‘Absinthe’ takes its talents to the Cosmopolitan

The fifth anniversary of “Absinthe” on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Caesars Palace.
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After a sizzling five-plus years in a Strip-side tent at Caesars Palace, Spiegelworld’s Absinthe is moving south to the Cosmopolitan’s Rose. Rabbit. Lie., the space where the company’s Vegas Nocturne show opened in 2014.

In collaboration with the Cosmopolitan, Spiegelworld will take over and “reimagine” the former ballroom space in Rose. Rabbit. Lie. to create a new venue for Absinthe. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. will continue to operate as a “modern supper club” with live entertainment independent of the show, according to today’s announcement from the resort.

The show closes at Caesars October 21 and is set to begin previews at Cosmo later this year. The Absinthe website claims the show will be moving November 1.

Absinthe is a truly unique experience, and we look forward to collaborating with Spiegelworld on its new home here … next door to Rose. Rabbit. Lie.,” Cosmopolitan president and CEO Bill McBeath said.

Absinthe, a self-described “acro-cabaret variety show,” has been selling out the majority of its 10 weekly shows in the 550-seat tent theater on the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace. The similarly unique Vegas Nocturne was the original entertainment plan at Rose. Rabbit. Lie., but it closed in June 2014 and was followed by legal disputes between the Cosmopolitan, Spiegelworld and the show’s co-producer Base Entertainment. Around that time, Cosmo was sold to the Blackstone Group.

Spiegelworld, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, first presented Absinthe in 2006 in a tent at the South Street Seaport in New York City. It toured Miami and Australia before opening in Las Vegas at Caesars in 2011 to massive buzz and fast acclaim. In 2012, Spiegelworld premiered Empire in New York City, a show that recently toured Australia, Japan and North America. The company is currently developing new productions of Vegas Nocturne and Never Sleep Alone.

“We have had the best five years of our lives here in Las Vegas,” Spiegelworld founder Ross Mollison said. “We could not be more excited to now be working with Bill McBeath and his team, playing in the most compelling new resort to open in Las Vegas in the last decade.”

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