It’s been a strange year around the world with COVID-19 impacting just about everyone everywhere. One of the more abnormal events in Las Vegas – besides casinos closing – is the lack of big events. Vegas is an event-driven town and that’s what draws so many visitors. Whether the event is a convention, trade show, sporting event, or a concert there hasn’t been a single major event for people to attend in Las Vegas since March. In a perfect world, things will be different next year. One casino operator is planning as though major entertainment events will be able to take place by next summer.
Las Vegas continues to build on the moniker of being the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” There’s some kind of new show, residency or concert announced almost daily. It’s difficult to keep track but we’re doing our best to offer both entertainment updates along with other Las Vegas news and tips.
Wynn Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood both announced Las Vegas residencies for rock performers made famous in the 1980s. Bryan Adams will be performing a limited engagement at Wynn while the Scorpions will perform at Plant Hollywood. These two residency announcements came as a surprise to some.
The Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will celebrate a decade of being the place to enjoy the best comedy in Las Vegas with the unveiling of the first 10 comedians in its 2020 lineup. No less than 10 previous headliners will return to the stage for another stint at The Mirage.
Jerry Seinfeld is returning to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for at least a handful of shows in 2020. Seinfeld performing in Las Vegas is synonymous with Caesars Palace. He’s been performing at Caesars Palace since 2003!. His return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two additional weekends in 2020 to perform his stand-up comedy will mark the 17th year he’s performed at the iconic casino.
Grammy Award-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson has announced that she will be headlining a brand-new Las Vegas residency. Kelly Clarkson: Invincible will open on Wednesday, April 1 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. The long-rumored residency was announced on Clarksons TV show after performing a medley of her hits during the “Kellyoke” portion of the show.
We’ve discussed how Las Vegas residencies have changed over time so we won’t get into it again. The new short term residencies seem to be as popular, if not more popular, than their long-term predecessors.
Westgate Las Vegas announced that due to continued overwhelmingly popular demand Barry Manilow’s residency will return in 2020. The Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician is fresh off a successful Broadway run. Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home will return to Sin City following an upcoming sold-out performance in London.
So, you’ve been to Las Vegas a lot over the years and you’re looking for something different. Well, it looks like you’ll find that at the Flamingo next year.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!” opens in late January inside the theater that used to be home to Donny & Marie at the Flamingo. This won’t be another show on the Vegas Strip that looks like every other show.
The Las Vegas Festival Grounds has been an underutilized plot of land for MGM Resorts (That could change next year if the rumors are true). That’s starting to change with multiple events happening in the second half of 2019. The multipurpose outdoor venue is across the street from Sahara on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd.
Rock bands are taking over the Vegas Strip! The latest rock band to announce a Las Vegas residency is a name from the 1980s that should sound familiar. Foreigner will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip in 2020 for a 10 show limited engagement. Their exclusive headlining residency show will take place at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian.
The improvements at the Plaza continue with a new entertainment offering. The historic downtown Las Vegas hotel and casino recently announced a new upgraded Luxe Room series. Now they’ve announced that longstanding comedy club and entertainment company, The Comedy Works, will bring nationally acclaimed standup comedians to the showroom at the Plaza Hotel & Casino.
The Fremont Street Experience recently welcomed two of the most popular Electronic Dance Music (EDM) performers to grace their stages. The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki both provided free concerts to launch their new Viva Vision shows at the Fremont Street Experience.
The Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood has been home many residencies in recent years. They recently welcomed Christina Aguilera to Las Vegas. Her new residency show is called “Christina Aguilera: The Xperience.”
Janet Jackson recently launched her headlining Las Vegas residency, Metamorphosis, at the Park Theater inside Park MGM. Celebrities in attendance for the opening night included Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Eve, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jackson’s longtime producer Jimmy Jam.
Every year the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority releases a Visitor Profile of tourists traveling to Las Vegas for business and pleasure. There’s a lot of information in the report and it can be quite overwhelming. I like to remove certain sections to make it easier to digest. Today, we’ll look at shows and entertainment.
Las Vegas production shows are in chaos right now. Customer preferences are changing and shows of all sizes in Las Vegas are trying to keep up. Shows open and close with regularity so it isn’t much of a surprise that we haven’t seen a big new show lately. Well, that’s about to change.
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