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Magician Mat Franco Unveils Namesake Theater Marquee at The LINQ Hotel & Casino - Press Release
July 11, 2017

Magician Mat Franco Unveils Namesake Theater Marquee at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, July 10

Franco Receives Key to The Strip and Proclamation of “Mat Franco Day” in Clark County

Yesterday (July 10, 2017), magician Mat Franco  had the honor of unveiling his new namesake marquee, Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, which was renamed by the center-Strip resort in celebration of his continued career success. Kicking off the milestone afternoon, the property’s regional president, Eileen Moore welcomed the crowd of invited guests and fans before inviting Mat to help her in unveiling the venue’s new signage. “Today’s a special day for us here at The LINQ, because we’re able to rename The LINQ Theater in Mat’s honor and really put a world-class stamp on our property,” shared Moore.

After revealing the long-awaited marquee, Franco expressed his gratitude for his producers and management teams at BASE Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment, and Red Light Management, as well as his mass of supporters and fans. “But we have more than a quarter of a million people who’ve all come through these doors over the last two years to thank most of all,” shared Franco.

Moore returned to the floor to introduce Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who presented Franco with a plaque proclaiming July 10, 2017 as “Mat Franco Day” on the Las Vegas Strip and throughout the county. Commissioner Kirkpatrick concluded the presentation by surprising Franco with his very own Key to The Strip, an honor bestowed upon The Strip’s top entertainers and public figures.

Afterward, the cast and crew of MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY and executives from Caesars Entertainment, BASE Entertainment, and Red Light Management gathered in the venue’s meet and greet room for a private champagne reception. “We knew from the beginning that we had someone special on our hands,” toasted Base Entertainment CEO Brian Becker. “Here’s to many more years of success, Mat!”

Nearing the second anniversary of his first-ever headlining production, Franco has been hailed “a master magician for the millennial generation” (Las Vegas Sun), and MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY has received critical acclaim for being “unlike anything the Entertainment Capital of the World has ever offered” (Vegas.com). For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com.

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About MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY

Mat Franco takes the stage in MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY in the newly renamed Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino with a fun and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. Named “Best Show” by Las Vegas Weekly and voted “Best Magic Show” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Awards, MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY treats guests to an unparalleled production with an innovative and immersive approach to magic that’s driven by Mat’s passion and imagination. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and stunning magic with crowd-guided improv, creating a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s unique and unforgettable to each audience. For more information, visit MatFranco.com and connect with the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @MagicReinvented.

About The LINQ Hotel & Casino

As the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a total of 2,253 newly renovated rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana rooms with direct access to the pool. Positioned between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. Designed with the modern traveler in mind, the resort launched the first fully integrated self check-in program on the Las Vegas Strip in 2015. Enjoy celebrated chef restaurant Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, voted “Best Gastropub of 2015” by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, award-winning Hash House a Go Go and direct access to O’Sheas Casino, Off The Strip and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. Entertainment and nightlife experiences include 3535, a unique take on the lobby bar, TAG Sports Bar, a state-of-the-art gaming lounge, as well as popular entertainers such as Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” and magician Mat Franco, “America’s Got Talent” Season Nine winner. The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a reimagined pool deck featuring two pools, the new 15,000-square-foot Spa at The LINQ and fitness center, The Silver Sky Chapel for intimate weddings and 63,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information, please visit TheLINQ.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find The LINQ on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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Magic Mike Live: The New Ladies' Night - Travel Weekly
May 19th, 2017

Magic Mike Live: The New Ladies’ Night

They come in droves. A squadron of women wearing neon wigs cut into blunt, perky bobs. A gaggle of ladies in sashes and pink headbands that read “hen party.” A parade of cocktail dresses and high heels with the occasional sash or tiara sprinkled in. It’s Sunday night in Las Vegas, but at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino it is definitely ladies’ night.

In fact, since “Magic Mike Live” opened inside the off-Strip casino in April, it’s been ladies’ night every night, except Mondays and Tuesdays when the male revue is dark. Created by actor Channing Tatum and co-directed by choreographer Alison Faulk,
“Magic Mike Live” loosely follows the storylines of the original film (which itself was loosely based on Tatum’s experiences as a stripper). This time, Mike’s a server, taken under the wing of the show’s host and cast to be transformed into the slick, chiseled, male dancer ideal. As you might imagine, much body rolling and screaming ensues.

Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager visit Channing Tatum’s ‘Magic Mike Live’ - Today Show
May 19th, 2017

Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager visit Channing Tatum’s ‘Magic Mike Live’

As their “Girlfriends’ Guide to Fantastic Fun” series continues, TODAY’s Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager head to Las Vegas to check out “Magic Mike Live,” inspired by the “Magic Mike” movies starring Channing Tatum, who created and produces the Vegas show. “There was a lot of blushing going on!” Jenna admits.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Hot Cast of Magic Mike Live - Cosmopolitan

From the May 9, 2017 article posted on cosmopolitan.com

After the credits rolled on 2015’s Magic Mike XXL, fans started asking, “When will there be a Magic Mike 3?” Little did they know the next iteration of the franchise would be Magic Mike Live, an extravaganza of very hot guys showing off their best moves in very little clothing at Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. As the show’s director, Channing Tatum reconnected with the films’ dream team of choreographers — Alison Faulk, Teresa Espinosa, and Luke Broadlick — and they created a show that, in his words, “actually worships women and makes them go, ‘This is our night.’” Adds codirector Allison: “We’re trying to give women as much as we can through this show—romantic, sexy, and funny moments.”

It took hard work (“Imagine Allison and me doing yoga moves on top of each other trying to figure out choreography,” says Channing. “Like ‘Can you put your butt more on my ear?’”). And creative thinking (“We asked ourselves, What do women want?” recalls Allison. “It’s a complicated answer!”) And mind-blowing talent (“I can dance a little,” allows Channing, “but these guys are the best dancers in the world”). In the end, they pulled off an experience that takes crowd-pleaser to a new level.

Don’t count out a future guest-appearance from the original Magic Mike. “If I’m ever in shape on these guys’ level again, the first thing I’m gonna do is run to Vegas,” says Channing. “I’m dying to get back out there and go a little crazy.”

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A 'Magic Mike Live' Bachelorette Bash! - Ellen Degeneres

113 thoughts I had watching Magic Mike Live - Glamour Magazine UK

From the May 3, 2017 article posted on glamourmagazine.co.uk 

113 thoughts I had watching Magic Mike Live

Like many people, best-selling author Lindsey Kelk thought strip shows were tacky. Then she went to see Magic Mike Live in LAs Vegas…

By Lindsey Kelk

As far as I was aware, live male strip shows were tacky entertainment: ropey looking, long haired men thrusting in a line, oiled up to the gills while wearing bow ties, and little else. Was it possible that our beloved Channing Tatum had somehow taken a misstep with his latest venture?

Ten minutes into the show and I realised I could not have been more wrong. All hail Channing, the man can do no wrong. Here are 113 thoughts that crossed my mind during Magic Mike Live…

Highlights below.
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79: “This is my favourite thing I’ve ever done and I saw Britney last summer.”

97: “The dancers are all coming down stairs in amazing three piece suits and it’s the hottest thing I’ve ever seen. We’re at a strip show and the sexiest thing in the world is fully dressed men. This is genius

109: “This is my favourite ever Vegas show.”

111: ” In an entire ninety minute show about strippers, we only saw two bums and yet I completely understand why they’re selling vibrators outside. That was the coolest, funniest, sexiest show I’ve ever seen.”

112: “Amazing dancing, hot guys, cool girls, a feminist story, Saint Laurent ankle boots, Channing Tatum and a unicorn. This show has everything you could ever want.”

MAGICIAN MAT FRANCO TO BE HONORED WITH NAMESAKE THEATER AT THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO IN CELEBRATION OF CAREER SUCCESS - Press Release

MAGICIAN MAT FRANCO TO BE HONORED WITH NAMESAKE THEATER AT THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO IN CELEBRATION OF CAREER SUCCESS

Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly Extends Residency Run at The Mat Franco Theater
with Increased Performance Schedule, New Dates On Sale Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m.

Tweet It: . @TheLINQ Theater, home of @MagicReinvented, to be renamed ‘The Mat Franco Theater’ in celebration of @MatFrancoMagic’s continued success!

LAS VEGAS (April 28, 2017) – After logging nearly 600 performances of his first-ever Las Vegas residency, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, the dazzling LINQ Theater is being renamed in honor of celebrated magician Mat Franco. Going into effect for performances starting July 10, which go on sale through the end of the year on Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m., fans can continue to experience the young magician’s mystifying talent and breezy humor in the newly renamed space. For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com.

“The show’s success is really a testament to my fans and supporters that have catapulted my little hobby into a phenomenon,” said Franco. “A huge thank you also goes out to my partners at BASE Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment and Red Light Management.  Their efforts have been integral parts in making this dream a reality!”

Throughout a nearly decade-long career as a professional magician, Franco continues to pioneer new frontiers in the magic and entertainment worlds with one clear objective in mind: bringing happiness to his audiences. Since long before taking the stage in his first-ever resident production, the 28-year-old magician has worked tirelessly to cultivate his talents and personal brand in hopes of, one day, achieving every entertainer’s dream of having a theater named in recognition of their career.

