Marie Osmond, Susan Lucci and Donny Osmond at the Flamingo.
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 | 3:33 p.m.
A peek at early voting for the Broadway World Las Vegas Awards provides some fascinating insight into the Strip entertainment scene through the eyes of out-of-town professionals.
Donny & Marie Osmond lead in the rankings for best long-running show and best band. “Wicked,” staged in a limited, sold-out run at Smith Center, beats the combined totals of its nearest rivals, while “Jersey Boys” at Paris gets the nod for best book musical.
Interestingly, there’s only a spread of seven percentage points between the top three contenders for best choreography: “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, Jamie King for Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay and Emma Rogers for “Dancing Queen” at Planet Hollywood.
“Michael Jackson One” leads in two categories: best theater and best spectacular. Brad Garrett is in a dead heat with legendary veteran Don Rickles, but Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand out totals his two closest rivals.
Fremont Street Experience leads the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Pearl at the Palms as best concert venue, perhaps because most, if not all, of the shows there are free? In the best DJ category, David Guetta’s run at XS in Encore tops Pauly D at Haze in Aria and Tommy Lee and Aero at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Bellagio’s Fountains and Conservatory lead as the best free attractions, followed by Palazzo’s waterfall atrium. The neighboring Venetian is tops for best themed hotel architecture, while Wynn leads in best non-themed hotel architecture.
Light at Mandalay Bay leads in the best nightclub category. Tara Palsha (“Vegas! The Musical”), Jeff Leibow (“Jersey Boys”), Carrie St Louis and Justin Mortelliti (both from “Rock of Ages”) pick up nods for best performances in various categories.
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Paris Las Vegas The Paris Las Vegas transports visitors to the City of Light. Paris Las Vegas captures all the details of Paris, right down to the cobblestone sidewalks and half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Wrought iron street lamps line the 85,000 square foot casino with the legs of the Eiffel Tower sit in the middle of 1,700 slots and 90 table games.
Guests can dine at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, but beware, it's by reservation only. Diners can watch the world pass by at Mon Ami Gabi, a fine French restaurant where the most popular tables are the ones outside facing The Strip. Dining isn't just limited to the French, Asian restaurant Ah Sin is host to many dishes from the Pacific Rim. If you've just hit the jackpot on the casino floor, try the $777 Kobe beef and Maine lobster at Le Burger Brasserie.
Famous pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre opened a branch of his renowned pastry shop on the cobblestone-lined Le Boulevard, a street filled with intimate shops and restaurants, all underneath a blue cloud-filled ceiling. Strolling along Le Boulevard don't be surprised to see an extremely lifelike bronze statue move, that's because it's a real person
The City of Light doesn't go dark after dark. Anthony Cools - The Uncensored Hypnotist checks inhibitions at the door and pushes the limits of the audiences mind and body. Sitting right above the restaurant is nightclub Risqué, Paris' ultra lounge that is as fun as it is fantastic.
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Flamingo One of the more historic hotel-casinos on the Strip, the Flamingo Las Vegas was built in the 1940s as an alternative to the western-themed hotels downtown. With lush gardens, waterfalls and spa, the Flamingo remains a luxurious oasis for visitors on a budget. The resort updated rooms in 2008, dubbed Go Rooms. The Go Rooms feature oversized white vinyl headboards, stylish carpets and sleek, modern furniture.
Included in the resorts 15-acre pool area, is one of the Flamingo’s more unique features: African penguins, Chilean flamingos, Mandarin ducks and Koi fish frolicking in ponds and under three-story waterfalls.
The Flamingo’s 77,000-square-foot casino offers more than 2,000 slots, 70 table games and a 100-seat race and sports book.
Restaurants include a Japanese hibachi, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and a posh American eatery called Voga.
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