TOP PROFESSIONAL DOMINO PLAYERS COMPETE AT THE PALMS
RE:MATCH IS NOW OPEN AT THE LINQ
DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
THE STRAT REVEALS A NEW SCULPTURE AND STORES
PARIS DEBUTS NEW EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW
SPIEGELWORLD WILL OPEN “ATOMIC SALOON SHOW”
DEF LEPPARD SIGNS FOR PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESIDENCY
The seven-time Grammy award-winning trio will be the first country act to headline the venue.
POTTED POTTER’ SHOW AT BALLY’S HAS UNLIMITED APPEAL
“Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff” in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s.
A new cast will take over June 24.
While references are to the Harry Potter books, there is non-stop action with different characters and props, and adlibs especially with the live Quidditch match.
Over the past several years, the quick-witted show has completed multiple successful sold-out tours in different countries.
“Potted Potter” is performed daily except Thursdays at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets range from $39.99 to $99.99.
TOP PROFESSIONAL DOMINO PLAYERS COMPETE AT THE PALMS
Hundreds of domino players and spectators will gather at the newly renovated Palms Casino Resort for the Universal Domino League’s Las Vegas Summer Classic domino tournament...
.... on Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 10 p.m.
Professional domino competitors from around the world will compete for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a 2019 Harley Davidson FXDR 114 motorcycle, UDL Championship Belt, and the title of “Universal Domino League Champion.”
Tournament registration is $200 in advance or $250 the day of the event.
The top 16 players will receive a payout, with the grand prize winner receiving more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
RE:MATCH IS NOW OPEN AT THE LINQ
Re:Match at The LINQ Hotel + Experience...
... is open and features an indoor/outdoor setting situated directly on the famed Strip.
Re:Match is designed for guests to engage and interact with the environment and has 27 touch screens that create a cohesive underwater world.
Virtual Sea Life, a world of underwater sea life including sea turtles, stingrays, an octopus, a variety of fish and more can be discovered while exploring the virtual ocean display.
Guests can tap the bar top screen to encounter an overzealous shark, find the lost city of Atlantis or pose for a selfie with a camera-friendly dolphin.
You can open an oyster if you see one; they may contain secrets about the bar or challenge you to social media worthy moments.
Periodically, one of three games will appear at the Re:Match bar screens to challenge those seated around it to a fun competition such as saving the Las Vegas Strip from an alien invasion, catching falling money from FLYLINQ riders or capturing the most chicken wings in the “Sticky Chicken For President” game.
One lucky participant will win a free drink for competing each time a game is played.
MAGIC! WILL PERFORM AT TOPGOLF
Popular reggae, pop and R&B group MAGIC!...
will appear in The Toyota Yard at Topgolf on Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m.
This is an all-ages show. Tickets start at $20 and all seating is general admission.
MAGIC! is a Toronto-bred, Los Angeles-based quartet whose reggae-pop tune of the summer “Rude,”...
... held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, charted in 41 countries, sold more than 10 million singles, and racked up more than 500 million streams. Over the past five years, the band has released three studio albums, toured with Maroon 5 and headlined shows all over the world.
TERRY BRADSHAW WILL VISIT THE LUXOR
Legendary NFL football player and charismatic entertainer Terry Bradshaw...
... will return to Las Vegas with “The Terry Bradshaw Show” at the Luxor in the Atrium Showroom Aug. 1–4 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $65.99 and are on sale.
Bradshaw’s 70-minute production chronicles his life’s journey through comedy, music and storytelling.
Bradshaw will be joined on stage by bombshell headline vocalists Lorena Peril and Anne Martinez from the resort’s resident show “Fantasy.”
Bradshaw will showcase the same straight-shooting, self-deprecating humor which has made him an all-time favorite as an Emmy Award-winning co-host and analyst on FOX NFL Sunday; as well as a popular talk show guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Ellen” and many others.
DURAN DURAN RETURNS TO THE CHELSEA
Following two sold-out performances earlier this year, British music icons Duran Duran...
"Hungry Like a Wolf"
"A View to a Kill"
... will return to The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan for a two-night engagement on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 7-8.
The band was formed in Birmingham, England, in the early eighties.
Four decades later, Duran Duran has sold more than 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles and 20 UK chart toppers.
