Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 | 7:25 p.m.
Award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell’s “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood opened in April 2009, about five months after I started work here at Robin Leach’s Vegas DeLuxe and the Las Vegas Sun.
“Peepshow” is I believe the first show that I’ve witness open and close in Las Vegas — close in that I attended the final performance.
I had mixed feelings watching the final “Peepshow” on Sunday night, thrilled that it was an outstanding performance and sad that it was the last.
Thoughts on and moments from the final “Peepshow”:
* Kudos to the entire cast Sunday night for singing their faces off, dancing their asses off and taking it off for the swan song. In my eight times seeing “Peepshow” for work, it was one of the best performances, if not the best performance.
* Josh Strickland’s voice is still incredible and awe-inspiring — he growls “Pink,” “Pony,” “Feelin’ Good” and more with passion and power. He’s a great dancer, too.
* Cheaza’s voice, humor and charisma have never been better, and she commanded the stage on Sunday night. The halting of her ballad, and duet with Strickland, by tears was the evening’s most emotional moment.
* Kudos to Nicole “Coco” Austin for being proud of her curves, and she has never looked better after 9 months as Bo Peep. Not everyone can be a size 2 or 4 — or should be. Work it, Coco!
* Strickland and Nick Kenkel, the original Big Bad Wolf, teared up during the final post-show remarks. So did members of the audience. Rapper-actor Ice-T, Austin’s husband, was part of the closing-night audience.
My good friend Tanya Popovich said post-show that “Peepshow” did not deserve to close after 4 1/2 years and 1,500 performances. I agree wholeheartedly.
Kenkel summed up, “ ‘Peepshow’ went out on top!” Yes, you did. Thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery of the final “Peepshow.”
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.