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After being on hiatus due to the Covid 19 pandemic that shut down Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, our newsmagazine is back to report on the latest 'happenings” including shows that are opening and resuming performances. In the meantime, all venues are following state guidelines and working hard to come up with acceptable solutions to still keep audiences and visitors safe.

27 – a Musical Adventure Opens at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

27 – A Musical Adventure honoring the music icons gone too soon at the age of 27: Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse debuted at its new home inside 24 Oxford, the all-new residency at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, on May 19, 2021.
Throughout the show, the audience is taken on a retrospective journey of sight and sound, showcasing each artist’s respective contributions to our musical landscape. The show culminates with the artists all performing together on one stage in a rock concert like no other.

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“27 has been in the works for more than 15 years. The show received a tremendous response across multiple generations when it debuted at the Troubadour, and we are excited about the residency at the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Virgin is synonymous with music, so we think it’s a great fit,” said Ramy El-Batrawi of Hen Entertainment and co-writer/co-producer of 27 – A Musical Adventure.

“We are excited to be able to announce that live entertainment is back,” said Gary Scott, COO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.  “27 – A Musical Adventure inside 24 Oxford will highlight the talents of performers who bring the legendary artists to life and we’re proud for this rock retrospective show to kickoff off our entertainment lineup.”

Tickets for 27 – A Musical Adventure are on sale now with ticket prices starting at $65 plus tax and fees. Performances will be Wednesday through Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The show is open to ages 6 and up.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Unveils its New Summer Display, "Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness"

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes summer with the debut of its new display, “Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness.” Paying homage to the elements needed for life to flourish, with more than 30,000 flowers and plants, the garden beds are artistically designed to represent earth, wind, water and fire. 
Guests are transported into an extravagant rainforest as they enter the Conservatory, welcomed by an array of blooming flowers, bright greenery and seven whimsical animal sculptures. “As the world transitions into a bright new beginning this summer, we want to inspire people to preserve our home,” said Designer Ed Libby. “After a breathtaking journey through the rainforest filled with copious botanicals and colorful floral arrangements, visitors will be left with a newfound appreciation for our planet.” 
The West Bed represents the element of earth with the display of Gaia, The Goddess of Earth. Standing more than 22 feet tall, Gaia is draped in vines and crowned with flowers, marking the sacred relationship she shares with humanity. Surrounding her, two cascading waterfalls flow from a cathedral ruin wall covered in moss. The garden is surrounded by blue Hyacinth macaws and two giant passion-flower blossoms, some of the most prized treasures of the rainforest flowers. A Scarlet Ibis standing at 10-feet tall delights guests as they turn the corner of the garden bed.

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Symbolizing replenishment and cleansing, the South Bed represents the element of water. A large wall of vines, botanicals and floral arrangements descend from the ceiling, becoming the backdrop for a Koi fishpond with streaming waterfalls and flowing fountains. Perched on two rocks, two vibrantly colored tree frogs watch the crowd below and a turtle topiary with fresh-cut flowers as its shell greets guests at the corner of the garden bed.

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The East Bed represents the element of air. An impressive two-story treehouse towers over the garden inviting guests to walk underneath the spectacular structure to catch a glimpse of a cozy retreat. A wooden plank walkway spans two parts of the rainforest, connecting guests to the next part of their journey through the exhibit. Arches delicately designed with botanicals, tree frogs and bright exotic butterfly sculptures offer astounding views from all angles of the East Bed.

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The North Bed pays tribute to the element of fire, with a meticulously designed Phoenix as the focal point. Rising from its ashes as the captivating centerpiece representing humanity overcoming adversity, the Phoenix flies above a volcano spewing steam and molten lava. Among the lush greenery in the garden sits a jaguar on a tree branch. Pitcher plants hug the large tree while large 3D-printed lady slipper orchids lay between begonia leaves. 

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“Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness” was inspired by MGM Resorts’ commitment to being a global advocate in the fight against climate change. Through sustainable design and construction, the Conservatory team is committed to responsible operations including the recycling of water, repurposing plant materials and scenic props and utilizing a green waste procedure that separates plant material and soil matter before it’s transported to a local compost. This waste procedure alone eliminates 90% of landfill diversion.

“Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness” is on display through August 28, 2021. Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Despite the pandemic, new Las Vegas casino resorts have opened its doors since October of 2020 with another scheduled to open on June 24. Here is the rundown...

