• 01-JUN-2018

Las Vegas News Briefs - June 2018

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Mariah Carey Returns with Headlining Residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Mariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, is returning to Las Vegas with an all-new headlining residency, “The Butterfly Returns” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace beginning Thursday, July 5, 2018. “The Butterfly Returns” will spotlight a more intimate performance on The Colosseum’s stage, showcasing Mariah Carey’s world-famous vocals with an all-new show that highlights her extensive catalogue of music. For more information, contact Talia Rothman, Caesars Entertainment, trothman@caesars.com.
Park MGM Officially Takes Its Place on the Las Vegas Strip
With the lighting of its new marquee and hotel tower signs, Monte Carlo officially shed its name Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for a new identity – Park MGM – making way for the resort set for completion later this year. Following a transformation that will touch every element of the central Strip property, Park MGM is a welcoming social hub that evokes the residential spirit, intimacy and individuality of a boutique experience on a resort scale. A partnership between Sydell Group and MGM Resorts International, Park MGM was born from the collaborative vision of the New York-based lifestyle hotelier and one of the world’s preeminent destination resort developers. When complete, the project will comprise two new distinct experiences: Park MGM, and a Las Vegas version of the renowned NoMad, a standalone 292-room hotel encompassing the tower’s top four floors. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas to Debut in August 2018
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s iconic luxury hotel brand, recently announced plans to convert the Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August 2018. Waldorf Astoria will assume full operation of the property with plans to re-imagine and renovate the hotel with brand touches and improvements. When the property opens as the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas it will be at the epicenter of the entertainment capital and the brand’s first property in the market. With elevated offerings alongside Las Vegas’ most sought-after attractions, the hotel will offer True Waldorf Service with Personal Concierges to ensure every guest enjoys thoughtful, intuitive and graceful service. Guests can also expect unforgettable experiences, including innovative dining concepts, spectacular views of The Strip from the hotel’s exclusive 23rd floor bar, helicopter rides, spa retreats and more. For more information, contact Sarah Kingsley, Waldorf Astoria, sarah.kingsley@hilton.com.
Jen Kramer Becomes Only Female Headlining Magician in Las Vegas
Celebrated magician Jen Kramer became the only female headlining magician in Las Vegas, performing her own show at the renowned Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Featuring mind-boggling magic and mentalism, comedy and audience participation, “The Magic of Jen Kramer” debuted Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Jen Kramer turns the impossible into the impossible-to-ignore, wowing audiences with her contagious smile and world-class sleight-of-hand. She predicts what the audience is thinking, makes a signed hundred-dollar bill magically appear inside a tube of lipstick and even creates a larger-than-life social media page on stage. Named “Female Magician of the Year” by the International Magicians Society, Jen graduated with honors in Theater from Yale University and has been featured on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion” on The CW Television Network. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.
Las Vegas Aces Debuts Inaugural WNBA Season
After beginning their inaugural season with two games on the road, the Las Vegas Aces celebrated their home opener on Sunday, May 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Aces were joined by special performances by Boyz II Men, Jabbawockeez and the cast members from “Michael Jackson ONE” by Cirque du Soleil. The Las Vegas Aces will take the court for regular season games through the end of August. For more information, visit aces.wnba.com.
Van Morrison Returns for Five Shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
After multiple sold-out weekends, legendary singer and composer Van Morrison is returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a five-night engagement in 2019. The British R&B icon is scheduled to perform Friday, January 25 through Saturday, February 2. The shows are presented jointly by AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment. 2018 is a significant year in Morrison’s career, marking 50 years since the release of the iconic Astral Weeks album in 1968. Morrison shows no sign of slowing things down, continuing to work on new material and exciting upcoming projects, including the release of his latest album, “You’re Driving Me Crazy,” a musical collaboration with Hammond organ virtuoso and trumpet master Joey DeFrancesco, which was released on April 27, 2018. For more information, contact Talia Rothman, Caesars Entertainment, trothman@caesars.com.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Announces Arrival of Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announced a dynamic new culinary destination known as Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar, opening early Fall 2018. Established as The Strip’s first made-to-order urban market, Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar will showcase a curated selection of undeniably unique concepts, uniting the most sought-after chefs and restaurants handpicked from foodie capitals across the country. Six individual food and beverage outposts will live within the urban space, offering curious eaters and ambitious restauranteurs a place to celebrate their shared passion for innovative food and drink. Located on the second level of the Boulevard Tower, Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar introduces an emerging class of acclaimed chefs and their distinct culinary creations to guests of The Cosmopolitan. For more information, contact Stephanie Capellas, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.
