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    by Published on 11-07-2015 02:47 AM
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    Donny & Marie Osmond renew at Flamingo through 2016
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Tickets went on sale this morning for the new 2016 shows that entertainers Donny & Marie Osmond have agreed to in a contract extension at Flamingo Las Vegas.

    The legendary brother-and-sister duo recently celebrated their seventh anniversary at Donny & Marie Showroom and have now signed an extension to entertain audiences through the end of 2016.

    They opened at the Flamingo on Sept. 9, 2008, with an original six-week contract that’s been extended many times since.

    “We are thrilled to continue to call Flamingo Las Vegas home for our variety show, which has played nearly 1,200 shows,” they said in a news release this morning.


    Boyz II Men ink three-year extension at The Mirage

    Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men announced today it has extended its residency at The Mirage Hotel & Casino through December 2018. The trio, featuring baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, will continue to perform in the Terry Fator Theatre on select weekend dates over the next three years.

    “It has been incredible to call The Mirage and the city of Las Vegas our home for the past three years— and we are thrilled to be extending our residency here for another three years,” said Nathan Morris, founding member of Boyz II Men. “We look forward to giving our all to our fans each night and our journey here is far from done!”

    Formed in 1990, Boyz II Men holds the distinction of being the all-time best-selling R&B group having sold more than 64 million albums worldwide. The group redefined popular R&B with its smooth harmonies and timeless themes delivered through a multi-octave sound and incredible vocal styling. Shows at The Mirage are highlighted by the trio’s biggest hits including “Motownphilly” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” mixed with enduring Motown classics as well as selections from their newest album, Collide.

    Performance dates in the first half of 2016 are:

    February 26 - 28
    April 1 - 3
    April 15 - 17
    April 29 – May 1
    May 13 - 15
    June 3 - 5
    June 10 - 12

    Tickets starting at $39.99 (not including tax and service fees) go on sale Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International ticketing outlet, online at mirage.com or ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 963-9634 or (702) 792-7777. Visit mirage.com for an official schedule of dates and show times.

    About Boyz II Men
    The four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning musical sensation is an iconic R&B group with hits such as “I’ll Make Love To You” and “End of the Road.” In 2012, Boyz II Men was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their rise to success is a dream come true made possible by hard work, a brotherly bond and an unimaginable talent and desire to continue improving their live performances, harmonious recordings and musical journey. For the latest news and information about Boyz II Men, visit boyziimen.com.

    X Country to make "Kick'n" premiere at Harrah's Las Vegas

    The producers of X Burlesque, X Rocks and X Comedy have announced the newest addition to the “X” brand, with the premiere of X Country on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 p.m. inside Harrah’s Las Vegas.

    A Kick’n topless revue featuring a combination of traditional and modern country music chart toppers, X Country will showcase stimulating performances from the X Country Girls, who will leave nothing to the imagination. True to the “X” brand, the X Country Girls are some of the most beautiful and talented dancers on the famed Las Vegas Strip, who will tease and seduce the audience to country music’s most popular songs from artists including Tim McGraw, Patsy Cline, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Trace Atkins and Hank Williams Jr., among many others.

    Created and produced by husband and wife team, Matt and Angela Stabile, X Country will be performed Thursday through Sunday (Dark Friday and Saturday) at 10:30 p.m. inside The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Tickets are $44.95 plus tax and fees for general admission, $55.95 plus tax and fees for VIP, $65.95 plus tax and fees for Front Porch and $200 plus tax and fees for the Country Star package, which includes a trip on stage during the show, where the X Girls will transform you into a country star.

    Tickets are on sale today and can be purchased at the Harrah’s Box Office, by phone at (702) 777-2782 or (855) 234-7469 or by visiting www.HarrahsLasVegas.com. Guests must be 18 years or older. For more information, please visit www.XCountryTheShow.com.

    The Piff the Magic Dragon Solo Show to open at Flamingo Las Vegas on Nov. 9

    Fresh from his success on “America’s Got Talent” and following record-breaking ticket sales throughout North America on his first U.S. tour, Piff the Magic Dragon will finally be debuting his long awaited one-hour solo show on the Las Vegas Strip at Flamingo Las Vegas.

