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Donny Osmond recovering from throaty concerns; ‘Absinthe’ joins the (night) club
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Even the term sounds uncomfortable: bleeding polyp. It is the vocal condition from which Donny Osmond has been suffering for the past several weeks. At issue is a legion on his right vocal chord that ...
If this is it for Rush, they leave on a high note
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Rush-infused memories are so plentiful and indelible, we don’t always know where to begin or end. On Saturday night, the band took that task themselves, rolling in reverse from finish to start during its “R40 Tour” stop.
Vegas needs its own pro sports team, not someone else’s
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Just this month, talk bubbled out of Milwaukee that the Bucks might be willing to move to the under-construction Las Vegas Arena if the Wisconsin Senate could not approve funding for a new arena. Once more, the specter of Las Vegas as a home for a pro team clouded the reality of a franchise’s relationship with its home city ...
Fountains incident recalls night at Caesars Palace starring Shecky Greene
Friday, July 24, 2015
In a slice of Strip lore that might be lost to time for many visitors to Las Vegas, the greatest fountain crashing ever was the 1968 drive into the Caesars Palace fountains by venerable comedian Shecky Greene ...
On 40th anniversary, 40 reasons to still dig Rush
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The timeless band Rush, my fave, fave, favorite for nearly all of its 40 years of existence, is back for its “R40” anniversary tour Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Kats Report: Monte Carlo’s new theater could remake the Strip’s concert look
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
For MGM Resorts, the new theater adds versatility and volume to its entertainment options.
‘Vegas Nocturne’ still alive — in New York; Mac King faces down Penn & Teller on ‘Fool Us’
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The Spiegelworld Production “Vegas Nocturne” lives on, if in a scaled-back form. The show that closed a year ago at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is set for a one-off Thursday night at the Slipper Room in New York.
Monday By the Numbers: Inside the David Saxe Productions empire
Monday, July 20, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers crunches the stats related to the shows in David Saxe Productions. Its signature production, “Vegas! The Show,” celebrates its fifth anniversary this month at Saxe Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
CEO wants to bring downtown out of the ’70s
Monday, July 20, 2015
Jim Simms remembers the moment, about 16 years ago, when he was a newly hired casino marketing official at Paris Las Vegas. He was walking along Le Boulevard at the then-new hotel, just past ...
Lon Bronson trumpets reunion with Drew Carey; Penn Jillette has one word for The Donald
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band played its latest sold-out show at Cabaret Jazz on Saturday night. During the performance, “The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey, a longtime friend of Bronson’s, strode onstage and sang ...
Return to Luxor adds years to lives of the timeless Blue Men
Saturday, July 18, 2015
The Blue Men are timeless. They defy the advancement of age. There are no Blue Babies, Blue Teens or Blue Geezers. No Blue Man Group puberty or ...
Of Donald Trump’s Twitter onslaught, Penn Jillette says, ‘I’m embarrassed to say I like this’
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Seemingly out of the dark, Donald Trump sent out a pair of acidic tweets this morning blasting Penn Jillette and the current version of the Penn & Teller show on Broadway at Marquis Theater.
It’s ‘L.V. Live,’ and a new Monte Carlo, as MGM Resorts reshapes the Strip
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Monte Carlo theater is to be positioned adjacent to a gleaming arena (Las Vegas Arena) in the same way Microsoft Theater has been built adjacent to Staples Center. MGM Resorts also is developing the Park, an 8-acre entertainment ...
MGM sends ripples across Strip with 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo; shuffling of BMG, Jabbawockeez
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
MGM Resorts International has given its 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena a little buddy. Announced today in a series of moves previously reported is a new theater planned for the Monte Carlo. This entertainment hub is ...
Call it magic, or not, but Penn & Teller are fired up in return to New York
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
NEW YORK — The nightly objective for Penn & Teller is to generate a mix of feelings. Through a blend of spectacle and silence, they concurrently hope to amaze and deceive but understand that the audience yearns to figure out what’s up their sleeves.
Monday By the Numbers: Guy Laliberte’s final bow as head of Cirque du Soleil
Monday, July 13, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers marks the end of an era as the co-founder of the Strip’s predominant production company has formally stepped down. Or, to use the vernacular of his company, he has unbuckled the harness.
Despite slow start, SLS boss confident in future
Monday, July 13, 2015
Having worked as an executive at MGM Resorts International and Station Casinos, Scott Kreeger understands the Las Vegas market. He also knows about struggling resorts, having taken over SLS Las Vegas after leaving the now-closed Revel in ...
