Forum Shops Announces Second Annual Great Give

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Luxury Magazine and Retailers Join Forces for Second Annual GREAT GIVE in Support of Numerous Non-Profits Dec. 1-15
Local Charities, Shops and Restaurants including Links of London, Mulberry, Sandro, Anne Fontaine, Hugo Boss, Donald J Pliner, Charlotte Olympia and more with a Variety of Non-Profits including American Red Cross, Candlelighters, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Make-A-Wish and others
  In the spirit of the season, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace presents its second annual GREAT GIVE from Dec. 1-15. Partnering a number of its world-renowned retailers with a variety of local and national non-profits the two-week shopping event benefits a wide variety of charities and causes. Each participating retailer has a designated charity and will either donate a portion of sales from specific items, donate a flat percentage of sales or raise funds directly to benefit their partner charity.
“It was wonderful to see so many our retailers supporting charitable organizations and giving back last year,” said Maureen Crampton, Director of Business Development and Marketing at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. “This year, by partnering with our friends at Luxury Magazine and presenting a united program under the umbrella of the GREAT GIVE, we are able to collectively promote it and encourage guests to shop at their favorite shops and support many worthy causes during this time.”
*Participating retailers and their non-profit partners enjoyed a kick-off reception at The Palm Las Vegas inside The Forum Shops on Thursday, November 16th to mark the occasion. 
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has designated that all coins from the iconic fountains will be donated to the Las Vegas chapter of the American Red Cross. Other retailers and restaurants participating in the GREAT GIVE and their designated non-profit include:
Kiehl’s Since 1851                                          Feeding America
Brighton Collectibles                                      Candlelighters
Pandora                                                          Candlelighters
DKNY                                                              City Harvest
Tommy Bahama                                              Best Buddies
Sandro                                                             Dress For Success
The Palm Restaurant                                       Hope Food Truck
Montblanc                                                        Make-A-Wish
Links of London                                               Susan G. Komen
Jaeger-LeCoultre                                             Grant a Gift Autism Foundation
David Yurman                                                   Nevada Ballet Theatre
Ted Baker London                                            Opportunity Village
Charlotte Olympia                                            The Animal Foundation
Mulberry                                                           Keep Memory Alive (KMA)
Anne Fontaine                                                  Anne Fontaine Foundation
Skye Art Gallery                                               The Animal Foundation
Magical Memories ft. Disney Fine Art               Make-A-Wish
Hearts On Fire                                                  Ronald McDonald House
BOSS                                                                Ronald McDonald House
Donald J Pliner                                                  American Cancer Society
Of course, with the holidays fast approaching, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is ready to celebrate the season and help you deliver the perfect gift. The Forum Shops feature 160 specialty shops and restaurants including more than 50 that can exclusively be found in Las Vegas only at The Forum Shops. On Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25, costumed Centurions will be roaming the center with special surprises for guests. 
Throughout the season, be sure to stop by the Atlantis Aquarium for a festive sight – the Holiday Elf Aquarists. Adorned with elf-style wet suits during this holiday season, the Elf Aquarists will feed the tropical fish beginning Dec. 15 throughout Christmas Day. Also, enjoy the whimsy and wonder of the captivating holiday store window displays and marvel among the classic Roman columns, arches and awe-inspiring statues that come to life. Always a perfect present, a gift card from The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Gift cards can be purchased at the Guest Services Center.
HOLIDAY HOURS
November 23rd: 10am – 11pm (Thanksgiving Day)
November 24th: 10am – midnight (Black Friday)
December 24th: 10am – 11pm (Christmas Eve)
December 25th: 10am – 11pm (Christmas Day)
December 31st:  10am – 6pm (New Year’s Eve) Note: Many restaurants stay open later
January 1st, 2017: 10am – 11pm (New Year’s Day)
About The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace:
Marking its milestone 25th anniversary this year, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace first opened in May 1992 to immediate success. Enjoying two subsequent expansions, The Forum Shops now offers 675,000 square feet of impressive retail, dining and entertainment options.  Featuring 160 specialty shops and restaurants, The Forum Shops is home to some of the most celebrated retailers including many that can be found nowhere else in Las Vegas. In addition to the distinctive mix of retailers and restaurants, The Forum Shops boasts an iconic spiral escalator and the must-see, free animatronic attraction – The Atlantis Show and Aquarium. Consistently named among the top-performing shopping centers worldwide, The Forum Shops is recognized for its unique combination of top retail, dining, entertainment, excellent location and exciting thematic ambiance. Additional information may be accessed at www.forumshops.com
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Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town Square Las Vegas, Nov. 11

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN SQUARE LAS VEGAS, NOV. 11
Clint Holmes, “BAZ – Star Crossed Love” and Nevada Ballet Theatre to perform before the holiday parade

 

Santa Claus will not be the only star at Town Square Las Vegas’ annual holiday parade on Friday, Nov. 11. Clint Holmes, “BAZ – Star Crossed Love” and performers from Nevada Ballet Theatre will take center stage next to Santa’s House in Town Square Park before the start of the parade. Performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. with “BAZ – Star Crossed Love” followed by Nevada Ballet Theatre at 6 p.m. and Clint Holmes at 6:30 p.m. Santa’s arrival parade will start at 7 p.m. at The Green near Yard House and end at Santa’s house.

 

Clint Holmes is the star of “Clint Holmes: Between The Lines” at The Palazzo® Las Vegas. The show is the latest addition to The Palazzo Theatre and is a sonic tour de force that illustrates ties between the artist, song and inspiration for Holmes and his band. “BAZ – Star Crossed Love” at The Palazzo® is a new generation cabaret and high-energy movie-music mash-up that blends the world’s most iconic love stories as imagined by famed film visionary Baz Luhrmann.

 

Following the parade, Santa will light the 45-foot Christmas tree in Town Square Park and snow will begin to fall. Children can take photos with Santa Claus inside his Norman Rockwell-inspired house immediately following the tree lighting.

 

Photo reservations are required to see Santa after Friday, Nov. 11 and can be made online at www.TownSquareSanta.com. Photo appointments will begin on Saturday, Nov. 12 and will run through Friday, Dec. 23. A $20 deposit is required at the time of booking and will be applied toward photo purchase. Photos on Saturday, Dec. 24 will be walk-ins only and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 

This year, Town Square Las Vegas has partnered with Criss Angel’s foundation for pediatric cancer. Guests are able to donate to the nonprofit when booking their Santa Claus photos online. Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation raises awareness for pediatric cancer and provides funds for research, treatment and ultimately a cure.

 

Town Square Las Vegas will continue its holiday tradition of fun events for the whole family. Highlights include:

 

Snow in the Square

Friday Nov. 11– Friday, Dec. 23

Town Square will spread holiday cheer in the form of snowflakes at Town Square Park. Snow in the Square shows are scheduled Monday – Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday – Sunday at 7 and 8 p.m. Each show lasts 10 minutes and is choreographed to traditional holiday tunes.

 

Photos with Santa Claus

Saturday, Nov. 12 – Friday, Dec. 24

Children of all ages are invited inside Santa’s Norman Rockwell inspired house in Town Square Park for photos to help make this holiday season a memory that will last forever. Santa breaks for milk and cookies Monday – Saturday from 1 – 1:30 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m. as well as Sunday from 2 – 3 p.m. Reservations are required to see Santa from Nov. 12 – Dec. 23. Reservations can be made at www.TownSquareSanta.com. Photos on Dec. 24 will be walk-ins only and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 

Claus & Paws Pet Photos

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – Wednesday, Dec. 21

Town Square visitors are invited to bring their four-legged friends to Santa’s house for a photo with Santa and treats every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The center requests that guests limit their pet photos to dogs and cats only. Reservations are required by visiting www.TownSquareSanta.com.

 

Holiday Nights & Lights Community Concerts

Thursday, Nov. 17 – Thursday, Dec. 22

Every Thursday night before Snow in the Square visit Town Square Park for entertaining community concerts. Local elementary through high school students will spread holiday cheer and will take center stage to perform harmonies ranging from school choirs to holiday musicals.

 

Noon Year’s Eve

Saturday, Dec. 31

Families are invited to celebrate the New Year at Town Square during Noon Year’s Eve on Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Festivities will take place in Town Square Park and will include an inflatable slide and rock wall, bounce houses, face painting and balloon artists. A DJ from 98.5 KLUC will provide a fun-filled count down and dance party music before toasting the Noon Year with flavorful juice boxes.

 

 

 

About Town Square Las Vegas:

Town Square Las Vegas is a 1.2 million square-foot shopping, dining and entertainment center located just south of the iconic Las Vegas Strip featuring more than 120 stores, 24 restaurants, Whole Foods Market, office space and multiple entertainment venues. Guests can visit a variety of stores including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Apple, H&M, Banana Republic, The Container Store, Sephora and M·A·C Cosmetics. Town Square’s dining venues include Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Yard House, Texas de Brazil, Brio Tuscan Grille, Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Miller’s Ale House, Bonefish Grill, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar and more. Town Square offers a variety of entertainment options for the whole family to enjoy including GameWorks, which boasts a 37,000-square-foot arcade game floor, an eight-lane bowling alley and an eSports Arena. Patrons can catch a movie at AMC Town Square 18 or bring the family to the Children’s Park located right in the center of Town Square.

 

Town Square Las Vegas is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call 702.269.5000 or visit www.mytownsquarelasvegas.com for a full list of tenants. Keep up with the latest Town Square Las Vegas news via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

Town Square Las Vegas is managed by Forest City Commercial Management, an affiliate of Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. a NYSE-listed national real estate company.

The Smith Center Hosts Celebration of Any Given Child’s Fifth Anniversary, Oct. 4

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The Smith Center Hosts Celebration of Any Given Child’s Fifth Anniversary

Elaine Wynn, Mayor Carolyn Goodman among attendees recognizing program for arts in education


To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Southern Nevada, The Smith Center hosted an event yesterday, Oct. 4 that recognized all parties involved with successfully launching the national program at a local level. Provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Any Given Child assists communities in creating strategic plans to ensure access and equity to quality arts education for local students.

 

Event attendees included Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Elaine Wynn, Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, and Mario Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education at the Kennedy Center. Representatives were also present from the many organizations on the Community Arts Team that helped launch the Southern Nevada program.

 

“The Kennedy Center created something really special that we get to be a part of,” said Smith Center CEO and President, Myron Martin. “Las Vegas was an early city to take this on, so we’re proud of that.”

 

In Dec. 2010, Las Vegas became the fourth city nationwide to participate in Any Given Child. To roll out this initiative, the Community Arts Team comprised of local arts and education-related organizations collected a year of data and formed a corresponding strategy.

 

The program has since expanded to 23 cities, Rossero said, but Las Vegas remains the largest Any Given Child program in the U.S. Rossero lauded the efforts of Candy Schneider, President of Education and Outreach at The Smith Center, as well as the Community Arts Team in making the program successful.

 

“This is a big deal,” said Rossero. “This fifth anniversary really means a lot and you’ve accomplished a lot.”

 

In the 2011-12 fiscal year, the Southern Nevada program kicked off with 26 pilot CCSD schools and approximately 18,000 students being served with arts resources, as well as 85 teachers participating in arts-integrated professional development workshops. By the 2015-16 fiscal year, this had expanded to approximately 143,000 students from 356 CCSD, charter and private schools being served with arts resources, and 884 teachers participating in professional development workshops.

