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The Paramount Hotel, near Times Square, is capping off a rather good year for the hotel--multimillion dollar renovation and a new management company--by opening the Diamond Horseshoe nightclub on New Year's Eve.
Located in the basement, the Horseshoe originally opened at the hotel in 1938 by eccentric theater impresario, Billy Rose, as a supper club that featured dinner theaters, vaudeville-style revues and a chorus of showgirls called, "Billy Rose's long-stemmed beauties." Seventy-five years later, the Diamond Horseshoe will now feature a show called, Queen of the Night, from Randy Weiner of Variety Worldwide, and who also produced "Sleep No More." Here's how a release describes the new show:
Queen of The Night is a unique theatrical experience that integrates food, music, dance, fashion, theater and circus performances, as well as an impressive creative team that includes Giovanna Battaglia for the creative vision, fashion designer Thom Browne for the costumes, and Jennifer Rubell for a curated food experience, to name a few.
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Beacher's Madhouse at the Hollywood Roosevelt has seen its share of stop and starts. First David Arquette is signed on, then he isn't, then he is. The opening date was pushed back several times. The latest news is that Kelly Osbourne will be joining the oompa loompa circus as creative director.
She'll somehow fit the new gig into her schedule as a fashion correspondent for E! and contributor to Joan Rivers' Fashion Police. She'll work with just-outta-rehab Arquette, who's back as a co-host with creator Jeff Beacher.
[Jeff Beacher] sent antique-looking, oversize books containing mini-bar bottles of Red Bull and vodka, and an invite to the venue which starts previews Wednesday. Some VIPs got them personally hand-delivered by an Oompa Loompa. "Privileges will be withdrawn from any individual who removes one or more midgets from the library," warns the invite.
It’s not just hotels suffering from opening jitters at the moment; hotel shows are getting performance anxiety, too.
We were uber-excited for the Valentine’s Day opening of Beacher's Madhouse - basically a modern day circus, minus the animals and with extra comedy and vaudeville - at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Monday, but now we’re told that the opening has been postponed to March 16.
We'd say eight normal people MAX could stand in this queen room at the Hudson. Ten if you are using models.
The long-standing joke/gripe about the Hudson Hotel in New York is that the rooms are coffin-sized. But starting on Wednesday, the hotel will prove it can fit up to 20 people in a room as director Travis Chamberlain stages Tennessee William's 35-minute play, Green Eyes inside one of the guest suites.
The two-actor play about a newlywed couple honeymooning in New Orleans will run from Jan. 5-23, 2011. Here's a Playbill.com description of the play:
He’s an impotent soldier, traumatized by his participation in the war; she’s a ravenous woman determined to satisfy her most deviant desires. In a single electrifying scene, Green Eyes restages the horrors of war as an unhinged lovers’ quarrel, exploring the disturbing subjectivities that exist in the grey areas where sadomasochistic desire and domestic violence overlap."
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The show, which is essentially a modern-day circus without the animal acts, officially opens on February 14. Tickets can be reserved here but are being sold as memberships and table service rather than single tickets.
Plus, they are still saying that most of the tickets are sold-out for the first three months. Wow, really? There's that much of a demand for this show? And is it so over-the-top you may want to reconsider your relationship with alcohol the next day?
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Kiddie parties welcome!
Last we checked, the show wouldn't officially open until mid-January but now we've got word that the show will open on February 14, 2011! Will David and Courtney rekindle the flame on Valentine's Day at the show? That remains to be seen.
The show will also host two sneak peek performances on New Year's Eve and on New Year's Day. Tickets for those shows will go on sale on December 15 at 9am. You can request tickets here.
There's no word yet on how much this will cost you but they are selling tables and memberships rather than just individual tickets, which means this could get kinda pricey. The site is also saying that most of the shows are already sold-out for the first three months. We're guessing that's thanks to the Roosevelt's well-cultivated celebrity clientele. Yes, it's like Prince all over again.
In the meantime, Beacher's is now doing private performances for special guests. And it looks like they've already done their first kiddie party.
