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September 21, 2018

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Strip Scribbles: Angel Management Group, ‘Book of Mormon,’ Jabbawockeez and Victor Drai


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Shania Twain is flanked by The Backstreet Boys at Chateau in the Paris on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Backstreet Boys at Chateau

The Backstreet Boys at Chateau in the Paris on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Juan Pablo Galavis Hosts at Chateau

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Nightlife conglomerate Angel Management Group (Hakkasan (MGM Grand), Pure (Caesars Palace) and LAX (Luxor) has relinquished management of Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

Jonathan Spadafore of Macro Management and Steven Kennedy, owner of 33 Group, have taken over management of the two-story, 45,000-square-foot nightspot.

In revamping and transforming the club and rooftop deck, Jonathan and Steven have started a program of celebrity appearances. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is there this weekend making his DJ debut on the Strip, and they recently hosted The Backstreet Boys.

Jonathan worked at LAX and Pure and Steven at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay and Tao in the Venetian before opening Fizz champagne lounge at Caesars Palace last fall.

‘The Book of Mormon’

The second national tour of the nine-time Tony Award-winning “The Book of Mormon” now at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts through July 6, 2014.

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* To our friends at the Smith Center on reaching within two years the 1 millionth guest. It happened Tuesday during another sold-out show of “The Book of Mormon.” Myron Martin, president of the Smith Center, said: “Actually, it was 1,000,777, which seems fitting for Las Vegas. The Heart of the Arts of Southern Nevada, the Smith Center is led by a mission to build and establish a high-quality performing arts center that is embraced by the community and recognized as a vital force by supporting artistic excellence, education and inspiration for all.

“From shows by world-renowned performers to weddings and other special events, the Smith Center is proud to share in so many one-of-a-kind occasions with the community. It is truly the support of our amazing residents that inspire us to keep reaching. We look forward to welcoming our returning guests, as well as the next million.”

Myron is set to be one of our Vegas DeLuxe guest columnists when I take off for my annual Italy vacation in early July.

Jabbawockeez Prism at Luxor: Opening Night

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Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub: Opening Night

Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub opening night Friday, May 23, 2014, atop the Cromwell in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

* The Jabbawockeez celebrate the first anniversary of their show “Prism” at the Luxor tonight. They’ll star at the World Hip Hop Championships this summer at Orleans Arena.

* And to nightlife czar Victor Drai on the launch of his record label After Hours, the first recording label based on the Strip. When new talent is discovered, the artist could wind up with more than just a recording contract: He or she could play at Victor’s Drai’s After Hours, Liaison and Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub at the Cromwell (Liaison is at Bally’s).

IMPORTANT DATES: Our showbiz community is grieving over the sad loss this week of legendary entertainer Steve Rossi, and there will be a celebration of his life 1 p.m. Friday open to the public at St. Joseph Catholic Church before the internment at Palm Mortuary. Expect to see Pia Zadora, Marty Allen, Rich Little and Nelson Sardelli among the mourners.

Then Sunday night, Nelson is producing a tribute show “I Hear Voices” to honor Las Vegas singer and impersonator Bill Acosta, who is battling Parkinson’s. Among the stars at Gordie Brown’s theater in the downtown Golden Nugget will be Gordie, Rich, the Vincent Falcone 18-piece orchestra and himself.

You have until Saturday to help support Opportunity Village while simultaneously enjoying the special “Summer of Love” menu dinners at Honey Salt. Order the meal, and your check goes to one of our city’s most beloved charities.

Ian Ziering Returns to Chippendales

Guest host Ian Ziering is flanked by Sami Eskelin and Jon Howes at Chippendales on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in the Rio. Launch slideshow »


Actor and Chippendales at the Rio guest host Ian Ziering and his wife Erin had dinner at Nove Italiano in the Palms. The duo, who sat at a table overlooking the Strip 52 stories below, got cozy while enjoying Nove spaghetti and veal Nove with a bottle of 2008 Zenato Amarone. For dessert, they shared the cannoli.

Motley Crue and Las Vegas rocker Vince Neil celebrated leggy model beauty Hope McBane’s birthday with a group of her gal pals at Sushi Samba in Palazzo before this weekend’s departure for the start in Grand Rapids, Mich., of the group’s two-year final world tour. He tells me that this time Tommy Lee’s drum set will make an aerial loop out over audiences.

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mindy Kaling were at Hyde Bellagio as Mindy celebrated her birthday with friends. Mindy, creator and star of Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” while in town also dined at Lavo in Palazzo enjoying meatballs and ricotta with her team of writers.


NYC indie rockers Bleachers, the side project of Fun guitarist Jack Antonoff and his former Steel Train band members, are at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.

Tenors of Rock featuring Constantine Maroulis perform two free concerts at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Spoon is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq through Saturday.

Graceland Ninjaz are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

The Prince tribute band Purple Reign returns to the D Las Vegas with a new residency.

Tickets go on sale for the expanded three-day Life Is Beautiful festival with Kanye West, Foo Fighters, OutKast and more from Oct. 24-26 downtown.


Shaq is at Chateau, and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes debuts as the Mistress of Sensuality in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” at New York-New York.

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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