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February 18, 2019

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Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears, Monty Python, Steve Wynn, Marvel STATION

2016 Billboard Music Awards

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Britney Spears performs at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Las Vegas.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ at Axis

Britney Spears’ hit resident show “Britney: Piece of Me,” pictured here Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, has been refreshed at Axis at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

John Cleese and Eric Idle

‘Showstoppers’ at Wynn

“Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Wynn Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

The Falcon display at the Marvel’s Avengers STATION, an immersive exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Avengers superhero franchise, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Treasure Island. Launch slideshow »

Don’t panic! Our favorite pop princess isn’t getting married, but she will be a bridesmaid this weekend.

Britney Spears’ best friend is getting married, and it is timed for Britney’s return to her Axis at Planet Hollywood hit show “Britney: Piece of Me” resuming Friday through July 13.

Britney drove here Tuesday night to get resettled and try on her bridesmaid’s dress. So, oops, she didn’t do it again!

ABSURD COMEDY: Monty Python fans will be doing silly walks and Gumby races to celebrate the news that comedy legends John Cleese and Eric Idle will perform together for the first time in Las Vegas this year at the Venetian.

Tickets for their Nov. 18 and 19 engagements go on sale Monday, and the two irreverent, absurdist comics promise aquatic juggling as part of the experience. John and Eric will combine scripted and improv sequences with music, stories and Monty Python outtakes never seen before. The two shows will be different.

John and Eric ( were the founding members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and have been associated with “Fawlty Towers” and “The Rutles” on television, along with the theatrical show “Monty Python’s Spamalot” that played at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.

STEVE ADDS SONGS: Hotel mogul Steve Wynn has added two Broadway songs to his “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Encore Theater. Andrew Ragone and Nicole Kaplan team up as Danny and Sandy from the 1978 hit movie musical “Grease” for the upbeat “You’re the One That I Want.”

Rachel Tyler performs the fan favorite “New York, New York,” one of the most celebrated songs about Manhattan that Liza Minnelli recorded in 1977 for Martin Scorsese that was later performed by Frank Sinatra, becoming one of his signature songs.

AGENT FAIL: I’m certainly not going to make special-agent status at the new Marvel Avengers STATION attraction at Treasure Island. On Tuesday night, I was equipped with a transponder-type iPhone to tour the new immersive exhibit with Captain America, Iron Man and The Hulk.

It’s fun and fascinating, and teens are going to enjoy this authentic experience with its cutting-edge technology, military equipment, uniforms and interactive videos. It feels as if you are going through the process of transforming into a hero helping conquer the world and keeping it safe from alien invasions.

I’ve never read a Marvel comic or seen one of the action-hero movies, so although I was successfully screened for secret-agent status to fight off invaders alongside Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow Natasha Romanoff, I got only the first four questions of my final trial correct. I failed the rest!

MORNING CUPPA: We British are proud of our tea-drinking habits. The workday doesn’t start until we’ve had our first morning cuppa and biscuits! But even I would never have guessed that Las Vegas could play host to tea aficionados from around the world at their own convention.

Three days of nothing but tea begins today at Las Vegas Convention Center with a world tea academy and a tea business boot camp. The world tea awards are Thursday, and former Bon Appetit Editor Barbara Fairchild, food authority and travel expert, hosts a seven-course dinner with chef Mark Purdy at Alize atop the Palms.

Eight teas will be poured for his unique, one-night-only beverage-and-culinary pairing.

LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER: I’m not the only Las Vegas journalist aggravated with a pop diva for promising interviews to promote her Strip residency shows. Despite her invitation to talk, it was a runaround of “running late” interviews, changed appointments six hours later than scheduled, then canceling completely with a peace offering of email answers to questions.

I declined. So did another colleague, costing her a magazine cover. Despite needing “vocal rest,” she managed to do three radio hits. It’s not the first time her lack of concern for other’s schedules has caused problems, but we’ve decided to take the high road.

Her reps have retaliated by threatening that their 400 clients will be off-limits. Such a nice business especially when this was at her request, not mine.

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Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and 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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