Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 | 12:32 p.m.
The multi-year run of the Las Vegas Pussycat Dolls will come to an end at hotspot Pure in Caesars Palace at the end of this month.
The performers are calling it quits in their lounge at Caesars Palace, however the Pussycat Dolls brand actually will be expanded at the hotel-casino, even though the dancers will wind up in their own space at the newly planned Chateau nightclub being built at the former Risque club at the Paris across the Strip. It's all part of an ambitious $11 million makeover by the Sugar Factory folks.
The fast-growing candy conglomerate, which debuted its first outlet in The Mirage, just opened its second location at Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile yesterday. The super-sized Sugar Factory store and restaurant in the existing Ah Sin opens late fall and will be expanded onto the Strip sidewalk area.
Chateau, with its new Pussycat Dolls attraction, will open on New Year's Eve, with rehearsals for the new show starting in November. It also will have a disco version of the burlesque attraction reminiscent of the Broadway musical and now feature film Nine.
"Yes, your story is correct. The Pussycat Dolls will depart at the end of February," said Michael Gilmartin, Pure Management Group's director of public relations. "We will now make the official announcement tomorrow. We are going in a totally different direction with the space, although it will still be a big brand with some great names behind it.
"It's a great new concept that we have to keep well under wraps for a while, but it does combine technology and music. Hopefully, we can make that announcement in the next month or so."
Meantime, the PCD brand is expanding at Caesars Palace. A new Pussycat Dolls entertainment bar will be added as an extension to the existing PCD casino and lingerie store there. The femme fatale bartenders and shot girls all will be outfitted in new costumes, and there will be entertainment, although no burlesque writhing, sexy bathtubs or trapeze turns. Future plans include a major headlining star coming in for this fall's opening festivities for the new entertainment bar.
Caesars Palace officials wouldn't confirm this news last night, but this morning Pussycat Dolls founder and choreographer Robin Antin said, "I've no idea how you learned about this, but it's true. These are new times, and we need a whole new vibe. It's been planned for quite a while, but we weren't going to announce it until the end of the month.
"We're in a new decade with 2010, so we have to keep changing," Antin added. "We are thrilled. I am really excited. We are in full design mode. I am inspired by all of this change. It's so great!"
Antin also is the producer of the new Matt Goss show set for a March 12 unlimited run at Cleopatra's Barge in Caesars.
"I'm not mixing the two. They are separate entities," she said.
The Pussycat Dolls lounge at Chateau will be the same size as the Pure space, Antin said.
"But this time it gives me much more to play with because we're starting the designs now from scratch," she said. "It will have a really fun French feeling."