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 mean about the potential 100% opening of Las Vegas by June 1 for major production shows on the Las Vegas Strip? Producers and exhibitors are struggling to understand this.

After Tuesday’s announcement, Cirque du Soleil President and CEO of Entertainment Group Daniel Lamarre responded by email, “We were delighted to hear about the new guidelines and are evaluating what they mean for the reopening of our shows. We look forward to safely welcoming our guests, artists, staff and crew to our theaters in the near future. Circus officials had previously said they hoped to reopen the flagship shows “O” in Bellagio and “Mystery” in Treasure Island as early as July. Given all of the complexities inherent in shows like these, headlining musical residencies, and other larger Strip productions, it might be unreasonable to expect the easing of restrictions to speed up. their return.

An important place on the Strip that has finished playing the waiting game is the Theater V at the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood complex, which quietly opened on March 26 and now features six different shows. The V1 showroom holds “V – The Ultimate Variety Show»At 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. every evening, Nathan BurtonComedy and magic show at 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday and Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at 5.30 p.m. from Thursday to Tuesday. The V2 space currently houses “All brewed“At 6:00 p.m. every evening,”The mentalist” featuring Gerry McCambridge at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Tuesday and Las Vegas Live Comedy Club at 9 p.m. every evening. Six different productions, three of which are never dark, all in one place, and it’s not even at full speed yet. It’s an impressive comeback and there will be more shows returning to these stages in the weeks and months to come.

The world famous Jabbawockeez dance crew signed for a four-year extension with MGM Resorts. His current show “Timeless”Temporarily resumes the MGM Grand Garden Arena for two shows each night and while the Jabbas are expected to return to their more intimate and personalized theater on the casino floor later this year, they will remain at the MGM Grand until 2025. The Le show started at the resort in 2010 after spending time at other MGM properties on the Strip. “It has been a huge blessing to have the opportunity to share our talents in Las Vegas over the past 11 years,” said the founding member. Kevin Brewer. “We are deeply grateful to our partners at MGM Resorts who have been so supportive in our growth as artists as well as a successful entertainment brand.”

Fancy”Added another guest star in Jonathan goodwin, a professional daredevil and escape artist who appeared as a finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent” and a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent”. Goodwin, who was attacked by sharks, burned alive and hanged from a helicopter, will alternate with comedian and magician Murray sawchuck in the longtime women’s review at the Luxor Theater, appearing Monday through Wednesday. Since it constantly sells limited-capacity shows, “Fantasy” adds a second show on select evenings in April and May. In addition to its regular 10:30 p.m. show every night and an additional 8 p.m. show on Sunday, another 8 p.m. performance is scheduled for this weekend on April 16-17, May 17-22 and May 31.

DJ Liz Clark – a staple of the Strip entertainment scene for years at all manner of Caesars Entertainment events and an opening act for big gigs from Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Train and more – co-produced an innovative acoustic show at Live awareness on April 24 based on the legendary rehearsals of Elvis Presley’s comeback special in 1968. Clark assembled an incredible selection of local musicians for a jam session at his birthday party in March and was forced to ‘make it into something the audience could experience. “I have been here for 20 years and have never seen anything like it,” she says. “It’s not like shows with imitators. It’s all acoustic, no songs, just raw talent. This talent comes from Justin shandor, one of the most acclaimed Elvis tribute artists, performing with Elvis lederer (Blue Man Group) and Martin zimmerman on guitar and Grandpa Jiménez (Santana) on percussion. Producer and star of “Sexxy” Jennifer romas will kick things off with a little choreography. This unique event is scheduled for April 24 at 10:30 p.m. and ticket information is available at notorietylive.com.

The major announcement of this week’s concert is the return of Alexander Fernandez To MGM Grand Garden Arena for Mexican Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas, which takes the stage on September 15. Tickets are on sale now at axs.com. Also announced this week: Bad bunny brings his Ultimo Tour del Mundo to the same location on March 5, 2022, and those tickets also became available today.

Terry fatorNew York-New York show, “Who is the model now?Has been extended by one month. When it opened on March 18, the special engagement was selling tickets until April 30, and now tickets are available until May 30. Don’t be surprised if Fator becomes a permanent fixture in the entertainment lineup at this South Strip resort town.

Like he said he would on my Sun on the Strip podcast a few weeks ago, the comic book magician Mac King jumped in Don barnhart‘s Crazy humor club at Downtown Grand last week for some impromptu sets to get back in shape for its hopeful reopening at Harrah’s on June 1. Tonight the club welcomes again Pauly Rive for the 10 p.m. show, with Barnhart, Keith lyle and Guy Fessenden go on stage during the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. sets.

Elsewhere this weekend: Laughs are on the agenda at Rio as the Cave of the Comedy makes its triumphant return on Saturday night, warming things up for Penn & Teller’s big comeback on April 22. And if you missed my interview with the great Bucky heard, go listen to him and get ready to see him perform at the Bootlegger this weekend.


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