WICKED Hosts Benefit Concert Performance of “The WICKED Rocky Horror Show” at The Tropicana

THE NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY OF
HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT PERFORMANCE OF
“THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW”
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 AT THE TROPICANA SHOWROOM

On Monday, SEPTEMBER 24, at 7:30pm the National Touring Company of WICKED will host “THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW”, a staged concert performance of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show – Book, music & lyrics by Richard O’Brien.  Held at The New Tropicana Las Vegas Historic Showroom, the event will feature the company of WICKED.  The net proceeds of this event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Las Vegas’s Golden Rainbow.

“THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW” is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company throughout the country to support charitable causes which advance WICKED’s theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical’s message that people should not be judged on first impressions.  The company believes that in these divisive times we must come together to support those in need throughout the country and around the world.  In its 7 years on the road, the company has raised over $2,000,000 in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local AIDS Services organizations all over the country.

Produced by company members, the evening is an opportunity for them to step out of their roles in the musical and kick up their (spiked) heels as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Riff Raff, Magenta, Rocky, Janet and Brad.  The evening will feature company members including: Nicole Parker (Elphaba); Patti Murin (Glinda); Kim Zimmer (Madame Morrible); Justin Brill, (Boq); as well as members of the ensemble, band,  and the touring staff.  The event will be directed by company member Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald with choreography by Napoleon W. Gladney & Shanna VanDerwerker.  Musical direction provided by Andrew Graham.

Admission to “THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW” is by donation.  General admission tickets are $60.  VIP tickets, which include priority seating and a 6:30pm pre-show reception with members of the company, are available for $125. Tickets are available online at: www.troplv.com; in person at the Tropicana Showroom Box Office or by calling 702-739-2222.  All proceeds benefit BC/EFA and Golden Rainbow, and donations are tax-deductible.  The Tropicana bar staff will be serving throughout the evening.  The evening is intended for mature audiences, and parental discretion is advised.  Admission is limited to ages 16 and older (21+ to purchase alcoholic beverages).  The Wicked Rocky Horror Show is produced through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

In addition to the performance, there will be live and silent auctions including several opportunities to join the company backstage at the The Smith Center, including a chance to bid on a walk-on role in WICKED where you will join the cast onstage in a performance of WICKED. WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster is playing is now playing through October 7th in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center.  Good seats are still available with best selection in Tuesday and Wednesday performances.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thesmithcenter.com or call the Smith Center box office at 702-749-2000.

About Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids -Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund raising and grant making organization.  BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American theater community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $150 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, and other serious illnesses.  www.broadwaycares.org

About Golden Rainbow– Golden Rainbow is a non-profit organization founded in 1987. We provide housing and financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Southern Nevada area. Golden Rainbow is a grass roots organization, founded by members of the entertainment industry who saw the need to provide housing for people with HIV/AIDS when one of their own was forced to live and die in a garage. Entertainers, doing what they do best, put together their first show to raise money for this worthwhile cause. That first show was called “Golden Rainbow” and premiered July 11, 1987, in the Ziegfeld Theatre at Bally’s. Since then the show’s name has been changed to ‘Ribbon of Life” and is one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in Nevada. www.goldenrainbow.org

About the New Tropicana Las Vegas
Prepare to be surprised! The New Tropicana Las Vegas redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers with a recently completed $180 million transformation which provides a casually elegant resort experience. In addition to a South Beach rhythm and vibe, the transformation of the resort includes a fresh redesign of every best-in-class room and suite, the casino, the conference center and exhibition hall, several new restaurants and bars, a new poker room and race and sports book, and the recently debuted Glow??, A Mandara Spa and fitness center. First-class entertainment includes Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas, Laugh Factory, Recycled Percussion, the Mob Attraction Las Vegas, and Bagatelle Beach & Nightclub (opening summer 2012).  http://www.troplv.com

The New Tropicana Las Vegas is not affiliated with any other property or brand.
For additional information or for reservations, please call 702-739-2222 or visit www.troplv.com. Stay up-to-date on the latest New Tropicana Las Vegas happenings by finding us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/troplv) or follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/troplv).

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts: Fall 2012 Season Adjustment; Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Fall 2012 Season Adjustment; Tickets on Sale Tomorrow
Anita Baker Performance Cancelled

The Smith Center for the Performing Artsregrets to announce that Anita Baker’s previously scheduled performance as part of the Fall 2012 season in Reynolds Hall on November 29, 2012 has been cancelled.

The Smith Center’s Fall 2012 Season remains packed with programming spanning the best in music, dance and special attractions from across the globe.  Tickets for all performances go on sale TOMORROW, August 17 at 10 a.m. Prices for individual tickets for the fall season begin at $24.

Highlights of the Fall 2012 Season include:

  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – October 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
  • Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen – November 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jim Brickman’s On a Winter’s Night – November 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

“The Fall 2012 Season further showcases The Smith Center’s commitment to bring culturally rich, diverse programming to Las Vegas,” says Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “The season line-up truly offers a show for everyone, and the opportunity to experience something new as well.”

With the single purchase of five or more shows, there is a 10 percent discount and individual ticket fees do not apply, a savings that results in five shows for the price of four.

To purchase tickets for performances in the Fall 2012 Season, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com or call The Smith Center’s box office at (702) 749-2000.

FALL 2012 SEASON TITLES BY VENUE

REYNOLDS HALL

Dr. John & The Blind Boys of Alabama Performing “Spirituals to Funk”
October 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
“Spirituals to Funk” features Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. John and 5-time Grammy® Award- winners The Blind Boys of Alabama. Under Dr. John’s musical direction, the world premiere of “Spirituals to Funk” represents the first ever touring partnership between two icons of American music. Based on the legendary Carnegie Hall “Spirituals to Swing” concerts produced by John Hammond in the 1930s, “Spirituals to Funk” features an integrated show that explores the connections between jazz, blues and gospel.

A State of the Union Conversation: An Evening with Frank Rich & Fran Lebowitz

October 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Forged in the belly of New York City, author and social commentator Fran Lebowitz leaves a cutting trail of wry and wit wherever she goes. Now with the presidential election heating up, she will take the stage alongside acclaimed journalist and Writer-at-Large for New York magazine Frank Rich. Together, they will kick off our illustrious Audi Speaker Series with a discussion on the current political climate, what is at stake and much more. This live, onstage conversation will conclude with 20-30 minutes of audience questions.

