Eric Risberg / AP
Monday, June 8, 2015 | 4:02 p.m.
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.
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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.
With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.