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Britney Spears officially arrived in Vegas tonight and was welcomed to her new home at Planet Hollywood with a 'blink and ya missed it' appearance. Where outrageous and traffic-stopping was expected, instead crowds received a brief performance by some Britney impersonators before the real deal arrived. But, seeing as how she likely has a lot of work, b*tch before her December 27 debut (oops, we did
see what we did it, again), we're sure her true fans understood the brevity of her ceremony.
When she did appear, Brit Brit greeted a swell of onlookers with this address:
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Palazzo is hard at work on its new show, PANDA!
Set to premier December 16, we’ve been wondering just what to expect since it was announced last month, especially since the tagline -- it’s a rescue story, a dream story, a Chinese story, an American story, a story for the entire world -- left us puzzled. Yesterday, we learned a bit more as Venetian hosted a press conference and preview of the upcoming production.
PANDA! will play in The Palazzo Theater which will have plenty of room for all of the kung-fu, acrobatic-heavy antics. Our first look took place in The Venetian’s Sands Showroom, though. We were hoping for a glimpse of the new stage which is supposed to feature gigantic, moving LED panels that create an effect similar to that of navigating a real-life video game. Instead, we were treated to performances from dancers, as well as two of the costumed pandas.
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The trio, comprised of Phantom of the Opera castmates from when it ran at Venetian, belt out everything from Broadway standards to originals. An almost year-long run at Plaza is coming to an end, however, it's not over 'til it's over. And, in this case, it's not over, at all. Phat Pack will take to the stage at Bally's beginning next month. Pretty awesome door/window if you ask us.
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Spiegelworld, the folks who produce Absinthe, have signed up to run the anchor entertainment for Rose.Rabbit.Lie which will be called Vegas Nocturne. Here's how Spieglworld's Ross Mollison describes it:
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That's because PANDA!, a Far Eastern folklore show, will premier at the hotel in December. Here's what's in store from this Chinese-produced show (the first of its kind to take up a residency in Vegas):
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Well, that didn’t last very long. Just a week after we brought you details on LVH’s The D*Word, the show went dark. Now, LVH is bringing in acts with broader appeals to sell seats in its Shimmer Showroom. First up is Mo5aic, an a cappella vocal group that is music to our ears.
Also new on the roster is clean comedian Carlos Oscar, a “comedy treasure” according to the legendary Bill Cosby. As we made our way towards the LVH showroom last Friday night, posters reminded us of Mr. Cosby’s opinion over and over again. Inside, we took note of the abundance of children and families in the audience and recalled that this is the same theater that was once home to Andrew Dice Clay.
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"The casino realized there are so many entertainers wanting to have a place to perform that they started charging rent for the room. Somewhere along the way, the casinos stopped connecting the dots between the show and the casino."
An empty theater is dead space, and casinos are eager to make it work for them. In the past, a casino had one showroom and one headliner that created a packaged brand. Now, there are dozens of shows, sometimes competing for the same audience. There is no formula to guarantee a hit -- even Cirque du Soleil has failed twice on The Strip in recent years, despite millions of dollars of start-up cash. So, what do you do when you're an unknown talent with a dream of stardom?
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“Las Vegas show business is a business that has a huge hill to climb before the curtain ever goes up. Wish it would be like the "good old days" when the town was more "organized" and they paid the entertainers...”
Should you care what it takes to put on a show when you just want to be entertained? That depends on your perspective. In an era of music file-sharing, bootleg DVDs, and $30 million movie star salaries, we probably don’t care about the financial well-being of performers. But, live performance is different from listening to the radio. It’s communal -- a shared experience between the entertainers and a group of strangers that come together in the dark. For it to continue, it has to be profitable. Therein lies the challenge of today’s Vegas entertainer. We spoke to six current and former headliners to get a little insight, and they were very candid about the difficulties they face. We aren't mentioning any names, venues or shows to protect their identities.
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At this point, sharing news of the pending closure of yet another Plaza production probably doesn't even rate a reaction.
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The newest residents of LVH's entertainment scene is a cappella vocal group Mo5aic. As you can probably tell from the fancy alphanumeric name, the group consists of five guys (no, not the hamburgers) whose voices blend together to create a musical mosaic.
But, what makes Mo5aic so special, as this writer found during a media preview, is how they're able to create a harmonic melody that sounds much closer to a four piece band than it does to five men with just microphones. During any given song, they have a lead singer, two backup vocalists, a guy who sings bass lines, and a human beat box. And, when the sounds mix, you instantly forget there is not a single instrument involved.
And, what makes the group close to magical is the "percussionist." He makes drummers who use sticks and drums look incompetent for needing an entire set to produce sounds he can recreate using just his voice.
Prince tribute band, Purple Reign, has been a long-running entertainment fave in Las Vegas, appearing on and off The Strip over the years. And now the group is headed to a new hotel once again, after turning up at Hooters last November and before that conducting a brief stint at The D.
TripAdvisor user @jarrardp was the first to point out the change: