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The Vegas PR machine was in high gear today cranking out entertainment news from up and down The Strip. From the coming end of Twain's resident twang to another new show for the Riv, here's a roundup of what's closing and what's just ahead:
○Shania Twain will stop stealing the limelight from Celine Dion by year's end. (Twain was recently named best resident performer by a Vegas publication so you know sh*t was getting serious.) Her two-year residency at Caesars Palace will officially mark its last night December 13. Tickets for the final 16 shows -- ten dates in October and six in December -- are on sale now. She's also here for a short run beginning tomorrow. Catch Shania July 22-23 and 25-26 if you can't wait that long to see her feel like a woman. Tickets begin at $55.
7.28 Update: Once due to premiere July 28, this production will now debut Monday, August 11 at 7 p.m.
It's probably not a good sign when the link provided for a new Vegas show opens up to a Go Daddy page.
Viva Veracruz! The Show will open at Planet Hollywood in the PH Showroom on July 28. Tickets will go on sale July 14. It's touted as the American debut of a "window to the beautiful and magical folklore of Veracruz, Mexico." That's cool and all, but it's also a window into the increasingly random nature of Planet Hollywood's bookings. The resort came out strong with PH Live and Britney as well as subsequent concerts and mini residencies but now apparently wants to us to know it has culture!... puppets!... and hot babes, too!
Now that word is officially out on Jeff Dunham's upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood (it'll be our secret that you heard it here first in May), all the fine print has been released. The ventriloquist will perform six shows a week November 28 through May 31, 2015.
Entitled "JEFF DUNHAM: Not Playing with a Full Deck," tickets are now available. To access yours before they go on sale to the general public this June 18, visit Ticketmaster and use the code "ACHMED." Admission is priced at $72, but once you add in tax and fees that ends up being 98 bucks (rounding up from $97.65).
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Earlier this year, we wondered if the Purple Reign was coming to an end at Planet Hollywood. A few weeks later, we also reported on the likelihood Jeff Dunham would become PHamous this November as part of a Las Vegas residency. We can now confirm both.
Pretty much the female equivalent of Thunder From Down Under, the revue featuring "Australia's sexiest and most provocative" ladies will premiere July 7 in the PH Showroom. A press release goes on to herald the production as a "perfect blend of Victoria's Secret meets Moulin Rouge." I don't know about you, but I'm hoping that means my ticket stub is good for ten percent off at VS inside Miracle Mile after the show.
Tickets, priced at $39, $59, $79 (good luck) and $99 (ditto), go on sale June 9 at 10 a.m. The 75-minute performance will run Thursdays through Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Attendees must be 18 or older.
The pop queen's residency is selling out so much that she's adding new show dates to keep up with demand. This Friday, May 16, tickets will go on sale for extra performances in August and September as well as for dates in October, November, December and even February of next year. (Pre-sale tix will be available starting tomorrow to Amex cardholders and Total Rewards members.) Exact dates are listed below.
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Watch out, Fator. Another puppet master is looking to pull the (purse) strings of Vegas tourists.
When the part fright attraction, part nightclub, part wedding venue, Goretorium, closed last fall after only one year of business, quite a few couples were upset because they were left without a place to express their dying love. But, there's good news for brides who prefer red to white: A new non-traditional wedding venue is picking up where the Goretorium left off.
Evil Dead: The Musical, the official live stage show of the cult classic at the V Theater in Miracle Mile, features undead ushers and interactive scenes that spray blood out over the crowd. Now, intermission is about to become more entertaining as gory wedding ceremonies and vow renewals will be held on-stage in front of fellow Evil Dead fans.
Everyone's fave Prince tribute show has been hard to pin down of late, jumping to stages both on and off the Strip. After landing at Planet Hollywood last September, VegasChatter reader Tommy in Toledo informs us that Purple Reign's time at the resort may be coming to an end.
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There's nothing like shopping in Vegas, amiright? While we're all still anxiously awaiting Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops, Tropicana's shops, TI's shops, and shopping at other coming soon shops, there are now three new retail venues to check out while on The Strip.
Marvel at a pop-up shop for Ink and Vector at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. We're actually a bit geeked out over this one. Fans of brands ranging from Marvel Comics and The Walking Dead to My Little Pony, Transformers, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars should head here immediately to check out merchandise they would otherwise need to purchase online.
We're hearing the rock icon will be Phamous once again early May through late June (starting May 6 and running through June 21) so watch for new ticket sales if you've been meaning to go. Meat Loaf is part of the resort's Rocktails and Cocktails music series which is kinda like a concert mixed with storytelling. The Jacksons were also a part of the series, but just ended their run at Planet Hollywood early. In their case, we're not expecting a return.
Update: Well, that escalated quickly. Dates are confirmed via Ticketmaster.