Curtain up: ‘Absinthe’ working hard on reopening and more Vegas showbiz news



“Absinthe” is making a comeback in the large white Spiegeltent.

Who had a “male review” in the bet for what type of Vegas show would be back on stage first? “Australian heat”Won this distinction last weekend with socially distanced performances at the Mosaic theater, essentially the first showroom to reopen on the Las Vegas Strip.

The independent venue near the Showcase Mall continues with two more shows this week, Kyle martinTribute to Elton John and Billy Joel “piano man“and the tribute to women in music”Queens of rock” featuring Elysabeth Diaga. Find the schedule and make your reservations on

“Aussie Heat” is still billed as “Las Vegas’ most convenient show,” but the current version is decidedly hands-off. Spectators are seated at tables six feet from other parties, and the stage is 25 feet from the nearest table, with the men below staying put.

If you’re ready to bet on what will be the first big Vegas show to revive, some say it will be Spiegelworld.Absinthe. This company submitted its 49-page plan to the Nevada Gaming Control Board just days after Governor Steve Sisolak announced that certain site and event capacity restrictions would be lifted effective October 1, allowing venues to exhibition and theaters to resume live entertainment events under a new set of security protocols.

Producer Ross mollison said it will take the cast and crew of “Absinthe” about three weeks to rehearse and prepare to put on the show once this plan is approved and Caesars Palace gives the go-ahead to Gazillionaire, the Fairy green and to all their friends and fans to return to the great white Spiegeltent.

“I always said we wouldn’t be the first comeback show and we’re not,” said Mollison, an Australian rocking his hat to Aussie Heat magazine. “But I want to be back and stay back, and if it takes longer than [three weeks], so be it. I’m more concerned about the next two years. We want to do it right.

Spiegelworld wrote plans for their other Strip shows, “Opium“at the Cosmopolitan and”Atomic salon of the living room“to Venetian, but will wait to submit them through their respective resort partners until” Absinthe “is approved or until some of the finer details of the new restrictions are resolved. Mollison is one of them. from a group of local producers who are hoping the 25-foot stage setback rule won’t apply to their particularly intimate locations. (Check out this week’s Sun on the Strip podcast with David Saxe for more on this issue.)

There is language in the new state document “Nevada Guidance for Safe Gatherings” that provides an apparent solution to this requirement separating performers from members of the public: “Should they [performers] join the spectator spaces, they must be included in the occupancy capacity limit. This could mean that the total number of performers would count towards the audience cap of 250 people or 50% of the venue’s capacity, whichever is less.

The “Absinthe” tent has been reconfigured with cabaret-style tables instead of row seats and the show’s organizers are determined to keep the stage layout in the round. This flexibility of locations is only one of the advantages of this show when it reopens; essentially, the lobby and bar of this “showroom” are outside. It makes a big difference in making people feel safe.

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Morrissey is performing at The Joint on Saturday January 2, 2016, at the Hard Rock Hotel.

“What’s good about theater is that it’s very rigorous in the way it’s played. People arrive at a certain time, they come in and go out in a way that you have prescribed for them, they sit in a chair for a prescribed period of time and behave in a prescribed manner, all of this is dictated by the nature of the show, ”Mollison said. “Everyone is working in good faith to make sure everyone is safe and that’s what we want, not just working with the governor and the [County] The commissioners and the control of the games and the hotel complexes, but with our artists and our staff. I think we can do a great job and the governor is going to be proud of us, and that’s the result I want.

If “Absinthe” is the show that comes back to the top of the pack, it will do so under additional pressure and control. All eyes will be on the Spiegeltent to see how it works, what works and what does not.

“It behooves us to do a great job, so the Cirque [du Soleil] can open, so the Colosseum can open, ”continued Mollison. “I think [larger venues] are allowed to do 10% capacity, but they’re going to need more than that to collect the headliners and we need to collect the headliners. We need the Allegiant Stadium to work, maybe 10% to start with, and they also want to do a good job so that they can get higher numbers. “

In other news from the Caesars Palace-based show, “Morrissey: Viva Moz Vegas, a five nights Coliseum the residency originally scheduled for June and July has been postponed to 2021. The former Smiths frontman and figure in British pop culture has five new nights on the program on August 28-29 and September 2, 4 and 5 and tickets are available. currently on sale. With BailiffWith the new residence set to open on July 16, it’s clear the Colosseum and its partner Live Nation are betting the big Vegas shows will be back by next summer, but there are tickets available for them. previous shows. According to the Caesars Palace website, the comedic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is scheduled for the Colosseum on November 15 and Prick could open his deferred residence on January 29. We will certainly be watching these potential emissions closely.