The group is wrapping up a successful three-year tour, in support of their 14th studio album. The band is back in the studio working on the follow up to their critically acclaimed album “Paper Gods.”
STING RESIDENCY AT CAESAR'S PALACE
...the 17-time Grammy Award winning musician, will headline a Las Vegas residency, “My Songs,” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
The show will present a compendium of Sting’s songs with visual references to some of his most memorable videos and inspirations.
PAULA ABDUL ANNOUNCES RESIDENCY AT FLAMINGO
Pop legend Paula Abdul...
"Forever Your Girl"
... will headline her new Las Vegas residency “Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl” at the Flamingo beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Most recently fans witnessed her performing the energetic and powerful closing number for the “Billboard Music Awards.”
After first making her mark as a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader and choreographer, the singer-dancer Abdul focused her talents on music. Her debut album “Forever Your Girl” hit the charts in 1988, making Abdul the first female to ever receive four No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles off a debut album.
In Abdul’s 30-plus year career, she has earned six No. 1 songs, eight Top 10 and 15 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
The petite dynamo gained a new generation of fans as a judge on “American Idol.”
In 2018, Abdul traveled the U.S. with “Straight Up PAULA!”, her first solo headlining tour in more than 25 years.
Dates for Abdul’s residency are set through Jan. 4 with shows beginning at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $69 and a limited number of meet-and-greet packages are available.
JOURNEY COMING TO CAESAR'S PALACE
Rock band Journey...
... has a limited nine-date engagement at The Colosseum Oct. 9-26.
CIRQUE WILL DEBUT ITS FIRST LIVE ACTION THRILLER AT THE LUXOR
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has announced its new show “R.U.N”...
... will open at the Luxor on Oct. 24 in the R.U.N Theater.
It’s being positioned as a ground-breaking new show and the company’s first live action thriller using live action performance, cutting-edge technology and multimedia to explore the world of stunts.
R.U.N is the 10th partnership between Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International.
The show’s description is a gritty, cinematic story with bold, rebellious and fearless characters.
The story line will follow two clans where a striking bride leads a series of fast-paced chases, combat and stunts through the fictional dark underground of Las Vegas.
“R.U.N” represents a complete departure from anything Cirque du Soleil has created before.
Performances are Wednesday through Sunday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $69.
DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
The new show “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” at Harrah’s...
...approaches Presley’s life and music success in a different way.
The producers of “Rock of Ages” have created a story-telling concert experience based on the music and story of Elvis’ spectacular rise to fame and more importantly present 18 of the superstar’s songs, which came to define rock ‘n’ roll.
Eddie Clendening, who created his role as Elvis starring as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 2,200 performances on the Broadway production of “Million Dollar Quartet”...
... leads the band.
Clendening delivers some of the songs while three female backup singers and a couple of the musicians take turns center stage presenting the music.
The show moves in chronological order and follows the evolution of Elvis’ music with little nuggets of select facts and reminds the audience he was inducted into many Hall of Fames including five recognized in the show for rock ‘n’ roll, country, rockabilly, gospel and honky tonk music.
Four giant LED walls present authentic imagery and scenes from his extraordinary life.
Piano and musical director Colte Julian, best known for his critically acclaimed national touring role as Jerry Lee Lewis in “Million Dollar Quartet” ...
...has a spot in the show bringing down the house with his exuberance and dexterity on the keyboard.
Every band member is exceptional and Geno Henderson on guitar is also a singer who has performed as Jackie Wilson, B.B. King, Ike Turner, and others and originated the role of Jocko Henderson on Broadway in “Baby It’s You.”
“Heartbreak Hotel” is performed Wednesday-Monday at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets start at $49.
CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER WILL VISIT THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK
Actor-comedian Cedric The Entertainer...
... will return to The Joint at Hard Rock on Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $55.
Cedric’s 30-year career successes have him conquering film and television.
He is best known for starring in hit films and TV shows such as the “Barbershop” film franchise, “Johnson Family Vacation,” “Be Cool,” the “Madagascar” animated franchise, “The Original Kings of Comedy,” and “The Soul Man.”
Simultaneously, on the television front, he is starring in and executive producing CBS’ “The Neighborhood,” and co-starring opposite Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish in the comedy series “The Last OG” on TBS.
