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Mr. Showmanship Lives on In Las Vegas

Last updated: December 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm. Posted by in Celebrities, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Shows, Planet Hollywood Resort, Shopping. Comments Off on Mr. Showmanship Lives on In Las Vegas.

Liberace fans were fairly despondent when it was announced the famed Liberace Museum here in Vegas would close Oct. 17. But now there’s hope, because Liberace’s memory lives on in a new show at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood, “Liberace: Music and Memories.”

The show opened Nov. 9, to little fanfare, but based on our random encounter with the show’s star, Wayland Pickard, at Miracle Mile yesterday, we’re thinking this show is going to ensure the Liberace legacy will be around for some time to come in Las Vegas.


Double take! Wayland Pickard channels Liberace, bling and all.

Seeing Wayland Pickard as Liberace is a sight to behold. Pickard told us his uncanny resemblance to Liberace is due, in large part, to a four-hour makeup process, including elaborate prosthetics designed by Academy Award-winning makeup artist, Kevin Haney.

Haney won an Oscar for “Best Makeup” for “Driving Miss Daisy,” and also won multiple Emmy Awards for his makeup work on TV sci-fi faves like “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

Insider scoop: Even Pickard’s Liberace ears are prosthetic! (He said about the only things that are his are his eyes.)

Also of note: “Liberace: Music & Memories” is the only officially-approved Liberace musical revue show in the world. Find out more. The show happens at 2:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Although this blog does not think of itself as being a huge Liberace fan, necessarily, we’re looking forward to taking in this new show. Wayland seems like a truly nice person, and can apparently “tickle the ivories” with the best of them. (No, that is not a euphemism for anything.)


If you’ve seen the show already, let us know what you think it the Comments section.

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