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Donny & Marie, ‘Jersey Boys,’ ‘Michael Jackson One’ lead in Broadway World Awards voting


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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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