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Celine Dion looks ahead to 1,000th performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace


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Celine Dion’s opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011.

3/15/11: Celine Dion at The Colosseum

Celine Dion's opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »
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Caesars Palace superstar headliner Celine Dion celebrates the 200th show in her current run Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Caesars Palace.

Whether superstar Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion forgot to mention — or chose to omit — from onstage Tuesday night that it was her 200th show at the Colosseum, executives behind-the-scenes are already planning an over-the-top celebration for a bigger upcoming milestone.

Tuesday night’s 200th show added to the 717 shows Celine performed from opening night in 2003 through the wrap of “A New Day …” in 2007, bringing the total to an astounding 917 performances at the venue built for the Canadian chanteuse.

By the time her current summer appearances end Aug. 31, Celine will be closing in on the magical milestone number of 1,000.

To date, proving her power and influence as one of the biggest resident performers ever on the Strip, Celine has sold more than half a billion dollars in tickets to nearly 3.6 million fans in Las Vegas.

Today, she announced another 31 shows at the Colosseum for New Year’s Eve and through next March, which is when she’ll hit the 1,000 milestone of shows — an extraordinary achievement and one for the record books.

I also learned Tuesday night that Celine’s new manager, Aldo Giampaolo, who is taking over for her husband, Rene Angelil, will be here in two weeks to start his new responsibilities, one of the first of which will be to work on her contract extension beyond the current 2015-2017 plans.

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