'Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas': Bigger and better
It’s good to be Frank Marino. For starters, he’s one of the longest-running performers on the Las Vegas Strip, at 30-plus years and counting (and he recently signed a five-year extension with host property The Linq Hotel for his hit drag queen show, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas); then there’s his upcoming reality show Last Laugh, in which he serves as mentor to eight English performers looking to make a comeback in Las Vegas; and he recently premiered his new movie, Surge of Power (a sci-fi tale about the first gay superhero), at the Palms. And for those who can’t get enough of Marino’s show, there’s even better news: Starting in October, he’s going to a seven-day-a-week schedule, and the schedule already includes a happy hour deal—a 32-ounce drink and free souvenir Divas cup. “The more you drink, the better we look,” Marino joked. (Marino’s show has special days and times this week. Call for more information.)
Even without the aid of alcohol, it’s hard to not appreciate the transformations Marino’s cast achieves. With a cast of more than a dozen personalities featured every night, you’ll never see the same show twice. And Marino, who is celebrating his 31st year performing in Vegas, has changed up his show, adding new celebrities and performers. Divas still features the stars you know and love, including Britney Spears, Liza Minnelli, 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.
Friday through Monday, enjoy Marino’s happy hour buffet deal, which includes a meal at Harrah’s buffet and a ticket to the 4 p.m. Divas show. “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.”
The Linq Hotel, 4 p.m. Sun., 8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., $26.99-$97.88 plus tax and fee, 12+. 702.777.2782