Photo Recap: Las Vegas Weekly Celebrated its 15th Anniversary with Loyal Readers, Vegas’ Top Performers and Celebrities at #Unscripted Inside the Havana Room at The New Tropicana Las Vegas, Dec. 18

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Las Vegas Weekly Celebrated its 15th Anniversary with Loyal Readers, Vegas’ Top Performers and Celebrities at #Unscripted inside The Havana Room at The New Tropicana Las Vegas, Dec. 18


Las Vegas Weekly celebrated its 15th anniversary in true Las Vegas fashion with #Unscripted, a night that featured dozens of the city’s elite, at the Havana Room inside The New Tropicana Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 18. A portion of the proceeds from the evening benefitted the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians and its mission to encourage young musicians through training, advanced study, career development and more.

More than 650 of the publication’s loyal fans gathered at the party, which commenced with signature spirits by Bacardi USA, sounds by producer and DJ duo MICS and a red carpet full of celebrities. Las Vegas Weekly Publisher Travis Keys and Las Vegas Weekly Editor Sarah Feldberg gave a few words to attendees followed by a “champagne wishes” toast from columnist and television personality Robin Leach. The evening was hosted by the editor at large and writer of entertainment column “The Kats Report,” John Katsilometes, who also took the limelight to introduce some of the party’s key performances including the night’s headliner Frankie Moreno.

Among the audience were several celebrities and Las Vegas personalities including Publisher and Editor of Las Vegas Sun Brian Greenspun; television personality Holly Madison and founder and CEO of Insomniac Pasquale Rotella; ‘NSYNC band member and television personality Joey Fatone; PIN UP Star and Playboy’s 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair; Lacey Schwimmer of “Dancing with the Stars”; Chippendales members including television personalities Jaymes Vaughn and James Davis; Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil; Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba; rock star Paul Shortino; professional BMX rider Ricardo Laguna; Absinthe star Melody Sweets; “America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm; entertainer Zowie Bowie; Broadway star and television actress Pia Zadora; GRAMMY award-winning violinist Joshua Bell; comedian Jeff Civillico; comedy magician Mac King; illusionist Murray SawChuck; resident artist at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz Clint Holmes and Strip headliner Kelly Clinton-Holmes; Miss Nevada United States 2013 Hillary Billings; Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki; Chef Rick Moonen; Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul; national artist and musician Franky Perez; former Olympian Anne Cribbs; former professional baseball player Orel Hershiser;  cast members from Jersey Boys, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, The Phat Pack, ROCK OF AGES and Tournament of Kings; and more.

Guests had a blast as they mingled, sipped on drinks and enjoyed musical stylings, while Las Vegas’ top performers hit the stage with absolutely no rules. At the center of the uncensored madness was Moreno’s band, who invited the stars amongst the crowd to perform at random including Fatone, Neil, Ashba, Shortino, Grimm, Bell, Holmes and Sweets. The artists performed hits ranging from 70s rock to holiday classics.

For more information on Las Vegas Weekly’s 15th anniversary party, please visit www.lasvegasweekly.com.

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12.18.13 Murray SawChuck 12.18.13 Zowie Bowie, 12.18.13 Vinnie Paul 12.18.13 Vince Neil 12.18.13 Tournament of Kings cast members, 12.18.13 The Phat Pack, 12.18.13 Rick Moonen, 12.18.13 Ricardo 12.18.13 Pia Zadora 12.18.13 Paul Shortino

12.18.13 Chippendales Cast Members at Las Vegas Weekly's 15th Anniversary Party, 12.18.13 Claire Sinclair at Las Vegas Weekly's 15th Anniversary Party 12.18.13 L to R, Frankie Moreno, Lacey Schwimmer and Joey Fatone at Las Vegas Weekly's 15th Anniversary Party, 12.18.13 Vince Neil at Las Vegas Weekly's 15th Anniversary Party

Red Carpet Photo Credit: © Erin Orozco / Greenspun Media Group Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella Photo Credit: © Marcel Thomas / ZUMA Press Party Photo Credit: © Claire Hart / Greenspun Media Group

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Photos/Video: Holly Madison Performed with Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s Las Vegas on Dec. 4

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Reality Starlet Holly Madison Captivated Audiences During a

One-Night-Only Guest Performance in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah’s Las Vegas

 

Last night (Dec. 4, 2013) Holly Madison took the stage in Las Vegas for the first time in more than a year during a special encore performance of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Performing on the 57th anniversary of the actual date that inspired the hit show, Dec. 4, 1956, Holly sang “The Lady Loves Me” from the hit movie “Viva Las Vegas” alongside the cast during the finale.

Donning a stunning dress and period hair, Holly sang a beautiful and fun rendition of the Elvis and Ann-Margret duet that had the audience on their feet, clapping and cheering.

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Best known for starring in the successful reality television seriesHolly’s World” andThe Girls Next Door,” Holly was also the headliner in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for three and a half years. Madison not only played the title character Bo Peep, but eventually took on the singing role of Goldie Locks in the production. Holly is the latest Strip star who has joined MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to celebrate the music of the production’s era through live jam sessions. Previous entertainers that have graced the stage with the cast include Bally’s Las Vegas headliner and one-woman vocal phenomenon, Véronic DiCaire, “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, and Stratosphere performer Frankie Moreno.

About MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET:
The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes place on December 4, 1956, when Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought iconic musicians Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time.

