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Off-Broadway’s Biggest Hits “A Musical About Star Wars” and “NEWSical The Musical” Open in Las Vegas
Two of Off-Broadway’s biggest hits, the award-winning NEWSical The Musical and the fan-favorite, A Musical About Star Wars, both opened Sunday night, December 4, inside The V Theater, located at The Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood. Seated in the audience were several other members of the media including yours truly, and many familiar Las Vegas faces: Tom D’Angora, Michael D’Angora and star of stage and screen, Catherine Hickland.
Dylan Hartwell, Kristen Alderson, Taylor Crousore, Tom DAngora, Carly Sakolove - Photo credit: Michael D'Angora
Taylor Crousore, Carly Sakolove, and Greg Sullivan - Photo credit: Michael D'Angora
Both shows feature cast members from the Off-Broadway productions including Emmy Award winner Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live, General Hospital), Taylor Crousore and Carly Sakolove. They are joined by Dylan Hartwell who starred in the Off-Broadway run for many years. Crousore, who co-wrote the book to A Musical About Star Wars, will be performing in both shows along with Sakolove who will be joining the musical in the role of Emily. Rounding out A Musical About Star Wars is Gregory Sullivan.
NEWSical The Musical is a hilarious musical comedy that spoofs topics and people in the news. Through clever, very funny sketches and original musical numbers, the show mocks and parodies everything from reality television to the highest office in the land and features celebrity impersonations that are spot on and will have you in stitches. The long-running musical broke Off-Broadway records, won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award, received Senate and Mayoral Proclamations for its contribution to New York entertainment and political scenes, as well as welcomed several celebrity guests to the cast, such as Perez Hilton, Kandi Burress, Cheri Oteri, Jackee Harry, and La Toya Jackson, during its decade long run. Last spring NEWSical The Musical made headlines in Sin City after a sold-out, limited run at The Majestic Repertory in the Las Vegas Arts District, tackling such topics as Adele’s ill-fated Vegas residency and “family-friendly” Vegas.
Whether you are a fan or not of the Star Wars franchise, you’re guaranteed to laugh your asteroid off at A Musical About Star Wars, which hilariously looks at fandom, nerd culture, cosplay, and of course, the biggest film franchise in history. The show-within-a-show follows two moronic super fans, Scott and Taylor, as they attempt to perform their (very unauthorized and very homemade) “Star Wars musical” in hopes of catching the eye of the Comic Con presenters. However, dark forces are looming over their production…and her name is Emily, a local actress of questionable talents who has a lot to say about “boys whipping out their lightsabers.” A Musical About Star Wars performs Thursday through Sunday at 4:30 pm. Tickets range from $79.98-$119.98 for VIP seating (all tickets are subject to a $9.99 box office fee). All ages are welcome.
NEWSical The Musical performs Tuesday through Sunday at 6pm. Tickets range from $79.98-$119.98 for VIP seating (all tickets are subject to a $9.99 box office fee). Recommended for ages 12+ but OK with parental consent. Both productions perform at The V Theater located inside The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, (3663 S Las Vegas Blvd.)
Terry Fator brings his holiday-themed show, “A Very Terry Christmas” to the Las Vegas strip.
Singer, comedian, ventriloquist and “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator once again has brought his holiday-themed show, “A Very Terry Christmas” to the Las Vegas strip. A popular and highly anticipated tradition every holiday season over the past several years, guests will enjoy the festive performances from Friday, Nov. 25 through Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at Liberty Loft inside New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
“A Very Terry Christmas” celebrates the joy of the holidays with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism, featuring such classics as “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride” and “White Christmas.” Plus, audiences will learn all about “Juana,” a new holiday guaranteed to make you laugh. The holiday shows showcases Terry’s unique singing ability and laugh out loud comedy, brought to you through the “voices” of America’s favorite puppet characters. Among those taking the stage with Terry are Maynard Thompkins, the world’s greatest Elvis Impersonator who performs “Blue Christmas;” Julius, the Apollo Theater legend with his unique Barry White version of “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel;” Duggie the slackers’ one-of-a-kind rendition of “The Night Before Christmas;” and Winston the Impersonating Turtle who can perform any voice, any style and any song!
“A Very Terry Christmas” performs select dates through Tuesday, Dec. 27 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34.95 (plus tax and applicable fees) and are available by visiting any MGM Resorts International box office.
