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Katy Perry extends Resorts World residency to ‘23

Updated October 28, 2022 - 7:28 pm

Katy Perry has Las Vegas in her blood.

The superstar routinely reminds us from the stage that her father, Maurice Keith Hudson, was a limo driver in the city for some 25 years. Her parents met in Las Vegas when her mom, Mary Christine Hudson, was a network freelance reporter for ABC. The couple married in Vegas.

Perry is also proud of the family’s entertainment lineage. Her aunt was a showgirl and grandmother a seamstress in “Lido de Paris” at the Stardust, site of today’s Resorts World.

So it seems right that Perry is continuing her “Play” residency at the Theatre at Resorts World in 2023. The production’s trunk of tricks is back Feb. 15 to 25, and March 3 to April 15. Tickets for those 14 shows are onsale at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 at axs.com/katyinvegas

Perry’s show opened Dec. 29.

Perry created a stir, if unintentionally, after her show Saturday night. Video caught her blinking her left eye as her right was closed, then pressing her temple as if to re-set her vision.

Perry referred to the incident when she announced the residency extension on social media.

“Welcoming all my #flatearthers #spaceisfakers #birdsarentrealers #skyisntbluers to come see my broken doll eye party trick IRL in Vegas next year!” was her post. IRL is to mean “In Real Life,” we presume.

Fans online have speculated Perry was mimicking a toy doll, with a single blinking eye. Perry waited for the applause to subside, then said, “Make even more noise for my band,” without mentioning the eye thing. It was the moment in the show where she dons her now-iconic, beer-can designed dress.

As Perry posted, “The show’s set list is a fun (ride) through memory lane going all the way back to 2008, a time when we weren’t all frozen by the paranoia of our own echo chambers! This show is a nonstop party about finding unconditional love and strangely (for me) not political at all.”

Perry’s adventurous production invokes a character called Ratso (a giant rat); a famous orange commode that is home to a towering, talking piece of poop; and dancers donning mushroom costumes and also dressed as soldiers carrying giant crayons.

Perry closes by singing the cover of “Greatest Love of All” through a massive keyhole. In June, Clark County officials presented her the Key to the Las Vegas Strip.

During an appearance at MAGIC Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Perry talked of a time even beyond “Play.”

“Maybe I will leave Vegas, but I will always want to come back to do a show,” Perry said after delivering the convention’s keynote speech, joined by Kristin Cavallari. “It will not always be ‘Play,’ because I grow creatively and I want to change, so it could be a whole other show.” Obviously, that idea is now a long-term goal.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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