They belong together: Mariah Carey is newest Caesars Palace headliner
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Pop diva Mariah Carey made it official this morning that she will be the new headline star added to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace lineup filling in during Celine Dion’s prolonged and delayed absence.
The 44-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer tipped her own hand Wednesday when she promised “big news” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that aired first today on the East Coast. You can catch the syndicated talk show at 4 p.m. today here in Las Vegas on Fox 5.
It’s exactly as we were first to report on Jan. 1 when we tipped that it would be Mariah and not Jennifer Lopez who would sign on as the next Colosseum superstar.
Mariah will perform 18 shows this summer titled “Mariah Carey Number 1’s” starting May 6 and wrapping in July. The 18 dates: May 6, 9-10, 13, 16-17, 20 and 23-24 and July 8, 11-12, 15, 18-19, 22 and 25-26.
Over the course of many years of writing about Las Vegas entertainment, this VegasChatter writer has often been asked something akin to, “where can I find a good Frank Sinatra act?” Since the legend passed in 1998, the best we can hope for is a solid tribute act. As with most tribute acts, there is a wide variety of quality, degree of physical and vocal similarity and, of course, overall production value.
Matt Goss at Caesars Palace was sort of like the second coming of Sinatra on the Strip in that his voice could mimic Sinatra’s well and he has the good looks and swagger similar to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Steve Wynn produced a dance-centric “Sinatra: Dance With Me” back in 2011 featuring a live orchestra. “Shades of Sinatra,” last at the Clarion, was a well-received show that lived up to its title.
Many have attempted to recreate the magic and now Palazzo is giving it a go with “FRANK -- The Man. The Myth.” The show will feature vocals from Bob Anderson and a 32-piece orchestra under the musical direction of Vincent Falcone, Sinatra’s own musical director.