"All I Have"
COMEDIAN-MAGICIAN MAC KING EXTENDS HIS HARRAH'S RUN!
WHY DON'T WE’ WILL MAKE TOUR STOP AT THE PALMS
ZHU AT THE PEARL
HARD ROCK RESORT WILL BECOME VIRGIN BRANDED HOTEL
Zac Brown Band
"As She's Walking Away"
Tickets: Starting at $200.00 (plus fees)
The Pearl Concert Theater
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Donny & Marie
September 21st...September 22nd
Tickets: $95.00...$109.00...$125.00 (plus fees)
Donny & Marie Showroom
Flamingo Hotel & Casinio
3555 Las Vegas Blvd.
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
"This Girl is a Woman Now"
September 21st...September 22nd
Tickets: $29.00...$49.00...$129.00 (plus fees)
129 E. Fremont Street
"Nights in White Satin"
"Your Wildest Dreams"
September 21st...September 22nd
Tickets: $59.50 to $275.00 (plus fees)
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Queen & Adam Lambert
September 21st...September 22nd
Tickets: $72.48 to $350.00 (plus fees)
Park / MGM
3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South
"All I Have"
"All I Have"
"Waiting for Tonight"
September 21st...September 22nd
Tickets: $109.00 to $900.00 (plus fees)
3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South
COMEDIAN-MAGICIAN MAC KING EXTENDS HIS HARRAH'S RUN!
Las Vegas headliner Mac King, now in his record-breaking 19th year at Harrah's, has extended his “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” for four more years through 2022.
He is now the longest running act performing at the same hotel in Las Vegas history.
King takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre.
Tickets start at $34.95.
A few of King's many achievements include being named Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, a Guinness Book of World Records holder, and having the distinction of being the only performer to have appeared on all five of NBC's “World's Greatest Magic” shows.
King's astounding sleight-of-hand and humor has been seen both live and on television in more than a dozen foreign countries.
In 2011, he launched Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour in conjunction with the Public Education Foundation and the Reading is Fundamental program to promote childhood literacy.
MAGICAL MEMORIES DIMENSIONS CELEBRATES OPENING AT FORUM SHOPS
A three-day public celebration is being held Sept. 21-23 for the official grand opening of Magical Memories Dimensions at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
This store differs from the nearby flagship gallery Magical Memories featuring Disney Fine Art, by showcasing original 3D works by a variety of artists.
The new visual art outlet's multi-day opening event will begin with a Grand Opening party benefiting The Animal Foundation at both stores from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 with refreshments, live art demonstrations and signings by artists Paige O'Hara, Cris Woloszak, John Ramirez and Manuel Hernandez, and a drawing to win Tim Rogerson's canine-inspired artwork “Disney Dogs.”
On Saturday and Sunday starting at noon, the featured artists will be presenting live art demonstrations, signings and free drawing classes at the original Disney Fine Art store. Check online for the schedule.
Also note artist O'Hara was the original “Beauty and the Beast” voice cast member.
On their 2019 North American headlining tour, new pop sensations Why Don't We will include a stop at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Ticket range is $35.95 to $79.95.
The breakout quintet's tour will support Why Don't We's debut just-released, full-length album, “8 Letters.”
A worldwide phenomenon, the album topped charts in more than 20 more territories around the globe.
Members of the group range in age from 17-20 years old.
MADAME TUSSAUDS OPENS TEAM-BASED VIRTUAL REALITY ADVENTURE!
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas...
...is unveiling its newest team-based virtual reality adventure.
In partnership with Virtual Room USA, the collaborative virtual reality experience allows two to four people to participate in up to four, 15-minute timed challenges all the while communicating with teammates.
The game mission set in the year 2217 has a team set off on a journey through historical moments, solving puzzles and challenges along the way.
Together, teams will explore Ancient Egypt and the Medieval Ages, come face-to-face with dinosaurs and journey to the moon, under the ocean and beyond… while trying to save the world.
Virtual Room is sold as an upgrade with tickets costing $12.
The experience is designed for players ages 12 years and up.
WHITNEY CUMMINGS WILL HEADLINE COMEDY CELLAR AT RIO
Comedian Whitney Cummings will make a return visit to Las Vegas for four performances at the Comedy Cellar at the Rio on Mondays and Tuesdays, Nov. 12-13.
Tickets are $45.
Cummings also an actress, writer and producer has performed in stand-up specials for Comedy Central and HBO; created and starred in the NBC series “Whitney;” co-written and co-created the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy series “2 Broke Girls;” and was an executive producer on the ABC revival of “Roseanne.” “
The Female Brain” was her film directorial debut, and her first book is “I'm Fine…and Other Lies.”
The Comedy Cellar is an exact replica of the underground Greenwich Village club, including the brick wall and stained glass, low-ceiling design and full food and drink menu from the club's sister bar and late-night hangout The Fat Black Pussycat.
