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Re-Animator Is A Bloody Good Time At The Smith Center

January 13, 2015 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cheers to George Wendt as a zombie!

If you’re a fan of Evil Dead: The Musical, it’s a safe bet you’ll also like Re-Animator: The Musical at The Smith Center’s Troesh Theater. The musical is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Re-Animator,” a cult classic like its fellow horror/comedy musical, “Evil Dead.”

If you’re a fan of campy horror, this is definitely the show for you. Even if you’re not, you’re likely to be amused by the humorous lyrics, plotlines and over-the-top silliness. This is not serious theater like Shakespeare by any means, but it is well-acted and the puppets and costumes are great. Think costume contest winners. You’ll likely leave wanting to be Dr. Hill and his dismembered, re-animated body for Halloween next year.

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Dream Away The Time In Downtown Vegas

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave. [map], 89106
August 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

In Downtown Vegas, The Smith Center is a very classy place, known for bringing the stage to Sin City. Whether it be a hilarious, but blasphemous comedy, a Broadway show that brought kinky boots to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or just something that can only be described as "Shrektacular," the venue's Art Deco halls offer something for everyone, but are rarely graced by high-profile fine arts. Despite our image as a city of wild abandon and debauchery, we do have stunning jazz, philharmonic orchestras, and the incredible Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) troupe.

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2014 PRIDE To Be Sleeker, 'Kinky'-er

August 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.

If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).

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Get Some Culture And An Art Deco Eyeful On The Smith Center’s Free Tour

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave. [map], 89106
June 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

Front row seats to Book of Mormon might not be in everybody’s budget, but did you know you can check out The Smith Center for free? By check out we don’t mean a full-fledged show, but zero dollars buys you an interesting docent-led tour of one of the most beautiful buildings in Las Vegas.

A short cab ride from The Strip or an even shorter one from Fremont Street, The Smith Center is one of the most interesting and unique buildings in Las Vegas. Home to Symphony Park, Reynolds Hall and Bowman Pavilion which houses the Troesh Studio Theater and Cabaret Jazz, the campus glorifies the unique architecture of the Art Deco age.

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At The Smith Center, Great, Cheap Book Of Mormon Seats Available If You Feel Lucky

June 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tie optional for the lottery.

A little bit of South Park comes to The Smith Center tonight when The Book of Mormon kicks off a run through July 6. The popular musical is a multiple Tony award winner from the same folks behind the also popular Comedy Central cartoon. So popular is the BOM (think about it...) that the show will institute a same-day tickey lottery, a system it has successfully used in other cities as well.

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Shakespeare's 'Tempest' Washes Ashore In Vegas And It's Magical

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave [map], 89106
April 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

One of the things Las Vegas gets criticized for is its lack of culture. It is a relatively new place without the historical roots of New York or Chicago, and culture takes time. While big Strip casinos occasionally showcase a Broadway production like Avenue Q or Jersey Boys, we are usually stuck with some variation of French Canadian sky ballet.

In Downtown Vegas, 2012 saw the introduction of The Smith Center, providing the valley with a guaranteed spot for live theatre to reach a new audience. It is here that Las Vegas legend Teller (of famed magic act Penn & Teller), working with longtime theatre partner Aaron Posner and Harvard’s American Repetory Theatre, has brought a new twist on a famous production to a town that has probably never seen it.

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'The Tempest' To Bring Classic Shakespeare With A Twist To Smith Center

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave. [map], 89106
March 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

When one thinks classic Shakespeare, Tom Waits is probably pretty far removed from the topic. After seeing (and hearing) a glimpse of what’s to come when The Tempest arrives at The Smith Center's Symphony Park, it’s now almost impossible to imagine the tale of romance and vengeance without a soundtrack by Waits.

The plaintive vocals and steady, drudging beats the singer is known for give powerful support to Shakespeare’s poetic writing. The music is brought to life with a four-piece band and instruments created by Kenny Wollesen. Because so many of the instruments in this production are created uniquely for it, The Tempest will truly be unlike anything you have ever heard before. Music by Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits is not the only unusual aspect of this production. Teller, of the Rio’s headlining duo Penn & Teller, has offered his magic expertise to give this show an extra kick.

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The Smith Center Is Ready To Get Kinky With It

February 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin in some Kinky Boots.

The Smith Center is ready to get a leg up on the Broadway Series to come. The downtown performing arts center has announced its full schedule of shows set to begin August 2014 and continue through May 2014 and we're, once again, geeked out about it.

This season will bring nine productions to Downtown Vegas, ranging from the touring debut of Kinky Boots to the return of Wicked. Tickets will be available to season subscribers beginning March 3. The general public will be able to purchase new subscriptions beginning May 12. Individual tickets will be announced at a later date.

Here's a complete rundown of what to expect and when as well as video previews from their Broadway counterparts:

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On Valentine's Weekend, We'll Always Have Paris At The Smith Center

January 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Screenings of Casablanca will be shown on Valentine's weekend at The Smith Center, but it's not the plot of the movie that will have hearts pounding -- it's the fact that the musical score will be performed live by an orchestra.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic, South Nevada's only professional symphony orchestra, is about to make two things happen simultaneously: A classic film appear even more classic, and make a holiday all about love even more romantic.

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John Legend Is Coming to The Smith Center (Eee!)

Where: 361 Symphony Park [map], 89106
January 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

A lot of money is going into the redevelopment of Downtown Las Vegas to lure not just tourists, but locals, too. It's not as if downtown has been ignored by any means of late, but it still lives in the shadow of the Strip for many.

So, we think it's quite a coup for The Smith Center to land a concert by none other than John Legend over a Strip property or even over the Joint at Hard Rock or the Pearl at the Palms.

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The Shat Coming To The Smith

January 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

Star Trek fans will probably fill the front row, but the appeal of William Shatner’s one-man show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It, will go well beyond science fiction.

On January 20, the 90-minute production will come to The Smith Center. Shatner will lead the audience through his life and career, from his time as a Shakespearean stage actor in the mid-50s to his current status as an internationally recognized entertainer. The promotional video swirling around doesn't give us much to go on, but a recent review painted one hell of a picture:

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Tony Hsieh To Take To Smith Center Stage

August 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Like this, minus the computer.

No matter which side your opinion falls in the great debate, it's hard to argue against the fact that Tony Hsieh has had a large part in defining the current and future states of Downtown Vegas. His interest in community and transforming the area into more than what Fremont has traditionally offered earned him runner-up in VegasChatter's Favorite Celeb category in 2011 before others jumped on the bandwagon.

Between inspiring theaters, investing in nachos, land grabs, or Spiking Gold into shuffleboard, bean bags and beers (among a host of countless other Downtown Project ventures), Hsieh keeps tirelessly busy. And, all while readying to move 1,500 Zappos employees into their new downtown digs before year's end.

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