Category Archives: Las Vegas Shows

Entertainment Rumors Abound at SLS Las Vegas

SLS Resort is undergoing a major renovation, and from some of the rumblings we hear, changes won’t just take the form of new restaurants and a revamped casino floor.

We hear the successful male revue, “Magic Mike Live,” currently at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will be making a move to SLS Las Vegas in 2020. Word is the show will close at Hard Rock in November 2019.

This is surprising as it’s been reported “Magic Mike Live” would stay on at Hard Rock after the resort transitions to Virgin Hotel.

Magic Mike Live

It’s like we’re looking in a mirror.

Chatter at SLS leads us to believe the resort will make a significant investment (rumored to be in the neighborhood of $10 million) to customize a theater space to showcase “Magic Mike Live.”

Another rumor has it longtime Strip fixture Frank Marino, of “Diva’s Las Vegas,” was eyeing SLS for a residency.

Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” closed under a cloud of controversy at Linq casino after we reported some shady dealings related to solicitation of charitable contributions which never made it to the charity, among other alleged transgressions. Read more.

The ethical questions plaguing Marino have apparently made it tough for him to find a venue for his show on The Strip. Insiders tell us he was turned down by Westgate, Strat, Mirage and others.

Diva

We figured Frank Marino might throw in the towel, but never doubt a diva.

Update (5/26/19): It’s now sounding like Frank Marino will end up at Hooters. Hey, entertainment news in Las Vegas is fluid. So to speak.

There are also rumors about two existing shows at SLS, comedians Eddie Griffin and Mo’Nique. We hear both these shows will be shown the door, despite them selling well. Experience tells us this could be an effort to tweak the demographics at SLS, but that’s a really awkward subject, so we’ll just move on.

None of the rumors shared here have been announced or confirmed, but don’t be surprised if official announcements are made soon.

SLS Las Vegas is well worth a visit. You’ll want to check out the casino renovation, and make sure to try Cleo restaurant while you still can.

Update (6/3/19): Here’s some fresh scoop! We’re hearing SLS will be renamed (wait for it) Sahara Hotel & Casino. It has been long rumored the hotel would get the name Grand Sahara Resort, but management reconsidered because they thought it might be confused with Grand Sienna Resort, a Reno resort, also owned by Alex Meruelo.

Downtown Grand to Open New Showroom, The Spare Room

Downtown Grand is getting into the comedy game with the opening a new showroom dubbed The Spare Room.

The new showroom hasn’t officially been announced yet, but it will open May 15, 2019.

Downtown Grand

You can find Downtown Grand downtown. Hence, why were are considered a Las Vegas expert.

The new showroom will be located in the former Mob Bar space, just across the street from the Mob Museum.

For the showroom launch, The Spare Room will feature two shows, “Hypnomania” and “Delirious.”

“Hypnomania,” a comedy-hypnosis show featuring 20-year comedy veteran Don Barnhart, runs at 7:00 p.m.

“Delirious,” with traditional stand-up comedy, happens at 9:00 p.m.

The showroom will be open Wednesday through Sunday.

The Spare Room will have a full bar, thankfully, and a capacity of around 100 people.

Comedy fans will be able to find tickets at the official Downtown Grand Web site once they go on sale.

Downtown Grand has faced some challenges in the past due to its location, but the resort has recently perked up with the beginning of construction of a new hotel tower.

Downtown Grand construction

Downtown Grand’s new hotel tower is coming along nicely.

If you’re checking out the new showroom at Downtown Grand, we recommend making it dinner and a show by stopping in either at Pizza Rock or Triple George, a few steps away.

Cirque du Soleil’s “R.U.N.” to Open at Luxor

Cirque du Soleil has announced a new production, “R.U.N.,” is set to debut at Luxor on Oct. 24, 2019.

“R.U.N.” is described as a “live action thriller,” featuring “live action performance, cutting-edge technology and multimedia to explore the world of stunts.”

We should say the show’s official name is actually “R.U.N,” but that missing period was driving us nuts, so we fixed it.

RUN Cirque Las Vegas

Shout-out to our OCD brethren! And, yes, we’re not obsessing about whether OCD should have periods in it.

It’s worth noting the name of the show can be read as “Are you in?” The show’s observation, not ours.

“R.U.N.” is being billed as a departure from the typical Cirque show. For starters, the production won’t have any acrobats.

In addition, the show was written by Robert Rodriguez, director of quirky feature films like “El Mariachi,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Spy Kids.” Read more.