MANILOW EXTENDS HIS WESTGATE SHOW INTO 2019
... confirms his hit show “Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home!” is extended at the Westgate through 2019.
The award-winning singer-songwriter has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide.
He is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists.
His 85-minute show, which debuted last May, celebrates Manilow's greatest hits, which includes an amazing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 No. 1 tunes and 27 Top 10 hits.
Ticket range is from $39.75 to $329.75.
AEROSMITH DECLARES RESIDENCY AT NEW PARK MGM!
Legendary rock band Aerosmith...
... will launch their Las Vegas-residency “Deuces Are Wild” on April 6, 2019, at the Park Theater inside the new Park MGM, and are currently scheduled through July 9.
Tickets for 18 shows priced from $75 to $750, go on sale Aug. 24.
HOUSE OF BLUES ANNOUNCES NEW 2019 DATES FOR SANTANA
New dates in 2019 have been announced for Carlos Santana's residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, which will mark the seventh year of his intimate, love concert there.
Dates are Jan. 23, 25-27, 30-21 and Feb. 1-2.
Santana returns to the House of Blues on Sept. 12 with shows running through mid-November.
Tickets start at $99.50.
SMITH CENTER INITIATES WORLD STAGE PACKAGE
The Smith Center's new World Stage Package...
.... is offering three upcoming international shows:
Mexican dance company Ballet Folklórico de México
Japanese taiko drum ensemble Kodo
Israeli percussion dance troupe Mayumana
The three-show deal starts at $89.
CRISS ANGEL NEW MINDFREAK WILL OPEN AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD!
After 10 years headlining his show at the Luxor, Goth-style magician Criss Angel in collaborating partnership with Cirque du Soleil will close his show there on Oct. 28.
Don't despair, the world-renowned illusionist will move to Planet Hollywood to open “Criss Angel MINDFREAK,” in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater on Dec. 19, 2018.
The brand-new production will incorporate cutting-edge technology with more than 75 illusions and 20 never-before-seen effects on a massive scale.
For Angel, he's returning to where he began “MINDFREAK” in 2005 at Planet Hollywood.
Shows will be performed Wednesday–Sunday at 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $69.
Being the most influential magician of the modern era, Angel's honors and awards are mindboggling.
In 2017, Angel was honored with the 2,615th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He is the most watched magician in television and internet history, and a YouTube sensation. His “Walk on Water” YouTube clip has generated more than 60 million views alone, and all his clips combined have generated more than 300 million views.
Angel has been named “Magician of the Year” an unprecedented six times, and was the youngest magician inducted into the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame. Most recently, Angel was given the highest honor in the magical arts - the Lifetime Achievement Award from the prestigious International Brotherhood of Magicians magic organization.
‘I LOVE THE 90S - THE VEGAS SHOW‘ WILL OPEN AT PARIS
“I Love The '90s Tour” ...
...will settle down when it opens the “I Love The '90s - The Vegas Show” at Paris on Friday, Oct. 12.
A rotating lineup of headliner acts will appear in the 90-minute immersive dance party with Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One kicking off the residency.
Other artists confirmed for the live experience include Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Kid 'n Play and Dru Hill. The show will also feature a live DJ, nostalgic video, dancers and more.
BARRY MANILOW SETTLES IN AT WESTGATE
Barry Manilow's return to Las Vegas and the stage at Westgate, where he performed “Manilow: Music and Passion” and “Ultimate Manilow: The Hits” from 2005 to 2010, is being cherished by fans.
His new production “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home” is a familiar format and all about the music.
When you enter the showroom, you're given a glow stick and paper glasses with color lenses.
From the first song, the audience gets involved. The glow sticks become part of the atmosphere while fans scattered throughout the room seem to choose to stand and gyrate to the music the whole time.
As a warning, your seat may be the luck of the draw and maybe you're even the one who can't sit still.
Either way, the music is so contagious it's impossible not to participate in some manner.
The glasses are a part of the show where Manilow takes you on a video/musical tour of his cherished New York City. Throughout the show featuring his 10-piece live band and three backup singers, video images and designs light up the stage and proscenium augmenting the music at hand from emotional ballads to hyper numbers like “Copacabana.”
Most enjoyable are vintage video and images of his life through music from when he was a small child visiting a music store with his grandfather to his first appearance on television with his first hit “Mandy.”
Manilow's show is one not to be missed.
MAGICIAN DAVID GOLDRAKE WILL LAUNCH NEW SHOW NEXT SPRING!
Award-winning grand illusionist David Goldrake will hold the final performance of his “Imaginarium” show at the Tropicana on Sunday, Sept. 30.
The reason is he plans to produce a new headlining magic production, which he will introduce next spring at a new location TBA.
