Tuesday, July 9, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Rumors ran rampant during the executive shakeup at the Riviera last month that the 25-year record run of “Crazy Girls” also was coming to an end. “Absolutely not true,” said producer Norbert Aleman.
“It was a monthlong vacation break while we added new girls, new wardrobe — the little that exists! — and new routines. We reopen better than ever before Wednesday and now go forward with an entire new look. I think now we’ll safely see 30 years and more at the Riviera.”
Seven ladies have been added to the lineup of nine femme fatales. They include pole-dancing Australian phenomenon Lisa and America’s most outrageous and sexiest contortionist Daisy.
During the hiatus, Norbert ran a Facebook survey to see if audiences wanted the girls to wear wigs or go with their natural hair. He explained: “It was pretty close, so I’ve decided we’ll do both. The girls will wear their trademark wigs for part of the show, and then show their natural hair for at least two of the new numbers.”
He laughed: “We also have new, updated costumes. But as the first topless cabaret show in Las Vegas, they wear so little anyway. But we’ve made them even sexier for the new run celebrating our 25th anniversary. One of our new routines is ‘Ooh, La La,’ and that’s so sexy with so little clothes, the audience will be saying ooh, la la, too!”
THUNDEROUS PROPOSAL: The hunks of Australia’s Thunder From Down Under did a “special reveal” this past weekend when they played cupid for James Brenkert of Alexandria, Va., who asked the adult male revue to help him surprise his longtime girlfriend, Samantha Archey, by proposing to her onstage during their show.
Always the romantic, Adam Steck, producer of Thunder and CEO of SPI Entertainment, was all for it, and it was arranged for Thunder MC Marcus Deegan to bring Samantha onstage for a contest and select her as the winner.
When it was time for her to collect a prize, her guy dressed in a tux and carrying a bouquet of roses walked onstage, got down on one knee, popped the question and put the ring on her finger when she replied with a resounding, “Yes!”
James said he had arranged for Samantha and her friends to celebrate her 30th birthday in Las Vegas and purchased tickets to Thunder as part of her gift. The entire party was in on the surprise except for the unsuspecting Samantha.
Superstar Usher watched Jabbawockeez’s new show “Prism” at the Luxor and congratulated the dance troupe backstage after the show. Also at Jabbawockeez in recent days, Rex Lee of “Entourage” fame in a group of five celebrating a birthday.
After hosting a Heat Repeat Championship party at Tao in The Venetian on Saturday, Miami Heat MVP LeBron James continued the celebration Sunday night at sister hotspot Lavo in the Palazzo. The group dined in the Italian eatery’s private dining room, where they enjoyed special selections and a bottle of champagne sent from a restaurant guest, before taking over VIP tables in the upstairs boutique nightclub. James danced to the sounds of DJ Vice and posed for photographs with fans.
Also at Tao, actress Camilla Luddington (“Grey’s Anatomy”) at dinner with friends. The group enjoyed Peking duck, miso glazed Chilean sea bass and other items.
Singer Ciara celebrated the release of her new album with a party and performance at 1OAK Nightclub in The Mirage on Friday night. She arrived with her boyfriend Future at 1 a.m. and drank Moet Rose before she performed “Goodies,” “1, 2, Step” and “Body Party.”
Light heavyweight UFC fighter Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis and Octagon Girls Vanessa Hanson and Chrissy Blair were at The Golden Nugget on Saturday to sign autographs during the live UFC 162 viewing party in the Grand Ballroom, where more than 600 fans were in attendance.
Punk rockers Eisley, HRVRD, I The Mighty and Say Anthony are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Strip bartenders compete for $5,000 in prizes in a cocktail competition at Lily in Bellagio.
Look for our guest columnists star chef Michael Mina, fashion designer Tatyana and music man Louis Prima Jr. Plus, Steve Wynn adds new elements to his “Le Reve — The Dream.”
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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With its glass, star-lit exterior, visitors can't miss the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the first high-rise to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Top bill acts like Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (closed in 2006) have graced its showrooms over time.
The Riviera still offers its share of entertainment options with topless revue "Crazy Girls," a comedy club and "Illusions," starring Jan Rouven.
The 100,000-square foot casino has been featured in many films like "Casino," "Austin Powers" and "21." Although the hotel has passed through a long list of owners over the years it has always held on to it's unique theme (for Las Vegas) in that it lacks any particular theme. It also features a William Hill Race & Sports Book walk-up betting window right off the sidewalk on the Strip.
The Riviera has dining options well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare at Banana Leaf Café to an international cuisine at the R Buffet.
A myriad of entertainment, enjoyable food and comfortable accommodations make for an inviting atmosphere within the castle walls at Excalibur.
The resort offers 3,981 guest rooms, dozens of shops, an expansive pool complex, a wedding chapel featuring Medieval costume ceremonies, the relaxing Spa at Excalibur and a convention area with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
Excalibur also is home to a wide range of dining and entertainment experiences including the fresh, Italian fare of Buca di Beppo, Dick’s Last Resort, The Steakhouse at Camelot, the Tournament of Kings dinner show, the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under and the sounds of The Australian Bee Gees.