Celine Dion’s return to Caesars: Rundown from start to finish

Celine Dion performs at the Colosseum on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Caesars Palace.

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Celine Dion performs at the Colosseum on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Caesars Palace.

The Colosseum:
Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
Said Celine Dion: “I’m not on top of anything. It happens every second around the world. A lot of people go through what we’re going through. But I’m staying as grounded as possible. I want to show my children that this is part of life, and I’ve got their backs.”
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Guest Columnist:
Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 11:04 p.m.
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Guest Columnist:
Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 10:03 p.m.
It wasn’t until the past four years traveling here for work as national brand ambassador for Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, or finding an excuse for work, did I truly start to appreciate the grit, sincerity and hustle of everything off the Strip.
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Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 8:58 p.m.
Nightlife guru Jesse Waits has joined Alon Leisure Management, the new hospitality company with a focus on developing one-of-a-kind luxury resorts. Jesse will work with Andrew Pascal, James Packer and Rob Oseland on the company’s first project, Alon Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas:
Friday, August 28, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
The incredible Las Vegas entertainment scene continues this weekend on the heels of one of the greatest emotional showbiz successes of all times Thursday night with Celine Dion’s extraordinary return to Caesars Palace. Her 40-show run continues Saturday.
Celine Dion at the Colosseum on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Caesars Palace.
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Caesars Palace:
Friday, August 28, 2015 @ 4:32 p.m.
Celine Dion appeared like an angel onstage in a silver, floor-length, sparkling, thigh-high-slit gown, and the audience broke into a standing ovation for her bravery and courage. The setting of Celine all alone onstage was akin to a religious apparition.
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Atlantic City:
Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 11:57 p.m.
Katherine Kelley, a 23-year-old high school mathematics teacher for Clark County School District, flies out Saturday to compete. “I’m trying not to get nervous, but it is a high-pressure situation,” she told me.
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Guest Columnist:
Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 10:57 p.m.
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Guest Columnist:
Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 7:04 p.m.
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Guest Columnist:
Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
As we get ready for the 29th Annual Black & White Party on Saturday night at the Joint, it’s amazing to think of its humble beginnings as a small gathering (about 25 attendees) in a Green Valley apartment backyard on a hot August night.
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Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 10:06 p.m.
Growing up in Germany, I was fascinated by classic Western movies starring American heroes like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Gene Hackman. I viewed the United States as a place that truly epitomized the land of opportunity.
Ryan Stuart, Jaymes Vaughan, Ross Mathews, James Davis and Sami Eskelin at Chippendales in the Rio.
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Hard Rock Hotel:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 8:34 p.m.
“This is my first time with AFAN, so I’ve been doing my research,” the host of Ryan Seacrest’s new show “Knock, Knock” told me. “It’s the 29th anniversary on Saturday, and, even in black and white, we’ll still make a splash.”
Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli perform during the 2015 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala Saturday, June 13, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
What to expect in Celine Dion’s return to Caesars Palace
The Colosseum:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 6:34 p.m.
Insiders reveal that the show will be more contemporary in feel. Yves Acoin, production designer, explained: “The bones are still the same. We changed the recipe — more uplifting, more uptempo.”
Celine Dion.
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Caesars Palace:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
As of today, Celine Dion told her management team that it would be a last-minute decision if Rene Angelil would be strong enough to travel from their Lake Las Vegas estate to watch Thursday’s premiere. “It’s so fragile. It’s really day by day,” she explained.
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Contributing Columnist:
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 11:58 p.m.
From braised meats, champagne, cheeses from all over the globe and seafood towers tall enough to pave a path to the top of the Stratosphere, every restaurant has its own variety of sinful, over-the-top brunch choices.