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American Idol Heading to Las Vegas?

The top nine of “American Idol” just may be going to Las Vegas for Elvis Week! 

At least that’s what the latest rumors say. According to The Wrap, gay glam-rocker Adam Lambert and the season 9 crew may convene at the Aria Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for Lambert to mentor Idol hopefuls.  Aria happens to house Cirque du Soleil’s new “Viva Elvis” show.

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Elvis Presley Comes Back to Las Vegas

And you thought he was…dead?  Pshaw!  Elvis performed his last show in Las Vegas and now is back to his old Sin City haunts, if only in spirit.  But his show will, hopefully, run forever. 

Viva Elvis premiered on Feb. 19 and is the seventh Cirque du Soleil show on the Las Vegas Strip. It is one of the centerpieces of the new $8.5 billion MGM Mirage CityCenter, located in a new theater in the Aria Hotel and Casino. 

Viva Elvis features all of his greatest hits set to music and embellished with spectacular sets and effects, dancing and acrobatics. It positively fills the eyes-all the time steering clear of the somber and darker sides of Elvis, thanks to the untiring efforts of Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises to protect the Elvis legacy. 

This is a spectacularly beautiful show and it is one of only two Cirque shows in Las Vegas to employ a proscenium stage rather than using a theater-in-the-round setup. 

There are other singers, but the only male voice belongs to The King himself. The evening opens witha huge video-jukebox. On the screen is Elvis singing Blue Suede Shoes. It’s light, fun and immediately gets the audience in the mood for more of his music. Don’t Be Cruel is next, followed by Junior Clay, the only actor in the show. He is Elvis’ manager, Col. Tom Parker. He comes out to explain that Elvis had a twin brother who died at birth and Elvis missed his twin his entire life. Thus he introduces the next number, One Night– a love song, more shouted than sung and is very effective. But here, for some reason, it’s used to portray brotherly love. 

Two acrobats do their schtick on a large wire guitar suspended upstage center. As they’re doing their acrobatics, there’s a woman sitting at an old upright piano softly playing and singing the song. No argument that Elvis missed his twin. And no argument that these two guys on the guitar are really good at what they do. The only argument is against taking such a passionate number and doing this to it. 

The next scene goes back to Elvis’ childhood in Tupelo, MS. Old photos are projected on the screen as the townsfolk carrying umbrellas come out on the stage and perform All Shook Up as a gospel tune. And the woman singing the song actually changes the lyrics to say “I’m itchin’ like a woman on fuzzy tree.”

The spectacle is a grand and joyous event that will stick in your mind for a long time — a terrific celebration of Elvis’ music. The dancing and acrobatics are lavish and exuberant. The on-stage band is exellent. And the production values are incomparable. It’s just plain fun to watch with wonderful sets, colorful costumes and captivating special effects. 

Yes, the show is a bit pricey in a struggling Las Vegas economy, tickets ranging from $114 to $200, but well worth the price if you can afford it.  Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Fridays though Tuesdays.  702-531-2031. 

Long live The King!

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Elvis Enters Las Vegas ‘House,’ Prepares for New Cirque du Soleil Show

Elvis?  Isn’t he dead?  Naah.  In Las Vegas, the iconic entertainer never really died- he just morphed into impersonators galore, performing one after-life performance after another.  cirque

Cirque du Soleil is capitalizing on the the never dying Elvis fever big-time, preparing for their new Elvis show “Viva Las Vegas,” slated to open this December at CityCenter, located on 67-acres on the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo, boasting the largest private development – and most extravagant – in United States history which will add 6,000 new hotel rooms to the existing Las Vegas inventory of 140,000 rooms. 

The seventh Cirque show in Las Vegas will be housed within Aria at CityCenter, a 61-story, 4,004 room gaming property featuring the most technologically advanced green-sustainable suites in the United States. 

Making a marketing splash last Saturday, 22 of the 75 new cast members arrived in street clothes in Las Vegas from Montreal, Canada, Cirque’s headquarters, to a hearty serenade of the theme song from Elvis’ 1964 film by more than a dozen colorful characters from “Mystere,” “Ka” and “Criss Angel Believe,” three of Cirque’s six shows in Las Vegas.  

The new troup arrivals will have three weeks to find a place to settle in Las Vegas before resuming rehearsals. 

The remaining cast members will arrive in Las Vegas over the next couple of days. 

Cirque production manager Mike Anderson promises fans will feel Elvis’ presence in the CityCenter theater. The show, directed by former Michael Jackson choreographer Vince Patterson, will feature dancers, acrobats, “a killer band and a lot of guitar elements,” Anderson said. 

Priscilla Presley, who married Elvis in Las Vegas in 1967, was among a VIP group that got a preview of the show last Wednesday. Also attending was CityCenter boss Bobby Baldwin and Robert Sillerman, who purchased 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises in 2004 for $114 million.

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Burlesque Queens Flaunt Their Pasties in Las Vegas

The Burlesque Hall of Fame’s annual Exotic World Weekend is running now through Sunday at The Orleans in Las Vegas.   The talent gathering includes retired and active burlesque dancers.  It’s been the fifth venue for the celebration in as many years. ExoticWorldWeekend

Burlesque greats like Tempest Storm, Kitten DeVille, and Candy Caramelo (billed as the “world’s biggest showgirl,” flaunting her 46DDD cups) will be on hand (or in hand?) doing their thang. 

“We’re happy to have our own little world,” executive producer Frederic Apcar says of the 800 vintage-wear enthusiasts that are planned to frolic at the event. 

The “Best of Burlesque” pageant will be on Saturday.  On Sunday their “Closing Gala” will star El Vez, the gay Mexican Elvis Presley.  For information, click on over to www.burlesquehall.com or call The Orleans box office at 702-365-7070.

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Elvis Investors All Shook Up in Las Vegas

The Elvis-themed resort planned for the Las Vegas Strip may not become a reality.  A group of investors who had planned to build the resort on the 18 acres across from CityCenter could be forced to sell their property because of a default on a $475 million mortgage loan. 

New York-based FX Real Estate and Entertainment said its lenders informed the company on April 9 of the bank’s intention to sell the land “to satisfy the principal amount…owed to them under the mortgage loan and secured by the property.” 

FX said it would not be able to resolve the default issue by the May 18 deadline and “is considering all legal options, including bankruptcy proceedings” to prevent the sale of the property.

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