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Steve Wynn to celebrate 100th birthday of the late Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas

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Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are reunited at the Oakland Coliseum during their 29-city tour March 14, 1988, in Oakland, Calif.

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Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn is lining up an all-star entertainment cast for his planned, ambitious 100th birthday salute to the late Frank Sinatra this winter.

I’ve learned that there will be an A-List lineup of VIPs and celebrities for a two-hour concert at Steve’s Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas in December. Celebrities will reprise Frank’s hits and recount stories of the actor-singer who sold more than 150 million records.

Steve has made a deal with CBS to air the Dec. 12 event, which would mark the 100th anniversary of Frank’s birth in Hoboken, N.J. “Old Blue Eyes” died May 14, 1998, at age 82.

Las Vegas was Frank’s favorite playground and, with The Rat Pack, he made numerous residency appearances here. His children, Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr., gave permission for Steve to open the Italian restaurant Sinatra at Encore, the only one in the world. It will play host to the stars with a weeklong celebration of special lunches and dinners.

British photographer Terry O’Neill, who has a gallery at SLS Las Vegas featuring photos of the superstar, wants every hotel on the Strip to wrap building exteriors with photos of Frank the week of the celebrations.

Meantime, Steve flew to Kazakhstan a week ago to meet with President Nursultan Nazarbayev to explore hotel development and tourism in the country.

The government there recently announced that major plans are underway for casino development, as the central hub Almaty region airport is a five-hour plane ride for half of the world’s population.

The government’s official website reported that Steve and the president discussed possible co-operation on joint projects. The 11,000 hectares of land proposed for the international tourist zone would be on the shores of Lake Kapchagay.

MSNBC financial journalist James Cramer has speculated in recent days that Steve’s hotel group might be involved in a takeover bid with MGM Resorts or neighbor Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian and Palazzo.

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.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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