Curtain Up: Chippendales, Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club and more Vegas showbiz news



Chippendales is back in Rio.

In case you missed it (because I almost did), the muscular men of Chippendales made their triumphant return to the stage at the Rio this week, officially returning to live performances after nearly 17 months of absence on September 1. The iconic male review has been a Vegas staple for nearly two decades and was set to find a new home theater after Caesars Entertainment’s announcement in the spring. that he would close the Rio room on the second floor. But the cuffs and collars are back in the same place, on stage from Wednesday to Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The upcoming Labor Day weekend will see additional performances at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and tickets are available at

When it’s all so sexy “Magic Mike Live»Celebrated its reopening in the Sahara last week, superstars comedians Mindy Kaling and Iliza Shlesinger were in the house cheering with the audience. No sign of show creator Channing Tatum, but he could make his own return to Vegas when the show is celebrated with a big opening night on September 25.

As soon as he finished his concerts postponed to Park theater, Bruno Mars added a few more. The Grammy-winning pop star will be back on the Strip on October 1-2, and tickets are on sale now. Over his weekend he brought the legendary Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on stage for a quick song, which could indicate that Edmonds is planning to return to the Vegas stage soon. The singer, songwriter and producer who will be honored at this year’s Power of Love charity gala at Resorts World had presented a series of shows at the Mirage Theater just before the pandemic, and Mars was actually instrumental in the Babyface’s run in Vegas as the two had been collaborating in the studio when Mars suggested Edmonds for his own shows.

September 15, Square exhibition hall will welcome “delighted, a burlesque evening presented by and featuring Lolita Mist and also featuring performances from Bettina May, Charlie Quinn Starling, Farasha the Desert Siren, Pony Poison, the Chi-Ciones, the Great Ruslan, Tiffany Carter, the Boffo Brothers and more. It’s an old school strip show with comedies and other variety acts in one of the big old school venues in Las Vegas. Tickets start at $ 20 at

In Summerlin, the Red Rock Resort is launching a new comedy series at Salon des Roches with Bonkerz Comedy and the first is April Macie on stage September 17th. Macie can be seen on Tiffany Haddish’s “They Ready” special on Netflix and was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”. The adjacent Pauly Shore special ‘Vegas is my oyster’. Tickets for the Red Rock show are $ 25 at

More Comedy Coming: The Comedy Cellar at the Rio has launched its September programming and some great talents are on the way, including Jay Hollingsworth and Kathleen dunbar September 6-12; Marsha Warfield and Dennis blair September 13-19; Jon Laster September 20-26; and Nikki carr and Matthieu broussard From September 27 to October 3. If you’re from the area, tickets start at $ 22 at

And another big development when it comes to places to laugh—Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club will make its official debut at its new location at the MGM Grand over Thanksgiving weekend. The newly designed club will open on November 27 in the MGM Grand district, the restaurant, retail and entertainment promenade connecting the casino to the pool, and Garrett himself will be on stage for the weekend of reopening. A lounge adjacent to the new club will feature live music and a refreshed environment to party before and after the show. Garrett’s club is located in the underground subterranean promenade of the South Strip complex and currently hosts live performances there. During the pandemic, he had moved his operations upstairs in the district, temporarily occupying the ballroom space before returning to his original home. The new location will accommodate 210 people and should be a much more visible and accessible site.


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