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Photos: A celebratory and bittersweet end as ‘Peepshow’ closes at Planet Hollywood

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Denise Truscello/WireImage/DeniseTruscello.net

The cast of “Peepshow” after the final performance at Planet Hollywood on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

Final ‘Peepshow’ at Planet Hollywood

Cheaza, Coco Austin, Josh Strickland and Nick Kenkel after the final performance of Launch slideshow »

Award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell’s “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood opened in April 2009, about five months after I started work here at Robin Leach’s Vegas DeLuxe and the Las Vegas Sun.

“Peepshow” is I believe the first show that I’ve witness open and close in Las Vegas — close in that I attended the final performance.

I had mixed feelings watching the final “Peepshow” on Sunday night, thrilled that it was an outstanding performance and sad that it was the last.

Thoughts on and moments from the final “Peepshow”:

* Kudos to the entire cast Sunday night for singing their faces off, dancing their asses off and taking it off for the swan song. In my eight times seeing “Peepshow” for work, it was one of the best performances, if not the best performance.

* Josh Strickland’s voice is still incredible and awe-inspiring — he growls “Pink,” “Pony,” “Feelin’ Good” and more with passion and power. He’s a great dancer, too.

* Cheaza’s voice, humor and charisma have never been better, and she commanded the stage on Sunday night. The halting of her ballad, and duet with Strickland, by tears was the evening’s most emotional moment.

* Kudos to Nicole “Coco” Austin for being proud of her curves, and she has never looked better after 9 months as Bo Peep. Not everyone can be a size 2 or 4 — or should be. Work it, Coco!

* Strickland and Nick Kenkel, the original Big Bad Wolf, teared up during the final post-show remarks. So did members of the audience. Rapper-actor Ice-T, Austin’s husband, was part of the closing-night audience.

My good friend Tanya Popovich said post-show that “Peepshow” did not deserve to close after 4 1/2 years and 1,500 performances. I agree wholeheartedly.

Kenkel summed up, “ ‘Peepshow’ went out on top!” Yes, you did. Thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery of the final “Peepshow.”

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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