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Strip Scribbles: Steve Wynn’s new show ‘Funhouse’ is in limbo; 3,000 shows for ‘Menopause’


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Andrea and Steve Wynn attend the 2013 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala celebrating the joint 80th birthdays of Sir Michael Caine and Quincy Jones at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Menopause the Musical's 2,000th Show

Menopause: the Musical's 2,000th show on July 23, 2010, at the Luxor. Launch slideshow »

DWTS Champion Donny Osmond

George Wallace, Donny Osmond and Nathan Burton during Donny's return to the Flamingo with his champion's mirrored disco ball trophy on Nov. 25, 2009, after his win on ABC's Dancing With the Stars with Kym Johnson on Tuesday night. Launch slideshow »

2013 Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love' Gala at MGM Grand

Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg and Sir Michael Caine at the 2013 Keep Memory Alive Launch slideshow »

Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn confirmed exclusively to Vegas DeLuxe that his new show “Funhouse” is in limbo, with neither a green-light go nor a red-light no-go. “It’s still a work in progress,” he admitted. “I want the most unique and unusual show ever produced for Las Vegas. We’re not far enough along to get there just yet.”

Vegas DeLuxe revealed details in November when Steve told me he was creating a show to give Cirque du Soleil a run for its money. “It’s never been seen before or thought of before. All completely original and different.”

In January, he told me, “Ask me when I get to see what they’ve done. See if it’s in good enough shape. If it’s enough and I have the confidence they can put it all together, then I’ll go for the millions needed to bring it to life; if not, then we’ll quit then and there, and I’ve lost what I’ve spent.”

Steve had his first workshop of the entire show in Encore Theater a few days ago. “It was the first time I began to see the entire show come to life, but it had veered off my original concept. I haven’t killed it, but I also haven’t given it the go-ahead, which would cost millions of dollars.

“I want the entire production to make the unreal real, the impossible possible. The mandate was to make things not seem the way they looked. Now the all-star dream team captured some of that, but not all of it. I want it to get back entirely to that mindset.

“If they can achieve that, we’ll go forward. Some of it is already there as a completely new kind of show for Vegas, but not enough yet. Not the entire production. So we’re in the middle. We’ll try a little longer before making up our minds. But it’s really exciting what we’ve got so far. Now we have to have enough of it for a full show.”

CONGRATULATIONS: Tonight marks the 3,000th performance of “Menopause the Musical” at the Luxor. That’s 270,000 minutes of shows with 3,000 lap dances, 15,064 simulated orgasms and 122,684 hot flashes. It’s now the longest-running scripted production on the Strip and stars Paige O’Hara, the voiceover actress of Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

Laura Lee O’Connell also stars with Las Vegas favorites Lisa Mack, Kitra Coomer, Lori Legacy and Richel Kompst. Incidentally, the Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast” debuts tonight at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and continues through Sunday.

STYLISH DOZEN: Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond, MGM Grand chief Scott Sibella, nightclub czar Jesse Waits, The Linq executive Jon Gray and chef and restaurateur Kim Canteenwalla are joined by The Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Dylan Wint, Steve Wynn’s designer Roger Thomas, Joe W. Brown, Fletcher Jones III, Jonathan Ogden, Brett Torino and Dana Wagner as the 12 men to be honored as The Vegas Dozen at Saks 5th Avenue on Wednesday.

They are being honored for their commitment to our community. Ticket sales benefit our charity Keep Memory Alive. You also can support KMA this Sunday at UNLVino’s first Bar B Q at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

TOP ATTRACTION: Gogobot, a global online community of 2.5 million users and travelers, has polled its members for the Best Natural Wonders, and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Las Vegas was No. 15. Four of the Top Five are in the U.S.: 1) Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu, 2) Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, Ariz., 3) Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Calif., 4) Old Faithful Geyser and Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., and 5) Gullfoss, Reykjavik, Iceland.


British pop stars The XX travel from Coachella to play Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with Chairlift.

Comedienne Rita Rudner returns to The Venetian for a night of laughs.

It’s a Heroes & Villains DJ party at 1OAK in The Mirage.

A Day to Remember makes for a night of music at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.


“America’s Matchmaker” Patti Novak hosts a dating night for single girls at Blue Martini in Town Square.

Of Monsters & Men and Local Natives are at Boulevard Pool.

Danzig, Dyle, The Agonist and Corrosion of Conformity are at HOB.

Betsey Johnson gives away her underwear line at the Ladies Night party at Ghostbar in the Palms.


We’re going to play catch up Wednesday, plus, record introductions for Saturday’s Channel 14 rebroadcast of the joint 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine at MGM Grand Garden Arena. We’ll be back Thursday with our preview of the opening of Hakkasan; our charming conversation with Jackie Evancho as she heads to Taiwan; and our interview with chef Thomas Keller before he’s presented with UNLVino’s Dom Perignon Award of Excellence.

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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