In order to start ushering the most iconic and longest-running show on
the Las Vegas Strip into the contemporary age, the final performance
of the original version of Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas will be held
on Thursday, Jan. 30. The show will reopen in March 2014 after
undergoing a major transformation under the direction of Frank Gatson
Jr., one of the world’s most celebrated creative directors and
While the show is dark, Gatson will be working hand-in-hand with the
cast and crew of Jubilee! to bring a bold, fresh new twist to the
production while staying true to the spirit of the original show.
While the best of the show’s main elements will be preserved as a nod
to the past, including the signature costumes and a number of the most
iconic sets, the choreography, staging and music will be refreshed for
One of Gatson’s first priorities will be to hold auditions across the
country in order to find new singers and dancers to complement the
show’s existing cast. Over the next several weeks, Gatson will hold
auditions in New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas (Jan. 14).
“It has been amazing getting to know the cast and crew of Jubilee!,
who night after night bring the idea of an amazing Vegas show to life
for thousands around the world to see,” Gatson said. “I am excited to
continue working with our existing cast and crew, as well as new
singers and dancers I hope to find over the coming weeks, to modernize
Donn Arden’s masterpiece.”
Gatson’s extensive background in the performing arts has led him to an
impressive list of accomplishments working with top-notch celebrities
and brands. With more than 30 years of experience under his belt,
Gatson has provided direction for commercials for brands such as
L’Oreal, American Express, Pepsi and Samsung, and has collaborated in
several movies including “Living Out Loud,” the famous “Respect”
number with Aretha Franklin in “Blues Brothers 2000” and characters in
the Disney movie “Hercules.” Gatson has had the opportunity to
choreograph and direct music videos, special appearances and tours for
the world’s most celebrated artists, including Michael Jackson, J. Lo,
Rihanna, Diana Ross, Vanessa William, En Vogue, Usher, Mariah Carey
and The Band Perry. His dance routines have earned him a record six
MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography, the most in the awards’
Gatson’s professionalism, attention to detail and creative vision have
been the keys to his success and are some of the many reasons why he
has had a 15-year working relationship with R&B superstar, Beyoncé.
Since the days of Destiny’s Child, Gatson has been by Beyoncé’s side,
transforming her image and developing iconic moves like the hand
gesture from “Single Ladies.” In 2012, Gatson was nominated for a
Grammy for co-directing Beyoncé’s “I am… Tour,” which became the
best-selling music DVD of 2010.
Jubilee! will perform at Bally’s Las Vegas with shows Sunday —
Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10
p.m. through Jan. 30 Tickets range in price from $65 to $132.50 and
can be purchased at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office or
by calling (702) 777-2782 and (855) 234-7469.
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JUBILEE! HOLDS DANCER AND SINGER AUDITIONS JANUARY 14
Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas, the longest-running show on the famous
Las Vegas Strip and the last remaining showgirl production of its kind
is holding auditions for female and male dancers and singers. The show
will undergo a major transformation in early 2014 under the direction
of one of the most celebrated creative directors and choreographers in
the world, Frank Gatson Jr. Gatson is working hand-in-hand with the
cast and crew of Jubilee! to bring a bold, fresh new twist to the
production while staying true to the spirit of Donn Arden’s original
show. The re-launch of the show will occur in spring 2014.
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 14
—Male Dancers 9 a.m.
—Female Dancers & Showgirls 11 a.m.
—Male & Female Singers 1 p.m.
—Principal Dancers 3 p.m.
Callbacks 4 p.m.
WHERE: Jubilee! Theater, Bally’s Las Vegas, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Looking for male and female dancers with jazz/contemporary, commercial
experience and good technique. All female dancers must be 5 feet 7
inches and taller and all male dancers must be 5 feet 10 inches and
taller. Also looking singers who sing a variety of genres including
show music, pop, country and R&B. Singers and dancers are encouraged
to bring their headshot and resume to the audition. All ethnicities.
Must be 18 years of age or older.
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SETH GRABEL PERFORMING AT SUNSET STATION JAN. 19
Seth Grabel has developed a unique fusion of entertainment, combining
acrobatics with illusions creating “Acrobatic Magic”. Grabel isn’t
your garden-variety illusionist. The multi-talented entertainer puts
his heart and soul in to having fun with his audiences. Grabel gives
pure entertainment with a hint of surprise and character. Come
experience a family friendly show after the holidays.
When: January 19th
Where: Sunset Station Casino in the Madrid Theater 1301 W Sunset Rd,
Henderson, NV 89014
Time: 7 PM
Price: $54.60 General Locals 17.85 discount
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NEW YEAR KICKS OFF WITH NEW GENTLEMEN’S CLUB
2014 offers a new start for all, though Las Vegas will be getting an
extra special reboot with the Grand Opening of STRIPTEASE.
The new club opened on Friday, January 3rd. STRIPTEASE is a
state-of-the-art gentlemen’s club located at 3750 S. Valley View Blvd.
Doors open at 5PM. Drink and bottle specials are available.
The Grand Opening kicked off with adult entertainer, Puma Swede. The
buxom blonde from Sweden takes stage at 11PM. The club will be
raffling off a full VIP experience with Puma Swede to the first 100
STRIPTEASE is sure to please with its strive for excellence in
customer service. Their electronic tracking system will make sure that
you never have to remind them what your favorite drink is or which
dancers you want to see. You are more than a patron at STRIPTEASE. You
are King. They boast an experienced staff with many years of working
in the gentlemen’s clubs all around the world. These veterans know how
to keep customers happy, and will work hard to prove it.
