On the Scene with Brock Radke: Janet Jackson, 'Vegas The Show' and more
A Singular Star
Metamorphosis is a celebration of the music and spirit of one of the most iconic pop stars of all time, an effortless crowd-pleaser of a show the likes of which we haven’t seen among the other resident headliner blockbusters on the Strip.
Janet Jackson returns to Park Theater at Park MGM July 31 through Aug. 17 for another round of performances that will see her cruise through multiple medleys culled from smash albums Control, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and Janet, all while leading her traditional army of dancers through equally iconic choreography recalling her classic videos from the golden age of MTV. Hardcore fans will celebrate right along with Jackson, and casual fans will become fanatics at Metamorphosis.
Must-See: Vegas! The Show
Live music makes all the difference. The talented and experienced band that backs Vegas! The Show at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood blasts through the music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, bringing colorful life to favorites and standards from Elvis, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Tom Jones, Sonny & Cher, Tina Turner, Elton John and more. A rotating cast takes turns portraying different characters and presenting different genres in this fast-paced production, playing at 7 p.m. nightly with additional 9 p.m. shows Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. It’s a lively homage to various bygone eras of the Strip and an incredibly satisfying experience for anyone who longs for the good old days.
Around the Strip
In town to host the Pop 2000 Tour at the Fremont Street Experience downtown, Lance Bass hit the town and was spotted at Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel. He also joined Ryan Cabrera’s birthday party at On the Record at Park MGM, where the birthday boy DJ’d in the club’s double-decker bus on the patio. Taye Diggs and Marta Pozzan were also spotted.
Former Disney star Madison Pettis celebrated her 21st birthday at the Palms, staying in the Revolve Suite, dining at Scotch 80 Prime and brunching at Greene St. Kitchen before invading KAOS Dayclub with her crew.
The WNBA All-Star Game took over Mandalay Bay Events Center recently and Las Vegas Aces stars A’ja Wilson, Liz Cambage and Kayla McBride acted as generous hosts. Even though an injury stopped her from playing, Wilson still greeted the near-sellout crowd before the game while Kristin Chenoweth sang the national anthem and Teyana Taylor performed at halftime. NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul received ovations when they appeared on the scoreboard screen, but nothing compared to the deafening roar throughout “The House” when soccer hero Megan Rapinoe popped out of her front row seat to throw T-shirts into the crowd.
Comedian and The Price is Right host Drew Carey was spotted enjoying Absinthe at Caesars Palace and snapped a photo with the Gazillionaire and the Green Fairy after the show.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com