Darrin Bush/Las Vegas News Bureau
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 5:36 p.m.
We have a lot of new news this Tuesday in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
WHAT’S NEW NO. 1: The summer-long tapings of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” at Jubilee Theater in Bally’s hosted by Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor”) premiere Monday, Sept. 12.
Live studio audiences will be welcomed to the showroom for this new Season 15 of the nationally syndicated hit. Contestants will be recruited from all over the country to answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the help of three lifelines en route to $1 million.
More than $95 million has been awarded since the show debuted in syndication in 2002. The episodes will give much promotion to the bright lights of the Strip.
WHAT’S NEW NO. 2: The official grand-opening date of the new show Cherry Boom Boom at Tropicana has been set for Sept. 8 with a cast of 12 female dancers, half of whom will be topless in the show, and three Boomettes who will serve as sassy hostesses for the audience during the immersive show.
Casting has been completed except for one male “lover” lead. Producers led by choreographer and former Prince and Pussycat Dolls dancer Lindsley Adam are sorting through auditions of Las Vegas and L.A. music-video dancers to finalize selection.
There also will be three specialty acts, including a female aerialist and a couple. The 10-week rehearsal schedule starts June 14.
WHATS NEW NO. 3: Xavier Mortimer becomes the first Cirque du Soleil performer to launch his own headline show on the Strip with “Magical Dream” set to premiere June 6 in Planet Hollywood’s Sin City theater.
The 14 magic acts run 70 minutes as a show of wonders from “Mary Poppins” and theatrics of Charlie Chaplin mashed up with universal comedy and new music he’s composed.
Xavier, who left “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay for his solo shot at stardom, promises that guests will experience a new kind of magic in his hidden dream world.
WHATS NEW NO. 4: The new attraction at Treasure Island known as The Avengers’ S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) opens over Memorial Day Weekend.
Visitors will have access to intelligence files, studies and experiments that explore the history and scientific origins of Marvel’s The Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and Ant Man.
WHATS NEW NO. 5: The official grand openings of two restaurants at Green Valley Ranch take place June 8.
Bottiglia Cucina & Enotica serves up a modern twist on Italian classics by chef Patrick Munster, and Borracha cantina opens alongside for Mexican taste treats.
WHAT’S NEW NO. 6: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus of clowns, performers and animals showcases daring spectacles of strength and awe-inspiring extraordinary feats as Circus XTreme returns to the Thomas & Mack Center on June 16.
BARBRA’S TICKETS: With tickets going on sale 10 a.m. Wednesday for Barbra Streisand’s show at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, Aug. 6, concert promoter Live Nation has compiled some of Babs’ greatest moments the last six decades.
• In 1963, she scored big with her debut album “The Barbra Streisand Album” and won her first Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance.
• 1969/70: Playing the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl,” the insanely talented Barbra won her first Academy Award in 1969 and a Golden Globe in 1970 for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
• 1986: Barbra the philanthropist founded the Streisand Foundation in 1986 that has donated more $25 million to causes.
• 1993: The music legend announced her first public concert appearance in 27 years in September 1993. What began as a two-night New Year’s event at MGM Grand Garden Arena led to a multicity tour in summer 1994.
• 2008: The superstar received one of the highest U.S. honors, the Kennedy Center Honors, for her lifetime of contributions to U.S. culture, in 2008.
• 2014: The icon’s latest album, “Partners,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving her the title of the only act to reach No. 1 on the chart in each of the last six decades starting in 1964, when “People,” her fourth album, made it to the top.
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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Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.