 

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with the extraordinary story of secrets, betrayal, and the once in a lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,”  “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Ring of Fire,” and more.  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET performs Sunday – Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Thursday at 5:30 and 8 p.m.; and is dark on Saturday. Ticket prices begin at $62.70 plus applicable fees. For more information on MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, please visit www.MDQVegas.com

Holly Madison Joins Million Dollar Quartet For One-Night-Only Guest Performance at Harrah’s Las Vegas – Dec. 4

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E! Reality Star Holly Madison Joins MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET For
One-Night-Only Guest Performance on Wednesday, Dec. 4
at Harrah’s Las Vegas

For the first time in more than a year, Holly Madison takes the stage in Las Vegas during a special encore performance of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Harrah’s Las Vegas Showroom. For one-night-only, Madison will perform the Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret duet “The Lady Loves Me” from the hit movie “Viva Las Vegas” alongside the cast during the finale. Tickets are available at the Showroom box office, by visiting www.HarrahsLasVegas.com or by calling (702) 777-2782.

“I am very excited for my upcoming performance with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET,” says Madison. “I’ve truly missed being onstage in front of a live audience, so I was thrilled to be invited to perform with the talented cast for one night.”

Best known for starring in the successful E! reality television seriesHolly’s World” andThe Girls Next Door,” Madison was also the headliner in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for three and a half years. Madison not only played the title character Bo Peep, but eventually took on the singing role of Goldie Locks in the production.

The Las Vegas company of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET continues to welcome fellow performers to the stage to celebrate the music of the production’s era through live jam sessions. Madison will join the ranks of past guest stars including Bally’s Las Vegas headliner and one-woman vocal phenomenon, Véronic DiCaire, “American Idol” winner, Paris Las Vegas headliner Taylor Hicks, and Stratosphere performer Frankie Moreno.

The Vegas cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features Benjamin D. Hale (Johnny Cash), Justin Shandor (Elvis Presley), Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Marc D. Donovan (Sam Phillips) and Felice Garcia (Dyanne).

The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes place on December 4, 1956, when Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought iconic musicians Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with the extraordinary story of secrets, betrayal, and the once in a lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,”  “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.  For more information on MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, please visit www.MDQVegas.com

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET performs Monday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.; dark Saturday. Ticket prices range from $62.70 – 86.90 plus all applicable fees and are available at the Harrah’s Showroom box office, by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (702) 777-2782. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.

Las Vegas Strip Headliners Come Together for One Special Performance for NF Hope

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Las Vegas Strip Headliners Come Together for One Special Performance for NF Hope

Frankie Moreno, Human Nature, Cast members from ABSINTHE, JERSEY BOYS & more perform at Third Annual NF Hope Concert Oct. 20 at The Venetian

On Sunday, Oct. 20, The Strip’s most engaging headliners will shine their star power on the fight against Neurofibromatosis at the Third Annual NF Hope Concert.   Performers from across The Strip’s stages will come together at The Venetian Showroom for a one-day-only performance benefitting the NF Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to families and individuals with neurofibromatosis, more commonly known as NF. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NVCCF) in their support of local families touched by NF. The Third Annual NF Hope Concert will feature performances by some of the biggest names in Las Vegas as well as an impressive silent auction. Tickets are on sale now and prices start at $45. They are available by calling any Venetian/Palazzo box office at 702-414-9000, or online at www.Venetian.com.

The star-studded concert will include performances by Frankie Moreno, Human Nature, Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton, ABSINTHE’s “Green Fairy” Melody Sweets, cast members from JERSEY BOYS, ROCK OF AGES, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and many more.  Joey Dowling from FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” will present a piece created for the Troupe, a local dance competition team.  There will also be special performances by two talented performers living with NF.  This year’s silent auction items include tickets to Celine Dion, Shania Twain, JERSEY BOYS, ROCK OF AGES, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, show memorabilia, restaurant certificates, spa certificates and much more.

The concert, produced by JERSEY BOYS star Jeff Leibow with Neil Miller and Pat Caddick as consulting producers from The Chimaera Group, is inspired by Leibow’s daughter Emma, who was diagnosed with NF at the age of nine months. NF is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that results in a mutation on a gene that normally suppresses tumor growth. This allows for tumors to grow on any nerve in the body without warning. Leibow and his wife Melody conceived the idea for the concert upon the realization that they had an obligation to their family and the 100,000 people living with NF to educate more people about the disorder.

“Despite all our prayers and wishes that Emma might stay untouched by this disorder, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January.  It is a horrible, frightening thing to hear about your child, but our fears have only fueled our wish to do everything we can to make a difference in the fight against NF,” said Leibow.

NF is one of the most common genetic disorders and affects more than 100,000 Americans, making it more common than cystic fibrosis, hereditary muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease and Tay Sachs combined. Despite its commonality, the disorder struggles to get federal support every year.

“Since 1996, advocacy has provided most of the research money for neurofibromatosis, and we are doing everything we can to keep that going.  Since its inception in 2011, NF Hope has raised nearly $50,000 for NF Network, a national non-profit dedicated to helping individuals with neurofibromatosis.  It is still our dream to see NF Hope become a national organization producing concerts all over the US.  For now we are focused on continuing to make this concert a staple in Las Vegas with the hope of making a difference in Emma’s life and the lives of the more than 100,000 people living with NF in the US alone,” Leibow added.