Last month, Goldrake, known as “The International Man of Mystery,” celebrated the first anniversary of his Las Vegas residency and more than 300 shows at the Tropicana.
Recently, Goldrake introduced contortionist-aerialist Mariama to the production along with new choreography, stage lighting, and sideshow act.
“Imaginarium” is performed Tuesday-Sunday at 7 p.m. with ticket prices starting at $45.98.
TAMIA HEADLINES HOUSE OF BLUES IN OCTOBER
R&B singer Tamia will bring her Passion Like Fire Tour to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $29.50.
Tamia was 6 years old when she started singing in church. It was music producer Quincy Jones who introduced the Canadian-born songstress to U.S. audiences with his 1995 “Q's Jook Joint” album.
Tamia's work on the album garnered her three Grammy nominations for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance,” “Best Performance By Duo,” and “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.”
“Passion Like Fire” is Tamia's seventh studio album, which is due out later this year.
This new release will mark the 20th anniversary of Tamia's self-titled 1998 debut album, which initiated such hits as:
“You Put A Move On My Heart”
“Spend My Life With You”
‘THE HILARIOUS 7’ OPENS AT HOOTERS
Hooters in conjunction with Admit.VIP has opened its newest comedy production, “The Hilarious 7,” in The Night Owl Showroom.
Appealing to short attention spans and as a departure from typical stand-up comedy, seven comics deliver an ‘all punchlines’ comedy bout in 70 minutes.
The show hosted by Las Vegas-veteran comedian, John Hilder, runs Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $34.95.
Each comic has a short time period to deliver their top jokes to win over the audience, who will determine who is the funniest that night.
Each week, guests can experience different comics going head-to-head in an all-out battle.
PAUL SHAFFER COMING BACK TO CAESARS PALACE
Paul Shaffer along with his band, The Shāf-Shifters...
... will return to Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace to perform a limited three-week engagement on select dates: Oct. 11–13; and Nov. 29–Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $49.
NITRO CIRCUS’ WILL OPEN AT BALLY'S IN SPRING 2019!
Nitro Circus, known worldwide for spectacular arena and stadium live shows, is creating its first-ever resident stage show, which will open at Bally's next spring.
The original adrenaline-charged choreographed show featuring the most talented action sports athletes performing unbelievable stunts and feats will take over the Jubilee Theater, which is being redesigned and renamed the Nitro Circus Theater.
The showroom will have a specially built, multi-million dollar set, ramps stretching throughout, a platform stage and side walls, and video screen installations.
The idea will be to engage the audience in the action-sports playground. Nitro Circus, Base Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment are teaming up to co-produce the show, which Nitro Circus is creating.
Tickets will go on sale in October 2018.
MIRAGE HEADLINER MATT GOSS IS BUSY CREATING
Multi-platinum selling British singer-songwriter Matt Goss...
... released his single “Red Flares”...
...which he recorded at Studio at the Palms.
Goss with a full swing band, back-up singers and sexy dancers currently headlines his show, “Matt Goss at The Mirage,” four nights a week at the resort.
More news, Goss is currently co-writing the upcoming musical version of acclaimed British television series “Upstairs, Downstairs.” This fall, a feature documentary about him and his twin brother Luke's life titled “When the Screaming Stops” and produced by Fulwell 73 Productions, which is co-owned by James Corden, will be released.
Goss has also written a children's book and is planning to release a Christmas holiday album of traditional classics.
BACKSTREET BOYS RECORD-BREAKING RESIDENCY WILL END APRIL 27, 2019
The Backstreet Boys...
.... the best-selling boy band of all time, will hold their final Las Vegas-residency shows at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Feb. 6-April 27, 2019.
General ticket prices begin at $55.
Since “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” debuted in 2017, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter have been setting records.
Currently, the group has a chart-topping new single “Don't Go Breaking My Heart”...
... and will release a new album later this year.
COLIN KANE WILL DEBUT COMEDY RESIDENCY AT HARD ROCK
Colin Kane, recognized as a master insult comedian, has signed on for his first residency inside Vinyl at Hard Rock at 8:30 p.m.
His new R-rated show, “The Wolf,” is a biting adult comedy experience with Kane tackling relationships, dating, adult-only memorable encounters, and anyone sitting in the front row.
This attack comedian, who has made insult an art form, is an equal opportunity offender.
Being a master of working-the-crowd, guarantees no two shows are alike.
Kane is a Los Angeles resident, who was born and raised in New York. With his popularity proving contagious, Kane has been able to build a dedicated fan base by word-of-mouth.
Kane will perform again on Aug. 31 and Sept. 28 with more dates to be announced.
Tickets start at $25.
NEW EXHIBIT AT BELLAGIO TAKES A LIQUID VIEW
Primal Water: An Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art...
...is the new exhibition with 28 works in various forms at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts (BGFA) running this year through Oct. 21.
