Lord of the Dance resurrected at The Venetian

Nov 5, 2002 1:40 AM

   Bigger than Celine? Bigger than Wayne? How could it be! But yes, the big news is that Lord of the Dance just signed a five-year contract worth $250 million with the Venetian. Remember, we speculated that the second coming of The Lord would happen two weeks ago!

   The fallout from the “River Dance” deal is that Gleason Magic had to do a disappearing act. Actually, it’s a campy little show that should land somewhere. Let’s hope.

   Another great show at the Venetian is V, a fast-paced, musical-comedy variety extravaganza. Need I say more?

   Lo and behold! Shopping esprit has hit Las Vegas. At the Fashion Show, Bloomingdale’s Home Store held a sneak preview for invited guests prior to their official opening on Friday. It was like being in New York City, or was it Beverly Hills? This is a beautiful store and a welcome addition to Las Vegas. Now, when visitors come to gamble or see the shows, they can shop, shop, shop. Spend some of their winnings, and shop till they drop at our fabulous Bloomingdale’s.

   Halloween has come and gone but as usual it provides the perfect arena for some of our most spectacular charity events such as the Beaux Artes Ball at Studio 53 at the MGM Grand. This has become an annual affair and believe me, it is an affair. It’s truly a gala event where folks can let their imagination flow and not feel guilty about it.

   Word on the street is that Regency Towers, the exclusive condominiums overlooking the Vegas scene, might be experiencing a high volume of re-sales. Interesting! Also the membership-only Sterling Club is re-vamping.

   This week I went to see Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo. His gentleman approach to magic and sleight of hand still makes for a very classy show. The wife of Peter J. Reeves, personal manager to Lance Burton, has been ailing and we wish her a speedy recovery.

   Rumor has it that the Golden Nugget might be looking at an act from Australia to replace the void that will be created when Amazing Johnathan heads uptown to the Flamingo.

   For those seeking that solid show, the one that becomes their mainstay, maybe they need a little luck to follow in the steps of the likes of Bally’s with Jubilee, the Tropicana with Folies and even the re-vamped Splash at the Riviera.

   Over at the Aladdin the jury is still out on the Society of Seven. This show has traveled from the Hilton to the Golden Nugget and now to the Aladdin showroom. It’s a very polished show, and a Don’t Miss. It’s highly entertaining, so let’s hope it can take hold at the Aladdin.

   David Copperfield was a sell-out at the MGM and Marlene Ricci continues to hold her own at the Riviera while Bob Anderson is looking for an audience at the Stardust. I content it’s all to do with marketing. The ticket brokers basically sell ticket to groups and now a new item on the scene to deal with is the half-price ticket.

   LaFemme at the MGM, the Crazy Horse import from Paris with the most beautiful women in the world, has a new marketing strategy. Maybe they have a chance. I’m a fan of this show and don’t want it to leave.

   The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has done it again with the opening of JW’s Tavern. This is a hyperactive place, user friendly with great food, drink and atmosphere. Check it out; you won’t be disappointed.

   In fact, there’s always something new at the Rio and they seem to have the inside track when it comes to pleasing both locals and tourists.

   As we enter the holiday season, it’s time to think about gifts, parties and other favors. Next week, we’ll come up with a list of to do’s for New Year’s Eve.