John Tesh: Big Band LIVE!
October 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
John Tesh and his Big Band Orchestra are “swinging” into town! On stage with 14 performers, John will play favorite big band tunes, including “In the Mood,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Beyond the Sea” and many more. An all-around showman, John will treat you to piano solos, and will charm you with his engaging audience rapport. With three gold albums, two Grammy® nominations, and on the radio airwaves every day with the nationally-syndicated “John Tesh Radio Show,” John Tesh continues to be recognized worldwide as a leading and respected figure in the entertainment industry.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre
October 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Pilobolus, an inventive, athletic, witty, collaborative performance company, performs on the stage and screen using the human body as a medium for expression. The 2012 season marks Pilobolus’ 41st year. In keeping with the energy and spirit of its biological namesake — a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards— the company has continued to grow toward the light, expanding and refining its unique methods of collective creative production to assemble a repertoire of more than 100 choreographic works. The Washington Post says, “ Pilobolus embodies a large part of what the best in contemporary dance is all about: discovery. Making something new with the same standard body parts the rest of us have.”

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Presented in association with The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas
October 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Israel’s oldest and most influential cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1936, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has dedicated itself to presenting the world’s greatest music to audiences in Israel and around the world. Founded by Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra represents the fulfillment of his dream “to unite the desire of the country for an orchestra with the desire of the Jewish musicians for a country.” Renowned music director Zubin Mehta and pianist Yuja Wang will lead the orchestra in a delightful performance including the works of Schubert, Chopin and Brahms.

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
November 4 & 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
On a single stage, an entire culture can be brought to life. Through rhythm, movement and music, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico takes audiences through time to explore Mexico’s rich history of tradition, folklore and social change. Created by Amalia Hernández over five decades ago, Ballet Folklorico today is known as the artistic ambassador of Mexico. They have travelled the world, showcasing a history that few know but all learn to love. So compelling, so distinct, they have received countless awards including the prestigious first place award in the Festival of Nations in Paris. Now you can see their passion and talent shine right here at The Smith Center.

Clifford the Big Red Dog ™ – LIVE!
November 6, 2012, 6 p.m.
In this new musical adventure, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth will take audiences on a journey to Birdwell Island with their friends Cleo, T-Bone, Charley, Jetta, and Mac.  They will learn about Clifford’s BE BIG!™ Ideas — Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Help Others, Believe In Yourself and Be A Good Friend — with laughter, songs and dancing that the whole family will love. Clifford’s Big Ideas came out of the curriculum developed for the award-winning animated television series Clifford the Big Red Dog™, based on the books by Norman Bridwell, which airs on PBS KIDS®.

JAZZ ROOTS: BRAZIL meets FUNK featuring Sergio Mendes & Candy Dulfer
November 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Brazilian music and Funk find their roots in the drums and rhythms from West Africa. These organic elements form the musical DNA that is imbedded in all the music of the Americas. This performance brings together Grammy® Award-winning Sergio Mendes and Dutch-born alto saxophone star and Funk master, Candy Dulfer, to explore both incredible genres.

Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen
November 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. Vereen is currently touring his one man show, Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen, dazzling audiences throughout the world. Vereen’s show is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.

Jim Brickman’s On A Winter’s Night
November 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
With more than seven million records sold, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time.  The two-time Grammy®-nominated, platinum-selling pianist and songwriter’s On A Winter’s Night weaves together holiday favorites of new and old, plus all his hits, in one spectacular concert. This live performance strikes the perfect balance between emotional, musical intimacy and audience interaction for the ideal winter’s night celebration.

The Irish Tenors – Wright, Kearns, Tynan – The Premiere Irish Holiday Celebration Tour
November 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
The Irish Tenors’ holiday celebration concert has become, over the past fourteen years, a firm family tradition, bringing together children, parents and grandparents into one audience. The performance blends the hauntingly beautiful music of Ireland and the glorious Christmas music that warms hearts, gets feet tapping, and lifts spirits high.

Classical Mystery Tour
November 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra.  What would that have sounded like?  The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert.  The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written.  Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.”

TROESH STUDIO THEATER

Steve Solomon’s – MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH & I’M IN THERAPY
September 28, 2012, 7 p.m.; September 29, 2012, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; September 30, 2012, 3 p.m.
Steve Solomon’s three-time award-winning show has met with rave reviews and great audience acclaim throughout the United States and overseas, and is becoming one of the longest-running one-man shows in Broadway history. Once again, we meet the people that we’re all too familiar with; the family members that make you remember why you left home in the first place. It’s a laugh-filled fest of everybody you know, have known, and some you’d want to forget but can’t, all brought to life on stage by the comic magic of Steve Solomon.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Gershwin and Friends
October 7, 2012, 2 p.m.
Recently featured on PBS, Keyboard Conversations® is a unique concert-plus-commentary in which Jeffrey Siegel speaks to the audience about the music prior to performing each work in its entirety. Mr. Siegel presents an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general.

Late Nite Catechism
November 30, 2012, 7 p.m.; December 1, 2012, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; December 2, 2012, 3 p.m.
This part catechism class, part stand-up routine is an interactive comedy and one of the longest running shows in Chicago and U.S. theater history. You, the audience member, are part of Sister’s class. She’ll take you back to the days of the Latin mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that good old ruler across the knuckles. Jeffrey Lyons from TV’s Sneak Previews calls the show “…something to savor and enjoy…one of the most intimate, rewarding shows in town.”

SYMPHONY PARK

ZOPPÉ – An Italian Family Circus
November 1 & 2, 2012, 7 p.m.; November 3, 2012, 2 & 7 p.m; November 4, 2012, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
In 1842, Napoleone and Ermengilda Zoppé founded Circo Zoppé near Venice, Italy, and their vision lives on as Zoppé, a traditional one-ring European circus.  Join the Zoppé family on their journey to an enchanted, thrilling world far from our digital age – to a world of acrobatics, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowns and lots of audience participation.  Always charming, often thrilling, Zoppé is an intimate, involving experience.  In their 600-seat tent, no one is more than 25 feet from the ring!

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that is the new centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-seat Cabaret Jazz and 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater.  It is also home to a 1.7 acre park, which can be used for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus will be the new location of the Discovery Children’s Museum.  The Smith Center is the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that educates, entertains and excites the citizens of the Las Vegas community.  For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook.

The Smith Center Unveils Fall 2012 Season

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Unveils Fall 2012 Season
World-Class Performances by Music Legends, Dance Extraordinaires and More

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts announces the Fall 2012 Season featuring programming that spans the best in music, dance and special attractions from across the globe.  Tickets for all performances go on sale August 17 at 10 a.m. Prices for individual tickets for the fall season begin at $24.

Highlights of the Fall 2012 Season include:

  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – October 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
  • Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen – November 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
  • Anita Baker – November 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

“The Fall 2012 Season further showcases The Smith Center’s commitment to bring culturally rich, diverse programming to Las Vegas,” says Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “The season line-up truly offers a show for everyone, and the opportunity to experience something new as well.”

