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‘Magic Mike’ muscling onto crowded stage; Criss Angel moves back ‘Mindfreak Live!’ opening

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Channing Tatum attends the 2016 Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America meeting Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Caesars Palace.

Frankie Moreno’s Opening Night

Opening night of Frankie Moreno’s “Under the Influence” on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Caesars Palace Forum Food Court.

As I say, if you’re not Forum, you’re against ’em #SheckyKats.

The week ends with back-to-back visits to Frankie Moreno’s “Under the Influence” at Planet Hollywood and Matt Goss’s performance here at the Gossy Room on Saturday.

Caesars Entertainment is abuzz lately with new or updated shows, including Paul Zerdin’s “Mouthing Off” toggling with Moreno at PH Showroom and Wayne Newton’s “Up Close and Personal” at Bally’s.

What was missed, sort of, in the Newton booking at Windows Showroom is that his show overtook the Jokesters Comedy Club, which closed April 3.

In other news from TKR, expect an announcement of great significance this week of a prominent VegasVille performer setting up in residency on the Strip. It’ll be a thing.

More from the scene:

Tyson Beckford Returns to Chippendales

Tyson Beckford, center, returns as guest host and star in Chippendales on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at the Rio. From left, James Davis, Mikey Perez, Beckford, Matt Marshall and Nathan Minor. Launch slideshow »

Paris Hilton at Thunder From Down Under

Paris Hilton, sister Nicky Hilton, cousin Brooke Brinson and friends at Thunder From Down Under on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Excalibur. Launch slideshow »

• The announcement of the male revue “Magic Mike Live” by actor Channing Tatum, star of the two “Magic Mike” films, at Hard Rock Hotel has sent a tremor strong enough to make one drop his bottle o’ baby oil.

The show is to open in March in the renamed Club Domina (formerly Body English), which has been redesigned for a 360-degree, fully immersive live-performance experience. Capacity is 450 seats, larger than any of the male-revue venues in active operation.

There are a few schools of thought about this “Magic Mike” effort. One is that the show will cut into the business of such long-established male revues in VegasVille, chiefly Chippendales at the Rio and Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur.

Could be. “Magic Mike” is expected to unroll an aggressive and expensive marketing campaign promoting the stage show in Las Vegas and also pumping up the musical adaptation of the story to run on Broadway. That should be interesting.

No date has been announced for the “Magic Mike” Broadway run, but should it coincide with the stage show, it would provide the title a pair of live productions running concurrently in famous entertainment destinations.

The Broadway show is to serve as a prequel to the films, with Mike Lane’s story moving from his days as a college student to his role as the stripper known as Magic Mike. If producers are heavily invested in the “Magic Mike” live show, it could spell concern for the existing Las Vegas productions.

But it all depends on the ticket prices for “Magic Mike," which have yet to be announced. If “Magic Mike” is in the $49 to $59 pocket, where Chipps and Thunder are priced, competition should be pretty animated. But if the price point is higher, we’re talking about a different demographic more in line with production shows in the Cirque-“Jersey Boys” realm.

And no, we’re not suggesting a “Jersey Boys” adult review. Someone in the Graham Fenton household would take umbrage, for starters …

New ‘Mindfreak Live!’ by Criss Angel

The new production ‘Mindfreak Live!’ by Criss Angel at the Luxor. Launch slideshow »

• Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak Live!” at Luxor was originally scheduled to open for previews Wednesday, but it has been pushed back to “TBD” as Angel continues to work on the show. In a text this week, he described his schedule as “crazy busy,” which actually should be the title of something around here.

Simply, “Mindfreak Live” is attempting to build in three months what it takes most productions years to bring to fruition. So we can wait for this one. The show co-stars Chloe Crawford, who recently posted a photo of her left wrist tattooed with the name “Christopher” and her right with a pair of interlocking "Cs."

The work was done at Starlight Tattoo at the Mirage, and the artist was (and is) Emiliano Gabaldon, who performed the work April 25. Thus inspired, I am having Emiliano script “Katsilometes” onto my wrist … which will probably wrap about three times, but it is so worth it ...

• A title to know is “Cherry Boom Boom,” which is set to move into Tropicana Theater as the 10:30 p.m. complement to “Raiding the Rock Vault.” The show is a topless-comedy show developed by the producers from Catch a Rising Star and is burlesque in theme (and in VegasVille, “burlesque” has been used to describe just about any show that strips to pasties).

My colleague and longtime spiritual adviser, Ubiquitous Robin Leach, broke the news of this title and venue back in April, the updated info being that the show is expected to load in for a mid-September opening.

• Update from a show that seems as much fun in conversation as it will be to watch: “Spoofical the Musical” at V Theater at Miracle Mile Shops. I’ve yet to see an actual performance, but a friend who caught the show the other night was dumbfounded to see Steve Wynn depicted in the production wandering around the stage — blind.

When is media night for this show? I am hearing things …

• A couple of weeks ago, when Las Vegas publicist Steve Flynn of Allied Integrated Marketing (which merged with his Langdon Flynn PR agency last year) was moving out of his office in Summerlin to a new location on West Sahara Avenue, he found a long-lost file.

It was titled: “Boob Insurance (Lloyds).”

Flynn was Holly Madison’s publicist at the time and had filed a policy that covered (as it were) Madison’s breasts when she was the star of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood.

Madison had taken out the $1 million policy with Lloyds of London in September 2011. As she told People magazine:

“I've heard about people getting body parts insured, and I thought why not because if anything happened to my boobs, I’d be out for a few months, and I'd probably be out a million dollars. I thought I’d cover my assets.”

The policy restricted Madison’s recreational activities — she was forbidden to ride horses and skydive, for instance.

I think bocce also was on the “don’t” list.

Flynn sent the photo of the file out on social media and tagged Madison on the post. “My job is sometimes odd and awesome,” he said.

Cheers to that! Bottleneck!

Madison, of course, has just released her second book, “The Vegas Diaries,” available now for pre-order. She is appearing at a book signing at Barnes & Noble on North Rainbow at 7 p.m. May 20.

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