Most recently on the big screen, Cedric earned critical acclaim for his dramatic performance in Paul Schrader’s Oscar-nominated drama “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.
The STRAT is continuing to reveal new elements as part of its major makeover.
A new sculpture titled “LOOK!” ...
...has been unveiled at the entryway outside at the base of the tower.
The art piece comprised of three ascending figures made of stainless steel was created by a team of three local Las Vegas artists:
Nick Stiley, who handled design and fabrication...
Adin Fly, who created the artistic concept...
James Talbert, who handled CAD design and fabrication.
Kevin Barry Fine Art was commissioned to create the sculpture to honor the landmark tower.
The three figures range in sizes: the smallest is eight feet tall and 800 pounds; the middle one 11-plus feet tall and 850 pounds; and the tallest 15 feet tall and 1,100 pounds.
The heads of the sculpture reveal a view of the SkyPod.
Additional pieces by local artists throughout The STRAT can be found at the newly-opened BLVD & MAIN Taphouse, View Lounge and The STRAT Café.
Essentials and Exhilarate 108, owned and operated by Marshall Retail Group, are two new stores.
The 630-square-foot Essentials gift shop has been updated with an additional entrance facing the casino floor.
In alignment with The STRAT rebranding, the souvenir shop includes a full product line of STRAT-centric merchandise.
Located on Level 108, the aptly-named Exhilarate 108 also mirrors the renovations, design and rebranding.
CHANGES WITH THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE
The 4,300-seat showroom will get an ambitious overhaul this summer.
Changes will include refurbishing audio, lighting and video to state-of-the-art capability.
The revamp centerpiece will be an automated lift seating system, which will allow for reconfiguration, notably a general-admission, standing-room pit capable of boosting the venue’s capacity.
THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK 2019 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
The 2019 entertainment slate will include:
American rockers Coheads and Cambria June 28
Legendary Judas Priest June 29
6th Annual Big Blues Bender four-day event, Sept. 5-8
FLY LINQ BECOMES FIRST ZIPLINE TO OFFER FOUR WAYS TO RIDE
... is now the only zipline in the world to offer four ride styles, which can be launched simultaneously on 10 side-by-side lines at The LINQ Promenade.
The four positions being offered to riders are: prone or “superhero” backward; prone or “superhero” frontward; seated backward; and seated frontward.
FLY LINQ guests start by taking an elevator to the top of the 114-foot-tall launch tower with views of the Strip and surroundings.
After their gear-fitting and a photo opportunity, the experience continues by traveling 1,121 feet through The LINQ Promenade to the landing tower. Riders disembark near the base of High Roller.
Hours are daily 10 a.m. to midnight.
NEW ‘HUNGER GAMES’ ATTRACTION WILL OPEN AT MGM GRAND
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition...
...featuring a fully-immersive archery training experience, props and set decorations, 30 original costumes and more will open at the MGM Grand in May.
At the worldwide box office, the movie grossed more than $3 billion and celebrated character Katniss Everdeen’s journey from humble beginnings in District 12 to her rise as the Mockingjay.
Fans will be able to explore the Hall of Justice, President Snow’s Office, the Tribute Train and District 13.
Some featured costumes will include the Girl on Fire dress, the Mockingjay gown, and Katniss’ Mockingjay armor and pin. A retail shop, Capital Couture, will sell exclusive clothing and collectible items.
TRAGO LOUNGE IS NEW AT THE TROPICANA
With construction walls gone, the Trago Lounge...
...is exposed as the Tropicana’s new 24-hour contemporary bar and lounge located on the casino floor level next to the showroom.
The all-new venue serves up an extensive drink menu, boasting an array of scotch, tequila, and whiskey, as well as signature cocktails.
With more than 3,500 square feet of space and considerable bar-lounge seating, the venue can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Trago Lounge features a 24-seat bar equipped with 10 televisions and 22 video poker machines.
In addition, the venue has DJ music nightly from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Trago Lounge completes the Tropicana’s substantial food and beverage renovation plans and joins the resort’s eclectic culinary lineup, which includes Oakville Steakhouse, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen, Robert Irvine’s Public House, and Savor Brunch Buffet along with on-the-go options.