CIRCA RESORT & CASINO, the only 21+ resort in the city,  opened its doors in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the historic 18 Fremont Street site on October 28, 2020. The 1.25-million-square-foot integrated resort features the world’s largest sportsbook, stylish rooms and suites, a selection of original restaurant concepts and more. Eclectic dining options include premium steaks and seafood at Barry’s Downtown Prime from Chef Barry S. Dakake, Pan-Asian fare at 8 East from Chef Dan Coughlin, classic delicatessen cuisine at Saginaw’s Delicatessen from restaurateur Paul Saginaw, authentic Carolina barbecue at Project BBQ, and all-star menus at Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the founding family of American Coney Island. The resort also showcases a dynamic year-round pool amphitheater, Stadium Swim, that boasts a 14-million-megapixel LED screen as the backdrop.

MOHEGAN SUN CASINO opened at VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS is March 25, 2021. The casino is the first in Las Vegas to be operated by a Native American tribe, the Mohegan Tribe. Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas will be located on the first floor of the new Virgin Hotel, the former site of The Hard Rock Casino.

Meanwhile, a new multibillion 3,500-room Las Vegas casino-resort, RESORTS WORLD, is under construction at 3000 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Rapidly moving forward with over 3,000 construction workers on-site each day at the nearly 88-acre site, the $4.3 billion integrated resort, is scheduled to open on June 24.  Providing a multiplicity of experiences in one entertainment complex, the concept will include a world-class nightclub and beach club, a new-style social gaming bar, and an Asian-influenced vibe dining venue.In an unprecedented announcement, Concerts West / AEG Presents and Resorts World Las Vegas announced that global music stars Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will become the founding headliners at the Strip’s highly anticipated new 3,500-room luxury destination and will call The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas their performing home. The 5,000-capacity, world-class theatre will open its doors in November 2021. The Las Vegas Strip’s new 3,500-room resort opening June 24, announced it will host its grand opening celebration on July 4 at 9 p.m. at Ayu Dayclub with a live performance by Miley Cyrus.

HARRAH'S LAS VEGAS recently completed a $200 MILLION RENOVATION. The casino resort now features 2,542 redesigned guest rooms, a complete casino floor remodel and two new LED marquees at the north and south entrances. Guests can also enjoy a variety of hotel, dining and entertainment offerings including The Spa at Harrah’s Las Vegas, PizzaCake by Buddy Valastro and Donny Osmond’s first-ever solo residency. Additionally, the center-Strip resort provides convenient, direct access to Caesars Forum Conference Center.

Additional recent and upcoming "happenings" in and around Las Vegas include:

June 14, 2021, marked the 50th anniversary of HARD ROCK CAFE opening its doors in London. To kick off the festivities, Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas served their popular Country Burger, served with fries and all the fixings, for $0.71 from 11 a.m. to Noon and again from 4 – 5 p.m. Local rock band Remedy played hits from the 70s to today from 4 – 7 p.m.

As part of the year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, Hard Rock International has partnered with soccer phenom Lionel Messi, to create a line of commemorative merchandise available now, as well as a Specialty Burger that will debut in the Fall. Purchase any Messi merchandise item and receive two free tickets to an upcoming Las Vegas Lights game. Additionally, 5% of the proceeds earned on any Messi merchandise item purchased in Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas’ Rock Shop will be donated to the Tomorrow’s Stars Foundation, a Las Vegas-based charity serving underprivileged youth in the Clark County School District and beyond.

"EXTRAVAGANZA - THE VEGAS SPECTACULAR”, the critically-acclaimed and five-time “Best of Las Vegas” award-winning production celebrated its one year anniversary of March 14, 2021 inside the iconic Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas. The show which had its first (and only) preview performance on March 14, 2020, before it closed the following day in compliance with state directives relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, reopened on Monday, November 23, 2020 and is currently the largest production performing in Las Vegas.The new show schedule is as follows: Monday through Sunday at 7pm and 9:30 pm, (dark Wednesday).

This extravaganza of passion and thrills features sensual performances that showcase the captivating talents of over 30 of the most talented, sexy and breathtaking artists from around the world - including dancers, acrobats, aerialists, skaters, comedians and, the return of the iconic showgirl to the legendary Jubilee Theatre. Beautiful feats of strength and flexibility,the spectacular sets, massive LED screens and state-of-the-art holograms (which include some of Las Vegas’ most famous headliners, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra, among others), will take your breath away.

