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WWD Special Report issue 08/18/2014


Olivia Newton-John has extended her “Summer Nights” resident show inside the Flamingo Las Vegas’ Donny & Marie Osmond Showroom through January. With the accompaniment of an eight-piece band, the Aussie star takes audience members on a 90-minute musical journey through her 40-year career.

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Newton-John’s set list includes revivals of “Grease” fan favorites, such as “You’re the One That I Want,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and, of course, “Summer Nights,” which she originally sang alongside John Travolta in the 1978 film.

She also revisits some early hits, including her Eighties anthem “Physical,” as well as songs from her 2006 album, “Grace and Gratitude.”

Besides her pop and film career, Newton-John — who has won four Grammy awards and sold more than 100 million albums — also does extensive humanitarian work, so a portion of each “Summer Nights” ticket sale benefits the pop icon and breast cancer survivor’s personal foundation, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, located in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

Performances run Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $70.

Olivia Newton-John
Flamingo Las Vegas
3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Hotel Tel.: 702-733-3111
Tickets: 855-234-7469
Show Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

NEXT: Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub >>


Nightlife impresario Victor Drai is taking the Vegas entertainment scene to new heights with Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub, the Strip’s first and only rooftop pool and club, perched 11 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard atop The Cromwell Las Vegas, a new hotel.

The 65,000-square-foot, two-level venue, which opened Memorial Day weekend, offers a 24/7 party experience, operating as a day-club and pool deck while the sun is up, and an upscale, upbeat nightclub after dark. DJs from around the world provide entertainment against a backdrop of unobstructed city views in what Drai describes as “a 360-degree experience.

“We have designed the club to be visual, sensual, sexy and social,” Drai said.

Beach club guests can book a VIP cabana or bungalow, each with its own pool, for a private daytime experience, or lounge along the pool deck on one of the 40 daybeds. Admission to both the beach and nightclub is free for Cromwell Hotel guests, and starts at $20 for nonguests.

The Cromwell Las Vegas
3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: Beach club: Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nightclub: Thursday to Sunday, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.; After Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 1 to 10 a.m.
Tel.: 702-777-3800

NEXT: Hershey’s Chocolate World >>


The Las Vegas Strip is a little bit sweeter since the June opening of Hershey’s Chocolate World at the New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Boasting more than 800 varieties of chocolate for sale, the new Hershey’s Chocolate World is the company’s first West Coast flagship and its 18th location worldwide.

The two-story, 13,000-square-foot store is hard to miss, marked by a 74-foot-high Hershey’s milk chocolate bar that visitors walk through to enter. Inside are even more elaborate attractions, including a custom chocolate sculpture of the Statue of Liberty, made from almost 800 pounds of chocolate, and one of the Empire State Building, made of 1,800 Hershey’s bars.

The attraction also offers guests interactive experiences including customizing candy wrappers and products based on personal taste.

“Guests can taste new treats, personalize sweet gifts and create keepsake photos,” explained Mike Wege, Hershey’s senior vice president and chief growth and marketing officer.

Hershey’s Chocolate World
New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tel: 702-740-6969

NEXT: The Blind Pig >>


Located just off the Strip at the Panorama Towers, The Blind Pig — Provisions & Lounge offers a seasonal selection of artisanal bites and handcrafted libations.

The speakeasy-themed venue is equal parts restaurant, marketplace and bar, and is the latest venture of Block 16 Hospitality, the Las Vegas-based company behind popular restaurants like The Barrymore, Public House and Pink’s Hot Dogs.

During the day, the market, which is partly modeled after celeb haunt Joan’s on Third in Los Angeles, offers gourmet grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items like the Blind Pig chopped salad ($9) or prime roast beef French dip sandwich ($10.50).

After-work drinks and dinner feature a creative menu by chef Anthony Meidenbauer that includes popular items such as the spicy tuna Inside Out appetizer ($11); strozzapreti pasta topped with rustic-style tomato sauce, broccoli rabe and sausage ($14.50), and the BP porchetta sandwich with herb-marinated roasted pork, salsa fossa and garlic aioli ($13.50).

Late-night guests can sip handmade cocktails inside the Twenties-inspired lounge. Try Mom’s Apple Pie, a sweet mixture of apple cider and ginger beer topped with fireball foam ($10).

The Blind Pig
4515 Dean Martin Drive
Tel.: 702-430-444
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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