Danielle Spencer and Russell Crowe and other celebrities arrive at The Star Opening Party in Sydney Where: Sydney, Australia.
Less than two months after The Star’s big, celebrity-filled relaunch, another star-studded event was held last night to officially launch the refurbished establishment. Russell Crowe, who showed his support the first time ’round, returned with his wife Danielle Spencer, while Kate Ritchie and Stuart Webb were also celebrating the casino for a second time. Visiting actor Adrian Grenier was on hand for the festivities, and Jennifer Hawkins revealed that she and fiancé Jake Wall have been staying at The Star’s new hotel The Darling while renovations at their home are being completed. Joel Edgerton walked the red carpet, but his Great Gatsby co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire skipped the photo wall and headed straight to the party inside. Leonardo was also the one who introduced music legend Stevie Wonder before his performance, calling Stevie his “favourite artist of all time.” It was one of Leo’s first public appearances since arriving in Sydney; for the most part he’s been keeping a low profile.
Sydney’s new one-of-a-kind entertainment venue, The Star, celebrated its opening in style this evening with Stevie Wonder performing an electrifying set to 800 VIP guests. In a once in a lifetime moment, Stevie was welcomed on stage by A-list actor and long-time fan Leonardo DiCaprio.
Held in the lobby of The Star’s new five-star hotel The Darling, the party was a star studded affair with DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Russell Crowe, Entourage actor Adrian Grenier, Elle McPherson, Joel Edgerton and Sacha Baron Cohenattending. This is the first official appearance of DiCaprio and Maguire in Sydney, since arriving to film Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby.
We know you have heard of Star City Casino, recently rebranded as The Star, but wait for it... introducing you to The Lyric Theatre. It falls under parent company Echo Entertainment these days.
Stevie Wonder was the headline act tonight, as he performed to an intimate audience of 2000 patrons, paying between $225 to $455 to see the music legend close up.
Around the corner on the red carpet, news media waited for the celebs. The name listed included Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall, Kate Richie and Stuart Webb, Wendell Sailor and wife Tara, Ricki-Lee Coulter and boyfriend Richard Harrison. Does anyone know how much the celebs are getting paid to turn up to Star invites, or is it just a win - win, all done to generate positive media buzz?
Finally, after what seemed like hours for Russell Crowe and beautiful wife, Danielle Spencer did the red, fresh off dinner at the revamped casino aka integrated entertainment complex.
For the record, Stevie Wonder did not do the red carpet. Promoters across Australia, if not the world, are attempting to find out how much money Mr Wonder is making for his intimate appearances at The Star, and that's likely to be something that is kept well under wraps for a while yet.
The Star may be a bit of a media darling at the moment, but nothing lasts forever. The Star would do well to go out of their way to also impress news media who have been quite supportive of the Echo Entertainment owned complex, since they first announced it was going to get a massive makeover.
We've heard that the next trump card for more news headlines will be the official opening of The Darling, the 5 star boutique lifestyle hotel and spa.
Just how long it may take The Star to recoup its almost billion dollar casino revamp investment is unknown, but Echo Entertainment looks to be in this for the long haul, so good on them.