 

The arts resources schools have enjoyed include: field trips to venues throughout the community, artist residencies and in-school performances, and professional development for teachers to integrate the arts into math, science, language arts and social studies. Community organizations have provided all of these resources free of charge.

 

Speaking in her role as president of the Nevada State Board of Education, Wynn praised the success of the program and how it plants seeds of inspiration among local children.

 

“Maybe (Southern Nevada Any Given Child) will serve as a blueprint for other places as it continues to unfold,” said Wynn.

 

Recalling how much he was impacted by seeing theatrical productions as a child, Skorkowsky said the program has helped develop CCSD into a leader in fine arts education.

 

“We have to build that passion in our children and expose them to those opportunities,” said Skorkowsky.

 

Mayor Goodman lauded how organizations across the community have come together to bring the arts to local students of many age groups.

 

“I can assure you the city is fully supportive of and behind the arts,” she said. “Especially this program.”

 

Organizations on the Community Arts Team behind the program include: After-School All Stars, CCSD, the city of Henderson, the Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, Clark County Parks and Recreation, Discovery Children’s Museum, Las Vegas Arts Commission, Las Vegas Youth Orchestras, Metro Arts Council of Southern Nevada, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Nevada School of the Arts, The Public Education Foundation, The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, West Las Vegas Arts Center, The Smith Center, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Kennedy Center, the Nevada Arts Council and principal leadership from CVT Gilbert and Frank Lamping elementary schools.

 

Thelma Davis, principal of Robert Lunt Elementary School in Las Vegas, said Any Given Child has provided students at her school with access to the arts they wouldn’t otherwise have. Teachers have also informed her that they have completely changed their teaching styles as a result of professional development to integrate the arts across curriculum areas.

 

“Without the Southern Nevada Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative, this opportunity (for arts integration) would be just out of reach,” said Davis.

 

For more information about Any Given Child, visit http://www.thesmithcenter.com/education/ensuring-the-arts-for-any-given-child/.

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ABOUT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally-acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 240-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

Jeff White Custom Jewelry, in Partnership with Nevada Ballet Theatre, to Commission Special Pendant in Honor of the Company’s 45th Season

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Jeff White Custom Jewelry, in Partnership with Nevada Ballet Theatre, to Commission Special Pendant in Honor of the Company’s 45th Season
 NBT to receive all proceeds from this exclusive piece 

Nevada Ballet Theatre Begins Set Construction for Las Vegas’ Favorite Holiday Tradition – The Nutcracker

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Nevada Ballet Theatre Begins Set Construction for Las Vegas’ Favorite Holiday Tradition – The Nutcracker
NBT has officially taken over Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in preparation for the December 12 opening

Nevada Ballet Theatre, is gearing up for its annual presentation of one of Las Vegas’ favorite and most treasured holiday traditions, The Nutcracker. Starting today the larger-than-life set pieces, including the one-of-a-kind and original 40 foot dollhouse is being resurrected inside Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts (video included below). The eight-show run features a full orchestra performed by Members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and will kick off this weekend on Saturday, December 12.

Nevada Ballet Theatre has been performing this classic production for over 30 years but in 2012 debuted an all-new version choreographed by the company’s Artistic Director, James Canfield. Some additional facts about this incredible production include:

  • This version of The Nutcracker is the first production of its kind built specifically for the Reynolds Hall stage.
    NBT’s The Nutcracker is a monumental production featuring a life sized Victorian dollhouse, 30 ft. tall Christmas tree, doors and grandfather clocks that are all over 15 ft. tall.

 

  • Audiences will enjoy artistic and technical elements such as waltzing flowers, a flying rocking horse, and moonlit snow to create the magical landscape of the production, hailed as “the most visually beautiful production ever staged in Reynolds Hall.”

 

  • The company’s Nutcracker features students from NBT’s affiliated Academy and Education and Outreach program, Future Dance, which complement this cast and crew of approximately 100.Tickets start at $29 plus fees and can be ordered by calling The Smith Center Box Office at 702.749.2000 or by visiting www.nevadaballet.org. Both evening and matinee performances are available.

 

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ABOUT NEVADA BALLET THEATRE
Under the artistic direction of James Canfield, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets. The mission of Nevada Ballet Theatre is to educate and inspire statewide, regional and national audiences and vitally impact community life through professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach. Nevada Ballet Theatre is the Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – Nov. and Dec. Performance Listings

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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

November – December Performance Listings
Address:
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV  89106

Phone:
The Smith Center box office – 702-749-2000

 

Website Address:
www.TheSmithCenter.com

 

Attractions / Tours

The Smith Center
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Free to the public
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers free, guided walking tours of the world-class campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. highlighting its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to 20 patrons per tour. To register for a tour, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

 

 

REYNOLDS HALL

 

Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre – Simply Ella
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
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The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater wraps up its 2015 season with a very special performance celebrating the music and life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and the incomparable Duke Ellington. The program will include Alvin Ailey’s iconic ballet Night Creature and will feature Las Vegas’ powerhouse vocalists and headliners Clint Holmes and the sensational Reva Rice from Vegas! The Show and the world premiere of Ballet #37 choreographed by founder and artistic director Bernard H. Gaddis.

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre – A Balanchine Celebration: From Tchaikovsky to Rodgers & Hart to Gershwin
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
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From Balanchine, the ballet master who redefined classical ballet, comes three of his most iconic works: Serenade, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Who Cares? The celebration begins with his first American ballet, Serenade, featuring a timeless score from Tchaikovsky. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, the tale of Broadway dreams, Russian dancers and the Mob from the Rodgers & Hart comedy On Your Toes, salutes Balanchine’s triumphs on both stage and silver screen. This celebration’s finale will uplift and inspire in an energetic tribute to the bubbly Americana songbook of George Gershwin, in Who Cares?

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God Lives in Glass – A Theatrical Musical Benefit Concert
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $19
Reynolds Hall
Some of Las Vegas’ finest entertainers join hearts and voices in Reynolds Hall for one performance only to benefit The Smith Center’s Education and Outreach Programs.  God Lives in Glass is a popular musical theatre concert that features a funny, powerful, emotionally uplifting, and original score by Keith Thompson with musical styles ranging from pop to gospel, classical to blues, and reggae to R&B. Inspired by the drawings and stories of children from all over the world in Dr. Robert Landy’s book “God Lives in Glass,” this show is great for the whole family.

 

Keith Thompson will conduct a live orchestra while Philip Fortenberry’s virtuoso piano stylings take us through a wide variety of musical genres to create a truly remarkable musical experience. Cast members from some of Las Vegas’ best Broadway and production shows will join members of the Las Vegas community to create this superb musical and theatrical concert complete with a special appearance by the kids from Broadway in the Hood and the CLC Celebration Choir.

 

Dr. Robert Landy’s insightful book that inspired this musical examines the notion of God through the eyes and words of children from all over the world; from many different cultures, races, religions and nationalities. The result is humorous, provocative, and profound.

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic – Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Music that encapsulates time and place features in this evocative program celebrating Jean Sibelius’s 100th birthday. The Finnish composer’s first symphony illustrates his heartfelt tonal palette allowing the listener to experience the glories of his natural world. Samuel Barber’s violin concerto performed with Alexi Kenney–a young artist of uncommon depth, poise and instinct–conjures echoes of the turbulent 1930s. The world premiere of “Desert Flight,” a sprightly ode to Southern Nevada’s own landscape composed by principal trombonist Nathan Tanouye, launches the celebration.

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Elf the Musical
Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.;
Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
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Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discovers his true identity, and helps New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

 

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award-nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic – The Snowman
Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Las Vegas Philharmonic’s traditional holiday gathering launches the city’s festive season with a family-friendly, fun-filled concert that brings the community together on stage and off.  This year’s concerts feature a special screening of the film The Snowman based on the beloved children’s book accompanied by the orchestra performing the beautiful score. In addition, festive favorites including excerpts from The Nutcracker and the traditional sing-along make this a most merry musical celebration you won’t want to miss!

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker
Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19; Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.;
Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Las Vegas’ favorite holiday tradition returns in 2015! Featuring a full orchestra and larger than life landscapes, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker has been hailed as “the most visually beautiful production ever staged in Reynolds Hall” by the Las Vegas Sun. Enter into a wonderland of moonlit snow and waltzing flowers as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dance along the border between imagination and reality. Be a part of this cherished holiday tradition that the Las Vegas Review-Journal calls, “a cannonade of stimuli… visually arresting at nearly every juncture.”

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New Year’s Eve at The Smith Center Hosted by Erich Bergen with Norm Lewis, Capathia Jenkins, Clint Holmes and Patina Miller
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Smith Center with a musical extravaganza featuring Broadway hits and favorite classic songs. One amazing evening, five spectacular performers, and endless musical fireworks.

Currently starring in the hit CBS drama Madam Secretary, Erich Bergen starred in the award-winning stage production of Jersey Boys as well as the film adaptation.

History making Broadway actor and singer, Norm Lewis was The Phantom of the Opera’s first African-American Phantom on Broadway. He’s been nominated for every major stage award and stars on the hit television show Scandal.

An acclaimed singer, soloist and actress on stage and screen, this is one Broadway diva with an unforgettable voice. Capathia Jenkins has starred in Newsies, Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me, The Look of Love, The Civil War and has performed with the world’s leading orchestras.

More than a singer, Clint Holmes is the consummate entertainer. Every performance, whether in a New York City cabaret or a Vegas showroom, is unforgettable.

Tony Award-winning singer and actress Patina Miller has appeared in movies including The Hunger Games series, hit television shows such as CBS’ Madam Secretary and starred in award-winning Broadway shows including Pippin and Sister Act.

 

 

CABARET JAZZ

 

 

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at 10:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $20
Cabaret Jazz
Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson hosts this monthly musical showcase that features original music from some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters, and performed by some of the best performers and musicians from Las Vegas’ entertainment and theatrical communities. The informal showcase is always diverse, eclectic and extremely entertaining and features a very high caliber of musicianship and artistry.

 

Clint Holmes and Earl Turner – The Two of Us
Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
Two of Las Vegas’ ultimate showmen Clint Holmes and Earl Turner join forces for an unforgettable evening of duets. Featuring a special tribute to the music of Bill Withers, with classic songs like “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just the Two of Us” and more!

 

Soul Men and Lady Soul Starring Spectrum and Radiance
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
Award-winning vocal quartet Spectrum and their stunning sister-group, Radiance, perform together in an unbelievable tribute to Motown and R&B music. Returning to The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz, these eight stellar vocalists sing and dance their way through one of the most influential American songbooks of all time.

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The Skivvies
Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, award-winning New York City actor/musicians doing stripped down versions of eclectic covers and comedic, genre-hopping mashups. Not only are the arrangements stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Featured in People magazine’s Hottest Bodies issue as the Most Playful performers, The Wall Street Journal calls them “highly original…smart…ingenious.” Get ready for a night of big voices and crazy harmonies. But no pants.

 

Sinatra Behind the Scenes Featuring The Skivvies and Vincent Falcone
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices are $25
Cabaret Jazz
Based on conductor Vincent Falcone’s book, “Frankly, Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra’s Music,” this event is a must-see for centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra. The brilliant pianist will share often surprising and sometimes amusing stories about his 10 years of travel around the world with Ol’ Blue Eyes. Featuring hundreds of photos and film clips, LaSpina narrates and sings 25 signature Sinatra songs including show-stoppers “Soliloquy” and “Old Man River.”