The exhibit curated by Midori Nishizawa highlights important works of post-war Japanese art using water as a motif to present a view of Japanese Contemporary art history by 14 featured artists spanning four generations.
The approach to the water theme by the artists takes a myriad of directions including waters absence, abundance, existence, and relationship with humanity.
General admission is $14.
MGM RESORTS HOSTS JAPANESE ARTIST MWKAIYAMA IN PUBLIC STUDIO
Kisho Mwkaiyama, a notable Japanese artist, has begun work in a public studio at Bellagio on a new art installation, Vendarta 100: Six Elements and The Seasons.
Through January 2019, Mwkaiyama will work on a commissioned artwork comprised of 24 square gouache paintings, which upon completion will join the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection and be installed permanently at Mandalay Bay.
The artist is working in space next to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, which has a guest lounge for viewing and learning more about Mwkaiyama's artistic practice.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE TO APPEAR DURING WRANGLERS NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Florida Georgia Line...
... will headline five nights inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood around the time of the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo running Dec. 6-15.
Dates for “Florida Georgia Line Live From Las Vegas” with Big Loud Records and Atlantic Records artist Mason Ramsey as the opening act are Dec. 1, 5, 7, 8 and 11.
WYNN LAS VEGAS SCHEDULING “THE HOLIDAY SHOW” THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON
Wynn Las Vegas is planning to get aboard the Christmas holiday train with its first-ever seasonal production “The Holiday Show.”
The musical with holiday hit tunes, comedy and multi-genre dance numbers will be staged in the Encore Theater Nov. 30-Dec. 30.
TROPICANA WILL HOST 64th MISS RODEO AMERICA PAGEANT
The 64th Miss Rodeo America Pageant...
... will be held at the Tropicana this Dec. 2-9.
The seven-day contest will return to Las Vegas and feature more than 30 contestants.
The competition will be held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Reigning State Rodeo Queens will enter to win the sought-after crown by competing in the areas of appearance, horsemanship and personality.
The winner will receive more than $20,000 in scholarships and become the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association appearing at more than 120 rodeo performances as well as schools, children's hospitals, civic groups and other events to educate the public about the sport of rodeo.
Tickets will go on sale on Aug. 15.
GEORGE WALLACE RETURNS WITH A NEW RESIDENCY AT WESTGATE
Comedian and star of stage and screen, George Wallace...
...is returning to Las Vegas with a new residency show at the Westgate Cabaret.
Wallace will perform Tuesday through Thursday at 8 p.m. inside the cozy Westgate Cabaret at Westgate.
Tickets are $65, $75 and $95.
Wallace derives his material from everyday life and shares the moments.
He finds humor everywhere he turns from media to relationships and at all costs avoids standard opening lines.
Wallace began his career as a writer for “The Redd Foxx Show” and made a huge splash on the stand-up scene as one of 150 competitors on the cable television special “The Big Laugh Off.”
Wallace captured first prize, which included club gigs all over the country.
Recently, Wallace appeared on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld and starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the film “Just Getting Started.” He will be appearing in the upcoming movie “The Last Laugh,” with Richard Dreyfus and Chevy Chase.
A SHOW THAT LIVES ON
The cult-classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show - Live!”...
... returned to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
The memorable 1975 musical will come to life in a completely immersive, off-the-stage Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience presented by an assemblage of talent from shows on the Strip and from around the city. Fans will be doing the Time Warp again.
Tickets start at $10.
PROJECT ENCHILADA IS DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PLAN
Project Enchilada will not be a new restaurant.
The revitalization program planned for Downtown being dubbed as such will be a master plan project to boost curb appeal with new landscaping, vintage signs being restored, more greenery and retail development.
The first area of the plan to get spruced up will be a high-profile stretch of East Fremont Street from Las Vegas Boulevard to 14th Street where there are many closed motels and properties.
TREE OF MANY COLORS WILL BRIGHTEN FRONT OF ‘ABSINTHE’
A standout visual at Burning Man 2017 was an enormous tree illuminated with 25,000 LED leaves of constant-changing colors.
The Gazillionaire from the “Absinthe” show at Caesars Palace has been working with the designers of that tree from Symmetry Labs in San Francisco to create his own 35-foot tall arborous art installation to be planted on the forecourt outside the show's distinctive tent.
The Wormwood Tree will be launched in September with a music soundtrack, which will be synchronized with the colorful patterns.
MADAME TUSSAUDS OPENS THE HANGOVER BAR
The Hangover Bar...
...is the latest addition to The Hangover Experience at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, which currently features the infamous hotel suite and wedding chapel along with wax figures of Alan / Zach Galifianakis, Phil / Bradley Cooper, and Mike Tyson.
