy Carnival, says he’s changing her diapers and that Holly will be the best mom any child could have.
The Venetian and Palazzo PR whiz Dawn Britt departs Friday after 13 years there to start her own events and marketing company on -- no joke, April 1 -- to be named One7 Communications.
ABRACADABRA! The box office blockbuster “Oz The Great and Powerful,” which tops the box office for a second consecutive week with $42 million, turned to Las Vegas resident and former Monte Carlo headliner Lance Burton as its magic consultant.
Congratulations to magician Tommy Wind, who celebrates his 100th Las Vegas show Tuesday at Boulevard Theater alongside MGM Grand.
Congratulations to illusionist Jan Rouven, who has extended his residency contract of death-defying feats at Riviera. He’ll continue to thrill audiences well into 2014. President Andy Choy confirmed: “We are thrilled to have Jan at the Riviera for another year. Using many dangerous creations, his fans watch in awe, and fear, as he continues to cheat death many times each night.”
The monthly magic party Wonderground will be broadcast on Internet TV. You’ll find the three-camera shoot at McBrideMagic.tv. The rooms at The Olive in Henderson are being redesigned for the magic installations, the 10 p.m. stage show and the Parklor magic shows. Creator Jeff McBride says new acts from all over the globe will be here.
Said Jeff: “We are now in our third year at The Olive. We have gained a worldwide reputation of being a place to see the new stars of magic. We are also committed to creating new shows and art every month as a way to push our creative edge and nurture our artistic growth.”
After eight weeks of touring in the Caribbean, Murray Sawchuck is back at his Laugh Factory residency at Tropicana. He’s still working on two TV shows: “Home & Family” for Hallmark and “4 Houses” for TLC.
Starting next month, he’ll have a regular role as Murray the Magician on CBS’ “Jadagrace.” Murray also is one of the headliners of the reality TV show “The Real Headliners of Las Vegas” currently being edited in Hollywood over the next two months. He stars in the pilot with friends Marc Savard, Gordie Brown, Frank Marino and Zowie Bowie.
CIRQUE RUN: The 12th annual “Run Away With Cirque du Soleil” 5K Run and One–Mile Fun Walk for Guy Laliberte’s One Drop World Water Day charity project kicked off with an official start at Springs Preserve by Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Dozens of Cirque du Soleil artists entertained throughout the day.
REOPENED PACK: After technical hiccups with audio and lighting equipment at the Downtown Plaza, The Phat Pack has officially reopened with an official proclamation from Mayor Carolyn. The show was halted shortly after starting its run in November because of the technical issues. Inspired by the spirit of The Rat Pack, The was formed after three of its members met while performing in “Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular” at The Venetian.
The red carpet premiere of “Raiding the Rock Vault” at LVH is scheduled to include Carrot Top, Marc Savard, Chippendales, Recycled Percussion, Michael Godard, Ricardo Laguna, Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips, “Fantasy,” Daisy de la Hoya, Maren Wade, Mark Shunock, Laura Croft, Tara Palsha, Jeff Civillico, Anthony Cools and Gordie Brown.
STK in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates its second anniversary opening monster magnums of champagne with DJ Jazzy Jeff and SKAM’s Sky Nellor.
Bonefish Grill opens at Town Square, and expect to see 2012 Miss Nevada Teen USA Katie Eklund there because her mom, Rachael Rankins, is running the location.
Rich Vos and Landry headline Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand through Sunday.
Beloved local group The Scintas land a residency at The D Hotel and pose for our contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, plus, our walking tour of the revitalized Downtown area with husband-and-wife restaurateurs Michael and Jenna Morton at their new restaurant La Comida.
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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