Penn & Teller debut on Broadway as Ben Hale makes million-dollar decision, Matt Goss explores not-so-new horizons
Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Crossroads lounge at the Marriott Marquis hotel. The resort is home to Marquis Theater, where tonight Penn & Teller celebrate the premiere of their first series of shows on Broadway ...
Stone of Blarney, meet head of Lenin
Friday, July 10, 2015
People pilfer anything in Las Vegas, especially when they’re a little besotted. There has been a recurring problem with visitors making off with the tip cup at Fuel coffee bar near the Paradise entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel. Five years ago ...
The One Group orders a double: Katsuya and Cleo at SLS Las Vegas
Thursday, July 9, 2015
It’s fitting that Jonathan Segal heads up a company with “one” in its title given that he is a comparatively confident individual.
The Kats Report: A chat with Holly Madison about her tell-all book
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
"[Hef] was always taking pictures of us, like nude snapshots, and things we never signed releases for, in scrapbooks."
Holly Madison has photographic memories of life with Hef; SLS Las Vegas is feeling funny
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
SLS Las Vegas is presenting standup comedy at the Sayers Club. Kathleen Dunbar, a veteran of most Las Vegas comedy clubs in operation and a few that have closed, headlined the first shows from Thursday through ...
Monday By the Numbers: How winning ‘Next Travel Star’ vote didn’t help Ricky Moreno; Amazing Johnathan’s heartfelt display
Monday, July 6, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers examines how a fan vote in a national TV contest mattered little to the contest’s outcome, touches on the announced residency of superstar Diana Ross at the Venetian and swings by ...
A story of Ralph Lamb, Steve Wynn and how Las Vegas used to be
Sunday, July 5, 2015
One of my favorite yarns about how Las Vegas used to be was unspooled most unexpectedly one afternoon at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. And the revered Sheriff Ralph Lamb, who died Friday at age 88, wound up at the center. It was in October 2009, and it started as an offhand comment from ...
For John Payne, it’s EDM and smile; ‘Baz’ performs quick change at Light
Friday, July 3, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau was set up for a time Wednesday night at Barnes & Noble at Rainbow Promenade, where Holly Madison hosted a book-signing event for her new tome, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures ...
‘Ace,’ an original musical, cleared for takeoff at UNLV
Thursday, July 2, 2015
In Las Vegas, Richard Oberacker is known principally as the music director of the band in “Ka” at MGM Grand, among the most widely respected production ensembles in the city.
No festival action set for MGM Festival Grounds until ’16; Michael Grimm resets Vinyl schedule
Thursday, July 2, 2015
After speculation that a fall event would serve as a follow-up to Rock in Rio USA at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, it appears that nothing will be staged at the parcel on Sahara Avenue and the Strip until next spring.
Human Nature continues to evolve its Australian-born Motown revue
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The group is now offering a soundcheck/meet-and-greet experience before shows at the Venetian.
Frank Marino relishes victory in ‘the fight’ for same-sex marriage
Monday, June 29, 2015
“What we have been fighting for, aside from the paper making it legal, is for people who are in gay relationships to have the same benefits of anyone who is in a straight relationship,” Linq Hotel headliner Frank Marino said during a phone conversation Sunday.
Monday By the Numbers: Action at ‘Melody Sweets’ Big Top Circus & Burlesque!’ at Caesars
Monday, June 29, 2015
Monday By the Numbers focuses principally on the Spiegelworld Tent at Caesars Palace, where Melody Sweets of “Absinthe” performed her latest headlining show, “Melody Sweets’ Big Top Circus & Burlesque!”
After Miss Nevada judging process, it’s time to toast
Sunday, June 28, 2015
It was late Friday night at the Flamingo, after the judging panel for the Miss Nevada America and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen competition had returned to the hotel from the Smith Center. The two pageants ...
‘The Mistress of Sensuality’ enlivens Golden ‘Ribbon of Life’ charity show
Saturday, June 27, 2015
We know HIV/AIDS by that title, but there are millions of other names connected to the disease. For performer Edie of “Zumanity” at New York-New York, Joe is ...
New regime piloting Westgate entertainment; Somers shimmies back after summer
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau is reeling from a visit to Tuscany’s T Spot lounge where I encountered for the first time the metal band Tinnitus fronted by Jeff Tortora of the Blue Man Group band.
