Days May Be Numbered for “Baz: Star Crossed Love” at Palazzo Las Vegas

It seems time is running out for “Baz: Star Crossed Love” at Palazzo Las Vegas. The show has been struggling mightily in its new location and indications are an announcement of the show’s demise could be coming soon.

Rumors of the plug being pulled on “Baz: Star Crossed Love” follow on the heels of casting shake-ups (one of the three performers in the production’s ads, below, is no longer in the show, and another recently announced her departure) and ticket sales barely able to fill a quarter of the theater’s capacity.

Baz Star Crossed Love

“Star crossed” describes a relationship “thwarted by outside forces.” Sort of fits, unfortunately.

Deeply discounted “Baz” tickets are making the rounds online, some as low as $44, which includes a cocktail. That’s a great value, but not a good sign for the health of the show.

Despite less-than-stellar ticket sales, “Baz: Star Crossed Love” has gotten mostly-glowing reviews. Sadly, in Las Vegas, even good shows can fail, especially when you figure in the costs of producing a show with a dozen cast members and a live band. (The recently-closed “Cherry Boom Boom” eliminated its live band to cut costs and still only survived six weeks.)

The show is described as a “celebration, a mash-up of music and moments from the greatest love stories imagined by famed director Baz Luhrmann.”

“Baz” has had a bumpy road in Las Vegas since it opened as “For the Record: Baz” inside the Light nightclub at Mandalay Bay in June 2015. It ended its run at Light two months later, in August 2015.

When “Baz” closed, its producers announced the show would relocate, and unlike many shows which make that claim, it actually did.

“Baz” got a second chance when it opened at the Palazzo Theater in July 2016. It looked like the show might just defy the odds.

Palazzo

The Palazzo has also played host to “Jersey Boys” and “Frank: The Man, The Music.” Now, not so much.

From what we hear, the future isn’t too sunny for “Baz: Star Crossed Love.” It’s unclear when the show will close, or when the announcement will be made.

We hope the rumors are untrue, of course, and we do not want another addition to our list of Las Vegas Shows That Have Closed in 2016. “Baz” has many devotees who suggest it’s the last of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip, a welcome departure from diva-driven concerts, lounge acts and topless revues.

You’ll hear more when we know more, but we suggest you give “Baz” some love while you still can.

Update (1/1/17): A reliable source says “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” will replace “Baz.” No official announcement has been made.

Update (1/1/17): In an official statement, a PR rep says, “‘Baz’ is not closing and is actually going from five to six days a week starting Sunday, January 29. ‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ is not coming to The Venetian and The Palazzo.”

Update (6/12/18): It’s been announced “Baz” will close July 29, 2018.

16 thoughts on “Days May Be Numbered for “Baz: Star Crossed Love” at Palazzo Las Vegas

  1. Andrew G

    This is one of the best shows I have seen in Vegas in the past year (and I saw about 8 different shows), it is failing because there is no marketing that I can tell. I saw it in September and I only knew about it because I read Vital Vegas and Vegas Bright (in that order!). otherwise I would not know of its existence. A great show with amazing talent. I was hoping to see it again on my next visit 🙁 To get this news on top of the closure of Cheeseburger Las Vegas in the Miracle Mile has pretty much ruined my week

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    1. Sam Novak

      Andrew, there is indeed marketing for the show. I’ve seen billboards, taxi ads, magazine ads, McCarran baggage-claim videos. It’s all there. The unfortunate thing is that there is no clear way to convey the absolute quality of this production or the talent involved. It’s tragic that in the City of Entertainment, a never-was like Britney Spears can lip-synch and robot-dance her way to thousands of cheers, yet a show like BAZ plays to mostly empty seats. It’s no reflection on the performers, but a sad commentary on today’s audiences.

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  2. Brad Blankenship

    Can anyone provide a link or source for this great deal. The wife and I have a November trip coming up and we would really like to see this show.

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        1. Sam Novak

          🙂 Thanks for encouraging people to see BAZ, Scott. I have no connection to the show other than being a believer in what it represents to the Vegas entertainment scene. That being said, I’m pulling for it to survive like no other production for the past decade. It’s THAT important…and that fantastic.

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  3. Andrew G

    I think most people when coming to Vegas choose what shows they may say before they arrive. It is then too late for a local taxi cab ad or billboard in Vegas or the airport to make a difference to what they will see. At least in my case, I pre-book every show before I arrive.

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    1. Scott Roeben

      It’s actually much more common that people don’t choose before they arrive. Most people tend to wing it, and don’t want to be locked into plans. Not sure how much influence cab toppers or billboards have, but they’re in very high demand among shows, so something’s working.

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      1. AccessVegas

        Scott is correct that the vast majority of tickets are sold to people who have arrived. For whatever reason, many of the people marketing shows don’t understand/appreciate that a site like this (and like mine) can lock up advanced sales though advertising that keeps people out of the half-price booths.

        I have NEVER understood the effectiveness of billboards or taxi-tops. You can’t measure their effectiveness, and your message is lost in a sea of a zillion other messages. And even then, ticket buyers end up at the 1/2 price booths where the salesperson pushes the highest commission tickets on them. Negating the influence of the on-the-ground advertising.

        In addition, commissions for those of us who are web publishers are often so small, it isn’t worth our time to promote many shows to our audiences. Shows would rather take a $40 bath in the 1/2 price booths than to pay we publishers $20 to lock up that advanced sale.

        It makes absolutely NO sense to me at all. I think the taxi and billboard adds are simply because they have always done it that way, and no one is thinking out of the box.

        That is your inside baseball for you.

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  4. Bouldersteve

    Maybe with all the talk of it closing and the good reviews tickets sales will pick up and the show can go on..at least for a while longer.

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  5. Strkr

    I’m going to have to be the contrarian in this discussion, unfortunately. I think that Vegas is just not the right venue for shows like this. Look at the many Broadway shows that have flopped here, no matter how good they were. Vegas just isn’t the outlet and people are not coming here to see this kind of thing.
    That being said, the new show is a pale unflattering shadow of what it was at MB, where I saw it twice (and fell in love with it). They changed WAY too much about it, dropped a bunch of songs (copyright issues?) and story lines and dialogue that made it a cohesive whole and made it a complete mess. I saw the VP version based on the VB review (and wanting to see the show I loved again) and was SEVERELY disappointed. I knew that the “showstopper” number wasn’t going to be in there, but by the time it got to it, I didn’t even care. I would not recommend the new version.
    PS – I think another reason they couldn’t get many Moulin Rouge songs is that the movie is possibly being adapted for Broadway.

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  6. Harry Caray is Deplorable

    3 of us attended a week ago on a Friday night. It was more than half empty. What a shame. We loved it. Great seats at a table with great service. Actors running all over the place. Lots of fun. I am no show critic and I am sure others will say it stinks but we thought it was awesome. Just our opinion. We are locals too.

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  7. Debra Daniel

    The show was to jumbled up. We left early. Only one person can actually sing without sounding like they are screaming (especially the lead girl in the long black gown), she scream sings. The one that could sing on pitch was Romeo. He had a amazing voice.

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