The Third Annual NF Hope Concert will take place on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Sands Showroom at The Venetian Las Vegas. The show begins at 1 p.m., and the lobby will open at 11:45 a.m. for the silent auction.  Ticket prices range from $45 – $60 plus tax and service charges. To purchase tickets, call the Venetian/Palazzo Box Office at 702-414-9000 or visit www.Venetian.com.

About Jeff Leibow:
Jeff Leibow came to Las Vegas as one of the original cast members of JERSEY BOYS and continues to get rave reviews for his portrayal of Nick Massi five years later. Before JERSEY BOYS, Jeff performed in professional theaters all over the country garnering award nominations for many of his roles. Here in Las Vegas, he has made giving back to the community a priority, involving himself with every charity event and benefit concert he can fit into his schedule. Since 2009 his daughter has become the top priority as has raising awareness of NF. http://jeffleibow.com

About NF Network:
Neurofibromatosis (NF) Inc. was established in 1990 and is the leading organization supporting the education, awareness and research through advocacy to help find a cure for NF. You can find more information about Neurofibromatosis, Inc. at www.nfnetwork.org or by calling the office at 630-510-1115.

About NF Hope:
Founded by Jeff Leibow and his wife, Melody, NF Hope was created to produce fundraising events in the Las Vegas Area to support the efforts of all NF charities.  The premier event is the Annual NF Hope Concert.  Since its inception, NF Hope has raised nearly $50,000 for Neurofibromatosis research and advocacy efforts.  For more information about NF Hope, or to stay up to date on upcoming events, please visit http://nfhope.org or follow us on Twitter @vegasnfbenefit.

About Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation:
Established in 1993, the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers programs and services for critically ill children and their families living in Southern Nevada.  The foundation’s mission is to work side by side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with a life-threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders, neurofibromatosis and other immunologic diseases as well as to adults touched by cancer.  Contact the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit them at www.nvccf.org for pediatric services and www.thecaringplacenv.org for services for adults touched by cancer.

About the NF Hope Concert Volunteers:
The Las Vegas community has reached out to help in making this Concert happen! There are many more opportunities to become involved, and all are welcome! 

Photos/Video: Frankie Moreno Joins MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET For One-Night-Only Jam Session

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Welcomed Stratosphere Headliner Frankie Moreno for One-Night-Only Jam Session Oct. 1

 

Last night (Oct. 1, 2013), Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno joined the cast of the smash-hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah’s Las Vegas for a special guest encore appearance, performing the Jerry Lee Lewis hit,“Rockin’ My Life Away.

Moreno took the stage following the finale of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET where he was welcomed with applause and cheering from the packed Showroom. One of the highlights of the performance included a moment where Moreno and Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis) engaged in “piano four hands,” where each was playing simultaneously.

Named “Headliner of the Year in Las Vegas,” Moreno is a classically trained musician and entertainer, making him a natural fit to add to the line-up of Strip headliners who have joined MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to celebrate the music of the production’s era through live jam sessions.  Previous entertainers that have graced the stage with the cast include Bally’s Las Vegas headliner and one-woman vocal phenomenon, Véronic DiCaire, and “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks.

Frankie Moreno with cast of Million Dollar Quartet ©Caesars Entertainment

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Frankie Moreno Guest Performance at MDQ LV ©Caesars Entertainment

 

 

About MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET:
The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes place on December 4, 1956, when Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought iconic musicians Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with the extraordinary story of secrets, betrayal, and the once in a lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,”  “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Ring of Fire,” and more.  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET performs Sunday – Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Thursday at 5:30 and 8 p.m.; and is dark on Saturday. Ticket prices begin at $62.70 plus applicable fees. For more information on MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, please visit www.MDQVegas.com.

 

About Frankie Moreno:
Unlike any other show on the Strip, Frankie Moreno Live at Stratosphere is a throwback to the kinds of performances that made Vegas showrooms famous! Moreno takes his artistry – switching seamlessly from piano to drums, from harmonica to acoustic guitar, dancing, singing and cracking jokes; it’s a fun and freewheeling scene that you just shouldn’t pass up. It’s a show full of music performed by talented musicians, where guests feel welcomed and invited to share the experience right along with the performers.

Frankie Moreno Live performs four times a week at Stratosphere Hotel. All shows begin at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $39.99 and VIP tickets, which include upgraded seating, are $49.99. Additional service fees apply. Tickets are available by calling (702) 380-7777, in person at the Stratosphere Ticket Center and online at www.stratospherehotel.com

Photos: Taylor Hicks Joined MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET For One-Night-Only Jam Session – Sept. 25

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Welcomed Paris Las Vegas Headliner Taylor Hicks for One-Night-Only Jam Session

“American Idol” Winner Performed “Not Fade Away” Alongside Cast at Harrah’s Las Vegas

 

Last night (Sept. 25, 2013) “American Idol” winner and Paris Las Vegas headliner Taylor Hicks joined the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah’s Las Vegas for an on-stage jam session, performing the Buddy Holly classic “Not Fade Away.”

Immediately following the final number of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Taylor was welcomed to the stage by Marc D. Donovan (Sam Phillips) to an enthusiastic response from the packed Showroom. Jamming on stage with the talented performers of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the performance brought together two of the most talented musical acts on The Strip in a rocking one-night-only performance.

Taylor is the second guest performer to join the Las Vegas company on stage at Harrah’s. In August, Bally’s Las Vegas headliner Véronic joined the cast to perform a phenomenal rendition of the Johnny Cash and June Carter duet “Jackson.”