Stevie Wonder Announces a Limited Engagement at Park Theater
Singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Stevie Wonder announced “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music,” a limited engagement at Park Theater at Park MGM August 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music who, at the age of 12, was the youngest recording artist to have achieved a No. 1 single with “Fingertips, Part 2”. To date he has amassed 49 Top Forty singles, 32 No. 1 singles and worldwide sales of over 100 million units. Stevie has won 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, Kelly@thepublicitylab.com.
Canyon Ranch Launches New Culinary Concept CR CREĀT Inside Grand Canal Shoppes
Canyon Ranch introduces its third brand extension since launching trademarked CR aesthetics and CR shops last fall by announcing the opening of CR CREĀT - the wellness industry leader's first stand-alone, quick-and-casual concept inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas. CR CREĀT joins the brand's Canyon Ranch Café and Canyon Ranch Grill as an alternative to the indulgences of Las Vegas. The new brand extension brings elevated counter culture to the Strip and features modernized healthy options through a carefully curated menu by Canyon Ranch master chefs. For more information, contact Alexis Chernoff, NJF, chodnett@imcenters.com
George Wallace Returns with a New Residency at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
“The New Mr. Vegas” is back. Renowned comedian and longtime star of stage and screen, George Wallace, is returning to Las Vegas with a new residency show at the intimate Westgate Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. George Wallace will serve up a plate of laughs, with extra hot sauce, beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2018. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.
Bally’s Las Vegas Completes $125 Million Renovation
Located in the center of the action on the Strip, Bally’s Las Vegas has completed a $125 million redesign of 2,052 guest rooms and suites in the new Resort Tower. The latest redesign features neutral, dark wood tones and striking pops of red throughout decorative accents and fashionable wall coverings, with various geometric patterns that create a contemporary feel. Additional highlights of the new rooms include USB charging stations, chic lounge furniture and reimagined bathrooms with spacious glass-enclosed showers. Caesars Entertainment donated more than 2,000 rooms of furniture from Bally’s Las Vegas – more than $1.1 million in estimated value – to Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Texas, and other non-profit agencies. For more information, contact Kristin Soo Hoo, Caesars Entertainment, ksoohoo@caesars.com
Barry Manilow Announces Return to Las Vegas at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announced that he will be returning to Las Vegas with a brand-new stage production to perform his extensive catalog of hits as the exclusive headliner at the Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The legendary entertainer will return to where he previously made his spectacular residency debut on February 24, 2005. The 85-minute show will celebrate his well-loved greatest hits. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.
New Clubhouse Deli Debuts at Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Clubhouse Deli recently opened at Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Featuring a variety of signature and custom-made sandwiches, salads, breakfast, and hot menu items, Clubhouse Deli is Rampart Casino’s answer to fast-casual dining options in Summerlin. Modeled after famous New York delis complete with custom-marble cases, the Clubhouse Deli houses an exposed kitchen, pendant lighting and an open floorplan designed with all Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas guests in mind. For more information, contact Michelle Wilmoth, PR Plus, michelle@prpluslv.com
Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines Becomes Exclusive Tour Operator to Fly Non-Stop to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas
Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines (GCSA) is the first and only tour operator to now offer non-stop flights to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. GCSA’s new tour, Antelope Canyon Expedition, is now available for both individual passengers and groups and is available year-round. Guests begin the adventure by checking into the Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines Terminal in Boulder City, Nevada. Guests will then fly to Page where they will experience a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world featuring Navajo Sandstone rock deposits that were formed millions of years ago. Next, the tour continues with a visit to the famous Horseshoe Bend where guests can peer off the edge of the Colorado River. The adventure lasts approximately 11 hours, including transportation, flights and time in the canyon. For more information, contact Desiree Webb, Vox Solid Communications, dwebb@wearevoxsolid.com.
Absinthe Extends Run at Caesars Palace
Recently proclaimed "The #1 Greatest Show in Las Vegas History" and hosted by the filthy rich (and just plain filthy) Gazillionaire, ABSINTHE has announced a long-term deal with Caesars Palace through 2028. The outrageous comedy with jaw-dropping feats of virtuosity and danger for a one-of-a-kind performance for an adults-only audience will now be delivering the fun across two shows every day of the year. For more information, contact Thomas Judd, Kirvin Doak Communications, tjudd@kirvindoak.com.