Magician Mat Franco Unveils Namesake Theater Marquee at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, July 10

 

Magician Mat Franco Unveils Namesake Theater Marquee
at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, July 10

Franco Receives Key to The Strip and Proclamation of “Mat Franco Day” in Clark County

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday (July 10, 2017), magician Mat Franco  had the honor of unveiling his new namesake marquee, Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, which was renamed by the center-Strip resort in celebration of his continued career success. Kicking off the milestone afternoon, the property’s regional president, Eileen Moore welcomed the crowd of invited guests and fans before inviting Mat to help her in unveiling the venue’s new signage. “Today’s a special day for us here at The LINQ, because we’re able to rename The LINQ Theater in Mat’s honor and really put a world-class stamp on our property,” shared Moore.

 

After revealing the long-awaited marquee, Franco expressed his gratitude for his producers and management teams at BASE Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment, and Red Light Management, as well as his mass of supporters and fans. “But we have more than a quarter of a million people who’ve all come through these doors over the last two years to thank most of all,” shared Franco.

 

Moore returned to the floor to introduce Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who presented Franco with a plaque proclaiming July 10, 2017 as “Mat Franco Day” on the Las Vegas Strip and throughout the county. Commissioner Kirkpatrick concluded the presentation by surprising Franco with his very own Key to The Strip, an honor bestowed upon The Strip’s top entertainers and public figures.

 

Afterward, the cast and crew of MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY and executives from Caesars Entertainment, BASE Entertainment, and Red Light Management gathered in the venue’s meet and greet room for a private champagne reception. “We knew from the beginning that we had someone special on our hands,” toasted Base Entertainment CEO Brian Becker. “Here’s to many more years of success, Mat!”

 

Nearing the second anniversary of his first-ever headlining production, Franco has been hailed “a master magician for the millennial generation” (Las Vegas Sun), and MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY has received critical acclaim for being “unlike anything the Entertainment Capital of the World has ever offered” (Vegas.com). For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com.

 

 

About MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY

Mat Franco takes the stage in MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY in the newly renamed Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino with a fun and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. Named “Best Show” by Las Vegas Weekly and voted “Best Magic Show” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Awards, MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY treats guests to an unparalleled production with an innovative and immersive approach to magic that’s driven by Mat’s passion and imagination. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and stunning magic with crowd-guided improv, creating a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s unique and unforgettable to each audience. For more information, visit MatFranco.com and connect with the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @MagicReinvented.

 

About The LINQ Hotel & Casino

As the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a total of 2,253 newly renovated rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana rooms with direct access to the pool. Positioned between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. Designed with the modern traveler in mind, the resort launched the first fully integrated self check-in program on the Las Vegas Strip in 2015. Enjoy celebrated chef restaurant Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, voted “Best Gastropub of 2015” by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, award-winning Hash House a Go Go and direct access to O’Sheas Casino, Off The Strip and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. Entertainment and nightlife experiences include 3535, a unique take on the lobby bar, TAG Sports Bar, a state-of-the-art gaming lounge, as well as popular entertainers such as Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” and magician Mat Franco, “America’s Got Talent” Season Nine winner. The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a reimagined pool deck featuring two pools, the new 15,000-square-foot Spa at The LINQ and fitness center, The Silver Sky Chapel for intimate weddings and 63,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information, please visit TheLINQ.com. Find The LINQ on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

MAGICIAN MAT FRANCO TO BE HONORED WITH NAMESAKE THEATER AT THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO IN CELEBRATION OF CAREER SUCCESS

MAGICIAN MAT FRANCO TO BE HONORED WITH NAMESAKE THEATER
AT THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO IN CELEBRATION OF CAREER SUCCESS

Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly Extends Residency Run at The Mat Franco Theater
with Increased Performance Schedule, New Dates On Sale Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m.

 

 

After logging nearly 600 performances of his first-ever Las Vegas residency, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The Linq Las Vegas, the dazzling LINQ Theater is being renamed in honor of celebrated magician Mat Franco. Going into effect for performances starting July 10, which go on sale through the end of the year on Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m., fans can continue to experience the young magician’s mystifying talent and breezy humor in the newly renamed space. For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com.