PT’s Taverns Donates More Than 540 Children's Bicycles and $30,000 to the 24th Annual 98.5 KLUC “The Chet Buchanan Show” Toy Drive
PT’s Taverns spread holiday cheer after donating 548 children’s bicycles and $30,000 to the 24th annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan Show Toy Drive, on December 16. PT’s team members arrived at NV Energy to deliver the assortment of donations, lining up hundreds of bicycles throughout the parking lot. Chet Buchanan, host of 98.5 KLUC’s “The Chet Buchanan Show,” expressed his immense gratitude to PT’s Vice President of NV Distributed Gaming Dan Groesbeck, thanking all of PT’s generous guests and team members who contributed to helping local children and families feel the holiday spirit. Following the interview, PT’s presented Buchanan with a $30,000 check and posed for photos.
Since November, all 64 PT’s locations throughout the state have served as destinations for locals and PT’s team members to drop-off and donate new bikes, toys and monetary donations, all which benefit HELP of Southern Nevada and their Holiday Toy Assistance program.
Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:
In celebration of the holiday season, ARIA RESORT & CASINO has revealed “THE NORTH STAR” display that welcomes guests with a brilliant winter wonderland, starry scenery and breathtaking imagery. The vibrant design by Las Vegas-based event planner Andrea Eppolito, in collaboration with the ARIA Pastry team and MGM Resorts Event Productions, takes guests on a magical journey throughout the resort. A towering 28-foot North Star stands in the center of the ARIA lobby, surrounded by larger-than-life crystal shards, flocked trees and a starry night of celestial starbursts above. The teams worked for over 100 hours to create and install the one-of-a-kind winter experience that combines elegant holiday décor with nostalgic custom confections. “I see ARIA as the North Star of Las Vegas Boulevard, leading both locals and visitors to a place where they can be dazzled not just during the holidays, but always. It was an honor to work with this incredible resort to create the winter installation,” said Eppolito. “The design of this display is timely and timeless, intended to add pure magic to the holidays.” The North Star, on display at ARIA now through January 9, is FREE and open to the public.
THE BIRDIE BAR INSIDE TOPGOLF (located at 4627 Koval Lane) has transformed into WESTERN WONDERLAND – a “disco-rodeo” holiday-themed photo pop-up with multiple areas for making fun memories - now through Monday, Jan. 2.(Open daily at 10 a.m). Entrance into Western Wonderland and access to photo-opps is FREE and open to all ages; guests must be 21 years or older to sit within the bar areas.
MINUS5º ICEBAR, the one-of-a-kind immersive ice attraction offering a distinctively chill atmosphere, is now featuring festive holiday ice sculptures at all three of its Las Vegas Strip locations, including Mandalay Bay, The Venetian Resort and The LINQ Promenade. Guests venturing to the Strip this holiday season can enjoy unforgettable and shareable photo moments throughout the three ice lounges with all-new North Pole decorations, winter elves, famous film characters and more. Minus5º ICEBAR’s holiday ice sculptures will be on view through Jan. 2, 2023.
THE MOB MUSEUM, National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, unveiled a NEW PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT in partnership with the iconic EL CORTEZ HOTEL & CASINO on Thursday, Dec. 1. The exhibit titled “FROM GAMBLING TOWN TO RESORT DESTINATION; THE EPIC RISE OF LAS VEGAS” is located in the north-south hallway inside the El Cortez and will take viewers on a journey through time in Las Vegas. The exhibit, curated by the award-winning and nationally recognized Mob Museum, depicts imagery of historic hotel properties, iconic Downtown Las Vegas locations and legendary figures such as the Rat Pack, Elvis and others, including the El Cortez’s previous owner, mobster Bugsy Siegel and his associates. Each image is paired with an informational plaque describing the historical context of the photograph. The images explore the history of Las Vegas, exemplifying the town’s growth from small gambling halls to the gaming mecca and world-class destination it is today. The exhibit is FREE to view and is open to adults 21 years of age and older.
1923 PROHIBITION BAR AT MANDALAY BAY brings bayou vibes to the Las Vegas Strip with its NEW ORLEANS (NOLA) NIGHTS from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in December. Each “NOLA Night” features a live musical performance by Troy Romzek as well as Vegas’ sexiest burlesque dancers. Admission to 1923 Prohibition Bar’s “NOLA Nights” is complimentary. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.