Imagine that, a Cirque show with a script!

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This isn’t the first time we’ve gotten the jitters because someone skipped a period.

Don’t worry, we don’t suspect “R.U.N.” will be too bogged down by story. Here’s the logline from the news release: “The show will follow two clans in an adrenaline-filled adventure where a striking bride leads a series of fast-paced chases, combat and stunts through the fictional dark underground of Las Vegas.”

This is the 10th collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts, owners of Luxor.

“R.U.N.” will take up residence in the theater formerly occupied by Criss Angel. When “R.U.N.” was announced, Angel wasted no time throwing some shade at Cirque on Instagram.

Criss Angel

It’s entirely possible asshat Criss Angel believes he invented fire.

We have no idea what that’s about (although Criss Angel might not love the fact he was shown the door at Luxor following flagging ticket sales), but an account that appears to be the official Instagram account for “R.U.N.” chimed in with some thoughts of their own.

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Emphasis on “own.”

Entertaining and gloriously awkward!

Drama aside, “R.U.N” has all the makings of a Vegas spectacle, which has become increasingly rare with the high cost of over-the-top production values and large casts.

The show will run just 75 minutes, light even by Las Vegas standards.

Tickets for “R.U.N.” will start at $69, because that’s the best ticket price, ever, if you get our drift. Find out more at the official “R.U.N.” Web site.

Many of the existing Cirque shows in Las Vegas are awesome, but we’re ready for a little less conversation (not to mention creepy clowns) and a little more action.

Don’t miss our one-minute guide to all the Cirque shows in Las Vegas.

“Fuerza Bruta” Tanks, Closes After a Month at Excalibur

After a month’s run at Excalibur, “Fuerza Bruta” is pulling up stakes and closing.

“Fuerza Bruta,” performed in a tent outside Excalibur, translates as “brute force.”

The show opened March 7, 2019. Its final performance is April 7, 2019. It was slated to run six months. What’s the Spanish word for “awkward.”

Fuerza Bruta

Everyone who’s OK with not having seen this show, raise your hand.

A release announcing the show’s debut, said it “breaks free of the confines of spoken language and theatrical convention to transport audiences to a parallel reality where emotion takes control.”

How many red flags do you need in one sentence?

Oh, and there were no seats.

Yeah, the writing was on the tent.

Ticket sales were abysmal for the show, but to its credit, most of the people we’ve heard from enjoyed it. There just weren’t enough of them.

The show says it “has been seen by more than six million spectators in more than 34 countries and 58 cities since its launch in 2003.”

Those places, obviously, aren’t Las Vegas.

“Fuerza Bruta” will now give it go at MGM Cotai in Macau, where a show based largely upon movement, with no discernible plot, should fare much better. Just look at the Chinese box office numbers for the “Transformers” movies.

Eyes now turn to another circus-style show in a tent, “Celestia,” at The Strat. That show’s debut has been pushed back several times, and while there are deep pockets behind the production, it remains to be seen if “Celestia” can succeed where “Fuerza Bruta” failed.

Fremont Street Experience Announces Concert Series Schedule for 2019

Fremont Street Experience has announced its Downtown Rocks summer concert series schedule for 2019. Which we sort of just said in the headline, but we needed an opening sentence before the graphic, so there you go.

Fremont Street Experience concerts

The word “free” is music to our ears.

2019 Fremont Street Experience free concerts schedule:

googie May 24 – Good Charlotte
googie June 15 – Nelly
googie June 29 – Sugar Ray
googie July 4 – Eli Young Band
googie July 20 – Fuel, Toadies and Sponge
googie July 27 – Pop 2000 Tour hosted by Lance Bass, with O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera and Tyler Hilton
googie Aug. 10 – Collective Soul
googie Aug. 17 – Buckcherry
googie Aug. 24 – Cheap Trick
googie Aug. 30 – The Wallflowers
googie Sep. 1 – I Love the ’90s featuring Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, All-4-One, Tone Loc and Coolio
googie Sep. 28 – Smash Mouth
googie Oct. 19 – Muddfest featuring Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Trapt, Saving Abel and Tantric

Most of the free Fremont Street Experience concerts start at 9:00 p.m.

Fremont Street concerts

Free rocks. Shout-out to Mermaids.

When you’re visiting downtown for these free shows, look up. The Viva Vision canopy at Fremont Street Experience is getting a $32 million upgrade.