“Mat Franco is a one-of-a-kind performer and his show, MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY, has been a wonderful addition to The LINQ Hotel & Casino,” said Eileen Moore, regional president of The LINQ Hotel & Casino. “We are thrilled to introduce The Mat Franco Theater in honor of his continuing success in Las Vegas.”

Named “Best Magic Show” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and “Best Strip Show” by Las Vegas Weekly, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY continues to receive rave reviews from fans and critics alike since opening in August 2015.

“BASE Entertainment is thrilled to celebrate this milestone with Mat and our partners at Caesars Entertainment and Red Light Management,” shared Brian Becker, BASE Entertainment CEO. “This attests to Mat’s incredible talent, work ethic and vision, and we are incredibly excited to be a part of Mat’s bright future in Las Vegas.”

MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY continues to amaze and inspire audiences at The LINQ Hotel & Casino Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m., with a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday. Ticket prices start at $59 and are available by phone at 800.745.3000, in person at The Mat Franco Theater box office, or online at MatFranco.com and Ticketmaster.com. A VIP experience is available with a $50 upgrade on any section + all applicable fees, per person. The VIP experience includes a personal meet & greet and photo with Mat Franco directly following the performance, a VIP laminate, a signed keepsake souvenir and a complimentary beverage. For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com, and connect with the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @MagicReinvented. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or email Sales@BASEentertainment.com.

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About MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY:

Mat Franco takes the stage in MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel & Casino with a fun and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. Fresh from his triumphant win on America’s Got Talent and his follow up primetime special, Mat Franco’s Got Magic on NBC in 2015, Mat presents an unparalleled production and innovative approach to magic-making that’s driven by his passion and imagination. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and stunning magic with crowd-guided improv, creating a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s unique and unforgettable to each audience. For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @MagicReinvented.

About The LINQ Hotel & Casino

As the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a total of 2,253 newly renovated rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana rooms with direct access to the pool. Positioned between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. Designed with the modern traveler in mind, the resort launched the first fully integrated self check-in program on the Las Vegas Strip in 2015. Enjoy celebrated chef restaurant Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, voted “Best Gastropub of 2015” by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, award-winning Hash House a Go Go and direct access to O’Sheas Casino, Off The Strip and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. Entertainment and nightlife experiences include 3535, a unique take on the lobby bar, TAG Sports Bar, a state-of-the-art gaming lounge, as well as popular entertainers such as Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” and magician Mat Franco, “America’s Got Talent” Season Nine winner. The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a reimagined pool deck featuring two pools, the new 15,000-square-foot Spa at The LINQ and fitness center, The Silver Sky Chapel for intimate weddings and 63,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information, please visit TheLINQ.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find The LINQ on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

'Magic Mike Live' is the Modern Strip Show We Deserve - USA Today

From the April 21, 2017 article posted on usatoday.com 

‘Magic Mike Live’ is the modern strip show we deserve

LAS VEGAS – Here’s something I never expected to say: I got a lap dance from a male stripper, and it wasn’t awkward. For that, I thank Channing Tatum.

The shockingly smooth performance was part of a preview for the Magic Mike star’s new male revue show, Magic Mike Live, opening Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

Tatum and co-director Alison Faulk, the choreographer from the film franchise, deliver on the stripping, but not in the outdated, trite way you know.

Instead, the new show doesn’t involve Village People outfits, jackhammer gyration, complete nudity and dollar bills. On the contrary, it features dancing, singing, piano playing, drumming, aerial acrobatics and even a pas de deux in the rain. Women are encouraged to throw pink “you’re welcome” slips in lieu of money at the performers seen in the audience, on the stage, atop the bar and midair.

The 90-minute performance manages to be a strip show with substance. Like a romance novel come to life, it’s a piece of erotic entertainment made for a woman’s gaze.

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR LAS VEGAS' SEXIEST NEW SMASH, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS - Press Release

More Than 25,000 Advance Tickets Sold for Performances
Beginning March 30 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

LAS VEGAS (FEB. 24, 2017) – The search is over! Following a nationwide man-hunt, casting for the highly-anticipated production, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is now finalized. Inspired by the ever-popular Magic Mike film franchise and conceived by the film’s star Channing Tatum, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS will feature 13 of the hottest and most talented males from around the country. Preview performances for the sizzling production will begin on Thursday, March 30 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino inside of the mythic Club Domina. The show will celebrate its official opening night on Friday, April 21.

