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Strip Scribbles: Sir Elton John, Blossom and Showtime’s ‘Gigolos’ are back in town



Steven Gantt, Brace Land, Vin Armani, Nick Hawk and Ash Armand of Showtime’s “Gigolos.”

Gigolos on Showtime

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace on Sept. 28, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Veronic DiCaire

Amy Toliver

Amy Toliver. Launch slideshow »

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Season 4 of “Gigolos” premiered Thursday on Showtime, racking up impressive ratings for its sexy and salacious stories. The Las Vegas studs promise that it’s going to be the best season yet, with 10 episodes showing the tricks and treats of the best in their business.

Nick, Vin, Brace and Ash are the returning handsome hunks who take care of the ladies, but there’s a new man in their midst replacing Steven Gantt, who has left to work on his own. The team has recruited a former Marine cougar magnet, Bradley, who makes the others step up their game.

This season, the competitive heat is on for the hard-working, hard-playing guys on and off the Strip. “Gigolos” was the top-rated weekday programming last season on Showtime.

Nick has added a contest to the program where one lucky lady wins a dream date and doesn’t have to pay him for the night he shows them the town and whatever else they might want. And he’s got prizes from his adult novelty line for the other winners.

Fame and fortune are growing for the guys with bodies of steel: Brace has not only launched his Nurtaceutical supplement line Roar, but he also has turned up as a semi regular on E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup.”

Bleach blond Brace invited combative Lana Fuchs of “Sin City Rules” to appear on “Gigolos” for a night of razzle-dazzle, but to date she has ignored his invitation. “My dance card is now pretty full anyway,” he said.

THE BITCH IS BACK: Blossom is back, and Sir Elton John is certainly back. Blossom is the affectionate name given to that $1 million piano with its ever-changing neon messages and LED screens where the British entertainer belts out his hits in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

The Rocket Man arrived over the weekend amid the manic Hakkasan Las Vegas opening and UNLVino festivities, so his outrageous flamboyance went slightly unnoticed. But his run from tonight onward continues through May 11. Don’t miss this show; it’s 1 in a million!

CELINE’S NEW SHOW: Extraordinary singer and dancer Veronic DiCaire has landed her new show “Voices” at Jubilee Theater in Bally’s from June 20 to Aug. 31.

As we tipped two weeks ago, Celine Dion and husband manage Rene Angelil have masterminded the show where Veronic pays tribute to Lady Gaga, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Pink, Adele and Celine. Veronic, who can imitate 50 female star vocals, will be backed by six dancers and five video screens for the production co-produced by Celine and Rene. They discovered Veronic when she opened for Celine during the “Taking Chances” tour. Veronic appears on Katie Couric’s show Thursday on ABC.

MIDEAST TRAVELS: The Rio comedy headliner Eddie Griffin has returned from a three-night tour of Beirut, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. Said Eddie: “Beirut was cool. It’s like the Las Vegas of the Middle East. I had a ball. They party like it’s the last day. They treated me like a king. I performed for 5,000 people at the World Trade Tower in Beirut. It was sold out. In Saudi Arabia, it was a private event put on by Prince Khaleed.

“They reached out to us on my website. The prince, 23, has a company called Luxury Events, and promoters from Dubai and Lebanon got involved to make it a tour. The people chased me like Michael Jackson once I got off stage, and they wanted to tear my clothes off. I had to tone down my show in Saudi Arabia, but in Dubai and Lebanon, I could say whatever I wanted to.” Eddie was such a hit that the prince gave him a $200,000 watch promising him to return for more shows.

FLYING TRAPEZE: Are you a Cirque du Soleil fanatic? Have you ever watched the circus artists on the Strip fly through the air with the greatest of ease and thought that’s an experience you’d like to enjoy? Well now you can fly high on the trapeze thanks to a team of Las Vegas show performers and production riggers.

They’ve created Trapeze Las Vegas school to fly high overlooking the Strip and the desert. The instructors include Lisa and Stephan Cote, Eric Braun, Tanya Hoover and Louis Schneiderman, all of whom have been performers and instructors for numerous Strip shows. Louis is still a rigger at Criss Angel’s “Believe” at the Luxor. For details, go to

LIMELIGHT SHOWCASE: It was only a one-night performance at the new Boulevard Theater, but it dazzled investors and producers who are now negotiating a longer Strip run. Dancer Danial Brown and producer Jodie Mendoza, a former Strip dancer, built their new production “Limelight” around the change that Charlie Chaplin brought to the film industry.

I was in the packed theater watching some of the most talented Las Vegas dancers and performers, including the amazing Amy Toliver, whose double life as a nurse by day and dancer by night we profiled in February.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Tramp, the show jumped out at the audience through a transforming movie screen’s black-and-white imagery, with the dancers in and around the audience. One dancer even performed her burlesque routine with a white python; I was assured that it was real and safe!


R&B star Jeremih is at Pure in Caesars with his “Birthday Sex.”

Call it high camp or high art as the over-the-top flamboyant male-drag ballet corps Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performs their unique parodies of romantic and classical ballet at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Chris Phillipsof Zowie Bowie is roasted in “Showbiz Roast” at Stratosphere.


We’ll have a risque -- as much as we dare -- report from “Showbiz Roast”; a look at the state of the movie industry from National Association of Theater Owners President John Fithian, who presented his latest statistics during 2013 CinemaCon; plus, culinary news about Masaharu Morimoto, Daniel Boulud and the return of the World Food Championships.

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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