Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.
Westgate Las Vegas CEO David Siegel was first to his feet Sunday night to lead the midnight standing ovation for dancer Jennifer Romas and the cast of her new adult burlesque “Sexxy” at his hotel.
“Bravo,” he told me. “She pulled off a great show against all the odds and in the shortest amount of time. I don’t think I’ve ever met such a passionate, hard-working performer in my life.
“I had complete faith in her, and she proved it. She’s also a really nice person who deserves the greatest of successes.”
David told me not only will he move her 11 p.m. show closer to primetime, but he also is having her create the cheerleaders’ choreography for his Orlando Predators Arena Football League team he owns in Florida. “You’ll see them here in Las Vegas when they play against Vince Neil’s Las Vegas Outlaws,” he laughed.
Jennifer wowed and dazzled the first-night audience with her amazing routines on, in and around a bathtub and on a stripper pole. “She’s the best dancer in Las Vegas, and this new show is going to get Best in Las Vegas,” one audience member told me.
Jeff Antalik added: “The best pole dance and bathtub routine ever.” Our preview of “Sexxy” with two photo galleries of rehearsals from Tom Donoghue was posted Sunday.
The first-night audience included “Purple Reign” Prince tribute artist Jason Tenner (Jennifer also stars in “Purple Reign”), “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock, Planet Hollywood headliner magician Murray Sawchuck, Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips with Lydia Ansel and two other beauties from the electric violin group Bella Electric Strings.
Longtime Las Vegas producer Jeff Kutash sat with the Westgate CEO, and both confirmed that they’re talking about a possible spectacular to go into the large main theater there.
One of the Westgate execs attending also confirmed my December story that the Star Trek exhibit is being replaced by an Elvis Presley attraction. “We’re planning for it to open in the second quarter,” he told me.
Singer Gabriella Versace, who belts out three of the sexiest songs among the 16 routines in the high-energy, 70-minute production, said her boyfriend, master magician Lance Burton, never shows up on her opening nights.
“I just get too nervous, so he’ll be here in a week when we’ve settled into a groove,” she explained.
Jennifer and her dancers were mobbed by fans after the show and then celebrated with champagne.
Said Jennifer: “I was so stressed and exhausted, but this was the most exciting night of my life. It was a dream come true to create my very own show in the Entertainment Capital of the World. I was crying when I saw the entire audience stand up and cheer.
“It was all done in such a rush and during the holiday season. I’m a perfectionist, so now we will polish the show and bring in additional elements we wanted but couldn’t. Our official grand opening will then come toward the end of the month, and then you are really going to see ‘Sexxy’ at its best.”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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