Following the buzzed-about ticket on-sale announcement made by Tatum on the Season 14 premiere of Ellen in September, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS has sold more than 25,000 advance tickets, amounting to more than $2.5 Million in ticket sales, and continues to sell fast! Tickets for all performances are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

“We are overwhelmed with the incredible response Magic Mike Live has received since tickets went on sale and we can’t wait to reveal this groundbreaking new production to Magic Mike fans around the world,” said Vincent Marini, Creative Director and Executive Producer, BASE Entertainment. “We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the tens of thousands of guests who have already made Magic Mike Live one of the hottest tickets in town and encourage everyone else to secure their tickets now while good seats are still available.”

Built to give guests an immersive, first-class entertainment experience, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS will feature sexy and daring themed dance routines punctuated by one-of-a-kind acts from a wildly diverse cast of performers. Performed inside of the intimate, 450-seat mythic Club Domina – a state-of-the-art cabaret nightclub fully redesigned to capture the magnetism of the Magic Mike franchise – guests will be enveloped in this 80-minute, 360-degree dance and acrobatic striptease spectacular.

Magic Mike Live is breaking new ground for Vegas entertainment and is in line with the continuing evolution of our property, and the cutting-edge amenities we’re committed to offering our guests in the months and years to come,” said Jody Lake, Chief Operating Officer, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “We’re very excited to be working closely with Channing and his team to realize his vision for the show.”

MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is co-directed by Channing Tatum and film franchise choreographers Alison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa, and is produced by Free Association, in conjunction with United Talent Agency, Aloris and June Entertainment, Warner Bros., BASE Entertainment and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS will perform Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. Ticket prices start at $49 and are available by phone at 800.745.3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com or MagicMikeLiveLasVegas.com. A $45 VIP Meet & Greet add-on is available with any ticket purchase and includes a meet and greet with the cast and a souvenir photo. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or email Sales@BASEentertainment.com.

For more information, please visit MagicMikeLiveLasVegas.com. Connect with MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

MANWÉ SAULS-ADDISON – This native New Yorker has been performing his whole life, working with some of the best. From Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Liza Minnelli – to name a few – as well as being a regular on Saturday Night Live since 2004 and more recently a principle dancer for the hit show Lip Sync Battle.

LUKE BROADLICK Luke Broadlick is a multi-talented entertainer. He moved to Los Angeles to become an actor and became that and so much more. At the age of 14, Luke booked a national commercial following his first audition, leading him to guest star roles and TV spots. At 16, Luke was a six-time (ISKA) and 13-time (NASKA) World Champion Martial Artist. He also booked Britney Spears’ Circus Tour at the same age. Since then, Luke has toured and worked with artists such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, John Legend, Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and many more, performing on countless shows from the Academy Awards and AMA’s to the Super Bowl. Luke has also worked with big brands like Nike, McDonald’s, Disney, Nickelodeon and Samsung, to name a few. Luke has choreographed for Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale Tour, JBalvin’s Energia Tour, both Magic Mike films and now, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS. Now 25, Luke is a husband and father who enjoys every moment given, living a bicoastal life between Los Angeles and Atlanta.

RYAN CARLSON – Ryan was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He is excited to open MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS, directed by Channing Tatum. Ryan began his dance training at age 12 at Center Stage Dance Company, and he is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He is a company member of Rasta Thomas’ “Bad Boys of Dance,” and he was in the original cast of the first National Tour of FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL. Ryan is excited that you are here to learn more about his journey.

JEREMY DENZEL – Jeremy Denzel is a professional dancer/actor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began dancing upon being discovered by Robbye Thomas at his performing arts middle school (McKinley Middle). A natural born athlete, Jeremy’s passion shifted slowly but surely from sports to the stage. Upon entering high school he trained under the legend Debbie Allen whom he continued to perform under for five years before beginning his professional career dancing and also acting in multiple major film projects, including: Pitch Perfect 2, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Bolden, Atlanta and Step Sisters.

KYO DOMINICK – Kyo Dominick was born in Brooklyn, New York. He’s a 24 year-old charismatic, debonair gentleman that loves to perform every chance he gets. His New York roots make him who he is and you can see it in every move he makes. When Kyo is not working he enjoys cooking and giving back to his community with his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

ANTON ENGEL – Originally from Switzerland, Anton is a professional dancer with a Swedish nationality and is fluent in French, German, Swedish and English. Anton started his dance career as a break-dancer at the age of 13. Today, Anton is a professional dancer working in London where his career as a dancer started. Anton has performed for various artists and TV shows, including artists like Fifth Harmony and comedians like Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre and for big audiences like the Royal Family, as well as on world-known channels like BBC for the BBC Music Awards, on ITv and Channel 4. From hip-hop to ballet, dancing is his passion and will always be.

