Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
When award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell’s “Peepshow” is performed for the final time at Planet Hollywood on Sunday night, the topless adult burlesque based on children’s fairytales will have completed more than 1,500 shows in its 4 1/2 year run.
“Peepshow” opened in April 2009 with Melanie Brown of Spice Girls fame (Scary Spice) in the lead role of Peep Diva and “General Hospital” actress and “Dancing With the Stars” Season 1 champion Kelly Monaco in the coming-into-her-own role of Bo Peep.
On Sunday night, Cheaza, as Peep Diva, and Nicole “Coco” Austin, as Bo Peep, will close the show. In all, seven performers have guest starred in “Peepshow” as Peep Diva and Bo Peep during its time stripping on the Strip.
And they are …
Melanie Brown as Peep Diva
Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice of the Spice Girls, was the original Peep Diva when “Peepshow” premiered in April 2009. Mel B had the pipes and the personality for days, and she didn’t go topless (but she did show off her insane abs). She was gone after 3 months.
Kelly Monaco as Bo Peep
Actress Kelly Monaco, “General Hospital” vixen and “Dancing With the Stars” Season 1 victor, was the original Bo Peep when “Peepshow” bowed in April 2009. Monaco was possibly the most petite guest star, but she brought a big personality to the role. She, too, did not go topless and departed after 3 months.
Shoshana Bean as Peep Diva
Broadway star Shoshana Bean (Elphaba in “Wicked”), second from left in the photo, took over the role of Peep Diva in June 2009. The least known of the guest stars, Shoshana possessed acting and singing chops and oodles of charisma. She did not go topless, and her stint also was 3 months.
Holly Madison as Bo Peep
Playboy and reality TV star Holly Madison (“The Girls Next Door” and “Holly’s World”) took over the role of Bo Peep in June 2009 and forever changed the show. Her 3 1/2 year run with “Peepshow” is by far the longest of any guest star, and it solidified her title as Las Vegas’ Sweetheart. She also is the first guest star to go topless, and she did so proudly.
Aubrey O’Day as Peep Diva
Before taking on Peep Diva in September 2009, Danity Kane singer and dancer Aubrey O’Day, at right and in red, promised that she would bring her wild and crazy personality to “Peepshow.” She did. She also doffed her top and was gone after 3 months, reportedly not clicking with Madison or any of the cast and crew.
Angel Porrino as Bo Peep
Angel Porrino, the youngest guest star in “Peepshow,” filled in for Madison in September 2010 when the latter took her first vacation from the show. Porrino was part of the cast of “Holly’s Word” as Madison’s assistant. The two are no longer friends, and Porrino, who went topless in “Peepshow,” is a cast member of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace.
Nicole “Coco” Austin as Bo Peep
The curviest “Peepshow” guest star and the wife of actor-rapper Ice-T, Nicole “Coco” Austin became Bo Peep in December 2012 when a pregnant Madison departed after 3 1/2 years. The reality TV star (“Ice Loves Coco”) goes topless, ends “Peepshow’s” run Sunday night and told Robin Leach this week that she would return if and when the show resurfaces on the Strip.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.