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July 27, 2021

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Weekend Rewind: Salt-N-Pepa and friends bring the ’90s to the Strip, Jim Gaffigan catches the Pop Strings Orchestra and more

Salt-N-Pepa

Denise Truscello

Salt-N-Pepa is ready to take over Paris Las Vegas.

With two shows closing recently at the Paris Theater“Marilyn The New Musical” on June 17 and “Inferno” on July 14 — there’s clearly a void on the Strip. On Sunday night, something completely different was announced to fill that void: A big Vegas version of the popular I Love the ’90s nostalgia concert tour. Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base, All-4-One and Sisqo surprised Paris guests with a pop-up performance to unveil I Love the ’90s: The Vegas Show, set to open on Oct. 12. The official announcement describes the show as a 90-minute immersive dance party featuring a live DJ, dancers, throwback videos and other favorite artists including Mark McGrath, Kid ‘n Play and more rotating through different dates. Produced by UD Factory and Universal Attractions Agency and set for select dates at 9 p.m., the new concert production could leave room for another show at the venue. While “Marilyn” has been rumored for a comeback in a different space, it was slated to return on Sept. 4 to the Paris Theater, according to the resort’s entertainment calendar’s Monday listings.

I finally made it to the Westgate International Theater to see the legendary Barry Manilow on Friday night, but had I returned on Saturday I may have been seated next to former boy banders Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees fame. Unlike me, they got their picture taken with Barry after the show, obviously true Fanilows.

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When pop stars collide: Half of 98 Degrees with Barry Manilow.

Bearded funnyman Jim Gaffigan stuck around after his Friday set at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and discovered the David Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra, the powerful 14-piece band that infuses all kinds of dynamic energy into familiar tunes at Cleopatra’s Barge Fridays and Saturdays. Gaffigan is officially a fan.

Talk about a power table: Before his show at Drai’s Nightclub Saturday night, rapper Meek Mill joined New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and Sixers star Ben Simmons for dinner at the venerable (and delicious) Tao Asian Bistro at the Venetian.

More Saturday night sports stars: Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan celebrated his birthday at Encore Beach Club flanked by NBA buddies Kevin Durant and Matt Barnes while The Chainsmokers rocked the house.

“Little Miss Sunshine” star Abigail Breslin, now 22 and getting ready to shoot “Zombieland 2” with original castmates Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Jessie Eisenberg, was spotted at the Cosmopolitan’s trendy eatery Beauty & Essex Sunday night sharing onion rings, chicken meatballs and steak with her boyfriend Ira Kunyansky.

“Menopause The Musical” marked a milestone at Harrah’s Las Vegas on Friday when it celebrated performance No. 5,000 at the cozy Harrah’s Cabaret room. Showing up for the festivities were neighbors The Bronx Wanderers from Bally’s, “Soundtrack” star Clint Holmes and fellow Harrah’s headliners Tenors of Rock, among others. “Menopause” stars “Laverne & Shirley” legend Cindy Williams with Vita Corimbi, Jacquelyn Holland-Wright, Lori Legacy and Lisa Mack and is presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday plus matinees at 4 p.m. Saturdays and Mondays.