Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 | 8:57 p.m.
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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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.