 

“The show’s success is really a testament to my fans and supporters that have catapulted my little hobby into a phenomenon,” said Franco. “A huge thank you also goes out to my partners at BASE Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment and Red Light Management.  Their efforts have been integral parts in making this dream a reality!”

Throughout a nearly decade-long career as a professional magician, Franco continues to pioneer new frontiers in the magic and entertainment worlds with one clear objective in mind: bringing happiness to his audiences. Since long before taking the stage in his first-ever resident production, the 28-year-old magician has worked tirelessly to cultivate his talents and personal brand in hopes of, one day, achieving every entertainer’s dream of having a theater named in recognition of their career.

 

“Mat Franco is a one-of-a-kind performer and his show, MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY, has been a wonderful addition to The LINQ Hotel & Casino,” said Eileen Moore, regional president of The Linq Las Vegas. “We are thrilled to introduce The Mat Franco Theater in honor of his continuing success in Las Vegas.”

 

Named “Best Magic Show” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and “Best Strip Show” by Las Vegas Weekly, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY continues to receive rave reviews from fans and critics alike since opening in August 2015.

 

“BASE Entertainment is thrilled to celebrate this milestone with Mat and our partners at Caesars Entertainment and Red Light Management,” shared Brian Becker, BASE Entertainment CEO. “This attests to Mat’s incredible talent, work ethic and vision, and we are incredibly excited to be a part of Mat’s bright future in Las Vegas.”

 

MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY continues to amaze and inspire audiences at The LINQ Hotel & Casino Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m., with a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday. Ticket prices start at $59 and are available by phone at 800.745.3000, in person at The Mat Franco Theater box office, or online at MatFranco.com and Ticketmaster.com. A VIP experience is available with a $50 upgrade on any section + all applicable fees, per person. The VIP experience includes a personal meet & greet and photo with Mat Franco directly following the performance, a VIP laminate, a signed keepsake souvenir and a complimentary beverage. For tickets and more information, visit MatFranco.com, and connect with the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @MagicReinvented. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or email Sales@BASEentertainment.com.

“Puppet Up! – Uncensored” Announces Lineup of World-Class Puppeteers Set to Take the Stage this July

Puppet Up!

 

“Puppet Up! – Uncensored” Announces Lineup of World-Class Puppeteers Set to Take the Stage this July 
Hailing from New York to Los Angeles, the cast will descend upon Vegas for the July 21 launch bringing with them outlandish comedy 
and an unruly cast of characters
 

 

‘Puppet Up! – Uncensored’ Will Debut at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 21

Puppet Up!
‘Puppet Up! – Uncensored’ Will Debut at 
The Venetian Las Vegas on July 21 
The Irreverent and Unpredictable Comedy Showwill make its mark with a 
revamped show designed specifically for Las Vegas  
The freewheeling, high-comedy spectacular Puppet Up! – Uncensored is set to move into The Sands Showroom inside The Venetian Las Vegas, debuting as the property’s newest entertainment offering on July 21, 2016.

Created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson (“Muppet Christmas Carol”, “Muppet Treasure Island”), and actor, director, and improv expert Patrick Bristow (“Ellen,” “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), Puppet Up! – Uncensored promises to deliver a completely unique experience, expertly combining dynamic and spontaneous off-the-cuff comedy and outrageous story lines with the unmatched talent and creativity of Henson puppeteers.

“The Jim Henson Company is universally recognized as a worldwide leader in family entertainment having created some of the most iconic brands and characters in the industry. From The Muppets to ‘Fraggle Rock,’ ‘Labyrinth’ to ‘The Dark Crystal,’ many of us spent our youth transfixed by the work of Henson Puppeteers,” said Vincent Marini, Creative Director and Executive Producer of BASE Entertainment. “Now BASE Entertainment is thrilled to be joining with Henson Alternative (the irreverently funny adult arm of the Jim Henson Company) to bring that same level of creativity to adult audiences with an evening of ever-changing, no-holds-barred comedy that promises to be the most unique evening of comedy on the strip.”

