Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool
Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 8:03 p.m.
There was no better way for the cast of “Absinthe” to celebrate its milestone third anniversary and 1,500-plus shows Wednesday night in the Spiegelworld tent outside Caesars Palace — with a giant cake, buckets of bubbly and the good news of the run continuing at Caesars Palace through 2016.
“In fact, I’m confident that we’ll be here for 10 years,” producer Ross Mollison told me at the private-patio after-party at nearby Restaurant Guy Savoy. Ross also produces the offbeat “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan.
“Absinthe” has new acts and additions to its wacky and edgy erotic lineup. I love Green Fairy striptease sensation Melody Sweets in her new, oversized glass filled with water that splashes happy front-row audience members. I love the British and Dutch schoolgirls who strip while executing unbelievable trapeze swings and catches high up in the tent that houses the wild spectacular.
Since its unabashedly raunchy debut at Caesars in 2011, the raucous cast has performed 1,500 times and had some fun facts to share with me: Penny Pibbets, who is The Gazillionaire’s foul-mouthed assistant, has worn out eight pairs of hand-made sock puppets simulating sex; The Gazillionaire’s butler, Maxim, has spent more than 3,000 minutes stacking and balancing upon his mountain of chairs; and Melody Sweets has doused the audience with more than 100 pounds of fairy dust.
Plus, more than 1,500 bottles of champagne have been “uncorked” as The Esteemed Gentlemen have made more than 5,000 trips across their high wire; more than 4,000 guests have participated in a game of “What Would You Do?” onstage during the show to win free “Absinthe” shots; and 30,000 gallons of water have been used on the falling rain of Oxana’s leather hanging act and Melody’s water routines.
Here’s to three more years and 1,500 more shows! Our thanks to Gabe Ginsberg of Vegas Kool for his photo gallery.
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.