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'Phantom' show on Las Vegas Strip to close

'Phantom' show on Las Vegas Strip to close


The Las Vegas version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" is planning its last performance in September. The cast of "Phantom -- The Las Vegas Spectacular" will take a final bow on Sept. 2 after a six-year run.

Producer Scott Zeiger says the show at the Venetian casino on the Las Vegas Strip has had a triumphant run. The production is housed in a custom built replica of the famed Paris Opera House. It features a $5 million chandelier that nearly crashed into the audience during each performance as a special effect.

"The Phantom of the Opera" celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. It has played to more than 130 million people in 27 countries and has grossed more than $5.6 billion worldwide.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Enormous Dragon Arrives at Palazzo for Chinese New Year

Enormous Dragon Arrives at Palazzo for Chinese New Year

(Video courtesy: Palazzo Las Vegas)


Among the items you don’t see every day – or really anywhere but Las Vegas – is a 128-foot dragon.

That’s what arrived Sunday night at The Palazzo Las Vegas as part of the resort’s preparation for Chinese New Year

The dragon will soon make its home in the property’s Waterfall & Atrium Gardens. As the Year of the Dragon approaches, The Palazzo’s horticulture team has been preparing for the holiday by “transforming the resort into an oriental sanctuary,” according to resort officials.

After arriving in two 18-wheeler trucks, the dragon made its way into the resort through a makeshift entrance and came across the casino floor before arriving in the atrium. Once complete, it will be suspended 19 feet in the air and measure a staggering 128 feet and 8,000 pounds.

Delightfully Fun 'Nutcracker' Overcomes Opening-Day Flaws

Reviewer: the production is "lavish and fun."

Those who think it rarely snows in Las Vegas, or that magicians are just illusionists, or that candies, cookies and hot beverages aren't likely to be good dancers, should treat themselves to a visit to Nevada Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" at Paris Las Vegas. All of this, and much more, is handily disproved in the annual production.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Many Children Introduced to Ballet by Seeing Peers Dance in 'The Nutcracker'

The holiday classic appears on the Strip this year.

When compared with other ballets, one of the most unique facets of "The Nutcracker" is that the major parts of Clara and Fritz are performed by children, and other children dance many of the supporting roles.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Free Mystere Acts Hit Fashion Show Friday

Free Mystere Acts Hit Fashion Show Friday


Stalwart Cirque du Soleil production Mystère will offer a free set of short performances Friday afternoon at Fashion Show.

Performances and activities begin at 1 pm inside Fashion Show, located on the first floor runway between Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Fashion Show is located at 3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Spring Mountain Road.

Hosted by Mystère characters, the performances from four different acts will take place on and above the stage. In between acts, guests will have the chance to get up close to characters for souvenir photos, and face-painters will be on hand for a Cirque du Soleil-inspired makeover.

Attendees will also have the chance to enter to win two tickets to Mystère, dinner for two at Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, and a one-night stay at Treasure Island.You must be 21 to enter the contest and some restrictions apply.


Inaugural Scarecrow Festival in Support of Communities In Schools of Nevada

Inaugural Scarecrow Festival in Support of Communities In Schools of Nevada

Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS) invites families for an evening of fall activities at the inaugural Scarecrow Festival on from 6-10 p.m. on October 21 at The Sports Center of Las Vegas.

CIS has gathered seasonal favorites for children of all ages to participate in as parents mix and mingle and enjoy live entertainment while benefiting the organization that is part of a national dropout prevention network. Rounding out the evening is a spread of tastings prepared by restaurants from The Cosmopolitan.

Seasonal activities include the hay bale maze, decorating pumpkins, playing festive games, completing challenges on the climbing wall and hitting in batting cages to win prizes. Costumes are encouraged, as the most creative attire will win highly coveted awards.

Lainie Kazan Headlines AFAN’s Evening of Cabaret

Lainie Kazan Headlines AFAN’s  Evening of Cabaret

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) hosts an Evening of Cabaret with acclaimed singer, actress and cabaret legend Lainie Kazan on October 26 from 8-10 p.m. at The Lounge at the Palms Casino Resort. Widely known for her starring role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the Golden Globe and Tony nominee will deliver an evening of singing and comedy to support those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.

Tickets to the Evening of Cabaret are on sale now and begin at $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP (including an exclusive meet and greet with Kazan before the show.) Proceeds benefit AFAN and the fight against HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. For additional event information, please visit www.afanlv.org.