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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Rumors ran rampant over the weekend, as actress, singer and author Suzanne Somers opened her “Suzanne Sizzles” at Westgate Las Vegas, that the nearby “Elvis: The Experience” and Elvis Exhibition would close imminently.
Fact checking showed that the exhibition is a permanent installation there and that the glitch in ticket sales availability after June 30 was because of a computer and personnel overhaul in the box office that will be corrected today. Tickets will be on sale again by Friday onward through the end of the year.
However, “Elvis: The Experience” with Martin Fontaine will close Wednesday, but it was always planned for a short run so that the theater could be used for three more revolving Elvis shows.
However, Westgate owner David Siegel did admit to me that his executive team is in discussions as to what additional or alternative new, non-Elvis shows could also be introduced into the big theater there.
SHANIA LOVES VEGAS: Superstar Shania Twain proved her love for Las Vegas returning to our city last week to start two weeks of rehearsals for her upcoming tour, which starts June 5 in Seattle and runs until Oct. 11 in Toronto.
She took time out Sunday night to return to her old home of two years in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to watch Mariah Carey’s final show in her current debut run.
Also visiting Mariah were actor, producer and director Lee Daniels; Boyz II Men star Wanya Morris; actress Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”); and singer-songwriter Johnny Gill. Mariah returns here for nine more shows starting July 8 and again next Feb. 2.
ADELE RESIDENCY? The London tabloids were in overdrive this weekend again that Adele is almost ready to sign a $30 million deal to headline in a two-year residency on the Strip.
I think the only thing true about the reports is that she is a new mommy and would feel right at home with Mariah and Jennifer Lopez’s young kids.
SEVEN SHORT: It was a case of just a little too late for Vince Neil’s Las Vegas Outlaws when they played the visiting Spokane Shock at the Thomas & Mack Center. Our star quarterback J.J. Raterink was injured, and our Arena Football League team was forced to bring in Ivy league rookie Sean Brackett for his debut.
The Outlaws were down 28 points on weak defense but managed to climb back in a fourth-quarter thriller. They scored back-to-back quick touchdowns and conversions, and for a moment it looked as if they’d catch the visitors. But it was not to be, and they wound up losing 63-56. The Outlaws are now 3-5.
TV BREAK: The wacky physical comedy act known as The Quiddlers, who performed for years in “Crazy Horse Paris” at MGM Grand and are currently in the Strip’s longest-running variety show “V — The Ultimate Variety Show at David Saxe Theater, appear tonight on the series premiere of NBC’s “I Can Do That.”
You figure out how they do the wild antics of their human puppetry. The celebrity judges will try to figure out their amazing and humorous act and then decide if they can duplicate it by flying here next week to perform the routine onstage. Our Blue Man Group from Monte Carlo are on the show next week.
BRAVE BICYCLE HERO: Nearly three years ago, Liz McIntyre began her battle with pancreatic cancer. On April 19, her husband Eric McIntyre left their home in New Orleans on a 110-day bicycle odyssey through 18 states to promote her cancer battle spiritually, emotionally and physically. On Wednesday and Thursday, they will be reunited in Las Vegas for the first time since what he is calling the Pancreatic Cancer Victory Tour began.
He will pedal in from the top of the Grand Canyon on Day 38 of the tour, and she is flying in to meet him at Delano Las Vegas. Execs are comping their room for two nights, and they will see their first Cirque du Soleil show as guests of “Mystere” at Treasure Island. Eric is underwriting the Tour to ensure that 100 percent raised supports others facing end-stage cancer via Lazarex Cancer Foundation. On Thursday, he’ll head to California and Liz returns home to New Orleans to prepare for a clinical trial at the National Institute of Health. The Las Vegas visit is the only time they’ll see each other before he pedals back home Aug. 8.
STAR BARTENDER: Venerable Irish bartender John O’Donnell has a well-won reputation for his skills behind the bar as a “funologist.” When rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson brought his party to Crush at MGM Grand over the weekend, John invited him behind the bar — and didn’t give it a second thought. With a bottle of Effen vodka in one hand and a shaker in the other, 50 Cent concocted a lemon drop martini “like a pro,” said John. After shouting to the bar, “$10,000!,” 50 Cent identified a lovely lady at the bar and handed her the drink with a wink.
He then passed out several bottles of the vodka, for which he is a spokesman. 50 Cent stuck to the drink he’d created at dinner there of pizza topped with Nana D’s meatballs, ricotta gnocchi with braised short rib and beef hanger steak with au poivre sauce and crostini. He also was spotted at the newly opened Hexx kitchen and chocolate bar at Paris Las Vegas and “Knockout Night at the D” in downtown Las Vegas Events Center with Akon.
ANONYMOUS STARDOM AWAITS: Blue Man Group hosts auditions Wednesday at its Monte Carlo theater. They’re looking for talented performers to fill spots in Orlando, Boston, Chicago and Las Vegas productions this fall.
If you can keep the beat and drum a little, it could be your first gig in showbiz!
“Annie” begins its run at the Smith Center through Sunday.
Olivia Newton-John returns to her “Summer Nights” residency at Flamingo.
Kivi Rogers, Gilbert Lawand and a third last-minute comic headline at the Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday.
Stratosphere opens Radius rooftop pool and lounge.
Showtek is at Omnia in Caesars Palace.
Xavier Rudd and The United Nations are at Brooklyn Bowl in Linq Promenade.
One of the strangest stories I’ve ever reported: Meet the flight attendant commuting to Las Vegas to finish his 30th surgical attempt to become a human Ken doll; the secret $325 off-menu steak and lobster at Le Cirque in Bellagio; the 46th Annual World Series of Poker, the largest live poker tournament ever with expected record-breaking attendance and a near $200 million purse, gets underway at the Rio; plus, the late Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin reflects on Dad’s The Rat Pack days as she brings her big-band sound into town.
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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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.