Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 | 7 p.m.
The world of Charlie Chaplin’s black-and-white silent films will be brought to vivid-Technicolor life through the art of contemporary burlesque in a new downtown show.
“Limelight,” named after Charlie’s classic film, will bring the wild side of The Roaring ’20s to the Plaza starting Sept. 12 for a run through Nov. 1 with a mix of singing, dancing, comedy and magic.
Producers Jodie McDonald and Daniel Brown joined forces to create the show and appear in it with their costumes and choreography.
Amy Toliver, who was in “iCandy Burlesque” when I wrote about her dancing to put herself through medical school commuting back-and-forth between here and Phoenix, is in the cast with dancers Priscilla Trammel, Carlynn Mazon, Kaitlin Morgan and Taylor Huggins.
BOOK DEAL: That “All By Myself” Las Vegas airport video that Celine Dion fan Richard Dunn filmed at McCarran has landed him a book deal. Michael Wise Productions originally wanted a “how to” book about shooting videos on iPhones, but it’s led to much more.
It gets its official release today on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble, and Richard has been invited to speak to media studies students across the country. Richard filmed a video promotion to announce the book.
Richard and his family were invited to see Celine’s show at Caesars Palace and meet with her backstage. It turned out to be her second-to-last concert before her throat illness and decision to cancel her concerts through March to take care of ailing husband Rene Angelil. Celine sang to Richard and his family.
BRITNEY FLIES FAMILY TO L.V.: After doctors told 28-year-old Cory Moraw that he had just months to live, he said that there was only one wish he wanted fulfilled — to meet his pop star idol Britney Spears. His family, friends and neighbors began an online fundraising campaign to pay for plane tickets here and his Planet Hollywood hotel stay.
Britney’s fans inundated her with news of the story, and she picked up the costs herself and met with Cory backstage at her Axis Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood, home of her residency “Britney: Piece of Me.”
TRAIN CONDUCTORS WANTED: Our favorite Las Vegas charity Opportunity Village is looking for volunteer train conductors to drive the Forest Express Passenger Train during the upcoming holidays at The Magical Forest. Starting Oct. 3, conductors will drive the train decked out in Halloween finery for Opportunity Village’s “HallOVeen.”
In November, The Magical Forest will transform for the holidays with hundreds of dazzling decorated trees and millions of brilliant holiday lights, entertaining visitors Nov. 21 through Jan. 4. About 4 minutes long, The Forest Express travels 1,000 feet round trip on a small-scale railroad track with 35 passengers.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
This is how rumors begin! DJ Tiesto, who is the headliner at Hakkasan in MGM Grand, was spotted dining at new SLS Las Vegas restaurant Cleo with rival Noah Tepperberg of The Tao Group. His company operates Tao at the Venetian, Lavo at Palazzo and Marquee at the Cosmopolitan in addition to its New York City restaurants and clubs.
Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas is up for grabs to interested operators who want to face the competition of mega-clubs. The double-deck property totals more than 37,000 square feet, with the outdoor terrace and rooftop beneath the Eiffel Tower.
* Please remember that Restaurant Week continues today through Thursday with special menus at more than 150 Las Vegas restaurants to benefit our Three Square food bank. The new Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo is taking part for the first time with $30.24 lunch and $40.14 dinner menus.
* You can reserve tickets as of today at Rock in Rio’s website for the exclusive presale event taking place next spring on the Strip nearly opposite the SLS and alongside Circus Circus.
* It was a first-time stop for “Dancing With the Stars” and Paralympics ski champion Amy Purdy at the world’s largest thermometer in Baker, Calif.
* “Happy Birthday” wishes on his 65th to my pal Gene Simmons of KISS today. He has a day’s break from the current tour with Motley Crue to celebrate and after four more shows this week starts planning his group’s residency at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel from Nov. 5-23.
* Hypnotist Anthony Cools and Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips fulfilled their ice bucket challenge issued by Las Vegas producer and show designer Andy Walmsley. Anthony jumped full body into a bucket of ice and Chris decided on frozen vodka instead of water onstage at Fremont Street.
I’ll shoot my video next week, which leaves illusionist Gerry McCambridge. Who will I challenge? Maybe my boss Brian Greenspun and our mutual friend Larry Ruvo of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health?
* Tropicana headliner and magician Murray Sawchuck will appear on SYFY’s “Wizard Wars” on Tuesday working on new tricks with local magician Rob Anderson created in front of cameras.
* Local soccer players are being encouraged to try out for the third season of the Las Vegas Legends on Tuesday and Wednesday at Indoor Soccer gyms at 1400 N. Rampart Blvd. Practice begins in September, with the first preseason game Oct. 12. Twenty-three pro indoor soccer teams compete in the Major Arena Soccer League and play 20 regular-season games.
Maddie & Tae are at Gilley’s Saloon & Dance Hall in Treasure Island.
Matt Kazam kicks off his new, one-man standup production “40 Is Not the New 20” at Riviera Comedy Club.
“The Lego Movie” and “The Hangover” are at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.
Rusty Maples, Built to Spill, Slam Dunk and Warm Hair celebrate the reopening of Bunkhouse Saloon downtown.
Our guest columnists are Charlyn Corvino, entertainment VP at the Riviera, and John Saccenti, the mastermind behind the Las Vegas Bowl this fall.
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.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.