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More Broadway on the way

Aug 3, 2004 4:05 AM

With the addition of the made-for-Las-Vegas edition "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Venetian (March 2006) and the Tony Award-winning musical "Avenue Q" slated at Wynn Las Vegas in the spring, haven’t we become the Broadway of the West?

Queen’s legacy "We Will Rock You" opens this month at Paris and I’m already hearing rumors that the story of another rock legend — Buddy Holly — is being pitched, with interest, around town. Couple the phenomenon with the plethora of current and upcoming Cirque du Soleil shows, I’m wondering whether headliners are thing of the past on the Strip?

The former Mrs. Rod Stewart, actress (?) and supermodel Rachel Hunter has been set to star in the off-Broadway hit "Pieces (of Ass)" that will be played two nights at the Joint inside the Hard Rock, Aug. 14-15. The Hard Rock seems like the perfect venue to discuss the exploits of women especially with the continued controversy concerning its risqué billboards.

Congratulations are in order to the producer and cast of "Jubilee!" as it will select its 10 millionth guest at its Monday performance. Leading up to the event, "Jubilee!," in conjunction with Barnes & Noble, has been working to raise "10 million words" worth of books for the Clark County Public Education Foundation.

The opening of "Havana Night Club — The Show" at the Stardust was rescheduled from Friday to last Sunday. Red tape and politics in Havana slowed the troupe’s travel plans, but they were supposed to have scrambled into the country on Sunday. I hope they didn’t have to travel the entire way by rowboat.

The Rio seeks to please the distaff sex with a new $7 million entertainment complex dedicated entirely to women. Billed as "The Ultimate Girls Night Out" destination, the entertainment complex is being called a place where women of all ages may come together and celebrate occasions such as bachelorette parties, high school/college reunions, 21st birthday celebrations, office parties and just about any other instance when a "girls night out" is in order. Of course, the centerpiece of the experience will be the Rio’s Chippendale’s show. I have the perfect outfit for the opening celebration.

The world’s most famous illusionist David Copperfield returns to the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre Aug. 26 - Sept. 8. Copperfield performs two shows a night with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Evening shows are priced at $97 and the matinees are $79.90. If you’ve never been to a Copperfield performance, you haven’t seen real magic.

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump came back into our market after unloading his Riviera Hotel shares. Sir Donald has announced plan to build the tallest building in Las Vegas, the 64-story Trump International Hotel and Tower on the New Frontier property on Fashion Show Drive. It will overlook the new Wynn Las Vegas!