Vegas! The Show has another new opening date

Impress your friends, or not, by answering the following Vegas trivia question: “Which Las Vegas production facility has set six reopening dates but hasn’t reopened yet?”

Answer: “Vegas! The Show” at the Saxe Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

The latest program change reveals that the David Saxe production will resume on August 12th. The production will initially run daily at 7pm (dark Sundays) and trudge to its original rotation of two shows per night.

For those playing VTS Bingo, the false start dates of the show were May 4th, May 19th, May 27th, June 10th, July 1st and last Wednesday. It could also move again depending on the overall progress in the theater.

“It was tough,” said Saxe on Tuesday afternoon. “Getting the tech crew together was a challenge, especially for a show like this, which is pretty aggressive and has a lot of moving parts.”

But if anyone can pull off this craft, it’s Saxe, a unifocused product of Vegas entertainment culture. “We’ll make it,” he says. “I’m working on it as hard as I can.”

So don’t expect a crash landing similar to Evel Knievel’s leap over the fountains of Caesars Palace. This scene is actually in the show.

A major sticking point was a music director replacing Pat Caddick who, along with Jerry Lopez, expertly created the original VTS band. Saxe is not yet ready to confirm the new CEO. The musicians originally dropped from 11 to 7, now 10 are slated for the return.

We should remember that the full live band is a key component of the show’s success. This is not an addition-by-subtraction problem. You need these players.

The show has been Saxe’s vision of classic Las Vegas entertainment for more than half a century. As such, “VTS” is the cornerstone of Saxe operations. The show opened in August 2010 and has featured an array of Broadway-caliber singers, actors and dancers.

Along with Zombie Burlesque, VTS was the last show to cease performing prior to the March 18, 2020 COVID-19 government-mandated hotel-casino shutdown.

“Zombie” has returned, surpassing 200 shows in June since returning from the pandemic. Since then, Saxe’s focus has been on bringing “VTS” back to the stage. We’ll see it again on August 12th… If not later.

“Boombox” stirs

Boombox – A Residency on Shuffle has checked in to remind us that the show will be running its rescheduled series at Westgate from August 31st to September 9th. 4. Production will continue from September 28th to October 10th. 2, with shows running Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are inexpensive, starting at $29 (excluding fees). Visit ticketmaster.com for more information on “Boom” time.

“Boombox,” a celebration of hip-hop hits from the 1980s through the 2000s, was originally scheduled to open in May 2022, but has been pushed back to this month. This should maximize the show’s profitability after some sort of market research.

In the meantime, Treason from Naturally naughty has withdrawn from production as the new dates led to scheduling conflicts. These conflicts will permeate the entire series, so no treach ever in Boombox (you might remember the confusing original announcement that Naughty By Nature was supposed to be on the show, the co-founder Vin Rock quickly corrected in a succinct Instagram post).

The updated show will star SNAP’s CeeLo Green, Tone Lōc, Kid ‘N Play, JJ Fad and Thea Austin. The artists will collaborate on each other’s hits. This all sounds similar to last year’s “After Party” at The Venetian’s Summit Showroom, which featured Joey Fatone from ‘N Sync, Nick Carter and AJ McLean from the Backstreet Boys.

We loved the party atmosphere of this show. There’s an audience for this concept, probably anytime this month or in May.

A real commitment

Bridesmaids: The Unauthorized Movie Musical Parody is slated to open at The Venue at the Orleans this month. Previews begin August 19, with the premiere scheduled for September 22.

The time between these dates is the “engagement” period.

Presented by Lynn Shore Entertainment and Ivory Star Productions, “Bridesmaids” is based, as you might guess, on the 2011 feature film. The show begins at 9:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and will be added on September 25th on Sundays. Valerie Witherspoon, who is exceedingly talented, wrote the show and directs the all-female cast. She says, “I’ve always been drawn to movies and storylines about strong female characters, and I love that this music parody is a love story about friendships.”

The show joins the schedule with Adam London’s magic show Laughternoon, dinner show Marriage Can be Murder and Friends: A Musical Parody. For info go to orleanscasino.com (where I was just reminded of the Dandy Bourbon Street Lounge, a very cool hang that needs some detailed listings, kids).

Blow off the roof

Indeed, Thursday’s storm was a lid lift for the Italian American Club, which lost a piece of the roof on its showroom and also its air conditioning system.

The thing weighed 5 tons, making it the heaviest elevator in Vegas since Fuerza Bruta played in the ExCal parking lot.

But really, that was just a temporary setback for IAC’s contractors. The restaurant is intact, and repairs to the showroom should be complete for the next performance on August 10 with singing sensation Dondino. Admission (with roof) at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m

And, as IAC general manager Benny Spano points out, displaced artists who have been booked (or were about to be) booked for The Vegas Room and The Nevada Room can seek a stage at IAC. The showroom and lounge both have the wind in their sails. So to speak.

Cool Hang Alert

Bailey Callahan, a country singer who writes catchy tunes and “loves mermaids” (right), stops at Gilley’s at Treasure Island on Wednesdays at 8:30pm and Thursdays at 9pm. Callahan’s self-titled EP peaked at #43 on the iTunes chart, and she plays about 300 dates a year, special guesting with top country artists like Luke Combs, Hunter Hayes and Eric Church. No cover at Gilley, where the mechanical bull remains active.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] consequences @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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