 

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, on any given record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling.

 

Sanchez’s more than 20-years career has yielded two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award, and several Grammy nominations. The Los Angeles Times said of Sanchez, “As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa.”

 

Clint Holmes
Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
The acclaimed singer named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis, Jr. Foundation award performs a spellbinding evening of holiday music that’s both live and alive.

 

Travis Cloer – Christmas My Place
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $50
Cabaret Jazz
“Spine tingling and goose bump inducing” is how Robin Leach describes Cloer’s annual holiday show. Back by popular demand for two shows, the Jersey Boys star brings his new record, “Christmas at My Place,” to life at Cabaret Jazz. With his swingin’ seven-piece band directed by Keith Thompson, Cloer’s glowing, heartfelt, and versatile voice will leave you with the warm feeling of the season in your heart.

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An Evening with Laura Osnes
Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Laura Osnes returns to The Smith Center this winter where she will make her Cabaret Jazz debut. Best known for her Tony-nominated performances in Cinderella and Bonnie & Clyde, she has also appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes, South Pacific, and Grease. Including tunes from her solo albums If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston and Dream a Little DreamLive at the Cafe Carlyle, Laura Osnes delights audiences with her charm and vocal versatility, sharing her favorite songs and stories from past shows, concerts, and cabarets.

 

Kristen Hertzenberg and Philip Fortenberry – Holidays from the Heart
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Cabaret Jazz
Infinitely versatile songstress Kristen Hertzenberg and critically acclaimed pianist Philip Fortenberry return to Cabaret Jazz with an encore performance of their sold-out show from last season, Holidays from the Heart.

 

For more than five years, Hertzenberg captivated audiences as Christine in Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular. She went on to play Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet on the Las Vegas Strip and established herself as a solo artist, as well. Desert Companion magazine named her Best Torch Singer and other publications have described her voice as “a dynamic instrument,” “lilting and limitless” with “incredible color and depth.”

 

Fortenberry is an accomplished concert pianist who has performed his sold-out, one-man show, The Man at the Piano, four times at Cabaret Jazz and released nine solo albums. He provided “the hands of Liberace” in HBO Films’ biopic Behind the Candelabra. With more than a dozen Broadway productions and original cast recordings to his credit, he has also performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and The White House.

 

 

 

TROESH STUDIO THEATER

 

‘Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical
Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Troesh Studio Theater
From the producers of Girls Night: The Musical comes this new Christmas sequel featuring the five ladies we have all come to know and love gathering for a night on the town to laugh, cry, gossip, and just let their hair down during the craziest of times – the holidays! This musical is guaranteed to resonate with anyone who has survived the holiday season. ‘Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas will feature the touching and hilarious writing by Louise Roche that has entertained audiences worldwide as well as classic Christmas songs and contemporary hits that will have everyone singing and dancing along.

 

Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays…the Therapy Continues
Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Troesh Studio Theater
From the star and creator of one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy, ” this show is about a time of peace–a time of Joy—a time of remembering why you left home in the first place. Steve’s back with more wild and hilarious stories and characterizations about his family, friends, and the other folks we meet whose sole purpose was to drive him into therapy in the first place. Attend holiday dinner at Grandma’s where, if you’re under 55, you’re allowed to sit at the children’s table.

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 244-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre Names Olivia Newton-John as its 2016 Woman of the Year for the 32nd Annual Black & White Ball

black and white ball 2016

 

 

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE NAMES WORLD-RENOWNED SINGER, ACTRESS & PHILANTHROPIST  OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 
AS ITS 2016 WOMAN OF THE YEAR FOR THE 32nd ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE BALL
 

Sponsored by: cartier 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 AT WYNN LAS VEGAS

               

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) announced today that it will honor the multi-talented actress, singer, philanthropist and Las Vegas headliner Olivia Newton-John as Woman of the Year for the 32nd Annual Black & White Ball.  With more than 100 million albums sold, her successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, ten #1 hits (including “Physical,” which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks) and more than 15 top 10 singles. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted her into super-stardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time.  Newton-John’s many contributions to the performing arts and entertainment industry as well as her tireless charitable efforts will be celebrated on Saturday, January 23 at Wynn Las Vegas.

 

The Black & White Ball, which is chaired by Gillian Wynn, is the 44 year-old ballet company’s largest annual fundraiser. As one of the most anticipated charitable affairs and highly attended black-tie society events in Las Vegas, it hosts an array of local celebrities, dignitaries, VIP’s and arts supporters.

 

“I’m so honored that NBT has chosen me as their Woman of the Year,” says Newton-John. “Las Vegas has become a second home to me and this honor really makes me feel like a part of this community that I really have grown to love.”

 

Newton-John discovered her passion for performing at a very young age and by the time she was just fifteen she was already appearing on national television programs in Australia. The successful singer brought her talents to the U.S. with her first state-side album, “Let Me Be There,” in 1973. The success of that album, which included an Academy Of Country Music Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist and a Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist, proved to be only the beginning of a very exciting career. In addition to “Grease,” her other feature film credits include “Funny Things Happen Down Under,” “Toomorrow,” “Xanadu,” “Two Of A Kind,” “It’s My Party,” “Sordid Lives,” “Score: A Hockey Musical,” and “A Few Best Men.” Most recently, Olivia has returned to the Billboard charts for the first time in over 20 years with a duet with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi. The song, “You Have to Believe,” is a new dance version of “Magic,” her #1 hit from the film “Xanadu” and, the music video peaked at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Dance Charts and, #2 on the iTunes “all music videos” chart.

 

“Olivia Newton-John is an extraordinary example of a multi-talented, vibrant and timeless performer,” said NBT Co-Founder and Co-Chair Nancy Houssels. “Her career has spanned over five decades and has included award-winning music that is known across the globe and some of the most memorable roles in movie history.” Houssels continued by saying, “Not only has she made amazing contributions to the pop culture landscape, she is a generous and diligent humanitarian, taking on causes from the fight against breast cancer, supporting children’s health organizations, to the United Nations Environmental Program.”

 

In April 2014, she began yet another chapter in her career with the debut of her residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas titled “Summer Nights.” The popular show is a musical journey through her career in movies and music featuring some of her best known songs. With the launch and success of her show, the beloved singer and actress is now not only an international star but also a Las Vegas icon.  Newton-John is thrilled that a portion of every ticket sold to her Flamingo Las Vegas concerts will benefit the wellness programs at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia (OliviaAppeal.com).

 

In 1985, NBT began honoring female trailblazers – philanthropic pioneer women including former casino owners and hoteliers, politicians, businesswomen, and entertainers who shaped the face of Las Vegas. In 2001, the company honored actress, singer and dancer Debbie Reynolds and since that time, an array of internationally-recognized Broadway performers, actresses and legendary entertainers have been honored:  Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Celine Dion, Ann-Margret, Rita Rudner, Paula Abdul, Twyla Tharp, Bette Midler, Marie Osmond, Priscilla Presley, Eva Longoria, Mitzi Gaynor and most recently Debbie Allen. In addition to leaving an indelible mark on the world of arts and entertainment, most of these honorees have performed, lived or owned businesses in Las Vegas.

 

For over three decades, this star-studded gala has raised important funds for NBT, enabling the company to produce professional company dance productions at its performance home, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts; provide quality dance instruction within its affiliated school, the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre; and share the art form of dance with underserved populations of youth as part of its Education and Outreach program, Future Dance.

 Olivia Newton-John

ABOUT OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

With more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia’s successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, ten #1 hits and more than 15 top 10 singles. She is also proud to be the recipient of the Order of Australia honor and was bestowed the Order of the British Empire by the Queen. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time.

 

Olivia Newton-John “Summer Nights” at Flamingo Las Vegas is a musical journey through the iconic artist’s illustrious career featuring hits from her early years including “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “Let Me Be There,” “If You Love Me Let Me Know” and “I Honestly Love You,” as well some of her favorites from Grease, “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “You’re The One That I Want,” and of course, “Summer Nights.”  Favorites and hits from her other movies, including Xanadu, as well as her ‘80s anthem and record breaking song “Physical,” keep the room dancing, while new songs from her recent Billboard hit album “Grace and Gratitude” warm the hearts of the entire audience. A portion of every ticket sold for her Las Vegas show benefits the wellness programs at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Australia.  In addition, Olivia is the proud co-owner of the award winning spa retreat, Gaia Retreat and Spa (GaiaRetreat.com). She is proud to announce that in addition to numerous international awards, Gaia was recently named the “Best Day Spa in the World” at the World Spa Awards held earlier this month.  Follow Olivia on Twitter @OliviaNJ and Instagram @therealONJ.

 

ABOUT NEVADA BALLET THEATRE

Under the artistic direction of James Canfield, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas and the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets. The mission of Nevada Ballet Theatre is to educate and inspire statewide, regional and national audiences and vitally impact community life through professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach. Nevada Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Nevada Ballet Theatre Announces Single Tickets On Sale for 2015 Fall and Winter Performances

Nevada Ballet Theatre

Nevada Ballet Theatre Announces Single Tickets On Sale  
For Highly Anticipated 2015 Fall And Winter Performances, Including
Holiday Favorite The Nutcracker 

Additional performances on sale include A Choreographers’ Showcase, NBT’s annual collaboration with Cirque du Soleil ® and
A Balanchine Celebration, showcasing three iconic works from the ballet master who redefined classical ballet

**SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW**

 
A Choreographers’ Showcase, Oct. 11 & 18 ● Mystère Theatre
A Balanchine Celebration, Nov. 7 & 8 ● The Smith Center
The Nutcracker, Dec. 12 – 20 ● The Smith Center

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) celebrates its 44th performance season and 4th year as Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts by announcing the release of single tickets for the first half of its 2015-2016 season of grace, strength, artistry and celebration: A Choreographer’s Showcase, A Balanchine Celebration, and The Nutcracker. Full season subscriptions are also on sale, and single tickets for the remainder of the company’s 2015-2016 season will go on sale at a later date.

Now in its 8th season, A Choreographers’ Showcase will take the stage on Oct. 11 and 18 at the Mystère Theatre inside Treasure Island, featuring a unique blending of talent from the artists of Cirque du Soleil® and NBT.  Original choreography, commissioned each and every year of the collaboration, is created by the artists themselves and showcases the perfect package of ballet, contemporary, and modern dance infused with acrobatics. Audience members who attend A Choreographers’ Showcase are in for a bold, one-of-a-kind, and awe-inspiring performing arts experience.

Offering a masterful medley of iconic works from the 20th century’s greatest choreographer, George Balanchine, NBT performs A Balanchine Celebration on Nov. 7 and 8. This exciting trio of ballets, complemented by a full orchestra, begins with one of Balanchine’s most meaningful and historical works, Serenade, the first ballet he choreographed in America. Following Serenade, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue –  a Las Vegas premiere – ushers in Broadway dreams, Russian dancers and the Mob from the classic Rodgers and Hart comedy On Your Toes, which demonstrates  Balanchine’s triumphs on both stage and screen.  A celebratory finale of romance and love set against a city skyline completes the evening with Who Cares? where the bubbly Americana songbook of George Gershwin is brought to life with colorful ensemble dancing, romantic duets and sparkling solos.

Las Vegas’ most beloved holiday tradition returns in December with NBT’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by Artistic Director James Canfield.  This larger-than-life production beautifully fills every inch of the Reynolds Hall stage, for which it was specifically created. With eight performances from Dec. 12 through Dec. 20, and a full orchestra, a cast of over 100 performers will bring to life to what the Las Vegas Sun calls “the most visually beautiful production ever staged in Reynolds Hall.”