With the single purchase of five or more shows, there is a 10 percent discount and individual ticket fees do not apply, a savings that results in five shows for the price of four.

To purchase tickets for performances in the Fall 2012 Season, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com or call The Smith Center’s box office at (702) 749-2000.

FALL 2012 SEASON TITLES BY VENUE

REYNOLDS HALL

Dr. John & The Blind Boys of Alabama Performing “Spirituals to Funk”
October 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
“Spirituals to Funk” features Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. John and 5-time Grammy® Award- winners The Blind Boys of Alabama. Under Dr. John’s musical direction, the world premiere of “Spirituals to Funk” represents the first ever touring partnership between two icons of American music. Based on the legendary Carnegie Hall “Spirituals to Swing” concerts produced by John Hammond in the 1930s, “Spirituals to Funk” features an integrated show that explores the connections between jazz, blues and gospel.

A State of the Union Conversation: An Evening with Frank Rich & Fran Lebowitz

October 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Forged in the belly of New York City, author and social commentator Fran Lebowitz leaves a cutting trail of wry and wit wherever she goes. Now with the presidential election heating up, she will take the stage alongside acclaimed journalist and Writer-at-Large for New York magazine Frank Rich. Together, they will kick off our illustrious Audi Speaker Series with a discussion on the current political climate, what is at stake and much more. This live, onstage conversation will conclude with 20-30 minutes of audience questions.

John Tesh: Big Band LIVE!

October 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

John Tesh and his Big Band Orchestra are “swinging” into town! On stage with 14 performers, John will play favorite big band tunes, including “In the Mood,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Beyond the Sea” and many more. An all-around showman, John will treat you to piano solos, and will charm you with his engaging audience rapport. With three gold albums, two Grammy® nominations, and on the radio airwaves every day with the nationally-syndicated “John Tesh Radio Show,” John Tesh continues to be recognized worldwide as a leading and respected figure in the entertainment industry.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre

October 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Pilobolus, an inventive, athletic, witty, collaborative performance company, performs on the stage and screen using the human body as a medium for expression. The 2012 season marks Pilobolus’ 41st year. In keeping with the energy and spirit of its biological namesake — a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards— the company has continued to grow toward the light, expanding and refining its unique methods of collective creative production to assemble a repertoire of more than 100 choreographic works. The Washington Post says, “ Pilobolus embodies a large part of what the best in contemporary dance is all about: discovery. Making something new with the same standard body parts the rest of us have.”

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Presented in association with The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas

October 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Israel’s oldest and most influential cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1936, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has dedicated itself to presenting the world’s greatest music to audiences in Israel and around the world. Founded by Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra represents the fulfillment of his dream “to unite the desire of the country for an orchestra with the desire of the Jewish musicians for a country.” Renowned music director Zubin Mehta and pianist Yuja Wang will lead the orchestra in a delightful performance including the works of Schubert, Chopin and Brahms.

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
November 4 & 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
On a single stage, an entire culture can be brought to life. Through rhythm, movement and music, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico takes audiences through time to explore Mexico’s rich history of tradition, folklore and social change. Created by Amalia Hernández over five decades ago, Ballet Folklorico today is known as the artistic ambassador of Mexico. They have travelled the world, showcasing a history that few know but all learn to love. So compelling, so distinct, they have received countless awards including the prestigious first place award in the Festival of Nations in Paris. Now you can see their passion and talent shine right here at The Smith Center.

Clifford the Big Red Dog ™ – LIVE!
November 6, 2012, 6 p.m.
In this new musical adventure, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth will take audiences on a journey to Birdwell Island with their friends Cleo, T-Bone, Charley, Jetta, and Mac.  They will learn about Clifford’s BE BIG!™ Ideas — Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Help Others, Believe In Yourself and Be A Good Friend — with laughter, songs and dancing that the whole family will love. Clifford’s Big Ideas came out of the curriculum developed for the award-winning animated television series Clifford the Big Red Dog™, based on the books by Norman Bridwell, which airs on PBS KIDS®.

JAZZ ROOTS: BRAZIL meets FUNK featuring Sergio Mendes & Candy Dulfer
November 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Brazilian music and Funk find their roots in the drums and rhythms from West Africa. These organic elements form the musical DNA that is imbedded in all the music of the Americas. This performance brings together Grammy® Award-winning Sergio Mendes and Dutch-born alto saxophone star and Funk master, Candy Dulfer, to explore both incredible genres.

Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen
November 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. Vereen is currently touring his one man show, Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen, dazzling audiences throughout the world. Vereen’s show is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.

Jim Brickman’s On A Winter’s Night
November 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
With more than seven million records sold, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time.  The two-time Grammy®-nominated, platinum-selling pianist and songwriter’s On A Winter’s Night weaves together holiday favorites of new and old, plus all his hits, in one spectacular concert. This live performance strikes the perfect balance between emotional, musical intimacy and audience interaction for the ideal winter’s night celebration.

The Irish Tenors – Wright, Kearns, Tynan – The Premiere Irish Holiday Celebration Tour
November 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
The Irish Tenors’ holiday celebration concert has become, over the past fourteen years, a firm family tradition, bringing together children, parents and grandparents into one audience. The performance blends the hauntingly beautiful music of Ireland and the glorious Christmas music that warms hearts, gets feet tapping, and lifts spirits high.

Anita Baker
November 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Grammy® Award-Winner, composer and producer Anita Baker has returned from a long break from the music scene. Known as a musical “hotbed,” Baker will return to the stage to perform her “fireside love songs” and classics such as “Giving You The Best That I Got,” promising a soulful performance for the audience.

Classical Mystery Tour
November 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra.  What would that have sounded like?  The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert.  The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written.  Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.”

TROESH STUDIO THEATER

Steve Solomon’s – MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH & I’M IN THERAPY
September 28, 2012, 7 p.m.; September 29, 2012, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; September 30, 2012, 3 p.m.
Steve Solomon’s three-time award-winning show has met with rave reviews and great audience acclaim throughout the United States and overseas, and is becoming one of the longest-running one-man shows in Broadway history. Once again, we meet the people that we’re all too familiar with; the family members that make you remember why you left home in the first place. It’s a laugh-filled fest of everybody you know, have known, and some you’d want to forget but can’t, all brought to life on stage by the comic magic of Steve Solomon.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Gershwin and Friends
October 7, 2012, 2 p.m.
Recently featured on PBS, Keyboard Conversations® is a unique concert-plus-commentary in which Jeffrey Siegel speaks to the audience about the music prior to performing each work in its entirety. Mr. Siegel presents an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general.

