On the Scene with Brock Radke: RuPaul's Drag Race Live! and more
RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!
Many of the most famous drag queens in the world join forces at the Flamingo this week to open RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!, a built-for-Vegas new stage show from the creative team behind the competition TV series of the same name.
Directed by RuPaul and award-winning choreographer and filmmaker Jamal Sims—a pair that first collaborated on Ru’s first Vegas show at the Sahara 25 years ago—and produced by World of Wonder, the show packs in all the comedy, fashion, singing and dancing you’d expect, starring six queens in every performance. The opening cast includes Asia O’Hara, Derrick Barry, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Vanessa Vanjie Matteo and Yvie Oddly, many of whom have been featured on the acclaimed TV series.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! hits the stage at the Flamingo Showroom at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday (opens Jan. 30).
Created and produced by longtime Las Vegas dancer and choreographer Jennifer Romas, Sexxy wastes no time distinguishing itself from the parade of female revues scattered around the city. This popular production features some of Las Vegas’ hottest and most talented dancers in a playful production that highlights each entertainer’s moves and style. There’s a reason Sexxy attracts so many couples to the Westgate every night and that’s the personality and charm embedded into each act. Also featuring the powerful voice of Gabriella Versace, who has headlined several revues of her own, Sexxy is performed at 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the intimate Westgate Cabaret.
Around the Strip
Among the celebs and entertainers hitting the Strip for events and parties connected to CES, the biggest convention of the year in Las Vegas, were Ludacris, the new Drai’s Nightclub resident who performed at Hakkasan for the 7th annual Spotify Supper, and LL Cool J, who helped launch Boomdizzle’s real-time virtual recording studio. Also spotted around town: socialite star Paris Hilton, social media sensation Lele Pons, legendary quarterback Joe Montana, actress Sophia Bush, media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and filmmaker Paul Feig.
Former NSYNC boy bander and current host of Game Show Network hit Common Knowledge Joey Fatone attended Opium at the Cosmopolitan and took a backstage trip after the spaced-out adventure to meet the cast.
If you’ve spent some Vegas party time at the Hard Rock Hotel over the years, it’s time to bid the iconic property a proper farewell. The off-Strip casino resort is hosting “The Last Great Party Weekend” Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, commemorating its 25 years with live music, giveaways and special events before it closes for renovations to become Virgin Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss this.
All three Jonas Brothers partied at the Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio recently, joining their longtime drummer Jack Lawless to celebrate his bachelor party Vegas-style. The large group enjoyed signature dishes like the shellfish tower, hamachi crudo, a porterhouse and the branzino and the groom-to-be was taken onstage after dinner for the “Big Spender” number.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has covered the city since 2000. Listen to his Sun on the Strip podcast Wednesdays at Apple Podcasts