2015-2016 Season show times, pricing and more details are available at www.nevadaballet.org.

 

PERFORMANCE

SCHEDULE: A Choreographers’ Showcase: Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1pm & Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 pm
Mystère Theatre, Treasure Island  
A Choreographers’ Showcase is generously sponsored by Beano Solomon

 A Balanchine Celebration:
Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 pm & Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 pm; both performances with full orchestra
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Reynolds Hall
Live music for A Balanchine Celebration is generously sponsored by Doris and Theodore Lee
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

 

The Nutcracker: Dec. 12 – 20; all eight performances with full orchestra
Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 13 at 1pm & 5:30pm
Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 19 at 2pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 20 at 1pm & 5:30 pm

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Reynolds Hall

2015 Nutcracker Presenting Sponsor: barrick

 

TICKET INFO: SUBSCRIPTIONS & SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW:
Season Subscriptions from $129 ● Single Tickets from $29 (plus fees)
Special group pricing available for 10 or more, by calling 702-243-2623.

 

To purchase single tickets to A Balanchine Celebration or The Nutcracker, call The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 702-749-2000 or order online at www.nevadaballet.org. To purchase single tickets to A Choreographers’ Showcase, call the Mystère Theatre Box Office at 702-894-7722 or order online at www.nevadaballet.org.

ABOUT NEVADA BALLET THEATRE
Under the artistic direction of James Canfield, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets. The mission of Nevada Ballet Theatre is to educate and inspire statewide, regional and national audiences and vitally impact community life through professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach. Nevada Ballet Theatre is the Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS ITS ANNUAL FUTURE DANCE “GO-MOVE-DANCE!!!” SPRING CONCERT – LAST NIGHT: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS ITS ANNUAL FUTURE DANCE “GO-MOVE-DANCE!!!” SPRING CONCERT– LAST NIGHT: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20  

In a Premiere Performance at The Smith Center for Performing Arts, “Vegas Does Broadway” featured 800 underserved students from 16 CCSD Elementary Schools  

Future Dance Spring Concert Sponsored by Wynn Resorts

Future Dance Program Sponsored by the Lied Foundation Trust and the Elaine P. Wynn and Family Foundation

 

Last night 800 CCSD students from underserved communities across the valley danced and twirled across the stage at The Smith Center for Performing Arts for Nevada Ballet Theatre’s (NBT) annual Future Dance GO-MOVE-DANCE!!! Spring Concert. This year’s performance, “Vegas Does Broadway,” paid tribute to famous Broadway hits that have been performed at the world-class arts center. As the largest Future Dance GO-MOVE-DANCE!!! Spring Concert to date, hundreds of students filled the Reynolds Hall stage – while friends, family, NBT administrators, board members and sponsors showed their support for the aspiring dancers.

 

Celebrating 23 years of Future Dance, 2015 marks the first time the program’s annual Spring Concert was presented on a professional stage, NBT’s performance home, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

 

An elementary school residency program that coincides with the school year, GO-MOVE-DANCE!!!  offers students who live in underserved communities the opportunity to take part in free, in-school dance instruction where they are taught a variety of dance disciplines by NBT’s Future Dance Teaching Artists. Students enrolled in this dynamic after-school program showcase their accomplishments and garner live performance experience each May as part of a special end of the year Spring Concert.

 

Participating elementary school students hailed from the following CCSD schools:

 

 

·         Brookman ·         Crestwood ·         Park
·         C.V.T. Gilbert Magnet School ·         Harvey Dondero ·         Lake
·         Lunt ·         Harmon ·         Tate
·         McWilliams ·         Kit Carson ·         McCall
·         Red Rock ·         Paradise ·         Rex Bell
·         100 Academy of Excellence

 

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(Photos courtesy of Virginia Trudeau)

 

ABOUT NBT’s FUTURE DANCE

One of the most important elements of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s mission is to provide premier educational dance programming to local Clark County school children. Now in its 23 year, Future Dance has grown to become one of the most successful education and outreach programs in the Clark County School District. With free in-school dance instruction as the cornerstone of Future Dance, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Education and Outreach programs now reach over 10,000 students annually through initiatives like GO-MOVE-DANCE!!!, Dance Discovery, Future Dance Scholar program, School Matinee Series and its most recent addition, Kids Night Out at the Ballet and the adult educational program, Insights. Through the continued generosity and commitment of community leaders and arts supporters, Nevada Ballet Theatre will continue to educate more children, engage more schools and instill young lives with positive habits, a healthy self-esteem and a strong work ethic. This season will see Future Dance growing by leaps and bounds as the company seeks to touch the lives of every student in Clark County who is in need of food for the soul.

 

April – May Performance Listings for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

 

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
April – May Performance Listings

Address:             
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV  89106

Phone:
The Smith Center box office – 702-749-2000

 

Website Address: www.TheSmithCenter.com

 

Attractions / Tours

The Smith Center
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Free to the public
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers free, guided walking tours of the world-class campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. highlighting its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to 20 patrons per tour. To register for a tour, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

 

April – May Show Listings

REYNOLDS HALL

 

Brave
Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $22
Reynolds Hall
Songs, stories & surprises weave a tale of courage, intrepidity and a daring approach to living life. Love, aspirations, fear, loss, magic, possibility, compassion and empathy will all be explored through music, stories, and a few surprises illustrating the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. Starring Las Vegas local Charles Ressler, the performance benefits the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Opportunity Village and I Have a Dream foundation.

 

Ivy + Bean The Musical
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $12.95
Reynolds Hall
Based on The New York Times best-selling children’s book series by author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackall, Ivy + Bean The Musical, is the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different second graders.

 

An Evening with Garrison Keillor
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
With a wonderful, dry sense of humor (and sometimes with music), Garrison Keillor, the acclaimed host of A Prairie Home Companion, captivates audiences using his unique blend of comedy, class, charisma and wisdom.

 

Bruce Hornsby
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $32
Reynolds Hall
Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career. His performance will offer a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push forward into exciting new musical terrain.

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic – Masterworks V: 100 Years of Music
Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Music Director Donato Cabrera completes his first Masterworks Series with a program featuring composers over a one hundred-year span including the stunning keyboard showcase of Rachmaninoff’s 24 variations based on Paganini’s Caprices for violin to be performed by thrilling young pianist Joyce Yang.

 

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA
Tuesday, April 28 through Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.; additional matinees Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Reynolds Hall
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre – Giselle
Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
One of ballet’s most enduring and celebrated works since its 1841 premiere, it is the story of a young woman whose love survives— beyond death—to save the man who betrayed her. Be transported into a haunting world of secrecy and spirits, and discover why dance is not for the faint of heart.

 

ThePianoGuys
Monday, May 11, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
ThePianoGuys, the remarkable classical/pop crossover music stylists, will treat audiences of all ages to a night of Wonders, hits from their fourth studio album, such as Let It Go from the movie Frozen, Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends and Story of My Life.

 

Hal Prince’s Broadway: An Evening in Word and Song
Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
With 21 Tony awards, no individual has played a more pivotal a role in shaping Broadway than director/producer Hal Prince. During this moderated interview, Prince reflects on his legendary career complemented by live performances of his works sung by soloists interlaced throughout.

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic – Pops V: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra
Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Matt Catingub returns to present this special tribute featuring his very own arrangements of classic hits by Frank Sinatra.

 

Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards
Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices are $10
Reynolds Hall
Join us for a celebration of local high school musical theater on the main stage of Reynolds Hall. The Smith Center will present the Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards recognizing nominees for Best Lead Actor and Actress from this year’s local high school musical theater productions.

 

Annie
Tuesday, May 26 through Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; additional matinees Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $34
Reynolds Hall
Leapin’ Lizards! One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back in time-honored form.  Directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin, this new production of Annie is a classic incarnation of the beloved original.

 

CABARET JAZZ

 

Clint Holmes – Songs I Wrote and a Few I Wish I’d Written
Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
The acclaimed singer named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, performs a spell-binding evening of music that’s both live and alive.

 

Ramsey Lewis Trio
Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $45
Cabaret Jazz
Composer, pianist and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as “the great performer,” a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training along with his love of jazz and other musical forms.

 

Duncan Sheik
Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Grammy and Tony winning singer/songwriter, Duncan Sheik performs his memorable hits, including Barely Breathing, along with newer compositions from his new record, Legerdemain, as well as songs from his Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening.

 

Soul Men and Lady Soul Starring Spectrum and Radiance
Friday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, 2015, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
Award-winning vocal quartet Spectrum and their stunning sister-group Radiance perform together in their unbelievable tribute to Motown and R&B music. These eight stellar vocalists sing and dance their way through one of the most influential American song books of all time. Internationally acclaimed, they will leave you wanting more with stirring renditions of classic hits by The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Marvelettes, Vandellas, The Miracles, The Stylistics, Donna Summer and more.

 

David Perrico – Pop Evolution
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 10 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $15
Cabaret Jazz
David Perrico – Pop Evolution twenty-piece band transforms poplar songs from all genres to produce a one-of-a-kind sound experience.

 

“Horizons” An Evening with Lisa Hilton and her Band
Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
Known for her warmth on stage, Lisa Hilton explores musical traditions with 21st century directions – expect to hear jazz, blues, minimalism, classical, pop, rock or modernist ideas along with beautiful melodies.

 

James Tormé “Celebrates the Greats”
Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
The Smith Center is proud to welcome back James Tormé. Featuring a celebration of music’s greatest legends, from Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Nat “King” Cole, to Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, and of course, his own father, three-time Grammy award winner Mel Tormé.

 

TROESH STUDIO THEATER

 
Voice of Rudy: The Journey to the Movie
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $34
Troesh Studio Theater
One of the most inspiring movies of our time, Rudy, is now a one man show starring Rudy Ruettiger. Rudy will entertain and inspire you as he shares his life story of how he accomplished his dream of going to Notre Dame and how he convinced Hollywood to make a movie of his life, which earned him an invitation to the White House.

 

 

Steve Solomon’s “Cannoli, Latkes and Guilt – The Therapy Continues”
Wednesday, April 29 through Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7 p.m.; additional matinees Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Troesh Studio Theater
Steve Solomon is the author and star of the three time award-winning, critically acclaimed show My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy—we now bring you Cannoli, Latkes and Guilt – The Therapy Continues, Steve’s newest project.

 

 

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 244-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

 

January and February show listings at The Smith Center

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
January-February Performance Listings
Address:
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Phone:
The Smith Center box office – 702-749-2000
Website Address: www.TheSmithCenter.com

Attractions / Tours

The Smith Center
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Free to he public

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers free, guided walking tours of the world-class campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. highlighting its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to 20 patrons per tour. To register for a tour, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

January-February Show Listings

REYNOLDS HALL

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Masterworks III: Rising Star
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Each season the Las Vegas Philharmonic showcases the talents of an internationally rising star. Acclaimed for her passionate performances, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova will perform Max Bruch’s romantic First Violin Concerto.

Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Audi Speaker Series
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that – as Glass puts it – “have no business being together – dance and radio.” One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. “What makes it work,” says Glass, “is a shared sensibility. As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $28
Reynolds Hall
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

An Evening with Burt Bacharach
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
One of the world’s most acclaimed, award-winning composer/songwriters, Burt Bacharach, helped define the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Now the three-time Academy Award winner and eight-time Grammy Award winner will perform with his band of three singers and seven musicians some of his greatest hits including “Alfie,” “Any Day Now,” “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” “Close To You,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “On My Own,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “The Look of Love,” and “Walk on By.”