In addition, for a limited time, the production will feature special guest stars and America’s Got Talent finalist and crossbow superstar Silvia Silvia and husband Victor Ponce, two of the stars from Extravaganza’s sister show, WOW - THE VEGAS SPECTACULAR at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

After a 22 year run at HARRAHS, comedy magician MAC KING is moving to Excalibur’s Thunderland Showroom, where he is scheduled to open June 22. Performances will be the same as at Harrah's - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily (dark Sundays and Mondays). Tickets start at $44.95 (minus fees). King joins an impressive list of MGM Resorts International magician headliners - “America’s Got Talent” champ Shin Lim at Mirage Theater, and world renowned master illusionist David Copperfield at MGM Grand.

Drai's Beachclub . Nightclub located 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell, announced that hip-hop icon RICK ROSS will kick-off a new multi-year DRAI'S LIVE RESIDENCY starting Saturday, June 26. This is the first new residency of 2021 for Drai’s Nightclub, where Ross is set to deliver explosive full-length concerts from the 11th story rooftop of The Cromwell with a career-spanning setlist of his biggest hits celebrating his illustrious 15-year career.

Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, the leading nonprofit organization and primary source of education, information, and support for Southern Nevada families affected by Down syndrome, announces its first-ever "I'VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME” CONCERT IN THE PARK on June 26 from 10 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Craig Ranch Regional Park (628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas). Proceeds raised from the “I’ve Got the Music in Me” Concert in the Park will remain local and allow DSOSN to continue providing programs, activities, resources and support to individuals and families with Down syndrome in Southern Nevada. General admission tickets are priced at $10 per child (ages 5-16) and $35 per adult (ages 17+), while VIP tickets – which includes VIP seating and parking – are priced at $50 per child and $75 per adult. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be an additional $5.

More than a year after theater lights dimmed around the world, Cirque du Soleil has announced that two of its shows will be reopening in Las Vegas. MYSTERE will return to the stage at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino for its first performance on Monday, June 28 and "O” at The Bellagio reopens on July 1. Tickets for performances are on sale now.

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to his previously announced June 29 show, PAUL MCCARTNEY has confirmed a second night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to take place Friday, June 28.  T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is the newest addition to Paul’s first extended stateside run since the “One On One Tour” that played to some 2 million fans around the world during 2016 and 2017.
The 2021 MISS NEVADA COMPETITION – the state’s official preliminary to Miss America – is coming to The Orleans Showroom at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Thursday, July 1 and Friday, July 2.The event begins at 6 p.m. on each day. Tickets for Thursday, July 1 start at $50 plus tax and fees, and tickets for Friday, July 2 start at $75 plus tax and fees. Two-day ticket packages are also available for purchase.

STATION CASINOS is inviting guests from  across the Las Vegas Valley to celebrate its 45th-anniversary with multiple FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR starting, where it all began, at Palace Station on Thursday, July 1 at 9 p.m. The celebration will continue through the weekend with fireworks on Sunday, July 4, at 9 p.m. at Red Rock Casino and Green Valley Ranch Resort. The show, presented by Fireworks by Grucci, will be live streamed on all social media channels including Twitch. In addition, in support of its continued relationship with The Public Education Foundation and Three Square, volunteers and employees from these two great community partners will be invited to view the shows from the resort’s pools as a thank you for their continuing contributions to the Las Vegas Valley. 

THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO & SKYPOD will honor Independence Day with a spectacular celebration unlike any other with unbeatable views of the FIREWORKS SHOW on the Strip and a patriotic tribute on its iconic tower. In addition to astounding views of Las Vegas’ unprecedented fireworks show from the rooftops of several Las Vegas casinos, The STRAT will host the highest fireworks launch site on the Strip from its 1,149-foot-tall tower. The highly anticipated fireworks show will begin at 11 p.m. The STRAT’s tower itself will be illuminated in red, white and blue as a patriotic salute starting at dusk. Special tower entry for firework viewing will be priced at $40, beginning at 7 p.m.

THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO & SKYPOD has partnered with SPI Entertainment, Las Vegas’s leading theatrical production company, to bring a variety of unforgettable entertainment experiences to The STRAT Theater.