Boot scootin’ fun: Country hits the Colosseum with Reba, Brooks & Dunn
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Reba is largely responsible for the early success of Brooks & Dunn, and also for this residency.
Circus action with Incredible Shrinking Jeff Beacher at MGM and Flying Wallenda at Caesars
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is bracing for a barnburner of a weekend, though the actual burning of a barn seems not in the offing.
2015 EDC Las Vegas plays out as an imperfect spectacle
Monday, June 22, 2015
Fans who trudged to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night talked of myriad methods to make future events more efficient and user-friendly. “They need to work on the organization of the parking lot. It took us three ... ”
Monday By the Numbers: Mac King’s total audience count at Harrah’s; Bryan Cranston’s set at EDC
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Beat Coffeehouse on Fremont East. I’ve written from here before, and will again, enjoying my freshly brewed coffee and the vinyl audio entertainment of “Slanted & Enchanted” by ’90s indie rockers Pavement.
BMG, Jabbawockeez shuffle involves Beacher’s Madhouse; Recycled Percussion adds ‘V’ to schedule
Monday, June 22, 2015
We now understand that Blue Man Group is to move out of Monte Carlo and into the theater currently occupied by Jabbawockeez at Luxor, likely in August ...
With five minutes of fury, Skating Aratas wheel to fame on ‘I Can Do That’
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The Skating Aratas are paired with Joe Jonas and Nicole Sherzinger on NBC’s “I Can Do That.” But can the celebs really perform the demanding and dangerous skating act? We’ll find out Tuesday ...
Kerkorian’s generosity will influence generations
Sunday, June 21, 2015
On a night in 2011, Andre Agassi was about to tell the audience of about 1,000 dignitaries and supporters that Kirk Kerkorian had made a donation of $18 million to his foundation. “But before I tell you that gift, let me tell you that if it wasn’t for him and his kindness to my family, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you today. ...”
EDC Night 2: Who are these people, and what are they doing here?
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Right now, the place is hopping, for real, with 130,000 or so energetic fans bounding to electronic dance music, flashing lights and exquisite staging. The arched Kinetic Field entrance, leading tens of ...
Review: Reba, Brooks & Dunn scoot and boogie at Colosseum
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Some middle-of-the-road music fans will say what Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a lot like rock. Heck, at one point the backing band and Brooks & Dunn are playing a half-dozen guitars. They rock it so effectively ...
Holly Madison signs off on ‘Rabbit Hole’; numbers crunch led to Grimm decision at Vinyl
Friday, June 19, 2015
Holly Madison is to promote her new book “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny” on July 1 with a book signing at ...
Final notes being played at famed Center Bar in Hard Rock Hotel
Thursday, June 18, 2015
That Hard Rock Hotel's Center Bar is long overdue of an overhaul, and this week hotel officials announced plans to redesign that space beginning June 29.
‘Unforeseen circumstances’ cut short Michael Grimm’s run at Hard Rock Hotel
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Michael Grimm’s latest foray into a Las Vegas residency has been cut short. His run at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel was canceled effective today. A hotel spokeswoman who issued the announcement cited ...
Something Blue is brewing at Monte Carlo; venue-shuffling action with Frankie Moreno, YBR, Lon Bronson
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The buzz is strong, and it’s been relatively sudden, about the activity at the Monte Carlo. Reported elsewhere is the fact that the hotel is due for some high measure of rebranding.
Musical theater comes to Light Nightclub
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Baz brings a different kind of show to the Mandalay Bay nightclub.
Monday By the Numbers: Carrot Top and his 8 trunks, 300 sound cues and 3.25 stars
Monday, June 15, 2015
You know you’ve written something special when Steve Martin is e-mailing the link to Martin Short. A few weeks ago, Carrot Top met up with Short backstage at Terry Fator Theater in the Mirage.
Latest stadium plan is visionary, but still a long shot
Monday, June 15, 2015
Someone far wiser than I — maybe it was Steve Wynn or the late Bob Stupak — once said to be wary of a man and his renderings. Regretfully, you could paper the Strip with the fancy and fruitless concepts proposed for our city through the years: the UNLV Now stadium, the downtown Las Vegas Arena, the downtown Las Vegas soccer stadium. So what to make of the Fusion Project, a project of F Group International, and its ...
Boosted by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, Keep Memory Alive gala is equal parts power and love
Sunday, June 14, 2015
This was a customarily Las Vegas-fashioned event, the style and scope of which happens only here. A festival of love, philanthropy and opulence, the 19th annual Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala played out Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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