Late Nite Catechism
November 30, 2012, 7 p.m.; December 1, 2012, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; December 2, 2012, 3 p.m.
This part catechism class, part stand-up routine is an interactive comedy and one of the longest running shows in Chicago and U.S. theater history. You, the audience member, are part of Sister’s class. She’ll take you back to the days of the Latin mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that good old ruler across the knuckles. Jeffrey Lyons from TV’s Sneak Previews calls the show “…something to savor and enjoy…one of the most intimate, rewarding shows in town.”

 

SYMPHONY PARK

 

ZOPPÉ – An Italian Family Circus
November 1 & 2, 2012, 7 p.m.; November 3, 2012, 2 & 7 p.m; November 4, 2012, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
In 1842, Napoleone and Ermengilda Zoppé founded Circo Zoppé near Venice, Italy, and their vision lives on as Zoppé, a traditional one-ring European circus.  Join the Zoppé family on their journey to an enchanted, thrilling world far from our digital age – to a world of acrobatics, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowns and lots of audience participation.  Always charming, often thrilling, Zoppé is an intimate, involving experience.  In their 600-seat tent, no one is more than 25 feet from the ring!

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that is the new centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-seat Cabaret Jazz and 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater, and is home to a 1.7 acre park, which can be used for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus will be the new location of the Discovery Children’s Museum.  The Smith Center is the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that educates, entertains and excites the citizens of the Las Vegas community.  For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino August Promotions and Events

El Cortez Hotel & Casino August Promotions and Events

 

Casino Events

Vegas StrEATs Festival – Saturday, Aug. 11
El Cortez hosts the monthly Vegas StrEATs food-truck, arts and music festival on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Many of Las Vegas’ favorite food trucks participate in Vegas StrEATs each month along with local art and clothing vendors from across the city. For a final list of participating food trucks and vendors, visit Vegas StrEATs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VegasStreats.

Presented by El Cortez, Slidin’ Thru and Insert Coin(s) VideoLounge Gamebar, Vegas StrEATs brings food, live art and music to the Fremont East Entertainment District. Drink specials throughout the festival include $3 Bud Light, Shock Top and Bud Light Lime, $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jagermeister and 1800 Silver Tequila shots and $2 Pepsi products.

Karaoke Fridays inside The Parlour – Every Friday at 10 p.m.
The Parlour inside El Cortez becomes downtown Las Vegas’ go-to destination for karaoke every Friday at 10 p.m. throughout August.  From classics hits to today’s chart toppers, brave patrons can entertain their friends and other guests of The Parlour during this intimate Friday night party. The vintage-style lounge will feature $3 drink specials, including kamikazes, Jager bombs, Cabo bombs, cherry bombs and Irish car bombs.

Updated Promotions & El Cortez News

Friends of The Smith Center Enjoy Benefits at El Cortez
El Cortez Hotel & Casino welcomes friends of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts to downtown Las Vegas by extending on-property benefits to show-goers.  Individuals who show an official “Friends of the Smith Center” card or Smith Center show tickets and stubs on the same date as a performance can receive a $10 discount on an entrée at The Flame Steakhouse, a complimentary cocktail inside The Parlour, and a complimentary additional night’s stay after booking a one-night stay at El Cortez.

Gift Cards for Jackpot Winners in August
Throughout August, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive their choice of a free gift card from Walgreens, Smith’s, Walmart, Shell and Chevron. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.

The Flame Steakhouse Introduces New Summer Hours
The Flame Steakhouse will be open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.

The Parlour Offers Exclusive Dining Menu
El Cortez serves a special nightly dining menu exclusively available at The Parlour from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

  • Pulled Pork Slider, $9

Slow-braised pork shoulder served on a dollar roll with Creole mayo

  • Barbecue Chicken Slider, $9

Served with fresh cole slaw and Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce

  • Parlour Melt, $9

Grilled hamburger patty with Swiss cheese and grilled onions served on a dollar roll

  • Grilled Shrimp, $11

Fresh, grilled Gulf shrimp served with a spicy teriyaki sauce

  • Artichoke Spinach Dip, $7

Fresh spinach and marinated artichoke hearts with cheddar and jack cheeses topped with seasoned bread crumbs and served with fresh crostini

  • Fish Tacos, $8

Fried cod filets served on flour tortillas and topped with shredded lettuce and Crème Fraiche

  • Lollipop Wings, $8

Seasoned chicken drumettes fried and served with bleu cheese dressing

  • Steak Fries, $6

House-seasoned thick-cut fries served with chipotle ranch dressing

 

Seasonal Cocktails at The Parlour
The Parlour has introduced a new lineup of seasonal cocktails, including:

  • Acai Caipirinha: Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka, Fresh Limes, Cedilla Acai Liqueur
  • Hibiscus Margarita: Patron Silver, Hibiscus Syrup, Organic Agave Nectar, Fresh Lemon Juice And Fresh Lime Juice
  • South Side: Plymouth Gin, Fresh Mint Leaves, Elixir Lavender Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice And A Splash Of Club Soda

 

Trout Amandine & Walleye Pike Dinner Specials Continue in August
The Flame Steakhouse features Idaho trout and Minnesota walleye pike flown in fresh every week for nightly dinner specials. Each special is available for $16.95 while supplies last.

Free Marie Callendar’s Strawberry Pie for Club Cortez Players – Saturday, Aug. 4
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is serving free slices of fresh Marie Callendar’s strawberry pie on Saturday, Aug. 4. Club Cortez members can enjoy free Marie Callendar’s strawberry pies while they play slots and table games, and the complimentary pies will be served from noon to 6 p.m. Marie Callendar’s is famous for their tasty selection of homemade pies, and the fresh strawberry with sweet, ripe strawberries tossed in a light glaze inside a freshly baked crust is a seasonal favorite.

Food and Beverage Promotions

Ongoing
El Cortez Vintage Dining & Cocktail Menus
Due to popular demand, The Flame Steakhouse will continue serving selected items from the vintage dining and cocktail menus in 2012.  The menus, created in 2011 to honor the property’s 70th anniversary, dust off Las Vegas’ old recipe books and reintroduce a few classic favorites. These iconic dishes will be available at the Flame Steakhouse every Tuesday through Thursday.

Vintage Dining Menu
Appetizer: Oysters Rockefeller, fresh shucked Kusshi oysters baked with fresh spinach, hollandaise sauce and Pernod

Entree: Tournedos of beef Rossini, twin Filet Mignonettes, pan fried in butter, topped with pate Foie Gras and Madeira demi-glace

Dessert: Strawberries Romanoff, fresh hulled strawberries macerated in Cointreau and orange juice, served with fresh whipped cream and ice cream

Vintage Cocktail Menu
The vintage cocktail menu will be served at The Parlour, located on El Cortez’s casino floor. This menu celebrates the history of mixology by educating guests on the origins of classic cocktails while offering a chance for them to enjoy their favorites. The menu includes cocktails such as the side car, which originated in the 1920s during World War I; the mint julep, which originated in the 1700s and is one of the country’s oldest cocktails; the blood and sand, a drink from the 1930 premiere of a Rudolph Valentino film; the aviation, a drink created in the 1910s by the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, and many more.

