Monday, June 30, 2014 | 4:02 p.m.
NeNe Leakes in Zumanity
Reality-TV star Nene Leakes of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is a firebrand when it comes to orchestrating a “make-believe orgy” for a male police officer and a female schoolteacher. She couldn’t have been happier with the odd coupling that she recruited from the audience at Sunday night’s early performance of “Zumanity” at New York-New York.
For her first time of working on the Strip, NeNe is guest hosting as the Mistress of Sensuality as part of Cirque du Soleil’s 30th anniversary and the 10th birthday of “Zumanity.” She is Cirque’s first-ever celebrity guest star. Her 10-show run ends Tuesday, and she’s been having a ball.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment,” she said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s been going really well, and we’ve had a lot of fun. It is tough and demanding and running all over the stage and the theater. Of course I was nervous starting out, but that’s me with everything I do live on a stage. Now, though, we’re into it, and it’s smooth as can be.”
It was obvious when I watched Sunday night that NeNe was having fun and reveling in every moment of her onstage antics. Fashion fans, take note: NeNe not only wears extremely hot and high sexy strappy shoes, but also some extraordinary and dramatic costumes by designer and couturier Gilbert Chagoury showing off plenty of leg and cleavage in sliced-away gowns and the shortest of short black latex, vinyl and leather skirts.
There were no flubs in her performance. Despite plenty of scripted and ad-lib dialogue, not one hiccup at all. NeNe coos the words, which ooze her obvious love of sexy hijinks.
NeNe was comfortable as the Mistress of Sensuality, orchestrating the erotic, adult production of acrobatics, X-rated comedy and milk-bath fantasies. She loved the attention that she received — not only from male fans in the audience, but also from the tight-body and hot handsome hunks in the dance cast who pawed at her towering legs.
My interview with NeNe was posted last Thursday morning ahead of Friday’s premiere.
“Zumanity” is Cirque’s most controversial and cutting-edge show, dealing with sexuality, topless nudity and dark fantasies. Don’t miss the beautiful acrobatics of the two female lovers in the oversized-glass swimming pod. NeNe said it best: “This is an experience I will never forget.”
You have tonight and Tuesday’s four performances to catch her in her glory having a ton of fun.
NeNe’s success marks upcoming modernization changes to “Zumanity,” and Cirque officials have confirmed that it will enable them to add guest stars in the future to “Zumanity” and its other Las Vegas productions.
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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