Friday, June 7, 2013 | 3:31 p.m.
A few Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors this hot, hot, hot Friday in The Entertainment Capital of the World:
Inside sources advise that the new Gansevoort Hotel being built out of the shell of the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon at Center Strip has pushed back its November opening to February because of minor construction hiccups. They also say the new restaurant attraction there will be announced shortly, but it will not be Mr. Chow from New York and Beverly Hills, as often whispered.
… Is the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia” returning to the Strip, but in another theater? The wild search for Dad on the wedding day tale departed Mandalay Bay in January 2009 and was replaced by Disney’s “The Lion King” before that ended to make way for Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One.” Discussions for its return are continuing.
… Thank goodness the bride-to-be said yes because the engagement ring cost a cool $500,000! The couple’s lifetime bond was solidified when a high-flying acrobat at the new nightclub Light at Mandalay Bay delivered the diamond sparkler on cue for the groom-to-be to go down on bended knee with his proposal — and the lucky lady accepted.
… That Strip adult cabaret burlesque show that closed its doors this week is hoping it will only be for a short hiatus and that investors will be able to reorganize their finances so they can reopen within 10 days. Dancers and crew still want to get paid, though, for the work they performed.
… Britain and Europe’s Top 32 soccer stars — the elite of the elite — are headed to Las Vegas to film a unique Ryder Cup format golf shootout at Shadow Creek, the first time MGM Resorts has permitted TV cameras to film a full-length two-hour special there. The program will only be shown overseas. Producers are hoping David Beckham will host the event starting June 18. The high-roller sports superstars, all multimillion-dollar earners, will stay at Aria, with the awards at Bellagio. The U.K.’s 16 players from such Manchester United, Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea, Arsenal and more compete against Europe’s Top 16 from Italy, France, Spain and Czech Republic. Future matchups for more TV specials will include the NBA, NFL, NHL and Premiere League.
… Which 1970s disco era giant hitmaker and big-name record producer has turned DJ and is now asking for $50,000 a night for his Las Vegas nightclub gigs?
… Was that a member of Monaco’s Royal Family enjoying melon balls soaked in tequila at Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay?
… Actress Isla Fisher had to hold her breath for three minutes at a time in the underwater tank scenes of the new hit movie “Now You See Me” filmed at various Las Vegas locations: Aria’s casino and sky villas, Fremont Street Experience and Downtown at the U.S. Courthouse and Golden Gate.
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