Harrah's wins OK to take over Planet Hollywood Casino
Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 8:29:04 PM
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's biggest casino operator, won approval from Nevada regulators to take over the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after the owner defaulted.
The Nevada Gaming Commission agreed today to let Harrah's buy the resort by converting $306 million of Planet Hollywood debt into equity and investing an additional $30 million. Harrah's also takes on the Las Vegas Strip property's remaining $554 million mortgage, an e-mailed presentation shows.
The deal gives Harrah's a neighboring property for much less than it would cost to build, CEO Gary Loveman said in a December interview. He plans to keep the Planet Hollywood brand to appeal to younger visitors. Harrah's, based in Las Vegas, began buying the debt at a discount to face value in September after Planet Hollywood defaulted on an $860 million mortgage.
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Friday, January 15, 2010 at 3:47:04 PM
Harrah's Entertainment will take over the management of the Planet Hollywood resort on the Las Vegas Strip at midnight, Jan. 16, as part of the company's longer-range plan to buy the property, Harrah's announced today.
Harrah's purchased a chunk of Planet Hollywood's $870 million debt around the time the property defaulted on more than $800 million in loans last year.
Planet Hollywood is adjacent to Harrah's Entertainment property Paris Las Vegas.
Peepshow to open at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Monday, November 24, 2008 at 10:56:46 AM
Tickets are on sale today for preview and regular performances of Peepshow, the sexy new production set to open at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Peepshow, starring pop superstar and television personality Mel B., will open for preview performances on March 30, 2009, with an opening night gala planned for April 18 of 2009.
In addition to pop sensation Mel B. who will originate the role as the mistress of ceremonies, the "Peep Diva," sultry television siren Kelly Monaco will take the stage as "Bo Peep," a timid girl who the Diva guides in her transformation into a confident, sensual woman.
Peepshow is a modern burlesque show created specifically for the dynamic, glamorous audience that exists only in the adult playground of Las Vegas. A highly stylized, full-throttle production show that combines sexy striptease and celebrity with high-level production values and a dash of passion, Peepshow is a collaboration between Tony award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell and Las Vegas entertainment pacesetter BASE Entertainment.
"Peepshow has been a dream of mine for a long time and now that dream is coming true," said Mitchell. "We have gathered 20 of the sexiest dancers from film, video, and Broadway to bring a truly American form of entertainment back to the strip. The art of the tease, mixed with humor, razzle-dazzle, and today's sexy music, with Peepshow these stunning dancers will use their bodies to tell a story."
With a plan to feature celebrities that will play multiple month engagements, Peepshow will open in March 2009 with TV personality and chart-topping musical artist Mel B., a member of the world sensation Spice Girls as the show's mistress of ceremonies, the "Peep Diva," a bold, sexy icon of female empowerment with all the answers, who guides the timid "Bo Peep," portrayed by "Dancing With the Stars" first season champion and "General Hospital" star Kelly Monaco, on her search for love.
Mel B. and Jerry Mitchell have had a long-standing relationship and worked closely together in perfecting her role as "Diva." "I'm thrilled to partner with Jerry Mitchell and BASE Entertainment, a team known for creating some of the most spectacular shows in Las Vegas," said Mel B. "Because I'm coming out as a solo artist next year, I feel this show is putting me back in an arena that I'm most comfortable in and love doing most, which is performing and entertaining on stage."
"I started doing theater in high school and continued through college," said Monaco. "To have the opportunity to revisit this experience again on a higher level, words can't express how excited I am to be a part of Peepshow. I can't think of a better place to do it than Las Vegas."
Through many years of producing, directing, and choreographing his iconic annual event Broadway Bares in New York City, Mitchell has perfected the art of contemporary burlesque and modern strip tease -- with Peepshow he will bring it to life onstage in true Vegas style at Planet Hollywood.
"We are anxiously anticipating the debut of Peepshow," says Co-CEO of BASE Entertainment, Scott Zeiger. "This show is a departure from the typical Las Vegas adult show in that it employs truly spectacular staging, design and production values as well as a top notch creative team led by Jerry Mitchell."
In addition to choreography and direction from the venerated Mitchell, acclaimed designer David Rockwell is lending his talents to the show by designing the lavish sets and Showroom, creating a custom environment befitting the naughty fairytale world of Peepshow. Tony award-winning designer Gregg Barnes is also aboard, creating seductive costumes that will help blur the line between Peepshow and reality. To top it all off, the show will be backed by a powerhouse all-female band pumping out an engaging, contemporary soundtrack.
Peepshow is a story of sexuality and empowerment told through dance and contemporary popular music, featuring the "Peep Diva," a bold and powerful woman with all the answers, who guides the timid "Bo," a modern woman who has yet to find her own power and sexuality, on a swift journey of awakening and self-discovery during which she's inspired through sensual awareness and blossoms into a sexy, daring, provocative and more confident woman.
As the show begins we meet Bo with a short black and white film. Weary and defeated she falls asleep reading a book. When we zoom in on the book we discover she has fallen asleep reading a beautifully illustrated book of rhymes and fairy tales. And suddenly she tumbles onto the stage entering the colorful world of Peepshow.