The full-service bar offers specialty drinks inspired by "The Hangover" including the Wolf Pack, the Buttery Nipple, the Royal Flush, and the 3 Leg Monkey.
The Hangover Bar takes guests to the scene of movie characters' rooftop toast, which kicked off “The Hangover” film's crazy series of events. Industrial design elements include the roof of Caesars Palace, where the scene takes place, ducting tables and pipes, an aircon feature, an LED backdrop of the Vegas skyline, plus more.
An option is The Highroller Package for $75, which includes admission into Madame Tussauds, a half-hour open bar at The Hangover Bar, and a day-time admission ticket to the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel at The Linq, with an in cabin open bar and bartender for 30 minutes.
BLUE MOON BAR WILL OPEN AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT
A new spot for beer lovers will open this month.
Blue Moon Bar at Planet Hollywood Resort...
... situated adjacent to Zappos Theater will feature Blue Moon's flagship beer, Blue Moon Belgian White, as well as seasonal and limited-release beers from Blue Moon Brewing Company. Inside the new space will be bar and lounge seating with video poker machines and multiple televisions.
GONDOLA SINGER IS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS STANDOUT
The inaugural Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) season has created a new singing sensation Carnell “Golden Pipes” Johnson.
His initial singing of the National Anthem at a VGK's game has had him repeat his rendition since February by popular demand.
Johnson is a gondola singer at The Venetian and The Palazzo.
The resorts honored him with fellow employees, resort executives, and representatives from the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation honoring him at the hotels' three-story atrium. Johnson was given a plaque and hockey stick fashioned from an authentic gondola oar.
Johnson, or Pippo, as he's known on the Venetian waterways, works Monday through Friday at The Venetian's outdoor gondola attraction, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Schedule is subject to change.
CELINE DION RELEASES 24 NEW SHOW DATES INTO 2019
Superstar Celine Dion...
...who has performed more than 1,000 shows to over 4 million fans at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace since March 2003, has just added 24 performances to her Las Vegas-residency.
The new scheduled shows run Oct 30 through Nov. 17 and Dec. 28 through Jan. 20, including a performance on New Year's Eve.
Tickets start at $51.
This summer, the Grammy-Award winning singer will head overseas with her Celine Dion Live 2018 Tour for 22 shows across the Asia-Pacific region starting off in Tokyo on June 26.
COCKTAIL CABARET SUMMER CAST, TIME, & PRICE CHANGE
“The Cocktail Cabaret” at Caesars Palace on Cleopatra's Barge has a new summer schedule with show time moving to 6 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday and new ticket prices $39 and $59 VIP.
VAN MORRISON WILL RETURN FOR FIVE SHOWS NEXT YEAR!
Van Morrison has had multiple sold-out weekends at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which has prompted a return engagement for five nights Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 2019.
Legendary British R&B singer and composer Morrison in 1964 formed the group Them, which recorded hits “Gloria” and “Here Comes the Night.”
A few years later, he released the Top 40 pop sensation “Brown Eyed Girl”...
...and began his career as a successful solo musician.
This year in his career marks the 50th anniversary since of the release of the “Astral Weeks” album in 1968.
Morrison continues to work on new material including the release of his latest album, “You're Driving Me Crazy,” a musical collaboration with Hammond organ virtuoso and trumpet master Joey DeFrancesco, which was released April 27, 2018.
MSG SPHERE IS NEXT ARENA IN THE WORKS!
Keep an eye on building activity this summer behind The Venetian-Palazzo resorts when there will be a groundbreaking for the planned MSG Sphere Las Vegas arena.
The 360-foot-tall spherical venue will seat up to 18,000 people for musical acts and special events. In addition to the striking sphere-shape, the exterior will be illuminated with programmable LED lights that can produce graphics, and the interior will feature the world's largest and highest-resolution LED screen with 170,000 square feet of display area wrapping around the inside.
The facility will be developed by Madison Square Garden Co. (MSG) and Las Vegas Sands Corp. with the latter slated to contribute $75 million.
Completion is expected by New Year's Eve in 2020.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL WILL BECOME A WALDORF ASTORIA
Nothing stays the same in Las Vegas.
Now the 47-story, 392-room Mandarin Oriental at City Center will in August become a Waldorf Astoria, which is under the Hilton umbrella.
Accordingly, the plan is a $50-million renovation to reimagine the hotel.
Purchased for $214 million, this will become the Waldorf's first property in Las Vegas.
The Mandarin Oriental opened in December 2009 during the recession.
MONTE CARLO IS NOW OFFICIALLY PARK MGM!
Monte Carlo officially shed its name with the lighting of new marquee and hotel tower signs and took on its new identity - Park MGM.
The property-wide transformation, which is a partnership between Sydell Group and MGM Resorts International, is planned for completion later this year.
