Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 | 2 a.m.
A photo may be worth a thousand words, but if it’s with your favorite Strip performer, it’s worth up to $1,000. Throw in a sweaty handshake with the photo op and you’ve got what’s called the meet & greet. Las Vegas’ famous and not-so-famous all have their price. Some prices may seem warranted but others can leave you wondering what you’re really paying for. A meeting with former President Bill Clinton during his Las Vegas visit will break the bank at $750, but at least you’ll walk away with the bragging rights to say you’ve hung out with a former president. Here’s a list of other grip and grins up and down the Strip.
What it gets you: A meet & greet and photo opportunity before the event, a ticket in the first four rows for Clinton’s speech. Whether the proceeds are going to his foundation or pocket is unclear.
What it gets you: This one is a two-for-one deal: You get Donny and Marie. Package includes a front-of-stage ticket and a postshow photo with the brother-sister act.
What it gets you: Prime seat, a line pass, Wallace’s CD and a meet & greet after the show with the funny guy. Wallace, who got his start in 1977, has been performing at the Flamingo for five years.
Price: Free with ticket purchase. Tickets start at $75.
What it gets you: Autographs and photos in the lobby after the show, and if you’re lucky, the scoop on some of their tricks.
What it gets you: Prime seating and a photo with one of Strip’s few female comedians. Performing at Harrah’s, Rudner keeps her act relatively clean and free of the normal Vegas glitz.
What it gets you: Table seating in the orchestra section for “Peepshow,” a Champagne toast with the former Playboy bunny and an autographed photo. Whether it’s a topless photo or not, we’re not sure.
Price: Free with ticket purchase. Tickets start at $59.
What it gets you: Autographs and photos with Fator and his cast of characters in the lobby after the show. Fator and his pals, including Winston the Impersonating Turtle, rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent.”
What it gets you: Prime seating, a meet & greet and photo opportunity with Mr. Las Vegas himself. You can celebrate his 50-year career in “Once Before I Go” at the Tropicana.
Live like Celine Dion
What it gets you: You won’t get to meet Celine but you can eat like she does. The package includes dinner from a menu designed by the singer, tickets in the first five rows, $150 credit to her memorabilia store and VIP entrance.
CORRECTION: Donny and Marie’s meet & greet package has been correct to reflect the correct number of tickets included in the package. | (February 22, 2010)