Taylor Hicks Jams with Million Dollar Quartet (2) 9.25.13 ©Caesars Entertainment

 

Jan Rouven and Million Dollar Quartet Continue the Oktoberfest Celebrations at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas !

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Jan Rouven and Million Dollar Quartet Carry On Oktoberfest Celebration at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

 

WHO:  Jan Rouven, winner of “The Best of Las Vegas” for Best Magic Show, will tap the delicious brew this Friday at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. Continuing the Oktoberfest festivities on Saturday, The Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet, will tap the keg for the first time.

WHAT: Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas offers guests endless Bavarian fun, food and, of course, Oktoberfestbier. The full-bodied lager is brewed to perfection and is the ultimate centerpiece for the exciting festivities that compare to the real Oktoberfest revelry held in Munich, Germany. Patrons can test their strength during the stein holding competitions and Jägermeister spankings, or watch the nightly almond and pecan glazing process, adding the finishing touch to an authentic experience.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas. This faithful reproduction of the world’s most famous beer hall, the original, centuries-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, is an authentic and entertaining blend of tradition and fun. Guests can savor schnitzels, sausages, sauerbraten, pretzels and the finest Hofbräu beer.

WHEN:
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7 p.m.


Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:
Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas
4510 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169

Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Interactive Art Programming Complete with Theatrical, Visual and Street Art Projects

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Interactive Art Programming
Complete with Theatrical, Visual and Street Art Projects

Headlining performance artists Cirque du Soleil, “Absinthe”, Human Nature, Jabbawockeez,
“Million Dollar Quartet”, Recycled Percussion and “Rock of Ages” to take the stage

Street and traditional artists to erect murals and other immersive artistic endeavors

Life is Beautiful (L.I.B.) unveils its art programming for the inaugural festival taking place Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 2013. Designed to be seamlessly programmed with the music, food and learning festival elements, L.I.B’s art presentations will center around live performance, and several mediums of visual art with the festival grounds as its canvas.

“Our goal is to create a live urban gallery that is essentially woven into our festival footprint. We want to expose our festival-goers to many types of dynamic artistic mediums,” stated festival co-founder Rehan Choudhry. “We are fortunate that Las Vegas is home to many of the world’s greatest performance artists, and inspires much of the world’s great visual art. We are infusing those stunning influences into our festival experience.”

The festival’s art program is comprised of three separate initiatives, bringing artists out of their traditional studios, galleries or theaters and into the streets of Downtown Las Vegas. With an up-close-and-personal feel, L.I.B.’s art program is meant to surround guests with both elusive and interactive activations.

RISE ABOVE: A Street Art Program
The urban surroundings of the Life is Beautiful venue provide a perfect backdrop for what will be an  eclectic and permanent street art program that will redefine the look of Downtown Las Vegas for years to come. Curated by Charlotte Dutoit, RISE ABOVE will turn Downtown Las Vegas into an art-inspired playground showcasing works by some of the biggest names in international street art. Contributing artists include: Vhils (Portugal), D*Face (UK), Alexis Diaz (AKA La Pandilla from Puerto Rico), Interesni Kazki (Ukrane), Zio Ziegler (San Francisco), Ana Maria (Houston) and Aware (Las Vegas). Creation of these original pieces, which include murals, stencils by The Stencil Network (NYC) and giant show posters by Bicicleta Sem Freio (Brazil), will begin the week prior to the festival and be completed live on site.

The Odyssey: A Visual Art Experience
A first-class visual art program, curated by Patrick Duffy, former president of the Las Vegas Art Museum and current executive board member for Smith Center for the Performing Arts, will also be presented at L.I.B. His program, entitled The Odyssey, is a visual exploration of the art that inspires creativity in all of us, no matter age, education or upbringing. Presented through staged exhibits at varying venues, The Odyssey will show work from the Opportunity Village Art and Enrichment Program, Eric Tillinghast, William T. Wiley, Wendy Kveck, Catherine Borg, Yasmina and Javier Sanchez, Adam Morey, and Jaime Sholnick.

At the helm of the fine art programming is a multi-media presentation of “13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” featuring Dean and Britta. A project commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, “13 Most Beautiful” is a live multimedia performance featuring large scale video projection of Warhol’s Screen Tests (4-minute silent film portraits of visitors to his studio), set to the music of Dean and Britta and their band, who perform live on stage while the films are projected above.

“For many years ‘art’ has been synonymous with Downtown Las Vegas,” says L.I.B. partner and First Friday managing partner Joey Vanas. “What Life is Beautiful intends to do during our festival weekend and beyond is bring national and international attention to our local artists and further the growth of Downtown Las Vegas as a serious art community.”

Theatrical Performances
Festival attendees will see why Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World through performances from renowned Strip productions that will vacate their theaters and permeate the streets of Downtown. Featured acts include six shows by Cirque du Soliel, “Absinthe”, Human Nature, “Jabbawockeez”, “Million Dollar Quartet”, Recycled Percussion and “Rock of Ages”. Each will be programmed on (and sometimes off) the festival stages, presenting snippets of their well-known productions and giving guests an intimate yet varied taste of some of the best live shows in town.

