“Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel” to Close at Harrah’s Las Vegas

The long-ailing Elvis tribute show at Harrah’s Las Vegas, “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel,” is set to close Dec. 30, 2019.

The show showcased images of Elvis, 18 of his hits and “Broadway-style choreography.”

Heartbreak Hotel

For once, this show hasn’t said it’s looking for a new place to dwell.

The Elvis impersonator featured in the show, Eddie Clendening, originated his role while starring in “Million Dollar Quartet.”

There were rumors “Heartbreak Hotel” had struggled for some time, including before it even opened.

The show lasted just eight months. It opened on April 15, 2019.

The show celebrated its 100th performance in August 2019.

While “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel” will shutter, Elvis hasn’t completely left the building. Harrah’s is home to Big Elvis, who performs in the hotel’s piano bar.

Some have suggested the demise of “Heartbreak Hotel” is further evidence Broadway-style productions are done in Las Vegas. Yes, we are one of the some. Some figure Elvis is pretty much done in Vegas, too.

“Million Dollar Quartet” closed at Harrah’s in 2016. “Jersey Boys” closed at Paris the same year.

There’s no word about what might replace “Heartbreak Hotel” at Harrah’s. Expect the show to say it’s gearing up for a national tour starting mid-2020.

8 thoughts on ““Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel” to Close at Harrah’s Las Vegas

  1. WILLIAM WINGO

    In August 1977, I was driving across Hoover Dam on the way to Las Vegas when I heard on the radio that Elvis Presley had died. That night, thunderstorms saturated the city, as if the heavens were weeping for the King. There was even a power failure at the Palomino Club.
    I was in Memphis for about fifteen years, and like most Memphians I can tell a few Elvis stories. We never actually met, but several times our paths almost crossed. For example, we both belonged to the same Tae Kwon Do academy, but weren’t active at the same time. Master Kang Rhee drove a big white Cadillac El Dorado, a gift from Elvis which is now in a museum somewhere.
    Whatever you may think of his movies, music, or lifestyle, Elvis’ influence on the American consciousness is undeniable. But it’s been 42 years, and two generations have grown up without any direct exposure; so it’s only natural that his memory would fade over time. There are still Elvis movie marathons on television every January 8, and I think Graceland is still doing good business; but it’s not quite the same. Las Vegas has changed too of course, as have we all.
    RIP, Elvis.

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    1. Annster @hollsmom

      Well put, William. When I bring my husband and teenager to LV next year for their first visit, they won’t miss Elvis one bit. My husband was born in 1980 and my daughter in 2005 and I am relatively sure I have never heard either of them mention his name. He is of another era, a completely different world in many ways.

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  2. Todd

    This show was simply not that good. Most people go to an Elvis show planning to hear Elvis. This show had several singers covering Elvis songs. I am not sure if Broadway is dead in Vegas or not because this show was bad either way. The Million Dollar Quartet was successful for a long time, something else on that level would likely succeed.

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      Guess it’s a moot point now. Broadway-style is a thing, although you’re right, may not be a fair comparison.

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