Audience can join in The Act at club


A Halloween opening is planned for a performance-based nightclub that is already under construction at the Palazzo.

According to the New York Post's Page Six column, the night spot will be called The Act, a spinoff of creator Simon Hammerstein's The Box in New York and London.

Hammerstein, the grandson of Broadway icon Oscar Hammerstein II, told Page Six that The Act is "a new variety of nightlife where the audience parties onstage with the performers, the shows explode into the club, and everyone gets caught in The Act."

Performances will include group tableaus, and guests will be able to party backstage and in the wings.

In New York, The Box opens at 11 p.m., and the show starts at 1 a.m.

The Las Vegas spinoff, rumored for more than a year, will have to walk a much finer line than the raunchy, sex club-like version that nearly cost The Box its liquor license.

MEDIA NOTES

KTNV-TV, Channel 13, announced on Friday that Beth Fisher will become the third anchor on the weekday morning show with Lisa Remillard and Casey Smith.

Fisher, who left her anchor position at KVBC-TV, Channel 3 (now KSNV), five years ago to be a full-time mother, joins Remillard and Smith in early September. She was a two-time winner of best anchor at the local Electronic Media Awards.

Dwaine Knight, UNLV men's golf coach since 1987, has been announced as ESPN Radio 1100 AM and 98.9 FM's 2012 Sportsperson of the Year. He will be honored with a series of charity events benefiting the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Caring Place in September, October and November. For more information: www.WeAreLV.com.

Las Vegas publicist Jeremy Pond, who represents U.S. soccer star Jozy Altidore, had a memorable 39th birthday Tuesday. He was at a VIP table at SL nightclub in New York's Meatpacking District with a group of 20 that included New York Yankees Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin, Andruw Jones and Jayson Nix.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Chef Gordon Ramsay, filming Season 11 of "Hell's Kitchen" at the Rio on Friday. The winning chef will be named head chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, which opens in December. The winning chef will be unveiled next summer when the show airs. His other two shows are "Hotel Hell," which just premiered this week, and his "MasterChef" Season 4, which will soon be casting. All of the shows are on Fox.

Former Las Vegan Colleen Shannon, who was crowned Playboy's 50th anniversary Playmate in 2004, was jailed Thursday and accused of trying to smuggle her boyfriend into the United States from Canada. She was charged with a federal statute prohibiting "bringing in and harboring aliens." Shannon, 34, faces 10 years in prison if convicted. The Alaska native was working as a DJ in Las Vegas when she moved to the East Coast about five years ago to pursue her DJ career.

SIGHTINGS

U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones, who were gold medalists at the London Olympics, partied at Tao (Venetian) on Thursday. Lochte has celebrity hosting duties Saturday at Tao. ... Chicago Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton, with a group of friends at a dance floor table at Surrender (Encore) on Wednesday. ... "Aces of Comedy" headliner Ray Romano, catching a performance of "Love" (Mirage) on Thursday.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Police in Florida have arrested a man who said he finally achieved his goal of shoplifting in all 50 states. You know what you call someone who steals from all 50 states? Congressman." - Jay Leno

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

 

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