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Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 | 12:34 p.m.
The starting date for “Puppet Up! Uncensored” has become a little, um, fuzzy.
The show was targeted for a spring opening at Sands Showroom at the Venetian but has been moved back to June as funding has been solidified. There was serious and believable speculation that the show was in financial discord, but I am confidently informed that the show is set to open this summer.
The new date does conveniently move the show, which is produced by Base Entertainment in a partnership with SPI Entertainment, off the spring schedule at the Sands. This will allow Human Nature to get rolling with its new “Jukebox” production, which opens March 31 at the Sands.
In the backdrop of all this activity upcoming at the Venetian and Palazzo is the hotel is in lull-before-the-storm mode for ticketed entertainment for more than a month. The next show scheduled there is “An Evening With Sophia Loren” on March 26 at Venetian Theater.
The all-female comedy series Lipshtick makes its return to Sands Showroom, with Loni Love headlining, on April 2. Then it’s Lisa Lampanelli on April 9, Whitney Cummings on April 16, Garfunkel & Oates on April 23, Nicole Byer and Sarah Colonna on April 30, Sherri Shepherd on May 21 and Lampanelli again on May 28 before the series moves into Palazzo Theater with Carly Aquilino and Jamie Lee on June 25.
But up until Human Nature and Lipshtick resume this spring, it’s quiet at the resort for residency shows. The Venetian/Palazzo once concurrently staged “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular,” Blue Man Group and “Jersey Boys” in its three major venues.
Expect significant resurgence action there through this year with a host of announcements in the offing, including a hard date for the puppets.
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.
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