Bo is whisked away by the Diva, whose powerhouse voice and supreme confidence carry a score of popular music and fuel high-end production numbers that are derived from popular fairy tales all told with a naughty twist. It is the Diva who shows Bo a trick or two about life, men and love transforming the bookish girl into confident, sexy woman.
Planet Hollywood rises from the dust of the Aladdin
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 10:28:12 AM
Planet Hollywood is proud to announce the arrival of the new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, a fully renovated entertainment and luxury destination on the former site of the Aladdin, in the heart of the legendary Las Vegas Strip. The unprecedented head-to-toe renovation is retro-chic. From the floor to ceiling Swarovski crystal chandeliers in the glamorous lobby, to the cutting edge casino floor with majestically high ceilings and architectural touches that are unrivaled in the city, the resort is positioning itself as one of the major players on the Strip.
Plans for the complete re-branding of the resort were revealed today and include a highly anticipated group of restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, live shows and retail partners by Robert Earl, co-chairman of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
"Here we are, standing in the ultimate location in Las Vegas, in the center of the Las Vegas Strip to unveil Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino," said Robert Earl, co-chairman. "This project is the fulfillment of a dream, and I am very proud to say that the Planet is rising!"
The new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino offers guests the ultimate VIP experience with 2,600 movie-themed rooms and suites, as well as the chance to immerse themselves in the elite world of celebrity and Hollywood culture. The resort boasts the latest in technology with 5,000 Panasonic high definition plasma televisions in the public areas and guest rooms, including over 250 hi def plasmas on the main casino floor, an expansive gaming area with all the hottest table games, slot machines, newly opened poker room and, opening this summer, a state-of-the-art Pink's Race and Sports Book Lounge serving authentic hot dogs from LA's famous Pink's.
Award-winning restaurants are featured throughout the property offering world-class cuisine to satisfy any cravings. Opening this summer Strip House, one of New York's most acclaimed upscale steakhouses; KOI a celebrity favorite from Los Angeles; Yolos, a quirky, neon Mexican restaurant; traditional Italian fare from Alfredo of Rome; and for quick treats like sandwiches and salads on the run, Earl of Sandwich is schedule to make its Las Vegas debut. Already open on the casino floor for early morning breakfast, late night munchies and everything in-between, the new 24 hour sexy coffee shop, Planet Dailies and favorites such as P.F. Chang's China Bistro and the acclaimed Spice Market Buffet are always crowd pleasers.
Nightlife at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is certain to keep the party going with new meeting spots including the Extra Lounge with entertainment and the most current celebrity happenings named for the entertainment news magazine that has its exclusive Las Vegas headquarters on property; Heart Bar, located in the center of the casino floor is quickly becoming the hot spot to enjoy cocktails and rendezvous with friends; and, three projects from South Beach Miami's hottest club operators including, Living Room a sexy lounge; opening soon, Prive nightclub and, later in the fall, a third, soon-to-be-announced club from the Opium Group.
Entertainment at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino offers a variety of unique standing productions as well as special events. At the 7,000 seat newly renovated Theatre for the Performing Arts or at the 1,500 seat brand new Showroom guests can enjoy headline concerts, the all new, highly anticipated The Beauty of Magic starring magician Hans Klok and featuring guest superstar Carmen Electra and an original production of Stomp Out Loud from the creators of Stomp.
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino creates dream Las Vegas weddings in The Chapel, a romantic setting for couples to tie-the-knot and fulfill their desires for their most treasured day. For larger affairs and meetings, the resort has over 75,000 square feet of meeting space including an impressive Grand Ballroom and a full service business center.
Pampering is an important part of the entire Las Vegas experience and the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara has all you need to treat yourself to the ultimate in Hollywood indulgences. With specialty massages, exotic facials, body treatments to relax and invigorate the body and spirit, a fitness center and a full range of hair, nail services and make-up application, there is something for everyone at the spa. If tanning and swimming are more your style, the pool deck on the sixth floor of the resort has two over-sized pools, hot tubs, plenty of lounge chairs for relaxing and a seasonal cafe featuring al fresco dining.
Las Vegas is known for great shopping experiences and guests looking for retail therapy will not be disappointed. The retail shops located in the hotel lobby include Hollywood Obsessions for memorabilia collectors, and PH The Store offering the latest in Planet Hollywood gear and sundries. Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood with over 170 unique retailers and dining offerings is situated within the main resort complex. Soon guests and shoppers will have access to world famous Trader Vic's for dining and sipping their trade-mark cocktails; Hawaiian Tropic Zone will feature an inventive menu with a tropical flavor; the first-ever Las Vegas H&M and, already open, a four story Urban Outfitters full of funky and trendy clothing and items for the home and body.
On the Southeast corner of the property construction is underway for the Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate, set to open in 2009. A soaring glass tower at fifty stories high, Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate will feature 1200 luxuriously appointed vacation villas and 28 exclusive penthouse suites with 3.2 million square feet of living space, an exotic tropical pool complete with sandy beach and private cabanas, an elite 46th floor pool for the exclusive penthouse suites, a world class fitness facility, restaurants, and meeting space.
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is a joint venture partnership involving Robert Earl, Founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood International Inc, Bay Harbour Management LLC, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc and is a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program.
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