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October 1, 2014

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Photo: Myron Martin, Olympic champion David Wise of Reno,
Photos: A triumphant celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Smith Center:
Oh, what a night! A truly glorious night! Las Vegas shined brightly when the Smith Center for the Performing Arts staged the Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert on Monday night.
Photo: Jodie McDonald, Kevin Burke, Sabina Kelley and Dan
High-octane ‘Limelight’ at the Plaza captures spirit of The Roaring ’20s
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
“Limelight” is a high-octane, frenzied entertainment package with some of the most dynamic dancing seen in Las Vegas. Some of its excitement is right in your face as the gorgeous glamor girls dance among the audience and their legs barely miss your head.
‘Kinky Boots’ at Smith Center an emotional high with laughter, tears and joy
Monday, September 8, 2014
Celebrities and Las Vegas VIPs joined Broadway angel investors and a festive audience for the weekend’s official premiere of “Kinky Boots.” It has everything you could ever ask for in a dazzling, brash and successful night of brilliant theater.
Sole sisters come out in droves as ‘Kinky Boots’ opens at Smith Center
Sunday, September 7, 2014
“Kinky Boots” is that kind of scene, a festival of drag not experienced in this fashion since the opening of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at the Venetian last summer. Unlike that show, which struggled to sustain ticket sales and closed early, “Kinky Boots” has … legs. ...
Photo: Jerry Mitchell and Cyndi Lauper on Thursday, Sept.
Cyndi Lauper: ‘If young people don’t discover Broadway, then Broadway will die’
Saturday, September 6, 2014
‘Kinky Boots’:
Cyndi Lauper and Jerry Mitchell won 2013 Tony Awards for their work on “Kinky Boots.” “Now we’re thinking we should collaborate on something else together. Maybe we could create something special for Las Vegas?” Cyndi told me Thursday afternoon at the Smith Center.
Photo: Artist Shaina Cruea performs during the amateur Ch
Weekend best bets: ‘Kinky Boots,’ Gay Pride, pole dancing and Great Las Vegas Grill-Off
Thursday, September 4, 2014
From Gay Pride to professional pole dancing to a Tony Award-winning musical, this weekend's eclectic offerings give Las Vegas plenty to celebrate. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets.
Photo: Cyndi Lauper at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday,
Preview: Behind-the-scenes of ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Smith Center
Thursday, September 4, 2014
With a dream team of entertainment talent behind the hit musical “Kinky Boots” opening tonight at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ahead of its Saturday premiere, it’s like a fine bottle of champagne popping open with vibrant bubbles and excitement.
Photo: Molly (Katie Postotnik) and Sam (Steven Grant Doug
Special effects and cast’s soaring vocals lift ‘Ghost’ story of love and heartbreak
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Tall and athletic Steven Grant Douglas, as Sam, commands the stage with his physical and vocal presence — his gorgeous voice is strong and soaring and his range wide — and is the standout of “Ghost the Musical” now at the Smith Center through Sunday.
Photo: Ghost The Musical is at the Smith Center for the P
‘Ghost The Musical’ brings movie magic and romance to the Smith Center stage
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
“Ghost,” nominated for five Academy Awards, brought new meaning to the art and skills of pottery and starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and the comedic talents of Whoopi Goldberg, who won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. ...
Photo: Musical director Richard Oberacker.
Can a musical from Las Vegas make it in New York? Richard Oberacker is finding out with ‘Bandstand’
Friday, August 8, 2014
Maybe the most apt way to describe Richard Oberacker’s emotions at the moment are “mitigated excitement.” His new musical “Bandstand: A Musical,” co-created with lyrics-writing partner Robert Taylor, could become "something extraordinary." ...
Photo: Myron Martin, president and CEO of the Smith Cente
Smith Center’s Myron Martin: Performing arts center is ‘the living room’ for Las Vegas
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Guest Columnist:
It’s amazing to think that nearly two decades ago, with little more than the “can-do” spirit for which Las Vegas is known, community leaders set out to bring a performing arts center to our city, and two years ago the Smith Center opened with great fanfare.
Photo: Anton Chekhovs Cherry Orchard of the Living De
The inaugural Valley Theatre Awards reflect back while pushing forward
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
'Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard of the Living Dead' leads with six wins, 'Red' named Best Production.
The World’s a Stage
The World’s a Stage
Friday, July 11, 2014
Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ redefines what we’ve come to expect from the theater
KÀ's athletic feats, technology create impressive production.
Photo: Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison St
The Book of Myron: Outgoing musical ‘far, far exceeded’ expectations
Monday, July 7, 2014
Most touring musicals require a few performances to generate positive buzz in a community. But not “The Book of Mormon” in its boundlessly successful run at the Smith Center. ...
Photo: Activism through art: Reid writes plays for people
Weekly Q&A: Playwright Ryan Reid brings the realities of Alzheimer’s to center stage
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Weekly Q&A:
"I think activism through art is the best way," says the budding playwright (and granddaughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid).

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