“Blanc de Blanc” Closes at Sahara Las Vegas

“Blanc de Blanc” has closed abruptly at Sahara Las Vegas (formerly SLS) after a three month run.

The cabaret-style “Blanc de Blanc” opened August 16, 2019, and was never able to generate much buzz or ticket sales.

Back in October 2019, we shared rumors the show was selling just 20-30 tickets per show. The theater has a capacity of about 600.

The party’s over for “Blanc de Blanc.”

The show had some built-in challenges, one being a baffling name. “Blanc de Blanc” means means “white from white,” or “white wine from white grapes.”

“Blanc de Blanc” fell victim to the same fate as another show with a confusing name, “Fuerza Bruta” at Excalibur, which lasted a month before it shuttered.

Another significant challenge for “Blanc de Blanc” was being at Sahara.

While the Sahara looks great following a major overhaul, there’s still no critical mass and the room was reportedly often “papered” (where tickets are given away to hotel guests so the theater isn’t empty).

“Blanc de Blanc” was relatively well-reviewed, but marketing and P.R. never managed to get into gear, and rumors of backstage drama was rampant.

If only someone had seen this coming.

Apparently, cast members were only informed of the show’s closure on Nov. 26, 2019.

“Blanc de Blanc” was the only Las Vegas production in recent memory that allowed guests to view the show from one of three hot tubs.

Given the short run of the show, it’s a safe bet both the hotel and show producers ended up taking a bath.

9 thoughts on ““Blanc de Blanc” Closes at Sahara Las Vegas

  1. Fast Eddy

    Ouch. But honestly, why does any producer try doing something unique in Vegas these days? People want a known brand or commodity. Cirque or Gaga. #simplefact

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    1. alex

      I don’t think that’s accurate. Go to a site like Vegas . com and you’ll find tons of shows that aren’t known brands.

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      1. Fact Chequer

        And most of them are doing big money, right? Mac King has been around for years. He’s an afternoon show and the tickets are dirt cheap. Free, technically, but $15 after one drink.

        Penn and Teller built themselves up from the Ren Fest circuit, but they were a known commodity when they landed in Vegas. Same as Celery Head.

        A few shows have found an audience without an established music career or a reputation to fall back upon, (Absinthe) and Cirque had to start somewhere, but look at how many shows come and go quickly, how few become major draws in Vegas without a TV show, record label or other built-in audience… and even then, the dopes at Pawn Stars and Duck Dynasty failed to dazzle the masses.

        Who are the biggest prime time shows of the last decade? Donny/Marie, Celine, Brittney. For every La Reve, which started out on shaky footing, there are tons of shows that can’t do better than a small theater and/or a second-tier showtime.

        If you want to go big, you book a proven commodity. If you hope you can develop the next Absinthe, good luck to ya. I’ll take that bet.

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        1. alex

          The fact that other shows exist means they make money. No company is going to operate a show at a loss.

          You are taking the stand that proven commodities are going to be more popular. I never said that isn’t true. I merely pointed out the fallacy that only known brands have Las Vegas shows. That is a false statement, as evidenced by the dozens of shows that do modest business without mega-stars attached.

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