Chuck Bowling, president and chief operating officer at Mandalay Bay, is confident that the staying power of “Michael Jackson One” will have legs.
“There is no question it will be the biggest show” in Mandalay Bay’s 16-year history, Bowling told me after Tuesday’s stunning four-scene sneak peek.
“When you combine creative genius of Cirque du Soleil with the greatest entertainer of all time, I don’t think there’s any doubt about it and you’re starting to get a great good feel of it today,” Bowling said.
“Mamma Mia!” was Mandalay Bay’s previous best-performing show. It lasted six years before closing in 2009.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Kristyn Caddell, the new reporter at NBC affiliate KSNV-TV, Channel 3, made national news two years ago over allegations of a high-profile romance.
The National Enquirer filmed Caddell having a cozy dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach in Florida with Chris Hansen, host of NBC’s “To Catch a Predator.” It was reported that Hansen was married.
Caddell, in her mid-30s, joined KSNV about two months ago. Her arrival at the station did not include the usual announcement for a new staffer.
The Enquirer also reported that Hansen was seeing a Las Vegas resident, Kathleen Collins, at the same time. Collins was identified as a dancer.
A response to an email to Lisa Howfield, vice president and general manager of the station, was not received by deadline.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Jim Murren, chairman and chief executive officer of MGM Resorts International, and his wife, Heather, attended the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C., last month. They were guests of Fred Ryan and Albritton Communications, which owns Politico. Ryan is vice-chairman of Albritton and president and CEO of Politico. He worked for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign and later served as his assistant and chief of staff after Reagan left office. …
“Being Oscar,” the upcoming memoir by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, gets a mention among quick hits in the book section of the June issue of Vanity Fair.
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, dining at Andrea’s (Encore) on Monday. … Chris Brown, celebrating his 24th birthday Saturday at IOAK Nightclub (Mirage) with on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran. He told an Australian radio station that he split with Rihanna. “I’m always gonna love that person. I can’t be focused on wife-ing someone that young.” Rihanna is 25. … Actor Ed Begley, dining at the Poppy Den on Monday. … The Vegas Indie Film Fest ends today at The Orleans with screenings that include the locally made film “Liars, Fires & Bears” and “Matt’s Chance,” in which Edward Furlong co-stars with Gary Busey. … Food Network star Guy Fieri, host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” at the Meatball Spot (Town Square) with family and friends.
THE PUNCH LINE
“You ever notice that all these rehab facilities have names like Next Steps, Morningside and Promises? Lindsay Lohan needs a place called Miracles.” — Jay Leno
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