Jackie Evancho
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho returns with her third studio album, Awakening, and coinciding international tour. Awakening signals some new directions for Evancho. Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which Evancho has become famous, she also extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song “The Rains of Castamere” from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. She also takes a bigger step forward on her version of U2’s “With or Without You.” Moreover, Evancho sings several original songs including the anthem “Take Me There” and “Open Fields of Grace.”

Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $12.95
Reynolds Hall
Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth….and rode in trains!

KODO One Earth Tour: Mystery
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Taking Kodo to yet another frontier, Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery transcends the real world to one where sacred beasts appear. This mysterious experience will transport audiences into darkness, a place with a nostalgic air that conjures the spirit of Japanese people and their indigenous nature. Through the music of Kodo, the profound “mystery” will unfold.

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Pops III: A Gershwin Valentine
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
This Valentine’s Day join two-time Grammy® Award winner Sylvia McNair for a romantic evening showcasing the timeless talent of one of the greatest American songwriters, George Gershwin. McNair lays claim to a remarkable three-decade career in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater. This all-Gershwin program will feature classics such as “Summertime,” “‘S Wonderful” and “Man I Love,” making this the perfect night out for sweethearts, lovers and romantics alike.

Engelbert Humperdinck
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Grammy nominated, Golden Globe “Entertainer of the Year” and multi-platinum selling artist, Engelbert Humperdinck will perform at The Smith Center. His name comes from the Austrian composer who wrote Hansel & Gretel. His voice comes from heaven, and he has been a legend in the international music industry for the last 40 plus years, with more than 150 million records sold. The charismatic and consummate entertainer pleases with music from his vast catalog, including hits such as, “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Spanish Eyes” and many more tender ballads.

For the “Humperdinckers,” the “After The Lovin’ VIP Lounge with Engelbert Humperdinck” package includes: Best available seats, 30-minute post-show meet and greet, photo with Humperdinck, Q&A session, autographed VIP tour laminate, autographed greatest hits CD and complimentary Humperdinck signature cocktail.

Nevada Ballet Theatre – A Gala Performance
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
One night, one collection of unforgettable performances. Join Nevada Ballet Theatre for a jubilant celebration of dance featuring a dazzling variety of works and special guest artists.

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Reynolds Hall
Get ready for this 1920s-era, feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, direction and choreography by three-time Tony® Award winner Kathleen Marshall (ANYTHING GOES) and a snappy book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (MEMPHIS), Nice Work If You Can Get It harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

CABARET JAZZ

An Intimate Evening with Diane Schuur
Thursday, Jan. 8 and Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Cabaret Jazz
Long regarded as one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur (nicknamed “Deedles”) is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Blind from birth, Schuur is gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself the piano by ear.

With a distinguished career that includes two Grammy Awards, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th century musical landscape. Her music collaborations include those with Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Jose Feliciano, among countless others.

Schuur’s latest recording is I Remember You, an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. Expect songs from that release with the backing of her NYC Band: Joel Frahm, saxophones; Ulysses Owens, Jr., drums; Ben Wolfe, bass.

Soul Men Starring Spectrum
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 7 p.m.;
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
Spectrum, Las Vegas’ own award-winning soul and R&B quartet returns to Cabaret Jazz. The group boasts four incredible singers, who combine their voices and dexterity to create the angelic harmonies and deft choreography that has become their trademark. They were voted Best of Las Vegas in 2005 and 2006, received the Las Vegas Living Legends Award in 2009 and were awarded a star on Las Vegas’ Walk of Stars in 2012. The look, class, style, choreography, harmonies and costuming are captured as only Spectrum can. Internationally acclaimed, they will leave you wanting more with stirring renditions of classic hits by The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Marvelettes, Vandellas, The Miracles, The Stylistics, Donna Summer and more.

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at 10:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $20
Cabaret Jazz
Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson hosts this monthly musical showcase that features original music from some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters, and performed by some of the best performers and musicians from the Las Vegas entertainment and theatrical communities. The informal showcase is always diverse, eclectic and extremely entertaining and features a very high caliber of musicianship and artistry.

Tony Desare’s Night Life
Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Acclaimed vocalist/pianist/composer Tony DeSare presents Night Life, a postmodern version of the classic, elegant New York night club show of the 1950s brought to life at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz. Tony’s show will explore some of the most hauntingly beautiful and memorable melodies ever written, both old and new, plus a few originals. From Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson, the only requirement is a sophisticated, romantic and swinging melody.

David Perrico – Pop Evolution
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at 10 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $15
Cabaret Jazz
David Perrico’s Pop Evolution, a twenty-piece band, transforms popular songs from all genres to produce a one-of-a-kind sound experience. Featuring Naomi Mauro on vocals and the finest musicians in Las Vegas, Perrico and Pop Evolution continue to delight fans and critics. The Las Vegas Review-Journal named David Perrico – Pop Evolution an editors’ choice “Best of Las Vegas 2013” award winner and they have headlined at The Palms, SouthPoint and Stratosphere hotels.

Benjamin D. Hale – A Night of Cosmic American Music
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Cabaret Jazz
Benjamin D. Hale, currently starring as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet, presents A Night of Cosmic American Music. Hale draws from the best of country, blues, gospel and folk and blends them into his own version of spicy musical gumbo. Backed by a stellar band and featuring special guest vocalists, this is an event not to be missed.

Clint Holmes
Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.;
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
A master entertainer and acclaimed singer, resident artist Clint Holmes, named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times, and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, performs a constantly evolving kaleidoscope of music.

Tizer
Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Cabaret Jazz
This multi-cultural group is led by Boulder, CO native pianist, keyboardist, composer and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee Lao Tizer, who will be joined by an all-star cast of musicians including Grammy-winning Cuban drum phenom Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdes), bass legend Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Billy Cobham), multi-instrumentalist Steve Nieves (Kenny Loggins) and Cuban master percussionist Jesus Diaz (Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder). TIZER will take you on a journey with an array of musical flavors incorporating jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban, classical and rock influences.

TROESH STUDIO THEATER

Re-Animator The Musical – Starring George Wendt
Tuesday, Jan. 6 – Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 8 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 10 and 17 and Sunday, Jan. 11 and 18, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.;
Tuesday, Jan. 13 – Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $44
Troesh Studio Theater
Re-Animator The Musical tells the bizarre story of Herbert West, a young medical student who has discovered a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life…with catastrophic results.

Based on the cult classic H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, this award-winning horror comedy is helmed by Stuart Gordon (who also directed the film) and features a splash zone for those who enjoy a little splatter! Variety wrote “Not since Little Shop of Horrors has a screamfest tuner so deftly balanced seriousness and camp.”

Dixie’s Tupperware Party
Thursday, Feb. 5 – Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at 7 p.m.;
Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 7-15, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $33
Troesh Studio Theater
Back by popular demand! Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took off-Broadway, London and Melbourne by storm. Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’ fashioned Tupperware parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage.

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts December – January Performance Listing

Smith Center

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

**December – January Performance Listings**

 

Address:             
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV  89106

Phone:
The Smith Center box office – 702-749-2000

 

Website Address:
www.TheSmithCenter.com

 

 

Attractions / Tours

The Smith Center
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Free to the public
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers free, guided walking tours of the world-class campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. highlighting its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to 20 patrons per tour. To register for a tour, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

 

December – January Show Listings

 

REYNOLDS HALL

 

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Pops II: Fa La La Las Vegas
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $26
Reynolds Hall
New Music Director Donato Cabrera kicks off the festivities with a popular annual celebration of the holiday season. The full orchestra will be joined by the men and women of Las Vegas Master Singers and other special guests to present a seasonal program including classical selections from Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams alongside Leroy Anderson favorites. Join the fun of this symphonic sleigh ride culminating in a holiday sing-along!

Totally ‘80s Symphonic!
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $24
Reynolds Hall
From the creator of Symphonic Rockshow comes Brody Dolyniuk’s newest production: Totally 80s Symphonic! Combining ‘80s pop and new wave hits with the sound of a 21-piece orchestra, the show promises to breathe new life into songs from A-ha, Eurythmics, The Cure, Tears For Fears and more.

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 13; Friday, Dec. 19; and Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.;
Sunday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Tickets start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Featuring a full orchestra and larger-than-life landscapes, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker has been called “the most visually beautiful production ever staged in Reynolds Hall” by the Las Vegas Sun. Artistic Director James Canfield transforms the theater into a wonderland of moonlit snow and waltzing flowers as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dance along the borderline of imagination and reality. Return this winter and be part of the cherished holiday tradition that speaks to the child in all of us.

Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve with Special Guests Laura Osnes and Jessica Sanchez
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $49
Reynolds Hall
Ring out the old and ring in the new with Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy® and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.”

 

This celebratory New Year’s Eve performance will also feature special guests Laura Osnes, Broadway star and Tony® nominee, and American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez, in a magical evening of America’s most celebrated standards performed as only this talented trio can.

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Masterworks III: Rising Star
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Each season the Las Vegas Philharmonic showcases the talents of an internationally rising star. Acclaimed for her passionate performances, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova will perform Max Bruch’s romantic First Violin Concerto.

 

Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Audi Speaker Series
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that – as Glass puts it – “have no business being together – dance and radio.” One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. “What makes it work,” says Glass, “is a shared sensibility. As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.”

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – Sunday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $28
Reynolds Hall
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

 

An Evening with Burt Bacharach
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
One of the world’s most acclaimed, award-winning composer/songwriters, Burt Bacharach, helped define the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Now the three-time Academy Award winner and eight-time Grammy Award winner will perform with his band of three singers and seven musicians some of his greatest hits including “Alfie,” “Any Day Now,” “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” “Close To You,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “On My Own,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “The Look of Love,” and “Walk on By.”

 

Jackie Evancho
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho returns with her third studio album, Awakening, and coinciding international tour. Awakening signals some new directions for Evancho. Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which Evancho has become famous, she also extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song “The Rains of Castamere” from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. She also takes a bigger step forward on her version of U2’s “With or Without You.” Moreover, Evancho sings several original songs including the anthem “Take Me There” and “Open Fields of Grace.”

Featuring a full orchestra and larger-than-life landscapes, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker has been called “the most visually beautiful production ever staged in Reynolds Hall” by the Las Vegas Sun. Artistic Director James Canfield transforms the theater into a wonderland of moonlit snow and waltzing flowers as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dance along the borderline of imagination and reality. Return this winter and be part of the cherished holiday tradition that speaks to the child in all of us.

 

CABARET JAZZ

 

Clint Holmes for the Holiday
Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Tickets start at $36
Cabaret Jazz
The acclaimed singer named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, performs a spellbinding evening of holiday music.

 

Kristen Hertzenberg and Philip Fortenberry – Holidays from the Heart
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $26
Cabaret Jazz
Infinitely versatile songstress Kristen Hertzenberg and critically-acclaimed pianist Philip Fortenberry return to Cabaret Jazz with Holidays from the Heart.

 

For more than six years, Hertzenberg captivated audiences as Christine in Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular. She has since established herself in Las Vegas as a solo artist and was recently named Best Torch Singer in Desert Companion magazine. Her voice has been described as “a dynamic instrument,” “lilting and limitless” with “incredible color and depth.”

