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Things Get Shakin' A Little Later Than Expected At Planet Hollywood

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Millionaire Chess Coming To Planet Hollywood

September 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

Las Vegas is known for being home to gaming tournaments with large prize pools. The World Series of Poker is probably the biggest tournament in Las Vegas in terms of money and length of time. We’re still two months away from a champion being crowned at WSOP. It’s football season and the SuperContest at Westgate may be the current focus for most big gamblers. Well, there’s a new million-dollar tournament coming to Las Vegas and it doesn’t even involve a casino game.

The Millionaire Chess Open (Millionaire Chess) is different from other open chess tournaments. The first seven rounds of every section will be a qualifying period to determine who plays the finals on what will be called Millionaire Monday. (Has a nice ring to it like WSOP's November Nine!) Four finalists will move on to play two knock-out rounds to determine who wins the top prize. The last two rounds of the open section will also be played on Millionaire Monday to determine who wins 5th place and under, as well as to give players a chance to acquire norms. In the other sections, the tournament will be officially over by Sunday night, October 12, for players who did not make it to Millionaire Monday.

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Eric Jordan Young Is Shakin' Things Up At Planet Hollywood

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

EJY gets his own show at Planet Hollywood.

This Vegas-based writer has family members who were Broadway producers yet I’ve never seen a show on Broadway, or even been to the Big Apple yet. For now, I’m obviously curious about what NYC has to offer, but I’m more than happy with the Broadway-caliber singers and dancers who grace the stages of various Las Vegas shows nightly.

A sucker for powerful voices and exuberant smiling faces, I’ve long been a fan of Eric Jordan Young, a former lead vocalist in VEGAS! The Show. In that role, he took on a wide range of songs from famous singers like Sammy Davis Jr. and Sonny Bono. Since leaving VEGAS! The Show, Young has kept busy with various projects including prepping for his new show: Shakin' - Classic Vegas Remixed with a Twist.

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From The Resort Fee Department: Increases And The Disappearance Of An Opt-Out

August 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (24)

It's been almost a month since our last resort fees story so, you know, it's time. And, not to disappoint, we have updates for you from both sides of The Strip.

The first came to us from VegasChatter tipster Duane D. who writes:

I just booked a room at Harrah’s through Expedia and found out later that they will want another $24.64 PER DAY up from the $18.00 shown on your list. This is a big rip off so I will (be) cancelling the room until they smarten up.

It is not the costs that is the problem, but to quote one price and then virtually double it for very dubious reasons makes it unethical. Even if they have covered their themselves legally, which they have, does not make it right. Whatever happened to the theory of just getting people there and then hosing them in the casinos – we all know that happens and are prepared for it but to expect more in other ways is just too much.Good luck to them.

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Vegas Is Officially Festival Crazy

August 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

iHeart Radio. Amplified. Desert Hops. Route 91. Life is Beautiful.

Music lovers. Grape lovers. Beer lovers. Downtown lovers.

No matter your tastes or your interests, it seems as if Las Vegas will have a festival just for you before year's end. And, we've three more options for you to ponder while trying to decide which events are can't miss and which should be shuffled over to the 'maybe next time' pile. We've already mentioned a few here on Chatter, but have compiled them all together in an at-a-glance format before. The three fests we've yet to mention have been highlighted in blue.

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Entertainment Roundup: Still The One, But Not For Long To Georgia On Our Mind

July 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

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At Planet Hollywood, Viva Veracruz And Viva Discounts

July 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (7)

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!

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Will You Pay $98 To See Jeff Dunham's Residency At Planet Hollywood?

Where: 89109
June 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM | by | Comments (13)

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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CONFIRMED: Purple Reign Out At Planet Hollywood, Jeff Dunham On Way In

June 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM | by | Comments (5)

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.

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Ever Wish For A Female Version Of Thunder From Down Under?

Where: 89109
June 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (7)

Sydney After Dark is coming to Planet Hollywood because there's an opening, obviously.

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.

(IMAGE: SydneyAfterDark.com)

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Vegas To Get More Pieces Of Britney

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
May 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (8)

Britney is taking her own lyrical advice to heart and stepping up her Vegas game.

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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Miracle Mile Sprucing Up Neglected South-Facing Facade

Where: 89109
May 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (10)

Unless you're staying at the Marriott Grand Chateau, there's not much cause to think about Miracle Mile's south-facing facade. Since Krave left, there's been even less.

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