    Piff and Mr. Piffles, the World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua, will perform a selection of their greatest hits from a repertoire that stretches over six previous critically acclaimed solo shows, with each routine featuring their signature approach to conjuring that puts a new twist on the traditional magic show.

    But that’s not all! Celebrate the holidays with Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular, which will run Monday, Dec.21 through Wednesday, Dec. 30, giving Piff a chance to take a break from the road and spread festive joy and good cheer like a particularly irritating rash. All shows begin at 8 p.m. inside the Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas.

    With more than 30 million views online, Piff the Magic Dragon became the breakout star of the 10th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” gaining more than 250,000 new followers on social media. Howard Stern and Howie Mandel were huge fans and singled Piff out as one of the funniest and most unique acts in the history of the show. America agreed and voted Piff into the finals.

    The Piff the Magic Dragon Solo Show and Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular will be performed Monday through Wednesday at 8 p.m. inside Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets are $49.95 plus tax and fees for general admission, $59.95 plus tax and fees for VIP, $69.95 plus tax and fees for Circle of Trust and $100 plus tax and fees for a special Pifftacular VIP meet and greet.

    All tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 and can be purchased at the Flamingo Box ...
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    ‘Jersey Boys’ commemorates 3,000 shows on the Las Vegas Strip
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    It’s the show and the music that just won’t quit. Congratulations to the cast and crew of the hit musical “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas, which tonight celebrates its 3,000th performance on the Las Vegas Strip.

    It’s one singular sensation, truly a miracle achievement and milestone. The documentary-styled jukebox musical dramatizes the formation, success and eventual breakup of the top of the charts 1960s group The Four Seasons.

    It’s the story of a group of blue-collar New Jersey boys who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, yet became worldwide pop sensations. How can you not forget Frankie Valli’s sensational hits “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night,” “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Rag Doll” and more.

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    Never arid, Cirque ready to overhaul ‘Love’ and ‘Believe’ in early 2016
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

    It was at Springs Preserve that Cirque Senior Vice President Jerry Nadal put a timeline on some highly anticipated upgrades in a pair of shows on the Cirque docket: “Believe” at Luxor and “Love” at Mirage.

    As earlier reported, “Love” is due for a major renovation in time for the show’s 10th anniversary in June. That effort should be underway in early 2016.

    “ ‘Love’ will get an $8 million refresh and at the end of February, we’ll soft open that again after taking it down for a couple of weeks, then run that for a couple of months,” Nadal said. “Closer to the end of May, or in early June, we’ll do another red-carpet event, big event tied to the anniversary.

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    ‘Divas’ Madonna tribute artist has his own blond ambition
    By John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Sun

    Fan first, tribute artist second.

    That is the order of progression for Kenneth Banks as he has portrayed Madonna for more than a decade in two Strip productions.

    “The first time I saw her was in 1991 on ‘The Blond Ambition Tour,’ and I thought, ‘I can do that,’ ” says Banks, eschewing the fact that Madonna and he are of differing genders. “I attempted it, I did all the numbers from ‘Blond Ambition,’ and it still works.”

    Banks arrived in Las Vegas in 2004 as a cast member of “An Evening at La Cage” at Riviera and in 2009 followed headliner Frank Marino to Imperial Palace (later The Quad and now The Linq Hotel) in his tribute show “Divas Las Vegas.”

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    Hip-Hop Male Revue Aussie Hunks Move to V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at
    Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

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    by Published on 10-09-2015 12:14 PM
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    September 25, 1987 is a day that changed Las Vegas forever… the date marked the first live performance of the now iconic “Crazy Girls” (www.crazygirlslv.com) at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. Now for more than 28 years “Crazy Girls” has remained as fresh, new and controversial as the day it opened. -With the demise earlier this year of the Riviera Hotel & Casino, “Crazy Girls” found itself in serious demand as big name hotels courted the world-famous show – and was finally wooed by Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to become a member of its entertainment family and now plays nightly (except Tuesdays) at Planet Hollywood’s Sin City Theatre located on The Mezz overlooking the casino.

    “Crazy Girls” is celebrating its 28th anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 21with a private party for VIPs and invited media with a red carpet, food and cocktails, the show and a souvenir photo with the “Crazy Girls.”

