September 26, 2023


Arts Eternal

Curtain Up: V Theater, Jabbawockeez, Fantasy and more Vegas showbiz news

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No one does it like the Jabbawockeez.

What does the governor’s announcement this week about the potential 100% opening of Las Vegas by June 1 suggest for big Las Vegas Strip production reveals? Producers and venue operators are working to determine that out.

After Tuesday’s announcement, Cirque du Soleil Amusement Group President and CEO Daniel Lamarre responded via e-mail: “We were being delighted to hear about the new pointers and are analyzing what they necessarily mean for our reveals to reopen. We just cannot wait around to safely welcome our company, artists, staff members and crew back again to our theaters in the around upcoming.” Cirque officials experienced beforehand stated they had been hoping to reopen flagship displays “O” at Bellagio and “Mystére” at Treasure Island as early as July. Thinking about all the complexities that go into reveals like these, headlining musical residencies and other greater Strip productions, it may be unreasonable to assume loosening limits to speed up their return.

A single sizeable Strip venue which is completed playing the waiting recreation is the V Theater at the Miracle Mile Outlets at the World Hollywood resort, which popped open quietly on March 26 and is now working 6 different displays. The V1 showroom holds “V – The Final Assortment Exhibit” at 7 and 8:30 p.m. just about every evening, Nathan Burton’s comedy and magic stunning at 4 p.m. Tuesday by means of Sunday and the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at 5:30 p.m. Thursday by means of Tuesday. The V2 room is now property to “All Shook Up” at 6 p.m. each individual night, “The Mentalist” starring Gerry McCambridge at 7:30 p.m. Thursday via Tuesday and the Las Vegas Stay Comedy Club at 9 p.m. just about every evening. 6 distinct productions, a few of them under no circumstances dim, all in one particular location, and it’s not even up to total velocity but. It’s an amazing comeback and there will be additional reveals returning to these levels in the coming months and months.

The world-renowned Jabbawockeez dance crew has signed on for a 4-12 months extension with MGM Resorts. Its present-day demonstrate “Timeless” is temporarily getting over MGM Grand Garden Arena for two shows nightly and whilst the Jabbas are predicted to shift back again into their more intimate, custom-made theater on the casino floor later on this yr, they’ll be keeping set at MGM Grand by way of 2025. The exhibit commenced at the vacation resort in 2010 just after shelling out time at other MGM properties on the Strip. “It has been a huge blessing to have the possibility to share our talents in Las Vegas for the past 11 several years,” said founding member Kevin Brewer. “We are deeply grateful for our partners at MGM Resorts who have been incredibly supportive in our expansion as performers as properly as a successful leisure brand.”

Fantasy” has included one more visitor star in Jonathan Goodwin, a skilled daredevil and escape artist who appeared as a finalist on “Britain’s Obtained Talent” and a semifinalist on “America’s Obtained Talent.” Goodwin, who has been attacked by sharks, burned alive and hung from a helicopter, will alternate with comedian and magician Murray Sawchuck in the very long-jogging woman revue at the Luxor Theater, showing Monday by way of Wednesday. Considering the fact that it can be continuously promoting out limited capability displays, “Fantasy” is incorporating a 2nd clearly show on decide on evenings in April and Could. In addition to its standard 10:30 p.m. exhibit nightly and an excess 8 p.m. show Sundays, a further 8 p.m. presentation is scheduled for this weekend on April 16-17, May perhaps 17-22 and May well 31.

DJ Liz Clark — a fixture on the Strip amusement scene for years at all kinds of Caesars Entertainment situations and an opening act for big live shows from Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5, Envision Dragons, Practice and much more — is co-creating an revolutionary acoustic exhibit at Notoriety Stay on April 24 centered on the famous rehearsals for Elvis Presley’s 1968 comeback specific. Clark collected an remarkable lineup of local musicians for a jam session at her birthday bash again in March and was compelled to convert it into some thing the public could encounter. “I’ve been in this article 20 decades and by no means viewed something like this,” she says. “It’s not like displays with impersonators. It’s all acoustic, no tracks, just uncooked talent.” That expertise arrives from Justin Shandor, a person of the most acclaimed Elvis tribute artists all-around, accomplishing with Elvis Lederer (Blue Male Team) and Martin Zimmerman on guitars and Pepe Jimenez (Santana) on percussion. “Sexxy” producer and star Jennifer Romas will kick issues off with a minimal choreography. This exclusive function is set for 10:30 p.m. April 24 and ticket facts can be found at

This week’s main live performance announcement is the return of Alejandro Fernandez to MGM Grand Back garden Arena for Mexican Independence Working day weekend in Las Vegas, hitting the stage on September 15. Tickets are on sale now at Also announced this week: Poor Bunny delivers his Ultimo Tour del Mundo to the same venue on March 5, 2022, and people tickets also grew to become readily available nowadays.

Terry Fator’s new display at New York-New York, “Who’s the Dummy Now?” has been prolonged for one more thirty day period. When it opened on March 18, the unique engagement was marketing tickets by way of April 30, and now tickets are offered as a result of Could 30. Really don’t be surprised if Fator gets to be a long-lasting component of this south Strip resort’s amusement lineup.

As he explained he would do on my Sunlight on the Strip podcast a handful of weeks again, comic magician Mac King popped into Don Barnhart’s Delirious Comedy Club at Downtown Grand final 7 days for some impromptu sets to get back into stage shape for his hopeful reopening at Harrah’s on June 1. Tonight, the club welcomes again Pauly Shore for the 10 p.m. present, with Barnhart, Keith Lyle and Dude Fessenden taking the stage for the duration of the 6 and 8 p.m. sets.

Elsewhere this weekend: There are heaps of laughs in store at the Rio as the Comedy Cellar will make its triumphant return Saturday night, warming issues up for Penn & Teller’s massive comeback on April 22. And if you skipped my interview with the great Bucky Heard, go pay attention and get completely ready to see him sing at the Bootlegger this weekend.