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September 22, 2017

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Celebrity preview: Il Divo, Jeff Timmons’ Men of the Strip, Ne-Yo, Wynonna, Elton John and ‘Jubilee!’


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Jubilee! 30th Anniversary Exhibit by Denise Truscello

“Jubilee!” at Bally’s photographed by Denise Truscello in May and June of 2011 for its 30th anniversary on the Strip. Launch slideshow »

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace on Sept. 28, 2011. Launch slideshow »

The likely clarion call for this weekend in Las Vegas is that “everything old is new again.” That’s certainly applicable to the grand reopening of a new look to the three-decade-long-running “Jubilee!” at Bally’s. It’s safe to call it a face-lift and a full makeover — its first in 30-plus years.

Beyonce’s former choreographer and music video director Frank Gatson Jr. was in charge of the overhaul but insists that despite the changes, he’s kept the show true to the legacy of creator Donn Arden. My interview with Frank, when he described the revamped show in terms of adding Botox and collagen, was posted March 12.

Then comes an extraordinary blast from the past with the teaming of former The Supremes singer Mary Wilson with Doc Severinsen and His Big Band. The trumpet titan led “The Tonight Show” orchestra for Johnny Carson at NBC starting in October 1962 for three decades. His amazing run ended May 22, 1992, and Doc has been on the road ever since a week after that final telecast.

The “Million Dollar Piano” man Sir Elton John returns for a monthlong run starting Saturday at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace through April 28. During his 50-year career, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has sold more than 300 million records, with more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 albums.

He’s royalty as king of the pop music industry and in real life was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996 and two years later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his charitable and musical work. Since establishing his AIDS Foundation in 1992, he has raised more than $200 million. He’ll attend tonight’s official opening of the champagne lounge Fizz at Caesars that his husband since 2005, David Furnish, designed.

Don’t worry if you see marquees along the Strip and at other Valley hotels go from blinking neon to darkness Saturday. It’s the annual event to mark Earth Day from 8 to 10 p.m. Non-essential exterior building lighting also will be turned off. At Boyd Gaming hotels — The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast and Gold Coast — the marquees will display Earth Hour’s logo.

We all should support sustainable business practices, but for now it’s time for us to shine the light brightly on this weekend of entertainment highlights with the Royal Robin Rundown:



The Lettermen are at South Point all weekend.

John Anderson and Tracy Lawrence are at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center.

Barbra Streisand at MGM Grand Garden Arena

Barbra Streisand's Launch slideshow »

Barbara Streisand’s sister Roslyn Kind is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for two nights with songs and anecdotes of her own musical journey.

Nashville Unplugged hosted by Brian McComas and Aaron Benward features Gary Hannan at Sunset Station.

††† (Crosses) is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.

Drummer, guitarist and keyboardist Monroy is at Lounge at the Palms.

The Reverend Horton Heat with guests TSOL and Deke Dickerson at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.


Nick Swardson is at the Mirage.

David Spade is at the Venetian for two nights.

“Mike & Molly” star Billy Gardell, who once opened for George Carl regularly, is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.


The sixth-annual Paint the Town fine art fundraising gala benefiting Aid for AIDS of Nevada is 6 to 9 p.m. at the law office of Snell & Wilmer, Suite 1100, 3883 Howard Hughes Parkway. Call AFAN at (702) 383-9095 to RSVP for the free event.

Tickets go on sale for “The Best of Jethro Tull” performed by Ian Anderson at Pearl at the Palms on Sept. 19; Luis Miguel at the Colosseum from Sept. 12-15; Chelsea Handler at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan from June 13-14; Jerry Seinfeld at the Colosseum from Sept. 5-6; Yes at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 15; and New Kids on the Block at the Axis in Planet Hollywood from July 10-13.

NHRA Nationals are at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend.

Wranglers vs. Aces

Las Vegas Wranglers forward Alexandre Mentink (7) fights Alaska Aces defenseman Dustin Molle (25) in the opening seconds of the first period on Sunday afternoon at the Orleans Arena. Launch slideshow »

Las Vegas Wranglers vs. Alaska Aces all weekend with a post-game concert by Todd Snider on Saturday at Orleans Arena.

The Fourth Annual Las Vegas Jazz Invitational is at Las Vegas Academy for two days.

Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp presents the Gene Simmons Rock Camp at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay all weekend.

Muay Thai Lion Fight 14 is at the Joint.


Zedd at Eclipse at Daylight Beach Club

Zedd spins at Eclipse at Daylight Beach Club in Mandalay Bay on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay has its opening weekend with its 1,500-square-foot elevated stage with unobstructed sightlines for 5,000 spectators.

Hometown hero Ne-Yo is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.



Elton John resumes his “Million Dollar Piano” shows at the Colosseum.

Il Divo presents “Broadway’s Greatest Songs” with guest Lea Salonga at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Dwight Yoakam is at Pearl at the Palms.

Wynonna is at Primm Valley Resort.

The Diamonds are at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.

Doc Severinsen & His Big Band with Mary Wilson are at the Smith Center.

The Straits featuring original members of Dire Straits is at Cannery.

Lettuce is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq for two nights.

Michael Lington and Kenny Lattimore are at Sunset Station.

Sin City Sinners are at Lounge at the Palms.


Tickets go on sale for “Pawn Stars” parody “Pawn Shop Live!” moving from the Golden Nugget to the Riviera and opening April 21.

It’s the grand reopening of “Jubilee! The Showgirl Reborn and Redefined” by Frank Gatson Jr. at Bally’s.

Men of the Strip

Men of the Strip. Launch slideshow »

Jeff TimmonsMen of the Strip has a showcase at HOB.

MMA World Series of Fighting 9 is at the Joint.

The 19th Annual Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival with pro BMX and amateur skate contests and bands is at Desert Breeze Skate Park.

Top Rank Boxing with featherweight and lightweight showdowns is at Dallas Events Center in Texas Station.

The National Hot Rod Drag Racing Series begins at LVMS with spectator gates open as of 7:30 a.m. for 8 a.m. races. Final eliminations for Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car and Pro Stock categories start at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The NASCAR Whelen Championship Series opening night is at LVMS.


The first-ever daytime LGBTQ Beach Party celebrates the grand opening of “Xposed!” at the Tropicana as a regular summer Saturday event.

Reality-TV star Stassi Schroeder from “Vanderpump Rules” is at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Playboy cover girl and wife of the boss Crystal Hefner spins at Paradise Pool at Hard Rock Hotel.

We’ll be back Sunday with a report on “Jubilee!” and then Monday continue our weekend wrap of entertainment highlights. Next week, a preview of Teller’s new magic production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Smith Center, plus all the Academy of Country Music stars heading to the Linq, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand for the Week Vegas Goes Country with two CBS specials.

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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