The conversion of the legendary Sahara Hotel Casino into SLS Las Vegas wasn't the success that everyone had hoped for. Nor was it the north-Strip savior that many predicted. But five years of floundering later, Sahara is back with the original name, new owners and lots of improvements. And leading their entertainment line-up is the wonderful Blanc de Blanc.
Blanc de Blanc is an international hit that evokes the spirit of the finest champagnes. It's fizzy, titillating, euphoric and oh-so-sophisticated. Featuring a gorgeous cast of singers, dancers, acrobats and comedians, it's 75 minutes of fast-paced, adults-only fun. The Foundry has been transformed into a lush Parisian cabaret for this production, lending an air of intimacy that few shows of this nature can achieve.
A two-level main stage is enhanced by three additional platforms, one of which becomes a balloon-filled hot tub as the show progresses. The action is all around you in the multi-level space which offers booths, cocktail tables, bar-side seats and – brace yourself – a Premium Champagne Hot Tub Experience. Yes, you can actually take a dip and sip bubbly with the cast (swimwear is required, so come prepared).
The show itself is reminiscent of Vegas Nocturne, the fantastic three-chapter Spiegelworld extravaganza that helped launch Cosmopolitan's Rose.Rabbit.Lie in 2014. Fans of that short-lived production, which was ironically once rumored to resurface here at SLS/Sahara, will recognize cast member Spencer Novich. The rubber-bodied funnyman, who performed a similar role as "Ripley" in Vegas Nocturne, brings his unique onstage talents to Blanc de Blanc, and also serves as its comedy director.
Blanc de Blanc is hosted by the elegant, towering and muscular Monsieur Roméo. Clad in a tuxedo, holding his ever-present champagne flute and speaking in velvety French, the former Armani model, photographer and comedian greets guests at their seats before each performance. His sultry charisma sets the perfect tone for an evening of steamy Parisian thrills.
Monsieur Roméo has worked in the past with entertainers like Lady Gaga, Beyonce and burlesque legend Dita Von Tesse. In a post-show conversation, Roméo told me that he's been hosting Blanc through multiple tours of Australia, New Zealand and London before bringing it to the lights of Sin City.
Show director Scott Maidment was also on hand for the evening's performance. He watched from an upper level booth, gauging audience reaction and brimming with enthusiasm. Maidment is proud to deliver his intriguing mix of burlesque artistry and nightclub energy to the exciting Las Vegas scene.
As with all variety shows, you can expect each viewing to be unique. Specific acts may vary from time to time as elements are rotated, ensuring that every visit is fresh and full of surprises. But no matter when you sample a taste, Blanc de Blanc is guaranteed to tickle your senses.