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Steve Wynn revives ‘Li’l Abner’ in ‘Showstoppers’ moment at concierge gala
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau was earlier positioned at the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Concierge Choice Awards.
Entering 25th annual AFAN AIDS Walk, Penn Jillette talks ‘Duck,’ ‘Fool Us,’ Broadway plans
Friday, April 17, 2015
Lately, Penn Jillette has been musing about curtailing Penn & Teller’s long commitment to AFAN, as the organization preps for its 25th annual AIDS Walk. When checking the dates in the duo’s performance calendar, ...
‘Duck’ is an odd dish at the Rio, but it is well prepared
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The enormous investment of resources, experience and ingenuity bubbles over in “Duck Commander Musical,” which is based on the Robertson family of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality-rooted TV series.
Priscilla Presley talks preserving the King’s legacy at Westgate’s Graceland and beyond
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Priscilla is ready to unveil the only authorized Graceland exhibit to open outside of the Memphis estate.
Ready to ruffle feathers, ‘Duck Commander Musical’ sets down at the Rio
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The oddly matched musical features the family famous on A&E’s reality-TV series “Duck Dynasty” and is based on Willie and Korie Robertson’s book, “The Duck Commander Family — How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty.”
Monday By the Numbers: Taking a drag at Hard Rock Cafe; welcoming expensive equines to the Thomas & Mack
Monday, April 13, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers celebrates one of the great civic achievements ever in VegasVille, the Guinness World Record for the largest staged drag show.
Frankie Moreno cuts loose in Carnegie Hall debut
Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Frank Sinatra tribute show is titled “Let’s Be Frank” featuring the New York Pops orchestra, 80 musicians strong, with a quartet of guest stars, among them Las Vegas headliner Frankie Moreno.
Dominoes are falling into place for Las Vegas’ tourism industry
Sunday, April 12, 2015
May 5 is a pivotal point in our city. The groundbreaking of Resorts World Las Vegas is scheduled for that day, more than two years after plans for the resort development were announced.
The Act space looks like ‘Dead’ zone; Priscilla Presley recalls discarded items that helped inspire Graceland
Friday, April 10, 2015
During a walk through Times Square, we took notice of a Mazda commercial starring Penn & Teller running on an endless loop on a giant Sony LED screen.
Unique Vladimir Kush-Tommy Ward event to raise money, and awareness, for Lou Ruvo Center
Thursday, April 9, 2015
In the latest fundraising effort for Keep Memory Alive, artist Vladimir Kush is partnering with Las Vegas singer-songwriter Tommy Ward for an event billed “Kush & Ward: Sights & Sounds” set for April 25 at Kush Fine Art Gallery.
Early reports have Diana Ross headlining in style at the Venetian
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Curious about backstage? Sometimes you gotta talk to the band.
DJ Ashba is deep into Sixx:A.M., but GNR is not finished; record-setting drag event is taking over the Strip
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is not the GNR guitarist this weekend. Rather, he’s performing with SIXX:A.M. at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night.
Frankie Moreno to evoke Frank Sinatra in first Carnegie Hall appearance
Monday, April 6, 2015
Frankie Moreno is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall’s main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium and Ronald O. Perelman Stage, as a guest star in the Frank Sinatra tribute show “Let’s Be Frank.”
Monday By the Numbers: Sir Elton John and his 12 standing O’s
Monday, April 6, 2015
This week’s Monday By the Numbers statistical raking centers on Sir Elton John and his “Million Dollar Piano” show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. He needs no further introduction. Let’s play.
Uber controversy highlights complaints about cabs
Sunday, April 5, 2015
John Katsilometes talks with a limo driver who loves the ride-sharing app ...
Matt Goss still riding waves at Barge; Claire Sinclair, Sabina Kelley toggle sultry in ‘Pin Up’
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Every so often, I hear murmurs that the Barge will be disassembled (and, likely, dried out) in favor of a new concept, but the Goss show continues to power along like a Beneteau luxury yacht.