 

Fortenberry is an accomplished concert pianist who has performed his sold out one-man show, “The Man at the Piano,” four times at Cabaret Jazz and released nine solo albums. He provided “the hands of Liberace” in HBO Films biopic Behind the Candelabra. With more than a dozen Broadway productions and original cast recordings to his credit, he has also performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and The White House.

 

An Intimate Evening with Diane Schuur
Thursday, Jan. 8 and Friday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $35
Cabaret Jazz
Long regarded as one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur (nicknamed “Deedles”) is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Blind from birth, Schuur is gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself the piano by ear.

 

With a distinguished career that includes two Grammy Awards, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th century musical landscape. Her music collaborations include those with Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Jose Feliciano, among countless others.

 

Schuur’s latest recording is I Remember You, an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. Expect songs from that release with the backing of her NYC Band: Joel Frahm, saxophones; Ulysses Owens, Jr., drums; Ben Wolfe, bass.

 

Tony Desare’s Night Life
Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24, 2014, ay 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Acclaimed vocalist/pianist/composer Tony DeSare presents Night Life, a postmodern version of the classic, elegant New York night club show of the 1950s brought to life at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz. Tony’s show will explore some of the most hauntingly beautiful and memorable melodies ever written, both old and new, plus a few originals. From Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson, the only requirement is a sophisticated, romantic and swinging melody.

 

 

 

TROESH STUDIO THEATER

 

 

Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
Friday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at 3 p.m.;
Wednesday, Dec. 3 – Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Tickets start at $35
Troesh Studio Theater
It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? (“We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri – they were in a barn after all.”)

 

Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister’s Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.

 

Re-Animator The Musical
Tuesday, Jan. 6 – Sunday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 8 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 10 and 17 and Sunday, Jan. 11 and 18, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.;
Tuesday, Jan. 13 – Sunday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $44
Troesh Studio Theater
Re-Animator The Musical tells the bizarre story of Herbert West, a young medical student who has discovered a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life…with catastrophic results.

 

Based on the cult classic H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, this award-winning horror comedy is helmed by Stuart Gordon (who also directed the film) and features a splash zone for those who enjoy a little splatter! Variety wrote “Not since Little Shop of Horrors has a screamfest tuner so deftly balanced seriousness and camp.”

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

Nevada Ballet Theatre & Cirque du Soleil Present an Exciting and Diverse Collaboration of Works for the 7th Annual A Choreographers’ Showcase

nbtCIRQUE DU SOLEIL


NEVADA BALLET THEATRE & CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRESENT AN EXCITING AND DIVERSE COLLABORATION OF WORKS FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL A CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE

 

Featuring Artists from Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT), Michael Jackson ONE, Mystère, The Beatles LOVE, KÀ and Zumanity with special appearances by students from NBT’s Education & Outreach Program, Future Dance

 

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 AT 1 PM MYSTÈRE THEATRE, TREASURE ISLAND HOTEL & CASINO

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) and Cirque du Soleil® once again join forces to present the highly creative and collaborative 7th annual A Choreographers’ Showcase,  featuring over 60 local artists from NBT and Cirque du Soleil, performing 11 original works on Sunday, October 26 at 1 pm and Sunday, November 2  at 1 pm at the Mystère Theatre at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, 3300 South Las Vegas Blvd. Tickets may be purchased for $25 and $45 by calling the Mystère Theatre Box Office at (702) 894-7722 or via online at www.nevadaballet.org.

 

Designed as a project to stimulate and encourage artistic growth, A Choreographers’ Showcase provides emerging artists from both NBT and Cirque du Soleil the necessary resources and support to conceptualize, develop, create and execute an originally-choreographed work from beginning to end. “The importance of this project brings something special to the artists from both organizations as well as local audiences; and that is the gift of the creative process,” said NBT Artistic Director and Co-Creative Director for A Choreographers’ Showcase, James Canfield. “Opportunities for developing artists are becoming scarce due to the lack of resources and time available. Projects such as A Choreographers’ Showcase allow artists to explore new directions; and when the seeds are planted early enough, artists can continue to develop their craft over a longer period of time.”

 

Over the past seven years, A Choreographers’ Showcase has cultivated an appreciative local audience and become a media favorite. An organic and ever-evolving endeavor, each year possesses its own unique flavor, energy and area of focus. “For this year’s showcase, we encouraged the artists to incorporate more of an acrobatic element into their works,” said Katy Tate, from Cirque du Soleil and Co-Creative Director for A Choreographer’s Showcase. “Their challenge as choreographers is to forgo the use of an apparatus, utilizing movements which celebrate the abilities of the physical body without the technical support of a physical object.”

 

Each artist is responsible for all of the artistic elements of their piece – from choreography, to costumes, to lighting and sound. “The Showcase encourages mentorship and allows artists to step outside of their comfort zone,” said Tate. “Because performers in both organizations must materialize their creative visions and possibly perform new styles they haven’t yet explored, they experience tremendous professional growth.”

 

Furthering the mission of the project, students of low income means will not only receive the opportunity to witness this one-of-a-kind collaboration as part of an exciting school matinee on Friday, October 24, but Scholars from NBT’s Future Dance program will have a presence throughout the show  – aiding in the transition of works as well as the finale. Since its inception, thousands of local students have witnessed this one-of-a-kind collaboration bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds and dance styles. Proceeds from each $45 ticket sold to the October 26 and November 2 public performances enable NBT and Cirque du Soleil to present this special school time matinee.

 

As a benefit for NBT, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, proceeds generated from A Choreographers’ Showcase provide necessary support for the company’s main stage productions at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, its affiliated Academy in Summerlin and the many initiatives of Future Dance, its Education and Outreach program, which successfully reached over 10,000 underserved students during the 2013-2014 Season.

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW  

Ticket prices for A Choreographers’ Showcase  may be purchased for $25 and $45 by calling the Mystère Theatre Box Office at (702) 894-7722 or online at www.nevadaballet.org. Purchasing a premium $45 ticket will provide guests with preferred seating and the opportunity to support NBT’s Education & Outreach Program, Future Dance.

 

ABOUT A CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE

A Choreographers’ Showcase began as a premiere collaboration between Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil in 2006 when the two companies discovered a way to collaborate that would benefit Las Vegas’ local ballet company and allow the world-renowned troupe to add an action-based element to their support of the arts. On Sunday, December 2, 2007, A Choreographers’ Showcase debuted at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on the famous Las Vegas strip. Now in its seventh year, this critically-acclaimed production has created an avenue of growth for local artists while providing Las Vegas with a dynamic and completely organic dance experience. In addition, the showcase has raised Nevada Ballet Theatre’s visibility on the Las Vegas strip while simultaneously enabling Cirque du Soleil to further root itself in the local cultural community. Over the last few years, the showcase has garnered rave reviews and sold-out houses in addition to significant media attention including the LA Times and LIFE Magazine. The only collaboration of its kind, A Choreographers’ Showcase boasts an important education and outreach element; since its inception, almost 6,000 local students have received the opportunity to witness this one-of-a-kind production bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds and dance styles.

 

ABOUT NEVADA BALLET THEATRE

Under the artistic direction of James Canfield, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas and the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets. The mission of Nevada Ballet Theatre is to educate and inspire statewide, regional and national audiences and vitally impact community life through professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach. Nevada Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit NBT on the web: www.nevadaballet.org; Like NBT on Facebook:www.facebook.com/NevadaBalletTheatre or Tweet: @NVBallet.

 

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.  Cirque du Soleil who celebrates its 30th anniversary this year has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

 

In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has eight permanent resident shows. These productions include Mystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio, Zumanity, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil at New York -New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage, CRISS ANGEL Believe at Luxor, Zarkana at ARIA Resort & Casino and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website at http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/lasvegas.  Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cirquedusoleil. Tweet us: @Cirque.

 

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts September and October Show Listings

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 The Smith Center for the Performing Arts September and October Show Listings

 

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Kinky Boots
Thursday, Sept. 4 – Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.;
Saturdays, Sept. 6 & 13 and Sundays, Sept 7 & 14, 2014, at 2 p.m.;
Tuesday, Sept. 9 – Saturday, Sept 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
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Broadway’s newest smash hit kicks off its much anticipated national tour at The Smith Center. Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights. Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible – proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Come join the sold-out audiences who’ve discovered why – sometimes – the best way to fit in is to stand out.

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act I and Seasons
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.: – Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
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Love is extraordinary. Love, in its many guises, changes us forever. Feel its thrill all over again with Nevada Ballet Theatre’s season opener, enriched with live orchestra. Feel the state of change that flows through relationships and through nature in Paul Vasterling’s Seasons, set to Antonio Vivaldi’s masterpiece, The Four Seasons. Then, revel in the heart’s follies with George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act I. Shakespeare’s classic comedy of young lovers, mischievous spells and mistaken identities is transformed into a vibrant ballet featuring the lush score of Felix Mendelssohn and including more than 20 young dancers from the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre.

 

Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $25
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What is sure to be the ultimate variety concert, this show is a not-to-be missed event. Featuring some of the best of the Las Vegas Strip, the following are scheduled to appear thus far: Cirque du Soleil, Jubilee!, Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet and Penn & Teller. Additionally, singers Human Nature, Clint Holmes, Frankie Moreno and Bob Anderson will be accompanied by The Lon Bronson All-Star Band and the Las Vegas Mass Choir. The evening will also include an inspiring reading by Nevada’s cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell and tributes to Frank Sinatra, Mark Twain and Liberace. Las Vegas legend Jerry Lewis is also scheduled to appear, along with Las Vegas residents Susan Anton, Antonio Fargas and Mark Shunock from “Rock of Ages.” More artists will be announced in the near future and net proceeds will benefit The Smith Center’s education outreach programs.

 

Gordon Lightfoot: 50 Years On The Carefree Highway Tour
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Cold On The Shoulder,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon Of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song For A Winter’s Night,” “Shadows,” “Rainy Day People,” “Did She Mention My Name,” and “Summertime Dream,” to name just a few. But this year is special for the legendary artist who announced plans for a cross-country USA tour titled Gordon Lightfoot – 50 Years On The Carefree Highway. The tour features his well-known hits, as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fans, all of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind-the-scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year music career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person.

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Masterworks I: Introducing Maestro Cabrera with Special Guest Deborah Voigt
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26.
Reynolds Hall
Celebrate a new era for the Las Vegas Philharmonic with its first concert by Maestro Donato Cabrera as Music Director.  The season opens in star-studded style with special guest soprano Deborah Voigt, the internationally renowned opera superstar.  Ms. Voigt’s regard for Maestro Cabrera brings her to Las Vegas for a breathtaking program created particularly for this occasion.

 

An Evening with Jerry Lewis
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
This is a rare opportunity to spend an evening with one of Hollywood’s true entertainment icons. An Evening with Jerry Lewis is a feel-good blend of stand-up comedy, unforgettable gags, trademark vignettes, big-screen video montages of the Academy Award winner’s most memorable and hilarious feature film moments and songs that will delight patrons of all ages.

 

Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater Presents Alice Down the Rabbit Hole
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater (LVCDT) celebrates its eighth year of excellence in dance with the world premiere of Alice Down the Rabbit Hole, choreographed by founding artistic director Bernard H. Gaddis. This work will be LVCDT’s first full-length ballet with a score composed by master musician Martin St.Pierre of Cirque du Soleil. The beloved story of Alice in Wonderland will come to life with a contemporary spin along with innovative set designs, costumes and lighting.