Free Klondike Bars for Club Cortez Players
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is helping Club Cortez members beat the heat by serving free Klondike bars for players who hit a jackpot of $25 or more every Wednesday in August. Klondike bars have been a dessert favorite of Americans since the 1920s.

Café Cortez Dinner Specials
Visit Café Cortez for prime rib dinner for only $7.95.  Meal includes choice of soup or salad. Try the vegetarian offerings including a veggie burger, veggie fajita and veggie Chow Mein. Café Cortez also offers a full Chinese menu served from 4 to 10 p.m.

Graveyard Specials
Café Cortez serves a limited graveyard menu Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Specials include:

  • Two eggs with choice of bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and toast for $4.75 plus tax.
  • Ham and two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast for $7.25 plus tax.

 

Bar Specials
Happy Hour – Sunday through Thursday 2-for-1 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at all casino bars. Offer valid on all martinis and top shelf selections including Grey Goose, Tanqueray 10, Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker Red, Patron Silver and Bacardi Gold.

Receive Up To 75-Percent Off Using Club Cortez Points
Club Cortez members can receive up to 75 percent off when using Club Points for meals at The Flame Steakhouse, Café Cortez or Gambling Gourmet.  The percentage off the price of the meal is based on membership level.

Gaming Promotions

Ongoing
Personalized Website Feature for Club Cortez Members
Club Cortez has unveiled its newest feature for rated members – a personalized URL website for players to keep track of their various offers and promotions.  This feature allows Club Cortez members a fast, simple and easy way to check on their earned benefits. El Cortez is offering this innovative new program through High Impact Direct, a leader in micro player marketing.

Don’t Miss Instant Action at the El Cortez
Instant Action allows players to turn their points into free play without ever having to leave their machines.  Instant Action also allows players to activate promotional free play without having to visit the slot club.

Free Daily Slot Tournament – now automated 24 hours a day
Any Club Cortez member earning 500 Club Points in a single day is eligible to play in the daily slot tournament the following day.  Available 24 hours a day, players insert their Club Cortez card in any tournament machine, play the session and check their standing beginning at 10 a.m. the following day.  New Club Cortez members staying at the El Cortez also get a complimentary entry into the slot tournament.  Highest daily tournament point winner receives $250, the second highest receives $150 and the third highest $100.  The daily top ten players receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  See Club Cortez for additional details.

Weekly Saturday Night 42” LCD HDTV & $2,000 Cash Prize Drawing
Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win a 42” LCD HDTV or one of four $500 cash prizes every Saturday.  During the week, players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on video poker ten-cent or higher denomination machine, or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno are awarded one entry for the Saturday night drawing at 8 p.m.  Winners have two minutes to claim their prizes at the Club Cortez Booth from the time each winning ticket is drawn.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information.

Weekly High Noon “Wheel and Deal” Drawing
Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win $500, $300, $200 or $100 in promotional chips.  There will two $100 prizes offered in total for fourth and fifth place.   During the week, entry tickets in the drawing can be earned during blackjack, roulette and baccarat.  During blackjack, tickets are distributed to players when the dealer receives a blackjack, during roulette, tickets are distributed to players when a 0 or 00 is hit, and during baccarat, players receive a ticket every time a “tie” hand is dealt.  Double tickets will be given to players every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Players can only win one prize per drawing.  There is no limit to the number of entries a player may submit.  Winners are drawn every Saturday at 12 p.m.  Winners have two minutes to redeem their prize.  Promotional chips may be placed on any even money bet on blackjack, roulette or baccarat.  Please see Club Cortez for additional details.

About El Cortez Hotel & Casino:
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas and celebrates its 71st year of operation in 2012. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont St. and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District.  With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, including ten uniquely themed suites that resulted from the 2010-2011 Design A Suite Downtown Contest, El Cortez offers some of the best accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In May 2009, the property opened the El Cortez Cabana Suites, a 64-room boutique hotel offering vintage South Beach style in the heart of downtown. The El Cortez casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and more than 1,000 slot machines.  El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options and is proudly affiliated with the Station Casinos Sports Book. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez “Best Downtown Hotel” in 2009; “Best Blackjack in Las Vegas” in 2007 and from 2009-2011; “Best Video Poker” in 2008 and “Best Keno in Las Vegas” from 2005-2006 and 2008-2011.  Dining options at El Cortez include: Café Cortez, The Flame Steakhouse – a  vintage favorite among Las Vegas locals, and The Parlour, featuring a late-night menu of small plates.  The property’s other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer’s Ice Cream Shop, Seattle’s Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and a full-service beauty and barber shop.  For more information, please call 1-800-634-6703 or 702-385-5200, or visit http://www.elcortezhotelcasino.com/.

Stay up to date with El Cortez Hotel & Casino events and specials on Facebook and Twitter.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino July Promotions and Events

El Cortez Hotel & Casino July Promotions and Events

Casino Events

El Cortez Hosts International UFC Fight Week Events – Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6
El Cortez Hotel & Casino hosts events for International UFC Fight Week on Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6.  A pub crawl featuring UFC fighters Rashad Evans and Rory MacDonald and ring girl Vanessa Hansen will take place Thursday, July 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.  On Friday, July 6, the Cabana Suites will host a pop-up gallery with the work of Kevin Lynch at 5 p.m.

Vegas StrEATs Festival – Saturday, July 14
El Cortez hosts the monthly Vegas StrEATs food-truck, arts and music festival on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. Many of Las Vegas’ favorite food trucks participate in Vegas StrEATs each month along with local art and clothing vendors from across the city. For a final list of participating food trucks and vendors, visit Vegas StrEATs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VegasStreats.

Presented by El Cortez, Slidin’ Thru and Insert Coin(s) VideoLounge Gamebar, Vegas StrEATs brings food, live art and music to the Fremont East Entertainment District. Drink specials throughout the festival include $3 Bud Light, Shock Top and Bud Light Lime, $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jagermeister and 1800 Silver Tequila shots and $2 Pepsi products.

Updated Promotions & El Cortez News
Friends of The Smith Center Enjoy Benefits at El Cortez
El Cortez Hotel & Casino welcomes friends of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts to downtown Las Vegas by extending on-property benefits to show-goers.  Individuals who show an official “Friends of the Smith Center” card or Smith Center show tickets and stubs on the same date as a performance can receive a $10 discount on an entrée at The Flame Steakhouse, a complimentary cocktail inside The Parlour, and a complimentary additional night’s stay after booking a one-night stay at El Cortez.

