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January 30, 2015

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Benjamin D. Hale (Jan. 23)

John Katsilometes talks to Benjamin D. Hale, who plays Jonny Cash in "Million Dollar Quartet" at Harrah's. Listen »

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It’s the J.Lo show as the Colosseum sets the stage for something big

This was a one-night-only production that was not built for one night. It’s very title, “The Best Is Yet to Come,” is practically an announcement that Jennifer Lopez is in the plans for 2015 — and perhaps beyond — at Caesars Entertainment.

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga swing across the ages at the Cosmopolitan

For a moment, you have to wonder if he’s still got it. Is he still great, or has he become a figure from an era long passed? Then Tony Bennett sings, really sings, at times so forcefully that in the rows closest to the stage, you …

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The pairing of Lipshtick comics and the Venetian is a social thing

It’s funny how social media can help fill a showroom with comediennes. Ed Huckfeldt, director of entertainment marketing at the Venetian whose very surname reminds of laughing, has found the funny on Twitter …

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2014 in Review: Triumphs, closings and litigation

We’re gearing up for a thunderous opening to 2015 with the Jennifer Lopez performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. This is a full-scale production, and the feeling is that it is a prelude to something residential …

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Holly Madison splitting from 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Bay

A burlesque club at a major Strip resort has lost its star attraction. The club in question is the former 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison at Mandalay Bay.

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Events boss: 40 million visitors is not enough

Pat Christenson talks about the tourism record broken in 2014 and the opportunity Las Vegas has to set the mark even higher.

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In 2014, the Word of the Year in VegasVille was …

Activation” was mentioned at every groundbreaking and rendering unveiling in the city in 2014. It was used most frequently to reference unused parcels on the Strip and downtown that became the site of festivals and special events.

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Billy Johnson, Las Vegas Wranglers team president, exits after 11 years

About a year ago, Billy Johnson announced that the Las Vegas Wranglers were leaving Orleans Arena. Today, Johnson, the team president, said that he has left the Wranglers.

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Viva, Idaho: Holiday tales of hot baths, a sweat lodge and a volunteer greeter

The morning after attending the premiere of “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” and attending a press conference on the stage of Encore Theater, I had flown into Boise and then drove through heavy winds across the state toward Pocatello …

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Steve Wynn throws his haymaker as ‘Showstoppers’ bows at Encore Theater

“Showstoppers” is personally pertinent to Steve Wynn. He’s been an impassioned fan of musical theater since his days as a student at Penn (where he studied English lit) and was introduced to great Broadway musicals …

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Frankie Moreno hitting Carnegie Hall in 2015; Wynn gives ‘Showstoppers’ dancers room to stretch legs

The Kats Report Bureau this week made a stop at an open terrace just outside the 50th-floor Voodoo Steakhouse at the Rio for announcement of the New Year’s Eve fireworks show on the Strip. Seven hotels will fire pyrotechnics during …

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Mark of ‘Mark & Mercedes in the Morning’ leaves; J.C. Fernandez steps in Jan. 5

Half of the long-running and market-topping KXMB 94.1 “The Mix” morning radio team has announced a departure. Mark DiCiero, who teamed with Mercedes Martinez for 18 years …

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Human Nature heats up, cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons …

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Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip

Well, it seems as if Hakkasan Group has finished its holiday shopping. The entertainment conglomerate that seems to want for nothing has produced an embarrassment of riches …

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Theater scene feels ripple as ‘Rat Pack,’ ‘MJ Live’ move to Riviera

They may have been given a later checkout time, but the shows “MJ Live” and “The Rat Pack Is Back” are leaving the Rio and headed to the Riviera.

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