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‘Pawn Stars’ parody ‘Pawn Shop Live!’ premieres at Golden Nugget today

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Richard Harrison, left, and Rick Harrison, second from left, at rehearsal for “Pawn Shop Live!” at Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.

‘Pawn Shop Live!’

The “Pawn Stars” parody “Pawn Shop Live!” is set to open Jan. 21, 2014, at Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Rick Harrison and his family at the History Channel’s smash hit “Pawn Stars” have contributed to the new parody that premieres today downtown at the Golden Nugget.

“Pawn Shop Live!” created by Derek Stonebarger is based on their story of the world’s now most famous pawnshop, Gold & Silver Pawn. Rick is dispatching a reality TV star from the cable smash to greet first-nighters but won’t say who will be in the Gordie Brown Showroom today.

“We have been laughing at ourselves since before ‘Pawn Stars’ gained success and every minute since then after it hit the air,” said Rick. “We decided to get involved with the producers, add a real element to their show and enjoy the ride all the way to the bank … or the poor house!”

Seven actors and dancers, plus, a puppet and video clips with 20 other actors are featured in the show directed and co-written by Troy Heard. You’ll even hear my voice in it as the announcer.

The real “Pawn Stars” will appear onstage as often as their filming schedule permits to interact with the characters lampooning versions of Rick, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison and Richard “Old Man” Harrison.

“Pawn Stars” is the History Channel’s highest-rated program seen by as many as 7.6 million viewers around the world, and the pawnshop here gets as many as 5,000 visitors daily.

Can Broadway be far behind if today’s premiere is a big hit?

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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