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For producer Jeanie Linders, ‘The D* Word’ takes her back to LVH and ‘Menopause the Musical’

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Sarah Hester Ross and Adam Ursell in “The D* Word: a Musical (*Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating)” at LVH.

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Jeanie Linders.

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach winds down his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy and heads to the East Coast for a brief visit before returning to the rigors of Vegas DeLuxe, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with producer Jeanie Linders, whose “The D* Word: a Musical (*Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating)” opened this month at LVH and celebrated its VIP and media night last Wednesday.

Johnny Kats (as he seems to be known on this turf) confirmed that Robin Leach annually has guest columnists while he is on his annual pilgrimage to Italy. I’ve just returned from an Italian cooking trek to Carunchio, a tiny village in Abruzzo. In a former life, I was a columnist for the major Chicago papers, so the stars have aligned: I’m your guest.

I’m Jeanie Linders, creator/writer of the international hit “Menopause the Musical,” the longest-running book musical in Las Vegas. I launched my new show “The D* Word: a Musical (*Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating)” on July 10 at Shimmer Cabaret at LVH.

Why here? (It’s 6 a.m., and I’m writing from my king bed on the 27th floor, thus the locator.) Because I wrote the show for the Shimmer, where I launched “MTM.” “The D* Word” was conceived as a party show for women (and guys) who have experienced the joys and jerks of dating. What better atmosphere than an intimate setting of four tops — with a bar in the room. Especially when your ticket comes with a brightly colored shot glass, and VIP seating comes with a brightly colored shot of booze.

Unlike the other book musicals on the Strip, my show is not a watered-down version of a Broadway mega-hit with costumes revamped to show more skin. It’s fun and flirty and was reviewed as “Sex and the City” meets “Mamma Mia.” Really.

Unlike “MTM,” “D*” actually has a book — words between the songs, a storyline, so to speak. The songs all ones you’ve sung in your car and/or shower. And since our premiere, I’ve been pleasantly surprised (read thrilled!) that audiences from ages 24 to 84 and beyond have joined and loved this party. One 84-year-old woman purchased two of our souvenir vibrating lipsticks!

Opening a show in Las Vegas is up there with floating in a rowboat in the middle of the Pacific and shouting to a vast expanse of water to be noticed. Although way more planned. Frankly, I don’t feel we need to be rescued.

I’m as proud — or actually, prouder — of this show than “MTM.” In the parlance of small shows, it’s better theater. We’ve brought a great cast to Las Vegas to launch; the show makes me laugh and sing along and, as I’ve witnessed from our standing ovations, audiences in other parts of the country.

For our Las Vegas locals, we have a great BOGO (buy one, get one) ticket offer —and that shot glass. Party on, Las Vegas!

Tickets for “The D* Word: A Musical” start at $39; a VIP ticket at $65 includes priority seating, a show DVD and more. Tickets: TheLVH.com and the LVH box office at (702) 732-5755. More info: TheDWordMusical.com, Facebook.com/TheDWordMusical and on Twitter @TheDWordMusical.

Check out our other guest column today from Derek Stevens, owner and operator of the D hotel in downtown Las Vegas. We’ll have one more week of guest columnists as Robin returns to work.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

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Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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