Since 2005, the revolving cast of six world-class puppeteers and over 60 unruly puppets have been entertaining audiences, selling out shows and thrilling critics from coast to coast and around the world. Now set to take over the Strip as the city’s newest resident show, the laugh-out-loud production has been amplified and adapted to include a wide-range of added elements, heightened technology and a reimagined set, all designed specifically for Las Vegas audiences.

“Opening the show in Las Vegas after touring throughout the world was an obvious choice,” said Brian Henson, “The outrageous and naughty nature of the show lends itself perfectly for Vegas audiences and now that we have found its permanent home we have been able to really enhance the show in ways that were just not possible on the road.”

Puppet Up! – Uncensored is never exactly the same show twice. Guests may choose to interact with the show through real time suggestions or just sit back and enjoy the ever changing antics presented on stage.

Additional Show Information
LOCATION: Inside The Sands Showroom at The Venetian
SCHEDULE: 6 Nights a week; Dark Wednesdays
TIME: 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday; 7 p.m. Sundays & Mondays
TICKETS: Starting at $69 (includes all fees)
AUDIENCE: Recommended for guests 16+
Originally Produced by Westbeth Entertainment and Henson Alternative, the irreverently funny adult arm of the Jim Henson Company, ‘Puppet Up! – Uncensored’ will now be produced for Las Vegas with BASE Entertainment, Norton Herrick and co-producer SPI Entertainment.

Joining the team as co-producer of “Puppet Up! – Uncensored” is film, television and theatrical producer and Tony-Award winner Norton Herrick “I’m very excited to be joining my producing partners, BASE and SPI, to bring this one-of-a-kind, must-see comedy experience to Las Vegas audiences.”

“The road to getting Puppet Up! to Las Vegas has been a long time coming and I’m so excited to be working alongside such a talented and creative group of individuals to make this resident show a reality,” said Adam Steck, founder and CEO of SPI Entertainment.

Tickets, on sale now, may be purchased at any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, online at Ticketmaster.com or Venetian.com/PuppetUp or by calling (702) 414-9000 or (866) 641-7469. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 785-5394.

For more information about ‘Puppet Up! – Uncensored’ please visit www.puppetup.com.

About BASE Entertainment
BASE Entertainment develops, produces, and manages intellectual properties and venues for live entertainment in North America and internationally from offices in New York, Houston, Las Vegas, and Singapore. In addition to Puppet Up, BASE’s current productions in Las Vegas include Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly at the Linq, Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Paul Zerdin: Mouthing Off and Frankie Moreno – Under The Influence at Planet Hollywood, Rock of Ages at The Rio, Jersey Boys at Paris, and Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s. In addition, BASE operates the Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the theaters at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. BASE also produces museum quality touring and residency exhibitions including Sea Monsters Revealed and Battle for Texas: The Experience. BASE Entertainment’s founders and partners include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger, and Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Clarity Partners. For more information please visit www.BASEentertainment.com.

About Henson Alternative
Henson Alternative is The Jim Henson Company’s label for content created specifically and exclusively for adult audiences. In 1955, Jim Henson’s first television production “Sam & Friends” appeared on late-night television as a lead in to “The Tonight Show,” establishing a standard in the Company’s work for irreverent, creative comedy projects that spoke to adults. Appearances on “The Jimmy Dean Show,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and “Saturday Night Live,” as well as numerous short films for clients like IBM and AT&T, proved that Henson puppetry was not limited to children. Today, Henson Alternative continues to produce and develop projects for this audience. Credits include “No, You Shut Up!,” currently airing on Fusion, “Neil’s Puppet Dreams” (Nerdist), “Tinseltown” (Logo), “Puppet Up! – Uncensored” (a live puppet improvisational show named one of the top 10 “Best Stage Shows” by Entertainment Weekly), and the upcoming feature film “Happytime Murders” currently in development with STX Entertainment. (www.hensonalternative.com)