    The producer-director Norbert Aleman is an experienced producer with decades of experience in show business, but the “Crazy Girls” with a cast of seven girls who are the stars of the show is the longest running. For those who like comedy-magic Tony Douglas hosts the show. There’s even a songstress.

    “The Sin City Theatre had a major overhaul for ‘Crazy Girls’ to perform there,” Aleman said, “Planet Hollywood is the perfect combination of classic Vegas and modern edgy Las Vegas that truly represents Crazy Girls’ past, present and future.”

    The ultra-sexy show has entertained millions of audience members from royalty to celebrity including Prince Albert, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Magic Johnson, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Tom Jones, to name a few.

    It has been involved in tabloid stories like Magic Johnson’s Wild Weekend in Las Vegas with the “Crazy Girls” and Jahna Steele’s “Sexiest Showgirl on the Strip. The bronze butts statue was protested by the National Organization of Women when it was unveiled,” but it later went on to win awards by NPR and other organizations. Legend has it if you rub the butts you will have good luck in the casino.

    It’s Las Vegas’ most sizzling topless show and reinvents itself nightly, pushing the envelope with new routines that features the scintillating professionally trained “Crazy Girl”s dancers performing world renowned choreography. Thousands of dollars in dazzling costumes adorn each dancer from topless contemporary boot-stomping pole dance numbers to bawdy, burlesque classics.

    “Crazy Girls” is a must-see show now only at Planet Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now through any Caesars Entertainment Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-777-2782. Visit Crazy Girls online at www.crazygirlslv.com, www.facebook.com/CrazyGirlslv, or on Twitter @CrazyGirlslv.

    Downtown Grand Reveals Brand New Electronic Table Games on Casino Floor

    Downtown Grand is excited to announce the addition of new electronic table games on the casino ...
    by Published on 09-23-2015 10:28 AM
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    George Strait to Perform Exclusive Worldwide Concert Engagements at New Las Vegas Arena Beginning April 22-23, 2016

    George Strait, the musical icon who has been reverently referred to as “The King of Country Music,” announced today he will be among the first entertainers to perform at the new Las Vegas Arena scheduled to open in April 2016. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee will thrill crowds with a series of exclusive worldwide concert engagements at the new venue April 22, April 23, September 9 and September 10, 2016. Opening for Strait will be GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves, who recently released her second studio album Pageant Material to critical acclaim. This announcement is the first of an exciting, prestigious lineup of incredible performers who will appear on the Arena’s stage.

    Tickets for the concert series will go on sale Friday, Oct. 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT via www.straittovegas.com and range in price from $75 to $200 plus applicable fees. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. PT.

    “This is an exciting announcement for the Las Vegas Arena, and another example of why Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World,” said Rick Arpin, senior vice president of entertainment and development, MGM Resorts International. “We are thrilled that George is going to be a huge part of our opening season with this special exclusive engagement. He has had a significant impact on our city’s entertainment landscape over the years and we are thrilled he will provide Las Vegas visitors and our local community the opportunity to see a series of additional legendary performances.”

    George Strait said, "I said all along I wasn’t going to tour anymore, but I also said that I wasn’t retiring by any means and I still wanted to do some dates. I’ve been working a little bit here and there, and I’m really proud of this new album that’s coming out. I think it’s a great record – I always say this; I think it’s one of the best records I’ve done. I always shoot for that. You’ve got to go in the studio thinking that way, so I’m very excited about that and I’m also very excited to be coming back out and playing for the fans out there. I’m looking forward to it so much, singing those songs that I love so much and haven’t done in a while. I’m really, really looking forward to being able to play in the new Las Vegas Arena. I hear it’s just unbelievable. I can’t wait."

    Frank Marino celebrates 30 years as headliner on the Strip
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    It’s been an extraordinary 30-year reign on the Strip. “His Majesty, The Queen” Frank Marino has had an unprecedented run here as a female impersonator. Today, he celebrates his 30th anniversary in Cleopatra’s Villa at Caesars Palace.

    One week later, he’ll officially toast the 30th anniversary of his life on the Strip at his show “Divas Las Vegas” at the Linq Hotel.