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Alan Parsons Live Project
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
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Alan Parsons amazes audiences worldwide with his contributions to engineering and performing. From his beginnings with The Beatles and other megastars to his groundbreaking recording techniques on Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Parsons is a true Renaissance Man with his multi-platinum albums by The Alan Parsons Project.

WICKED

Wicked
Wednesday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Dark Mondays;
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at 2 p.m.;
Saturdays, Oct. 11, 18 & 25, and Nov. 1 & 8, 2014, at 2 p.m.;
Sundays, Oct. 12, 19 & 26, and Nov. 2 & 9, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $45
Reynolds Hall
Back by “popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of more than 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time” (USA Today).

 

 

 

CABARET JAZZ

 

 

Arturo Sandoval
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $42
Cabaret Jazz
One of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, 10-time Grammy Award winner, Arturo Sandoval, brings his group to The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz. The show will feature original compositions by Sandoval as well as a tribute to the late, great Dizzy Gillespie.

 

Jim Caruso’s Cast Part with Billy Stritch
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at 9:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $20
Cabaret Jazz
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular soiree that brought Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City for the past ten years.  Recently, Caruso & Stritch have taken the party on the road, and can’t wait to celebrate the extraordinary singing, dancing and comedic talent that Las Vegas has to offer.

 

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at 10:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $20
Cabaret Jazz
Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson hosts this monthly musical showcase that features original music from some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters, and performed by some of the best performers and musicians from the Las Vegas entertainment and theatrical communities. The informal showcase is always diverse, eclectic and extremely entertaining and features a very high caliber of musicianship and artistry.

 

Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana, “Uncle” Richard Ho’opi’i
Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Cabaret Jazz
From the renowned Slack Key Show® on Maui that produced four Grammy Award-winning CDs, three masters share the delightful experience of slack key guitar – the distinctly Hawaiian – style of open tunings – ‘ukulele, Hawaiian songs, and a kolohe (rascal) sense of humor.

George Kahumoku Jr., four-time Grammy-winner and Slack Key Show producer, is “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man.” His range of talents includes slack key guitar, vocals, storyteller, songwriter, teacher, sculptor, farmer and chef.

Ledward Kaapana is a musical legend. He is a National Heritage Fellow who is unrivaled for his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and has an extraordinary baritone to falsetto vocal range.

Uncle Richard Ho’opi’I is also a National Heritage Fellow renowned for ‘ukulele and Hawaiian falsetto singing, with a unique yodeling style and jovial stage presence.

 

The Lon Bronson Band With Special Guest Star Larry Braggs
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $15
Cabaret Jazz
The Lon Bronson Band joins forces with former Tower Of Power lead vocalist Larry Braggs for an evening of Tower Of Power favorites, Larry’s hits, as well as the eclectic horn-infused rock, soul & funk that the iconic 14-piece All-Star Band always brings to Cabaret Jazz.

 

Kristen Hertzenberg – Spellbound
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Cabaret Jazz
Kristen Hertzenberg is among the most entrancing and versatile singers performing today. She and her six-piece band return to Cabaret Jazz for Spellbound, a soulful and haunting set of blues, rock, jazz, and Broadway.

 

Conversations With Norm Presents “Frank Marino: Under Oath”
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $25
Cabaret Jazz
Conversations With Norm is a quarterly presentation featuring Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal interviewing the celebrities oft-mentioned in his column. Frank Marino, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Las Vegas,” reveals all in the next installment of this series. After 30 years as a Strip headliner and on the heels of celebrating his 25,000th show, the Divas Las Vegas star has agreed to a no-holds-barred interview with Clarke.

 

Philip Fortenberry – The Man At The Piano
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Cabaret Jazz
Philip Fortenberry, a virtuoso pianist, composer, recording artist, and associate conductor of “Jersey Boys” on the Las Vegas Strip, returns with The Man at the Piano, his critically acclaimed intimate acoustic 75-minute cabaret-style concert in Cabaret Jazz.

 

Cheyenne Jackson
Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Cabaret Jazz welcomes multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter Cheyenne Jackson, along with long-time musical director Ben Toth. The show will include original songs from Jackson’s new album “I’m Blue, Skies,” as well as classics from his acclaimed one-man show Music of the Mad Men Era, which sold out Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center.

 

Opera Las Vegas Presents A Passion For Puccini
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Opera Las Vegas presents A Passion for Puccini, featuring young artists of Opera Las Vegas in scenes and arias from “La Boheme,” “Tosca,” “Madame Butterfly” and more.

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Song – The Music of OZ composer Harold Arlen
Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
The long-running, Off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song is a jukebox musical filled with the iconic and nostalgic hits of OZ composer Harold Arlen including; “That Old Black Magic,” “World on a String,” “One For My Baby,” “Accentuate the Positive,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Stormy Weather,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Get Happy,” “Paper Moon,” “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”… and many others. Starring The Three Crooners and a Diva, the show gives audiences a peek into the composer’s life as The Three Crooners guide them through the musical vignettes traveling from the Cotton Club to the screens of Hollywood to the Broadway stage and to the Land of Oz. Created by Nigel Wright (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s creative partner), the composer’s son Sam Arlen and George Bugatti, the show is produced by Yellow Brick Productions in association with Jerry Rosenberg (One Night with Janis Joplin) and Shea Arender.

 

Soul Men and Lady Soul Starring Spectrum and Radiance
Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices starts at $37
Award-winning vocal quartet Spectrum, and their stunning sister-group Radiance, perform together in an unbelievable tribute to Motown and R&B music. Returning to The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz these eight stellar vocalists sing and dance their way through one of the most influential American songbooks of all time.  The look, class, style, choreography, harmonies and costuming are captured as only Spectrum and Radiance can. Internationally acclaimed, they will leave you wanting more with stirring renditions of The Temptations’, The Supremes’, The Four Tops’, The Marvelettes’, Vandellas’, The Miracles’, The Stylistics’ and Donna Summer’s classic hits.

 

 

TROESH STUDIO THEATER

 

 

Henri
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2014, at 7 p.m.;
Friday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 8 p.m.;
Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.;
Wednesday, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at 7 p.m.; and
Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $49
Troesh Studio Theater
Sprat Artistic Ensemble, in collaboration with the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, presents Henri, an intimate theatre experience about the beauty and complexity of Alzheimer’s disease and aging. Henri features a cast ranging in age from 8 to 80 and has been called “delicate” and “sobering” by the New York Times. United, the cast creates a composition of moments, feelings, and images from the title character’s life. Talk backs with leaders in Alzheimer’s research and treatment will follow each performance.

 

Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy
Wednesday, Oct. 29 – Saturday, Nov 2, 2014, at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Troesh Studio Theater
Prepare to laugh, prepare to cry, prepare to join Steve Solomon on stage with more than 20 imaginary characters—all brought to life by Steve’s talent with accents, dialects and hilarious story-telling in this side-splitting one-man show. Meet the whole gang including the Italian/Jewish family, Steve’s ex, their therapists, the kids, the TSA…you get the picture. It’s thirty-five people you’ll identify with at dinner with one bathroom and one plunger.

 

 

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

Tickets Now on Sale For A Choreographers’ Showcase Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil Present the Seventh Annual Production Oct. 26 and Nov. 2

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Tickets Now on Sale For
A Choreographers’ Showcase

Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil Present the
Seventh Annual Production Oct. 26 and Nov. 2

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) and Cirque du Soleil present the seventh annual A Choreographers’ Showcase a project designed to stimulate and encourage artistic growth – on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. inside the Mystère Theatre at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. Tickets are $25 and $45 and can be purchased by calling the Mystère Theatre Box Office at (702) 894-7722 or online at www.nevadaballet.org.

 

A one-of-a-kind collaboration that began in 2007 between NBT, the state’s largest performing arts organization and the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, A Choreographers’ Showcase will make its return to the Mystère Theatre stage with added elements and surprises over two weekends. The critically-acclaimed production features new works created and performed by artists from both organizations.

 

This partnership has raised NBT’s visibility among the Las Vegas entertainment industry, while enabling Cirque du Soleil the opportunity to further immerse itself in the local cultural community. The collaboration creates an avenue of growth for local artists while providing the Las Vegas cultural community with a dynamic and completely organic dance experience.

 

Tickets for A Choreographers’ Showcase can be purchased for $25 and $45 by calling the Mystère Theatre Box Office at (702) 894-7722 or online www.nevadaballet.org. Purchasing a premium $45 ticket will provide guests with preferred premium seating while supporting NBT’s Education & Outreach Program, Future Dance. All proceeds from the collaboration benefit NBT’s professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach.

 

 

May Listings: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

**May Performance Listings**

Address:
Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV  89106

Phone:
The Smith Center box office – 702-749-2000

Website Address:
www.TheSmithCenter.com

 

Attractions / Tours

The Smith Center
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Free to the public
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers free, guided walking tours of the world-class campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. highlighting its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to 20 patrons per tour. To register for a tour, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

 

May Show Listings

As of April 1, 2014

 

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Renée Fleming – Guilty Pleasures
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
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One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is known for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. She has performed across the world, from the Beijing Olympics to Buckingham Palace to the Obama Inaugural Celebration. For her first-ever public performance in Las Vegas, she will sing beloved songs and arias ranging from grand opera favorites to Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

 

Under the Streetlamp with special guests Gentleman’s Rule
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
With their unique style and modern “Rat Pack” persona, Under The Streetlamp brings the American Radio Songbook to a whole new level. With the mantra “Retro never sounded so now,” the four extremely talented and charismatic former cast members of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS provide an electrifying concert of classic hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The show includes a perfect balance of tender ballads and up-tempo tunes, all done with the same signature harmonies and slick dance moves that have made them irresistible. Special guests Gentleman’s Rule blends youthful style and outstanding vocals with timeless classics and contemporary hits. Their diverse music selections include songs by the legendary Manhattans, Bill Withers, Rolling Stones, Rascal Flatts and the Spencer Davis Band, just to name a few.

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre: Coppélia – The Girl with the Enamel Eyes
Friday, May 9, 2014 and Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Reynolds Hall
Perfect for the whole family, Coppélia is a charming story of a young couple in love, a toymaker, and his doll that comes to life finds new fans in every generation. Choreographed by James Canfield and set to the exuberant score of Léo Delibes, a wild mix of abracadabra and comic chaos is unleashed in this classical ballet. Coppélia is the culminating production for the 2013-2014 season.

 

Lily Tomlin – An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin
Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Get together with Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable afternoon of fun and sidesplitting laughter, which is an endearing way to spend Mother’s Day. This unique comic artist takes audiences on what the Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny” trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. Her long list of accolades includes a GRAMMY®, two Tony Awards®, six Emmys, an Oscar nomination, two Peabody’s and the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Don’t miss this warm and uniquely affecting experience filled with comical insights and wildly, witty observations about the human condition.

 

Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
A classic coming of age story brought to life in an original one man show. Written and performed by Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the world of organized crime. Calogero’s father is a bus driver who tries to instill working-class family values in his son. As Calogero gets older, the aura and mystique of the mafia, and the charms of Sonny, the local mob boss who befriends Calogero (and ends up becoming a father figure to him), become difficult to resist. As Calogero comes of age, he must struggle with the choice of following his beloved father’s values or submitting to the temptations of the life of organized crime.