Penn & Teller had been rumored for the Rio relocation long before those COVID times, and with the off-Strip resort still closed (while being used as a TV filming site), the future of the duo’s longtime fantasy show is as uncertain as other. But that won’t stop the guys from taking the stage across the pond in 2021. Penn & Teller’s “First Final UK Tour” will feature never-before-seen classics and tricks at eight concerts in June in Manchester. , Birmingham and London.

Red Penny Arcade, a versatile jazz band led by a recent podcast guest Anne Martinez, took a concert on Friday night at Live awareness in Neonopolis and this week’s special guest is none other than Colin Cahill, last seen burning the stage as guitarist cowboy Blue Jackson on “Atomic Saloon Show”. Find this new downtown hot spot at

Also this weekend, veteran Strip and Broadway artist Randal Keith (“Les Misérables”, “Showstoppers”, “Spamalot”, “Baz”) pays tribute to Robert Goulet on Friday and Saturday at the Vegas room and you can make your dinner and show reservations at

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Murray Sawchuck and Dani Elizabeth

Dark monday returns on the 12th with music by Michael Jackson performed by Vegas favorites such as Jackie Wiatrowski, Justin Rodriguez, Brandon Godfrey and Sean Stewart, Elisa Fiorillo and of course Marc Shunock and Jassen Allen, but this live broadcast (at 8 p.m.) is the first of several broadcasts reaching you from space next week. Mediterranean folk guitar star Pavlo performance at 6 p.m. on October 15 ($ 30), digital sensation Ali spagnola gives a concert and presents his interactive drinking game “Power Hour” on your screen at 6 p.m. on October 16 ($ 19.99) and Ballet 120 presents “A New Age of Dance” at 5 pm on October 18 ($ 20). Discover all these pay-per-view shows on

For the very first time, Piff the magic dragon invites its audience to come together for a whole new interactive show experience, live and online. Reserve your seat for the 7 p.m. show on October 16 or 4 p.m. on October 17 by visiting

On the occasion of Hispanic Heritage Month, Opera Las Vegas will present a virtual recital featuring the acclaimed soprano Cecilia Violetta Lopez with pianist Nathan Salazar on October 17th at 6pm, López already starred in the OLV production of “The Elixir of Love” last year and is known for Violetta’s signature role in “La Traviata”. Tickets for the online presentation cost $ 25 and more information can be found at

In the news romantic, comic magician Murray sawchuck (from his own show “Murray the Magician” at the Tropicana and “Fantasy” at the Luxor) and host and dancer Dani Elisabeth (from “Crazy Girls” to Planet Hollywood) got engaged last month, with Sawchuck asking the question alongside the couple’s rescue puppies at a cabin on Mount Charleston. And less than a week earlier, the singer Dai richards (from “Tenors of Rock” to Planet Hollywood) and dancer Olivia nicole (from “X Country” at Harrah’s) got married. Congratulations to all!

Old Flamingo Headliner Olivia newton-john created an eponymous foundation focused on funding cutting-edge cancer research and treatment programs. The legendary Australian artist has championed the Olivia Newton-John Center run by Austin Health in Melbourne for 15 years and is taking the mission to new heights by seeking global support through the new foundation’s partnership with Charities Aid Foundation. “I have been so inspired by the positive impact the ONJ Center has had on the lives of people that I am now expanding my vision,” she said in a statement. “I have lived beyond cancer for the past 28 years and have learned so much about the importance of holistic care. During my breast cancer journey, I have always found incredible benefits from using various natural therapies, especially with herbal medicines. … The ONJ Foundation will find and fund individuals and organizations who conduct exciting, life-changing research, to challenge conventional thinking, bringing us closer to a world beyond cancer. For more information, visit


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