“Purple Reign” Closes at Westgate, Dirk Arthur Returns

A popular Prince tribute show, “Purple Reign,” has closed abruptly at Westgate Las Vegas.

The show, which has performed at various Las Vegas hotels for decades, stars Jason Tenner. It’s easily one of the best tribute shows in Vegas.

Purple Reign

One of the show’s claims to fame is “Purple Reign” was the first tribute act to appear as a musical guest on “Late Show With David Letterman.”

The show will open again at Tropicana on Nov. 1, 2017.

As “Purple Reign” departs Westgate, longtime Las Vegas magician Dirk Arthur is making a return to the resort.

Dirk Arthur

You know, just Dirk Arthur taking a stroll with his kitty around the pool. It’s Vegas, baby.

Arthur’s show opens Nov. 15, 2017, and this time around he’ll attempt to sidestep criticism of his exotic cat show by keeping the inclusion of animals to a minimum.

Arthur’s show will still feature a bobcat, snow leopard and birds.

We know Dirk Arthur, and have found him to be compassionate when it comes to his animals, but shows with big cats are a tough sell in Vegas these days.

Details about Arthur’s new show are slim at the moment, but there’s sure to be more information soon on Westgate’s Web site.


8 thoughts on ““Purple Reign” Closes at Westgate, Dirk Arthur Returns

  1. Dan Yost

    Has a show every moved around as much as this one?

    Successful enough to keep going, but moving every 6-24 months is a weird slot to fall into.

    1. The Vegas Voice

      Four wall deals are killing Vegas. The Hotels no longer want to front the shows, they rather rent the room and not care whats in it as long as the check clears.

        1. The Vegas Voice

          As the bean counters want money instantly and not willing to invest in talent, they are renting more of the showrooms out. That’s why you are seeing multiple shows in one showroom A single act can’t handle the huge adverting budgets needed to start and maintain a show in Vegas.

  2. JeffinOKC

    I think this is the best impersonator show anywhere. Try to see it every time we are in Las Vegas. Have seen them at the Boardwalk, House of Blues, Hooters, and Westgate, as best I can remember.
    I’m guessing all the movement reflects star Jason Tenner’s transition from a car detailer trying to make some extra $ with a weekend gig impersonating Prince to a career entertainer, probably with little to zero business experience and/or financial backing. But, I think each new location has been an equal, or better, move. I think that is a good sign.

  3. Photoncounter

    Saw Dirk Arthur once. Very boring show. Wouldn’t consider it a “magic” show as everything was so obvious and predictable.

    He does indeed care for his animals, very obvious. I wish hope he adds some different material and achieves success.

  4. Bouldersteve

    Going from the Westgate to the Tropicana.Both hotels don’t have a great track record with shows. Hope Jason has success at the Trop. It’s been a while since anyone had a show that lasted long over there.


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