|Frank Marino and the cast of Divas Las Vegas|
Long before RuPaul’s Drag Race, long before RuPaul, long before drag queens had big TV ratings, if you wanted to experience amazing drag entertainment, you went to Las Vegas where Frank Marino has held court as the Strip’s longest running headliner in his revue, Divas Las Vegas.
Last night, the Sin City entertainment community was stunned to hear the news that Divas has suddenly closed.
Originally opening at the Riviera in 1985 as An Evening at La Cage, the show moved to the then-Imperial Palace (now The Linq) in 2010 and changed the show’s title to Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas.
Fronting the show as “Joan Rivers,” Marino has continually kept a cavalcade of drag queens performing tributes to Tina Turner, Madonna, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Cher and more.
In 2014, Marino celebrated his 25,000th performance with the production.
According the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the decision to close the long-running production was mutual between the show and Caesars Entertainment.
The cast was apparently told this past Tuesday the show would be dark for a few days and then have a cast meeting on Saturday. It was then that the cast and crew were informed the show would not continue.
In a text message, Marino reportedly told the paper, “Like Scarlett O’Hara said, I will think about this tomorrow, tomorrow is yet another day.”