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Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 | 6 p.m.
After all the excitement of the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, it’s nice to take a quiet break.
It’s a limited two-night, big-band weekend engagement after four years of solo performances, but country superstar Garth Brooks and his musicians will provide a glimpse of what we might expect when he hits the road this spring and summer for his first global tour in more than a decade.
Garth plays four shows over the two nights with his full backing group instead of just his acoustic guitar at Steve Wynn’s Encore theater in the Wynn tonight and Saturday.
Garth says hotel mogul friend Steve has told him he can have the showroom any time he wants, so maybe Garth will return to fine tune the production before he starts the worldwide trek?
Our friends at Cirque du Soleil are using the down time to revamp shows and give cast members a break. “Zarkana” went dark after New Year’s Eve, and the show at Aria will reopen with a new look and feel Jan. 31. “Ka” at MGM Grand goes dark right after the giant Consumer Electronics Show convention Jan. 12 and reopens Jan. 27.
“Believe” magician Criss Angel goes in for massive shoulder surgery next week, so after his Luxor show Saturday, it goes dark until April. However, he starts presenting the new production “Magic Jam” on Feb. 4.
Cirque does keep “Love” blossoming at the Mirage with its salute to The Beatles, and its provocative, sexy “Zumanity” is filled with naughty aerobics at New York-New York throughout the month.
Pop princess Britney Spears takes her first break from the Axis at Planet Hollywood before returning to “Britney: Piece of Me” on Jan. 29 through Feb. 22. Terry Fator’s “Ventriloquism in Concert” takes a holiday at the Mirage before returning Jan. 13. Donny and Marie Osmond remain away from their Flamingo stage until Jan. 15, and co-headliner George Wallace is away until Jan. 30.
Other than rival comedians Wayne Brady and Steven Wright doing standup battle, it’s our regular Strip headliners who remain in action this first weekend of the New Year as more than 100,000 delegates hope to beat the wicked East Coast snowstorm flight disruptions to attend CES.
Magician David Copperfield mystifies and confounds with his magic show at MGM Grand throughout January with a new schedule of shows every month of the year. “Rock of Ages” keeps the ’80s hits going at the Venetian, and “Million Dollar Quartet” celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday Wednesday.
Carrot Top, with his new-look props show at Luxor, is funnier than ever; Vinnie Favorito is still slicing and dicing with his savage razor-sharp wit at Flamingo; and for a theatrical spectacular, “Le Reve — The Dream” swims on in exquisite beauty at Wynn.
Even the hard-working Celine Dion gets a little easier with just three days a week of shows (Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays) from Jan. 8-19, and then after a month’s hiatus returns with a normal schedule Feb. 18.
If you’re in town for the next two weeks of conventions, check out Smith Center downtown with the musical “Mamma Mia” running Tuesday through Sunday, plus, former “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” star Kristen Hertzenberg performs there Feb. 1.
So now it’s time to take a chance on me and have a dream with our Super Trouper listing of our weekly Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JAN. 3
Garth Brooks is at the Wynn.
Nashville Unplugged hosted by Brian McComas and Aaron Benward features Steve Bogard at Sunset Station.
Darrell Joyce and Michael Somerville are at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand all weekend.
Deadpan one-liner comic Steven Wright is at the Orleans for two nights.
Mike Marino and Shayma Tash are at Riviera Comedy Club all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
David Copperfield is at MGM Grand through Jan. 27.
Tickets are on sale for Jerry Seinfeld’s March 21-22 comedy weekend at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
The World Series of Beer Pong continues at Flamingo through Sunday.
Ashley Wallbridge is at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
Dillon Francis is at Surrender in Encore.
SATURDAY, JAN. 4
Rockers L.A. Guns are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
“Let’s Make a Deal” host Wayne Brady is at the Mirage.
Veteran standups Drew Hastings and Mike Saccone are at Santa Fe Station.
Fedde Le Grand is at Surrender.
SUNDAY, JAN. 5
Tiesto is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.
We’ll be back Monday with a preview of the technology treats in store at CES, plus, the stunning new Miss Nevada USA contestants preparing for their next-weekend pageant.
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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With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.