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October 30, 2014

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Joe Downtown: ‘Pawn Shop Live!’ moving to the Riviera

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Steve Marcus

Chump (Garrett Grant), left, Lil’ Boss (Gus Langley), center, and Slick Garrison (Sean Critchfield) perform in “Pawn Shop Live!” at the Golden Nugget Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The production show is a parody based on the story of Gold & Silver Pawn, home of the History Channel’s Pawn Stars television series.

A stage production inspired by the hit reality TV show “Pawn Stars” is moving from downtown to the Strip.

“Pawn Shop Live!,” which debuted just two months ago at the Golden Nugget, will open in the Starlite Theatre at the Riviera on April 21. The last show at the Nugget is March 29.

A press release issued Monday didn’t provide a reason for the move. Downtown sources, however, said the casino and producers of the show mutually agreed on the move.

“We are thrilled that the show is making a move to the Strip,” Rick Harrison, who stars in the reality TV show, said in a press release. “It is close to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and I think the Riviera will be a perfect home for the show.”

The stage show was created by Derek Stonebarger, who wrote it with Troy Heard. Stonebarger is also minority owner of the Atomic tavern on Fremont Street.

The show will run at 4:30 p.m. seven days a week at the Riviera.

The comedic parody stars seven live actors and dancers — and a puppet — in addition to the TV show’s reality stars, who appear on stage from time to time.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover Downtown, he lives and works there. He is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded Downtown journalist, stationed at an office in Emergency Arts. His work appears in the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly.

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