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July 22, 2014

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Mamma Mia (Jun. 20)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Christine Sherrill and Sean Krill from "Mamma Mia," which is currently performing at the Tropicana. Listen »

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Frank Marino toasts 25,000th show on the Strip; Frankie Moreno’s show to air on PBS

Frank Marino is celebrating his 25,000th show on the Strip on May 31. He is the longest-running continual headliner on the Strip, ever, and has had a street named for him and two stars on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame placed in his honor.

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Live from the Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson hologram blows minds

At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Michael Jackson song “Slave to the Rhythm,” replete with 104 dancers and a hologram M.J., rose to the hype from the past week leading up to the awards hosted by Ludacris. …

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Life is good and ‘Love Is Strange’ for HRC honoree John Lithgow

Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow is back in Las Vegas to accept the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award. Before we talk of his new movie and the honor he is to receive at the …

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Standup meets makeup as Venetian launches all-female ‘Lipshtick’ comedy series

Joy Behar, Rita Rudner and Lisa Lampanelli are among the comediennes appearing in the “Lipshtick: The Perfect Shade of Stand Up” lineup announced today by Whitney Cummings, co-creator of the CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” at the Venetian.

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It’s still a nutty, and busy, world for Jerry Lewis; ‘Tempest’ spins magic in Cambridge; Frankie (Scinta) goes to headliner

The Jerry Lewis film series tied to his photo exhibit “Painted Pictures” opens tonight at UNLV and runs through the summer. Lewis is a busy man, at age 88, as he reinforced during a phone chat Monday by saying, “I’m a busy man.”

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Caesars exec Jason Gastwirth: ‘We’ve built a great show and a great business with Britney’

Britney Spears is a hot ticket in Las Vegas. “Britney: Piece of Me” has delivered sold-out audiences every night since it opened Dec. 27. “It’s been a huge success,” says Jason Gastwirth, Caesars Entertainment senior vice president of marketing and entertainment.

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Matt Goss is shaken onstage at Caesars; Anthony Cools stacks the deck at Paris

The mother of Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss has been battling cancer, and the night before Mother’s Day, the British singer wavered before closing his show with an Otis Redding classic.

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Britney Spears is offered $12 million one-year extension at Planet Hollywood; 30+ shows added

Caesars Entertainment has reportedly offered pop singer and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears $12 million to extend her residency at the renovated, 4,500-seat Axis Theater through December 2016.

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Don Marrandino might get his chance to shake things up at Hard Rock Hotel

We can expect former Caesars Entertainment executive Don Marrandino to transition back to a top-level position at the Hard Rock Hotel soon. Marrandino lived and worked in Las Vegas for 20 years before heading back to Atlantic City in 2009.

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Burton Cohen and the Howard Hughes ‘Ice Cream Saga’; Brooklyn Bowl reps are really digging Las Vegas

Burton Cohen was president of the Desert Inn when Howard Hughes set up at the hotel on Thanksgiving of 1966. That doesn’t mean the two ever met, though.

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Veronic lends her voice, and a guest star lends her hands, in fundraising campaign

Bally’s headliner Veronic DiCaire has launched her “Lend Your Voice” philanthropic campaign, and the vocal impressionist is inviting a new friend to join her onstage in her show in Jubilee Theater.

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No hockey at the Plaza; Wranglers seek another venue

The ice-in-the-sky concept to turn the pool deck at the Plaza into a hockey facility for the Las Vegas Wranglers has proven too costly to complete. The Plaza announced in a news release today that the Wranglers will not move their home games to the downtown hotel-casino. It cited …

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Kirk Kerkorian: Recently married and ‘continues to move forward’

Trailblazing resort mogul Kirk Kerkorian, 96, considered by many to be the Father of Las Vegas, has been romantically linked to his new wife Una Davis before, and the couple reportedly lived together years ago.

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Guitar in tow, Carlos Santana drops by Rod Stewart’s place

Rod Stewart and Carlos Santana had not performed live together before Tuesday night but will be touring the U.S. and Canada as co-headliners soon.

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Bob Anderson plays among the stars at the Venetian, but what’s next for his Sinatra show?

Evoking the image of Frank Sinatra, Bob Anderson donned the makeup and the tux and sang with chilling perfection Sunday night at the Venetian. Now he awaits Las Vegas suitors for his ambitious production. …

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