Producers of new shows on the Strip pull the plug much faster than in the past. One reason, they say, is a lack of support from hotel-casinos, which used to be partners in entertainment instead of just landlords.
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Rob Garrett’s Neil Diamond shares small showroom gem with Jason Tenner’s Prince homage, Purple Reign.
Jeff Leibow has seen benefit concert inspired by his daughter grow to the point where he will attempt more of them around the country.
The cabaret-circus tent show has gone from an upstart to unlikely fixture on the Strip.
Interactive show hoped to be up and running in time to tap into wedding market created by lift of same-sex marriage ban.
Performers Bob Anderson and John Payne launched new vehicles for themselves with different outcomes.
This limited run at the Plaza (through Nov. 1) displays some good ideas and formula-free thinking within what is kind of a frenetic mess. The title of an old Melissa Etheridge album, “Brave and Crazy,” comes to mind for both what you see on stage and the business plan behind showcasing it.
Impressionist Bob Anderson invited back for a year’s run after testing “Frank” tribute with free showcase last May.
A spotlight on Sonny Charles in recent concert for Nevada’s 150th inspires a list of other less-heralded entertainment veterans.
“Georgia On My Mind” brings seasoned pros together in the name of Ray, and of old-Vegas showmanship on the Strip.
Tropicana scouted both classic rock tribute and Riviera magician Jan Rouven to fill theater vacated by ‘Mamma Mia!’
If the number of years a show is in business means something to you, here are a few who might be notable.
Matt Kazam uses premise ‘40 Is Not the New 20’ to shape wide-ranging stand-up act.
Mat Franco attended veteran magician Jeff McBride’s classes when he was just 12 years old.
Darwin’s Magic Club celebrates 50 years as a weekly gathering of pros and enthusiasts.
The Clarion’s closing includes two Debbie Reynolds-designed venues that became bottom rung of Las Vegas show ladder.
Australian Bee Gees is now a more diverse show, remembering the pop trio beyond disco.
A response to the producer’s lawsuit claims “Vegas Nocturne” lost $1 million per month and defied the concept of integrated “social club.”
Flop didn’t work in either silly or vulgar form, yet still taught lessons on how to bridge local theater and tourist entertainment.
Stratosphere’s ode to calendar girls has figured out how to be more cool than cute.
‘Vegas Nocturne’ producer’s lawsuit alleges mismanagement, but it’s hard to argue the marketing was too cryptic for its own good.
Once upstarts, Penn & Teller are now a more direct version of magic’s quality police.
‘Wizard Wars’ could push Vegas magic in a better direction.
Watching a guy juggle pins and balls is so old it may seem new again for families headed to or from the high-tech High Roller Ferris wheel.
“Viva Veracruz” opens at Planet Hollywood Resort for a four-month run on Aug. 11, showcasing the music, dance and folklore of Mexico’s state of Veracruz.
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