Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 5:36 p.m.
Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion has been wrapping up her new English-language album “Breakaway” at Studio at the Palms. It has been a week of news with the Canadian songbird as husband and manager Rene Angelil revealed her contract extension through 2019 and also told The Journal de Montreal that Celine will get to fulfill her dream of being a film actress.
He told showbiz journalist Raphael Gendron-Martin that Celine is involved in a project about the life of American-born Greek opera diva soprano Maria Callas. Rene said: “It’s something she could still do while we’re in Las Vegas because there’s plenty of time off between the Caesars Palace concerts.”
Congratulations to Celine because she celebrates her 45th birthday Saturday. From all of us at Vegas Deluxe, champagne wishes, Celine, for a very Happy Birthday!
MORE CONGRATULATIONS: What a time for celebrating! Comedian Brad Garrett marks the first anniversary of his Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand tonight and Friday. Not only that, but his new ABC series “How to Live With Your Parents” premieres next Wednesday.
Tonight, the crazy cast of acrobats, high-wire artists, burlesque singers and dancers led by The Gazilionaire and his foul-mouthed assistant Penny celebrate the 1,000th performance of “Absinthe” at Caesars; check out colleague Andrea Domanick’s dirty Q+A with Gaz, Penny and Melody Sweets.
On April 16, “Menopause -- the Musical” celebrates its 3,000th performance at the Luxor -- that’s 3,000 “lap dances,” 15,064 simulated orgasms, 122,684 hot flashes and 270,000 minutes of uncontrollable laughter.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Southwest passengers did a double take when Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner strolled onto a flight from our McCarran to L.A. and took a seat. No private jet! No first class! Just a regular, budget-conscious head of the household. Thanks to our spywitness in Row 7 for that sighting.
It must’ve been the topless adult club visits while they filmed “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” here: After less than two years together, Kordell Stewart has filed for divorce from “RHOA” star Porsha Williams. He objected to her going to the striptease joints for a recent episode that we reported this month. Her GFs on the show were filmed telling her that she had to stand up to him and still go see the sexy shimmy and shakes. Days after the episode aired, he called the marriage quits.
AWARDS: Congratulations to leggy Las Vegas actress Leigh Zimmerman, who has been nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in “A Chorus Line” that she commutes to from here to London’s Palladium. She was previously nominated for her role in “The Producers” there before it came to Broadway.
Meantime, husband Domenick Allen of Foreigner fame who flies the Atlantic to see her twice monthly during her London run, has teamed up with Paul McCartney’s guitarist Denny Laine for their “Vinyl Classic Rock” concert with a 12-piece band at Cannery on April 5.
OpenTable.com, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has named N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms to its 2013 Top 100 U.S. Dining Hot Spots (one of five Las Vegas restaurants to make the cut), while USA Today included the popular steakhouse in its Top 11 Hottest Hotel restaurants. The awards reflect the opinions of more than 5 million reviews by verified Open Table diners for more than 15,000 restaurants.
Actor and rapper Ice-T and wife Coco of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood were at Lavo in Palazzo for the Hip-Hop Wednesday party.
Oscar winner Nicolas Cage attended Def Leppard’s resident show “Viva Hysteria! in a VIP suite at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday night.
Mike Bibby of the New York Knicks was at the bar of the new sports lounge restaurant Heraea in the Palms on Wednesday night and promised to return to catch the NCAA tournament games.
Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy presented Mob Museum Director Jonathan Ullnan with one of his jerseys and signed copies of his book “Personal Foul.”
“Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman and pastry prince Francois Payard were at Caesars for Food University courses. Also teaching, TV culinary experts James Beard Award-winning author Laura Werlin and chefs Alex Stratta, Frank Pellegrino Jr., Christina Wilson and Claudine Pepyn.
Chef Pierre Gagnaire has returned from his Paris headquarters to his restaurant Twist in Mandarin Oriental with an all-new menu of the season’s freshest ingredients.
Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, who has penned more than 500 hits such as Oscar winners “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Say a Little Prayer” and “What’s It All About Alfie” performs at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera performs an acoustic set at Hyde Bellagio during Vino Thursdays; check out Senior Editor Don Chareunsy’s Q+A with the spiky-haired Las Vegas regular.
The cast of “Absinthe” celebrates 1,000 show and two years post-show at Pure in Caesars.
Singer Ciara is at Haze in Aria.
Body English at the Hard Rock launches DJ 12th Planet’s residency.
And TechN9ne performs at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Happy Easter and Passover greetings to all. It’s a weekend with rockabilly festivities at The Orleans with hot rods, vintage fashions, burlesque stars and Little Richard and The Cleftones. Hometown hero and four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler hosts his Desert Classic at the Palms. Plus, Saigon Kick, Hal Sparks and more in our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview.
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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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.