On December 1, the one-year anniversary of the debut of CARRIE UNDERWOOD'S hit production, REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at RESORTS WORLD THEATRE, the eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar announced that her much-anticipated return will commence on June 21, 2023. The REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency show dates are June 2023: 21, 23, 24, 28, 30; July 2023: 1; Sept. 2023: 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30; Nov. 2023: 29; Dec. 2023: 1, 2, 6, 8, 9. Tickets for the 18 new show dates will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, Dec 9.
THE FLAMING LIPS, one of the most iconic, influential, unpredictable and vital forces in American alternative rock music, will embark on “An Evening With” tour with a stop at BROOKLYN BOWL on Saturday, March 4, 2023. The career-spanning headline gig finds the alternative rock stalwarts mining their catalog for what promises to be an epic and unforgettable two-hour set. Tickets for An Evening With The Flaming Lips at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas are on sale now, starting at $45.
Tickets are now on sale to see GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, the high-energy five-piece American rock group of the 70s, when they hit the stage at The Edge Pavilion, formerly the E Center, located at EDGEWATER CASINO RESORT. The internationally acclaimed group will perform their crowd-pleasing rock hits at Laughlin’s premier live entertainment and special event venue on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023. Ticket prices start $30. The performance adds to The Edge Pavilion’s and Laughlin Event Center’s impressive lineups, including: Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023 at The Edge Pavilion Tommy James on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023 at The Edge Pavilion Brooks & Dunn on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Laughlin Event Center Lady A on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Laughlin Event Center.
RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS welcomes the return of the popular wintertime attraction, “IGLOO.” Located on ROSE ROOFTOP guests are invited to indulge in winter treats and delectable cocktails while taking in the Las Vegas Strip’s breathtaking views. Featuring Veuve Clicquot, Rose Rooftop has transformed into a winter paradise as giant igloos, cozy fire pits, interactive games and chic winter décor fill the space, making for a picture-perfect destination for any occasion. Guests can choose from eight different private igloos where a group of four can cozy up or gather with friends in plush couch seating around the fire pits and at the bar, all while enjoying the picturesque atmosphere and holiday-inspired cocktails such as the Naughty List, POLAR eXpresso, White Christmas Margarita and more. Open now through Saturday, Feb. 11, “Igloo” will be available Thursday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to midnight.
BODIES…THE EXHIBITION AT LUXOR HOTEL AND CASINO has unveiled the newest addition to the Alternative Limb installation, CUCKOO, in its dedicated prosthesis gallery. Created in partnership with custom prosthetic limb designer and producer, Sophie de Oliveira Barata, woodcarver Samuel Rudman, electronic designer Rory Thompson, and prosthetist Chris Parson for the Alternative Limb Project, CUCKOO is on display to the public now. CUCKOO is a contemporary and timeless prosthetic leg, featuring a working cuckoo clock, bell and pendulum carved from two blocks of cherry wood. Sophie de Oliveira Barata originally produced the custom piece for dancer, Welly O’Brien, as the centerpiece of a visually striking and playful dance film from Candoco Dance Company. Now, the impactful and iconic piece is on display and fully functional inside BODIES…The Exhibition where guests can see it in action every 30 minutes.
THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, SCHOOL OF ARTS & LETTERS AND DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS is hosting ART 298: PORTFOLIO EMPHASIS – FALL 2022 EXHIBITION, featuring the works of ten student artists from CSN’s Art & Art History Program, through Saturday, February 4, 2023. Works featured in this exhibition are included as part of the program's capstone experience and highlight the vast range of offerings within the CSN Art & Art History Program including ceramics, digital media, drawing, metal work, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. All CSN art gallery events are free, family friendly, and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Artspace Gallery is upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.
Award-winning creator and star of Broadway hits HAMILTON and IN THE HEIGHTS, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, will return to the stage for FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME AT THE SUMMIT SHOWROOM INSIDE THE VENETIAN® RESORT on Thursday, Jan. 12, Friday, Jan. 13 and the 7:00 p.m. showing on Saturday, Jan. 14. The show features a non-stop blend of hip-hop, improvisational comedy, music and vocal stylings. Tickets start at $99 and are available starting Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian Resort.
