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You know those old Hair Club for Men commercials that said, “I’m not just the president of Hair Club for Men; I’m also a client”? Well, the same might be said of Suzanne Somers and her beloved Thigh Master because her legs looked damn good on stage in her new show, "Suzanne Sizzles", at Westgate. It’s crazy to think they belong to a 68-year-old.
I’ll admit, I didn’t have very high hopes for this show. I’ll also admit I was pretty impressed. No, she’s not Celine Dion but she’s quite the entertainer. Her between-song banter included funny stories of hanging out in Frank Sinatra’s dressing room during her first run of Vegas shows ages ago plus the tales of how Johnny Carson helped elevate her status with frequent appearances on his show. She’s full of humor and the right dose of self-deprecation.
Auditions / The Strip / Vegas Jobs / Blue Man Group / Shows / → All Tags
If you’re feeling blue this week, you can use it to your advantage. Blue Man Group is hosting a national open call to find performers for its shows in Orlando, Las Vegas, Boston and Chicago. If you’re musically talented and not opposed to large amounts of body paint, head over to Monte Carlo’s Blue Man Theater on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Despite the title of the show, the audition is open to male and female performers. Ideal candidates must have experience with physical theater and improvisation. Remember, the Blue Men don’t speak so you’ve got to be good at nonverbal storytelling. And marshmallow consumption. And Twinkies.
Another day, another diva residency announced in Vegas.
The latest lady to take the stage is Jennifer Lopez who will kick off her Vegas residency on January 20, 2016 at Planet Hollywood in the AXIS Theater. Rumors have been swirling about a JLo residency since 2012 but this time, it's really happening. And the timing is good as American Idol, JLo's most recent gig, just got cancelled.
"I've been preparing for this moment my entire life,” said Lopez. “The show is going to be a multifaceted high energy Jenny from the Block party, mixing all aspects of what my fans and I love - Dance, Hip Hop, Latin and Pop. It’s going to be the show I’ve always dreamt of creating.”
The show plans on featuring all her hit songs, along with a live band and dancers and of course, extravagant costumes. No word on whether Pitbull makes an appearance.
Tickets for the first 20 performances will go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. PT. American Express® Card Members can actually purchase tickets today starting at 10 a.m. PT through Friday, May 15 at 10 p.m. PT. An exclusive pre-sale for Total Rewards members will also be available starting Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. PT.
Here are the dates for the show should you want to plan your next trip about JLo. Every show will start at 9pm and run nearly two hours. This will also be your only chance to see Lopez perform live in North America during this time.
House of Blues / Heart / Mandalay Bay / Shows / Concerts / The 90s are Back / → All Tags
It was a rainy night...
Sister rockers, Ann and Nancy Wilson, who came on the scene in the 70s with their band, Heart, and rocked on through the 80s, before leaving their mark on one very impressionable Jersey girl in 1990 with this song, are gearing up for a mini-residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
The dates for Heart are August 13, 14 and 15 as well as November 19, 20 and 21. Tickets start at $65 and go up to $650 for the "Up Close and Personal Package" which includes two tickets at a premium table, a prix fixe dinner for two at Foundation Room, priority access into Music Hall, six drink tickets or bottle of wine, a HEART shaped box of chocolates, limited edition event poster and two VIP Lanyards. Sorry, making love to you is not included.
Also, if you were thinking of bringing back the 80s for these concerts, just note that House of Blues has this restriction on these items:
No professional cameras, wallet chains & studded belts or jewelry.
Not even heart-shaped jewelry? How is this possible to enforce???
The U.S. debut of the Brazil-based Rock in Rio music festival is here at last. Although the weather may not be ideal (the forecast has a high of 63 degrees with a possible shower and thunderstorm later tonight), the crowds are ready to rock. But they need some instructions first.
Rock in Rio has posted a slew of new information on their website today, including ticket pick-up directions and the full set line-up for this weekend and next. Here's the pertinent info:
WHO'S PLAYING AND WHEN
Taking the stage tonight at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on the North Strip, near Sahara and Las Vegas Boulevards, are No Doubt and Foster the People while Metallica and Linkin Park will headline tomorrow. The following weekend is the Pop Weekend which will see everyone's bestie Taylor Swift perform on Friday night, with Ed Sheeran and Jessie J. On Saturday, Vegas lover Bruno Mars will perform, followed by Sam Smith (
tentatively out due to surgery) and John Legend. Both nights will have many more artists performing but unfortunately, there are no set times available. It's best to use the age-old concert wisdom which is the biggest name will come out last.