When the project is finished, it will comprise two new distinct experiences: Park MGM, and a Las Vegas version of the renowned NoMad, a standalone 292-room hotel encompassing the tower's top four floors, which is like the Four Seasons shared space at Mandalay Bay.
When NoMad opens, it will include:
A dedicated entrance and lobby high-limit gaming a private pool environment the city's eatery debut by Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, who are the visionaries behind Eleven Madison Park.
The switchover changes began in December 2016 with the opening of the 5,200-seat Park Theater where Bruno Mars, Cher, Ricky Martin - and soon - Lady Gaga have headlining residencies.
The resort has unveiled several new amenities including completely reimagined guestrooms and suites, food and beverage offerings, lounges, pools, meeting spaces and more.
Dining experiences to be added include a new Roy Choi dining concept and an Eataly marketplace designed specifically for Las Vegas. These dining experiences will join current ones: Primrose Restaurant located within the lobby; and Bavette's Steakhouse & Bar created by the Chicago-based Hogsalt Hospitality.
HEADLINING MAGICIAN JEN KRAMER DEBUTS AT WESTGATE
"The Magic of Jen Kramer” starring magician Jen Kramer debuted inside the Westgate Cabaret.
This will make Kramer the only current female headlining magician in Las Vegas. Named “Female Magician of the Year” by the International Magicians Society, Kramer graduated with honors in theater from Yale University and has been featured on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion” on The CW Television Network.
Tickets are $19.99 and $29.99.
Kramer's shows will be Wednesday through Saturday at 6 p.m.
AMY SCHUMER SETS SERIES OF DATES AT THE COSMOPOLITAN
Amy Schumer and Friends will headline an exclusive series of comedy shows at The Chelsea theater inside The Cosmopolitan with performances Nov. 2 and 3.
Tickets start at $59.
Schumer is a current leading force in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer and director.
Recently she hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the second time while her comedy “I Feel Pretty” is currently playing in movie theaters.
COMEDIAN EDDIE GRIFFIN TAKES UP HEADLINING RESIDENCY AT SLS
Actor and comedian Eddie Griffin...
STRONG & OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE
... began a headlining stand-up comedy residency titled, “The Eddie Griffin Experience,” inside The Sayers Club at SLS .
His shows will run weekly, Monday through Wednesday, at 8 p.m. with occasional dark dates: Oct. 9, 15 and 17, and Nov. 12 and 14.
Tickets start at $69.
Griffin has more than 50 movie and television credits, including starring roles in feature films “Undercover Brother” and “John Q,” as well as his own television series currently in syndication, “Malcolm & Eddie.”
Griffin's current Showtime special is “Eddie Griffin: Undeniable” reflecting on his long-standing career and his next feature film, “A Star is Born,” will be released this fall and stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
THE LINQ PROMENADE ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENTS
There are new developments at The LINQ Promenade in addition to recent high-profile announcements, including future attractions King Heaven and Fly LINQ.
Virtual Reality Adventures...
...which plunges guests wearing high-tech goggles into a three-dimensional virtual world, recently moved to a new location along the mall and will feature nine experiences for guests of all ages, including VRoller Coaster.
VR requires gamers to use hand movement, walk, sidestep or jump to explore or fly through the virtual world.
The attraction also has four virtual reality motion simulators featuring adventures such as whitewater rafting.
Socks & Bottoms will be a trendy retail store opening in June highlighting popular and unique brands of socks and underwear.
Also, in June, Marshall Retail Group will open their new retail concept,
Welcome to Las Vegas Gift Shop...
featuring Las Vegas souvenirs.
The permanent location will be unveiled this summer.
DR. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON WILL VISIT THE SMITH CENTER
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson...
... the host of StarTalk Radio and FOX's docu-series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” author of 10 bestselling books, and the Director of the Hayden Planetarium, will be giving a talk and multi-media presentation at The Smith Center on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $39 to $250.
Renowned astrophysicist Tyson's newest book is “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
In 2001 and 2004, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on commissions studying the future of the U.S. aerospace industry and the implementation of the U.S. space exploration policy, respectively.
Tyson has 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to non-government citizens.
ZHU AT THE PEARL
Grammy-nominated electronic musician ZHU...
...is confirmed to perform a live set at the intimate Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $49.
GOO GOO DOLLS 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR WILL STOP AT HARD ROCK
Multi-platinum Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will stop at The Joint at Hard Rock on Saturday, Nov. 10 with their “Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour.”
The tour will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their music album, “Dizzy Up The Girl” with the band performing the record in its entirety at each show, along with additional surprises and more of their many memorable hits.
Tickets start at $35.
The album was first released on Sept. 22, 1998, via Warner Bros. Records and catapulted the band into mainstream success.
The record sold six million albums worldwide and had five top 10 singles.
