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A few months after opening, SLS has a new beginning
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
The face of the resort's rebranding has been replaced ...
Frankie Moreno hitting Carnegie Hall in 2015; Wynn gives ‘Showstoppers’ dancers room to stretch legs
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
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 …
Mark of ‘Mark & Mercedes in the Morning’ leaves; J.C. Fernandez steps in Jan. 5
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
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 ...
Human Nature heats up and cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
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 performed just last week.
Human Nature heats up, cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
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 ...
Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
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 ...
Theater scene feels ripple as ‘Rat Pack,’ ‘MJ Live’ move to Riviera
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
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.
Penny Pibbets, fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ takes shot at solo show
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show.”
Fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ Penny Pibbets takes shot with her own show
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show” ...
Lawsuit against Westgate owner dismissed, for now
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Heather Atwell vows to continue the fight ...
Wayne Newton is making a return to Casa de Shenandoah
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Mr. Las Vegas is ending 2014 by making some major news in his Old Vegas neighborhood. Returned to the corner of Sunset and Pecos roads is the famous Casa de Shenandoah sign ...
Flexibility key to ‘Showstoppers’ setlist; Frankie Moreno has scant shows left at Strat
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Those who have seen “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,” and read early accounts of the lineup of numbers to be performed in the show, have noted some famous shows not represented.
Piff the Magic Dragon fires up Rose. Rabbit. Lie.; Brian Wilson without pier at Venetian
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
A member of “Vegas Nocturne” performed at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. last week. Lest you get all giddy over this concept, it was actually a former member of that wildly imaginative production, Piff the Magic Dragon, along ...
It’s Jeff Dunham and Terry Fator in voice-throwing throwdown on the Strip
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
“I started doing this when I was 10 years old, and I really had an obsession with it. When I was about 15, I told myself that I wanted to be one of the greatest ventriloquists ever,” Terry Fator once said during an episode of “Kats With the Dish.”
Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator in voice-throwing throwdown on the Strip
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
“I started doing this when I was 10 years old, and I really had an obsession with it. When I was about 15, I told myself that I wanted to be one of the greatest ventriloquists ever,” Terry Fator once said ...
Oscar Goodman hungry to celebrate pre-Venetian Venetian Pizzeria
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
One could argue, and Oscar Goodman would, that the spine of Las Vegas’ history is the pork neckbone recipe of Angie Ruvo.
Strategy of PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman: Rope ’em while they’re young
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Karl Stressman finished his annual NFR Week news conference. Stressman has been the PRCA commissioner for seven years now, and I’ve only known him during the times when his organization was bulldogging with Las Vegas Events and Las Vegas NFR board members.
The PRCA strategy: Rope ’em while they’re young
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Karl Stressman finished his annual NFR Week news conference. Stressman has been the PRCA commissioner for seven years now, and I’ve only known him during the times when his organization was bulldogging ...
Family of Sarah Guillot-Guyard ‘has been taken care of’ as Final Battle Scene returns to ‘Ka’
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
The Final Battle Scene is the great, deceptive moment in “Ka” at MGM Grand. The Cirque du Soleil artists appear to be fighting, the Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys, in the production’s epic, show-closing conflict.
Sarah Guillot-Guyard’s family ‘has been taken care of’ as Final Battle Scene returns to ‘Ka’
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
The Final Battle Scene is the great, deceptive moment in “Ka” at MGM Grand. The Cirque du Soleil artists appear to be fighting, the Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys, in the production’s epic, ...
Flowery praise for Bellagio holiday display; Andrea Bocelli seeks tender love at MGM Grand
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
During his chilling performance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, the great tenor Andrea Bocelli was backed by singers from one of the city’s longest-running arts organization.
Flowery praise for Bellagio Conservatory; Andrea Bocelli asks for tender love at MGM Grand
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
During his chilling performance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, the great tenor Andrea Bocelli was backed by singers from one of the city’s longest-running arts organization. Appearing onstage ...
Change afoot backstage at infamous Las Vegas strip clubs
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
Club Paradise will reopen in January, and Crazy Horse Too may have to change names if it wants to do the same ...
A-ha: Dolyniuk embraces ’80s, adds symphony for Smith Center show
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
"I'm a workaholic," says Brody Dolyniuk, but there is a lot of fun mixed with this show that evokes The Tubes, Oingo Boingo, INXS and other '80 acts at Reynolds Hall.
J.Lo talk es en fuego at Caesars; Steve Wynn seized advice in naming ‘Showstoppers’
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Jennifer Lopez is hot — hot, I tell you! — as a topic of discussion around Caesars Entertainment venues.
With ‘Re-Animator’ at Smith Center, George Wendt is a member of the grateful dead
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
George Wendt was introduced to TV audiences as if he just happened to saunter into a neighborhood tavern. Actually, that is exactly how it happened. The trajectory of Wendt’s career ...
Brad Garrett, David E. Kelley lead a fast break back to network TV
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Brad Garrett, proprietor and frequent headliner at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand, can act, and not just in comedic roles.
Colosseum opts for real country in Reba and Brooks & Dunn booking
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
The conversation among the trio of superstars about playing dates in Las Vegas started several months ago. They agree on the environment, which was just before a concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but not exactly when ...
Thirty for the 30th anniversary of National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
National Finals Rodeo’s impact can be measured in the vast array of events in the valley, with more than 20 official sponsor hotels hosting events related to the rodeo and many more taking on a country theme.
