Danny Gans is moving across the street to Wynn Las Vegas’ new sister property Encore, opening in early 2009.
Though the singing impressionist will be performing in a venue renamed the Encore Theater, it’s actually the same room currently housing “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” which will close on July 13.
The theater is located at the connecting point to the new property and will be remodeled while Gans completes his run at The Mirage, where he is contracted until late fall.
“I built the Danny Gans Theater at the Mirage in 2000 as a result of being convinced that (Gans) would bring to our family a standard of performing artistry unequaled by any other single star in Las Vegas,” Wynn said in a prepared statement announcing the changes.
“The result has been obvious, and he has occupied that singular position ever since. On a very personal as well as professional level, I am absolutely delighted to welcome him back into our newer family across the street.”
There had been speculation in the entertainment community that Gans would jump ship to either Wynn or Paris Las Vegas once his eight-year contract expired at the Mirage.
MGM Mirage inherited the performer’s contract when the company bought Wynn’s hotel properties in 2000; the company began operating under that name about two months after Gans’ show opened there in April of that year.
In recent years it’s been fairly easy to read between the lines that both sides were disenchanted: Gans and manager Chip Lightman don’t think the company gives them the royal treatment they deserve, while MGM Mirage officials believed the two should shut up and be happy to have what they have.
The most visible signs of stress came when Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” show opened at The Mirage in 2006, and a debate over which show would get which amount of outdoor signage went public.
Gans performs only four shows per week to preserve his voice, and the Mirage gradually became less shy about booking stand-up comedians to fill in dark nights and late-show slots.