Numerous media and VIPs made their way to an event at Planet Hollywood and soon found themselves “Under the Influence” --- of singer/entertainer Frankie Moreno as he celebrated the opening of his new resident show titled “Frankie Moreno: Under The Influence” in the Planet Hollywood Theater.
The high-energy show is a mixture of original tunes written by Moreno as well as covers of some songs by his favorite artists, including Elvis, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, and Frank Sinatra, along with others. He even performs a song that he wrote for Ray Charles that was on the icon’s last album, which unfortunately never got released because Charles passed away. Moreno is as versatile as a performer can be – he not only sings and writes but he is an amazingly proficient pianist and guitarist and plays a mean harmonica.
It was Frankie’s girlfriend, Lacey Schwimmer, formerly of “Dancing with the Stars,” who influenced the name of the production, by the way, and she also choreographed it and dances in it as well. We hear that the piano in the show cost about $100,000 – it is one that moves and swivels and goes up and down as Moreno does one of the things he is famous for – playing the piano backwards. It’s great to see him back on the casino stage. After four years of performing at the Stratosphere, he was cut loose by that hotel in 2014, a year earlier than the end of his contract, and had been playing the Cabaret Jazz room (another great room in town) at The Smith Center and touring before landing his gig at Planet Hollywood.
Notable names in attendance at the opening night blue carpet and performance included Motley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, “Madam Secretary” star Erich Bergen, Chef Rick Moonen, Robert Diggs aka RZA of Wu Tang Clan, Olympic figure skater Jeremy Abbott, “So You Think You Can Dance” Season Two winner Benji Schwimmer, Las Vegas headliner Clint Holmes and his wife, entertainer Kelly Clinton Holmes, and others.
Another great “don’t miss” production is that from Human Nature. It’s called “Jukebox” and the Aussie foursome, Andrew, Michael, Phil and Toby, do a superb job of presenting their covers of songs from eras beginning with the 50s. In addition, they have signed to perform for another three years in the Sands Showroom at the Venetian. They sing, they dance, they joke with the crowd – it is a fabulously entertaining evening that has the entire room up on their feet and dancing and singing along. You’re guaranteed to have a blast.
Ladies, start your engines! Actor and producer Channing Tatum has heard the call of women everywhere clamoring for more Magic Mike. Next spring, their dreams will come true as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will become the permanent home of Mike Lane, America’s favorite handyman-turned-stripper, with MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS – a complete re-imagination of the male revue based on the hit movies “Magic Mike” and “Magic Mike XXL.”
Currently anticipated to open for preview performances in March 2017, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS will recreate the mythic Club Domina with a sizzling 360-degree dance and an acrobatic strip tease spectacular, guaranteed to bring on the heat. In addition to direction and creative leadership from Tatum, film franchise choreographer Alison Faulk will once again reprise her role, creating the stage show’s choreography.
“‘Magic Mike’ has been a special and very personal project for me, and this show is a natural extension of that,” said Tatum. “So while I won’t be on stage as Mike, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is my vision and I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time in Las Vegas creating something that will give women what they really want.”
Conceived and directed by Tatum and produced by Free Association, in association with, United Talent Agency, BASE Entertainment and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS promises to take the male revue, a staple of Las Vegas bachelorette parties and girlfriend getaways, to new heights. The experience starts as you enter Club Domina, a real life version of the club at the foundation of “Magic Mike XXL,” where men cater to women’s desires. The fully re-envisioned cabaret nightclub space will be unlike any other in Las Vegas with three elaborately designed bars, an integrated stage and seating for 450 guests. Expressly created to capture the magnetism of a film franchise that has grossed nearly $300 million, this new venue and its immersive production will be one of the most unique entertainment experiences in Las Vegas.
In the meantime, the Tommy Wind Theater on the Strip has a new addition -- STEELE, a hot new male revue experience -- to the property’s entertainment lineup. Starring some of Las Vegas’ most seductive men and featuring tastefully daring choreography, STEELE promises chiseled, sexy performers and fresh, fantasy fun. Show producer London Steele was the inspiration for box office hit “Magic Mike” character “Dallas,” The production features eight visually stimulating numbers, including a fireman fantasy, heart-melting military hunks in formation, and a routine with lots of southern charm, to name just a few.
May 5th marks the 33rd anniversary of the longest-running show in Las Vegas, Legends in Concert. Initially introduced in 1983 as a six week limited engagement at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, this Las Vegas original now performs 10 shows a week year-round in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas.
