New Cirque to feature Beatles

Mar 15, 2005 2:58 AM

Your GamingToday super sleuth — that’s me — has learned that 19 Beatle songs are being considered and "worked on" for the new Cirque du Soleil production scheduled for September 2006 at the Mirage. Cost of the show will be about $120 million and the emphasis will be on the music that will be brought to life by Michael Curry’s puppets. "It will be nowhere near the cost of ”˜KÀ,’ but will have a greater impact upfront because of the Beatles music," says a Mirage executive, who hinted that everyone involved in the project feels it will be the toughest ticket in town and will establish box-office records from the day tickets sales begin.

I’d like to thank Las Vegas Weekly for naming me the "Las Vegas Most in Need of a Reality Show" and realizing that a party is not a true party unless I’m in attendance. I love their description of me: "He’s had brushes with reality TV, but no cathode-ray (what the hell does that mean) drama could possibly encompass the reality that is Monti, (now get this) the world’s greatest entrepren-whore, happy has-been and any other bon mot that you can think of."

Don’t tell anyone, but Planet Aladdin will be the next Strip hotel to announce plans for a new tower that will include the usual condos, retail etc. The plans should be revealed within the next few days along with the long-awaited announcement of a television studio to house Robin Leach’s new Las Vegas TV network. On the down side, I’m hearing continuous rumbles that the service, especially at check in, has been less than admirable under the new regime. "It’s as if they don’t care about small groups anymore," says one tour booker. "I’ve been bringing people here for years and everyone has gone out of their way to be accommodating, but that seems to have ended." I guess that’s the Hollywood way!

There’s a new place in town to entertain your children or grandkids”¦.and it’s all free! It’s at the shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin of all places. The mall is offering a delightful mixture of free entertainment from 1:15 — 8:15 p.m. Thursday — Monday on the stage in front of the "V" Theater, highlighted by Joe Krathwohl, who is known as the Birdman of Las Vegas. Other performers include 17-year old contortionist Lilia, acrobatic duo Spirit, comic/magician Jason Bird and body-balancing acrobatic act Duality.

Two Strip nightclubs are vying for locals’ action on Tuesday nights. Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace offers Pure Tuesdays with free cover charge by showing a local ID. Down the street at the MGM Grand’s successful "3" event continues with a $15 admission providing unlimited access to Studio 54, Tabú Ultra Lounge and Teatro Euro Bar.

The 2005 CineVegas Film Festival includes a "CineVegas 100" contest with the top prize a VIP trip to Las Vegas to attend the opening weekend (June 10-18) of the festival. The 2005 event features a sidebar series of movies saluting the impact Las Vegas on the movie industry. Participants are invited to view synopses of some of Vegas’ memorable films at and then vote for their favorites. Voting ends April 15. The winning entry will be selected by random drawing on or about May 1 along with four second prize winners. All winners will be notified by e-mail or telephone. Celebrating its seventh year, CineVegas 2005 will be held June 10-18 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres.

News And Notes: Harvey Feinstein has been extended as Tevya in Broadway’s "Fiddler on the Roof" through August. Does this mean he’s not opening "Hairspray at the Luxor?"”¦The Red Hat Society’s fourth annual international convention will be held June 24 — 29 at the MGM Grand. A new local chapter of the group for women over 50 is being formed. Call (702) 229-6601 for information”¦The Snell & Wilmer law firm recent second annual corporate bowling competition, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, raised $19,000 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nevada”¦Wolfgang Puck’s Spago has been named "Best American" and "Best Power Lunch" by Las Vegas Life magazine’s Epicurean Awards 2005”¦Coast Casinos CEO Michael Gaughan and renowned lawyer Thomas Girardi have been elected to the Boyd Gaming Corporation’s board of directors”¦The Riviera has a display of nearly 100 photos of the entertainers (more than 475 have performed) who have performed at the hotel since it opened its doors on April 20, 1955”¦The Tropicana Industrial Center (nine acres of land) on Industrial Road just south of Tropicana, has been sold with the new owner (30-year old New York developer Gil Dezer) planning to build a cluster of three to four condo towers with a total cost of $1 billion”¦Studio 54 was honored with the Pioneer Award by the Nightclub & Bar Association.