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Cheaza departs ‘Jubilee’ for yearlong tour dates in Asia, Europe and Middle East

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Cheaza Figueroa.

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Cheaza Figueroa.

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Luscious and leggy former “Peepshow” star Cheaza, who has been guest singing in the new “Jubilee” at Bally’s, is leaving Las Vegas for a yearlong tour of Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“You never know if it’s the right move, but I love the challenge of change. I think the aspect of the challenge is what I need at this moment,” Cheaza told me moments after ending her run in “Jubilee” at Bally’s last week.

Cheaza, full name Cheaza Figueroa, will front her own band at a string of clubs in China. She will be based out of Shenzhen, China, but Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing also are on the tour schedule.

Entertainment booking execs from China had seen her starring as “Peep Diva” during Holly Madison’s three-year-plus run in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood and kept offering her a tour until she finally agreed that the timing was right.

“After six months in China, there’s a month apiece in Hawaii and Dubai and then four months in Europe,” she added. “So I’ll be away the full year. It’s a huge move, but I’m real happy about doing it. The car is going into storage.

“I’m really excited because I’ve never been to China. Thank goodness I love Chinese food!”

Effervescent Cheaza gets four days of rehearsals when she leaves Aug. 28 before her first nightclub concert Sept. 3. She’ll be working with a band of U.S. musicians who live there.

“It’s my music, but we’ll include Top 40 and some classics,” she said. “One week before I arrive, they are releasing my single ‘You’re Beautiful,’ so everybody will know who I am when I get there.

“It’s all a bittersweet moment. I’ve enjoyed my time with ‘Jubilee,’ but it’s time to move on. I had wonderful experiences with ‘Peepshow’ and all the other things I’ve done in Las Vegas.

“But it’s time to stretch my wings and see what happens out of this world tour. It’s really me on my own out front this time, so I’m nervous and excited — and it could change my life.”

Meantime, director Franco Dragone (“Le Reve — The Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas) has signed Cheaza’s friend Noelle Patricia, who danced with her in “Peepshow,” for his new spectacular production in Macau.

“I’m stepping off on a journey not knowing what the future might hold, but I will have a girlfriend in that part of the world for some support,” Cheaza laughed.

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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