“SPI Entertainment is synonymous with entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip. They have produced some of the city’s most thrilling and celebrated shows that have enthralled audiences from around the globe,” said Golden Entertainment, Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment, Brad Goldberg. “We’re ecstatic to be partnering with them to introduce an exciting lineup of productions and residencies at The STRAT.”

The 7,790-square-foot STRAT Theater, with more than 600 seats, will be the new home to an entertaining mix of shows exclusively programmed by SPI Entertainment.

The STRAT has completed a dramatic transformation and through this partnership, I look forward to bringing entertainment that matches the property’s incredible new surroundings,” said Adam Steck, the founder and chief executive officer of SPI Entertainment. “From never-before-seen shows to rock ‘n’ roll, we look forward to bringing a fun, high-energy mix of shows that will have audiences on their feet.” 

The lineup of shows at The Strat include the following:

Award-winning, worldwide internet phenomenon XAVIER MORTIMER will be moving to The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod inside
the refreshed STRAT Theater with his all-new show, “THE DREAM MAKER,” opening Thursday, July 1. Tickets are on sale now.

Starting Monday, July 8, top four winner on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” SAMUEL J. COMROE will headline a stand-up comedy residency inside the L.A. Comedy Club at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod. Comroe will perform his routine live at 6 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday. The club’s nightly, three-show lineup includes Redneck Comedy Magic at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday; rotating selection of headliners nightly at 8 p.m.; comedian Butch Bradley at 10 p.m. Friday through Tuesday; and comedian Marsha Warfield at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.  Guests must be 18 years or older to attend. Ticket prices start at $39.95 plus taxes and fees. Nevada locals with valid ID receive 50 percent off as well as $20 ticket upgrades for open bar offers.

The acclaimed Michael Jackson tribute show, ‘MJ LIVE’ starring Jalles Franca returned to THE STRAT beginning Monday, June 14. Tickets start at $57.50. Performances are nightly seven days a week. Doors open 7:30 p.m.Showtime is 8p.m. NEW TIME.

Two popular Vegas performers are bringing their shows back to the Four Queens Hotel & Casino on July 6. Returning are comic magician MIKE HAMMER who performs 7 p.m followed by Comedy hypnotist KEVIN LEPINE's HYPNOSIS UNLEASHED at 9pm, Both Hammer and Lepine's shows run Tuesday – Saturday (dark Sundays and Mondays).

The award-winning dinner show TOURNAMENT OF KINGS will return to Excalibur Hotel & Casino beginning Wednesday, July 14. Resuming performances six nights a week, the popular show will once again provide guests with a fanciful feast while they enjoy a tournament of valor at King Arthur’s court. TOURNAMENT OF KINGS will perform Monday and Friday at 6 p.m. as well as Wednesday – Thursday and Saturday – Sunday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $41.87, not including tax and applicable service charges/fees.

POTTED POTTER: THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY EXPERIENCE - A PARODY BY DAN AND JEFF will once again cast its spell on Las Vegas when the hit, family-friendly show returns to The Magic Attic showroom inside Bally's Las Vegas on July 15.The perfect show for muggles, witches and wizards of all ages, this production of the boy-who-lived’s story combines all seven books into 70 hilarious minutes. The cleverly curated show includes all of your favorite characters, perfect Potter props, and even a live Quidditch game. Tickets are on sale now.

IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH the highly-anticipated art installation, is scheduled to open July 26 at the all-new Lighthouse Las Vegas located on Level 3 at The Shops at Crystals (3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) adjacent to ARIA Resort & Casino.

Lighthouse Immersive and Foster Entertainment, the catalysts of the mesmerizing digital art space, brings its worldwide sensation, IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH, to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip for the first time ever! The visually-striking exhibition encourages guests to experience the awe-inspiring works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh through 500,000 cubic feet of immersive projections, 60,600 frames of video and 90,000,000 pixels. Audiences are invited to “step inside” the iconic works of he post-Impressionist artist, evoking his highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, music, movement and imagination. Tickets range in price from $59.99 to $99.99 (+ taxes and fees). Due to popular demand, the exhibit has been extended through Thanksgiving.

