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The cast of the new musical “Rock of Ages” arriving December at The Venetian will visit nightly with fans after each show in the nearby and just-opened The Bourbon Room named after the bar and club where rock first began on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip and also the setting for the new Tom Cruise movie opening next Friday (June 15). At The Bourbon Room’s opening party, more than 40 dancers in wild 1980s attire performed some of the hits from the musical and the movie. The ’80s have returned with a vengeance!
“When we first conceived the show, we always had an eye for Las Vegas because it felt like the right environment for the type of show we wanted to make, which was just a ridiculous, fun, no excuses, just have a good time, leave your inhibitions at the door kind of Broadway experience,” said Chris D’Arienze, the writer of “Rock of Ages.” “So to bring it here feels like home for our show.”
On Wednesday night, the new Bourbon Room was re-created in New York City when Venetian executives presented a screening of the movie. Star Julianne Hough and director Adam Shankman welcomed Hollywood friends and fans including Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas with wife Marisol Thomas, Padma Lakshmi, Dylan Lauren, Irina Shayk, Lisa Ling, Sean Lennon and more. Julianne, clad in a curve-hugging Bluemarine dress and bright blue Giuseppe Zanotti heels, said she is looking forward to seeing “Rock of Ages” debut at The Venetian in December.
Adam added: “It’s the greatest honor that The Venetian just opened its very own Bourbon Room inspired by the movie. I can’t wait to go to the opening of the show. Julianne said about “Rock of Ages” co-star Tom Cruise, “He’s hotter now than he was in his 20s” and gave a shout-out to newly engaged Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth: “You guys will make beautiful babies!”
“Top Chef” stunner Padma wore a YSL blazer, Alexander McQueen slacks and Alexander Wang shoes and said vintage Chanel jewelry is her favorite “it” accessory from the ’80s. Dylan named neon as the best ’80s trend, while Rob quipped, “It’s time to bring the zebra-striped hot pants back.” Post-screening, guests partied at Sons of Essex, which was transformed into The Venetian’s Bourbon Room for the night.
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