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic :Pops Series V “Paris, Je T’aime”
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $25
Reynolds Hall
Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor, Pops and Presentations of the Minnesota Orchestra and Staff Conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music, will lead the Las Vegas Philharmonic as they say au revoir to the 2013-14 season with an amorous musical romp around one of the most romantic cities in the world… Paris. The program will include French favorites such as Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” Bizet’s “Farandole from L’Arlesienne,” Jacques Brel’s “Ne me quitte pas” as well as Colombo’s accordion-laced “Indifference” and “Passion” performed by special guest soloist, Patrick Harison.

 

ONCE
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, 2014 & Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including “Best Musical,” ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect all of us.

 

Johnny Mathis in concert with special guest Gary Mule Deer
Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Celebrating his 58th year in the music industry, Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records’ longest-running artist. A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses passing fads and trends, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music — all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history. Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say” and “Misty,” Mathis has recorded more than 80 albums and has had 50 hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. During his extensive career he has had three songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2003 Mathis was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Mathis returns to Las Vegas to perform some of his greatest hits and personal favorites.

 

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Tom Dreesen – An Evening of Laughter and Stories of Sinatra
Friday, May 2, 2014 and Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz        
In this unforgettable performance, Dreesen will take you from his childhood of shining shoes in bars in his hometown of Harvey, IL hearing Sinatra on the jukebox, to one day touring the nation as his opening act flying in Sinatra’s private jet and staying up until dawn, night after night. Dreesen takes you to Sinatra’s last performance and the last song he ever sang and then to his last days on earth. Dreesen’s standup comedy is hilarious, his insight keen and storytelling superb and the lessons he learned from the legendary star promises to move the audience!

 

Morgan James
Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz        
Broadway’s Morgan James brings her smoky and soulful renditions to Cabaret Jazz. She’s fast becoming one of the most sought-after multi-genre vocalists in the country and was recently seen in the Broadway revival of “Godspell” and the new production of “Motown: The Musical.” Calling to mind artists such as Eva Cassidy, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, her on stage performances have left both audiences and critics in awe, with The New York Times declaring Morgan as “a phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep…This woman is on fire.”

 

Danny Wright
Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $30
Cabaret Jazz        
Danny Wright presents an elegant Mother’s Day piano concert in the elegant Cabaret Jazz, featuring works from Danny’s double album, “A Mother’s Love,” celebrating mothers everywhere with songs like “You Raise Me Up” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  The renowned pianist and composer will share the heartwarmingly beautiful real-life inspirations for his original pieces on the album, including “My Son’s Lullaby.”

 

Jane Monheit
Friday, May 23, 2014 and Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz        
The Smith Center is delighted to welcome once again one of New York’s most dynamic vocalists, Jane Monheit accompanied by pianist Michael Kanan in a special duo performance. Audiences will be delighted by this traditional jazz piano program with some lovely cabaret moments featuring hits from Monheit’s recordings including her current release “The Heart of the Matter.” This supremely gifted singer is capable of tremendous vocal flights, dips, turns and extensions, but she doesn’t grandstand or hold a note simply to show off. Her goal is to convey a story, and she does so with grace.

 

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.
Ticket price $20
Cabaret Jazz
Keith Thompson, conductor of the hit musical “Jersey Boys,” hosts this monthly showcase that features original music from some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters, and performed by some of the best performers and musicians from the Las Vegas entertainment and theatrical communities. The informal showcase is always diverse, eclectic and extremely entertaining and features a very high caliber of musicianship and artistry.

 

Steve Tyrell – “It’s Magic” the songs of Sammy Cahn
Friday, May 30, 2014 and Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Steve Tyrell is a GRAMMY Award®-winning vocalist who in his four and a half decades in the music business has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor and performer. With the grit and soul of a lifetime of experiences, Tyrell has reinvented and re-popularized classic pop standards for a modern-day audience. It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn features songs from the famed songwriter whose music continues to inspire generations today. The performance will feature Cahn’s beloved classics including “It’s Magic,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Call Me Irresponsible,”“Teach Me Tonight,” “The Tender Trap,” “Ain’t that A Kick in the Head” and “All the Way.”

 

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

Retail Therapy is Redefined at Crystals’ Charity Event “Fashion Gives Back” Thursday, Nov. 21

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RETAIL THERAPY IS REDEFINED AT CRYSTALS’ CHARITY EVENT “FASHION GIVES BACK” THURSDAY, NOV. 21

Celebrity Stylist George Kotsiopoulos and DJ Harley Viera-Newton Join Renowned Designers and Local Charities to Celebrate Fashion and Philanthropy

Fashion and philanthropy collide on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. as The Shops at Crystals celebrates an evening of luxurious shopping, spa treatments, specialty cocktails and fabulous giveaways.

Hosted by celebrity fashion editor, stylist and co-host of E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police George Kotsiopoulos, Fashion Gives Back partners more than a dozen designer boutiques with select local charities in an effort to raise money for their respective initiatives.

Attendees are invited to enjoy a fashion presentation from Kotsiopoulos and revel in the musical stylings of model and DJ Harley Viera-Newton throughout the evening. Guests also will be treated to a sneak peek of upcoming spring trends as models strut down the runway outfitted in looks from Crystals’ designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Donna Karan and more.

Also at Fashion Gives Back, Crystals will offer fabulous in-store experiences:

  • Gentlemen are invited to retreat to the Grey Goose Game Lounge for Men where they will enjoy an array of games including pool, foosball and pinball and watch all-time classic sporting moments while sampling Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire specialty cocktails.
  • Visitors can experience a taste of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at a sanctuary situated on the main level between Bottega Veneta and Roberto Cavalli. The mini-oasis will feature tension-relieving neck and shoulder massages as well as the Diamond Magnetic Hand Treatment from Natura Bissé.
  • Christian Dior will provide champagne and a Parisian touch of macaroons provided by Hakkasan along with drawings for dinner and beauty gifts.
  • Bottega Veneta will serve champagne as visitors to the boutique browse a range of products including men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, furniture and more.
  • Kiki de Montparnasse will offer champagne and a light aphrodisiac buffet. In-store models will feature the latest looks in addition to Kiki’s signature interactive window display.
  • Porsche Design will raffle off a pair of iconic aviators with interchangeable lenses in the latest collection colors and Jeff Leibow of Jersey Boys will make a special appearance. Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
  • The San Pellegrino Hydration Lounge will provide guests the perfect stop for a shopping break. Sample Pellegrino’s sparkling water and experience Acqua Panna as well as San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages as served by stylish brand ambassadors

Throughout the event, Crystals invites Fashion Gives Back attendees to shop for a cause at their favorite designers with its third annual charity crawl. The following retailers will donate a percentage of sales to the local charity partner they have selected for the evening:

• Bottega Veneta / Opportunity Village
• Christian Dior / Nathan Adelson Hospice
• Donna Karan / The Children’s Heart Foundation
• FENDI / Communities in Schools
• Jimmy Choo / The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas
• Kiki de Montparnasse / The Shade Tree
• Lanvin / Keep Memory Alive
• Paul Smith / Generosity Water
• Porsche Design / NF Hope Foundation
• Roberto Cavalli / Three Square Food Bank
• TAG Heuer / KIDDOS
• Valentino / Nevada Ballet Theatre

Admission to Fashion Gives Back is complimentary and open to the public. For additional details, visit crystalsatcitycenter.com and follow Crystals on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

ABOUT THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS
The Shops at Crystals is an exquisite 500,000-square-foot shopping and dining experience adjacent to the AAA Five Diamond ARIA Resort & Casino. Rivaling shopping meccas throughout the world, Crystals features the largest Louis Vuitton store in North America as well as the largest Tourbillon in the world. Flagship stores at Crystals include Prada, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Dolce & Gabbana Men’s and Dolce & Gabbana Women’s, Roberto Cavalli and Ermenegildo Zegna. Unique-to-the-market retailers include TOM FORD, Stella McCartney, Paul Smith, Donna Karan, Tourbillon, Lanvin, RIMOWA and Richard Mille among several others. Crystals is also home to a selection of premier restaurants including Mastro’s Ocean Club; Sh¬ē by Morton’s; Todd English P.U.B; and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. For more information, please visit crystalsatcitycenter.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

AFAN Announces All-Star Lineup of Entertainment for 27th Annual Black & White Party at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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afanNearly two weeks away from one of the biggest social events in Las Vegas, Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) is honored to announce its roster of Las Vegas entertainers taking the stage at the 27th annual Black & White Party held at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Hosted by Chris Saldaña, television anchor/host, popular morning radio personality Lauren Michaels from 98.5 KLUC’s “Chet Buchanan and The Morning Zoo,” and Jaymes and James, “Team Chippendales,” from CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” Black & White Party will feature DJ Axis, MICS and electro pop duo Mr.J & M.A.U aka J&M spinning.

This year’s festivities will include a headline performance from vocal impressionist Véronic, currently headlining at Bally’s Las Vegas. Known for her extraordinary ability to transform her voice into those of the world’s biggest superstars, Véronic’s resident show features imitations of Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Katy Perry, Dolly Parton and more. The one-woman vocal phenomenon will present a vignette of her pitch-perfect impersonations to Black & White Party goers.

Other performances lined up for this year include the cast of “The D*Word-A Musical;” famed Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry from Divas Las Vegas; the ladies of FANTASY at Luxor; singer Maren Wade from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; Mark Shunock, the star of “Rock of Ages” at The Venetian; the high-energy percussion, humor and athleticism of Recycled Percussion at The Quad Resort & Casino; the sexy acrobatics of The Skating Aratas from “V-The Ultimate Variety Show” from the V Theater in Planet Hollywood; a number from Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding; headlining acts from VEGAS! The Show” from the Saxe Theater in Planet Hollywood; and Zodiac Dragon, a multi-genre multimedia immersion.

In addition to the over-the-top stage performers, guests will enjoy engaging and eye-catching atmospheric entertainers including live art painting, roaming characters, sword swallowers, hand magicians and impromptu performances by Nevada Ballet Theatre among others.

Celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2013, the Black & White Party began as a humble gathering of community members in 1986 to collect canned foods for those living with HIV/AIDS in Nevada. Held at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, the Black & White Party will feature more than 25 unique food & beverage vendors, exciting raffle prizes, fashion contests and live entertainment.

General admission tickets are on sale for $35 per person; limited VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and include early entry to the event at 8 p.m. with first access to tastings and vendors, an exclusive gift bag and distinctive VIP party entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at www.afanlv.org. Black and white attire is required for admission.

In celebration of Black & White Weekend, Hard Rock Hotel is offering an exclusive room package with a portion of room rates benefiting AFAN from Friday, Aug. 23 to Monday, Aug. 26. Use code HAFANBW when reserving online or by telephone at 800-343-4346.

Presenting sponsors for this year’s Black & White Party include Penn & Teller, Walgreens, Findlay Cadillac and Findlay Honda Henderson. Gold sponsors include Pink Kitty Creative, Vegas Seven, Yelp, DJ Axis, one7 communications, SocialRoad media, Blown Out Productions, PDQ Printing, Spring Valley Pharmacy, David Barton Gym, AVT Event Technologies, and QVegas.

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend any of the weekend events. For more information on AFAN and Black & White Party, visit www.afanlv.org.

 

About AFAN
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2009 marked AFAN’s 25th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.  As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visitwww.afanlv.org. Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub & Afterhours; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Sunday and RELAX Monday; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Mexican cantina Pink Taco, ’round the clock diner Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú Asian restaurant; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones, Rocks The Jewelers and Rock Paper Photo. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.