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Are there any musicals playing in vegas?

Discussion in 'Shows & Entertainment' started by burnaby99, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Cleo5

    Cleo5 Low-Roller

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    When Avenue Q won the Tony for Best Musical, Steve Wynn got it as an exclusive, meaning the show couldn't tour. The theater community was livid, as it was in its prime, a hot show, and every big city theater wanted to book it. And then it bombed at Wynn anyway....
     
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    I do know that Phantom was abridged, but they (say they) had all of the music in there.

    However, Jersey Boys was uncut, complete with intermission. Rare exception to the rule!
     
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    As much as you can throw at me!!

    It's not just Vegas - sometimes touring shows change from the Broadway version (esp re: complex sets) Lots move to pre-recorded music where they might have had an orchestra on Broadway. Shows get revised all the time too - what opened in 1980 and was revised in 1995 isn't going to be exactly the same. And that's ok. Change doesn't have to = bad. Most of us do understand that.
     
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    Is it my imagination, or have the casinos put far more Abba into rotation on their sound systems since they announced their new release?
     
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    "Take a Chance" is music to their ears!
     
  6. BenjaminNicholas

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    Actually, Wynn got the West Coast rights. It couldn't open a company in LA or have a tour play a radius from the Las Vegas company.

    The NY production continues to run, making original investors very happy folks :)
     
  7. Cleo5

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    That's news to me. And it's not on Bway now.
     
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  9. Cleo5

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    Regarding the comment about how happy the original investors are, it is widely seen as a huge mistake to have given Wynn exclusive rights.
     
  10. BenjaminNicholas

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    Nonetheless, Ave Q is still returning money. It's paid itself back multiple times (and continues to).

    What SW did for the show only crippled it temporarily on the West Coast. Nothing more. The tour eventually played the Ahmanson and did well.
     
  11. Cleo5

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    Actually, it wasn't just the West Coast. It was nationwide. I looked it up. And since it bombed so badly at Wynn and closed after 5 months, that's when it went on the road. I'm done here.:peace:
     
  12. BenjaminNicholas

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    Yeah, well, I'm friends with one of the original investors from Broadway and national tour, so that's where my info comes from.

    You might be done, but that doesn't mean you're right :)
     
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    I've seen both Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages in New York and Vegas. They are not exactly the same as the original New York version. I didn't recall the changes but I knew they weren't the same. Actually I liked the guy in Vegas that played Frankie Valli better than the original John Loyd version in New York. I also agree that the Bronx Wanderers are worth checking out.
     
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    Oh I miss the days of Vegas having Musicals. I saw Lion King at Mandalay Bay, Phantom of the Opera at Venetian, Jersey Boys at Paris....All amazing and so well done. I think a more familiar/family show works well because then it is another option for children.
     
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    Did anybody see the show, "We Will Rock You?" I loved that show. The singer sounded just like Freddie Mercury. The story was a little strange, but the music was great. I bought a Best of Queen CD after seeing it.
     
  16. Cleo5

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    Yes, I saw it and loved it. The story was weak, but so is Mamma Mia. It's really just an excuse to hear the great music. Btw, remember that snarky line about Britney Spears? Well, BS is still drawing big crowds in Vegas so I guess she got the last laugh.
     
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    CET has a new musical that just opened this month - Marilyn! - at Paris. It isn't currently in the Diamond List of free shows, so I have not seen it.
     
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    I'm going to have to check it out!
     
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    I liked Jersey Boys and Mama Mia.
    Also Phantom of the Opera had a great run at Venetian (perfect show for the Theme of the Venetian).

    Wish they would do a show based on Bee Gees music....
     
  20. burnaby99

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    No one sounds just like freddie Mercury.
     
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