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Marie Osmond: ‘Britney Spears Will Feel Right At Home In Vegas’

Veteran entertainer Marie Osmond is confident Britney Spears will settle in Las Vegas in no time when she starts her residency at the Planet Hollywood resort in December (13) – because it’s like a “stay-at-home” job.

The Paper Roses hitmaker is currently performing with her brother Donny at the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel and casino, and she admits juggling her career with motherhood has been made all the more bearable by working and living in one place.

Speaking on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, Osmond says, “I have loved Vegas actually because, being a mum, I have eight children – four at home still, and you know, it’s a nice stay-at-home job.

“Celine (Dion), myself, we live there and there’s something nice about not being on the road, not being at different venues. I tour for Christmas shows and things like that, but there’s some stability and I can understand why she (Spears) wants to do that.”

Dion is currently in residence at the Caesars Palace resort in Sin City.

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Elton’s Partner Planning To Open Vegas Champagne Bar

Elton John’s partner David Furnish is planning on opening a champagne lounge at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace.

The new bar, called Fizz, is expected to open this fall adjacent to Caesars’ Forum Casino. It will be built between the Colosseum and the nearby entrance to the Forum Shops. The lounge will feature high-end champagnes by the glass, along with a range of cocktails.

John’s personal chef is helping select caviar and charcuterie choices to complement the beverage selections.

“Fizz is an extension of our personal style,” Furnish said in a news release. “Spending so much time in Las Vegas with Elton’s performance schedule, we wanted a space that would reflect our personal style and become an extension of the way we entertain at home.”

There is no official opening date yet.

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Celine Dion, Elton John Solidify Vegas As Marquee Destination For Superstars

(Las Vegas)—The reigning queen and king of the Strip, Celine Dion and Elton John, reinvented Las Vegas entertainment as a marquee destination for superstars rather than a dumping ground for has-beens.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, home of their respective productions, turned a decade old in March, and the venue remains the chief draw in Las Vegas, with a lineup that now includes hit-list veterans Rod Stewart and Shania Twain.

Prior to the arrival of the classic rock stud and the pop-country darling, a double dose of divadom in the blissfully flamboyant forms of Cher and Bette Midler shared Colosseum space as well, solidifying the venue’s stature among acts with intense drawing power.

“We touched a nerve of what Vegas once was, but in a modern fashion,” said Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president of marketing and entertainment at Caesars Entertainment Corp. “When the Colosseum rolled out, it changed the paradigm of headliners coming to Vegas at the height of their careers.” When Dion opened the $95 million venue in March 2003 with her “A New Day” production, it was a gamble, so to speak. Even with her international fan base, would enough tourists pour into the 4,300-capacity venue several nights a week during her four-year residency to justify her reported $100 million paycheck? Considering that the show sold out 723 times and grossed more than $400 million, it turned out to be a good bet. Dion is back for a renewed residency through next year with her revamped “Celine” show, which features almost as many covers as originals and spotlights the Canadian songbird’s love of music.

John, meanwhile, also kept the Caesars Entertainment coffers stuffed with revenue from his 243 shows between 2004 and 2009. That “Red Piano” spectacle, designed by David LaChapelle, was a garish overload of colorful inflatables that often swiped the focus from the singer’s stellar pop gems. But John and ostentatious are frequently synonymous, so that hardly deterred fans from flocking.

For his re-imagined “Million Dollar Piano” showcase, which opened in September 2011 and will keep the sometime-Atlanta resident there on select dates through 2014, John, like Dion, is concentrating on the music. (John’s recent bout with appendicitis won’t affect his upcoming Colosseum shows, Caesars says.) Casual fans can gape at the elegant gold hounds wearing John Lennon-style shades that flank the stage as John belts out “Bennie & the Jets,” “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer.” But serious Elton-philes will raise an eyebrow in happy surprise when he dovetails into his homage to New York City, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” and breaks out “Better Off Dead” backed only by mesmerizing percussionist Ray Cooper.

Dion’s show also presents plenty of familiar dramatic balladry (“Where Does My Heart Beat Now,” “Because You Loved Me,” “Beauty and the Beast”). But far more interesting are her frequent forays into unexpected covers such as Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen,” Billy Joel’s “Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)” and an exhilarating tribute to James Bond themes.

“Both us and (concert promoter) AEG will choose an artist with a certain vision in mind, but ultimately it’s the artist and creative director who refine that vision,” Gastwirth said. “I’ve never seen a scenario where there hasn’t been perfect alignment. These are some of the biggest names in the industry. Each of these shows has a distinctive nature to them; there is no formula.” Those artistic visions range from a pair of horses joining Twain onstage to John’s new toy, a $1 million piano (nicknamed “Blossom” in honor of jazz pianist Blossom Dearie), which literally lights up with scenes of him singing with KiKi Dee. And then there’s Dion’s show-closing “My Heart Will Go On,” performed under a rising platform and cascading water in a nod to the song’s “Titanic” roots. Most shows run a Vegas-friendly 90 to 120 minutes.

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Shania Twain Announces Las Vegas Show

Shania Twain has been hard at work revamping her country music career, and she has succeeded in a big way. Twain announced Wednesday that she has signed a residency deal with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Her show will be called “Still The One.”

“This a dream for any performing artist. What more could I ask for? I don’t want to even use the word opportunity. … It’s an exceptional gift, and that’s how I really feel about it,” Twain said of her upcoming concert series.