    It’s a remarkable achievement for a guy who started out with a plan to go from being a drugstore ...
    by Published on 09-08-2015 12:18 PM
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    ‘Iron Chef’ star Kerry Simon loses battle with MSA, dies peacefully in Las Vegas
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas sun

    Las Vegas and the culinary world lost one of its favorite star chefs early this morning when “Iron Chef” star Kerry Simon passed away at Nathan Adelson Hospice.

    The rock and roll chef who had restaurants at Palms Place, Harrah’s and downtown at Carson Kitchen had fought a brutal, 2-year debilitating fight against the hideous brain disease Multiple System Atrophy.

    We will always remember Kerry fondly. He was a gentle man who will be missed greatly. He was still young and handsome at 60 years of age. He didn’t smoke or drink alcohol, preferring his favorite juices regimen.

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    Magician Mat Franco headlines at Linq Hotel, lets audience guide shows
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    It’s the ultimate show-biz dream: jumping from what starts out as an obscure and brief reality-TV show appearance to rave applause to a big, $1 million win and headlining on the Las Vegas Strip.

    You couldn’t conjure up a better script for Hollywood — and for Mat Franco, the impish winning magician on the most recent “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, it has become far more than just a reality-TV show. It has become his real life.

    Not bad for the boyish wizard who traveled here as a teenager and watched our headliner magicians in awe. Now he’s one of them, working and competing alongside them with his new residency in a venue renovated for him at the Linq Hotel.

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    Celine Dion’s return to Caesars: Rundown from start to finish
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    As the video wound down, the curtains parted in a royal purple draping to surround Celine alone on the stage in a glittering-gold, floor-length gown with frontal thigh-high slit. The audience leapt to its feet with cheers and applause.

    She basked in the love, and how she didn’t break down at that moment is beyond me. The outpouring of love, affection and support washed over the Colosseum with the 4,000-plus crowd of well-wishers. It was simultaneously a chilling moment down the spine and with hair standing on the back of the neck.

    She burst into “I Surrender,” and the white backdrop curtain stretched 150 feet across the stage dropped and swept away to reveal her 31-piece orchestra and trio of singers led by Barney Valsaint and two female sidekicks.

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    BY NINA KING/Las Vegas Magazine

    Do you ever wonder how Vegas used to be? Before Kanye, Kim, Nicki and Taylor? Get a nostalgic look back with the Rat Pack Is Back in the intimate Copa Room at The Tuscany Suites & Casino. Get started with a little Rat Pack trivia and photos of vintage Vegas to get you in the mood to help celebrate Frank Sinatra’s birthday—Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. might just stop in to help.

    With the seven-piece Lon Bronson Band providing excellent music, Frank (David DeCosta), Dean (Drew Anthony) and (Kyle Diamond) each belt out classic tunes such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Fly ...
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    Rod Stewart extends Caesars Palace residency into fifth year
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vgas Sun

    Photo Credit: DENISE TRUSCELLO

    Rocker Rod Stewart isn’t saying goodbye to his Caesars Palace residency when he wraps his fourth year at the Colosseum this month.

    The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician who is readying the release of his 30th solo studio album, “Another Country,” this fall confirmed this morning that he’s signing on for a fifth year on the Strip.

    AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment today announced a Spring 2016 run of “Rod Stewart: The Hits” at Caesars, with tickets for the first nine concerts of his extended 2016 residency on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

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    Las Vegas Club closing begins Sunday, may finish Thursday

    For five years, owners of The D Las Vegas talked to officials with the Tamares Group, expressly GM Jonathan Jossel, about buying the Las Vegas Club. That back-and-forth finally intensified about a month ago, and Friday it was announced that Greg and Derek Stevens snapped up the old hotel-casino at Main and Fremont streets.

    What’s next? A wait, shutdown and review of the property.

    That shutdown is happening sooner than expected. Though Derek Stevens said today that it would be 60 days before the Las Vegas Club would close, Jossel said plans are in place for the hotel’s table games to close by Sunday night, and the full casino would cease operations by Wednesday night, pending approval by the state Gaming Commission.