Las Vegas composer and founder of Composer’s Showcase, Keith Thompson, brings KEITH THOMPSON'S PIANO PARTY to THE NEVADA ROOM, located at 953 E. Sahara Avenue in historic Commercial Center, every Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from now until July 28th. “Thompson will perform his own renditions from Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and more,” said Tom Michel, President of the Vegas and Nevada Rooms. “And you never know what to expect when fellow vocalists show up to join him.  If you are yearning for a retro piano bar atmosphere and tons of great live music from local Vegas entertainers, this is it.” The Nevada Room also offers a complete handcrafted a la carte menu by noted  Executive Chef and Owner, David Robinson.  Happy hour is served daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with specials that include in-house cocktail creations. Reservations are recommended.

BOYD GAMING received approval on May 11 from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to return to 100% capacity in gaming areas at all of its currently operating Nevada properties.  This includes The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Aliante, Sam’s Town, Cannery, the California, Fremont and Jokers Wild.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas has announced their summer entertainment lineup for 2021. Kicking off the summer performances is FELIX CAVALIERE'S RASCALS on June 4. Other scheduled performances are as follows: SWEET, June 11; GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS, June 25; GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP, July 2; BULLET BOYS, July 9; STEELHEART, July 23; AMBROSIA, August 6; GREAT WHITE, August 20; FIREHOUSE, August 27.

MGM Resorts returned the following shows to the stage.


Award-winning illusionist David Copperfield brought his magic back to the stage inside the David Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand.

JABBAWOCKEEZ returned to the stage at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The world-famous dance crew will perform its show, TIMELESS, five nights a week at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Performances are scheduled Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club returned to the stage for performances in the resort’s Studio A & B Ballrooms.


Prop comic CARROT TOP is back in the Luxor Theater.

All-time Best of Vegas (2020): Best Female Revue, FANTASY, in the Luxor Theater with dynamic lead singer Lorena Peril taking center-stage alongside a talented cast of beautiful dancers. International World Champion Magician MURRAY SAWCHUCK appears as a special guest star.


THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES, A Tribute to the Bee Gees, in the resort’s Thunderland Showroom.

The No. 1 male revue show in the world, Australia’s THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER, in the resort’s Thunderland Showroom.


Famed ventriloquist TERRY FATOR is performing his new show, “Terry Fator: Who’s the Dummy Now?,” inside the New York New York Theatre for a limited engagement.

Caesars Entertainment, once again offers live entertainment with the return of a selection of its world-class productions shows on the Las Vegas Strip.

The following shows are back at a Caesar property:

X COUNTRY at Harrahs.

Comedy Magician PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON at The Flamingo.

TAPE FACE (New Zealand comedian Sam Wills) resumed performances at Harrahs Las Vegas on November 11 with a completely redesigned show. Audiences of many different backgrounds, ages and languages will once again enjoy the whimsical phenomenon performing Wednesday through Sunday at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Due to COVID-19 regulations, the Tape Face show will not be performing in its traditional theater, House of Tape, and will instead perform in Harrah’s Showroom to maintain social distancing. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. and is dark on Monday and Tuesday.

The RIO All Suite Hotel & Casino reopened back in December. The resort’s headlining comedy magic duo PENN & TELLER is back performing in their namesake Penn & Teller Theater at the resort. The show features all-new content and magic as well as selections from Penn & Teller’s extensive catalog of fan favorites.

Caesars' upcoming entertainment slate includes:

World renowned illusionist CRISS ANGEL is set to bring back his show MIND FREAK to Planet Hollywood on July 7.

USHER opens his “The Las Vegas Residency” inside the Colosseum at Caesars Palace July 16.

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE “LIVE” returns to the Flamingo August 5.

Caesars Entertainment, Inc. resumed hotel operations seven days a week at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino as well as at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. Previously, the hotels accommodated weekend stays only, while the gaming floors have been operating 24/7 since the properties reopened in 2020.

America’s Got Talent” champion MAT FRANCO resumed performances of his show “Magic Reinvented Nightly” at the Linq on the Las Vegas Strip. Showtimes at the Mat Franco Theater are 7 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Tickets start at $65 per person.

After being forced to board up its front door more than 400 days ago, the wildest watering hole in the west, ATOMIC SALOON has reopened at Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas. Spiegelworld celebrated with two riotous, sold-out performances of ATOMIC SALOON SHOW on May 5. To ensure sufficient physical distancing, the saloon’s capacity has been temporarily reduced, with guests seated at cabaret tables across the venue’s two levels. ABSINTHE performs at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday.

TROPICANA LAS VEGAS celebrates the return of entertainment as the iconic property with the re-openings of Legends in Concert and Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute on Thursday, May 27.

