Hot on the heels of news “Raiding the Rock Vault” will soon close at Tropicana, another show is being given the ax, “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Wynn Las Vegas.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Wynn reps have confirmed “Showstoppers” will close for good on Sep. 30, 2016.
The lavish, old-school production, featuring a large (expensive) cast and full (expensive) orchestra, was a pet project of Steve Wynn. The show is said to have cost $10 million to launch.
“Showstoppers” opened in December 2014, and lasted far longer than most anticipated.
We included “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” on our list of shows likely to close in 2016. Not because it wasn’t good (we never saw it), but because the economics of Las Vegas entertainment is changing, and even with Steve Wynn’s deep pockets, the show seemed destined for the same fate as other high-cost, low-attendance shows like “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and “Frank: The Man, The Music” at Palazzo.
“Showstoppers” came about after Steve Wynn created a private show for his wife Andrea’s 50th birthday party. The show amounts to a “Broadway’s greatest hits” compilation, complete with elaborate sets and choreography.
Could “Showstoppers” be the last we see of Broadway-style musical theater on the Las Vegas Strip? And if so, what the hell are we going to do with all the surplus jazz hands?