STAR WARS ATTRACTION OPENS AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES
The VOID, the global leader of a new category of immersive location-based experiences, has teamed up with ILMxLAB, a Lucasfilm's Immersive Entertainment division, to create "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire".
This attraction opened in the Grand Canal Shoppes at St. Mark's Square at The Venetian and The Palazzo .
This fully immersive VR fantasy adventure in Las Vegas will be the second Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire location following the success of the first in Glendale Galleria in California.
Hours are daily opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and midnight on Friday-Saturday.
The multi-sensory interactive adventure will transport guests deep into the Star Wars universe virtual world: where they can walk freely untethered; see, touch and interact with the environment; feel the turbulence of the skiff below their feet; and smell the smoke.
Under the rebellion's order, teams of four must work together to infiltrate an Imperial base with help from familiar Star Wars characters along the way.
OPIUM BLASTS OFF AT THE COSMOPOLITAN
The galactic premiere of "OPIUM” at The Cosmopolitan....
... happened on April 8 with the crew of the Orbital People Mover 4.2 (OPM 4.2) blasting off on their inaugural interplanetary flight from the planet Uranus and successfully landing on Earth.
The revealing crew includes: commander Captain Ann Tennille; her right-hand man Lieutenant Lou Tenant; newest recruit Chip; the latest in android technology Rob the Robot; cruise director Leslie; medical team and amateur magicians Dr. Roger Regis and Nurse Raquel; and maintenance man Scottie. Onboard the voyage are entertaining guests, celebrity chanteuse Dusty Moonboots, whose alien ancestors founded Las Vegas many light-years ago, as well as the great band from Quasar System 5, The Many Moons.
“OPIUM” performances are Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m.
The performance schedule is subject to change without notice.
Tickets start at $79.
HARD ROCK RESORT WILL BECOME VIRGIN BRANDED HOTEL
Billionaire Richard Branson and partners are purchasing the Hard Rock hotel and casino.
The property will continue as the Hard Rock through 2019 before it is transformed into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Plans are for the hotel to undergo “hundreds of millions of dollars” worth of renovations over multiple phases.
With the announcement, concern has been what will happen to the giant Hard Rock guitar sign.
Branson admits it may be history at the site and not survive. He says in its place, a giant “V” may be the new look.
LUXOR OPENS ESPORTS ARENA LAS VEGAS
The Strip's first permanent multidimensional esports venue, Esports Arena Las Vegas,
...opened at the Luxor elevating Las Vegas as a leader on the global esports stage.
The multilevel 30,000-square-foot arena is set up to host every form of competitive gaming from daily play to high-stakes esports tournaments.
The design features a competition stage, 50-foot two-story LED video wall, telescopic seating, PC and console gaming stations and a network TV-quality production studio.
Accompanying elements like virtual reality platforms, retro gaming consoles and a comprehensive practical gaming environment menu by Chef José Andrés set the arena apart as an unrivaled esports entertainment experience.
A collection of arcade favorites and throwback classics create a retro vibe in the arena's first floor bar.
Beneath a 360-degree video wall and custom-built gaming controller chandelier is the History of Gaming exhibit. Eight generations of consoles give visitors the chance to play history's most beloved games for free.
Available for renting are five VIP rooms with their own gaming systems, dedicated server and catering as well as other areas including the front lobby, second floor, main hall and the entire arena.
For daily gamers there are more than 100 gaming stations housing PCs and consoles.
All-day gaming passes are $25 and local discounts are available.
The arena hours are: noon to 1 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday.
There is no fee to enter the arena during standard operating hours, excluding ticketed events.
‘MYSTÈRE’ OFFERS OPEN SATURDAY REHEARSALS
The new open rehearsal schedule for Cirque du Soleil's original must-see production “Mystère” at Treasure Island...
... is every Saturday 3-3:30 p.m.
in the showroom. Fans will have the opportunity to watch cast members rehearsing for the evening's performance and receive a special show voucher.
Spectators are encouraged to post photos on social media, but video and flash photography will not be permitted.
Note open rehearsals are subject to cancellation so confirm with the box office at (702) 894-7722.
PURPLE REIGN ADDS SHOWS AND TALENT AT TROPICANA
...the amazing Prince tribute show at the Tropicana is adding two more weekly shows to its Las Vegas-residency.
The show runs Tuesday through Sunday, six days a week at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $49.99.
Another change will have a second Prince tribute artist Julian Stefoni...
...headlining along with Jason Tenner, who originated the role.
Stefoni isn't new to the scene and since Prince's death, demand has been high.
Portland-based musician Stefoni has been leading the Erotic City Prince Tribute band.
He's performed Prince tributes for the past 26 years, and in 2000, he met the late artist and appeared on stage with him.
KIND HEAVEN EXPECTED TO TRANSFORM LINQ PROMENADE
will be a new family-friendly entertainment venture opening at The LINQ Promenade in 2019 and it is expected to transform the attraction's streetscape.