“I will let my imagination run wild,” she told reporters. I’m going to go nuts creatively.”

The deal includes 60 shows per year. “Still the One” will kick off on December 1, 2012 and will run for at least 2 years.

Twain, who married Frédéric Thiébaud in January, released her last album, “Up!,” in 2003. She remained mostly out of the spotlight after wrapping up her “Up!” tour in 2004. About a year after announcing her divorce from Robert Lange in 2008, Twain revealed plans to return to music.

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Elton John Returns To Caesar’s Palace


World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer, Elton John will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with an all new show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” beginning September 28 for sixteen shows. Elton’s September return will mark the beginning of a three-year residency at The Colosseum and his second as a Caesars Palace headliner.


Prices range from $55 to $250, plus applicable fees, and there is an eight
ticket limit per customer.
Limited VIP tickets are available through the Caesars Palace Box Office. Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. PDT, as well as online at TicketMaster.com, keyword “Elton John.” For groups of 20 or more, call 702.731.7208.
“Caesars Palace is just a perfect, idyllic place to play, and the show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery,” said Elton. “I’m going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha has been working on for four years, and that’s the reason why the show is called ‘The Million Dollar Piano.’”
Elton completed a highly successful five-year residency at Caesars Palace in April of 2009 with the critically acclaimed “The Red Piano.” Originally booked for 75 shows over the course of a three-year run, audience demand for “The Red Piano” was so overwhelming the engagement was extended for a total of 241 shows over a five-year period.
“We couldn’t be more excited to once again welcome one of the world’s most beloved entertainers, Elton John, to The Colosseum,” said Gary Selesner, Caesars Palace president. “During his last residency, Elton and his talented band brought so many memorable performances to Caesars Palace. We are looking forward to more incredible moments with Elton on-stage at The Colosseum and continuing our successful partnership.”
Elton will be accompanied by his band, which includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.
One of the most successful live acts on the road today, Elton and his band put on an unforgettable show: the entire audience standing, dancing and singing along with much-loved classic songs.
The monumental career of international singer, songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than five decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits and has sold more than 250-million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind,” which sold 37-million copies. Since his career began in 1969, he has played almost 3,000 concerts worldwide. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has awarded Elton five Grammys, the Grammy Legend Award and honored him with the Music Cares Person of the Year Award. Elton was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
Elton’s new album with Leon Russell, The Union, produced by T Bone Burnett, was released last fall. In April 2011, the Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary, The Union, which captures the writing and recording of the John and Russell album.
The smash-hit stage production of Billy Elliot, for which Elton composed the music, originally opened in London and garnered Elton a top-five hit in the UK with the song “Electricity.” Billy Elliot was nominated for a record nine Olivier Awards, winning Best Musical among others. Billy Elliot opened on Broadway November 13, 2008 to critical acclaim. It was nominated for a record-tying 15 Tony Awards and won 10 including Best Musical. In March of this year, Billy Elliotopened in Toronto to rave reviews.
Elton received an Academy Award for The Lion King and Tony awards for bothThe Lion King and Aida. He served as the executive producer for the hugely successful animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet, which opened in February 2011.
In 1998, the Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. In 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts.
For additional show and ticket information, visit CaesarsPalace.com or follow updates from Caesars Palace on The Colosseum on Twitter.

Celine Dion’s Momentous Return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Celine Dion will be at the microphone.  Legendary Grammy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich will be the director at the helm.  A stage filled with 31 musicians, consisting of a full orchestra and band, will be playing.  And thousands of fans from around the world will flock to Las Vegas to be amongst the first to see Celine’s anticipated return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  The first run of shows in March has already sold out; June through August summer performances are going fast.  To keep up with ticket demand, an additional 16 shows scheduled between Dec. 28 through Jan. 22, 2012 will go on-sale this Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. (PST).
Early last year, Celine announced her three year residency and return to The Colosseum, the world-renowned venue where she was the first to grace its stage.  When her first show A New Day… opened on March 25, 2003, eight years ago this month, it went on to not only become one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas but also redefined the entertainment industry; Celine would become the first artist at the height of her career to stop touring and invite fans to come to her. By the time the show closed on December 15, 2007, more than 3 million fans spanning all seven continents and 138 countries had seen the show.
Celine’s brand new show, which premieres Tuesday, March 15, includes her biggest hits mixed with timeless classics and pays tribute to some of the most celebrated songs and artists of all time. The glamorous show features a full orchestra and band, and is set to a visually stunning presentation designed exclusively for the 4,300 seat state-of-the-art venue.
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Cher Ending Vegas Show Feb. 5 After Some 200 Shows

Cher‘s final curtain on her headline show on the Las Vegas Strip is set for Feb. 5, following about 200 shows over her three-year residency.

Officials at the Caesars Palace hotel-casino said Tuesday that tickets for Cher’s final run of shows starting Jan. 11 will go on sale Saturday.

The last show ends a residency for the iconic singer known for over-the-top costumes, elaborate showmanship and hits spanning several decades.

Cher’s departure from the 4,300-seat Colosseum theater will come about one month before Celine Dion returns March 15 to start her second engagement. Her first five-year run grossed more than $400 million.

“Cher at the Colosseum” features dancers choreographed by Doriana Sanchez and costumes designed by Cher’s longtime designer, Bob Mackie.