Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 | 6 p.m.
When the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” opened on Broadway, it was The Great White Way’s most expensive production at $75 million. Now after playing more than 1,000 performances since opening in June 2011, it’s shuttering in New York City in January, and inside word is that it will reopen with a Las Vegas residency.
Vegas DeLuxe previously reported that its producers toured the former “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” theater in the Venetian to see if the stage there could accommodate the high-tech sets and aerial acrobatics. I also reported in June 2012 that the producers had auditioned Las Vegas dancers and acrobats for the show.
Now it looks as if what was dismissed as Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors might be coming true for spring. I saw the show in New York last October when one of our former “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera beauties joined the production, and she’ll be returning to Las Vegas with the show. I’m keeping tabs on this developing story, and we’ll bring you news of its new Las Vegas home as soon as we learn it.
Incidentally, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, whom created numerous heroes, will be at Madame Tussaud’s Las Vegas’ rope-cutting ceremony at the Venetian on Wednesday morning when the museum opens its new multimillion-dollar attraction with Iron Man, Captain America and other Marvel figures in the world’s first-ever Marvel 4D theater with a 10-minute movie where the superheroes save Las Vegas from destruction. I’m told that audiences will experience shaking seats and water splashes as part of the authenticity.
LEO’S MODEL SECRETS: Superstar Leonardo DiCaprio was in town for UFC 167 and had a reunion with former flame Australian model and Victoria’s Secret sensation Miranda Kerr at a private dinner party in Sushi Samba at Palazzo. Last year, the duo were rumored to be “getting very friendly” as her marriage to his pal actor Orlando Bloom wound down.
This was the first time they’d been spotted together again, but since his current gal pal German model and Victoria’s Secret model Toni Garrn wasn’t in Vegas, Leo and Miranda sat at opposite ends of the table with Swizz Beats and Tao/Lavo owner Jason Strauss between them!
ADAM’S NYE: It’s now definite that “The Voice” mentor Adam Levine, People’s newest Sexiest Man Alive, will lead his Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay for not one but two New Year’s shows. Tickets go on sale Saturday, and it was confirmed Monday night that the shows will be Monday, Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, with Rozzi Crane and A Great Big World as opening acts. The group then leaves Las Vegas to start a European tour in England with later stops in Ireland and France.
OPENING FIZZ: The new champagne lounge and bar Fizz has quietly opened at Caesars Palace ahead of early next year’s official opening. David Furnish, Caesars headliner Sir Elton John’s husband, is the creative director and joined owners Michael Greco and Steve Kennedy to remove the final wrapping from the front of the intimate venue.
Designed by Todd-Avery Lenahan, the multimillion-dollar project boasts a photography collection featuring shots from the personal collection of Elton and David’s homes, including iconic pieces by Steven Klein, David LaChapelle and Steven Meisel. More: FizzLV.com.
CONGRATULATIONS: It was five years ago that Richard Lyndaker left college studies behind him to strike out as a professional poker player. He’s since accumulated more than $1 million in winnings but until Monday night had never won a tournament. That changed at the Stratosphere when he earned his first championship title on the Heartland Poker Tour, and his $122,549 win was on his first-ever televised Final Table.
Richard competed against 353 players, including such elite players as Scotty Nguyen, Layne Flack and Hoyt Corkins. Las Vegas pro Dan Aslspach made his second Heartland Poker appearance and placed 8th, winning nearly $15,000.
Winter in Venice
WINTER ARRIVAL: The annual winter celebration with holiday lights, an ice-skating rink and a tall tree to brighten the Strip got underway Monday night at the Venetian as hotel execs celebrated Winter in Venice. Our thanks to Christopher Rauschnot of 24kMedia on Twitter for his YouTube coverage.
SEXY RUNNER: That was “Full House” actress Andrea Barber in fishnet stockings and a feather boa for her run in Sunday’s Rock ’N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, where she clocked a time of 2:51:00 for the 13.1-mile half-race. Joining Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh in the race was former soap actress and “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney.
“The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad” star Tenley Molzah completed the half-marathon in 2:19:18, and NASCAR driver German Quiroga finished the full 26.2 miles in 3:50:00.
CHARITY EVENTS: Smith & Wollensky President Michael Feighery will present a huge check to Keep Memory Alive founder Larry Ruvo tonight at its Strip restaurant, with proceeds from the 53rd National Wine Week. The guests will then sample the restaurant’s new winter menu fare.
Harrah’s comedy magician headliner Mac King donated $13,000 to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation from sales of more than 5,200 bracelets at his twice-daily shows. His “Magic for a Cure,” which began as a one-month campaign in October 2011, is continuing.
Hometown hero Lon Branson joins his band to Bella Electric Strings in Cabaret Jazz at Smith Center.
Max Alexander and Rajiv Satyal headline at the Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday.
Coyote radio DJ Kris Daniels hosts the second-annual Battle of the Bands at PBR Rock Bar & Grill in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Ricardo Laguna judges performances by Nashville Drive, Thrillbilly Deluxe and defending champions The Rowdy Band.
Mentalist Frederic Da Silva opens his show “Paranormal” at Windows in Bally’s.
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and James Franco unveil their new actioner “Homefront” with Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder at Planet Hollywood, and we’ve got a preview. Plus, cheers with star chef Thomas Keller as he celebrates the arrival from France of the new Beaujolais, and a progress report from “Top Chef” New Orleans cheftestant Shirley Chung of Las Vegas.
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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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.