The Venetian was the first Las Vegas resort to host a meeting with Ross Mollison about the possibility of bringing his show Absinthe to the Strip, in 2006. Absinthe had premiered that summer at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 on the East River in New York City.
“The whole idea of Absinthe, we always thought, was a good fit for Vegas,” Mollison says on the latest episode of Las Vegas Weekly’s All The Vegas podcast. “We were always focused on bringing that show to Vegas but … we thought we’d do maybe six months here and then tour it around. Nobody had any notion that Absinthe would grow to the scale it has.”
All The Vegas hosts Brock Radke and Mark Shunock talk with Spiegelworld producer Ross Mollison, creator of Absinthe, Opium and Atomic Saloon Show.
Nor did Mollison envision operating a stable of shows on the Las Vegas Strip, but that’s what happened. Absinthe is running every night at Caesars Palace, the sci-fi comedy Opium has blasted off into success at the Cosmopolitan and a third production, Atomic Saloon Show, just opened where it almost all started, at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
On this episode, we also talk with the Spiegelworld producer about launching Atomic at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe; discovering and cultivating unique acts for different shows; the importance of taking care of locals and hospitality industry workers; partying at XS with J.Lo; choosing Halloween costumes with his 7-year-old son; and the finer points of a perfect Manhattan.
EPISODE 33: THE VEGAS YOU NEED
Brock goes first with the perfect dinner spot before you see Atomic Saloon Show at the Grand Canal Shoppes: Once at Palazzo.
Ross has his own prime Palazzo spot, Mott 32, but is also excited about the new Mothership Coffee at Fremont Street’s Ferguson revamp.
Mark is getting all dolled up at Stitched at the Cosmopolitan.
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