Full details of the art, music and food programming can be seen at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

Sponsors of the inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Heineken USA, Esquire Magazine, Las Vegas Review Journal, Sub-Zero Wolf, Westar Kitchen & Bath, Las Vegas Events, Cirque du Soleil, Zappos.com, Red Bull, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, the D Las Vegas, Toyota, Whole Foods Market, Le Creuset, Airstream 2 Go, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas.*Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

L.I.B. is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

Updated Show Listings Information: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah’s Las Vegas

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UPDATED LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

**New Performance Schedule as of September 2, 2013**

The smash-hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each superstar, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Performance Schedule as of September 2, 2013:

Monday:              5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tuesday:            7 p.m.
Wednesday:      7 p.m.
Thursday:          5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Friday:                7 p.m.
Saturday:           DARK
Sunday:              7 p.m.

 

Updated Performance Schedule, Prices, Box Office Phone Number

Name:
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Address:
Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas
3475 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: Harrah’s Box Office: (702) 777-2782

Groups:
For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.

Tickets:
Ticket prices range from $62.50 – 86.90 + all applicable taxes and fees

Website Address:
www.MDQVegas.com

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Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s Las Vegas

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Updated Performance Schedule as of July 1

 

Name: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Address: Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas
3475 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone: Harrah’s Box Office: (888) 746 -7784 or (702) 369-5111

Groups: For groups of 10 or more, please call (866 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.

Tickets: Ticket prices range from $69 to $94
Website Address: www.mdqvegas.com

 

UPDATED LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

**New Performance Schedule as of July 1, 2013** 

The smash-hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each superstar, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Performance Schedule as of July 1, 2013:
Monday: 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
Thursday: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Friday: 7 p.m.
Saturday: DARK
Sunday: 7 p.m.

“Best In Show” Contestant Gets Second “Chance” At Life Thanks To Generous Las Vegas Veterinary Surgeon

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“BEST IN SHOW” CONTESTANT GETS SECOND “CHANCE” AT LIFE THANKS TO GENEROUS LAS VEGAS VETERINARY SURGEON

 

Dr. David Mason of Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center Performs Surgery to Prepare One Lucky Pup for Adoption This Sunday at  The Animal Foundation’s “Best In Show”

A local veterinary surgeon has generously donated his time and services to save the life of one lucky shelter dog who is set to compete in The Animal Foundation’s 10th Annual “Best In Show.”

Dr. David Mason, a practicing partner at Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, successfully repaired both hind legs of the aptly-named, year-and-a-half old Shih Tzu mix, “Chance,” who now has a second chance at life and the opportunity to find a forever home when he competes in this Sunday’s fundraiser and American Kennel Club-style dog show held at the Orleans Arena beginning at noon.

According to Dr. Mason, Chance had poor function in his hind legs due to a birth defect known as Patellar Luxation, which manifests in difficulty walking and exercising. While most dogs would not be hindered by the condition, Chance was already a “tripod dog” due to a crippled front left leg and desperately needed surgery to restore mobility to his back legs.  Thanks to Dr. Mason’s work, Chance’s rear legs will soon be as good as new and he is back to official “tripod” status with full use of three legs. Despite his past obstacles, Chance now has the opportunity at a mobile and happy life. An adorable Shih Tzu mix with a sweet disposition, Chance will compete in the Special Needs category presented by Holly Madison during Sunday’s event.

“As a special needs dog, we realized that Chance’s best opportunity for adoption into a loving home would be during Best In Show,” said Dr. Mason. “We are happy to contribute to this year’s event  by not only giving this special dog another chance at a normal life, but also by alleviating the financial burden of the necessary surgery and making him a better candidate for adoption.”

Dr. Mason said the surgery took about an hour and that Chance is already up and walking. His future family should expect to make one-week and one-month follow up visits to ensure proper healing and replace sutures, but after that, Chance is expected to make a full recovery. Dr. Mason added that while it is part of his job to help animals, he felt that Chance is a particularly “cool dog” which was an added incentive to offer the pro-bono surgery.

Animal lovers, families, and those who are interested in adopting are invited to attend Best In Show, presented by Zappos.com.

The event, hosted by singer, songwriter and entertainer Clint Holmes, features more than 50 adoptable and adorable shelter dogs and serves as The Animal Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event. Guests will also enjoy performances by the cast of Tony® award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, and appearances by Holly Madison and many local news personalities. A vendor fair will be held in the Orleans Arena from noon to 4 p.m. will showcase unique pet-friendly businesses such as luxury pet food and apparel boutiques, expert animal trainers, local animal advocacy non-profits and more.

Tickets for “Best In Show” are on sale now and cost $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 2-12 years of age. For tickets call (702) 284-7777 or visit www.OrleansArena.com.

 

About The Animal Foundation
The Animal Foundation is a private, non-profit, multi-service agency dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals in the Las Vegas Valley. To promote the humane treatment of animals, The Animal Foundation operates Nevada’s largest open-admission shelter (Lied Animal Shelter), taking in more than 45,000 lost, unwanted and abandoned pets every year. Additionally, the Foundation operates lost and found services, foster home and adoption services, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic and vaccination clinics, and community education. To learn more about The Animal Foundation or view adoptable pets online, visit animalfoundation.com and facebook.com/animalfoundation.

Miracle Mile Shops Serves As Official Headquarters For Nevada’s Big Give, April 25

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MIRACLE MILE SHOPS SERVES AS OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS FOR NEVADA’S BIG GIVE, APRIL 25 

WHAT: On Thursday, April 25, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will serve as the official headquarters for Nevada’s Big Give, 24 hours of online giving supporting nonprofits serving the state of Nevada.

