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Flamingo to debut Aquaria show

Nov 23, 2004 12:41 AM

Unless the Harrah’s takeover of Caesars Entertainment shelves it, isn’t the Flamingo Hotel the latest property joining the production show craze? A new theatre is scheduled for construction next year to house "Aquaria," an aquatic extravaganza based on Esther Williams’ book The Million Dollar Mermaid. Hollywood columnist Army Archerd reports that Williams’ husband, David Bell, and Argus Entertainment are preparing a movie of the week version of the book and will conduct an international search for the lead. The film’s star will also headline the Flamingo show, which Williams will co-produce. The star, according to Bell, "has to look and swim pretty." There should be plenty of aspirants from Cirque’s "O" troupe.

Has the entire hullabaloo about seeking asylum in the United States cost Havana Nights — The Show troupe a permanent local gig? I’m being told that the group’s rumored Sahara engagement now belongs to Jeff Kutash (the ink is dry on the contract) and another T&A show called "Penthouse Pets." If you recall, long before the injury to Roy, the Siegfried & Roy financially-supported production was vying for a late-night Mirage run but was nixed by the MGM Mirage brass due to political ramifications. And, isn’t "Little Havana," the rehearsal barn on S&R’s northwest Little Bavaria property, more like home for the Cubans?

With each announcement of a Cirque du Soleil production usually comes the question "how many is too many?" But when another nightclub opens, we just take it for granted. Caesars Palace’s newest entry into the nightlife fray may change that thinking — PURE is not just a club, it is a destination. Two elements of PURE open next month with the third coming in February. Owned by Celine Dion, Shaquille O’Neal, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graff and nightlife pacesetter Pure Management Group, PURE is a 36,000-square-foot, two-story venue featuring three bars, oversized bed seating and a raised VIP area. The Red Room is the VIP area, the Terrace is for the general public, and the Pussycat Dolls Lounge will be a separate cabaret area where the dance troupe of the same name will perform. Sounds like it will be the place to been seen until the next one is built.

The Rio honchos have sent Scrooge packing this holiday season by canceling the annual themed showroom special, replacing it with a free Show in the Sky Christmas Celebration. From now through Dec. 26, the Rio’s Masquerade Show in the Sky will reinvent itself and become a holiday themed interactive entertainment experience spreading holiday cheer through spirited choreography, seasonal music and the energetic Masquerade performers. Show times are 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. daily.

Meanwhile, the Boulevard and Meadows malls will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the animated television classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with a "12 days of Rudolph" trivia contest Dec. 1-12. Each mall will post a daily trivia question about the holiday television special and one winner will be chosen daily to receive a prize. In addition, Santa Claus is visiting both malls through Dec. 24 for the usual picture taking for a fee, and each child posing with Santa will receive a free Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer CD-ROM.

Danny Gans, Lance Burton, George Wallace, Fielding West, Clint Holmes, The Scintas and fellow taxi drivers have raised more than $55,000 for the family of slain cab driver, Pairoj "Paul" Chitprasart, who was burned to death by a thief. Donations can be sent to Nevada State Bank, c/o David Chitprasart, Acct #28096501, 3480 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102.

Around Town: Blues legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ruth Brown appears Thursday nights at 9:30 at The Bootlegger Bistro with no cover or minimum ”¦ Journey brings its 30 years of pop music fame to Green Valley Ranch on Dec. 10 for a 9 p.m. performance ”¦The annual Billboard Music Awards takes place Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with Usher, Nelly, Steve Wonder and Green Day among those scheduled to perform ”¦ The very sexy and talented Honky Tonk Cowgirls — Diana Fabiano, Nellie Norris and Laurie Caceres — offer four free nightly 45-minute shows Thursday through Tuesday at Binion’s Horseshoe ”¦ TI has introduced its new Dishes Buffet with a $12 breakfast, $15 lunch and $20 dinner. "Swanky Dishes" dinners on Friday and Saturday are $26 ”¦ Venus — The Nightclub has closed at the Venetian ”¦ Hail, Hail, Rock & Roll, which closed at Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Primm, did not open at the Riviera as was slated, and no reason was given”¦Veteran comedian Don Rickles has signed on for another year of at the Stardust.