The new project is a three-way partnership with Perry Farrell creator of Lollapalooza, Immersive Artistry and Caesars Entertainment.
Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza in 1991 and brought the underground to the forefront of popular culture. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter is best known as the lead man for the legendary alternative rock band Jane's Addiction formed in 1986. He will curate the soundscape for Kind Heaven.
Los Angeles-based Immersive Artistry (IA) creates immersive, multisensory, communal experiences for audiences taking them on journeys by combining state-of-the-art technology with Hollywood storytelling and 360-degree experiences involving all the senses.
Kind Heaven is supposed to be a sensual exotic journey featuring the best of Southeast Asian culture, music, food, drink and fashion, etc. It will leverage RF technology and advanced wearable tech to create a personalized experience, and cash free environment.
ZAPPOS AND CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER
Zappos.com is teaming up with Caesars Entertainment, beginning with the renaming of The AXIS 7,000-seat live entertainment venue at Planet Hollywood.
The second-highest grossing theater in the United States will now be known as Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood.
The theater boasts one of the largest video and projection installations in the world.
Projections come from 60 ultra-high-definition projectors covering more than 200 degrees of the audience chamber.
LIONEL RICHIE ANNOUNCES NEW 2018 DATES
Multi-platinum-selling artist and four-time Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie...
"Dancin on the Ceiling"
"Stuck on You"
... has announced additional 2018 dates of his residency, “Lionel Richie - All the Hits” at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood through Oct. 20.
General ticket prices begin at $59.
COMEDY CELLAR DEBUTS AT THE RIO!
...the longest-running comedy club in New York City opened its first West Coast location at the Rio.
After 36 years, The Cellar as insiders call it, will bring its underground Greenwich Village vibe with brick wall, stained glass, and low ceiling design to its new, intimate 300-seat club inside Rio.
Food and bar service will be provided by Rio's chefs and bartenders.
The Comedy Cellar discovered household names such as Dave Chapelle, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, Dave Atell, Amy Schumer and Chris Rock as well as virtually every important comedian of the last 30 years.
This club uses a showcase format featuring five headliner-level comics, each doing their best 15-20 minutes.
Shows are Thursday - Sunday at 7 and 9 p.m. with an additional 11 p.m. performance on Saturdays.
General tickets begin at $45.
The comedians lined up to open the club April 8 include:
Mo Amer who toured with Dave Chappelle; Kyle Dunnigan, a regular on Howard Stern; Jessica Kirson who starred in “The Comedian;” and Nathan McIntosh known from appearances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
THE FONTAINEBLEAU WILL BECOME THE DREW
New York developer Steve Witkoff, who last summer bought the never-completed blue-tinted Fontainebleau on the Strip for $600 million, plans to turn it into The Drew Las Vegas
...and open in late 2020.
When completed, it's reported the 3,900-room resort will offer three different hotel experiences: The JW Marriott; the exclusive boutique chain Edition; and the Drew.
More amenities will include 20 restaurants, a large pool deck, casino, convention space, and connection to the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion to the south.
ROLLER COASTER AT NEW YORK-NEW YORK ADDS VIRTUAL REALITY
At New York-New York, the 21-year-old Big Apple Roller Coaster ride...
... has been modernized with a new 3½-minute Virtual Reality Experience.
Riders can now choose to wear wireless virtual reality headsets, which transport them via immersive 3D graphics (in 4K resolution) through a remarkably synchronized virtual experience.
The Big Apple coaster trains and track are equipped with sensors synchronizing the visuals with the ride to reduce the chances of motion sickness while wearing the headset.
The Big Apple Virtual Reality Experience costs $20, while a regular ride is still available at $15.
WYNN RESORTS ACQUIRES SMILING KING BEAR SCULPTURE
Wynn Resorts has added Smiling King Bear...
..a pop-surreal sculpture created by the famed Spanish contemporary artist Okuda San Miguel, to its world-class art collection.
The towering 16-feet tall creation executed in the artist's signature prismatic style is a multicolored geometric masterpiece featuring a whimsical bear with a spiked crown, holding an equally imposing smiling ball.
Fashioned from fiberglass, aluminum, and highly pigmented synthetic enamel, Smiling King Bear originally arrived from Spain as part of an outdoor art exhibition in Downtown Las Vegas curated by global creative house, Justkids.
The sculpture is now on display in the Wynn Plaza rotunda as part of the resort's continued appreciation and commitment to public art.
‘ABSINTHE’ PERFORMING TWO SHOWS DAILY
In celebration of seven record-breaking years on the Strip, Las Vegas' No. 1 show, “Absinthe”...
... will now perform two shows per night, seven days a week, and 365 days a year at Caesars Palace.
This will take the performance schedule from 10 to 14 shows per week.