While this new show in a dark obscure tent in the southeast corner of the Excalibur’s parking lot may not be for everyone, it will have strong appeal for many.
Diqui James’ similarly fashioned “De La Guarda” standing-only show ran at the Rio in the fall of 2000 for nearly a year.
The Rio show led to the creation of “Fuerza Bruta” ...
...in Buenos Aires in 2003.
True you will be standing an hour with a show happening above your head and all around a 360-degree changing theatre, but the experience keeps you intrigued.
Infectious drum-beat music is a backdrop to scenarios taking the audience through wind, rain and confetti-blizzards with acrobats performing.
The production has some truly mesmerizing experiences including the huge clear-plastic tarp shallow pool that is lowered above the crowd to where folks can touch it while performers run and jump in the water.
When a tarp is pulled over the audience, you’re not sure what is happening and suddenly it is raised and becomes a tent with three big circles where performers drop through it.
This is a one-of-a-kind experience taking place Wednesday-Sunday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $86.50.
MADAME TUSSAUDS PROMOTES THE ‘90S
This month, the ‘90s are back at two Madame Tussauds West Coast locations – Las Vegas and Hollywood taking guests back in time.
Celebrating 20 years on the Strip, Madame Tussauds is throwing a ‘90s bash.
Vegas visitors can feel the girl power with Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh in their period sportswear, leopard, feathers, Union Jacks and glam.
The memorable duo Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are in their all-denim ensembles.
Can’t leave out scandal participant President Bill Clinton playing the saxophone.
Guests can immerse themselves in the best and worst of ‘90s style.
PARIS DEBUTS NEW EIFFEL TOWER LIGHT SHOW
Paris Las Vegas, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has unveiled a $1.7 million light show at the Eiffel Tower.
Inspired by the illuminations of its Eiffel Tower counterpart in France, the resort is offering a free nightly recurring light show every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from sunset to midnight featuring synchronized and choreographed twinkling and colored lights.
In partnership with Vision Sign Inc., Paris installed approximately 300 color washing light fixtures and more than 800 white strobe lights on the tower’s exterior. The 541-foot-tall Las Vegas Eiffel Tower at Paris, which opened Sept. 1, 1999, is a half-scale replica of the famous French landmark and remains the tallest reproduction of the original. In addition, the hotel has introduced the new elegant $3.75 million Voie Spa & Salon. The luxury 25,000-square-foot facility was inspired by many sensory visits throughout regions of France. Paris also offers 2,900 redesigned rooms.
Following the first two renovation phases of 1,300 hotel rooms in 2016, the hotel plans to complete the final phase of nearly 1,600 redesigned guest rooms and suites in May with an additional $86.8+ million investment.
Move over Gazillionaire at Spiegelworld’s show “Absinthe,” because Boozy Skunkton, whose first hotel was acquired by the government as an atomic bomb test site, has returned decades later to take over the Kraken Music Hall...
... a hidden saloon bar in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.
Madam Skunkton has collected the “most abnormally sexy but sensationally amoral” international troupe of entertainers to create the greatest saloon show, “Atomic Saloon Show,” which will open this year on Sept. 8.
To wrangle the band of misfits, Spiegelworld and Britain’s leading comedy director Cal McCrystal will assist in creating the new show being envisioned as “Blazing Saddles” meets “America’s Got Talent” meets “Westworld.”
McCrystal is best known as the comedy director of the West End and Broadway hit “One Man, Two Guvnors” starring James Corden as well as for his comedy direction and role in the movies “Paddington” and “Paddington 2.”
The adults-only circus-variety show “Atomic Saloon Show” will have its world premiere in the Palais du Variété Spiegeltent at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August before making its way to its permanent home at the Kraken Music Hall.
Shows are scheduled nightly except Wednesday: Monday-Tuesday at 8 p.m.; Thursday through Sunday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets starting at $68 are on sale now at Spiegelworld’s website.
With Las Vegas hit shows “Absinthe” and “Opium,” this will be the first time Spiegelworld will have three productions playing concurrently on the Strip.
DEF LEPPARD SIGNS FOR PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESIDENCY
Legendary British rock ‘n’ roll band Def Leppard...
"Bringing On the Heartache"
...will start a Strip residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for their “Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency” start at $69.