Throughout the day, local celebrities and community leaders, including Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and BMX rider Ricardo Laguna, will visit Nevada’s Big Give Headquarters to make personal contributions to the campaign. Additionally, select restaurants will feature light bites at the headquarter location for guests and volunteers. All day, the center’s exterior, Strip-side LED screens will display the total amount of money raised during Nevada’s Big Give.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 25

WHO:
10 a.m.: BMX rider and TV personality Ricardo Laguna
Noon: Comedian Jeff Civillico
1 p.m.: Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Interim Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky
3 p.m.: Million Dollar Quartet – Benjamin D. Hale
4 p.m.: cast from Chippendales
5 p.m.: Jersey Boys – Graham Fenton and Rob Marnell
6 p.m.: Absinthe – Angel Porrino
7 p.m.: cast from Frank Marino’s Divas
8 p.m.: PEEPSHOW – Josh Strickland and cast
9 p.m.: X Burlesque dancers cast members

WHERE:
Miracle Mile Shops

Nevada’s Big Give Headquarters, between House of Hoops by Foot Locker and Las Vegas Fight Shop
3663 Las Vegas Blvd., S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

ABOUT:  In its inaugural year, Nevada’s Big Give raised more than $413,000 for local nonprofits. This year, the organization hopes to raise $1 million for Nevada charities within one day. The initiative, launched by NevadaGIVES, is a unique, high-visibility promotion of personal giving designed to bring new donors and dollars to nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Miracle Mile Shops’ partnership with Nevada’s Big Give is part of the center’s Caring, Giving, Changing campaign, celebrating a year of change in 2013.

The Animal Foundation and Zappos.com Present 10th Annual “Best In Show” Hosted by Clint Holmes at the Orleans Arena Sunday, April 28

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The Animal Foundation and Zappos.com Present 10th Annual “Best In Show” Hosted by Clint Holmes at the Orleans Arena Sunday, April 28

Las Vegas’ Most Famous Dog Show Celebrates a Decade with “Best In Show Adoption Weekend”

On Sunday, April 28, loveable pups in need of forever homes will compete in The Animal Foundation’s 10th annual “Best In Show” – Las Vegas’ most famous dog show held at the Orleans Arena and presented by Zappos.com. Singer, songwriter and entertainer Clint Holmes will host the event as more than 50 cuddly canine contestants from The Animal Foundation, Nevada’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center, vie for the audience’s hearts and homes in an American Kennel Club-style dog show.

“Best In Show” is The Animal Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event and in 2013 celebrates a decade of helping the more than 45,000 lost, unwanted and abandoned animals who pass through its shelter doors each year. Local news personalities will present a variety of unique and incredible shelter dogs from several categories (small, medium, large, variety pack, puppy parade and special needs). The pups with the most crowd applause will advance and compete for the coveted title of “Best In Show.” Even though there is only one crowned “Best in Show,” audience members are invited to bid to adopt each four-legged contestant giving them all the most coveted prize, a forever home.

For the past ten years, “Best In Show” has raised crucial dollars that allow The Animal Foundation to operate the largest animal shelter in Nevada while providing services such as adoptions, humane education and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

Sunday’s “Best In Show” commences with a pre-show VIP Sponsorship Brunch and silent auction at 11 a.m. At noon, doors to the Orleans Arena open for the vendor fair and for general admission seating to the highly anticipated show at 1 p.m. The 10-year milestone event will feature several exciting acts and personalities:

  • Singer, songwriter and entertainer Clint Holmes will host the event.
  • Siegfried & Roy will be honored for their vast contributions to “Best In Show” throughout the years.
  • Celebrity Judge Holly Madison will present the “Special Needs” category.
  • Las Vegas Valley news personalities will serve as individual category presenters.
  • The cast of Tony® award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet will provide live entertainment.
  • A vendor fair in the Orleans Arena from noon to 4 p.m. will showcase unique pet-friendly businesses such as luxury pet food and apparel boutiques, expert animal trainers, local animal advocacy non-profits and more.

 

The Animal Foundation’s Best In Show Adoption Weekend kicks off on Friday, April 26 for three days of celebrations and special discounts as the organization aims to find forever homes for 200 dogs and cats.

  • The Animal Foundation will offer $50 off all dogs two years and older and all cats one year and older at the Campus Adoption Center (655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas) and PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson) beginning on Friday, April 26. Special pricing will be valid through Sunday at both locations.
  • The Campus Adoption Center will open doors for a fun-filled day including a vendor fair and carnival on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The vendor fair will showcase many of Sunday’s featured businesses and the family-friendly carnival will feature giveaways, raffles, shelter tours, games and more.

 

Tickets for “Best In Show” are on sale now and cost $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 2-12 years of age. Interested attendees are encouraged to visit any off-site sponsored event to grab a pair of free tickets to the show, and may find a full schedule here.  For tickets call (702) 284-7777 or visit www.OrleansArena.com.

Sponsorship tables for the VIP brunch are available for purchase starting at $1,200. For more details or to purchase a table, visit http://www.animalfoundation.com/bestinshow/.

