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September 25, 2016

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A Strip doubleheader in New York with ‘Vegas Nocturne’ and Cirque’s ‘Paramour’

The Kats Report Bureau this weekend touched down in New York on a trip that was brisk for its pace and humid for its climate. …

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Chris Isaak no stranger to performing in Las Vegas — or admiring its icons

Singer Chris Isaak’s embrace of the Vegas vibe was inspired by some of the city’s real superstars. He recalls seeing Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. during their …

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The scene: Sweets’ raging band, Anderson’s odd Emmy nod, and a Vault-ian memory

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is MDV Entertainment rehearsal studios off West Oquendo Road in VegasVille. The moment caught is indeed a rehearsal, for the band to work it out in advance of …

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Travis Cloer’s terrific ‘With a Twist’ proves there can be life after a closure

The entertainer performs in Jersey Boys, one of a handful of production shows with impending closings.

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Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton to help trumpet Caesars’ 50th anniversary

Fireworks, food and fame — led by singing legend Tony Bennett — will be the order of the weekend as Caesars Palace celebrates its 50th anniversary Aug. 5 and 6. Announced today is …

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Monday By the Numbers: ONJ, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ and Reba’s Twitter feed

This week, Monday By the Numbers tilts nostalgically to Flamingo Las Vegas headliner Olivia Newton-John and Cindy Williams.

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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds joins the parody-protest anthem, ‘Don’t Use Our Song’

As the frontman for the superstar rock band formed in Las Vegas, Reynolds appears with such stars as Josh Groban, Michael Bolton, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Usher, Cyndi Lauper, Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp. Lyrically, Reynolds states, “Don’t use your song; it just seems wrong,” “Why would Reagan be playing…

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‘Bathtub Boy’ makes a splash for Reba; Cab Jazz is freshened up

During Friday night’s Reba and Brooks & Dunn show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Reba McEntire talked of bathing. Not herself, but a specific act she had just seen involving a boy and his tub. “You’re cute!” she called to Kix Brooks early in the show. “But you ain’t no Bathtub Boy in ‘Absinthe!’” She was referring to David O’Mer, who performs the aerial bathtub routine in the show, which she saw Thursday night …

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Review: Clint Holmes turns Palazzo Theater into a playground for grown-ups

Early this week, Clint Holmes made the off-handed remark, “Everyone’s shows are closing while mine is opening.”

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Deepak Chopra set to headline Reynolds Hall; Cabaret Jazz stocks lineup

Deepak Chopra is playing the big room at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 28.

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Bourne, ready: Matt Damon talks movies and politics at his Vegas premiere

I have been making these movies most of my adult life. I’m really proud of them and was really thrilled to come back and play him again.”

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Seeking a new ‘backyard,’ Santa Fe closes out run at South Point

The Monday night performance was the band’s final show at South Point after opening in the showroom Labor Day weekend. The reason for leaving is simple: Fan support for the band was not strong enough …

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Monday By the Numbers: J.Lo’s dates, a legendarily rich magician … and puppets

This week, Monday By the Numbers hits on Jennifer Lopez (wait, that came out wrong) and her added added dates at Planet Hollywood, David Copperfield and his untrammeled wealth and some puppet action at …

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Hot-selling ‘Absinthe’ plotting a move out of Caesars Palace

The future of one of the Strip’s most successful and celebrated productions has spun into uncertainty.

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I spied a rarity: An original stage show

“Spy Escape” mixes the components of a convention seminar — which can be sort of boring — with live re-enactments and demos of famous spy tactics. These include how-to segments on escaping rope, duct tape, zip ties and handcuffs in 30 seconds or less; how to pick locks; how to hotwire a car (yes, that is still a thing in spy culture); and my favorite, “tactical pen techniques.”

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