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July 22, 2018

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New York-New York theater the Broadway debuts with Irish, ABBA shows

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A new performance venue carved out of and converted from Rita Rudner’s original Las Vegas comedy venue opens tonight at New York-New York. Producers are hoping that the luck of the Irish will prove true with the debut production “Spirit of the Dance” with Dublin’s Irish Tenors as guest stars. In two weeks, the ABBA show “Dancing Queen” will be added to the lineup.

The new intimate theater -- the Broadway -- is the brainchild of British producer David King of Spirit Productions. David has amassed a history of successful shows in many popular tourist destinations and currently has more than 20 hit shows in various parts of the world.

“It’s incredibly exciting for me to bring my hit shows to Las Vegas and open them in a brand new venue at New York-New York. I love its feel and know it will provide our audiences with a new, up close and personal experience,” he said.

“Spirit of the Dance” has broken box office records in more than 20 countries and has been seen by more than 30 million people. The Irish Tenors join the world champion dancers for classics, opera, pop and swing at 4 p.m. daily except Mondays. Critics have raved “as rich as Irish cream” in describing the show.

“Dancing Queen” is a tribute to the Swedish pop royals with a cast of singers and dancers that will take the 8 p.m. slot beginning May 15. New York-New York, part of MGM Resorts International, also is home to Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity.”

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