Free Play Frenzy at El Cortez in July
Throughout July, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive $10 to $1,000 in free play. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.

The Parlour Offers New Dining Menu
El Cortez has launched a new late-night dining menu exclusively available at The Parlour from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. every night.

  • Pulled Pork Slider, $9

Slow-braised pork shoulder served on a dollar roll with Creole mayo

  • Barbecue Chicken Slider, $9

Served with fresh cole slaw and Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce

  • Parlour Melt, $9

Grilled hamburger patty with Swiss cheese and grilled onions served on a dollar roll

  • Grilled Shrimp, $11

Fresh, grilled Gulf shrimp served with a spicy teriyaki sauce

  • Artichoke Spinach Dip, $7

Fresh spinach and marinated artichoke hearts with cheddar and jack cheeses topped with seasoned bread crumbs and served with fresh crostini

  • Fish Tacos, $8

Fried cod filets served on flour tortillas and topped with shredded lettuce and Crème Fraiche

  • Lollipop Wings, $8

Seasoned chicken drumettes fried and served with bleu cheese dressing

  • Steak Fries, $6

House-seasoned thick-cut fries served with chipotle ranch dressing

New Seasonal Cocktails at The Parlour
The Parlour has introduced a new lineup of seasonal cocktails, including:

  • Acai Caipirinha:Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka, Fresh Limes, Cedilla Acai Liqueur
  • Hibiscus Margarita:Patron Silver, Hibiscus Syrup, Organic Agave Nectar, Fresh Lemon Juice And Fresh Lime Juice
  • South Side: Plymouth Gin, Fresh Mint Leaves, Elixir Lavender Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice And A Splash Of Club Soda

Trout Amandine & Walleye Pike Dinner Specials Continue in July
The Flame Steakhouse features Idaho trout and Minnesota walleye pike flown in fresh every week for nightly dinner specials. Each special is available for $16.95 while supplies last.

Free White Castle for Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is serving free White Castle cheeseburgers to celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4. Club Cortez members can enjoy the cheeseburgers while they play slots and table games, and the complimentary burgers will be served from noon to 6 p.m. White Castle is famous for their one-of-a-kind Slyder ®, which offers a delicious hamburger patty with White Castle’s signature steamed onions and cheese.

Food and Beverage Promotions
Ongoing

El Cortez Vintage Dining & Cocktail Menus
Due to popular demand, The Flame Steakhouse will continue serving selected items from the vintage dining and cocktail menus in 2012.  The menus, created in 2011 to honor the property’s 70th anniversary, dust off Las Vegas’ old recipe books and reintroduce a few classic favorites. These iconic dishes will be available at the Flame Steakhouse every Tuesday through Thursday.

Vintage Dining Menu
Appetizer: Oysters Rockefeller, fresh shucked Kusshi oysters baked with fresh spinach, hollandaise sauce and Pernod

Entree: Tournedos of beef Rossini, twin Filet Mignonettes, pan fried in butter, topped with pate Foie Gras and Madeira demi-glace

Dessert: Strawberries Romanoff, fresh hulled strawberries macerated in Cointreau and orange juice, served with fresh whipped cream and ice cream

Vintage Cocktail Menu
The vintage cocktail menu will be served at The Parlour, located on El Cortez’s casino floor. This menu celebrates the history of mixology by educating guests on the origins of classic cocktails while offering a chance for them to enjoy their favorites. The menu includes cocktails such as the side car, which originated in the 1920s during World War I; the mint julep, which originated in the 1700s and is one of the country’s oldest cocktails; the blood and sand, a drink from the 1930 premiere of a Rudolph Valentino film; the aviation, a drink created in the 1910s by the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, and many more.

 

Café Cortez Dinner Specials
Visit Café Cortez for prime rib dinner for only $7.95.  Meal includes choice of soup or salad. Try the vegetarian offerings including a veggie burger, veggie fajita and veggie Chow Mein. Café Cortez also offers a full Chinese menu served from 4 to 10 p.m.

 

Graveyard Specials
Café Cortez serves a limited graveyard menu Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Specials include:

  • Two eggs with choice of bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and toast for $4.75 plus tax.
  • Ham and two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast for $7.25 plus tax.

 

Bar Specials
Happy Hour – Sunday through Thursday 2-for-1 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at all casino bars. Offer valid on all martinis and top shelf selections including Grey Goose, Tanqueray 10, Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker Red, Patron Silver and Bacardi Gold.

Receive Up To 75-Percent Off Using Club Cortez Points
Club Cortez members can receive up to 75 percent off when using Club Points for meals at The Flame Steakhouse, Café Cortez or Gambling Gourmet.  The percentage off the price of the meal is based on membership level.

 

Gaming Promotions
Ongoing

Personalized Website Feature for Club Cortez Members
Club Cortez has unveiled its newest feature for rated members – a personalized URL website for players to keep track of their various offers and promotions.  This feature allows Club Cortez members a fast, simple and easy way to check on their earned benefits. El Cortez is offering this innovative new program through High Impact Direct, a leader in micro player marketing.

Don’t Miss Instant Action at the El Cortez
Instant Action allows players to turn their points into free play without ever having to leave their machines.  Instant Action also allows players to activate promotional free play without having to visit the slot club.

Free Daily Slot Tournament – now automated 24 hours a day
Any Club Cortez member earning 500 Club Points in a single day is eligible to play in the daily slot tournament the following day.  Available 24 hours a day, players insert their Club Cortez card in any tournament machine, play the session and check their standing beginning at 10 a.m. the following day.  New Club Cortez members staying at the El Cortez also get a complimentary entry into the slot tournament.  Highest daily tournament point winner receives $250, the second highest receives $150 and the third highest $100.  The daily top ten players receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  See Club Cortez for additional details.

Weekly Saturday Night 42” LCD HDTV & $2,000 Cash Prize Drawing
Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win a 42” LCD HDTV or one of four $500 cash prizes every Saturday.  During the week, players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on video poker ten-cent or higher denomination machine, or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno are awarded one entry for the Saturday night drawing at 8 p.m.  Winners have two minutes to claim their prizes at the Club Cortez Booth from the time each winning ticket is drawn.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information.

Weekly High Noon “Wheel and Deal” Drawing
Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win $500, $300, $200 or $100 in promotional chips.  There will two $100 prizes offered in total for fourth and fifth place.   During the week, entry tickets in the drawing can be earned during blackjack, roulette and baccarat.  During blackjack, tickets are distributed to players when the dealer receives a blackjack, during roulette, tickets are distributed to players when a 0 or 00 is hit, and during baccarat, players receive a ticket every time a “tie” hand is dealt.  Double tickets will be given to players every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Players can only win one prize per drawing.  There is no limit to the number of entries a player may submit.  Winners are drawn every Saturday at 12 p.m.  Winners have two minutes to redeem their prize.  Promotional chips may be placed on any even money bet on blackjack, roulette or baccarat.  Please see Club Cortez for additional details.

