Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 | 6:34 p.m.
Like its alcohol-nipping co-host, Absinthe at Caesars Palace continues to chug away. The best little show on the Strip will return for what is expected to be a yearlong stay at Roman Plaza beginning October 21. What to look for in the new Absinthe production, staged in Vegas by BASE Entertainment and Spiegelworld:
• New skaters. It’s bye-bye Skating Aratas, who have spun off to V—The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood’s V Theater. The dizzying act will remain in the show, but with new stars, says BASE co-chief executive officer Scott Zeiger.
• A new tent. The 100-year-old Spiegeltent used in the original six-month production has been packed up (sucker couldn’t take the wind and rain). In its place will be a larger, reinforced tent that will still embrace such old-world charms as mirrored panels, chandeliers, wooden chairs (seating a little less than 600 spectators) and high-backed booths.
• A larger, indoor lobby. The Absinthe “campus” will be primarily indoors. The space has been reconceived as an entirely indoor experience.
• Familiar faces: Aside from the Aratas, the cast will remain intact, with Gazillionaire, Penny, the Esteemed Gentlemen of the High Wire, and Vegas’ top topless bubble dancer Angel Porrino all returning.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.