Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 | 12:36 p.m.
“Dancing Queen,” the new musical salute to ABBA and the disco hits of the 1970s and ’80s at Planet Hollywood, has great and colorful costumes, and fabulous and fun physical-workout choreography — and the entire harmonious and tuneful package creates a feel-good show that will leave you exhilarated.
What a change from the deep thumping of hip-hop. What a joy to be able to sing along instead of mumbling to rap. The cast is so high-energy enthusiastic that they even skip rope and sing along for one number. I don’t know how they kept up the frenetic pace for 80 solid minutes of wonderful dancing. They didn’t stop for a split second. It was like a rigorous Pilates session just watching them.
It’s go, go, go from start to the finish, and we don’t want it to end. Not just ABBA numbers, but everything from Whitney Houston hits and the Village People chartbusters to John Travolta’s “Saturday Night Fever,” the Bee Gees and a Gloria Estefan finale. More No. 1 hits than you’ve ever heard before in a Las Vegas show.
If you’ve longed for a return to disco and its easy-on-the-ear, pleasant-sounding melodies, this show is for you. Friday’s first night was a quiet pre-premiere opening, but the cast still won standing ovations and much applause. Most of all, they had the satisfaction of listening to the audience sing along with the hits and enjoyed them getting up from their seats to dance in the aisles.
Check out the new Cheaza. “Peepshow” fans remember the sexy, sultry singer who headlined alongside Holly Madison and Coco Austin. Now there’s a new singer by the single name of Avis who steals the show. Her tribute to Whitney sends shivers down the spine and makes the eyes tear up. It’s her big break on the Strip, and Avis fires a powerful shot as she moves up fame’s ladder for stardom.
The only thing missing from the colorful and frenzied show was confetti cannons. Producer David King tells me that they’ve just arrived, so the party show is now complete. Go have the time of your life and enjoy this fun, nonstop musical trip back to yesteryear. My interview with David was posted last Thursday.
Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his final dress rehearsal and portrait photo galleries. “Dancing Queen” rules the Planet Hollywood Showroom six nights a week (dark Tuesdays).
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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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.