The space-faring saga formerly known as ‘OPIUM’ receives a reboot as part of a new immersive dining/cocktail/entertainment experience…
Considering the wild successes of both ABSINTHE and ATOMIC SALOON SHOW, it seems as though Spiegelworld‘s sci-fi opus OPIUM has unfairly become somewhat of a “red-headed stepchild”. Despite being a fan-pleaser with a solid reputation, it’s often perceived as the trio’s third-place finisher. Perhaps the outer-space setting hasn’t resonated as strongly. Or maybe its hidden location in the recesses of COSMOPOLITAN has worked against the adult variety show.
Whatever the reason, the “little show that could” recently received a major facelift. While every Spiegelworld production undergoes regular refreshing, the most recent OPIUM tinkering would qualify as an overhaul. And after taking in a post-Thanksgiving performance, I’m pleased to say the newly-renamed OPM might be the best version yet. It’s faster, funnier, and has a lot more “wow”.
As a fan, I’ve seen nearly every iteration of OPIUM, from the serenades of drag wonder “Dusty Moonboots” and her live band through Captain Kunton’s “sexy diablos”. From a fuzzy alien intruder to the sword-swallowing sabotage of “Rear Admiral Todd” (America’s Got Talent finalist Brett Loudermilk), plenty of passengers and crew members have boarded and then departed since Starship OPM’s maiden voyage.
Android host “Andromeda” welcomes guests aboard the Starship OPM
The new, streamlined OPM has jettisoned OPIUM‘s plotline, characters, and relationships. In their place is “Andromeda” (Grace Lusk), the mechanized Entertainment Director of the show’s titular spacecraft. As you travel the cosmos from Uranus to Vegas, your journey is packed with wall-to-wall variety acts chosen to ensure your trip is fast-moving, sidesplitting, and jaw-dropping.
The current slate of performers is steeped in the sensually provocative and peppered with adults-only humor. An all-female Contortion Trio (Ulzi Chimed, Casey Eli, Elena Sanders) splits stage time with Limbo Queen Shemika Campbell , hair-hang aerialist Elena Suarez Pariente, and jaw-dropping skaters Emily and Billy England.
Returning favorites include Jugglernauts (Patrick Elmnert and Tony Pezzo), amazing bubble man Pendleton III (Denis Lock), Leeloo the balloon dancer (Lucia Carbines), and plate-spinning siren Venus (Gypsy Wood).
ZUMANITY’s scorching hand-balancing pair takes flight at OPM
Two additional acts feature entertainers with Cirque du Soleil backgrounds. Wayne Skivington defies gravity in a hand-balancing routine with longtime ZUMANITY partner Kat Bazar-ova, now through the end of December. They’ll then move over to sister production ABSINTHE.
Former ZUMANITY performer Steve Weiss served as musical director for RATED RED (my choice for “Best New Show of 2021”). He and fellow percussionists Micah Clark and Khalid Freeman have joined forces as “The Big Bang-ers”. Weiss told me that he’s quite excited to be a part of the OPM team:
“I am happy getting to do something I love. There aren’t many people doing body percussion 10x a week anywhere in the world so I consider myself lucky and it’s a big responsibility to represent the art form.”
OPM is just one of a trio of experiences at Cosmopolitan‘s Spiegelworld complex. It all begins when you enter through a pair of double doors and into a circular chamber…with many more doors.
Through these doors lie adventure, wild dining, space travel…and a ski lodge?
Depending on your reservation, you will be guided through one of these entrances to the beginning of your experience. My guest and I started at SUPERFRICO, the off-kilter Italian-American restaurant that was my VEGAS 411 choice for “BEST NEW RESTAURANT OF 2021“.
My original review of SUPERFRICO called it “Dinner With a Side of Insanity”. So if you’re in the mood for an ordinary meal, you might want to head elsewhere. SUPERFRICO is the culinary extension of Spiegelworld, so expect a dining experience in which anything can…and most likely will…happen.
It’s not quite a supper club, but there is plenty of entertainment. It’s not quite a bar/restaurant, but you’ll leave satiated…and most likely tipsy. Quirky fare like Lamb Ragu Babbaluci and Pistachio Mortadella Pizza go down nicely between sips of your Pizza Party Negroni or an Under The Host Martini. You can peruse the food and drink menus by visiting here.
SUPERFRICO is open daily from 5 pm until “late”. Reservations are highly recommended. Click here to book your table. VEGAS 411 recommends allowing at least 90 minutes to experience the venue.
Hidden away behind another door is a snow-covered speakeasy known as SKI LODGE. This cozy hangout was inspired by Spiegelworld creator Ross Mollison‘s love for the slopes. Fans of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will enjoy the style and memorabilia of this beloved ski-centric destination. And right now, SKI LODGE is overflowing with holiday cheer.
Enjoy the sight of snowfall through the windows as bundled-up bartenders serve cocktails like the “Salty Sled Dog”, “Make The Yuletide Gay”, and “Bad Santa”. Order your favorite pizza from SUPERFRICO to enjoy while you dive into a S’Mores Campfire Kit. The full menu is available here.
SKI LODGE is open year-round seven nights a week from 5 pm until “late”. Reservations are not required. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to enter and must be 21+ to enjoy cocktails.
Along with the new OPM, Spiegelworld has announced a “pretty much all-inclusive psychedelic New Year’s Eve dinner and show”. Priced at an extremely reasonable $325 per person (plus taxes/fees), guests can enjoy the following:
“Ticket to either the 5:30 pm or 7:30 pm performance of the jaw-dropping, intergalactic variety show OPM, a 4-course prix fixe dinner at Superfrico, specialty NYE cocktails, and all the Spiegelworld surprises.”
You can reserve your show seats and all-evening experience by visiting the Spiegelworld Official Website right here. Ring in 2023 with the wackiest crew and passengers in the entire galaxy. Get on this deal quickly, as you don’t want the Starship OPM to depart without you.