PURPLE REIGN, the world’s #1 Prince tribute show starring Jason Tenner will bring its high-energy musical performance to the stage every Thursday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

LEGENDS IN CONCERT ended its longest intermission in the shows storied history, as its multi-year engagement resumed in its iconic home at Tropicana Las Vegas. A celebration of the world’s most famous and influential icons, many gone too soon, Legends in Concert gives audiences an extraordinary chance to experience the most captivating music, fashion and memories of these true legends live on one stage with the return of the world’s top tribute artists paying homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, music icon Rod Stewart and the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner. The Queen of Las Vegas, Frank Marino, the Strip’s longest running headliner, starring as comedic legend Joan Rivers, continues as the spectacular production’s host.  Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The world-famous LAUGH FACTORY COMEDY CLUB, featuring the hottest comedians in the business, also re-opened its doors at the Tropicana Las Vegas with two shows: 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

Also performing in the Laugh Factory Comedy Club are former America's Got Talent semifinalist and UTube sensation, MURRAY THE MAGICIAN, known for fantastic pranks, illusions, comedy and great audience participation bringing his family friendly show to the stage 4pm. Sunday – Thursday, and Comedian and Impressionist RICH LITTLE LIVE, whose new autobiographical one man show is staged Sunday – Thursday at 6:30 pm.

Legendary comic, singer and impressionist GORDIE BROWN returned to Golden Nugget Las Vegas' showroom. Gordie Brown’s “Lasting Impressions” plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Global hospitality company Hakkasan Group re-opened Las Vegas premier nightlife destination OMNIA at Caesars Palace along with its award-winning pool Wet Republic at MGM Grand on Friday, March 5, Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA on Friday, March 12, and HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS located inside MGM Grand on Friday, March 26. In adherence with State of Nevada restrictions for nightclubs, Hakkasan Nightclub will pivot from its regular offerings and will resume operations as a lounge in a unique socially distant environment. Reservations are required for hotel and non-hotel guests. No general admission is permitted under current local restrictions.

Vegas’ hottest and most magical show, MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas headed to The Strip for the first time ever performing inside the all-new Magic Mike Theater at SAHARA LAS VEGAS beginning March 26, 2021. Returning in a cutting-edge new venue specially designed with the best features from MAGIC MIKE LIVE productions around the world, the revamped MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas feature new routines and technologies, a lush cocktail lounge for pre and post show magic, a poolside VIP Meet & Greet experience, a flexible ticketing policy that’s just Too Good to Be True, and more.

THE DELIRIOUS COMEDY CLUB reopened at the Downtown Grand in The Fremont Room with reduced capacity for social distancing. The club features locally and globally celebrated comedians and other special guests every Thursday through Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m. coupling traditional standup with an untraditional lineup.

THE COMEDY WORKS reopened at the Plaza Hotel & Casino with a star-studded spring/summer lineup of nationally acclaimed headliners. Shows are at 9 p.m. inside the Plaza’s vintage Vegas showroom featuring red velvet booth seating, an updated sound system, full bars, and table cocktail service. Tickets start at only $25 (plus taxes, fees). Upcoming headliner is:  T.J. Miller - “The Best Medicine Tour: Doing it Right” Friday, July 23 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 24 at 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

While shows are making a comeback, sadly, the following venues and shows were not able to survive the impact of the pandemic and were shut down.

After more than 6,000 shows over the last 15 years, one of the most popular shows on the Strip, the water based spectacular, LE REVE, which performed at  the custom-built, 1,500-seat Wynn Theater inside Wynn Las Vegas became first large-scale Las Vegas production to permanently close.

After a 17 year run and more than 7,700 shows on The Strip, Cirque du Soleil’s “ZUMANITY” at New York-New York was the first Cirque show to close permanently, the company announced. The last performance took place on March 14, 2020.

CLEOPATRA'S BARGE at Caesars has closed down.

At Harrah's, the very talented, high energy musical group, THE BRONX WANDERERS (one of my all time favorite shows in Las Vegas) and JOHN CAPARULO'S MAD CAP COMEDY closed.


THE SIN CITY THEATRE AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD has closed, and shows, TENORS OF ROCK and the long running topless revue, CRAZY GIRLS will not return.


