With the new Cirque du Soleil show construction finally on the right track at the MGM Grand, my spies tell me that plans to move the show’s rehearsals from The Mirage to the real stage, hopefully, will happen in September. If so, Cirque, and Mirage President Bill MacBeath will finally be able to announce the production that will replace Siegfried & Roy. That announcement may come this month and, as I wrote in my June 1 column, it won’t be based on the Beatles’ "Yellow Submarine."
David Brenner is on the move again. Though he’s been doing mediocre business in his four-wall deal at the Westin Casuarina on Flamingo, I’m bettin’ my bottom dollar he’s heading for the Hilton. The fabulous and funny Dragapellas will be filling in at the Westin Aug. 26-27. After that, who knows?
"Fever," Buddy Greco and Lezlie Ander’s tribute show to the late Peggy Lee, returns to the Judy Bayley Theatre on the UNLV campus Aug. 18-21, 25-29. Greco will be at the keyboards and conducting the 16-piece Benny Goodman tribute band while Anders marvelously sings the songs of Lee.
How will the corporate merger of Boyd Gaming and Coast Casinos effect entertainment at the hotels of the two entities? The bookers for Boyd’s flagship, the Stardust, and the Coast’s Orleans and Suncoast, both think a tight rotation works for their respective properties.
Las Vegas will be the center of the music world Sept. 15 when the annual World Music Awards ABC telecast originates from the Thomas & Mack Center instead of its longtime Monaco base.
The Stratosphere is the latest hotel to challenge the gentlemen’s clubs with a topless revue. "Bite," described in a press release as "an erotic and sensual topless review based on deliciously evil vampires with a simple story line of sin, sex and seduction," opens Friday, which happens to be Friday the 13th. The great news is that audience members will be selected to be part of the erotic adventure. I can’t wait!
Surprise, surprise. A new reality television show taking us behind-the-scenes of a local club makeover (sounds real exciting to me) debuts on Spike TV Oct. 12. "The Club," slated for 10 episodes, will chronicle ICE as it attempts to become the ultimate nightlife experience. One of the story lines is that of a press agent, which is going to be hard to take seriously.
The multi-faceted Society of Seven is back in town appearing afternoons at 3 o’clock at Bally’s with phenomenal songbird Lani Misalucha. The show’s a winner and deserves a nighttime slot.