Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 | 8:26 a.m.
Last night was an evening of regal celebrations at The Venetian, first with The King of Rock and Roll’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley enjoying her 43rd birthday at Tao with her mother Priscilla Presley, her daughter Riley Keough and her husband guitarist Michael Lockwood.
Singer Ryan Cabrera and American Idol producer and So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe were in the group of 40 for the pull-out-all-the-stops party. Nigel was a keynote speaker when Priscilla was honored as Woman of the Year at Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 27th Annual Black & White Ball on Saturday night at Aria.
Lisa had said she was staying on through mid-week before returning to her estate outside London. Tao’s chef served up a delicious dinner of signature menu items, and her family surprised her with a birthday cake. Then it was time for the platinum party people to shuttle to Drag Queen of The Strip Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas at Imperial Palace.
Backstage, Frank, in full regalia, posed with Priscilla and Lisa Marie; Motley Crue singer Vince Neil and KSNV entertainer reporter Alicia Bridges; and a bespectacled Holly Madison from Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, watching yet another show (she recently attended Donny and Marie Osmond’s show at the Flamingo) before flying out this morning to Mexico to join her All Time Low rocker boyfriend Jack Barakat.
They get two days of sunshine at the Mexican Riviera resort, where she shot her 2011 calendar, before attending Super Bowl XLV parties in Dallas. Holly jets back here in time for her Sunday pre- and post-game parties, including the Second Annual Holly Bowl, at Tao’s sister club Lavo at the Palazzo.
Amid the Presley party parade, Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular celebrated its 2,000th performance, as we reported yesterday. Cast members Anthony Crivello (The Phantom), Kristi Holden (Christine Daae) and Andrew Ragone (Raoul) posed with the anniversary cake for contributing photographer Erik Kabik, and we’ll post a gallery later today if our photo uploader is up and running again.
Phantom’s principals hosted a special luncheon at Aquaknox at The Venetian last Friday to mark the milestone performance.
Best wishes and congratulations to all the celebrating celebrities!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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