BRANDON FOSTER – Brandon is a professional dancer from Davenport, Iowa currently residing in the greater Los Angeles area. Before moving to L.A. in 2014, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and began working in Product Development for John Deere. After three years, Brandon’s drive and passion for stardom soon led him to quit his boring desk job and move out West for a more fun and exciting life.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Brandon has quickly made a name for himself within the entertainment industry, working in television, film, print and even live stage performances. He has appeared on television’s most popular networks including NBC, ABC, the Disney Channel, FOX, VH1, E!, SPIKE and Bravo. Additionally, Brandon has had the honor of performing with artists like Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Natalie La Rose and many others. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys going to the gym, cheering on his Chicago sports teams and playing golf with his buddy Jesse.

SEBASTIAN GONZALEZ – Sebastian started professional training at the School for the Performing Arts in Puerto Rico at the age of 15. In 2011, Sebastian relocated to Chicago and subsequently to Los Angeles. He has toured with Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai, danced for Jennifer Hudson, Todrick Hall, and performed for companies like Reebok and Oakley. Sebastian is excited to merge his passion for dance and fitness with his innate Latin fire on the MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS stage.

LYNDSAY HAILEY – Lyndsay has been writing, performing and directing comedy for over a decade. An alumna of the Second City National Touring Company, she has performed improv and sketch comedy all over the world. She is also the creator and star of several critically acclaimed one-woman shows, including the Chicago Tribune Critic’s Choice Award winning 30% Chance of Hailey. Her film credits include Close Quarters and Uncle Kent 2, which won the 2015 Viewer’s Choice Award at SXSW. She loves her mommy and daddy. Follow her @lyndsayhailey or lyndsayhailey.com.

JESSE MORALES – Jesse, a native Texan, enjoyed the bright lights of the stage at an early age. After high school, he saved his money, moved to Los Angeles to learn from the best and pursued his dream to be a performer. His journey has led him here to the MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS stage. Jesse loves acting, photography and sports, especially playing golf with his buddy Brandon, who is also in MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS.

RYAN PIRES – Ryan was born and raised in Salinas, California before moving to Bend, Oregon and his current home in Los Angeles – now he’s on his way to Las Vegas! Ryan loves action/ outdoor sports and is without a doubt an adrenaline junkie. He has a horribly offensive sense of humor and is always looking for a good laugh. Ryan comes from a family of mechanics and loves his motorcycle and old cars. His love of death metal got him into playing drums but he also has an obsession with Blues and is a bit of a hip-hop nerd.  

JD RAINEY – JD is originally from Seattle, Washington where he played sports since childhood including gymnastics, football, wrestling, martial arts, and track & field. He has been dancing for 21 years, gaining experience in the styles of breaking, popping, locking, and hip-hop, and is still a student of dance – constantly learning new styles and concepts. JD also dances with his crew, The “Massive Monkees,” and has won numerous b-boy competitions nationally and internationally, ncluding: 2004 World b-boy Championships, 2012 R16 World b-boy Championships and 2013 Hip Hop International World Championship.

CHELSEA PHILLIPS REID – Chelsea Phillips Reid hails from Oak Ridge, Tennessee where she began performing as a child with Dolly Parton at Dollywood.  After performing at multiple theme parks, Chelsea toured internationally as “Jenny the Music Teacher” with Sesame Street Live! She was also a featured vocalist with Celebrity, Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines. Favorite roles include: “Pam” in 50 SHADES! THE PARODY, “Fay Apple” in ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, and “Rosemary” in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS....Chelsea was a featured singer in VEGAS! THE SHOW at Planet Hollywood. She is thrilled to join the cast of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS. Follow her on Instagram @chelseaphillipsreid.

DAVID TERRY – Originally from Indiana, David has been seen performing on stage and national television with numerous artists including Madonna, Bastille, Neil Patrick Harris, the cast of Saturday Night Live, and Shaun T. Performing has taken David around the world to train with teachers like Popin Pete, Mr. Wiggles, and choreographer/artist development expert Robin Dunn. David recently finished performing in the iLuminate ‘Artists of Light’ Saudi Arabian Tour, as well as the lead male track in the Off-Broadway hit, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT. He couldn’t be more excited to be joining the cast of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS. Follow him at www.itsdavidterry.com or @itsdavidterry.

