'Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas' has a new look—and much more
The world’s finest drag queens have been re-creating pop culture’s most legendary songstresses for decades in Las Vegas under the direction of host/drag queen extraordinaire Frank Marino, yet the latest incarnation of his show, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, demands to be seen over and over—with a cast of more than a dozen personalities featured every night, you’ll never see the same show twice. And never has that been more true than right now. After five years, Marino, who is celebrating his 31st year performing in Las Vegas, has changed up his show, adding new celebrities and new performers.
Don’t fret, longtime fans—Divas still features the celebrities you know and love, including Britney Spears, Liza Minnelli, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Cher and Whitney Houston. But now you can enjoy Adele performing “Rolling in the Deep” and Pat Benatar rocking out to “Shadows of the Night.” Barbra Streisand may make an appearance as well.
There’s also the addition of cast member Bryan Watkins (featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race), who performs as Shannel while belting out a showstopping “Bring On the Men” from hit Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde.
But the changes don’t end there. Starting this month, Marino will shake things up once again. For starters, his show will now go on at 4 p.m. Friday through Monday and at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, rather than 9:30 p.m. “For years and years, people have been saying the show is on too late,” Marino said. In addition, you’ll find new happy hour packages, one of which includes a 32-ounce drink and free souvenir Divas cup. “The more you drink, the better we look,” Marino joked.
Friday through Monday, enjoy Marino’s happy hour buffet/brunch deal, which includes a meal at Harrah’s buffet and a ticket to the 4 p.m. Divas show (the brunch option is available only on Saturdays and Sundays, and includes unlimited champagne for an additional $5). “So many people these days are asking for dinner shows,” Marino said. “Divas brings the dinner show package back. And with a 4 p.m. show, it also gives you the chance to see two shows in one evening.”
One thing that hasn’t changed is the show’s frenetic energy, led as always by master of ceremonies Marino, appearing in no fewer than 15 different outrageous costumes. And, as always, Marino’s troupe of male dancers provides plenty of distraction. “Divas Las Vegas is not only where you see great impersonations, but the dancing rivals it equally,” Marino said.
Marino believes the show’s new incarnation is “one big party,” adding, “This is not something you’re going to see on a cruise ship. And it’s not your mom and pop’s drag show. It’s just something totally over the top and outrageous, and a show that every age group can enjoy. I get everyone from prom kids to senior citizens.”
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