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Has Steve Wynn chosen Jon Secada to headline at Wynn Las Vegas?


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Jon Secada arrives at the “Veronic Voices” premiere at Bally’s on Friday, June 28, 2013.

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Carrot Top and Jon Secada arrive at the red carpet for Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson One" at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jon Secada is rumored to be in final discussions with hotel mogul Steve Wynn for a mini-residency at his Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.

I’ve learned exclusively that Jon, who has won two Grammys and sold 20 million albums since his debut English-language album in 1992, has been working with director and choreographer Kenny Ortega (Michael Jackson’s “This Is It,” “High School Musical,” “Dirty Dancing”) for the new show.

The Cuban-born singer became an accomplished jazz musician while at the University of Miami and started composing music ballads for Gloria Estefan before going solo while on her 1991 “Coming Out of the Dark” tour, for which he co-wrote the title song.

Jon has performed duets with Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti and has starred on Broadway in “Grease,” “Cabaret” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

I’m reliably told that Steve’s decision to bring in Jon as a headliner is because for now he’s shelved the ambitious project “Funhouse” he was developing with Kenny. Steve has referred to “Funhouse” as the “show of impossibles and miracles.” To date, he’s invested some $6 million in “Funhouse” and hopes to reactivate it at a future date.

Country king Garth Brooks exits his Wynn run this weekend wrapping with a live CBS special from Encore Theater to launch the biggest-ever release in music history of a 77-song, 33-video CD/DVD set that includes the Las Vegas show.

His departure along with the postponement of “Funhouse” prompted Steve to work on Jon’s new show with producer Bill Edwards, who has been a generous supporter of our charity Keep Memory Alive at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

I’m hearing that some elements of Kenny’s talent discoveries for “Funhouse” might be worked into Jon’s production. No dates yet been firmed up for rehearsals and the premiere, but I’m reliably told that it will be as early in 2014 as possible with everybody’s busy schedules.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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