JACKSON WILLIAMS – Jackson was born in 1984 and grew up in the little town of Peterborough, England. Jackson left home at the age of 16 for London to pursue his dream of professional dancing and acting. To date, he has had an amazing career, working with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Whitney Houston, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, and Take That among others. Jackson has performed on multiple top-rated UK TV shows over the past 10 years and has been lucky enough to perform at the Olympics and Rugby World Cup. Jackson enjoys playing ‘proper’ football, swimming and the occasional sunset beach walk. He can be a bit of a trouble maker, is extremely cheeky, and never says no to a night out. His prized possession and equal number one love is his Harley (equal to Mum of course).

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3 BASE ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS NAMED IN ALL-TIME VEGAS TOP 20 LIST - Las Vegas Weekly

From the November 17, 2016 article posted on lasvegasweekly.com 

THE 20 GREATEST SHOWS IN LAS VEGAS HISTORY

As much as by its ever-changing casino skyline and massive population boom, the evolution of Las Vegas can be traced back through its showrooms. From dancers in headdress to aerialists in face paint, dazzling magicians to Broadway-voiced crooners, and white tigers to sock puppets, this town has opened its stages to a wild array of performances over the past six decades, loosely grouped under the umbrella “production show.”

12. Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular

By the time the final curtain fell on Harold “Hal” Prince’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic magnum opus in 2012, more than 2,600 shows had been performed inside the custom-built theater at the Venetian. Theatergoers were immersed into Phantom’s dark, twisted and romantic obsession with ingénue Christine. The production’s sounds, sights, songs and sets—including a trip deep into the catacombs and a stunning crash from an even more stunning chandelier—impressed millions of visitors and infused a unique glitz that was wholly Las Vegas.

8. Jersey Boys

Las Vegas has seen its share of Broadway productions, but few clicked like this musical based on the lives of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. From the razor-sharp script courtesy of Marshall Brickman to the performances of Travis Cloer as Valli and Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, this show delivered laughs, tears and nostalgia like few Vegas productions had before. Oh, and having some of the greatest pop songs in history didn’t hurt. Jersey Boys began its run at the Palazzo and ended it eight years later on September 18 at Paris, making it the longest-running Broadway-to-Vegas show to date.

1. Absinthe

When Absinthe came to Las Vegas in 2011, the New York cabaret/circus hybrid faced an uphill climb. It was supposed to play at the Fontainebleau; when that mute behemoth didn’t open, Caesars Palace allowed Absinthe to pitch its tent in its front yard, albeit temporarily. Thousands of performances later, they’re still profaning the glory of Rome, and for one simple reason: A performance of Absinthe is almost criminally fun.

 

Absinthe is the domain of the Gazillionaire, the gold-toothed, foul-mouthed, lecherous dirtbag who runs the show, and Penny Pibbets (or her cousin, Joy Jenkins), his deliriously horny assistant. Together, they introduce the show’s variety acts: the beautiful burlesque chanteuse Melody Sweets; the goofball tightrope act Esteemed Gentlemen of the High Wire; twin tap-dance duo Sean and John Scott, and more. Oh, and Penny uses a sock puppet in a way that scandalizes you, her and cotton itself.

 

The true genius of Absinthe is that this scrappy production show never tips its hand. It mocks Cirque du Soleil, yet its aerial acts are every bit the equal of what you see in a Cirque show. Gaz’s interactions with the crowd, while unrelentingly crude and insulting (and funny as hell), aren’t far removed from the Rat Pack-era banter that made this town great. And yet, for the entirety of Absinthe’s 90 wildly entertaining minutes, you feel like you’ve discovered something new, or stumbled onto a secret meeting of acrobats, dancers and reprobates. And the first thing you want to do after is tell everyone you know.

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MAGICIAN MAT FRANCO MAKES LARGE DONATION OF NEEDED SUPPLIES TO THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION IN CELEBRATION OF FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY - Press Release

Supply Drive Raises More than $5,000 in Animal Care Supplies, $1,680 in Monetary Donations

 

Today (Sept. 9, 2016), magician Mat Franco presented The Animal Foundation with a donation of more than $5,000 in much-needed animal care supplies and $1,680 in monetary gifts to benefit the more than 30,000 animals that are cared for annually by the organization. The master of sleight-of-hand met with representatives from the state’s largest open-admission animal shelter for a tour of the eight-acre property and to make the sizable donation, which was the product of a month-long, community-driven supply drive held in partnership with Sunny 106.5 FM and Petco in celebration of a tremendous year of continued success and sold-out audiences at MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

“Unlike humans, animals don’t have a voice to speak for themselves,” shared Franco. “So I was excited to find a way to help out our furry friends while thanking the community who’s been so supportive of our show in the process.”

Throughout the month of August, the young magician offered fans and community members the opportunity to receive a complimentary ticket voucher to experience MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY in return for the donation of a minimum of $10 worth of items from The Animal Foundation’s wish list, which was comprised of blankets, collars, harnesses, leashes, dog and cat treats and toys, and more.

