Why are we opening a fancy new arena in April, our fifth, and yet Las Vegas still seems to be missing out on some of the biggest names hitting the road for spring and summer concert tours?
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So you like J-Lo, but you're not so hot on her music? Hey, it's not that big a contradiction. Jennifer Lopez is a lot of things to a lot of people, and "All I Have" seems fully aware of that.
The influence of the Rat Pack on Las Vegas is obvious. With the Eagles, you have to look a little harder.
Any mention of the band the Guess Who makes me smile. And clench my teeth.
Now that The Smith Center for the Performing Arts hosts most of the original-song, story-driven Broadway tuners, it makes sense that the casinos still have three jukebox musicals that reach beyond fans of traditional musical theater.
The show is called "Spoofical — A Musical," and this crude, crazy, try-anything "kitchen sink" of a musical spoof is all producer David Saxe's idea.
So much for a slow December in Las Vegas entertainment.
A loud party needs a willing host even more than it needs a well-stocked bar. That made the decision about where "Rock of Ages" could move a lot easier.
Maybe on Jan. 17, 2084, there will be some Las Vegas celebration of Calvin Harris' 100th birthday. It's just hard to say, isn't it?
I'm sure they put in some long days over at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. But where would you rather promote tourism and further a party culture? Las Vegas or Beirut?
Broadway and Las Vegas share a lot of talent. But to call it a two-way street is still dangerous.
as Vegas has such a wealth of talent, it's sometimes hard to tell a pro venture apart from community theater.
Take a topless dancer for granted? Only in Vegas.
The circumstantial evidence doesn't speak well of the creative enterprise of Las Vegas entertainment.
Bill Callanan and Keith Nelson have been Las Vegans for more than 40 years. But surprisingly, their paths haven't overlapped that much. But now the two find themselves both united and divided by the same cause.
Union musicians will be losing 30 jobs on the Strip when a Frank Sinatra tribute closes a month sooner than they expected. The best way to make up the revenue might be to send a film crew over to Rancho Drive and film a reality show at the union hall.
Would you rather be a rock star in the era of a mature city or a mature record industry? It wasn't a choice for either the band Slaughter or Imagine Dragons.
Last week's hullabaloo over George Strait playing at least four Las Vegas arena concerts next year got me wondering: Has any other superstar kept getting more and more popular over the years without doing one thing different?
Pitbull's show turns out to be a perfect fit for the remodeled Axis and the club-generation visitors it targets with its standing-room general-admission areas up front.
Lance Burton is a laid-back guy, so maybe it's no surprise that what he calls "a leisurely pace" to make his first movie ended up being five years.
Stage magic is a small world, any way you measure it.
Some people just don't give up on Las Vegas entertainment, or trying to close the gap between what is and what should be on the Strip.
Freeze those eyes in mid-roll please. I'm not talking about male G-string revues in general. Either you're into them or you're not. And if your orbs head for the ceiling tile at the mere mention of a sweaty dude thrusting his pelvis into some bridesmaid's face, I doubt you've even read this far.
Everybody knows there is nothing on the modern-day Strip that is in any way comparable to the Rat Pack. But be specfic: What exactly is it that's missing? Keely and the durable tribute "The Rat Pack Is Back" help us pinpoint it.
The home stretch of summer preserves some uniquely Las Vegas traditions for magicians and the TV exposure that helps them.
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