About Norton Herrick
(Producer/Financier) is Chairman of The Herrick Company, Inc., with income property transactions, “Green” Power Plants and hospitals totaling more than over $5 Billion. Its Herrick Entertainment division, a motion picture, theatrical production, television and financing company’s theatrical production credits include the new to Broadway musical, Waitress starring Jessie Mueller; Hair The Musical and Pippin both Tony Award winners for Best Musical Revival; the Las Vegas show Hairspray; the theater adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings; and the Broadway revival of American Buffalo. Mr. Herrick also produced the Broadway revivals of Exit The King, starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon; Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under The Elms; and Promises, Promises, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes. Mr. Herrick also produced Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; West Side Story; and Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark. Herrick Entertainment’s film lineup includes Oscar & SAG nominated and Critic’s Choice Best Picture and Best Actor Award winner, action-thriller Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg; 2 Guns, starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington; Very Good Girls, a coming-of-age film starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen and Demi Moore; horror-thriller Nightlight; and recently released Precious Cargo, starring Bruce Willis. Past film credits include The Devil’s Double, Vanishing on 7th Street, My One and Only, and The Moth Diaries. His partnership in Thoroughbred horses won the Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom in 2011 and the $10,000,000 World Cup in Dubai in 2013. Mr. Herrick is a longtime supporter of progressive and humanitarian causes. He has served on the Boards of People for the American Way and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mr. Herrick is also the recipient, along with President Ronald Reagan and Isaac Stern, of the Jerusalem 3000 Award, presented by Prime Minister Shimon Peres and most recently the recipient, along with Michael J. Fox and Billy Cypress, of the President’s Medal from the University of Miami presented by its President, Donna Shalala and the Guardian Award from the Hebrew University Jerusalem. www.theherrickcompany.com

About WestBeth Entertainment
WestBeth Entertainment has consistently delivered critically acclaimed, financially successful, groundbreaking productions and performances for over 30 years. WestBeth’s ability to meld creative vision with financial and production savvy has created a unique company out of making artists’ and audience’s dreams come true.

From Billy Connolly to Eddie Izzard, and The Jim Henson Company to John Leguizamo, WBE has been the creative catalyst, partner and producer of some of the most innovative performances and productions on the continent in venues throughout North America including Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl, Toronto’s Massey Hall, Chicago’s Chicago Theatre and even New York’s Radio City Musical Hall.

With entertainment and audience enjoyment being a key element, our most recent productions include: Eddie Izzard’s 67 city Force Majeure American Tour; Billy Connolly’s High Horse tour of Canada, the off-Broadway run of comedian Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime; Eric Idle’s What About Dick at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles; John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown on Broadway, the West End, and Colombia, South America; and the national tour, Off-Broadway, Australia tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs of The Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up, Uncensored!

About SPI Entertainment
SPI Entertainment, helmed by award winning Producer Adam Steck is a leading Production Company & Talent Agency with six successful resident shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and several shows touring internationally. With a successful track record of building entertainment brands and partnering with world-class entertainers, SPI has become the preeminent Theatrical Producer & Talent Agency in Las Vegas and beyond. In addition to Puppet Up! SPI’s other current Las Vegas Productions include Human Nature – Jukebox at the Venetian, Boyz II Men at the Mirage, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth at MGM Grand, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur, Divas – Starring Frank Marino at the Linq and The Australian Bee Gees Show at Excalibur. www.SPIentertainment.com

About The Venetian® Las Vegas
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants by celebrity chefs and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 4,028 elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian, along with its sister property The Palazzo Las Vegas, is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino; the Strip’s largest poker room; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space. For more information, visit venetian.com, @venetianvegas and facebook.com/venetianlasvegas. The Venetian Las Vegas is a property of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

The Irreverent and Unpredictable Comedy Show ‘Puppet Up! – Uncensored’ Will Debut Spring 2016 as Newest Resident Show at The Venetian Las Vegas

Puppet Up!