The upgrade is expected to begin in early May 2019, and will officially debut on New Year’s Eve. The light shows will continue to run during the upgrade, which will be done in eight phases, in 150-foot sections (starting at the west end of the canopy, near Golden Gate).

Here’s a look at what’s being replaced on the Fremont Street Experience screen.

Viva Vision LEDs

Fremont Street Experience debuted in 1995 and got an upgrade to its old-timey LEDs in 2004. They’re old-timey again.

Full disclosure: We work in digital marketing at Fremont Street Experience as our day job. Our opinions are our own, despite the fact we haven’t really expressed any in this blog post. Though, we like Cheap Trick a lot. And that “All Stars” song from “Shrek.” And we are also a big fan of light shows.

Get details about the free concert series at the official Fremont Street Experience Web site.

“Atomic Saloon Show” to Open in Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes

The twisted geniuses at Spiegelworld, the team responsible for “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, are bringing another show to the Las Vegas Strip.

“Atomic Saloon Show” will open at Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian on Sep. 8, 2019.

Atomic Saloon Show

They had us at “saloon.”

“Absinthe,” of course, is one of the all-time greatest Las Vegas shows, ever, so everyone’s ears perk up when Spiegelworld says it’s creating a new Las Vegas show.

Spiegelworld’s “Opium” at Cosmopolitan hasn’t quite gained the momentum of “Absinthe,” but the quirky, sci-fi variety show is still alive and kicking.

“Atomic Saloon Show” is being described as “Blazing Saddles” meets “America’s Got Talent” meets “Westworld.”

Hey, two out of three ain’t bad.

Please enjoy this baffling promotional video for “Atomic Saloon Show,” and we apologize in advance. Props for the nod to Ennio Morricone, though.

As with all Spiegelworld news releases, the one announcing “Atomic Saloon Show” is brimming with WTF.

“Her first hotel was acquired by the government as an atomic bomb test site, but, decades later, Boozy Skunkton has returned to take over the Kraken Music Hall, a hidden saloon bar in the heart of Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort,” the release shares.

Exciting, especially because until just now we didn’t know there was a Kraken Music Hall at the Grand Canal Shoppes.

It continues, “Boozy has collected the most abnormally sexy but sensationally amoral troupe of entertainers on Earth and is determined to create the greatest saloon show the world has ever known.”

Translation: It’s a variety show.

The show will feature comic actors, variety acts and acrobats.

Atomic Saloon Show

Spiegelworld thinks differently.

The show will be directed by “Britain’s leading comedy director Cal McCrystal.” Sometimes, you just have to take their word for it.

According to the Spiegelworld, McCrystal is best-known as the director of a well-received stage play, “One Man, Two Guvnors,” starring James Corden.

The release also states McCrystal is known for his “direction and role” in the “deeply moving and hilarious” movies “Paddington” and “Paddington 2.” While he didn’t direct either film, McCrystal apparently served as “Physical Comedy Consultant” for both “Paddington” films. Here’s his Web site.

McCrystal seems to have a solid pedigree in live theater direction, so we have high hopes for “Atomic Saloon Show.” We also expect there to be nubile performers, as there are in “Absinthe” and “Opium,” so there’s that.

Fun fact: McCrystal directed comedy routines featured in “Zumanity.”

While the success of “Absinthe” is hard to replicate, there’s no denying the team at Spiegelworld offers a refreshing alternative to the Cirque and magic and topless revues so common in Las Vegas.

All due respect to topless revues.

“Atomic Saloon Show” will run six nights a week, dark Wednesdays. The show will be restricted to those 18 or older. Tickets start at $69. Note: They actually start at $68, but what’s the fun in that?

Spiegelworld gets bonus points for the names of its ticket packages: Fallout Shelters, Bikini Atoll Booths, Rodeo-Active Reserve and Reactor VIP Reserve.

Learn more (not really, though) at the official Web site.

Also on the horizon from Spiegelworld, a disco-themed show, “We Are Here.”

We Are Here

We don’t know where “We Are Here” will be, actually.

“We Are Here,” according to the official Web site, “mines the music bedrock of disco’s iconic tracks to explore the rise of a popular movement, and the stunning backlash against it. Forget white suits and mirror balls, this is a celebration of the beat that set the world on fire and continues to unify generations and cultures at a time when we need it more than ever.”

Long live disco, we say.

There’s no word yet on where that production will land, but expect to hear more details soon.