‘Absinthe’ to Cosmopolitan? Ha! And dual VegasVille action with Kelly and Clint Holmes
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ross Mollison promised a surprise announcement before midnight at the fourth-anniversary performance of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace on Wednesday night, and he followed through.
MGM Resorts Festival Grounds is looking a lot less like a lot
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The big-wow features of Rock in Rio USA are the Ferris wheel and zip line in the middle of the festival grounds’ footprint. The City of Rock blueprint has the same homey facades that have been used in Rock in Rio’s other cities.
The Blue Man Group dumps its Showbot pal for a more streamlined approach
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
A Blue Man does not readily warm to a woman, especially if the woman is a robot.
Imagine Dragons playing a Las Vegas festival would be … Beautiful
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
One of the hottest rock bands on the planet is from Las Vegas and as such has become a huge festival draw. Concurrently, Las Vegas has become a hotbed of festivals and is hungry for any huge festival draw.
Monday By the Numbers: XS grows up and out; marshmallows fly at Blue Man Group
Monday, March 30, 2015
Jesse Waits and the sixth anniversary of XS at Encore Las Vegas top this week’s Mondays By the Numbers purging of data. The event was celebrated Saturday night with a splashy poolside extravaganza hosted by DJ Avicii.
Famed Westgate venue shimmers with history; ‘Duck’ director drives Lincoln musical
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Catching up while looking down on the city from The Kats Report Bureau at the SBP in Newport Lofts. Let’s gun it (in a figurative sense):
Ownership changes, but strip club drama for Club Paradise remains
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The management team was dismissed after an incident with a club promoter in which one party was holding a lead pipe. The promoter and promoter's buddies were hanging out at the club after 8 a.m. on Sunday morning March 15 long past closing hours ...
‘Nocturne’ litigation nearly put to bed; Barry Manilow’s ‘Last’ tour is not the end
Friday, March 27, 2015
The lengthy and unseemly litigation between the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Spiegelworld over the closing of “Vegas Nocturne” seems to be resolved.
Jerry Lewis nabs NAB honor; ‘Pin Up’ marks anniversary by doubling up the bombshells
Friday, March 27, 2015
Notes from across the scene in VegasVille in a week topped by a comment from a gentleman, who seemed about 70 years old, sitting next to me with his wife at Thursday’s early performance of ...
Conductor Donato Cabrera appreciates ‘Las Vegas’ of Las Vegas Philharmonic
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Las Vegas Philharmonic Music Director Donato Cabrera was in the audience at the most recent Composers Showcase of Las Vegas at Cabaret Jazz on March 4, and he loved the performance.
Cirque retools and refocuses in the face of edgy Strip competition
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The adult-oriented Zumanity gets an update.
The Somers sizzle at Westgate is a revival of classic Vegas
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Just as Suzanne Somers is talking about bringing her throwback show to a throwback hotel run by a throwback figure, David Siegel makes a throwback move.
Monday By the Numbers: Another shot of ‘Absinthe’
Monday, March 23, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers zeroes in on “Absinthe” in Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace. The show celebrates its fourth anniversary on the Strip on April 1, and it is as hot as ever.
More Cheese in Las Vegas? Grate! And P&T have Big Apple appeal
Monday, March 23, 2015
Over the weekend, The Kats Report Bureau was customarily mobile, spending ample time at Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” and the return of Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine.
Cirque takes ‘One’ shot and makes it count
Sunday, March 22, 2015
More than 100 artists soared over the stage in the show’s many aerial acts. The Korean Plank and the springy mat used in “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay were rolled out in separate scenes.
Fascination with old Vegas mob tales endures
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Notes compiled, and now imparted, from across the urban landscape we call VegasVille ...
Brad Garrett gets real with ‘Balls,’ third anniversary at MGM Grand
Friday, March 20, 2015
Brad Garrett seems the quintessential club comic, the way he adroitly works the room from his own stage at MGM Grand. One of his more effective icebreakers: “Ma’am, the Titanic exhibit called. They have your luggage.”
Remembering Greg Brady at the Riv; the secret is out about Penn & Teller’s magic pasture
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
To be constructed into the Penn & Teller Theater is the Secret Pasture of Penn & Teller, a none-too-oblique take on the Secret Garden of Siegfried & Roy.
