Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 | 4:58 p.m.
Superstar Celine Dion returns to Caesars Palace tonight for a new monthlong run of shows in the third year of her current residency, which she says will probably run until 2019. Secrets of her backstage couture wardrobe by the world’s top designers spilled out this week.
The dressers start work each day of Celine’s shows at 1 p.m. prepping her wardrobe so the moment the singer ends her 6 p.m. daily sound check, she can start getting ready with the glamorous outfits.
“It’s hours and hours of checking, mending, steaming, sewing and maintenance,” said personal dresser Glynda Conway, who also assists Shania Twain for her Caesars shows.
She revealed that the gown Celine wears for the “Titanic” number “My Heart Will Go On” has used 100 zippers in the performances to date to ensure that there’s never a falling water wardrobe malfunction.
Celine wears Armani, Balmain and Elie Saab among the big designer names in the show that her stylist Annie Horth created for the design houses to execute. All of Celine’s outfits are custom creations, so, sorry, you can’t go to your favorite store to buy a duplicate. Celine has at least two, sometimes three, of each outfit, except for the one-of-a-kind gold Balmain.
MAGIC & MEGAN MASSACRE: With 80,000 delegates in town for the twice-yearly MAGIC fashion convention unveiling new looks, it’s difficult to stand out from the clutter and the conventional. Megan Massacre, star of TLC’s “New York Ink” and “America’s Worst Tattoos,” is changing that for Affliction clothing. She’s being tattooed live to create new body art at their Project Las Vegas booth today and Wednesday at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Tonight, she also appears at the Affliction retail store in the Hard Rock Hotel. Megan, with more than 500,000 Twitter followers, is regarded as a dominant artist in her field who has broken the mold with the art, and Affliction is debuting a line in July to celebrate the artists and ethos of the historic and storied tattoo industry. When she departs Thursday, Megan heads to Australia on tour with her body art. New episodes of “America’s Worst Tattoos” return in March.
TERRY’S DVD: Mirage headline entertainer Terry Fator has released today his new “Live in Concert” DVD, and it also is available on Video on Demand and Digital HD. It’s the follow-up to his previous bestselling DVD debut “Live From Las Vegas.” The new Lionsgate Home Entertainment production has Terry tackling Broadway, Justin Bieber and The Four Seasons. He introduces garish lounge singer Monty Carlo and hip-hop diva Berry Fabulous, along with all his familiar puppets including Winston the Impersonating Turtle.
Terry has rewritten and revamped his Mirage show now celebrating its fifth anniversary, halfway through its 10-year contract. He’s added amazing vocal impressions of Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga and Aretha Franklin. The 96-minute concert has bonus material of “preshow with the puppets” and a Leroy character music video. On Thursday, Terry appears on “Fox & Friends” and “Late Night With David Letterman.”
UNLVINO TOASTS 40 YEARS: To mark its fourth decade, UNLVino has set up a video library to promote this year’s four nights of celebration April 9-12. Las Vegas VIPs Larry Ruvo, Thomas Keller, Angelo Sosa, Elizabeth Blau and MGM Grand President Scott Sibella all appear on the debut video. In case your computer needs a password to start the screening, use “sizzle.”
Harrah’s Entertainment officially confirmed this morning our rumors posted Monday that “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander will open a three-night-a-week run for a month of his “An Evening With Jason Alexander & His Hair” starting April 11. The show that is part standup, part improv and part singing includes a Q+A about “Seinfeld.”
Guns N’ Roses will play nine shows of “No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction” in a second residency at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel from May 21-June 7. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Hair guru to the stars Michael Boychuck’s online hair academy has signed students from as far afield as Australia, Singapore and Canada in addition to America during its first two weeks of classes.
The wellness spa Reviv at the Underground in MGM Grand is giving MAGIC fashion trendsetters and buyers today through Thursday a free saline bag of rejuvenation with the purchase of its MegaBoost Wellness 4 Infusion.
Celine is back at the Colosseum.
Fitz & The Tantrums and guests Capital Cities are at the new Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan.
Ice Cube performs at Hakkasan at MGM Grand for the official Creative Recreation and Hudson Jeans MAGIC party.
Drummer Travis Barker and Kid Ink perform at the Lost Angels party at Hyde Bellagio with DJ Eric D-Lux on the wheels of steel.
Rapper Nas is expected at 1OAK in the Mirage for the 12Am Run party.
Coolio hosts and performs at the downtown Beauty Bar.
Comedians Brian Dunkleman and Gene Pompa headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
Other MAGIC Fashion Week parties: J Ace at Lavo in Palazzo; and Betsey Johnson, Oscar de la Renta and On Gossamer gifting suites at the Ghostbar Intimates party at the Palms.
Waiting behind an Asian couple playing nonstop for six hours, I sit in line to put $3 into MGM’s 20-year-old Lion King slot machine in an attempt to win its $2.3 million jackpot, but then so do hundreds of other players eager to hit it big. The story of the extraordinary worldwide cult built around the powerful payoff. The new monster roller coaster El Loco opens at Circus Circus’ Adventuredrome with a drop that goes beyond vertical, plus, normally silent Rio headliner illusionist Teller talks candidly about the magic secrets of his Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” tent show coming to the Smith Center.
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.