The elaborate production takes audiences on an electrifying journey through some of music’s most legendary performances. The current cast of legends crosses a dynamic spectrum of music. The show highlights legends-in-the-making such as Adele, portrayed by JC Brando, music titan, Michael Jackson, performed by Damian Brantley, and features Frank Moore’s tribute to beloved icon, Prince. The Blues Brothers™, played by Eric Martin and Carmen Romano, host the incomparable experience of tributes with their engaging brand of comedy. As Legends in Concert is always evolving, exciting tribute artists turn up the heat this summer with Jazmine as megastar Whitney Houston, Kate Steele as Lady Gaga, and the much anticipated return of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion, Bill Cherry, as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Speaking of Donny Osmond, Walker Furniture will become the exclusive Las Vegas retailer for Donny Osmond Home brand furnishings. The Grand Opening for the gallery will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with Osmond doing a personal meet-and-greet autograph-signing session for fans from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. following the ribbon cutting in Walker’s Showroom Atrium.
Celebrated musical artists from the 1980s and 1990s will perform some of their greatest radio dance hits at the Orleans Arena for “Flashback Concert Jam,” a concert presented by SUNNY 106.5 on May 14. Taylor Dayne, En Vogue, Exposé and more 80’s pop sensations will take the stage at Flashback Concert Jam, formerly known as Second Chance Prom.
Cameo, the newest residency show at the Westgate, brings a fun and in-your-face show with a classic funk sound to the Westgate Cabaret. Comparable to Parliament Funkadelic early on, Cameo was a trendsetter through the 1970s and 1980s and even influenced early R&B and hip-hop acts. Their biggest hit, “Word Up,” made it to number six on the pop charts in 1986, giving them their biggest bite of the mainstream.
In November 1924, a mysterious Hollywood death occurred aboard media mogul William Randolph Hearst's yacht. Included among the famous guests that weekend were Charlie Chaplin; Hearst's mistress, starlet Marion Davies; the studio system creator, producer Thomas Ince; and feared gossip columnist, Louella Parsons. Table 8 Productions will sweep you back to the Jazz Age and aboard that very exclusive yacht in THE CAT'S MEOW, a new immersive staging of Steven Peros's play during a limited run at Velveteen Rabbit on Main Street, Las Vegas's most popular Arts District nightspot. Performances will be Monday, May 16 and 23 at 7 p.m. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. Admission is limited to adults 21 and older.
Billboard and dick clark productions have announced that world-renowned superstar and Las Vegas resident, Britney Spears, will receive this year’s Millennium Award at the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” The Billboard Millennium Award recognizes outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry. Past Billboard Millennium Award recipients include Beyoncé in 2011 and Whitney Houston in 2012. It was also announced today that Spears will perform a medley of her greatest hits at the show, which will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC/
Billboard and dick clark productions have also announced that renowned musical performer Celine Dion will be honored with the esteemed ICON Award on the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” Dion will also take to the stage for a special rendition of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” after she accepts one of the most prestigious Billboard awards an artist can receive. The ICON Award is a lifetime achievement award that honors the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator and entertainer has stood the test of time. Past recipients include Neil Diamond (2011), Stevie Wonder (2012), Prince (2013) and Jennifer Lopez (2014).
Frame it! Hip-hop legend Naughty by Nature celebrated the 25th release of its eponymous album on Thursday, April 28 at LAX Nightclub inside Luxor Hotel and Casino. The music trio, which led the night with "Jump Around," was presented with a specialty cake to celebrate its monumental anniversary.
Fresh off of its wildly successful inaugural event, “Knockout Night at the D” returns Saturday night, May 21, with the second event of its 2016 series, as undefeated middleweight Arif “The Predator” Magomedov takes on upset-minded Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez in the 10-round main event, airing (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.
The World Famous Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, where country lives in Las Vegas, will host a live performance by Phil Vassar on May 18, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Jim Beam Apple and Food & Beverage Magazine. Vassar will kick off the opening of Wednesday nights at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country.
On Saturday, May 28, legendary rock band Survivor will rock the 2,300-seat M Pavilion at M Resort Spa Casino. Led by powerhouse vocalist, 21-year-old Nashville resident Cameron Barton, along with original band members, Survivor will unleash their double platinum hit and Rocky III theme song, “Eye Of The Tiger,” along with an arsenal of classic hits and rock anthems.
Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino announces a weekly residency with notable Vegas act, Zowie Bowie, beginning Friday, May 13, 2016 at Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck. Citrus features an all-new lineup of live entertainment including DJs on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays 12-5 p.m., as well as concerts and special events. Zowie Bowie will take the stage at Citrus Fridays at 10 p.m. Boasting 35,000 square feet, Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck is a unique urban rooftop pool retreat featuring an infinity pool, private cabanas, full bar, dining, a fire pit, and grass seating area where guests can lounge or enjoy a variety of activities including foosball, corn hole, table tennis and more
As part of The Fenix Tour, singer-songwriter Nicky Jam will perform at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Friday, July 15 at 8 p.m. Nicky Jam rose to fame after the release of his hit album Haciendo Escante, but it wasn’t until his 2004 release of Vida Escante that the Latin artist rose to international fame. With such hits as Chambonea and Va Pasando el Tiempo, Nicky Jam ignited his career, taking it to a whole new level. In recent years, his travels to Columbia have brought new dimensions to his music and career. Recent hits, including Voy A Beber and Tu Primera Vez, have been a strong push for Nicky Jam’s commercial success. Appearing on Daddy Yankee’s Prestige album, Nicky Jam still holds the record for most appearances on various albums by a Latin artist.
