Published Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 | 1:14 p.m.
Updated Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 | 2:13 p.m.
An open-air Las Vegas Strip pirate show that featured sirens in skimpy costumes dancing with shirtless sailors has been canceled, with casino officials saying Monday they need to make way for a pharmacy and other shops.
"Sirens of TI" had been on a hiatus, but officials at the Treasure Island casino confirmed that the 10-year run of the seductive spectacle was over for good.
Andrea Mestdagh, a spokeswoman for Treasure Island public relations agency The Firm, didn't have details about the number of cast members affected or how they were notified of the unexpected closure.
The free show, which featured elaborate pyrotechnics and dancers using the rigging of a giant ship as stripper poles, was a sexed-up version of a pirate show that had played to large crowds since 1993.
"Sirens" was created and directed by Kenny Ortega, who directed other well-known shows on the Strip, including the Bellagio water extravaganza and the "Siegfried and Roy" finale.
The "Sirens" production garnered lackluster ratings — it averaged two stars out of a possible five on nearly 150 reviews on the website Yelp.
The show entered what was supposed to be a two-month closure on Oct. 20. Construction crews drained the water from the man-made lagoon and sent in cranes to start working on a three-story, 48,000-square-foot retail space.
The plan later changed, according to Mestdagh, and the 10-minute shows that ran four times nightly were scrapped. Mention of the show has been stripped from the Treasure Island website.
The opening of the shops is planned for the fall of 2014.
Treasure Island, now known as TI to many, is a Strip casino and resort that features a tropical pool, a variety of restaurants and Las Vegas' first resident Cirque du Soleil show.
Before even entering the casino, Treasure Island treats visitors and Strip passersby with a raucous and free pirate show, "Sirens at TI," each evening in the lagoon in front of the property.
Inside, guests will find a 95,000-square-foot casino with thousands of slot machines, a race and sports book, a poker room and plenty of table games. Treasure Island boasts a variety of dining options, from unique barbecue at Gilley's, to Vietnamese at Pho, to Carribbean with flair at Kahunaville.
After dark, head over to Senor Frogs for nightlife "where anything can happen," or pick up tickets to the visually stunning "Mystere" by Cirque du Soleil.