The Irreverent and Unpredictable Comedy Show ‘Puppet Up! – Uncensored’ Will Debut Spring 2016 as Newest Resident Show at The
Venetian Las Vegas

Created by Brian Henson and long-time comedy staple Patrick Bristow, Puppet Up! – Uncensored is an innovative combination of outlandish improv and world-class Henson Puppeteers

After performing to sold-out crowds throughout the country, the original and unruly comedy production “Puppet Up! – Uncensored” will debut at its new home this spring at the Sands Showroom located inside The Venetian® Las Vegas. Created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor, director, and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow (“Ellen,” “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), the newest entertainment residency to hit The Strip will be a completely unique experience, expertly combining dynamic and spontaneous off-the-cuff comedy and outrageous scripted story lines with the unmatched talent and creativity of Henson puppeteers.

 

“Going back to the earliest appearances on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ ‘The Tonight Show’ and many others, the Henson style of puppetry has always involved improvisation,” said Creator and Producer, Brian Henson, “It was quite often true that the funniest moments on set happened after the director yelled ‘cut,’ which is one of the reasons I was inspired to create the show.”
 

Unpredictable and irreverent, this laugh-out-loud production is never the same show twice. With six expert puppeteers utilizing more than 60 different puppets, all working together to bring to life twisted scenes and songs on the fly, the crowd prompts the improvised narrative unfolding on stage. Audiences are able and encouraged to interact with the show, shaping the storyline nightly while adding energy and humor, rather than simply watching.

 
The production’s originality extends beyond the content of each performance into how the show is seen by each audience member. Delivering two-shows-in-one, audiences will view the hilarious action projected live on large screens flanking the stage while simultaneously peeking behind the curtain to witness the iconic Henson style. The puppeteers race around below, revealing their unparalleled artistry and distinctive craft. Live musical accompaniment will punctuate the performance as Patrick Bristow acts as host, crafting the chaos on a nightly basis.  In addition, the masterful “Puppet Up!” puppeteers will also treat the theatre to resurrected classics and instantly-recognizable pieces originally created by Jim Henson, Jane Henson, and Frank Oz that haven’t been seen by live audiences in decades.
 
“We are incredibly excited to bring this dynamic and hilarious show to Las Vegas audiences,” said Vincent Marini, creative director and executive producer for BASE Entertainment. “The combination of artistry and comedy on display in Puppet Up! – Uncensored is unlike anything that has ever played on the Las Vegas Strip. It has been a truly incredible experience working with the immensely talented artists at the Henson Company to produce this no holds barred, tour de force comedy at one of Las Vegas’s most iconic resorts.”
 
‘Puppet Up! – Uncensored’ was developed by Henson Alternative Productions, an arm of the Jim Henson Company. The company’s previous credits include “Tinseltown” for the Logo Television Network and the upcoming feature film “Happytime Murders”, currently in development. The resident show debuting this spring, which will include added elements specifically designed for Las Vegas, is being produced by BASE Entertainment and co-produced by SPI Entertainment.
 
The show is intended for audiences 16+. For more information about ‘Puppet Up! – Uncensored’ please visit www.puppetup.com.
 
About BASE Entertainment
BASE Entertainment develops, produces, and manages intellectual properties and venues for live entertainment in North America and internationally from offices in New York, Houston, Las Vegas, and Singapore.  BASE’s current productions in Las Vegas include Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly at the Linq, Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Rock of Ages at The Rio, Jersey Boys at Paris, and Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s.  In addition, BASE operates the Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the theaters at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.  BASE also produces museum quality touring and residency exhibitions including Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, Sea Monsters Revealed and The Alamo Experience. BASE Entertainment’s founders and partners include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger, and Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Clarity Partners.  For more information please visit www.BASEentertainment.com.
 
