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Photos: ‘Dancing Queen’ at Planet Hollywood is packed with nonstop disco hits and dancing

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Dress rehearsal for David King’s “Dancing Queen” at Planet Hollywood on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, ahead of opening night.

‘Dancing Queen’ Dress Rehearsal at Planet Hollywood

Dress rehearsal for David King's Launch slideshow »

‘Dancing Queen’ at Planet Hollywood: Portraits

Portraits of David King's Launch slideshow »

“Dancing Queen,” the new musical salute to ABBA and the disco hits of the 1970s and ’80s at Planet Hollywood, has great and colorful costumes, and fabulous and fun physical-workout choreography — and the entire harmonious and tuneful package creates a feel-good show that will leave you exhilarated.

What a change from the deep thumping of hip-hop. What a joy to be able to sing along instead of mumbling to rap. The cast is so high-energy enthusiastic that they even skip rope and sing along for one number. I don’t know how they kept up the frenetic pace for 80 solid minutes of wonderful dancing. They didn’t stop for a split second. It was like a rigorous Pilates session just watching them.

It’s go, go, go from start to the finish, and we don’t want it to end. Not just ABBA numbers, but everything from Whitney Houston hits and the Village People chartbusters to John Travolta’s “Saturday Night Fever,” the Bee Gees and a Gloria Estefan finale. More No. 1 hits than you’ve ever heard before in a Las Vegas show.

If you’ve longed for a return to disco and its easy-on-the-ear, pleasant-sounding melodies, this show is for you. Friday’s first night was a quiet pre-premiere opening, but the cast still won standing ovations and much applause. Most of all, they had the satisfaction of listening to the audience sing along with the hits and enjoyed them getting up from their seats to dance in the aisles.

Check out the new Cheaza. “Peepshow” fans remember the sexy, sultry singer who headlined alongside Holly Madison and Coco Austin. Now there’s a new singer by the single name of Avis who steals the show. Her tribute to Whitney sends shivers down the spine and makes the eyes tear up. It’s her big break on the Strip, and Avis fires a powerful shot as she moves up fame’s ladder for stardom.

The only thing missing from the colorful and frenzied show was confetti cannons. Producer David King tells me that they’ve just arrived, so the party show is now complete. Go have the time of your life and enjoy this fun, nonstop musical trip back to yesteryear. My interview with David was posted last Thursday.

Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his final dress rehearsal and portrait photo galleries. “Dancing Queen” rules the Planet Hollywood Showroom six nights a week (dark Tuesdays).

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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