A lavish, multimillion-dollar, topless, adult Strip show starring a pop superstar and a small-screen siren is set to be the most eagerly anticipated new Las Vegas show of 2009! Planet Hollywood chieftain Robert Earl has partnered with BASE Productions (Jersey Boys, Wayne Brady and Phantom -- Las Vegas Spectacular) for Peep Show, a modern-day burlesque production with 20 of the sexiest, breast-baring beauties in entertainment!
Vegas DeLuxe met up with Melanie Brown, aka Mel B and Scary Spice of the Spice Girls; former bare-it-all Playboy beauty Kelly Monaco, currently on the ABC soap General Hospital; and award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell for this exclusive three-part interview and photo feature.
We’re posting the interview with Mel B today; tomorrow it will be all eyes on Kelly; and Thursday, the spotlight shines on Jerry:
After 10 years of being the Spice Girls, the British band of beauties decided in 2002 to go off on separate pursuits. Mel B, known as Scary Spice, penned her best-selling autobiography and decided on a solo singing career.
In 2004 she appeared in the Broadway production of Rent and, in moving to America full time in 2007, signed on to Dancing With the Stars, where she wound up runner-up in season five to racecar driver Helio Castroneves. The Spice Girls reunited and set a world record in selling out every venue within 60 seconds to gross more than $70 million as one of the most successful tours of the past year.
She and I hail from the same part of Britain, so I asked her if she thought it was unfair that she was nicknamed Scary:
Mel B: I think it worked to my advantage. People wouldn’t mess with me. All the other girls in the Spice Girl drama used to get shouted out in the street. No one messed with me; they thought I was bloody scary. I do have elements of that, but I’m a softie.
Robin Leach: As the diva guide, are you taking Little Bo Peep into a naughty Neverland?
MB: Yes. I am going to be empowering her from the inside, her sexuality and her confidence, what she feels about herself. Of course I have all those things already, you know. I think my parents brought me up to really believe in myself and not take no for an answer and always do what you want to do as long as it doesn’t offend anybody and always be outspoken. Thus I am sitting here with you!
RL: How much do we see of you in this new show?
MB: You do see a lot, but not the main stuff. Some of the dancers are not completely nude. You will see flesh. I am not going to be flashing, but I will be scantily clad at some point. Far more than you saw when I was on Dancing With the Stars. It’s funny when you think about it. Kelly was the winner in season one, and I got to the finals in season five. I got a perfect score on the last dance but still lost. Even funnier now is that I’ve been going back there for my Access Hollywood interviews, so I will be interviewing Brooke, Lance and Warren in the finals.
RL: When you were growing up in Leeds in the north of England, did you always want to escape from there to seek fame and fortune?
MB: The very first show I appeared in, Mystique, is still running in Blackpool today. We formed this group Touch, and we auditioned for Simon Fuller and asked him to manage us. We already had a bunch of songs already. He said he’d do it if he could change our name from Touch to The Spice Girls. My whole family is in Leeds. I always knew I wanted to entertain. I was a show-off in school. I wanted to interview people. I practiced my autograph. I always said I would be famous someday, I didn’t know for what, but I found my way. I’d heard about Vegas but never thought I’d wind up here.
RL: Right now you live full time in California, but you are going to move everything to Vegas?
MB: Yep! Me, my three daughters. I have a 1-year old, and my stepdaughter is 4, and my 9-year-old. And a dog and a husband. Stephen Belafonte. I used to come down here a lot on the weekend, like friends’ parties or my girlfriends rounded up. I have only done the crazy Vegas. It will be nice to do the suburban Vegas. Toni Braxton will be helping me out. She says she loves living here in Vegas.
RL: How naughty and sexual of a tour guide are you?
MB: I sing three original songs. One is called “Trick or Two,” and I am basically telling her I can teach her several ways how to seduce a guy like this or do a guy like this. It is in a tongue-and-cheek way. The nice thing about our director Jerry is that he is doing burlesque and striptease in such an elaborate and fun way. There is also a nice, serious element to it, and we have fabulous and very daring costumes. He has a great way of capturing you like that. It’s been great to team up with him to work on the role together.
RL: He is not scared of you?
MB: No. Only a strong person is not scared of me. If you are weak, I will eat you for breakfast.