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November 23, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Boyz II Men, ‘Crazy Girls,’ ‘Mamma Mia!’ and Veronic DiCaire

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Crazy Girls” 25th anniversary celebrations at the Riviera from Oct. 1-3, 2012.

Boyz II Men Opening Night at The Mirage

Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nate Morris of Boyz II Men perform on opening night of Boyz II Men's residency at The Mirage on Friday, March 1, 2013. Launch slideshow »

'Crazy Girls' 25th Anniversary: Oct. 1-3, 2012

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‘Veronic Voices’ Premiere at Bally’s

Remon Boulerice, Veronic Dicaire, Rene Angelil and Celine Dion arrive at the Launch slideshow »

Congratulations to my four-time Grammy Award-winning pals Boyz II Men on the renewal of their Mirage contract through 2014. I was away in New York as they got the news that I’d rumored weeks ago.

“We are thrilled and honored to be a part of the Mirage family for a second year in a row,” said Nathan Morris, founding member of Boyz II Men, in a news release. “There is no place we would rather be!”

Formed in 1990, Boyz II Men holds the distinction of being the bestselling R&B group of all time with more than 60 million albums sold worldwide.

My story of “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera having their planned 26th anniversary year donation to a breast cancer charity turned down went global. Over the weekend, the topless dancers, covered, made the donation instead to our women’s shelter Safe Nest and won a standing ovation.

The hit ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!” ran for six successful years at Mandalay Bay with 2,200 performances for more than 2 million guests before retiring, but it will now return to the Tropicana next spring in an open-ended run after it played briefly at Smith Center the first week in January.

“Mamma Mia!” is still a global phenomenon, having been seen by more than 54 million people in 38 productions in 14 languages in more than 400 cities. Now celebrating 12 years on Broadway, it is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years on Broadway, and the original West End production, now in its 15th year, has celebrated more than 6,000 performances in London.

The movie adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan is one of the most successful movie musicals of all time, grossing $600 million worldwide.

Celine Dion’s singing discovery Veronic DiCaire has had her Bally’s show extended again through Jan. 18, as I’d previously predicted. In “Veronic Voices,” she uncannily imitates 50 voices, including Katy Perry, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Susan Boyle and even her producer Celine.

A special one-day, seven-turn racetrack will be set up at Caesars Palace on Nov. 7 during the SEMA auto-parts convention for high-flying Stadium Super Truck racing.

The former Boulevard Theater near MGM Grand is being reopened as the TW Theater, so named as young magician Tommy Wind and his Staten Island, N.Y., family are now partners in the venture. The theater’s first event is next weekend with the O’Jays Scholarship Foundation concert featuring The O'Jays, Stevie Wonder, The Zapp Band, Jeffrey Osborne, Mike Epps, Johnny Gill and Shirley Murdock, with host Magic Johnson. Starting Nov. 1, Krave will move in from downtown on weekend late nights.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Dom Irrera and Joe Bronzi join Brad Garrett at his MGM Grand comedy club for two nights and then go solo through Thursday.

Manual-typewriter artists Gill and Jill Bumby debut at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan for the new Collaborative Experience.

Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet creates classical works from the past 40 years in a new fearless way at Smith Center.

Metalachi, the world’s first and only heavy-metal mariachi band, debuts at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel for Metalachi Mondays through year’s end.

Diplo is at XS in Encore.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Our super-sexy exclusive photo preview of the new-look “Fantasy” at Luxor as the topless temptresses unveil their stunning 2014 calendar that’s too hot to handle. Plus, “The Walking Man” Karl Bushby reviews his Las Vegas visit while starting out on his trek to Washington, D.C., plus, the man behind the UNLV Rebels mascot mask reveals his identity for a new TV series.

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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