Carmen to Electra-fy the Aladdin

July 17, 2001 5:13 AM


The Arabian Nights at the Aladdin will be a lot hotter when Carmen Electra debuts in an all-new production show that will morph into an after-hours nightclub.

Electra, along with backers of the show ”” Showclubs of America ”” were in Las Vegas last week to officially mark the commencement of the project, which will be built on the Aladdin’s mezzanine level, overlooking the casino.

The new showroom/nightclub is expected to fill the gap in the Aladdin’s entertainment offerings, and generate a lot more casino traffic.

“We look forward to welcoming Showclubs of America to the Strip’s newest resort,” said Aladdin CEO Richard Goeglein. “Theirs was the best concept of the dozens we reviewed, and we’re eager to see the project commence.”

Construction of the new facilities should commence within a few weeks, with completion scheduled for next spring.

Showclubs of America will lease the space on the mezzanine level at the Aladdin, adjacent to the hotel’s main restaurants and convention facilities. The project will include a 1200-seat showroom and a three nightclub area known as The Showclub, The Lounge and The Backstage Terrace, the latter being a three story glass enclosed club to be built behind the stage area, overlooking the Bellagio water show across the street.

Showclubs will also produce the show, Lumiere, starring Carmen Electra; and a late night adult revue, Hollywood Blondes.

A unique feature of the facility is the transformation of the showroom into the main nightclub at the conclusion of the late show.

Lumiere (pronounced loomy-aire) will be a large-scale production featuring grand-scale illusions, special effects, music, dance and variety, driven by a headliner who participates in the story line, then from time to time stepping out of the role to interact with the audience.

Definitely geared to Generation X, the production could be described as a techno-grunge combination of MTV, Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield and The Matrix. The story line features Carmen Electra as an angel floating above the stage, when she is hit by lightning and falls to earth, a mysterious place inhabited by fantastic and weird creatures.

In her travels as she seeks to regain her wings, she meets wild and wonderful people, from sail flyers to millennium variety performers. Audience members are brought on stage in hilarious interactive comedy stunts.

Co-starring is a grand illusionist who performs amazing feats and eventually leads Carmen to a cocoon from which she emerges with 30-foot gossamer wings, and soars above the audience as a rainfall of silver butterflies descend on the audience.

The story line is accented by hundreds of moving lights, breath-taking costumes and edgy sets. The variety acts are integrated into the story, as is the comedy and audience interaction.