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It's another grand opening, grand closing for Tropicana.
After debuting May 8, Trop's version of the Broadway hit, Mamma Mia!, has turned into a big miss. It's been announced the show will close August 3. We once had high hopes that the production would finally turn things around for the WTF-plagued property, but that changed after we actually saw it and felt the vocals (kind of a major thing here) did not stand out.
Shows / Entertainment / Vegas Residencies / Openings / Closings / Shania Twain / Caesars Palace / Venetian / Ray Charles: Georgia On My Mind / Clint Holmes / Jeff Foxworthy / Larry The Cable Guy / Planet Hollywood / Riviera / Matt Kazam / 40 Is Not The New 20 / → All Tags
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.
This is Vegas. Things open and close. And, oftentimes, both are greeted with the same level of enthusiasm. This closure, however, may go in the VegasChatter annals as the shittiest.
Saturday, Vegas Nocturne -- the entertainment portion of Rose.Rabbit.Lie.'s "grand social experiment" -- marked its final performance. Rumors of its closure were already in the wind so it wasn't a surprise. It was, however, a disappointment of horror scream proportions, especially to those who had experienced it and recognized it among the best of Las Vegas.
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!
Rio Las Vegas / Entertainment / Shows / Crown Theater / Tribute Shows / Michael Jackson / Michael Jackson ONE / MJ Live / → All Tags
In Vegas as in life, don’t judge a book by its cover. Or, a show by its venue. We’ll admit, we had reservations about the MJ Live show at the Crown Theater inside Rio. While the show itself sounded as appealing as any other tribute show, more so possibly because of the appeal of Michael Jackson’s music, the venue has been a bit cursed in recent years. It transformed from Club Rio in 2006 to Prince’s (well, the symbol’s) 3121 Nightclub for a few months before reopening as ND’s Fuego in 2009 (which didn’t last very long, either). Now, the round venue has regained a new life as a theater and is home to MJ Live and The Rat Pack is Back. But, enough with the Rio history lesson. The point is this venue has settled into its own and makes for a very comfortable theater. To celebrate MJ One’s second anniversary, it was high time we checked out the show that is enjoying more longevity than many of its competitors.
Not to be confused with Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil over at Mandalay Bay, MJ Live is a tribute show with live singing (duh, it says so in the name). While ONE is an amazing, big-budget Cirque production with spectacular choreography and elaborate sets, this writer actually found MJ Live to be more entertaining overall.
Until now, if you wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas, the night time was the right time. And, the only time. That changes this Sunday when Michael Jackson ONE, the one Cirque show we deemed you just can't miss, launches matinee performances on Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
The move means the production will only have one nighttime production on Sundays instead of two like the rest of the week. See it at 7 p.m. on Sundays if the matinee doesn't work. MJ ONE also can be viewed Saturdays through Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The show is dark Thursdays and Fridays. Tickets begin at $69 and can be purchased by calling 877.632.7400 or visiting CirqueDuSoleil.com/MJOne.
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Entertainment / Anniversaries / Shows / The Quad / Jeff Civillico / Recycled Percussion / Divas Las Vegas / Frank Marino / → All Tags
“If you build it, they will come.”
Unless, you’re renovating a casino. In that case, it gets really hard to lure people inside.. especially to the showrooms. But, three resident productions at The Quad have not only endured the chaos, but managed to stay afloat as the walls of the old Imperial Palace were finally jackhammered away (thank goodness). Now that the pounding has subsided (at least on the lower floors), the shows themselves have gotten a little nip and tuck, too. Sorry, Frank Marino. We couldn’t resist.
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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Before the show kicks off, a voice warns those of a “nervous disposition” that there will be platform boots and white spandex. Las Vegas: you’ve been warned! The upbeat musical that entertained audiences at Mandalay Bay is back with a brand new production at Tropicana.
Staged in the revamped and very comfortable Tropicana Theater, the fun and hilarious Mamma Mia will entertain all ages, though some of the racy jokes and language might not be appropriate for all audiences. Obviously, a musical based on the tunes of ABBA is going to be full of make-you-want-to-dance songs but this writer was unprepared for the amount of fun this show really brought to the table. The live band, though not visible to the crowd, really kicks it up a notch and heightens the overall experience. It’s a shame they’re not in a visible orchestra pit, but that would take out the primo seating in the front.
If you haven't dropped in yet, Vegas Nocturne and the larger Rose.Rabbit.Lie. experience is the most captivating, fun, delectable night out in Vegas you never knew you could have on The Strip. Where some may pop into this hotel for cocktails, that hotel for dinner, and yet another hotel for entertainment, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. offers all-in-one Vegas. The kind of Vegas you don't see coming, but has you eagerly coming back to see it again and again. You know, like being scolded by a magic dragon while wishing you could hold his pet dog. That's a story, however, for another day.
Ironically, the new Motown show at Riviera, Forever Motor City, kicks off with The Four Tops’ “It’s the Same Old Song.” It’s tough to judge a musical show for being formulaic when the genre isn’t exactly getting new songs. Forever Motor City is the same old song, but it’s a fun song that will put a smile on your face as you dance and sing along to the greatest songs the Motor City had to offer.
The show kicks off with a mini history lesson about Motown and its greatest artists before launching into a medley of snippets of greatest hits like “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).”
VegasChatter Reviews / Entertainment / Shows / Louie Anderson / Plaza / Downtown Las Vegas / Downtown / → All Tags
Comedian Louie Anderson’s Vegas career has been on a bit of a downturn lately. Four plus years of "Larger Than Life" at Excalibur were followed by three at off-Strip Palace Station with "Big Baby Boomer/LOL." His self-named theater at Palace Station was eventually closed. Now, Louie has settled downtown in the troubled showroom at the Plaza with "Louie Anderson Live!"
Does that mean, though, that his current residency is unworthy of your time? Not necessarily.