On December 15, THE ATOMIC MUSEUM (755 East Flamingo Rd.) debuted its newest, must-see exhibit, “THE BOMB WITHOUT THE BOOM,” which answers the question, “What happened to our nukes?” The exhibit highlights the Stockpile Stewardship Program and how, with the use of innovative and exciting scientific-based experiments, the United States today can assure the safety and reliability of its nuclear weapons without underground testing in a post-Cold War world. Showing how data gleaned from the use of lasers and small amounts of explosives are fed into super computers, this exhibit will demonstrate how these practices give scientists both peace of mind and confirmation of the viability of U.S. nuclear weapons.
Beginning Dec.15, THE NEON MUSEUM is offering visitors access to hard copy scripts of the guided tour of its main collection in the NEON BONEYARD In five languages: Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. The translation of these tours was made possible thanks to a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Tickets for the highly anticipated DISNEY ANIMATION: IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE in Las Vegas went on sale beginning Thursday, December 15, which is going to Lighthouse ArtSpace venues across North America in late 2022/early 2023. This one-of-a-kind immersive experience will debut at LIGHTHOUSE ARTSPACE LAS VEGAS (AT THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS, 3720 S Las Vegas Blvd.) on March 30. Walt Disney Animation Studios will join forces with North America’s top creator of experiential projection exhibitions to present the music and artistry within Disney Animation’s canon of films—from hits of today like Encanto, Zootopia and Frozen, to all of the classics including The Lion King, Peter Pan and Pinocchio. Audiences will feel like they’ve entered the incredible worlds of beloved Disney characters and become one with them.
THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, SCHOOL OF ARTS & LETTERS AND DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS is hosting “2022-2023 CSN ART HISTORY FACULTY EXHIBITION”, featuring work of 31 artist educators from CSN’s Art & Art History Program through Saturday, February 4, 2023. Works featured in this exhibition highlight the vast range of offerings within CSN’s Art & Art History Program including ceramics, digital media, drawing, metal work, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. All CSN art gallery events are FREE, family friendly, and open to the public. CSN’s Fine Arts and Horn Theatre Lobby Galleries are free, family friendly, and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts and Horn Theatre Lobby Galleries are located inside the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre building wing on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.
Multi-platinum country music superstar SCOTTY MCCREERY is bringing his highly-anticipated Damn Strait Tour to the SUNSET AMPHITHEATER AT SUNSET STATION, Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 8 p.m. Performed under the stars at the Sunset Amphitheater, tickets for Scotty McCreery Damn Strait Tour start at $32.50 plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday, Dec.16, 2022 at 10 a.m.
THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS presents exclusive New Year’s Eve programming featuring award-winning entertainment, over-the-top celebratory events and world-renowned dining experiences to ring in 2023. Ushering in the New Year will be a (Sold out) live performance by GRAMMY® nominated hometown heroes THE KILLERS INSIDE THE CHELSEA, a live DJ set by PAULY D INSIDE MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB, A VIP FIREWORKS VIEWING PARTY atop the resort’s iconic rooftop ICE RINK, THE ULTIMATE CHAMPAGNE FETE inside the resort’s glittering three-story bar THE CHANDELIER, and much more.
THE UNDERGROUND SPEAKEASY INSIDE THE MOB MUSEUM, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, invites guests to give 2022 a proper sendoff while welcoming in 2023 at Las Vegas' premier New Year’s Eve celebration. On Saturday, Dec. 31 from 9pm to 1 am. guests can spend the evening of enjoying Prohibition-inspired cocktails with live music by GINGER & THE HOOSIER DADDYS. To commemorate the occasion, every VIP table of two will receive a bottle of champagne, while VIP tables of four will receive two bottles. Must be 21 years or older to attend.General admission tickets are available for $120 per person and include: Two drink tickets, live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight.
DRAI'S NIGHTCLUB, located on the rooftop of The Cromwell, will bring 2022 to a close in style with an incredible New Year’s weekend lineup of full-length Drai’s LIVE concerts featuring iconic artists BIA, GUCCI MANE, E-40, P-LO AND CHRIS BROWN, who will headline an epic New Year’s Eve celebration. On Friday, Dec. 30 “avatar of East Atlanta” GUCCI MANE is set to make his return to Drai’s Nightclub. New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1 will feature West Coast icons E-40 and P-Lo, who recently collaborated on their hit single “Again” featuring LaRussell.