About El Cortez Hotel & Casino
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas and celebrates its 71st year of operation in 2012. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont St. and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District.  With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, including ten uniquely themed suites that resulted from the 2010-2011 Design A Suite Downtown Contest, El Cortez offers some of the best accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In May 2009, the property opened the El Cortez Cabana Suites, a 64-room boutique hotel offering vintage South Beach style in the heart of downtown. The El Cortez casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and more than 1,000 slot machines.  El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options and is proudly affiliated with the Station Casinos Sports Book. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez “Best Downtown Hotel” in 2009; “Best Blackjack in Las Vegas” in 2007 and from 2009-2011; “Best Video Poker” in 2008 and “Best Keno in Las Vegas” from 2005-2006 and 2008-2011.  Dining options at El Cortez include: Café Cortez, The Flame Steakhouse – a  vintage favorite among Las Vegas locals, and The Parlour, featuring a late-night menu of small plates.  The property’s other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer’s Ice Cream Shop, Seattle’s Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and a full-service beauty and barber shop.  For more information, please call 1-800-634-6703 or 702-385-5200, or visit http://www.elcortezhotelcasino.com/.

Stay up to date with El Cortez Hotel & Casino events and specials on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Golda’s Balcony at The Smith Center April 1

The riveting one-woman show and Broadway sensation, Golda’s Balcony
Comes to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts April 1, 2012

A co-promotion with the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas and the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada, the captivating Broadway smash hit, Golda’s Balcony comes to The Smith Center for the Performing Artson April 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for Golda’s Balcony in Reynolds Hall start at $36 and are available at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts by calling (702) 749-2000 or by visiting www.thesmithcenter.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at The Smith Center ticket office at 361 Symphony Park Avenue.

 

A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir, Golda’s Balcony is the latest work from Tony® Award-winning playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two for the Seesaw) and an award-winning smash that, in 15 sold-out months on Broadway, set the record for the longest one-woman show in Broadway history. From the pogroms of Russia to the halls of Knesset, the story of Meir is the story of the state of Israel in the 20th century. Starring four-time Tony® and two-time Emmy® Award nominated Tovah Feldshuh, this one-woman tour de force promises to be thrilling, deeply moving and unforgettable night of theatre.

 

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts:

Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that is the new centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-seat Cabaret Jazz and 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater, and is home to a 1.7 acre park, which can be used for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus will be the new location of the Discovery Children’s Museum.  The Smith Center is the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that educates, entertains and excites the citizens of the Las Vegas community.  For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook.

 

WICKED Comes to The Smith Center – Group Tickets Available Now

SO MUCH HAPPENED BEFORE DOROTHY DROPPED IN

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THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS KICKS OFF  2012/2013 BROADWAY LAS VEGAS SEASON WITH

BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER COMES TO LAS VEGAS
GROUP TICKETS ON SALE NOW

BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WINNIE HOLZMAN
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GREGORY MAGUIRE
MUSICAL STAGING BY WAYNE CILENTO DIRECTED BY JOE MANTELLO

WICKED, the smash blockbuster hit, kicks off The Smith Center for the Performing Arts’ 2012-2013 Broadway-subscription series with a limited six-week engagement with performances scheduled from August 29 – October 7.

Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets to WICKED now by visiting www.thesmithcenter.com/wickedgroups or by calling (702) 749-2348.

Current Broadway Las Vegas season ticket holders will have guaranteed seats to this smash-hit musical when renewing their subscription for the 2012-2013 season. Renewals for Broadway Las Vegas will begin in early April.

Individual tickets for WICKED will go on sale May 19 and will be exclusively available at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts box office at 361 Symphony Park Avenue beginning at 7:00 a.m. At 10:00 a.m., any remaining tickets will be available for purchase online at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts by calling (702) 982-7805 or by visiting www.thesmithcenter.com. There is an 8-ticket limit per guest.

Additional details surrounding the WICKED on-sale event will be announced at a later date.

Due to pre-existing sales to subscribers and groups, there is a limited inventory of WICKED tickets to start with. Patrons are urged to purchase their tickets to WICKED early.

“The world-wide phenomenon WICKED has been a fan favorite and it is only fitting that it will open our Broadway Las Vegas series,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “WICKED truly offers guests world-class entertainment and we are thrilled to bring a successful Broadway production to the residents of Southern Nevada.”

WICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s Enchanted, Academy Award® winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire. WICKED is set to make its Las Vegas premiere starting August 29.

The musical is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). WICKED, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and 3 Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other 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.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED features set design by Tony®  Award winning Eugene Lee (Ragtime, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony® winner Susan Hilferty (Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony® nominee Kenneth Posner (Tony® Award winner for The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King). Stephen Oremus is the show’s music director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

WICKED has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston to name a few.

Called “a cultural phenomenon” by Variety, WICKED continues to thrill audiences around the world. There are currently seven productions of WICKED worldwide: New York; London; Japan; Holland; Australian/Asian Tour; and two concurrent North American National Tours.

Grammy® Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

 

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts:
Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that is the new centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-seat Cabaret Jazz and 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater, and is home to a 1.7 acre park, which can be used for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus will be the new location of the Discovery Children’s Museum.  The Smith Center is the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that educates, entertains and excites the citizens of the Las Vegas community.  For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook.

 

Unveiling of the Las Vegas 2012 Heart Sculptures to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Unveiling of the Las Vegas 2012 Heart Sculptures to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will host the Unveiling of the spectacular Las Vegas 2012 edition of heart sculptures on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at The Park at The Smith Center. This exclusive VIP preview event  will feature the 2012 heart sculptures of Las Vegas, a phenomenal collection of three-dimensional, five-foot tall heart sculptures, each custom created by a local professional artist, creating awareness for the children of St. Jude and our fight against childhood cancer and other pediatric catastrophic disease.
These unique and original pieces of artwork will later be auctioned off exclusively at our Third Annual Las Vegas Honors St. Jude Gala; An Affair of the Art, a dazzling, red-carpet event held on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Four Seasons Las Vegas that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information www.stjude.org/lasvegas.
“I am proud to be on a committee for this spectacular event that is raising money for such a worthy institution as St. Jude and to be able to work with so many talented artists,” Said Dorit Schwartz, Co-Chair. This is the only time the entire breath taking 2012 collection will be in one place for the public to view and guests have the opportunity to meet the artists.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Unveils Cabaret Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists and cabaret stars take stage at unique club at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Cabaret Jazz tickets go on sale January 27

 

Overlooking Symphony Park, the beautiful club called Cabaret Jazz will spotlight some of the world’s most gifted jazz artists and cabaret entertainers at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts beginning March 2012. Cabaret Jazz will showcase legendary names in entertainment and music history, including three-time Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year Clint Holmes, SFJAZZ Collective, three-time Grammy® winner and saxophonist Brandford Marsalis, and cabaret vocalists Barbara Cook and Andrea Marcovicci. Tickets will go on sale beginning January 27, 2012, at 10 a.m.

