Curtain Up: ‘Dragapalooza,’ Rose.Rabbit.Lie. and more Vegas showbiz news

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Derrick Barry of “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” is one of the stars of the new concert film “Dragapalooza.”

Fri, Jan 8, 2021 (2 a.m.)

Dragapalooza” is an all-new concert film starring international celebrity drag queens streaming on January 16 and it has some serious Vegas connections. Locals Chris Cox and Ann Potenza are among the producers and directors of the show (with Michael Benedetti, Josh Smith and Andrei Mignea) and the cast features Courtney Act, Derrick Barry, Rhea Litre, Trixie Mattel, Coco Montrese and Sharon Needles. “Dragapalooza” started as a live stage show in 2017 at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles, combining elements of a rock concert, musical theater, fashion show and cabaret. Live singing to music from a live band are what sets this apart from other drag productions, and the film was shot at various performances across the country. The 75-minute film can be viewed for $15 at new platform MySongbird.com at 6 p.m. January 16.

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"X Burlesque" is back at the Flamingo this week.

With the return of “X Burlesque” (and the launch of its intimate, VIP-style “Private Edition” production at the Bugsy’s Cabaret space at the Flamingo) this week, Caesars Entertainment continues to hold most of the cards when it comes to live entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip. Despite the 50-person audience restriction that will definitely continue for another week and likely quite a bit longer than that, the company and its production partners are moving ahead with a handful of shows at different properties: “Extravaganza” at the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s, Piff the Magic Dragon at the Flamingo Showroom (returning January 25) and “X Country” and Tape Face at Harrah’s Showroom.

Now that the holiday season has passed, the ambitious off-Strip venues that have been keeping entertainment alive by any means necessary are firing up their schedules again. The Space has two acoustic concerts from Broadway star Adam Pascal January 15 and 16 and longtime Cleopatra’s Barge resident act David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra on January 22. Notoriety at downtown’s Neonopolis complex has Saturday night stand-up comedy on the docket and is expected to add more musical events to its calendar soon, and the Vegas Room has Phillip Officer January 14-16, Skye Dee Miles on January 17, 24 and 31, Jamie Hosmer January 21-23 and Serena Henry January 28-30.

And Jennifer Romas’ “Sexxy After Dark” continues its limited engagement with a tailor-made burlesque dinner show — a twist on the “Sexxy” revue from the still-shuttered Westgate Cabaret — Thursdays through Saturdays at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club.

One of the rare Strip venues to continue entertainment operations throughout the pandemic, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at the Cosmopolitan, has closed temporarily. The stylish restaurant offering a variety of live acts nightly shuttered for the majority of December as business levels slowed and reopened for New Year’s Eve weekend. It’s expected to reopen when restaurant capacity levels are allowed to exceed the current 25% restrictions.

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