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With move to Wynn Las Vegas, Mark Shunock really is running the show

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Host Mark Shunock and wife Cheryl Daro perform during “Mondays Dark,” benefiting the LGBTQ Center, at Vinyl on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Mark Shunock, Troy Burgess of ‘Rock of Ages’

Rock of Ages co-star Mark Shunock applies several fake tattoos while getting ready for the show at the Venetian Theatre on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Launch slideshow »

He’s no longer Lonny, but he’s still running the club — this time for real.

Mark Shunock is taking over entertainment operations at Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas. Hotel officials announced today Shunock’s new title as creative director at the boutique nightclub space formerly known as Tryst.

Having just finished a three-year run as the affable Lonny in “Rock of Ages,” first at the Venetian and most recently at the Rio, Shunock is to oversee an “eclectic” blend of entertainment at the nightclub, according to a news release issued this morning.

Intrigue opens April 28.

“It is such an honor to work with the best team in the business at Wynn,” Shunock said in today’s release. “I come from a theater background, and to be in a position to draw upon my past experiences to help create unique entertainment is an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Intrigue’s hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Just before leaving “ROA,” Shunock announced the development of MARshun Entertainment (the first three letters of his first and last names mashed together). The crew at Intrigue will number about 30, total, with 15 female dancers and a female vocalist.

Acts are to be performed throughout the venue, with a main stage wrung by a series of auxiliary performance platforms and generous application of strobes and LED panels. That strategy lines up with the trend of “immersive” nightclub entertainment in major Las Vegas resorts.

A reasonable expectation is that Shunock’s wife, Cheryl Daro, will be showcased in these performances given her extensive stage background that includes “Miss Saigon” and a cruise tour of “Rock of Ages.”

Shunock has effectively plugged into the Las Vegas community since “ROA” opened in December 2012. He quickly established the “Mondays Dark” charity shows, which are held monthly at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel and raise money and awareness for local charities.

Shunock has said he plans to continue his performance career and is particularly popular among the “For the Record” company, which is about to cast the updated version of “Baz,” titled “Star Crossed Love,” at Palazzo Theater for a June 25 opening.

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