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Strip Scribbles: Katy Perry following in Britney Spears’ stilettos? Plus, Meat Loaf and ‘Mamma Mia’ return


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Katy Perry performs at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Katy Perry's California Dreams Tour at Mandalay Bay

Katy Perry's California Dreams Tour stop at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Nov. 19, 2011. Launch slideshow »
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Katy Perry performs at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Las Vegas.

Pop superstar Katy Perry listened to serious overtures from Caesars Entertainment execs on New Year’s Eve about performing in a mini-residency at the new theater the Axis at Planet Hollywood when pop princess gal pal Britney Spears is on break from her 100 dates over the next two years.

I was reliably told that Katy and her team met with the Caesars officials when she played a secret show for their high rollers Tuesday night. “We would love it if we could welcome Katy to the new Planet Hollywood theater,” one entertainment VP told me.

“She told us she loved the theater and seeing Britney perform there on opening night. We have a number of stars in our sights and expect to announce future performers in the next two months.”

Katy, her dancers and band dazzled guests with the private show, which I watched. She won screams and applause for singing during a jump-rope workout and for accompanying herself simply on a guitar.

In between songs, Katy talked with audience members and even gave a high-five to one who said that it was his New Year’s resolution to “reach out and touch her.”

Another top Caesars exec told me: “She put on an incredible show. It would be another big hit at Planet Hollywood if it can be worked out before or around her upcoming global tour. Katy impressed all of us with her personality and professionalism. She loved being part of our Caesars family for the New Year. Hopefully it can continue.”

After the show, Katy and new steady beau singer-songwriter John Mayer hosted a midnight private party for Dom Perignon at the new David Furnish and Elton John champagne lounge Fizz at Caesars.

Opening Night of Meat Loaf in ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’

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MEAT RETURNS: I tipped the news, and this afternoon official confirmation came that legendary rocker and actor Meat Loaf will return to PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood for a run of 24 nights Feb. 13 through April 8.

Tickets will go on sale for his “Rocktellz & Cocktails” concerts Tuesday to kick off the 2014 series with a lineup of other artists, including a pop star family.

Meat said in a news release: “I’m happy to return because the format has become my favorite since even my first ‘Bat Out of Hell’ tour. I had so much fun doing the show in the fall, I couldn’t wait to extend my time in Las Vegas when they asked me to.

“It’s more than just another concert because the format allows me to bring together music, acting and theater you’d never get to do on the road.”

‘Mamma Mia!’

Sky (played by Victor Wallace) and his fiancee Sophie Sophie (played by Jill Paice) ,center, dance during a scene in the musical Mama Mia at the Mandalay Bay Sunday February 2, 2003. Launch slideshow »

‘MAMMA MIA’ RETURNS: While checking out “America’s Got Talent” finalists Forte at their incredible show at Tropicana, I learned that the load-in and rehearsals for returning musical “Mamma Mia” will be mid-April for the premiere in mid-May of the open-ended run.

For six years, the ABBA, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ global smash musical kept audiences dancing in the aisles at Mandalay Bay.

Creator and producer Judy Crayner, who will fly here the first week of February to start preparations, said: “It’s so exciting that ‘Mamma Mia’ is returning to fabulous Las Vegas. We are so thrilled to be invited to the new Tropicana. It is the perfect hotel for us to bring the original show back to the Strip.”

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ Opening Night

Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.

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Lance Bass in Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” in the Axis at Planet Hollywood.

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Britney Spears and Frank Marino at the Axis at Planet Hollywood.

BRITNEY’S S&M: It’s as if the stars are lining up to be spanked! Britney Spears picked Mario Lopez of “Extra” as her first victim to be cuffed, chained and crawled on the end of a leash during the “Freakshow” routine in the Circus act of her new Planet Hollywood show “Piece of Me.”

Then in front of Paris and Nicky Hilton on Night 2, she chose singer Lance Bass for the S&M number. On Night 3, it was her own boyfriend David Lucado who got the whip, and audiences ages 8 to 80 are screaming their support.

Among the crowd, “Queen of the Strip” and “Divas” at the Quad headliner Frank Marino, who is winding up his hiatus from plastic surgery. Frank joked to Britney: “You better work, bitch,” and Britney fired back, “You better return to work, bitch!” Frank said he welcomed her to the Strip with open arms but reminded her that he’s still the Queen!

Jubilee! 30th Anniversary Pink Carpet and Show

The 30th anniversary performance of Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas on July 30, 2011. Launch slideshow »

‘JUBILEE!’ TRANSFORMATION: With the re-launch of the new-look “Jubilee!” at Bally’s set for spring, celebrated creative director and choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. has started work on the bold, fresh twist he intends to bring to the production.

He’ll hold auditions Tuesday, Jan. 14, for male and female dancers, the incredible showgirls, male and female singers and principals. The best of the main elements will be preserved as a nod to the past 32 years as the Strip’s longest-running show, but the staging, music and dance routines will all be refreshed.

Frank, who holds a record six MTV Video Music Awards for best choreography — the most in its 30-year history — has directed tours for Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Diana Ross, Usher and Mariah Carey.

2013 Silver State Awards at Venetian

Sirio Maccioni, second from right, received the Pioneer Award at the 2013 Silver State Awards on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at the Venetian Showroom. Launch slideshow »

KERRY PRESENTATION: Courageous “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon valiantly battling MSA and scheduled for as many as six weeks of a stem-cell clinical trial mid-month at the Mayo Clinic, has been invited by his photographer friend Lynn Goldsmith to present her PMDA Award as 2014 Photographer of the Year.

Kerry will do the honors Monday night at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore. It also is part of her book tour promoting “Rock and Roll Stories” about her lens life with the biggest rock stars.

CRYSTAL BALL: Psychic entertainer Mona Van Joseph, famous here as Mystic Mona specializing in tarot consulting and palmistry, was selected by “Sister Wives” to film an episode of their reality TV series. Mona, who wrote “Chancing Life, Wisdom in a Dice Toss,” told me her episode airs Jan. 12, and she is hosting a viewing party at Red Rock Resort.


Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Plaza downtown.


Weather permitting, stragglers from the New Year’s Eve party scene depart town and are replaced by the early arrivals setting up for the biggest convention gathering of the year, the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens Tuesday. And comedy is king this weekend in our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview with Wayne Brady and Steven Wright providing the laughs as we shine the spotlight on our entertainers who keep the Strip shining all year long.

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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