. It comes as not a surprise that a new show called “The Mixed drink Cabaret” has used up residency inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the timeless Caesars Palace lounge area born in a various Vegas entertainment age and seemingly frozen in time. However this musical phenomenon has a couple significant twists.
First, it’s a 5 p.m. show. The unconventional scheduling is carefully calculated to fill a void in gambling establishment programs, a surprise created to get Vegas visitors– whether they’re in town for organisation or fun– to start their night a bit earlier. However more notably, this cabaret is definitely crammed with talent. It’s a 70-minute musical blast that’ll leave you desiring more.
“The Cocktail Cabaret” was created by PK Home entertainment, a joint endeavor between Vegas and Broadway veterans Keith Thompson and Philip Fortenberry. Thompson is the gifted author understood for his work on “Jersey Boys” and the Composers Display at the Smith Center. Fortenberry is the gifted pianist who worked as the hand double in HBO’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” and he anchors a rollicking band that includes drummer Don Meoli, bassist Josh Jones and sax gamer Eric Tewalt.
Moving around the stage and the rest of Cleopatra’s Barge are four mind-blowing vocalists: Eric Jordan Young from “Rock of Ages” and “Vegas! The Program,” who miraculously finds time for his routine task as resident director of “Baz: A Musical Mash-Up” at the Venetian; the effective Niki Scalera, whose Broadway resume consists of “Hairspray” and “Footloose”; local favorite Maren Wade (“Pin Up” and “50 Shades! The Parody”); and 24-year-old feeling Daniel Emmet.
The singers soar in solos, duets and group efficiencies of initial music and re-imagined standards. Wade sexes up “Girls Simply Wan na Have A Good Time,” while Scalera slays Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds Are Forever” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Young puts his Broadway chops to work, functioning as the host throughout the program and offering comic relief until he gets his rely on shine on “That’s Life.” The young phenom Emmet thrills with practically every note, singing in English and Italian for a hybrid “It’s Now or Never/O Sole Mio.” Any of these entertainers– consisting of the remarkable Fortenberry– is capable of carrying his or her own program of this size– the Barge packs in 140 for “The Mixed drink Cabaret”– but the mix of the ensemble under the veteran instructions of Thompson is an unanticipated and powerful punch.
Given that it’s brand-new, the show is still in the discovery duration. But it’s too excellent to be something you just come across; it’s destined to become a destination and quite potentially a need to bring locals to the Strip. “The Cocktail Cabaret” carries out Wednesday-Sunday at 5 p.m. at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace. More info can be found at cocktailcabaret.com.