Friday, May 1, 2009 | 10:43 a.m.
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Beyond the Sun
Beyond the Sun
The sudden death of Encore headliner Danny Gans today reminded some of the 2003 tiger attack that ended the Siegfried & Roy show at the Mirage.
Once the immediate shock passes and after a period of mourning, Wynn Resorts will have to deal with the uncomfortable task of finding new entertainment for Encore.
Like the attack on Roy Horn at the Mirage, the loss of Gans may have some limited financial impact on Encore.
"It's a horrible thing,'' Union Gaming Group analyst Bill Lerner said of the loss of Gans.
He noted the end of the Siegfried & Roy production at the Mirage led to the remodeling of the Siegfried & Roy Theater into the Love Theater that now hosts the Cirque du Soleil production of Love celebrating the Beatles.
He said the loss of the Siegfried & Roy show and the creation of the Love theater probably had a noticeable but small financial impact on the Mirage -- but for parent company MGM Mirage it wasn't significant, financially.
For Encore, the financial impact is likely to be limited and may depend on whether a solo entertainer succeeds Gans, which would not require extensive changes to the showroom as a new production show might.
In the short term, Lerner said he expects Encore to try to accommodate Danny Gans ticket holders by moving them to the Le Reve show at the neighboring Wynn Las Vegas.
Wynn Resorts stock was virtually unchanged this morning, trading at $39.15.
Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.