'Magic Mike Live' is the Modern Strip Show We Deserve
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Tatum and co-director Alison Faulk, the choreographer from the film franchise, deliver on the stripping, but not in the outdated, trite way you know.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.
CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR LAS VEGAS' SEXIEST NEW SMASH, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS
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.
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
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.
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.
MAGICIAN MAT FRANCO MAKES LARGE DONATION OF NEEDED SUPPLIES TO THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION IN CELEBRATION OF FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY
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
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.
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.
MAT FRANCO - MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY AT THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
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
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.
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Las Vegas’ Best Party ROCK OF AGES Now Playing at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
LAS VEGAS – Buckle your seat belts, Las Vegas, you’re about to get rocked! The high-octane musical ROCK OF AGES is now playing at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. ROCK OF AGES is a hilarious, feel-good love story celebrating the great rock songs of the ‘80s including such sing-out-loud songs as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”, “I Wanna Know What Love Is”, “Here I Go Again”, “Don’t Stop Believin’” and more.
Set in L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! ROCK OF AGES has been called “Impossible to resist!” by The New York Times and “Insanely funny!” by Time Out New York.
ROCK OF AGES is directed by Tony Award nominee Kristin Hangii (Bare, Pussy Cat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). With a book by Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do) and the music supervision, arrangements, orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia).
ROCK OF AGES features set design by Beowulf Boritt (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design by Peter Hylenski (Shrek the Musical, The Scottsboro Boys) and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).
ROCK OF AGES performs Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. and is dark on Monday. Ticket prices for ROCK OF AGES range from $89 – $119 plus all applicable taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 702-777-2782, or online at RockOfAgesVegas.com. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950 or Groups@BASEentertainment.com.
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THE ELECTRIFYING TONY® AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET NOW PLAYING AT HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS – The smash-hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET rocks Harrah’s Las Vegas in an open ended run, continuing to perform to packed audiences nightly since opening in February 2013.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes place on December 4, 1956, when Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought iconic musicians Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with the extraordinary story of secrets, betrayal, and the once in a lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.
The Las Vegas production opened to critical and audience acclaim. The Las Vegas Review-Journal called the show, “Grade A: Just Plain Cool,” Vegas Seven Magazine said it, “Hits the musical jackpot,” and Robin Leach of VegasDeLuxe described the show as, “Exciting, enthusiastic and explosive.”
In addition to Las Vegas, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET currently has a North American tour and a company in Chicago. The Chicago production opened in 2008 and is the longest running musical in the City’s history. Previous productions include Broadway, off-Broadway, and a production in London’s West End. On Broadway, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET won a Tony Award® for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received two Tony Award® nominations for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.
Ticket prices range from $62.70 – 86.90 plus all applicable fees and are available at the Harrah’s Showroom box office, by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (702) 777-2782. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.For more information on MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, please visit www.MDQVegas.com.
Harrah’s Las Vegas
With more than 2,500 hotel rooms and suites, Harrah’s Las Vegas is an affordable, welcoming resort where guests can break away from their daily routine in a playful atmosphere. The newly renovated Valley Tower features 672 modern rooms with warm tones of gray and purple accents, as well as dark wood furnishings. Harrah’s Las Vegas features 87,000 square-feet of casino space, a modern Race & Sports Book offering both live gaming and sports betting, and more than 25,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space. Six restaurants encompass everything from Toby Keith’s ‘I Love This Bar & Grill,’ which offers an all-American menu and live music nightly, to the chef-driven Fulton Street Food Hall, to the upscale setting of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a romantic venue with breathtaking views of the Strip. Harrah’s outdoor bar, Carnaval Court, brings high energy to the Las Vegas Strip with live music and some of the world’s top flair bartenders who juggle and pour to perfection. A wide variety of entertainment options include the Tony® Award-winning musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, rock and roll headliners The Righteous Brothers featuring Bill Medley with Bucky Heard and the comedy-magic of Mac King.. For more information, please visit harrahslasvegas.com. Find Harrah’s Las Vegas on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.
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