Want Cheese with that? In Las Vegas, the answer is yes for Lounge Against the Machine
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Richard Cheese is developing a tribute album to The Beatles to be released in 2016. The title: “Let It Brie.” The man has not lost his penchant for puns.
Chadwick Johnson steers his passion from rodeo to supper-club singing
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
A singer of great merit, Chadwick Johnson has long dreamed of performing in Las Vegas — in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. As a contestant. A team roper, specifically.
Hakkasan Group’s relaunch of Omnia shows company’s ability to cross party lines
Monday, March 16, 2015
Over the weekend, Omnia opened at Caesars Palace, showing off its high-performance horsepower in a four-night spree as Justin Bieber celebrated his belated 21st birthday and several thousand partiers flooded the club.
Monday By the Numbers: Jerry Lewis’ age (and long-ago sleeping habits); Omnia at Caesars; wax figure Miley Cyrus
Monday, March 16, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers marks the birthday of Jerry Lewis, breaks down Omnia at Caesars Palace and notes an anniversary worth noting for Matt Goss. Read on, stat geeks.
Theater being reborn just in time to die again
Sunday, March 15, 2015
On bad timing for the Versailles, Vegas Uncork’d and a shakeup at Three Square Food Bank ...
Baby, Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar’s family and career are a 2-for-1 package
Friday, March 13, 2015
In September 2013, Sylvia Mukhtar called her husband, Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar, with a twin-pack of important news involving the couple’s pregnancy. A member of the Cirque du Soleil family as a performer, choreographer and director ...
In the end, Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao was destined for Las Vegas
Thursday, March 12, 2015
“I am always proud to fight for the great city of Las Vegas,” Floyd Mayweather Jr., a native Las Vegan, said during Wednesday’s media event announcing the May 2 bout at MGM Grand. “MGM Grand is the best hotel on the planet.”
‘Genital origami’ is headed for—where else?—the Erotic Heritage Museum
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Puppetry of the Penis hopes to expand the brand in the U.S.
It’s Palms Sunday for Ringo Starr in his latest trip to Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Ringo Starr finds VegasVille a groovy place and has proven such during his frequent tour stops with his All Starr Band. Over the past two-plus decades, Starr has performed in a variety of showrooms and theaters across the city.
St. Baldrick’s at New York-New York nets $165K; Joe Williams Scholarship Show
Monday, March 9, 2015
The Joe Williams Scholarship Fund Concert to benefit the UNLV Jazz Studies program drew 500 to Ham Hall at UNLV, a strong turnout for a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
Josh Strickland, Todd DuBail wed in Las Vegas; latter joins ‘Jersey Boys’
Monday, March 9, 2015
It’s been a pretty kinetic run for one of VegasVille’s most noteworthy power couples, Josh Strickland and Todd DuBail. The two were married Saturday at the Scotch 80s home of Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella.
Felice Garcia cries it out in ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Harrah’s
Monday, March 9, 2015
Felice Garcia, an original member of the Las Vegas cast dating to the show’s premiere in February 2013, is headed to Southern California to pursue her solo recording career.
Monday By the Numbers: Diana Ross’s distance from the audience, and a full house at Ham Hall
Monday, March 9, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers welcomes Diana Ross to her string of shows at the Venetian and touches on the original performing arts center in Las Vegas, which is located on the UNLV campus.
Return of the King: Elvis back at Westgate
Sunday, March 8, 2015
New owners hope old showroom can succeed after being reborn as Graceland West.
Swinging from Rose. Rabbit. Lie., Stratosphere, Rock in Rio, swanky new lounge at Omnia
Friday, March 6, 2015
It was a crazy night, as anticipated, and wonderful to spend time with so many of the city’s great performers and people. I have no idea how many people were actually in that room.
UNLV’s jammin’ jazz program trumpeted at Joe Williams Scholarship show
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Amid its legacy as the home of The Rat Pack, haven for Elvis, hotbed for Cirque du Soleil and myriad other great entertainment options, Las Vegas also owns a robust jazz tradition.

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