I don’t see many shows and Absinthe at Caesars Palace remains my favorite. The show still feels new but it has been in the tent outside of Caesars Palace since April 1, 2011. A show staying open this long in Las Vegas is rare.
Las Vegas shows come and go like the wind. Only the strong survive. Last year, Vital Vegas kept a tally of show closings and notes that 30 shows were canceled in 2016. Las Vegas show extensions are rare but happening more often due to shorter term deals. Shows and residencies aren’t as structured as they used to be.
Artists like Bruno Mars only commit to a handful of shows. If the performances are popular and tickets sell well there’s a reason to extend the show. Here’s a look at some Las Vegas shows and performers that will stay in Las Vegas a little longer than originally planned.
Piff The Magic Dragon (Flamingo)
You may know Piff and Mr. Piffles from the TV show “America’s Got Talent” or from his initial stop in Las Vegas at Rose.Rabbit.Lie inside the Cosmopolitan. The British magician, comedian, and magic dragon has extended his sold-out residency at the Flamingo into 2018. He’ll even be recording a special for TV at the Flamingo in October. Piff and Mr. Piffles are hysterical even if you’re not a fan of magic (like me).
Bruno Mars (Monte Carlo)
Bruno Mars’ stints of shows in Las Vegas hasn’t been a traditional residency. He originally did a blast of concerts at the Cosmopolitan before moving to the Park Theater at Monte Carlo. MGM Resorts International recently announced that he’ll be performing six more times between now and the end of February. The next slate of shows will take place December 30 and 31, 2017 and February 14, 16, 17 and 19, 2018. These are intimate concerts compared to his normal arena gigs and tickets go quickly.
Jennifer Lopez “All I Have” (Planet Hollywood)
Caesars Entertainment recently announced that Jennifer Lopez has extended her residency at Planet Hollywood. She’ll be performing an additional 32 shows at the Axis Theater inside Planet Hollywood in 2018. This show is no joke having drawn over 250,000 people since opening in 2016. Here are the new show dates:
- February: 21, 23, 24, 28
- March: 2, 3, 24, 28, 30, 31
- April: 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21
- May: 16, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 27, 30
- June: 1, 2, 6, 8, 9
Santana (Mandalay Bay)
Carlos Santana is extending his “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live” show at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay. It seems as if this show is extended two or three times each year. Don’t underestimate how popular this guitarist is. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and ranks #15 in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 guitar players of all time list. New shows for 2018 are below:
- January 24, 26, 27, 28, 31
- February 1-3
Cindy Williams Extends Performances in “Menopause The Musical” (Harrah’s)
Cindy Williams has extended her run as a guest star in “Menopause The Musical” at Harrah’s Las Vegas. She was originally slated to end her role with the show after Labor Day weekend. Due to popular demand, Williams will continue performing in the show through December 16, 2017. You may know her for the role as Shirley Feeney in the television comedy Laverne & Shirley.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.