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Days Are Numbered for Cirque’s “R.U.N.” at Luxor

A wildly expensive and polarizing Cirque du Soleil show, “R.U.N.” at Luxor, looks to be closing after April 2020, according to a source.

“R.U.N.” opened on Oct. 24, 2019 at a staggering cost of $62 million.

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It’s a blog, we don’t have to be neutral.

“R.U.N.” has received scathing reviews since its debut, with many declaring it the “worst show ever in Las Vegas.”

On TripAdvisor, the show has received 115 “terrible” ratings, and 31 “excellent” ratings, although a good deal of the “excellent” ratings are of questionable origin.

For example, many use the same or similar terminology (“immersive!”), and are written by first-time reviewers using generic profile photos. Another common theme among the dubious raves are claims audience disappointment with the show is due to it not being a “typical Cirque show.”

We can’t disagree, as typical Cirque shows are “enjoyable” and “entertaining” and tend to not feature torture sequences.

Here’s a taste of “R.U.N.” Warning: Viewing this video may cause nausea, headaches, vomiting and an uncontrollable urge to, well, run.

There has been no official announcement or confirmation of the closure of “R.U.N.” by Cirque du Soleil or Luxor (owned by MGM Resorts).

A source shared an internally-distributed schedule of upcoming performances of “R.U.N.,” which abruptly ends after its April dates.

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“R.U.N.,” it seems, has run out of gas.

There’s been speculation that because of the show’s $62 million price tag, it would be disastrous to simply pull the plug on “R.U.N.” There’s a chance the show could close temporarily for an overhaul to try and salvage it.

There’s also a chance Cirque has realized it misread the market and will cut its losses to stop the bleeding.

While it’s no fun when a show closes and performers and crew members lose their gigs, it’s also no fun when customers feel ripped off after seeing a Las Vegas show, especially one from a respected company like Cirque du Soleil.

“R.U.N.” was a noble, but misguided and poorly executed, attempt to reach a new audience for Cirque. Unfortunately, there’s no evidence that audience actually exists.

“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.

“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.

Donny and Marie Osmond End 11-Year Las Vegas Residency

Donny and Marie Osmond ended their Las Vegas residency at Flamingo on Nov. 16, 2019 after an impressive, and unexpected, 11-year run.

When the siblings began their residency in Sep. 2008, nobody really thought it would last long. Donny and Marie have defied expectations, and then some, performing 1,730 shows during their time at Flamingo.

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According to Donny, the pair’s original contract with Flamingo was for a six-week run.

Donny and Marie Osmond are moving on to new projects, solo, as they’d prefer. Long story.

Marie Osmond recently snagged a co-hosting gig on “The Talk,” whatever that might be.

Donny Osmond is expected to release his 62nd studio album soon.

Their stint at Flamingo has been exceptionally profitable for both the pair and the Flamingo (owned by Caesars Entertainment).

During a nasty lawsuit with their producer, it was learned Donny and Marie Osmond are each paid a base salary of $1.6 million a year, plus 40% of the box office gross.

Donny & Marie wrap

It’s a wrap. Get ready to see this one replaced with a big-ass RuPaul.

The next show lined up for the Osmonds’ former showroom is “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.” Which is, for the record, just about the most opposite thing of the “Donny & Marie Show” as is humanly possible.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” to Sashay Into Flamingo Las Vegas

Flamingo Las Vegas has announced a new show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live,” to launch in early 2020.

It’s hard to imagine a harder left turn for Flamingo, considering the drag show will replace Donny and Marie Osmond’s long-running production when it closes in November 2019.

You go, Flamingo.

Honestly, has anyone ever not had a good time at a drag show?

RuPaul's Drag Race Live Flamingo

If you can’t love a drag show in Las Vegas, how the hell are you ever gonna love a drag show?

We’re resolute in our enthusiasm for the new show even after seeing RuPaul describe it as “an immersive, interactive thrill-ride.” He gets a pass, because he’s just so damned funny.

From the news release, “Each live performance is packed with outrageous comedy, eye-popping fashions, over-the-top singing and dancing, heartwarming moments, plus twists and turns that will leave the audience ‘gagging’ for more. The atmosphere of the show is interactive and encourages audience members’ participation, as if they were attending a live episode of the
world-famous competition.”

Big props to Flamingo for signing off on a news release with a “gagging” joke in it!

“RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” will feature seven performers plucked from a rotating cast including Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Coco Montrese, Derrick Barry, Eureka O’Hara, India Ferrah, Kahanna Montrese, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Shannel and Yvie Oddly.

RuPaul's Drag Race Live Las Vegas

We may or may not be using chicken cutlets right now. Don’t judge.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” will perform Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 p.m. starting in January 2020. Tickets will start at $49. Get tickets at the official site.

Having a drag show at Flamingo is a fairly cunning move on the part of the resort and its owner, Caesars Entertainment.

First, the appeal of drag is much broader than you’d expect. Also, the main target demographic for this type of production hits a sweet spot for casinos as customers tend to have disposable income to eat, drink, gamble and take advantage of other amenities at a hotel-casino.

It’s one of the reasons Lady Gaga, Elton John, Britney Spears Cher and Celine are so appealing to their host casinos.

The bottom line: When “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” opens at Flamingo, expect copious lip-syncing, over-the-top costumes and a metric hell-ton of shade.

Caesars Entertainment Cancels $100 Million Kind Heaven Project, Per Rumor

We’ll keep this quick and awkward: Kind Heaven has suffered the unkindest of cuts.

Our sources say Caesars Entertainment has informed key employees Kind Heaven, a $100 million attraction slated for the Linq casino, is officially canceled.

Kind Heaven

So many questions will now go unanswered.

It’s likely the demise of Kind Heaven, should our information be confirmed, is fallout from the announced merger between Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts.

The looming merger has called into question a number of pending projects, and Kind Heaven was considered a risky endeavor from day one.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kind Heaven, here’s the skinny: Kind Heaven was an Asian-themed walk-through attraction with music festival roots.

Oh, and there were supposed to be holographic fighting monkeys. No, really.

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Think “Blade Runner,” but with more pickpockets. Long story.

The attraction was slated to open in the summer of 2019. So, now-ish. As far as we know, no demolition or construction of any kind has happened related to Kind Heaven.

Here’s more about the former Kind Heaven.

The project was touted as the brainchild of noted oddball Perry Farrell, founder of the Lollapalooza music festival.

As recently as Aug. 1, 2019, Farrell was still talking up Kind Heaven, apparently unaware the plug has reportedly been pulled on the project.

While it would’ve been fun to see Kind Heaven come to fruition, it seemed a trainwreck waiting to happen.

Kind Heaven Las Vegas

There are so many bummed out monks right about now.

Caesars Entertainment has a lot on its plate at the moment, including a consolidation likely to result in a fair amount of corporate employees being laid off as the merger moves forward, so risky investments of time or resources seem best avoided for now.

The holographic monkeys will just have to find other gigs.

On a related note, another casualty of the Eldorado merger is the demise of “Nitro Circus,” announced for Bally’s Las Vegas. The show is rumored to be seeking another venue, but don’t hold your breath.