Update: A helpful commenter let us know that the set times can be seen here.
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Miss Mariah Carey kicked off what will be a two-year residency (over 50 shows) last night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Mariah #1 to Infinity includes all 18 of Carey’s number one hit singles in chronological order from 1990 to 2008, beginning with Vision of Love. She also debuted a new song Infinity, which she sang live for the first time.
Carey had six costume changes and one hair change during the almost two-hour performance. On-stage entrances included a pink 1950’s style car car for Dreamlover, and a jet ski for Honey (because, of course.) We didn’t attend the show last night (we will at a later date) but we do have spies all over town who attended. Word is she interacted with audience, made fun of herself, walked through the crowd, brought an audience member on stage, and was humble throughout the whole show.
Crazy Girls / Theft / Crime / Shows / Riviera / Planet Hollywood / → All Tags
UPDATE: Fox5 reports that the truck wasfound but the items inside were missing.
Yesterday, the iconic "Crazy Girls" butts statue outside The Riviera was taken down and moved to Planet Hollywood where the show (and butts) will live on. That's the good news. The bad news is that someone apparently stole the Crazy Girls costumes and props in the early hours of Monday morning.
According to the show's Facebook page, a white truck with a flatbed was caught on a security camera driving away with a big black box. The show's publicist, Wayne Bernath, told Fox5Vegas that following the show's final performance at the Riviera on Friday, all items were placed in a truck (not the one pictured here) and stored at Stage Crew Productions near Paradise and East Sunset roads. Apparently, the thieves broke a window on the truck and then hotwired it, thus driving off with all the show items, over $300,000 worth.
Who wants "Crazy Girls" costume items? We have no idea. Maybe they were hoping the butts were in the truck. As the investigation and recovery efforts continue (the show's producer has put out a reward for the items return), word is the show's debut at Planet Hollywood, set for May 13, may now be delayed. Eek.
[Photo via Crazy Girls/Facebook]
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With the shutter of the Riviera just days away (doors close at noon on Monday), at least one of its resident shows has found a new home.
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting Crazy Girls will live to see another cheeky (ahem) day with an agreement in place to appear center Strip at Planet Hollywood. Vegas gossip Robin Leach reports the long-running show will take over the Sin City Theater beginning May 13.
Off Strip / Westgate Las Vegas / Elvis / Openings / Shows / Wedding Chapels / Tribute Shows / Entertainment / Graceland / → All Tags
Elvis is back in the building. That’s the slogan Westgate Las Vegas is going with, though, they seem to forgotten about headliner Trent Carlini who performed as Elvis for a long run before the new "Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience." Their newest, multi-faceted Elvis extravaganza has gotten the stamp of approval from Graceland and both Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley were on hand for opening night.
The full experience includes the new Elvis Presley’s Graceland wedding chapel (featuring wedding and vow renewal packages) and the first permanent Elvis exhibition outside of Graceland. More on the exhibition in a forthcoming post. The third part of the Elvis overload is a stage production show. On the 59th anniversary of Elvis’ first performance in the building, then the International, the new show kicked off.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 20:
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Blue Man Group is one of those Las Vegas shows that's always been around (15 years in Vegas) and has moved around a bit (most recently from Venetian to Monte Carlo a couple years ago), but rarely seems to land atop a majority of must-see lists. While I'd seen a Boston version several years ago, I couldn't have said the same for the Vegas installment until a couple recent events changed that.
Visiting friends who had also seen the Boston blue men were excited to see the Monte Carlo show and loved it. They relayed that, while the concept was the same and several show bits similar, enough was different to keep it fresh. Not long after, Blue Men Group announced some new bits to their Vegas show. So, it was time to finally see if it was Pappagiorgio-worthy.
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The 1993 movie, Rudy, consistently rates as one of the best sports movies of all-time and still earns a deserving spot in any man cave more than two decades after its release. The film, about current Las Vegas resident Rudy Ruettiger, chronicles a 5' 6", 165-pound underdog who dreamt of playing Notre Dame football in the 70s.
The film and Rudy's story remains so popular that the sixty-something Ruettiger continues to be a motivational speaker today. His current show, Voices of Rudy: The Journey to the Movie, hits The Smith Center April 25.