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The Smith Center is ready to get a leg up on the Broadway Series to come. The downtown performing arts center has announced its full schedule of shows set to begin August 2014 and continue through May 2014 and we're, once again, geeked out about it.
This season will bring nine productions to Downtown Vegas, ranging from the touring debut of Kinky Boots to the return of Wicked. Tickets will be available to season subscribers beginning March 3. The general public will be able to purchase new subscriptions beginning May 12. Individual tickets will be announced at a later date.
Here's a complete rundown of what to expect and when as well as video previews from their Broadway counterparts:
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Priscilla (is) Queen Of The Desert. Just not the Vegas desert.
The musical is making its limited engagement at the Venetian even more limited, choosing to end its engagement July 21, four weeks early. A press release says, in a roundabout way, that ticket sales are to blame:
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You've just won six Tony awards what are you going to do? Go to Vegas, of course!
The new toast of Broadway, Kinky Boots, will kick off a national tour in September 2014. And, in quite a coup, its first stop will be downtown's Smith Center. Right now, there's no word on the specific date or dates of the run, nor when tickets will go on sale. In fact, it's not even known what the other stops will be on the reportedly 'coast to coast' tour. You can probably count on it being a city near you, though.
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It's the monster, worldwide musical theater hit that will finally be staged in Las Vegas. But, it's not playing the Smith Center and it's not where you'd guess. Well-known local theatrical impresario Bill Fayne is auditioning to stage Les Misérables at the LVH with planned shows July 5-6 in the LVH Showroom.
Les Misérables continues to be one of those classic Broadway shows that theater fans would love to see find a home on the Las Vegas Strip. It doesn't look like that, or even a visit by the official touring company, will be happening anytime soon. We don't expect much in the way of a set for this home-grown production. But, there will be a full orchestra. Yet no pay for the singers. All sounds like a labor of love on behalf of the production team, too.
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The Book of Mormon is headed to Vegas, but not to the Vegas Strip as once was rumored.
The Smith Center announced today that the popular Broadway production will swing by in the summer... of 2014. (No, that's not a typo.) At one time, the Vegas rumor mill had pegged Book of Mormon for a run at Venetian/Palazzo. Whether or not that still might happen is unknown.
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Les garçons du Jersey have arrived in Paris. Since 2008, they've been packing them in at the Palazzo, but now the powerhouse musical Jersey Boys has moved up the block and resides in Paris Las Vegas. It'll be there a very long time.
The musical plots the trajectory of four working-class men who desperately want to break out of New Jersey via a musical escape plan. The timeline stretches from the late 1950s's through a 1990 reunion. These four unknowns became Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
If you’ve heard those names, you're already sold and might have been on your feet applauding with the rest of the audience on the night this writer caught the show. If you've heard it's a good show, you are right. It never ebbs. It's brilliantly choreographed. The set changes are balletic. The sound, pitch perfect.
Looking to see the final performances of the musical, The Lion King at Mandalay Bay? Then Hakuna Matata might not be the right philosophy. Performances are selling out as the last show date of December 30th approaches.
The harried staffers at the will call window are quick to point out occasions when they couldn’t give tickets away. But, as locals and visitors awaken to their last chances to see this production, un-discounted tickets are being snapped up. In a number of remaining dates, only single tickets are available in better sections. Suddenly, an oldie is hot again. It’s been a slow walk into the sunset, and VegasChatter Editor 702Becca recently noticed an obvious decline in stock at the gift shop. An eager
to get rid of the last of it sales assistant informed her that most of the product lines have not been replaced in the last few months as the store winds down its inventory.
Still under construction but due to make its debut in March 2012, the center will finally place performing arts front and center in Las Vegas. Sure, you can see classical concerts and broadway productions here and there (The Lion King draws to a close this year at Mandalay Bay while Jersey Boys and Phantom are still going strong at Palazzo and Venetian), but when the Smith Center makes its debut it will show that Vegas can hold its pinkies up with the best of them when it comes to the biggest, brightest and newest lights of Broadway.
Mamma Mia! It's hard to believe that its been more than two years since the popular Broadway show closed its doors at Mandalay Bay. But, if you've missed the sounds of ABBA in Vegas, here's something that will get you dancing in the aisles again - ABBA The Concert is on its way.
The one-night-only event will take place on May 1, but not at Mandalay Bay nor even on The Strip. Instead, it will take place on the "other" Strip - The Boulder Highway one - at the Eastside Cannery. The rocking tribute show, as popular as the theatre production, performs to sell-out crowds worldwide.
Tickets are offered at two levels, $24.95 and $17.95 minus tax and fees. You can get yours by calling 702.856.5470 or online at EastsideCannery.com.
Tix can be purchased for children as young as five so if you don't want to take your chances with ending up next to a tyke whipping their hair back and forth, you've been warned.
Sike! No major changes in Vegas yet but the Broadway hit show, Wicked, (and from which we cribbed that title) is set to fly into town in 2012 on its touring schedule from Aug. 28-Oct. 7.
Wicked will be the first touring show for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts which is set to open in March 2012 and will also house the Nevada Ballet Theatre and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. While the center is an amazing addition for locals, having Wicked perform off the strip is not exactly ideal for Vegas visitors. However, it appears the show's producers wanted it that way. The LVRJ reports:
"I saw 'Phantom' (in Las Vegas), which I thought was terrific, but it's a completely different experience seeing it in a casino in a 90-minute version," [says David Stone, producer.] "We wanted to bring the full production, not smaller, not shorter, that everyone loves. We're excited that there may be people on the Strip who might want to come to this new performing arts center while we're in town, but most of the people, we imagine, will be those who live in Las Vegas."
Six months or so after the closure of MAMMA MIA! at Mandalay Bay, restless showgoers are about to get their next Broadway-comes-to-Vegas fix with the debut of Disney’s The Lion King.
On May 5, TLK will begin preview performances for its extended run at Mandalay Bay, nearly a dozen years after the musical first entered the scene at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. The grand opening will take place on May 15.