Two-time GRAMMY Award-nominated guitarist JOE BONAMASSA will perform his highly anticipated live show at Park Theater at Park MGM, Friday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

MICHAEL JACKSON ONE by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL will reopen its exclusive residency at MANDALAY BAY RESORT & CASINO on August 19, 2021.

As part of on their Nowhere Generation Tour, the multi-Gold and Platinum punk-rock band RISE AGAINST will perform inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas  on Friday, August 20. Tickets are on sale now.

Legendary entertainer and music icon, DONNY OSMOND, will return to Las Vegas and the Caesars Entertainment family with his first-ever solo multi-year residency inside Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas, opening Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. 

Las Vegas’ premier music, arts, culinary, comedy, and ideas festival, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, returns Friday, Sept. 17 – 19, once again taking over 18 city blocks of the bustling streets of Downtown Las Vegas with unparalleled talent, world-renowned culinary offerings, experiential artists and more. Artists set to perform over the 3-day weekend include five-time GRAMMY Award-winning pop sensation Billie Eilish, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Green Day, psychedelic music phenomenon Tame Impala, award-winning rapper A$AP Rocky, electronic music star Illenium, and more. Tickets are on sale now.

FRANCO DRAGONE, the creative mastermind behind world-renowned entertainment productions including“O”, Mystère by Cirque du Solei, “Le Rêve,” and Celine Dion’s “A New Day” have joined forces with magic’s most celebrated visionary, CRISS ANGEL, who created Las Vegas’ first immersive spectacular stage show MINDFREAK®. The first partnership between Dragone’s theatrics and Criss Angel Studios “is incredibly exciting and I believe our first venture will be groundbreaking,” said Angel. Slated to open later in 2021, MR. SMILES & MOLLY, will be an Interactive Immersive Euphoria. Dragone describes the new surreal pre-night club experience as a “bold fusion between the world of electronic music and theatre.”

THE VENETIAN RESORT once again was named to the annual FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE STAR AWARDS, a distinction it has maintained for the 20th consecutive year. In addition, The Palazzo Tower, which is part of The Venetian Resort, held its Four-Star rating for the 13thconsecutive year. Other resort amenities receiving the prestigious Four-Star award include Mott 32, a culinary icon in contemporary Chinese cuisine; the critically acclaimed and award-winning steakhouse CUT by Wolfgang Puck; and Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness, the luxury spa retreat at The Venetian Resort.

Restaurants, bars, stores, and other openings include:

After 16 years of consumer and critical acclaim at Caesars Palace, award-winning chef Bobby Flay closed Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace on Saturday, Nov. 14 to make way for his new concept, his highly-anticipated first Italian restaurant, AMALFI, which held its Grand Opening event on Friday, June 18.

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To commemorate the occasion, award-winning chef Bobby Flay was joined by Sean McBurney, Regional President of Caesars Entertainment, as well as Caesars’ CEO Tom Reeg and President and COO Anthony Carano, and business partner Laurence Kretchmer as they toasted with Amalfi Spritzes to the opening of the latest culinary destination. The event began with remarks from McBurney and Flay, followed by a kabuki drop unveiling the stunning golden-arched front entrance, with a musical performance and toast concluding the moment. In addition to marking the occasion inside the casino, Caesars Palace’s front fountains reflected the celebratory spirit with an Amalfi takeover, as well as the restaurant’s logo brightly projected on the side of the iconic resort. Inspired by Flay’s extensive travels to Italy and the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi transports guests to the Mediterranean with its vibrant blend of coastal ease and fresh, bright flavors.

After being closed since March 2020, MGM Grand’s JOEL ROBUCHON RESTAURANT is slated to reopen July 1, followed by L’Atelier Joel Robuchon on July 15.

RAIDERS TAVERN & GRILL, the world’s only official Raiders-themed restaurant offering fans and diners an unmatched sports experience paying homage to the rich history of the Raiders and the enjoyment of watching sports, opened April 1 at the M Resort Spa Casino.

CIRCA SPORTS the popular Las Vegas-based sports betting venture from CEO and downtown Las Vegas casino operator Derek Stevens – continued to grow with the addition of a NEW SATELLITE BOOK at Tuscany Suites & Casino. The partnership marks Circa Sports’ first Las Vegas expansion outside of Stevens’ portfolio of properties.