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    Shannon McCallum of Aria: We have redefined the concept of resort destination in L.V.
    By Shannon McCallum/Las Vegas Sun

    As an award winning hotel-within-a-hotel, Aria Sky Suites offers an unparalleled stay from start to finish. Beginning with a seamless arrival, our staff starts by picking up guests in a limousine powered by compressed natural gas and delivering them to our exclusive Sky Suites porte-cochere, where a greeter escorts each guest to a private check-in lounge. This allows guests direct access to their suites without ever entering the casino.

    And that is just the beginning! Sky Suites has some of the most unique features on the Strip such as floor-to-ceiling corner views in every suite, 24-hour Sky Suites concierge to assist with details throughout the guest stay, one-touch control of the lighting, room temperature, daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service and more.

    Aria Sky Villas, located within Aria Sky Suites, offers the most discerning guests an exclusive experience unlike any other. In addition to extravagant amenities, each Sky Villa has its own dedicated butler. Our Sky Villa butlers have completed a highly specialized and extensive certified training program.

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    ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ reaches a grand mark at Harrah’s
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

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    The Kats Report this week focuses on “Million Dollar Quartet,” the musical at Harrah’s that is celebrating its 1,000th performance Tuesday night. We met the cast in January 2013 during their first full rehearsal.

    Since that initial assembly of the band and actors, we’ve grown quite fond of the crew that delivers the story of the night of Dec. 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry ...
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    It’s ‘L.V. Live,’ and a new Monte Carlo, as MGM Resorts reshapes the Strip
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

    The L.A. Live vibe is moving to the Strip.

    That is the simplest way to describe the strategy behind MGM Resorts International’s development of a 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo formally announced Wednesday. For anyone who has visited the L.A. Live entertainment district in Los Angeles, the renderings appear unmistakably familiar to that city’s entertainment complex.

    The Monte Carlo theater is to be positioned adjacent to a gleaming arena (Las Vegas Arena) in the same way Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theater) has been built adjacent to Staples Center. MGM Resorts also is developing the Park, an 8-acre entertainment promenade leading to the arena. L.A. Live encompasses a similar complex of entertainment venues, restaurants, theaters, the Grammy Museum in a promenade separating Microsoft Theater and Staples Center.

    And MGM’s Strip and L.A. projects share the same development partner, AEG Live. Thus, the inspiration for the venue at Monte Carlo is not incidental.

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    MGM Resorts Announces Development Plans For 5,000-Seat Theater at Monte Carlo

    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world’s leading presenters of live entertainment, today announced plans for an approximately 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. The new concert venue will amplify the vibrant entertainment district taking shape on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip with a robust calendar featuring special engagements by many of the music industry’s most-celebrated performers.

    With more than 7 million entertainment tickets sold in 2014 alone, MGM Resorts’ offerings are unrivaled. The Company owns and operates two arenas; two Las Vegas Strip festival lots (62 acres); seven theaters housing Cirque du Soleil production shows; 14 theaters for concerts, headliners and comedy performances; and more than two dozen lounges and nightclubs. Additionally, it is currently developing a new world-class Las Vegas arena as well as integrated resort projects in Macau and National Harbor, Maryland, each of which will feature entertainment venues as central amenities.

    “From Las Vegas to Maryland, Macau to Massachusetts, presenting the biggest and most sought-after names in music, sports and special events is a core focus for MGM Resorts. This new theater will enable us to host performers in Las Vegas who we previously haven’t had a home for, broadening our entertainment offerings and providing the opportunity to expand those relationships to our properties around the globe,” said Bill Hornbuckle, President, MGM Resorts International.

    Adjacent to The Park and 20,000-seat arena currently under construction on Las Vegas Blvd. between Monte Carlo and New York-New York, the theater will anchor the dynamic new entertainment district currently taking shape. While The Park and Arena are expected to open in April 2016, the Monte Carlo theater is projected to welcome its first act at the end of 2016. Unique to the market, the theater will offer dynamic seating that allows for easy transformation into multiple configurations, reflecting the flexibility of the space.

    The development of this new theater at Monte Carlo creates opportunities for two beloved shows within the MGM Resorts family to get back to their roots, returning to the properties where they first wowed Las Vegas ...

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