No more performances for controversial The Act nightclub

The curtain is falling on The Act nightclub, another case of what happens in Vegas better not cross the raunch line.

Hoping to claim the title of Sin City’s most scandalous club, The Act didn’t last a year.

Management and staff were informed of the closure Saturday, according to “Rock of Ages” star Mark Shunock, who had booked the club for a series of fundraisers starting next Monday.

Shunock said he hopes to know by today if he can keep The Act for his launch event. If not, he will postpone his “Mondays Dark” launch and find a new location for Nov. 18.

New York nightlife impresario Simon Hammerstein had hoped to duplicate the envelope-pushing success of his sister clubs in New York and London.

Instead, he quickly faced an eviction battle over alleged violations of obscenity laws.

Mindful that Planet Hollywood Resort was hit with a $750,000 fine in 2007, The Act’s landlord, Las Vegas Sands, notified the club April 26 they had violated terms of the 10-year lease.

The Act is located in The Shoppes at The Palazzo, a mall that is managed by General Growth Properties Inc. and the financial services giant TIAA-CREF.

Shunock said he had booked three-time Emmy nominee Dot-Marie Jones and Jai Rodriguez of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” to appear in the debut of his yearlong series to raise more than $100,000 for a dozen Las Vegas-based charities.

All proceeds for the first show were to benefit Opportunity Village.

Shunock said he heard rumors about the closure and was informed when he went into The Act after performing in “Rock of Ages” Saturday. “I was shocked. Everyone was shocked.”

“This project will go on,” he vowed. “A lot of people are reaching out. If we can get the space for (today), great; if not, we’ll move on.”

It will be held the third Monday of every month.


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Grammy award-winning R&B singer Ashanti, celebrating her 33rd birthday with friends and family at Lavo (Palazzo)on Saturday. … Comedian Dane Cook, with friends at Tao Asian Bistro (The Venetian) on Saturday. … Quad headliner Marino, dining with friends Sunday at Echo &Rig Butcher and Steakhouse in Tivoli Village. … “Extra” host Mario Lopez, celebrating his 40th birthday on Saturday with his wife, Courtney, and 10 friends at the Wynn and Encore clubs and restaurants. … UFC president Dana White and fighter Matt Hughes, at the Fright Dome (Circus Circus) on Friday.


“At what point do we politely ask Canada to govern us?’’ — Jimmy Kimmel, on the U.S. government shutdown.

Norm’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reach him at 702-383-0244 or Find more at Follow @Norm_Clarke on Twitter. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas” airs Thursdays on “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.

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