Liberace is poised for a comeback in Las Vegas. The pianist known as Mr. Showmanship will again take center stage with the expected January 2014 opening of the Liberace Experience downtown.
The attraction will be housed in Neonopolis, the Fremont Street center that is to be home to Krave Massive, a venue that is set to open in March and bills itself as the world's largest gay nightclub. Liberace, whose sexuality was often the topic of discussion, never publicly acknowledged he was gay. He died of AIDS in 1987.
The new attraction is to showcase the longtime headliner's rhinestone-studded, mink-draped lifestyle. The exhibits will come from the museum that Liberace himself created. Faced with financial trouble, it closed in October 2010.
"We'll have the 'best of the best' of the collection," said Brian "Paco" Alvarez, chairman of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. Alvarez, a former employee of the museum, has admired Liberace since the early 1980s when Alvarez, then a young boy, met the piano-playing star at a Las Vegas supermarket.