1923 PROHIBITION BAR AT MANDALY BAY brings bayou vibes to the Las Vegas Strip with its NEW ORLEANS (NOLA) NIGHTS from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in January. Each “NOLA Night” features a live musical performance by Troy Romzek as well as Vegas’ sexiest burlesque dancers. In addition, for guests who wish to revel in style, 1923 Prohibition Bar also offers VIP table seating available for $300 for four guests and $450 for six guests. The VIP package includes two drinks per person, a digital group photo and a personal shoutout from the live musical performer.
THE MOB MUSEUM, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces FREE Museum admission for all law enforcement professionals on Monday, Jan. 9, in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Additionally, the Museum will also offer one free interactive experience, such as the Crime Lab, Distillery Tour or Firearm Training Simulator, and an exclusive 15 percent discount on Museum Membership and retail items for law enforcement professionals on this day.
Following a wildly successful partnership in 2022, Zouk Group at Resorts World Las Vegas announces three-time GRAMMY-nominated rap superstar JACK HARLOW will return as a headlining resident performer at AYU DAYCLUB AND ZOUK NIGHTCLUB in 2023. Announced headlining dates include Saturday, March 18 and Saturday, May 27.
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CAPELLI SALON's newest location has officially opened at UNCOMMONS, the new 40-acre urban community in southwest Las Vegas. Located at 6817 Helen Toland St., Ste. #100, the luxury salon is now open Monday through Saturday and by appointment only on Sunday.A local favorite since the opening of the first Capelli Salon in 2015, this new location spans 2,200 square feet and offers a warm, elevated salon for a range of services. They include haircuts, coloring, styling, blowouts, balayage, hair extensions, makeup application and manicures. The salon also offers high-end products for purchase, including in-demand Oribe products.
Xperience Restaurant Group’s, a leader of casual, polished casual and fine dining Mexican restaurants, first Las Vegas location, SOL MEXICAN COCINA is now open at THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS PALACE, SOL’s kitchen is what Baja-style Mexican cooking is all about featuring a unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, and made from scratch. Taking pride in creating traditional and authentic Mexican food and drinks from scratch, using the same tools and techniques used by Mexican cooks for centuries, SOL Mexican Cocina’s entire menu is sourced locally whenever possible, and made fresh every day, including over 24 fresh salsas.
MISTER TATER'S TATER SHACK opened its third location on Tuesday, December 6 at GOLD TOWN CASINO IN PAHRUMP. Located at 771 S Frontage Rd., Mister Tater’s Tater Shack will serve a variety of gourmet loaded baked potatoes, snacks, salads, vegan and breakfast options.
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will reopen Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning STRIPSTEAK restaurant, in a stylishly reimagined space on December 30. Guests will have the opportunity to explore a variety of new dishes, or indulge in their favorite selections from StripSteak’s classic menu, in a refreshed interior designed to evoke the surrounding Mojave Desert landscape. Additionally, the venue will feature an expansive new private dining room and specialty cocktail program. StripSteak, located off the casino floor and adjacent to Aureole, will be open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday. December 7... Country music superstar, MIRANDA LAMBERT, joined by her husband, Brendan McLoughlin and PGA TOUR professional SÉAMUS POWER, dined at One Steakhouse at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Séamus Power, Brendan McLoughlin, and Miranda Lambert - Photo courtesy of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Saturday, December 10...
MICK FLEETWOOD, award-winning musician and member of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac, stopped by a performance of the hit production, The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil® at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. After the performance, the renowned drummer made his way backstage to say hello to the cast.
Mick Fleetwood Attends The Beatles LOVE Dec. 10 - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil
Former UFC champion, NICK DIAZ, one of the most influential names in MMA, joined by his girlfriend, Kayla Ramos and a group of close friends, was spotted watching the UFC 282 fights at Crazy Horse 3. Before making his way to a lavish VIP table, the award-winning gentlemen's club surprised Diaz by presenting him with one of its highly-sought after member VIP bottle lockers, customized with a “Nick Diaz” gold nameplate.
Nick Diaz posing with his customized Crazy Horse 3 gold plated bottle locker - Photo courtesy Crazy Horse 3
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