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Confirmed! Olivia Newton-John is the one that fans want at the Flamingo

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John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John arrive at the 2013 American Country Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

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Marie Osmond, Olivia Newton-John and Donny Osmond at Flamingo Las Vegas.

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Olivia Newton-John in the video for her 1983 hit "Physical."

Fans hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John are in for some good news today — but don’t have a heart attack.

The Australian singer-songwriter and actress (“Grease,” “Twist of Fate,” “Xanadu”) announced today “Summer Nights,” her residency at the Donny & Marie Showroom in the Flamingo beginning April 8, with tickets going on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

(Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards program members may purchase tickets Wednesday at 10 a.m.).

“I am thrilled to be able to call Las Vegas home for a while,” said Newton-John in a news release. “I have performed here many times through the years and have had nothing but wonderful memories, and I look forward to even more fun at the Flamingo.

“I am especially thrilled that a portion of every ticket sold will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center.” (Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.)

“We look forward to welcoming Olivia to Flamingo Las Vegas, where so many other iconic artists have performed,” said Eileen Moore, regional president of the Flamingo. “She has such a broad appeal, and you can count all of us here at Flamingo among her adoring fan base. She’s the ‘one that we want,’ and we can’t wait for her to call Flamingo home.”

The production will feature an eight-piece band, and the setlist is expected to include early hits “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “Let Me Be There,” “If You Love Me, Let Me Know” and “I Honestly Love You,” as well as “Grease” fan favorites “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” and 1980s hits “Xanadu” and “Physical.”

Newton-John has sold more than 100 million albums, charted 10 No. 1 hits and more than 15 Top 10 singles and won four Grammy Awards, as well as Country Music Association, American Music, Billboard, People’s Choice and Emmy awards. She also is the recipient of the Order of Australia honor and was bestowed the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Dates for “Summer Nights,” all starting at 7:30 p.m., are April 8-12, May 6-10 and 27-31, July 1-5 and 29-31 and Aug. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 and 26-30. Tickets are $69, $99 and $139, with additional service fees. A special meet-and-greet package is $249.

Today’s confirmation follows Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors by Robin Leach as long ago as April 23, 2012, and as recently as last Tuesday about Newton-John’s Strip run.

Consider Newton-John’s residency confirmation today at the Flamingo a twist of fate.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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