 

About The Animal Foundation
The Animal Foundation is a private, non-profit, multi-service agency dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals in the Las Vegas Valley. To promote the humane treatment of animals, The Animal Foundation operates Nevada’s largest open-admission shelter (Lied Animal Shelter), taking in more than 45,000 lost, unwanted and abandoned pets every year. Additionally, the Foundation operates lost and found services, foster home and adoption services, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic and vaccination clinics, and community education. To learn more about The Animal Foundation or view adoptable pets online, visit animalfoundation.com and facebook.com/animalfoundation.

 

About Zappos.com
Established in 1999, Zappos.com has quickly become a leader in online apparel and footwear sales by striving to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection. In 2008, the company’s gross merchandise sales exceeded $1 billion. Zappos.com currently stocks millions of products from over 1000 clothing and shoe brands. Zappos.com was recognized in 2009 by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as one of the “100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR”, debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer to FORTUNE’s 2009 list. More information about the company’s customer service philosophy, unique company culture, and job openings can be found at http://about.zappos.com More information about the “Zappos Insights” business membership program can be found at http://www.zapposinsights.com

 

More Star Power Added to Opportunity Village’s Celebrity Poker Tournament on April 6

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More Star Power Added to
Opportunity Village’s Celebrity Poker Tournament on April 6
Penn Jillette, Adrian Zmed, Lacey Schwimmer and more scheduled to appear

Any one can enter to win a seat in the 2013 World Series of Poker main event

More star power has been added to the 8th Annual Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, Apr. 6 at 1 p.m. inside Caesars Palace Poker Room. The line-up now includes Penn Jillette; who will be joining his All-Star Celebrity Apprentice castmate Omarosa Manigault; actor Adrian Zmed; ballroom dancer Lacey Schwimmer; Playmate and Strip headliner Claire Sinclair and many more. One grand prize winner will receive a seat in the 2013 World Series of Poker main event in addition to other prizes, generously donated by Caesars Entertainment. The registration fee for this friendly, No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em competition is $300 per person and includes one seat in the tournament as well as entrance to a VIP brunch for the player and a guest at PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace.

“The interest we’ve received for our Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament has been overwhelming and we are so grateful for the support of our community,” stated Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village. “With a few seats left, we are still encouraging people to sign up and go all in for Opportunity Village!”

Celebrities scheduled to appear at this year’s tournament include Opportunity Village board member and supporter as well as The Apprentice and current All-Star Celebrity Apprentice contestant Penn Jillette; entertainment reporter Robin Leach; actresses Tia Mowry-Hardick and Tamera Mowry-Housley; actor Adrian Zmed; actress Phoebe Price; The Apprentice and current All-Star Celebrity Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault; ballroom dancer Lacey Schwimmer; model and Playmate Claire Sinclair; celebrity hairstylist Michael Boychuck; hypnotist Marc Savard; illusionist Jan Rouven; NASCAR driver Taylor Barton; Elvis impersonator Jesse Garon; pro BMX dirt jumper Ricardo Laguna; Mrs. Nevada Deborah Ashton-Cooke; Miss Nevada Randi Sundquist; singer Lyssa Lynne; “Mystic Mona” Joseph; The Duke of Fremont Street; Champagne Showgirls; members of Chippendales Male Revue including James and Jaymes, also from Amazing Race season 21; the casts of Thunder from Down Under, Evil Dead: The Musical, Legwarmers: An 80’s Musical, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Fantasy, The Australian Bee Gees and Million Dollar Quartet and professional poker players including Emily Jillette, Frank Kassela, Allen Cunningham, Melissa Hayden, Jon Friedberg, Chip Jett, Karina Jett, Jason Newitt, Perry Friedman, Andy Bloch, Ben Lamb and Marco Traniello.

The 8th Annual Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament will also feature raffle prizes, with all proceeds of the event benefitting individuals served by Opportunity Village. Check in begins at 10 a.m. and VIP brunch begins at 11 a.m. inside PURE Nightclub. Tickets for brunch-only attendance can be purchased for $50. For more information, or to purchase tickets and register, visit www.ovpoker.com.

ABOUT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE MISSION
Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their disabled children the best lives possible. 59 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected Community Rehabilitation Programs in the United States.

Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive and interesting.

Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $7.6 million in 2012. They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $33.7 million annually.

Casting Announced for Las Vegas Production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah’s Las Vegas

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE
LAS VEGAS PRODUCTION OF

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Performances Begin February 4 at Harrah’s Las Vegas; Tickets Are On-Sale Now

After a nationwide search, full casting has been announced for the Las Vegas production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, which begins performances at Harrah’s Las Vegas on February 4.  The cast will be led by Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis, Benjamin D. Hale as Johnny Cash, Tyler Hunter as Elvis Presley and Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins. The cast also features Marc Donovan as Sam Phillips, Felice Garicia as Dyanne, and musicians Jim Belk and Mikey Hachey.

Other cast members include Jacob Tolliver, Luke Darnell, Larry “Cole” Cole, Tony Sandrew, Stephanie Mason, Mark Farrett and Josh Jones.

“The performers in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET need to be talent powerhouses who are both incredible musicians and actors,” says producer Gigi Pritzker. “We are very pleased with the talented cast for the Las Vegas production at Harrah’s. While some of the cast have been with the Broadway and National Touring productions of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, many were also found right here in Las Vegas.”

Inspired by an electrifying true story, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET begins performances on February 4.  Ticket prices range from $69 to $94 and are available at the Harrah’s Showroom box office, by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (702) 369-5111. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.       

The Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet takes place on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each superstar, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with the extraordinary story of secrets, betrayal, and the once in a lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,”  “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis) comes directly from the first world tour of Million Dollar Quartet, having crossed the pond from England two years ago to ply his trade. Having just finished his second album, and now working on a third, Martin has performed around the world, entertaining thousands dancing on pianos in his mismatched socks.

Benjamin D. Hale (Johnny Cash) is thrilled to join the Las Vegas production of Million Dollar Quartet as Johnny Cash after a six year run in Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular (Raoul u/s, Swing). He recently performed on the American Country Awards singing backup for Kristen Chenoweth. He has shared his talents throughout Utah and the Las Vegas valley singing for various benefits, showcases and events. He loves to write, record, and perform original music and has a deep respect for recording artists of the early 1950’s.

Tyler Hunter (Elvis Presley)Tyler Hunter was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actor and recording artist. For the past two years, Tyler has portrayed Elvis with Legends in Concert in its Atlantic City and Hawaii shows. He now brings his talents to the Las Vegas stage in the hit Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet.

Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins) Since originating the role of Carl Perkins in 2006, Robert has starred in every production of Million Dollar Quartet including Chicago, Broadway, London, Off-Broadway, the National Tour, and now Las Vegas. He also writes and produces original music that he performs with his numerous bands.

Marc D. Donovan (Sam Phillips)is honored to be a part of Million Dollar Quartet in its new home. Regional Theatre: Carousel (West Virginia Public Theater), Annie Get Your Gun (Cider Mill Playhouse), Crazy for You (Oqunquit Playhouse), Fat Pig (12 Miles West), Betty’s Summer Vacation (The Theater Project).  Film: Morris County, Donors Needed, Under the N.  TV: Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, Zero Hour, All My Children. www.marcdonovan.com.

Felice Garcia (Dyanne) is no stranger to the Las Vegas Strip.  She has been a headliner at Les Folies Bergere, American Superstars, Fantasy and iCandy Burlesque.  Most recently she has produced, directed, and starred in her own show, twice.  Felice’s Country Diva paid tribute to today’s hottest country stars and her second show called The Cover Girls celebrated the American songbook.  Felice is a Runnin’ Rebel with a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jim Belk (Fluke/Drummer) has been a professional musician for more than 30 years.   Las Vegas Productions include: Chicago, Always, Patsy Cline, Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q, The Producers, and We Will Rock You. Headliner credits include: Don Rickles, Charo, Wayne Newton, Larry Coryell and Michael Grimm. In addition to playing drums, Jim is an accomplished arranger/copyist with a master’s in jazz composition and theory.  A major client utilizing these skills is David Foster.

Mikey Hachey (Jay Perkins/ Bass) is an upright and electric bass player who was born and raised in Anaheim, California. In college, Mikey developed his skills and formal training at California State University, Fullerton. His most notable accomplishments include performing behind such Broadway stars as Carter Calvert (Cats) and Ivan Rutherford (Les Misérables ) in Neil Berg’s Holiday Broadway. Mikey also became an artist on Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS production, where he carried out more than 500 live onstage shows. Currently residing in Las Vegas, Mikey continues to build his name as a top call musician. Please visit www.slmikey.com for more information.

Marc Donovan (Sam Phillips)
Marc Donovan (Sam Phillips)
Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins)
Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins)
Ben Hale (Johnny Cash)
Ben Hale (Johnny Cash)
Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis)

 

Tyler Hunter (Elvis Presley)
Tyler Hunter (Elvis Presley)

 

Felice Garcia (Dyanne)
Felice Garcia (Dyanne)

For more information on Million Dollar Quartet, go to www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.

 

Harrah’s Las Vegas Harrah’s Las Vegas is budget-friendly and offers something for every guest with more than 2,500 hotel rooms and suites, 87,000 square-feet of casino space, a state-of-the-art Sports Pit offering both live gaming and sports betting, and more than 25,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space. Harrah’s outdoor bar, Carnaval Court, brings high energy to the Las Vegas Strip with live music and some of the world’s top flair bartenders who juggle and pour to perfection. A wide variety of entertainment options range from the comedy-magic of Mac King, to stand-up performances at The Improv. For more information, please visit www.harrahslasvegas.com or caesars.thedigitalcenter.com to access media materials and request high-resolution images. Find Harrah’s Las Vegas on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

 

 

 

Individual Tickets for The Smith Center’s Inaugural Season on Sale Friday, 11/18

 

 

Individual Tickets On Sale November 18 for Inaugural
Season at The Smith Center for The Performing Arts

 

WHAT:   Individual tickets for all 26 must-see shows in the highly anticipated inaugural season of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will go on-sale November 18.

 

Shows available for individual ticket purchase include Broadway favorites, such as THE COLOR PURPLE, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and MEMPHIS. Individual tickets will also be available for a wide variety of programming, including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Canadian Tenors, tap dance extraordinaire Savion Glover, Playhouse Disney’s Imagination Movers, blues-legend Buddy Guy, humorist David Sedaris, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and many more. The diverse array of programming creates a series rich in choices for anyone in the Las Vegas community to enjoy.

 

For a full list of available titles, visit TheSmithCenter.com. Individual tickets prices start at $24 per ticket.

 

WHO:                 The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

 

WHEN:               Friday, November 18 at 8 a.m.

 

WHERE:  Tickets will be available for purchase online at TheSmithCenter.com, by phone at (702) 982-7805 or at the ticket office at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts (241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 155 in the Holsom Lofts).