Scheduled so far are eight shows in August followed by four in September. Def Leppard has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and will be inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29.
Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums, including two all-time best-selling albums, “Pyromania” and “Hysteria.”
JEFF CIVILLICO EXTENDS HEADLINING AT PARIS
Multi-talented Jeff Civillico...
...will continue another two years performing his “Comedy in Action” show in the Anthony Cools Showroom at Paris through 2020.
Civillico has performed more than 2,000 shows as a headliner with Caesars Entertainment since 2012.
He first appeared at The LINQ, then the Flamingo, and now Paris.
Civillico performs his show on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and select days at 4 p.m.
This industrious performer is also the founder-chairman of national nonprofit Win-Win Entertainment, celebrity spokesman for the Las Vegas National History Museum, and an in demand keynote speaker.
STAIRCASE MURAL ADDS VIBRANT COLORS TO FASHION SHOW MALL
Hard not to notice and smile at the rainbow-colored Strip-side staircase mural outside the Fashion Show mall.
The one-of-a-kind three-dimensional painted installation titled “Colors That Speak to a United City”...
... was created in partnership with muralist Tanya “Miscre8” Watler and curator Patrick Duffy.
This exclusive artistic experience features a 73-individual-colors and took the artist 72 hours to complete.
The 50-foot mural resembling a cascading rainbow is a tribute to diversity, inclusion, hope and optimism.
Watler began her artistic career in the 90s on the streets of her hometown, Harlem, N.Y., with her colorful whimsical street style. She has works featured in such locations as Delano Las Vegas, Zappos, Art Live, and Life is Beautiful.
WAYNE NEWTON MOVES TO CLEOPATRA'S BARGE
Since April 2016, you could find Wayne Newton singing “Danke Schoen” at the Windows Showroom at Bally's.
The Las Vegas legend is relocating to another intimate room and started a new headlining residency with his “Wayne Newton: Up Close & Personal” show at Cleopatra's Barge inside Caesars Palace.
Recognized the world over as “Mr. Las Vegas,” his show allows him to interact with the audience, have Q&A, and share personal career highlights, anecdotes, film clips, and songs.
Newton is a good storyteller and his experiences are true stories and very entertaining.
‘CELESTIA’ AT THE STRATOSPHERE
You can't miss the eye-catching 200,000-square-foot tent located on the north side of the Stratosphere when you're driving down the Strip.
Now we know the new international production, “Celestia”...
Now we know the new international production, “Celestia”...
...written and directed by Sasha Ivanov, debuted.
This show with a troupe of 32 multi-cultural performers will present a story of love and sacrifices through acrobatics and dance, aerial feats, state-of-the-art technology, live music and sophisticated illusion.
The dazzling spectacle will go from amazing contortion and the daring Wheel of Death, to real-time motion capture and projection mapping.
Tickets start at $29.
‘LEGENDS IN CONCERT’ OPENS AT THE TROPICANA
“Legends in Concert”...
...will continue the show's legacy as the longest-running show in Las Vegas when it debuted at its new home inside the Legends in Concert Theater at the Tropicana.
The show's winning formula is a rotating cast of the world's best tribute artists using their own voices, a live band, singers, dancers, and multiple costume changes.
Performances will be Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with additional matinee shows at 4 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.
Tickets start at $49.99.
POP VEGAS WILL FEATURE ROTATING EXHIBITS
Pop Vegas will be a brand-new, trailblazing exhibition space opening at The LINQ Promenade this winter.
The indoor exhibition venue is being designed to house a rotating lineup of changing exhibitions themed around pop-culture topics and trends.
The opening date and names of its first exhibitions will be announced soon.
Pop Vegas will partner with local artists, performers and personalities to engage in live performances, artist demonstrations and other interactive experiences to enhance each exhibition.
Pop Vegas will also be able to accommodate group buyouts for corporate receptions, weddings and other private events.
Pop-up museums have become popular the past two years. This will be the first permanent venue created specifically to house an ongoing rotation of this new kind of exhibit experiences.
REBA, BROOKS & DUNN STAY TOGETHER AT CAESARS PALACE
Why change a winning ticket!
The iconic country two-act trio, Reba McEntire, and Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn...
...have secured the continuation of their residency at the resort.