About Henson Alternative
Henson Alternative is The Jim Henson Company’s label for content created specifically and exclusively for adult audiences. In 1955, Jim Henson’s first television production “Sam & Friends” appeared on late-night television as a lead in to “The Tonight Show,”  establishing a standard in the Company’s work for irreverent, creative comedy projects that spoke to adults. Appearances on “The Jimmy Dean Show,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and “Saturday Night Live,” as well as numerous short films for clients like IBM and AT&T, proved that Henson puppetry was not limited to children.  Today, Henson Alternative continues to produce and develop projects for this audience.  Credits include “No, You Shut Up!,” currently airing on Fusion, “Neil’s Puppet Dreams” (Nerdist), “Tinseltown” (Logo), “Puppet Up! – Uncensored” (a live puppet improvisational show named one of the top 10 “Best Stage Shows” by Entertainment Weekly), and the upcoming feature film “Happytime Murders” currently in development with STX Entertainment. (www.hensonalternative.com)
 
About SPI Entertainment
SPI Entertainment is a leading Production Company & Talent Agency with six successful resident award-winning shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and more than 10 shows touring internationally. With a successful track record of building entertainment brands and partnering with world-class entertainers, SPI has become the preeminent Theatrical Producer & Talent Agency in Las Vegas and beyond. Current Productions include Smokey Robinson Presents: Human Nature – The Motown Show, Boyz II Men, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under, Divas – Starring Frank Marino, RockTellz and Cocktails, and The Australian Bee Gees Show. www.SPIentertainment.com
 
About The Venetian® Las Vegas
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants by celebrity chefs and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 4,028 elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian, along with  its sister property The Palazzo Las Vegas,  is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino;  the Strip’s largest poker room; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space.  For more information, visit venetian.com, @venetianvegas and facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.  The Venetian Las Vegas is a property of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

“Sea Monsters Revealed” Makes Las Vegas Debut at Shark Reef Aquarium Inside Mandalay Bay

“SEA MONSTERS REVEALED” MAKES LAS VEGAS DEBUT AT
SHARK REEF AQUARIUM INSIDE
MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO

Shark Reef Aquarium
The world’s largest exhibition of uniquely preserved sea creatures takes center stage on October 1 with the opening of Sea Monsters Revealed at Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The use of a revolutionary polymer preservation technique, commonly known as plastination, allows the collection of once living aquatic creatures to be brought together on dry land. The process allows guests to see the outside and inside of some of the sea’s most magnificent inhabitants, including an 18-foot, 3,000-pound whale shark.

The exhibit also features a 15-foot-long mako shark and giant sunfish among its more than 18 full-body sea creatures. Additional displays include 150 individual organs and smaller specimens such as tropical fish, crustaceans and octopuses.

“For years, our guests have been fascinated and intrigued by the beautiful living creatures that call Shark Reef home,” said Adrienne Rowland, director of animal care at Shark Reef Aquarium. “Now, with this immersive and interactive experience, they can discover some of the ocean’s most exotic and elusive animals up close and personal, and in a whole new way.”

Located adjacent to Shark Reef Aquarium, Sea Monsters Revealed will provide locals and visitors alike with a greater understanding of the world’s oceans and how mankind’s interactions and conservation efforts are vital to the health and preservation of these beautiful animals.

The exhibit was developed through a partnership between BASE Entertainment and Dalian Hoffen Bio-Technique Co. and has been on display at some of North America’s most prestigious aquariums including the Georgia Aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa.

Sea Monsters Revealed opens to the public October 1 and runs through October 2016.

Sea Monsters Revealed will be open Sunday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Shark Reef is open Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 a.m. Last admission is one hour prior to close.

Tickets for Sea Monsters Revealed are $5 for guests who also purchase a ticket to Shark Reef Aquarium and $12 for the Sea Monsters exhibition only. Admission for Shark Reef Aquarium is $20 for adults; $14 for children (4 – 12); Children 4 and younger are free. Nevada residents with valid ID receive a discounted admission price.

Tickets and information are available by calling (702) 632-4555 or visiting sharkreef.com

SMR_SHARK_GALLERY SMR_WHALE SHARK

 

About BASE Entertainment
BASE Entertainment (Producer) is a diversified entertainment company with offices in New York, Las Vegas, Houston and Singapore.  BASE develops, produces and manages intellectual properties generated for various entertainment platforms including museums and live entertainment in North America, Asia and Brazil. Sea Monsters Revealed represents a premier museum quality exhibition developed and presented by BASE. The Company also owns and operates the exhibition SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. For more information, please visit BASEentertainment.com

About Professor Sui
Sea Monsters Revealed was created with the cooperation of Dalian Hoffen Bio-Technique Co., Ltd. and Professor Hongjin Sui, the creator of the specimens and general manager of the company.

