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December 19, 2013

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> COMING SOON Beacher's Madhouse, pictured in these renderings, will bring a little extra crazy to the Strip starting December 27. Back to the Madhouse Jeff Beacher says his new MGM Grand venue and show are the best he's ever had—elephant ass and all BY JOHN KATSILOMETES On a weekday morning, the theater built into the MGM Grand for the stylish adult revue Crazy Horse Paris is a construction site busy with a team of hard-hatted workers, tape measures hooked to their belts. Littering the room are metal ladders, hand trucks, power tools, miles of wiring and cables and rolls of duct tape used for any purpose but to repair ducts. And looming at the back of the under- renovation theater is the imprint of Jeff Beacher: a giant elephant, shimmering in a silver fabric, its ass end facing the stage. Is this odd? Not in the world of Beacher's Madhouse. "This particular theater has flying, little-people bartenders," Beacher says in a straightforward way that makes it clear this sort of act is commonplace in his production. "One who shoots out of a telephone booth, one who shoots out of a cannon and another … [pause for effect] … who shoots out of an elephant's ass." With a blast of little people bearing cocktails, Beacher's Madhouse is back in Las Vegas and set to open December 27, with Beacher's friend Miley Cyrus, a frequent guest at the Beacher's Madhouse outpost at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel since that show opened in 2010, serving as "host" for the evening. Cyrus met Beacher through common friend Kelly Osbourne, and Cyrus sightings have provided Beacher (a frequent name-check in New York Post's Page 6 gossip column during his days in New York, where he first staged Beacher's Comedy Madhouse) his customary media buzz. "Miley is a really sweet, smart girl," says Beacher, who expects repeat visits by Cyrus to the MGM show. "She is awesome." The show's circuitous presentation in the club—set up to hold 550 patrons (or about 320 for a seated show)—and its madcap reputation has drawn celebrities of all kinds. David Beckham, David Arquette, Zac Efron, Sean Penn and Johnny Depp have all been spotted at Beacher's Madhouse in Hollywood. And Beacher toured the country with his show after closing at the Hard Rock Hotel in 2007 and before opening at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Now, he's bringing a version of that LA show to the MGM Grand. "It's the energy of a nightclub and the atmosphere of a circus," he says by way of explanation. "We'll have a mini-Miley Cyrus to mini-Britney Spears to acts from all over the world. An act from Africa, two twin little people performers with dreadlocks—that's a crazy act. We have a lot of stuff from everywhere. Stuff from Russia. We have a DJ who is 8 years old [he would be DJ Baby Chino], a lady who crushes cans and watermelons with her breasts. You have to check it out. It's going to be great." At the center, as emcee, is Beacher himself. The indefatigable showman made his mark 18 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 19–25, 2013 18-19_Beacher Feature_201312190.indd 18 12/18/13 1:31 PM

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