Our own 30 for the 30th anniversary of NFR in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
National Finals Rodeo’s impact can be measured in the vast array of events in the valley, with more than 20 official sponsor hotels hosting events related to the rodeo and many more taking on a country theme.
Las Vegas of yesteryear is revived every week with ‘The Dennis Bono Show’
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Dennis Bono knows all the old tricks, as he should. He is both the pilot and navigator of one of the last remaining genuine Old-Vegas entertainment pleasures, “The Dennis Bono Show,” which is performed ...
Photos: Stevie Wonder takes keys, leads MGM Grand audience on wild ride
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
On Saturday night, thousands of Stevie Wonder’s fans who had grown right along with him poured into MGM Grand Garden Arena for a revival of “Songs in the Key of Life,” the album that Wonder has said is his “celebration of song, life and love.”
Stevie Wonder takes the keys and leads MGM Grand crowd on a wild ride
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Stevie Wonder was terrific, and his alter-ego, DJ Tick Tick Boom, wasn't bad, either, on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
This year, Las Vegas has a good grip on the rodeo
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
John Katsilometes talks to the head of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association about the wild ride that was 2014.
Despite protests, Dirk Arthur debuting his own production of cats
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau this weekend has been ensconced at the Riviera, and that hotel is happening this weekend with a couple of conventions that helped fill the lobby with hundreds of guests on Friday afternoon.
For keyboard master Ronnie Foster, reunion with Stevie Wonder is just human nature
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
Ronnie Foster is the cornerstone of Funk Foundation, the band who backs Human Nature at Sands Showroom in the Venetian. Foster is the band’s music director.
‘Pippin’ effectively takes flying leap into land of Cirque
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
“Pippin” is not a Cirque show, of course, but it is dropping into the epicenter of acrobatic-infused performance, with Cirque the city’s predominant production vehicle. And if the company is looking for a way to incorporate gymnastics with musical theater, look no further.
Deal-making done with country flair at the Colosseum and NFR
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Human Nature, the embraceable quartet from Australia, which favors Motown classics and jackets shaded in crimson, just celebrated 25 years (together) and is soon to celebrate the lighting of ...
‘Ka’ set to return full version of Final Battle Scene to MGM Grand stage
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Eighteen months after it was pulled down for a tragedy, the Final Battle Scene is returning to Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” at MGM Grand. A formal unveiling of the new scene is set for Dec. 3 ...
Rob Riggle takes over Lagasse’s Stadium; Imagine Dragons go acoustic; Steve Wynn snaps up Kenny Rogers’ old estate
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
Imagine Dragons held a fundraiser and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young bought a dog for $6,000 on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel. The “Goldendoodle” (a poodle and golden lab mix) was up for bid during ...
Fire and rain usher in ‘Le Reve’s’ 10th anniversary
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
This $3 million upgrade to the show is titled “Denouement,” itself a mini-production lasting about four minutes. Sixty designers worked 3,000 hours over 18 months, developing first an idea that has exploded ...
SLS off to rough start but looking forward to 2015
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Scott Kreeger talks with John Katsilometes about the struggles experienced at the north Strip’s newest resort, as well as plans for next year.
How many presidents have played golf at Shadow Creek? Four!
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Today’s reported golf round at Shadow Creek Golf Course involving President Barack Obama, ex-Yankee Derek Jeter, Diamond Resorts International founder Stephen Cloobeck and Greenspun Media Group owner Brian Greenspun is ...
In ‘Pippin,’ Lucie Arnaz has finally run off with the circus
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Lucie Arnaz will always be known and recognized for being the daughter of entertainment legends, the reality of being born to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. But around the production of “Pippin,” the touring musical in which Lucie Arnaz appears, …
Imagine Dragons gives something back; Oscar Goodman sticks his neck out
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Imagine Dragons hit Sunrise Hospital on Friday afternoon. Not as patients, mind you, but to meet with that hospital’s board to discuss a partnership with the band’s chosen charity, the Tyler Robinson Foundation. ...
Clint Holmes returns to Harrah’s — for a song — in ‘Million Dollar Quartet’
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Clint Holmes is the latest in the line of guest vocalists to join “Million Dollar Quartet,” as he’ll sing “All Shook Up,” the Elvis classic, at the end of the performance on Dec. 4. Holmes closed out ...
The quack attack uproots ‘MJ’ and ‘Rat Pack,’ but they’ll be back
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
This is a full-scale, authorized, licensed and big-budget musical in which the Robertsons are to be played by actors who can sing and dance. One of the show’s producers is Tommy Mottola, the Sony music exec and former husband of Mariah Carey. So this is a show that has some serious ...
Jeff Civillico’s greatest juggling act: The annual Win-Win ‘Headliners’ Bash’
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Jeff Civillico is finding it easier to stage a charity production for his Win-Win Entertainment Foundation than it was a couple of years ago. ...
Perry Farrell: ‘We are never breaking up’ Jane’s Addiction
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
After a hiatus of about three months, Jane’s Addiction is back onstage, playing Friday night at 9 at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade. The band most recently performed at the Bowl in May. ...
David Perrico’s imprint is on powerful Tuscany lineup; change in cast brings a Fenton to ‘Showstoppers’
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
The scene tonight is twofold, with Mark Shunock hosting the latest installment of “Mondays Dark” at nearby Vinyl benefiting Vegas Shepherd Rescue. Shunock’s next charity event is ...

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