Just as the temperatures start heading up, up, up, the new shows, restaurants and bars get even hotter in Las Vegas. Here's a look at seven new things to do in Las Vegas, including new resident shows from Barry Manilow and Gwen Stefani, two new restaurants, a Marilyn Monroe musical and a speakeasy in one of the most popular museums in Las Vegas.
Your favorite “Hollaback Girl” takes over Las Vegas for 25 dates starting in June. Gwen Stefani, the lead singer for No Doubt, got her start with hits such as “Just a Girl,” “Don’t Speak,” “Hey Baby” and “It’s My Life,” has her own L.A.M.B. fashion line inspired by Japanese Harajuku street style, and plays a role as a judge on “The Voice.” Now she stars on the Las Vegas Strip with her big hits including “Spiderwebs,” “Sunday Morning” and “What You Waiting For?” June 27, 29-30. Tickets start at $59. Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort, 702.777.2782.
He writes the songs that make the whole world sing. Barry Manilow returns to Las Vegas with his cavalcade of hits including “Mandy,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and the get-up-and-dance “Copacabana.” June 14-16, 21-23. Tickets are $19.75-$329.75. International Theater at Westgate, 702.732.5111.
A menu of Italian dishes that evoke the Amalfi Coast awaits at Osteria Costa at the Mirage. Chef Michael LaPlaca offers Neapolitan pizzas baked in the hearth oven right in the dining room that’s splashed with seaside blues, greens and light-wood furnishings. Fresh mozzarella made from scratch daily, marinated peppers, eggplant caponata and basil pesto are just some of the dishes that reflect that Mediterranean feel of the restaurant. Heartier dishes include a chicken parm and linguine and clams made with garlic, chiles and lemon. Of course, the limoncello is made fresh in house. Open daily, 5-10:30 pm. The Mirage, 702.791.7111.
Once (pronounced ohn-seh) from Ricardo Zarate brings South American flavors with a Japanese flair. Try a cocktail from the Gin + Tonic “slushee” machine for a twist on a boozy classic in a rustic dining room. Open 5 pm-midnight daily; 11 am-3 pm F-Su. Grand Canal Shoppes, 702.607.3797.
See Marilyn Monroe like never before. “Marilyn! The New Musical” features 20 original musical numbers as well as classics such as “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” telling the story of one of the world’s most famous women. Tickets start at $49. Tu-Su, 7 pm. Paris Las Vegas, 702.777.2782.
Go undercover as a Stormtrooper in a full virtual reality experience during “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.” Up to four players walk through The Void Experience Center together, roaming through a stage with walls, doors and props that can be explored. $36.95. Grand Canal Shoppes, 702.406.5967.
Take the basement stairs back in time to The Underground at The Mob Museum, speakeasy submerged in a Prohibition-era world. Artifacts from the 1920s, Prohibition-era cocktails and an on-site distillery all make up this blast from the past. Su-W, 9 am-10 pm; Th-Sa, 9 am-midnight. The Mob Museum, 300 E. Stewart Ave., 702.229.2734.