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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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Described as inspired by an "Eastern European glass factory," The new Chelsea would be the true concert venue The Cosmopolitan never had. The old, original Chelsea was just a ballroom. Complaints about the quality of its events were frequent. The new Chelsea had been planned for Cosmo and its current destiny all along. Somewhere along the line, though, it never happened.
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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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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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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.
Britney's still months away from taking the stage in her Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, but that's not stopping media outlets from seeking
Amy stories. Before we leave you for the week, we thought we'd share a few of the more interesting ones. Left on the editing floor, the articles where Brit Brit says she'll sing live. Happy reading. We'll see you back here on Monday!
●The Value of Overpaying Britney Spears in Las Vegas (Forbes, 10.04)
●Céline Dion Offers Britney Spears Words of Wisdom for Las Vegas Residency: "Try to Find an Emotional Balance" (E! Online, 10.2)
●Britney Spears and the New Allure of a Las Vegas Residency (Analysis) (Hollywood Reporter, 10.3)
●Viva Residencies: 19 Music Superstars Who Rocked Las Vegas (Hollywood Reporter, 10.3)
There was a huge drop in
VegasChatter worker productivity today when The Cosmopolitan announced a Bruno Mars residency and we, we mean, everyone started texting and emailing friends and family with the news. Or, so we assume.
After recovering from a dead swoon, this writer can now
reluctantly share the news that Mars will ring in the New Year at The Cosmo with concerts on December 29 and 31 in the resort's new Chelsea events venue. He'll return in February, May, and August for more performances. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 27 at 10 a.m. PDT and will start at $150 for the NYE shows and $95 for the 2014 dates (Feb. 15 and 16, May 23 and 24 and Aug. 22 and 23, specifically). Purchase via cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.
(PHOTO: The Cosmopolitan)
Even Britney knew this would be no surprise to anyone. Except Good Morning America which let us know we heard about Britney's Las Vegas residency there first earlier this morning. Planet Hollywood. Two years. Starting New Year's Eve weekend. General on sale this Friday, September 20 at 10 a.m. although Amex holders can purchase today and Total Rewards members can buy beginning September 19. Tickets range from $59 to $149, without tax. Four VIP packages will also be offered with unknown pricing at this time.
Here are the announced show dates so far:
December 2013: Friday, Dec. 27; Saturday, Dec. 28; Monday, Dec. 30; Tuesday, Dec. 31
January 2014: Wednesday, Jan. 29; Friday, Jan. 31
February 2014: Saturday, Feb. 1; Tuesday, Feb. 4; Friday, Feb. 7; Saturday, Feb. 8; Wednesday, Feb. 12; Friday, Feb. 14; Saturday, Feb. 15; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Wednesday, Feb.19; Saturday, Feb. 22
Please.. oh, please.. oh, please.. let this be true so we can all move on with our
The Internets are starting to go cray cray (slipping into our assumed Britney speak) with news that Caesars Entertainment has reportedly invited employees to "come play a part in the biggest announcement in Las Vegas Entertainment History" on September 17.
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The Grammy winning rocker will do a mini-residency of 18 shows that will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. But, this won't be a stadium-type of show. Instead, Meat Loaf plans on using the intimate theater space for a "rare stripped down deconstruction" of his greatest hits including, “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” as well as “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light." Rare and deconstructed? Not sure that's what we want from our Meat Loaf, but we're still ready to eat him up.