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Photos: Elton John leads star parade at the Palazzo’s Act gala opening


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Sir Elton John, Simon Hammerstein and David Furnish at the grand opening of Hammerstein’s the Act and Furnish’s 50th birthday celebration hosted by John at the Palazzo on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

Superstar Sir Elton John’s four-day birthday bash for his husband David Furnish continued Saturday night at the gala opening of the Act theater nightclub in the Palazzo -- and continues for a fifth day with a celebration here this evening.

David hit the Big 5-0 on Thursday, and Caesars Palace headliner Elton has spared no expense celebrating the milestone of his partner. First, a huge party at their Beverly Hills, Calif., home, then a second birthday bash at a downtown L.A. venue with guests including Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Depp, Gwen Stefani, Elizabeth Hurley and my pals Melissa and Joan Rivers.

On Saturday night, the birthday action moved to Las Vegas, where Elton wraps his 2012 season run of shows at the Colosseum tonight. David’s party at the Act also served as the glittering opening of Simon Hammerstein’s theatrical club, which Vegas DeLuxe previewed Wednesday.

Elton John Hosts Party; Act Gala Opening

A view at the grand opening of Simon Hammerstein's The Act Las Vegas at the Palazzo on October 27, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Among those joining Elton and David: Susan Sarandon, Mark Salling, Chris Mann, Christina Hendricks, Victoria Grant, Malin Akerman, Alison Melnick, Michael Gladis, Matt Stone and ringmaster, MC and performance artist Raven O. Simon was joined by Murtaza Akbar and Randy Weiner, his business partners in the Act.

This afternoon, I’ll join Elton and David at the Wynn when they cut the red ribbon to open the luxury watch boutique Chopard. Then the Geneva, Switzerland-based jeweler and watchmaker’s executives are Elton’s guests at his hit headliner show “The Million-Dollar Piano,” followed by dinner.

We’ll have our chat with Elton here at Vegas DeLuxe on Monday.

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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