The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and hosted by world-renowned actor Will Arnett. In addition, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will serve as NHL® Headquarters during the 2016 NHL Awards.
XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas celebrated the return of its famed Sunday NightSwim with a grand opening event with DJ / Producer Alesso. on May 1. Thousands of party-goers packed the Sunday bash, which has been hailed as one of the most renowned nightlife experiences in the world and has been recognized as one of the top events by Nightclub & Bar. Every Sunday, XS Nightclub transforms as the stage turns toward the pool, offering a unique open-air, club experience.
Hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will perform on the JBL Sound Stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’ Friday Night Live at the Pool concert series on Friday, August 12 at 9 p.m.
Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band "The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute" brings the classic songs of The Beatles to The Orleans Showroom June 11 and 12. Founded in 1997, the Fab Four’s popularity stems from its note-for-note renditions of Beatles’ songs, which are exceptionally precise and authentic. In addition to replicating The Beatles’ iconic sound, the group goes through great lengths to look the part. For example, the right-handed musician who portrays Paul McCartney learned to play bass left-handed to honor the legend’s talents. This immaculate attention to detail is what sets The Fab Four apart, making them one of the leading Beatles tribute bands in the country.
Iconic performer and musical chameleon Cyndi Lauper has announced the second leg of her DETOUR TOUR in support of her upcoming studio album DETOUR available May 6 on Sire Records. The 16-city second leg will traverse the west coast before wrapping up Saturday, October 8 at the The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Lauper’s celebrated musical journey takes an unexpected southern turn on DETOUR, her 11th studio album, which finds the Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony®-winning singer-songwriter putting her signature spin on a dozen classic country songs.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show brings their impressive live performance to The Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Sept. 3, 2016 at 8 p.m. After three years of touring the world with album-themed tours, The Australian Pink Floyd Show returns with a new set of Pink Floyd songs – ‘The Best of the Best.’This time the band wanted to be able to cover a wider range of material to present a well-balanced set that is truly representative of Pink Floyd's work over the years. They’ve even created a special app that can be downloaded at aussiefloyd.com that enables fans to put together a set list with all the songs they would like to hear. The band has used some of the results from that to put together the current set list that covers all of the greatest and most requested songs, as well as some more interesting songs from the early Syd Barrett years,
Fremont Street Experience, located in Downtown Las Vegas, is honoring pop superstar Prince with a audio/pictorial retrospective on the Viva Vision canopy, North America’s largest graphic display system. The tribute features the songs “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry” along with 68 historical photos. Prince was a Las Vegas trendsetter when he had a residency from November 2006 through April 2007 at the Rio where he named the former Club Rio as 3121, the name of his album he had released at the time. The acclaimed hitmaker rewrote the rules in music, combining an array of different musical genres while appealing to the masses. He will be remembered as one the most innovative artists of all time who inspired other musicians and music lovers around the world.
“American Idol” champion David Cook is returning to Las Vegas for a performance at Sunset Station. Cook, who won season seven of the popular singing competition, will perform Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. inside Club Madrid at Sunset Station.
Australian soft-rock duo Air Supply will take the stage at The Orleans Showroom for three performances on May 27-29. Englishman Graham Russell and Australian Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 while performing in the Australian production of the celebrated musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Later that year, the duo formed Air Supply and released their first hit and self-titled debut album, which went gold in Australia. After opening for Rod Stewart’s tour in the U.S. in the late ‘70s, Air Supply had an international breakthrough and signed a distribution deal with Arista Records in 1980.
In celebration of Mexican Independence Day weekend, Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias will play The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17. The shows are presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment.
Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation will host its 16th Annual Firefighter Bachelor Auction on Friday, June 3 from 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m with an after party to follow inside The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas. Southern Nevada’s hottest and most eligible firefighter bachelors will be auctioned off to members of the community during the 16th Annual Firefighter Bachelor Auction. Bachelors will be paired with prize packages including premier hotel stays, a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Las Vegas show tickets, helicopter rides, spa treatments and much more. All proceeds from the auction will benefit individuals in the community through The Burn Survivor Initiative, a program that provides medical and emotional assistance to local burn survivors.