Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.
He’s performed more than 30,000 live shows on the Las Vegas Strip but 76-year-old legend Wayne Newton has more to share.
“Mr. Las Vegas” will start a new headlining residency at Caesars Palace’s frozen-in-time lounge Cleopatra’s Barge on January 28. Tickets go on sale January 5 with show times set for 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Newton, who will celebrate his 60th anniversary playing Vegas in May, has been performing his “Up Close & Personal” show, an intimate production full of favorite songs, storytelling and audience interaction, at the Windows Showroom at Bally’s since the spring of 2016. That resort property, also owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment, is currently undergoing an entertainment renovation; the Windows Showroom is now home to magicians Frederic Da Silva and Xavier Mortimer while the Back Room space hosts “X Rocks” and “The Miss Behave Gameshow” while the former Jubilee Theater is being converted to accommodate the upcoming “Nitro Circus Las Vegas” stunt show.
Newton has starred at the Flamingo, the Stardust, Caesars Palace and the Las Vegas Hilton and co-owned the Aladdin for a couple years in the early 1980s. He helped open T-Mobile Arena with the Killers in 2016. He remains the USO’s Celebrity Circle Chairman and has hosted countless shows for U.S. troops in war zones and overseas.
“After the amazing success of Wayne’s show at Bally’s Las Vegas we are thrilled that Wayne will continue the tradition of headlining entertainment at Caesars Palace,” said Damian Costa, vice president of entertainment operations at Caesars Entertainment. “Cleopatra’s Barge is one of the most iconic and memorable venues in Las Vegas. This is the perfect location for such an extraordinary show.”
Cleopatra’s Barge recently closed out a limited run of shows from Paul Shaffer and was also home to “The Cocktail Cabaret.” The David Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra takes the Barge stage Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m. after the 8 p.m. Pop 40 act. Puddles Pity Party, the seven-foot-tall singing clown recently seen on “America’s Got Talent,” will perform at the lounge January 17-19, 24-26 and February 7-9.