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January 18, 2019

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Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:

Strip shows for Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin?

2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand

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Ricky Martin arrives at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Janet Jackson @ Colosseum

Janet Jackson performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour on Friday, April 22, 2011. Launch slideshow »

‘Jubilee’ Grand Reopening at Bally’s

Carl Lewis attends the grand reopening of Launch slideshow »

There’s a barrage of Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors to kick off the New Year:

Global-superstar singers Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson and Ricky Martin may all be getting mini-residencies on the Strip early this spring if plans work out.

Reliable sources tell me that the Venetian will be the likely home for the four major entertainers in direct competition of the superstar lineup at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

The rumor is that the stars signed on in principle last week for a string of concert productions in the Venetian theater that was created for “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” and more recently housed Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul.”

* It’s a pretty solid rumor that the hip and hot Beauty and Essex restaurant in New York run by The Tao Group (Rich Wolfe, Mark Packer, Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg of Tao, Lavo and Marquee) will get a Las Vegas version at the Cosmopolitan this year.

The unique, chandelier-lit, 300-seat, three-floor Lower East Side townhouse dining spot is known for being funky and elegant. Attracting celebrities and models, it is hidden behind a pawnshop entranceway that has everything from antique jewelry to John Travolta postcard books to guitars for sale.

Chef Cris Santos is expected to launch his small-plates menu at the Strip hotel newly bought by New York real-estate management fund Blackstone.

I also am hearing that The Tao Group will be expanding its Las Vegas empire to Chicago and Los Angeles, where their Asian restaurant at the Venetian, Italian bistro at Palazzo and Cosmopolitan nightclub will all be housed in one new hotel project they are developing for Hollywood glitterati.

* Is it true that former Cirque du Soleil and Steve Wynn producing partner Franco Dragone has created a rival “Zumanity”-type show to be titled “Taboo”? Now that he’s completed auditions and casting, it might well get a tryout here on the Strip before it’s moved to Macau in a full-time residency there.

* When “Jubilee” at Bally’s goes dark next week, fear not. It’s only for one week, and the show is not closing. In fact, the company is holding auditions in New York starting Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 here at Bally’s to find dancers ready, able and willing to fill upcoming spots in the lineup of leggy beauties. Any rumblings, some reported elsewhere, that “Jubilee” is closing for a longer period are untrue.

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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