The three music superstars will return for a fourth year of their longest-running country residency in Las Vegas.
New dates for “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas” six additional shows are June 26, 28-29, and July 2, 5-6.
JUDAS PRIEST ON TOUR WILL ROCK THE JOINT
Legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest...
... will visit The Joint at Hard Rock next year on a Firepower tour on Saturday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
Supporting act will be classic metal band Uriah Heep.
Tickets start at $49.
Judas Priest with a nearly 50-year career have delivered such all-time classic albums as “British Steel,” “Painkiller,” and “Screaming for Vegenece,” along with anthems “You've Got Another Thing Coming,” “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law.”
The band's latest studio album is “Firepower.”
LADY ANTEBELLUM WILL HAVE 15-DATE 2019 RESIDENCY AT PALMS
...the current CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” nominee, will have their first Las Vegas residency with 15 dates at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms.
Show times will be 9 p.m. and tickets start at $34.95.
The seven-time Grammy award-winning trio will be the first country act to headline the venue.
Over the course of their decade-long career, Lady Antebellum has had tremendous success with nine No. 1 hits including the 9x platinum hit “Need You Now,” which is the highest certified song by a country group.
The group will bring Nashville to Sin City with stripped-down performances, which will often feature songwriters behind some of their hits. Lady Antebellum are scheduled for five shows in each of the following months: February, May and August.
‘A MOB STORY’ IS A REFLECTION WITH A MODERN TWIST
After a few necessary delays to mount a large-scale production show and refurbish the retro-showroom at the Plaza, “A Mob Story” is up and running with the prospects of being an open-ended run.
The remodeled showroom matches the nod to Las Vegas' past with the comfortable table and booth layout and chandeliers in juxtaposition to the new projection video walls wrapping-around the enlarged stage with an added side landing with stairs.
The music-dance production also mixes the past with modern day. The past is the mob theme and the show's compelling charismatic figure Michael Franzese, a real life former ex-mobster with the Columbo crime family.
When Franzese speaks frankly and honestly about the mobster life, he draws in the audience and lets them know it's not a good life.
He knows all too well, which is evidenced in the show with him revealing he's the son of Colombo crime family under-boss John “Sonny” Franzese. His father was in and out of federal prison several times and released last year at 100 years old becoming the oldest individual in federal custody.
On the other hand, the show's producer and director Jeff Kutash has mounted a high-power musical with today's songs and styles of dancing and a world-class cast of 22 singers and dancers.
The many costume changes have the hint of the past such as a dark zoot suit, but with a jazzy colorful glitzy interpretation.
Different periods of the mob's history are covered from the party life and involvement with Havana to the high life in Las Vegas. The video screens are where the audience watches old pictures while vibrant choreography and music energize the show .
BILLY IDOL WILL HAVE HEADLINE RESIDENCY AT PALMS IN 2019!
“Billy Idol: Las Vegas 2019” ...
...presented by SiriusXM will have a 5 show run at the Palms in October.
This will be the second residency show for the reimagined property.
Tickets are $34.95 - $149.95.
Idol, who has remained a household name for more than three decades, is premiering his latest release, “Vital Idol: Revitalized.”
More than 30 years after his groundbreaking “Vital Idol” compilation in the second half of the 1980s, Idol's Revitalized collection features 11 brand-new remixes of his most classic and enduring hits.
His show at the Palms will feature material from his whole career, from Idol's days fronting the seminal British punk band Generation X to his hits the world has come to love, including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” and more.
Idol's longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and the rest of his touring band will join him.
Idol also hosts an exclusive SiriusXM show, “Billy Idol's Live Transmission,” which can be heard on SiriusXM's 1st Wave, channel 33.
PARK MGM INTRODUCES THE SPA & SALON
Park MGM has revealed its new spa and salon experience.
The Spa & Salon, open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m...
...offers treatment rooms of all different sizes and layouts.
The Spa features treatments that incorporate new-age techniques like plant cell research utilized in its signature facial and ancient traditions in floral aromas in the Sothys Hanakasumi body treatment.
Next door, The Salon is an intimate triangular-shaped room designed to encourage lively interaction.
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.
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.
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...
... launched their Las Vegas-residency “Deuces Are Wild” 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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
‘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.