“We are grateful for Mat’s generosity in organizing this donation drive on our behalf, and the community for the overwhelming number of donations,” said Elysia Sheldon, events manager at The Animal Foundation. “These donations will not only help the animals at The Animal Foundation, but also pets in under-served areas of the community.”

The Animal Foundation houses and provides care for thousands of lost, unwanted, neglected and abandoned animals of varying species each year, and is in constant need of supplies to continue providing top-quality care for its animals. To learn more about the needs of The Animal Foundation, visit AnimalFoundation.com.

Named “Best Strip Show” by Las Vegas Weekly, MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY opened in August 2015 to rave reviews by critics and audiences alike. Vegas.com hails the production as “90 minutes of mind-bending magic,” and Las Vegas Sun has dubbed Franco as “a master magician for the millennial generation.” For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com and connect with the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @MagicReinvented.

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About MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY

Mat Franco takes the stage in MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel & Casino with a fun and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. Fresh from his triumphant win on America’s Got Talent and his follow up primetime special, Mat Franco’s Got Magic on NBC in 2015, Mat presents an unparalleled production and innovative approach to magic-making that’s driven by his passion and imagination. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and stunning magic with crowd-guided improv, creating a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s unique and unforgettable to each audience. For more information, visit MatFranco.com and connect with the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @MagicReinvented.

About The LINQ Hotel & Casino

As the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino – voted “Best New Hotel” by Vegas Chatter – offers a total of 2,253 newly renovated rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana rooms with direct access to the pool. Positioned between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. Designed with the modern traveler in mind, the resort launched the first fully integrated self check-in program on the Las Vegas Strip in 2015. Enjoy celebrated chef restaurant Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, voted “Best Gastropub of 2015” by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, award-winning Hash House a Go Go and direct access to O’Sheas Casino, Off The Strip and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. Entertainment and nightlife experiences include 3535, a unique take on the lobby bar, TAG Sports Bar, a state-of-the-art gaming lounge, as well as popular entertainers such as Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” and magician Mat Franco, “America’s Got Talent” Season Nine winner. The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a reimagined pool deck featuring two pools, the new 15,000-square-foot Spa at The LINQ and fitness center, The Silver Sky Chapel for intimate weddings and 63,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information, please visit TheLINQ.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find The LINQ on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS DEBUTING AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ON MARCH 30, 2017 - Press Release

Las Vegas – As announced today by Channing Tatum on the Season 14 premiere of “Ellen,” tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS. Tatum appeared on “Ellen” to share the news and to give the audience a special preview of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS with some of the dancers from the show.

 

Oprah Winfrey joined the festivities as well with a cameo in Ellen’s “Magic Michelle,” where she along with Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Chrissy Teigen and Olivia Munn created their own female revue. The elated audience was then surprised with 2 tickets each to MAGIC MIKE LIVE and a 2 night/ 3 day stay at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Starting today, fans everywhere can now purchase their own tickets to experience MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS through ticketmaster.com or magicmikelivelasvegas.com, or by phone at 800.745.3000.

 

Beginning with preview performances on March 30, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS will recreate the mythic Club Domina as a cabaret nightclub space inside Hard Rock that is being fully redesigned to capture the magnetism of the Magic Mike franchise. The state-of-the-art venue is designed with the capabilities to house a show that features thirteen of the hottest and most talented men in the country performing in front of, behind, above and all around the audience.

 

Conceived by Tatum, the show will be co-directed by Tatum and film franchise choreographer Alison Faulk. Produced by Free Association, in association with United Talent Agency, Aloris Entertainment, Warner Bros., BASE Entertainment and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is built to give women an immersive, first-class entertainment experience. With sexy and daring themed dance routines punctuated by one-of-a-kind acts from a wildly diverse cast of performers, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is a 360-degree dance and acrobatic strip tease spectacular.

 

MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is being created for guests 18 and older.  Preview performances at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas begin March 30, 2017. MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS will be performed Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. Ticket prices start at $49 and are available by phone at 800.745.3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com or MagicMikeLiveLasVegas.com. A $40 VIP Meet & Greet add-on is available with any ticket purchase and includes a meet & greet with the cast and a souvenir photo. For Group orders of 10 or more, call 1-866-633-0195 or email Sales@BASEentertainment.com.

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About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes from McCarran International Airport. Built in 1995, the property completed a $700 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney have all performed. Features of the property include 1,504 rooms and suites; a 60,000 square foot casino; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; a 4.8 acre tropical pool paradise; world-class dining; renowned live music/entertainment venues; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia and a variety of on-trend retail outlets.