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The one good thing to come out of the split between Hollywood stars Courtney Cox and David Arquette might be the publicity for David's circus act/variety show, Beacher's Madhouse, with ringmaster Jeff Beacher, set to open inside The Hollywood Roosevelt. After all, the split got us wondering when the show was starting up.
Last week, we tried to do some Facebook sleuthing and determined that the show was set for a late October opening. But in reading some gossip reports from last week, that start date may be way, way, waaaay off.
In this scoop from E! Online about whether or not David Arquette's rebound girl/cocktail waitress/Lindsay Lohan-puncher, Jasmine Waltz, was hired then fired as the face of the new show, Jeff Beacher says:
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Now that David Arquette is in the midst of a separation from wife Courtney Cox, we're guessing he has more time on his hands for socializing. And the first thought that comes to our hotel-oriented minds is his show, Beacher's Madhouse, which is set to debut at the Hollywood Roosevelt this fall.
We first found out about the partnership with Arquette and Jeff Beacher's circus act back in August and here's what we were told then:
The show will feature "hard-partying dwarves" (like Tiny Kiss and mini-Britney) and burlesque acts along with "go-go girls, midget impersonators, live animals, acrobats, contortionists, and fire-breathers." There will also be a Midget Bar where little people will fly across the room to serve drinks.
The Roosevelt will also create a sort of tricked-out secret entranceway to the Beacher's Madhouse theater, behind a library bookcase.
The show is set to run Wednesday-Saturdays starting at 10pm. But we still don't know exactly when this show will kick off. Beacher's Madhouse website has a "Roosevelt Theater" page but when you click on it, it only says "Coming Soon." That said, in running through some of the links on the BM Facebook page, we're seeing the end of October for a starting run date.
Have you ever seen the famous Broadway show Riverdance? We know, we know, your mom or grandma was probably allll about it at one point, perhaps watching the PBS specials on "Lord of the Dance" Michael Flatley and maybe even buying one of those Celtic-influenced ambient music CDs from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
The Riverdance fever has died down in the States, but it seems that Singapore is still thirsty for the fancy footwork, as the show will be the first to welcome audiences to the Sands Theater at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Entertainment Complex.
The show is due to begin performances on November 30, closing December 12. This isn't the first time Riverdance will stomp through Singapore however, since the traveling show came through ten years ago.
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It looks like Hotel Fun continues to be the rage in Los Angeles. The Mondrian has ping-pong and now the Hollywood Roosevelt has midgets. According to this announcement the hotel will be getting a Vegas import act--Jeff Beacher's Madhouse presented by none other than David Arquette.
The show will feature "hard-partying dwarves" (like Tiny Kiss and mini-Britney) and burlesque acts along with "go-go girls, midget impersonators, live animals, acrobats, contortionists, and fire-breathers." There will also be a Midget Bar where little people will fly across the room to serve drinks. Here's more on the venue which will be located beneath the hotel:
Guests will enter the theater through an inconspicuous passageway, hidden behind a library bookcase, and travel through a light tunnel from ordinary existence into a fantasy-filled world.
As rooftop pools are de rigeur in San Diego, it's no surprise that the Se San Diego has just unveiled their own 7,000 sq-ft rooftop oasis on the 4th floor. The space features an overflowing edge pool with underwater surround sound, a bar, eight private cabanas (with bottle service, natch) and the option of getting a massage poolside from the Sè SPA. But perhaps the most exotic part of Sīrĕn are the acrobats or as we have more commonly known them as, the Mer-Geishas:
Thursday and Saturday nights guests can enjoy breathtaking visual performances, including central acrobatics, shadow box performances, and revamped tango acts, that utilize the pool as the stage. Hotel guests with rooms overlooking the pool have “box seats” for the show, and the option to have a private bar on their balcony.
This is a snapshot of the acrobats at the grand opening of Sīrĕn and it looks impressive. However, Friday nights will be a little bit of letdown with just a DJ and instrumental musicians providing the tune. Not to dismiss their jobs or anything, but how can you top Mer-Geishas?
And don't worry, if you want to tell us about your experience at this rooftop pool, we'll totally forgive you if you just write Siren instead of Sīrĕn.