Resorts World Las Vegas announced it will debut the first and only pop-up shop of KARDASHIAN KLOSET, the Kardashian-Jenner e-commerce retail resale site. The popular online retailer features items from the family’s personal closets and offers a wide range of designer clothing from athleisure to black tie, plus shoes, accessories and jewelry. This will be Kardashians Kloset’s first physical location and will offer one-of-a-kind items not available online. Opening on June 24, the pop-up boutique will feature pieces from Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick.

STADIA BAR, the all-new sports watching destination bar and lounge at Caesars Palace opened on June 4, offering guests a next-level sports viewing experience with lavish amenities, numerous HD screens for the games, and a beverage menu featuring high-end spirits and unique cocktail selections.

BACCHANAL BUFFET reopened at Caesars Palace on May 20. The best buffet in Las Vegas just got better with a multimillion-dollar refresh featuring all-new design enhancements; more than 30 new dishes; and the introduction of reservations.

Brothers and acclaimed restaurateurs, Michael Morton and David Morton, have unveiled ONE STEAKHOUSE at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, their exciting second collaboration. The stunning new two-story restaurant and lounge has become a Las Vegas hotspot to see and be seen since its official opening at the exhilarating part of Curio Collection by Hilton, in late March.

MGM GRAND BUFFET reopened on Wednesday, May 26 at 7 a.m. Featuring breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch offerings, guests will have the option to choose from a variety of hot and cold palate pleasing stations.

The Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio revived MAYFAIR AFTER DARK, the sensory-consuming, late-night revelry, on May 28. The nightlife soiree starts at 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday and blends live musical acts and performances with a menu of gourmet bites and bottle service; unexpected show vignettes, and more to create an interactive dance party unlike anything else on The Strip.

The Rio debuted its newly branded WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK with new customer offerings including self-service sports betting kiosks and an expanded betting menu featuring LIVE InPlay Wagering.

Station Casinos shines up its culinary program with the addition of LUCKY PENNY and BRASS FORKS CAFES to its properties. Grand Cafés at Red Rock Casino and Green Valley Ranch was converted into Lucky Penny on Feb. 24, and Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station Cafes converted to Brass Fork in April. Each café will offer elevated dishes and feature a playful menu of modern American cuisine with a twist of worldly flavors and the traditional café classics for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A new ESTIATORIO MILOS, the world’s most celebrated Greek seafood restaurant opened March 15 in Restaurant Row at The Venetian Resort. Known for its signature seafood market featuring fresh fish flown in from the Mediterranean, Milos also introduces a new fruit and vegetable market, a raw bar, a yogurt room, and a curated list of fine Greek wines to complement the experience.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomed Back the Iconic Las Vegas Buffet Experience with the reopening of WICKED SPOON on March 25 featuring familiar staples and imaginative seasonal dishes, alongside bottomless beverage packages Thursday-Sunday.

BRIOCHE by Guy Savoy, the third Las Vegas establishment of world-renowned Michelin-starred French chef Guy Savoy, opened at Paris Las Vegas. The all-new sweet and savory brioche shop is located adjacent to the Paris Las Vegas hotel lobby and offers delectable tastes of Savoy’s flaky French pastries at an affordable price.

Resorts World Las Vegas will bring a taste of Southern California’s iconic wine and dining destination, WALLY'S WINE & SPIRITS, to the Strip’s newest integrated resort this summer. An institution widely beloved by Angelenos and Hollywood celebrities for decades, the exclusive location at Resorts World will blend a restaurant, wine bar and specialty gourmet market, creating a one-stop tasting and shopping experience.

Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy., has welcomed local favorite, PT’s, to each of its locations in the Las Vegas Valley, open now.

MILKCOW, the premiere soft-serve ice cream originally from South Korea, is thrilled to announce it will open its first Nevada location at 400 S. Rampart Boulevard, Suite 140 inside Tivoli Village later this summer. Milkcow is a premium dessert café with an emphasis on creativity and innovation. Milkcow ice cream is distinctive in that it tastes milkier and creamier than a traditional soft serve, as its organically sourced without preservatives. Milkcow Nevada will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Restaurant Closings:

RHUMBAR at The Mirage will close permanently, with the last day of operations on July 25, 2021. The venue will transition into a new ultra lounge concept with an anticipated opening this winter.

After a 44-year run, the oldest French restaurant in Las Vegas, PAMPLEMOUSSE, located close to the strip on the corner of Sahara Ave. and Santa Paula near the Sahara Hotel, closed permanently.

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