Our friends at Spiegelworld, the folks behind “Absinthe,” “Opium” and “Atomic Saloon,” have finally hit the bigtime thanks to our blog, mostly.
Our non-stop praise of these weird-ass shows has resulted in a $75 million deal between Spiegelworld and Caesars Entertainment.
The deal is for three news shows, one of them relevant to us because it’s in Las Vegas.
The new show is called “DiscoShow,” and apparently $75 million wasn’t enough to cover the price of a space between “disco” and “show,” but we’re excited about it, anyway.
Can’t go wrong with disco! Except for that crappy “Staying Alive” movie, but other than that, can’t go wrong.
“DiscoShow” will open in late 2022 at Linq Hotel. The official name of the hotel is now Linq Hotel + Experience, but that makes us a little vomity, honestly, so we’ll just stick to “Linq Hotel.”
Irrespective of its home, “DiscoShow” looks awesome and Spiegelworld fans (we are them) are likely to have a new must-see show on their hands in 2022. Which is way too long to wait, but we aren’t complaining, probably.
Here’s a look at the “DiscoShow” sizzle reel. The show was workshopped in New York.
“DiscoShow” has been in development for three years, according to the news release.
The venue for “DiscoShow” will apparently be new, called the Spiegelworld Glitterloft. The venue will be built specifically for the production.
We’ve learned the venue will be built in space formerly occupied by the Imperial Palace sports book.
This 2011 photo of the Imperial Palace sports book provides further evidence we’ve been doing this far too long.
Gird your loins, it sounds “immersive,” although the news release manages to avoid using the term.
The release says, “The audience will be invited to step inside the action with the characters who were there at the birth of disco; into their lives; on the streets; at the club; encouraged at every moment to lose themselves in the music and on the dance floor.”
The creative team includes director Steven Hoggett, known for his work on “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child,” which appeared on Broadway and the West End. Which is in London, peasant.
Guaranteed she’s either singing something about: 1) surviving, 2) a last dance, or 3) leaving a cake out in the rain.
As for the other two shows, they’ll be at Caesars Atlantic City (first quarter of 2023) and Caesars New Orleans (2024).
Each of the new shows will happen inside new, custom-built spaces.
All this great news follows on the heels of “Opium” reopening at Cosmopolitan, as well as a new restaurant from Spiegelworld called Superfrico.
It’s awesome, and we’ll be sharing lots of pics and video, of course.
The inspired genius/madman behind all these endeavors, of course, is Ross Mollison. Mollison describes himself as “Impresario Extraordinaire of Spiegelworld,” and while we found that off-putting at first, it’s becoming more accurate by the day.
Mollison is good at a lot of things, including spotting talent, which is one of the reasons he enjoys our blog and podcast so much. Ahem.
Our new favorite portrait of Ross Mollison, and not just because we took it.
Mollison said, “What drives us is combining genre-defying live entertainment, integrated dining, outstanding beverage programs and specially commissioned art to create an intimate, immersive, surprising total night out which is unique to each city. We want to create shows with Las Vegas, Atlantic City and New Orleans that will first and foremost
excite locals and be something they are proud to show off to visitors.”
Curse you, Ross Mollison, for trying to slide an “immersive” by us.
On the art side, Mollison isn’t kidding. He says the art at Superfrico cost in the neighborhood of $30 million.
Suffice to say, whatever Mollison is selling or shoveling, we’re buying or diving headlong into.
Unlike some, if Mollison says he’s going to do something, he actually makes it happen.
We finally get to dust off our boogie shoes.
When it opened “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace in 2006, Spiegelworld turned the world of Vegas entertainment on its head (literally, in some of the variety acts) and the momentum keeps on building.
There’s no cookie-cutter formula with these shows, and Superfrico at Cosmo is testament to the fact Spiegelworld isn’t just an entertainment company.
It’s exciting to hear there’s so much more originality, talent, bawdy humor and epic quantities of face-palming WTF still to come.