 

About BASE Entertainment

BASE Entertainment develops, produces, and manages intellectual properties and venues for live entertainment in North America and internationally from offices in New York, Houston, Las Vegas, and Singapore.  In addition to Magic Mike Live Las Vegas at the Hard Rock, BASE’s current productions in Las Vegas include Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly at the Linq, Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Rock of Ages at The Rio, Puppet Up at the Venetian, Jersey Boys at Paris, and Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s.  In addition, BASE operates the Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the theaters at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.  BASE also produces museum quality touring and residency exhibitions including Sea Monsters Revealed and Battle for Texas: The Experience.  BASE Entertainment’s founders and partners include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger, and Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Clarity Partners.  For more information please visit BASEentertainment.com.


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MAT FRANCO - MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY AT THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS - Press Release

Friday night (Aug. 5, 2016), MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY celebrated a momentous first anniversary at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. To commemorate the special occasion, Mat and company were presented with a custom, magic-inspired cake and cupcakes. Following an electrifying performance for the packed theater, the company joined together backstage to discuss the thrilling first year of performances, sharing memories and laughs while enjoying the delectable treats.

 

Since the show’s launch in August 2015, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY has celebrated more than 300 performances and continues to grow in popularity, astounding nearly, if not completely,  sold-out crowds nightly inside of the LINQ Theater. For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com.

 

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About MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY:

Mat Franco takes the stage in MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel & Casino with a fun and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. Fresh from his triumphant win on America’s Got Talent and his follow up primetime special, Mat Franco’s Got Magic on NBC in 2015, Mat presents an unparalleled production and innovative approach to magic-making that’s driven by his passion and imagination. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and stunning magic with crowd-guided improv, creating a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s unique and unforgettable to each audience. For more information, visit MatFranco.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @MagicReinvented.

 

About The LINQ Hotel & Casino:

As the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino – voted “Best New Hotel” by Vegas Chatter – offers a total of 2,253 newly-renovated rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana suites. Positioned between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller observation wheel. Enjoy celebrated chef restaurant Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Hash House a Go Go and direct access to O’Shea’s Casino, Off The Strip and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar.  Entertainment and nightlife experiences include 3535, a unique take on the lobby bar, TAG Sports Bar, a state-of-the-art gaming lounge, as well as popular entertainers Jeff Civillico and Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” in The LINQ Theater.  Opening late spring 2015, The LINQ Hotel & Casino will offer a re-imagined pool deck featuring two pools, a new 15,000-square foot spa and fitness center, the Vortex Roof Deck, additional retail, as well as meeting space. For more information visit www.TheLINQ.com , like us on Facebook  or follow us on Twitter.

 

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ABSINTHE AT CAESARS PALACE SHOCKS, TEASES AND SURPRISES LAS VEGAS AUDIENCES - Press Release

LAS VEGAS – Break out your pasties and don your sequins for Las Vegas’ “Best Show,” ABSINTHE, at Caesars Palace. The fan favorite continues to shock, tease and surprise Las Vegas audiences nightly after more than five successful years performing inside of the Spiegeltent on the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace. The critically acclaimed spectacle is “one part vivid imagination, two parts carnival and a shot of old world burlesque mixed with a heavy dash of decadence.”

 

ABSINTHE has been hailed “sexy, funny, unabashedly raunchy” by the  Chicago Sun-Times and voted “Best Show” by Las Vegas Weekly, Vegas SEVEN  and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Hosted by ABSINTHE’s outlandish producer, The Gazillionaire, and his raucous assistant, ABSINTHE transports the audience into a circus-like atmosphere featuring world-class artists exhibiting incredible feats of strength, balance, danger and unfathomable flexibility only a few feet away from the audience.

 

Embraced by the Las Vegas community and fans worldwide, ABSINTHE continues to delight sold-out audiences with its jaw-dropping performances and hilarity. The cast of  ABSINTHE has welcomed a lineup of celebrity guests such as Neil Patrick Harris, Channing Tatum, Britney Spears, Rebel Wilson, James Franco, Elijah Wood, Olivia Newton-John, P!nk, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Vince Young, Kaley Cuoco, Ice-T and Coco, David Copperfield, Cedric The Entertainer and  others.

 

ABSINTHE performs Wednesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. with no shows on Monday or Tuesday. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AbsintheVegas.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ABSINTHE, Planet Hollywood, Bally’s, Paris and Rio box offices. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.

 

For additional information on ABSINTHE, visit AbsintheVegas.com.

 

Follow ABSINTHE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @AbsintheVegas.

 

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