Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | 4:58 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach departs for Toronto en route to his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus, Costa Esmeralda on Sardinia this year — many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom. We continue today with comedian George Wallace and “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian ingenue Becca Kotte, who finds love onstage each performance at the Venetian.
Hey, guys! Becca Kotte here. You might remember me from my article last summer when I had just taken over the role of Sherrie in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian. I can’t believe it’s been more than a year already.
I have wanted to play this role since I first heard about the show in 2009, so to say I was excited to get cast is a huge understatement. This last year has been a crazy ride, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
First of all, I have an album out. I released my first EP with Fervor Records on March 24. The album was a collaborative project with Andy Gerold, one of our absolutely kickass guitarists in Arsenal, the onstage band in “Rock of Ages.”
Andy approached me about working together a little over a year ago. I’m not sure that I knew what to expect — combining the talents of a theater kid from Fargo, N.D., (yes, people really live there!) with the former guitarist for Marilyn Manson. Things could get interesting!
As soon as we started recording, I knew that it was going to be something really special. I have to brag about Andy for a second. He not only helped write these songs, but he also played every instrument on every track.
I’m talking all of the guitar parts, bass, drums, keys and all of the mixing. I am a lucky gal. “Epic” is available on iTunes for only $5.94. Check it out.
Also in the last year, I started a partnership with a fair-trade accessory company, Noonday Collection, a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world in efforts to alleviate poverty. I am thrilled to be working with a company that is helping women worldwide.
I have always been a strong advocate for social justice and a huge fashion fan, so this was a match made in heaven. Each piece I sell is 100 percent handmade by artisans who otherwise would not have the means to provide for their families or even have a roof over their head.
Our company is giving women a voice, skill, passion and life in communities where they have been silenced. If you love fashion and are passionate about social justice, I invite you to take a look at my website. Our fall line launches Aug. 6. Please check it out: BeccaKotte.NoondayCollection.com.
Last, but certainly not least, I have to give a shout-out to some amazing people I’ve met because of “Rock of Ages.” We recently had the opportunity to work with Joey Fatone as Dennis Dupree this spring, and he nailed it.
If you had told my 13-year-old self that I would later work with a member of ’N Sync, I would have laughed in your face. His time with us wasn’t long enough!
Last summer, we got to perform for Dee Snider of Twisted Sister. Considering two of his most famous songs, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” are in our show, we all got a little star struck (OK, a lot star struck). He was delightful and incredibly supportive.
And most recently, Debbie Gibson came to see the show, which happened to be our 900th performance. Talk about an ’80s icon. She was very complimentary to the cast and even offered to play drums just so she could come rock with us!
Check out our other guest column today from comedian George Wallace. On Wednesday, it’s Becca’s “Rock of Ages” co-star Mark Shunock and singer Pia Zadora.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame 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.