 

National Tour of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical” Stops in Vegas for 11-Week Run in June

PRISCILLA QUEEN

THE FIRST NATIONAL TOUR OF THE BROADWAY SENSATION
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL
MAKES A STOP IN LAS VEGAS FOR AN 11-WEEK ENGAGEMENT

Tickets to the Smash-Hit Broadway Musical Go on Sale to the Public on April 10

Get ready to break out the feather boas for the most outrageous time of your life!  The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical makes its way to the sparkling lights of Sin City for an 11-week engagement at The Venetian Las Vegas®, with performances beginning Tuesday, June 18.

Members of The Venetian’s Grazie Loyalty Program will have exclusive access to presale tickets beginning Monday, April 8, with ticket sales open to the general public on Wednesday, April 10.  Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical presents the first show on June 18 and performs Wednesday – Monday at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices for Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical start at $59 plus all applicable taxes and handling fees.  Tickets can be purchased by calling The Venetian Box Office at (866) 641-7469 or (702) 414-9000, or online at www.Venetian.com.  For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950 or Groups@BASEentertainment.com.

“BASE Entertainment is pleased to bring the national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert to the bustling city of Las Vegas,” says Scott Zeiger from BASE Entertainment.  “Already an international hit, Priscilla is a feel-good show that embraces individuality; making it a perfect addition to Las Vegas.”

BASE Entertainment also produced a successful nine-month run of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical in São Paulo, Brazil in March 2012.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical stars Wade McCollum (“Tick/Mitzi”), Scott Willis (“Bernadette”) and Bryan West (“Adam/Felicia”) as the trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.  Joe Hart stars as “Bob.”

With more than 500 dazzling 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features a hit parade of more than 20 dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally,” “I Will Survive,” “Material Girl,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Like a Prayer,” and many others.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20, 2011, at the Palace Theatre.  The Hollywood Reporter called Priscilla, “Funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!”  NY-1 News raved, “Beneath all that glitz beats a great big sequined heart!” WOR Radio sang, “All the songs you’ve loved for years will blow you out of your seat!”

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical won a 2011 Tony Award® for Best Costume Design for Academy Award® winners Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s designs.  The new hit musical received three Best Musical award nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award organizations.  Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner were also honored with 2011 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, the most successful Australian musical of all time, had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006.  Adapted from the 1994 Academy Award® winning film The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction: Simon Phillips, choreography: Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements: Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy, set design: Brian Thomson, costume design: Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, lighting design: Nick Schlieper, sound design: Jonathan Deans & Peter Fitzgerald, make up design: Cassie Hanlon.

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ABOUT BASE ENTERTAINMENT

BASE develops, produces and manages intellectual properties generated for live entertainment stages in North America, Asia and Brazil.  BASE’s current production activity in Las Vegas includes the following: Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s, Rock of Ages at The Venetian, Peepshow starting Coco of E!’s “Ice Loves Coco” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Jersey Boys at The Paris, Absinthe at Caesars Palace and Defending the Caveman at Harrah’s.   In addition, BASE operates the Showroom and PH Live at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.  At Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, BASE programs both the Grand Theater, previously home to both The Lion King and Wicked, and the Sands Theater.  In Brazil, BASE, in partnership with Geo Eventos, opened Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Sao Paulo in March 2012.  Recently opened at Discovery Times Square in New York City, Spy: The Secret World of Espionage represents the premiere museum quality exhibition developed and presented by BASE. In 2013, BASE will premiere Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow’s new musical Diner on Broadway.  BASE Entertainment’s headquarters are in New York, and its founders include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger.  For more information please visit www.BASEentertainment.com.