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Steve Wynn, the gaming mogul who brought us Bellagio, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Wynn and Encore here in Las Vegas, is about to introduce another showstopper to the Vegas Strip. In fact, make that showstoppers, plural. And, with a capital "s."
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If you’re wondering what’s Shakin’ at Planet Hollywood these days, head to Sin City Theatre on the mezz level to find out. Broadway performer and most recently a cast member of VEGAS! The Show, Eric Jordan Young, has set out on his own with his new production, Shakin'.
The high-energy show allows Young a chance to run through a laundry list of his favorites ranging from “Proud Mary” to “Old Black Magic,” which was one of his standard numbers from VEGAS! The Show. He runs through some Rat Pack classics like “Under My Skin” and pays special tribute to his idol, Sammy Davis Jr. with songs like “Candy Man.”
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You’ve only got a few more months to enjoy the Tangerine Honey of Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno. (Minds out of gutters, people.) In case you’re unfamiliar, that’s an original track by the ivory-tickling performer who is among the first to bring a headlining show with original tunes to the Strip in the modern era.
After nearly 600 shows in his three years at Stratosphere, the north Strip casino will part ways with Moreno about a year ahead of when his contract was supposed to end. After a successful first year, the show’s contract was extended through October 2015, but his final show will be December 20 of this year.
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If you’re wondering what will be taking Jan Rouven’s spot at Riviera, the wait is over. Dirk Arthur's Wild Illusions! is the second show with an exclamation point to hit the Strip. Opening December 1, Arthur is no stranger to the Las Vegas stage, having headlined at Tropicana and O’Shea’s in the past.
This version of his show promises dancers, comedy, magic and, of course, tigers. In a press release, Arthur joked that he’s happy Riviera is a pet-friendly hotel since he’ll be bringing in some big cats. Just this spring Arthur’s own pet friendliness was questioned as the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the performer’s shows in Reno and Laughlin for declawing large cats and for the poor conditions in which his animals resided, like rusty cages and dwellings that were too small. Arthur corrected the issues, but PETA is still not on board.
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Prince tribute act Purple Reign continues its rule of Las Vegas from a new home at Westgate. It’s hard to name a casino this show hasn’t been in during its 15-year run. Most recently at The D and at Planet Hollywood before that, tribute artist Jason Tenner and his almost too convincing act have now set up shop in the Shimmer Showroom at Westgate. His falsetto could rival Mariah Carey's dog whistle, likely aided by his incredibly tight pants.
This intimate showroom is a great venue for the show. The sides don’t extend much past the stage so there are no awkward angles and the tiered seating means there’s a good view, even from the back by the bar. The drum kit is up in the air too, so you literally can see every performer easily. With costumes as flashy as these, you surely wouldn’t want to miss any details.
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If you're bummed you never got the chance to experience Vegas Nocturne at The Cosmo (abrupt closure and subsequent lawsuit detailed here and here) or just miss it, here's another way to make it appear again (although, not out of a saucy gal's merkin.)
For two nights only on October 15-16, the Slipper Room in New York will host a reprisal of the short-lived but certain to be long-remembered (if we have anything to do about it) production:
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Performers are excitedly reporting to Wynn this week for what a casting call described earlier this year as a 'Broadway-style' production. Wynn ID badges are now being proudly shared on social as the cast assembles ahead of the show's debut.
Actress/singer Lauren Molina -- who has been seen on Broadway in Sweeney Todd and Rock of Ages, according to Wikipedia, and is known for her role in The Skivvies (best explained by watching the video below) -- has been sharing her enthusiasm for being part of the production on social, describing it as featuring "4 other fabulous singers, 28 dancers, a 30 piece orchestra and so much sparkly jewelry that there will need to be strobe warnings." Even more interesting is that her commitment seems to only be six months, indicating the show will likely boast a revolving cast of featured singers.
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Snoop at TAO, Tony and Gaga at Cosmo and Adam at Mandalay. New Year's Eve in Vegas will, once again, require a Magic 8 ball when it comes to deciding whether you should grab tickets for a specific event now, or wait to see what else is in store.
This afternoon it was announced that Maroon 5 will ring in 2015 with not one, but two concerts at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, December 30 and Wednesday, December 31. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. PT and range from $99.50 to $224.50 (tax and fees, of course, not included.) M Life members will be able to snatch up their tickets before anyone else with a pre-sale running Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. til Friday, October 10 at 10 p.m.
We're hearing that orientation begins today for the show; but, so far, not a peep has been said about it from official channels so we don't know what it's called, what it's about nor when it premieres. While we're sure its cast is under strict contract to keep a lid on details, we've seen quite a few excited posts on social media from people who aren't "allowed to say," but are expressing their joy about being involved.
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We'll have to wait a tad longer to see what singer and dancer Eric Jordan Young’s got “Shakin’” in the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood. Young’s new show has been pushed back a week to get all the details finalized. It will now open Saturday, October 4.
The former Vegas! The Show standout will now have his own show. Expect a live band and modern renditions of popular pop, rock, funk, R&B and jazz songs as Young puts his own spin on classic hits with the help of other Broadway-caliber co-directors and technical crew.
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Raiding the Rock Vault has seen its ups and downs at
LVH Westgate. Las Vegas Sun’s John Katsilometes has followed the saga as one of the show’s creators, Asia frontman and bassist John Payne, was given the glam rock boot this summer by fellow Raiding the Rock Vault producer Harry Cowell. Other performers have come and gone over the show’s run. Of course, many of them were only contracted for short stints, but several of the more longstanding performers have had their contracts come to early ends.
Tonight will be the last performance of Raiding the Rock Vault, according to Westgate hotel officials. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a literal rock of ages, as in it takes guests through a rock’n’roll odyssey with a sampling of hits from the various eras. All the music is performed live by musicians and singers who used to make up the likes of bands such as Bon Jovi, the aforementioned Asia, LA Guns, The Offspring, Heat, Deep Purple, Quiet Riot, and many others. You might think it’s like a pre-retirement home for washed-up rockers, but this writer didn’t find that to be true. I’ve seen the show several times and was always impressed by the level of musicianship. The odd storyline the show struggled to incorporate seemed a little cumbersome, but the music was great. I’ll probably see it again at its new home at Tropicana where it begins November 1.
Openings / Downtown Vegas / Limelight / Plaza / Burlesque / Downtown / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
The trouble with approaching anything with any sort of expectation is you’ll often be let down. Even if your own preconceived notions are all you’re battling, a good show might not live up to expectations based on your past experiences with the venue, a given performer, director, etc. It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised and even better to be (borderline) blown away!
Limelight opened this past weekend at Plaza in Downtown Vegas. With it came the stigma of the venue’s failed productions and the challenge of getting people to go see a downtown show in the first place. Luckily, this isn’t your average burlesque revue. For starters, it’s from LA producers so it’s literally bringing a fresh perspective to Vegas.