About STRIPTEASE is a state-of-the-art gentlemen’s club, owned by
Gordon Keliikipi. Gordon has a long history and extensive
knowledgeable operating successful gentlemen’s clubs in Las Vegas, NV.
He has teamed up with a globally experienced staff to provide the best
in customer service for each and every person that walks into their
establishment. Striptease is located at 3750 S Valley View Boulevard
in Las Vegas, NV just 2 blocks west of the strip; walking distance
from Rio and Palms casinos. Limo service available. Ages 21+ only.
For additional information on STRIPTEASE, call (702) 253-1555 or visit
StripteaseLasVegas.com. Follow STRIPTEASE on Twitter
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“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” MAGICIAN SPENCER HORSMAN AT RIVIERA
Riviera Hotel & Casino announces that acclaimed comedy magician and
former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Spencer Horsman is guest
starring in ILLUSIONS inside the Starlite Theatre now through Feb.
24., beginning January 6, 2014. Tickets start at $59 plus tax and
A contestant on the seventh season of “Americas Got Talent,” Spencer
Horsman was born into the entertainment business. His parents, Ken and
Mary Horsman, were both former Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus
clowns, as well as Ronald McDonald performers, for more than 20 years.
Introduced to magic at four years old, Horsman began traveling and
performing nationwide at a young age. By 15 years old, he made
appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Jerry
Springer Show,” “Talk Soup” and “The Statler Brothers Show” and
performed with David Copperfield and Lance Burton on the Las Vegas
ILLUSIONS starring Spencer Horsman will be performed at the Starlite
Theatre inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino Saturday through Thursday
from January 6 to February 24, 2014. The show is dark on Fridays.
Tickets range from $59 to $99 plus tax and applicable fees and can be
purchased at the Riviera Box Office or through Ticketmaster at (800)
745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. All shows begin at 7 p.m. and guests
under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more information
and a full schedule, please visit www.RivieraHotel.com. Find Riviera
Hotel & Casino on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
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LARRY THE CABLE GUY TO PERFORM AT THE PEARL JAN. 31
Comedian, multi-platinum recording artist and GRAMMY nominee, Larry
the Cable Guy will perform at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on
Jan.31, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $70, plus any additional
Larry the Cable Guy’s road to stardom included the Blue Collar Comedy
Tour, which grossed more than $15 million, featured an ensemble cast
of comedians including Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. The tour’s
success led to three movies, a television show and a soundtrack which
was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award.
Larry has won Billboard’s 2005 Comedy Artist of the year and Comedy
Album of the year and he received the Billboard Top Comedy Tour Award
in 2006. He is a bestselling author and his book Git-R-Done (2005)
debuted at No. 26 on the New York Times bestseller list. Larry was
named to Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.
Larry reunited with Foxworthy and Engvall for Them Idiots Whirled
Tour, which was filmed as a special for CMT and aired in early 2012.
The show was released on DVD and CD by Warner Bros/Jack Records,
debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Charts. The three comedians
also star in a new animated show for CMT called Bounty Hunters, which
premiered earlier this year.
Currently, Larry is co-starring in the feature film A Madea Christmas,
which will be released on Dec. 13, 2013. He is the host of Only in
America with Larry the Cable Guy for History, which was a huge ratings
success. In each episode, Larry visits various sites across the
country revealing bits of real history while immersing himself in new
and different lifestyles, jobs and hobbies that celebrate the American
Doors at the Pearl will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. The
Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. with extended
hours on select event days. Follow The Pearl on Twitter at
@PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.
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EARLY 2014 PERFORMANCES OF “SHANIA: STILL THE ONE” ANNOUNCED
SHANIA: STILL THE ONE is scheduled for Jan. 22 — Feb. 15.
Tickets for the 15 new performances are on sale now.
Performance dates include:
Jan.: 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31
Developed by Show Creator and Executive Producer Shania Twain – one of
the world’s best-selling female artists of all time – SHANIA: STILL
THE ONE is a concert celebration that takes fans on a spectacular
journey through the various stages of Shania’s life and career in an
unforgettable evening filled with music, multi-sensory experiences,
fashion and a few unexpected surprises. Produced by AEG Live and
directed by Raj Kapoor, the show also features creative expertise from
Production Designer Michael Cotten, Costumier Marc Bouwer and Lighting
Designer Peter Morse to add to Shania’s vision of SHANIA: STILL THE
The spectacular, high-energy production is a compilation of Shania’s
most celebrated hits including “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!,” “You’re
Still The One,” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” and features a
13-piece band and four male dancers. SHANIA: STILL THE ONE is designed
to give audiences that intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience
— with no fan more than 120 feet from the magnificent stage.
The high-tech production incorporates some unexpected surprises
including multi-scent show projectors, a new 4D multisensory
technology that has never been used before in a concert setting.
Prices range from $55 to $250, plus applicable fees, and may be
purchased by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), online at
www.thecolosseum.com or www.axs.com, keyword “Shania Twain” and in
person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, open daily from
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT. For groups of 10 or more, call 1-866-574-3851.
For additional show and ticket information, visit
www.shaniainvegas.com or www.thecolosseum.com or follow updates from
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Twitter @ColosseumatCP.
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Jerry Fink is an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Tribune
newspaper and writes a weekly column. To contact Jerry Fink, email him
at jfink@ lasvegastribune.com.