 

Patrons can purchase individual tickets for all shows at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts by calling (702) 982-7805 or by visiting thesmithcenter.com. Tickets for most shows in Cabaret Jazz start at $35.

 

“Cabaret Jazz is the perfect place for local music lovers to enjoy collaborations and performances by our generation’s greatest musicians and entertainers,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “Outfitted with a unique ambience, exceptional food and an unbelievable artist line-up, it is the complete dining and club experience.”

 

Upon its opening in March, Cabaret Jazz will host a number of artists and entertainers. The addition of performances is ongoing and tickets are available to the public upon schedule confirmation. This is unlike other performances scheduled at The Smith Center, which are presented to the public season by season.

 

“Cabaret Jazz is a distinctly different venue than others at The Smith Center,” Martin said, noting that it will operate similar to popular live jazz and cabaret clubs that can be found in New York City or Chicago. “It’s an easygoing yet elegant club that will pay homage to the spirit of America’s music and will embody the spirit of Las Vegas.”

 

In addition, the club will offer a full-fledged food and beverage menu, complete with signature cocktails and a casual dining menu that will include everything from bourbon glazed short ribs to Baton Rouge style gumbo, as well as a list of lite bites.

 

Built with sophistication and elegance, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz provides a truly unique and cool experience for music lovers to embrace.

 

Taking center stage in the stunning, two-story Cabaret Jazz inside the Boman Pavilion, the performance lineup will highlight the following entertainers:

 

  • March 17-18, 2012 – SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Stevie Wonder
  • March 31, 2012 – Three-time Grammy®-winner Brandford Marsalis
  • Beginning April 2012, performing the first weekend of every month – Clint Holmes
  • April 13-14, 2012 – Andrea Marcovicci – Marcovicci Sings Movies
  • April 15-16, 2012 – Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik
  • April 20-21, 2012 – Joey DeFrancesco Trio
  • May 11-12, 2012 – James Gavin’s STORMY WEATHER: The Lena Horne Project
  • May 18-19, 2012 – Jane Monheit
  • May 24-27, 2012 – Barbara Cook
  • June 8 & 9, 2012 – Emily Bergl
  • June 15-16, 2012 – Lucy Woodward
  • June 29-30, 2012 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band

 

 

 

The SFJAZZ Collective is comprised of professional instrumentalists with exceptional talent and creativity. Together, they will perform select hits from the one-and-only Stevie Wonder, as well as original compositions from each member

 

One of the world’s most talented saxophonists, three-time Grammy®-winner Branford Marsalis, will deliver engaging performances from jazz to classical to funk, with exceptional precision and exuberance designed to excite the senses of audiences.

 

Beginning April 2012, Las Vegas headliner Clint Holmes will begin his monthly residency, bringing his charm and charismatic presence to the stage. The acclaimed singer, who was named Las Vegas “Entertainer of the Year” three times, Las Vegas’ “Best Singer” four times by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and honored with the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award will return in an exclusive engagement at Cabaret Jazz. Holmes’ magnetic personality and high-energy performances, ranging from contemporary to jazz to Broadway, will light up the stage for an unforgettable night.

 

Renowned singer-songwriters turned music-theater composers Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik will team up to perform their most celebrated songs as well as new material based on their latest theatrical projects. Vega both wrote and stars in “Carson McCullers Talks About Love,” which opened at the Rattlestick Theater in NYC in the Spring 2011. Sheik, best known for the hit song “Barely Breathing” and writing the Tony and a Grammy-award winning Broadway musical “Spring Awakening,” also contributed music to the McCullers project. This is the rare co-bill where two artists will perform their new material together, exploring their uniquely narrative songwriting style. 

 

Two-time Grammy® nominee, Joey DeFrancesco emerged onto the jazz scene in 1989 with the release of his first album, All of Me, bringing back the Hammond B-3 Organ sound to popular music. Selected as the top jazz organist by Down Beat’s Critics and Readers Poll every year since 2003, DeFrancesco will perform live at Cabaret Jazz with his trio to deliver a swinging night filled with harmonic depth.  

 

Cabaret singer Andrea Marcovicci illuminates how movie music has scored our lives with a performance the New York Times raved as “beautifully written, erudite and expertly performed.” With a dazzling array of movie songs from the 1930s to the 1990s with highlights such as The Way We Were, Thanks for the Memory, and As Time Goes By, “Marcovicci doesn’t just sing songs, she embraces their history and emotion” as noted by the Los Angeles Times. With her captivating voice and radiant enthusiasm, Marcovicci will continue to shine and inspire on the stage at Cabaret Jazz. 

 

Starring Mary Wilson of the Supremes, James Gavin’s STORMY WEATHER: The Lena Horne Project is about Hollywood’s first African-American goddess, reigning from MGM’s “dream factory” to a nightclub seductress to a civil rights icon. Performed by renowned celebrity Wilson, the legendary Supremes singer delivers a passionate and unsurpassed tribute to an outstanding American icon.

 

The delicate vocal styling of Jane Monheit has continued to hypnotize both the jazz and cabaret worlds, with the recent release of her tenth album. Monheit offers a mature and heartfelt sound perfectly suitable for Cabaret Jazz and audiences. With vocals at the peak of perfection, Monheit transforms each and every performance with ease and entertainment pleasure.

 

Commended as “the greatest theatrical singer in concert at the moment” by The London Times, Barbara Cook’s silvery soprano and purity of tone has delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Cook has accomplished a successful career as a concert and recording artist and is considered “Broadway’s favorite ingénue.” In addition, Cook was recently selected by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Center as an honoree for the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.

 

Emily Bergl is best known for her role on “Desperate Housewives,” but her recent show received raves from sold out Oak Room audiences and the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg News.  “Kidding on the Square” is vintage entertainment told from the perspective of a modern girl, an old fashioned show with stunning costume changes, audience participation, and character songs that run the gamut from broad comedy to intense drama.  Audiences are transported to a unique musical world that blends classic hits from Noel Coward to Fats Waller with modern favorites from Madonna to the Scissor Sisters. In the words of Stephen Holden, “Welcome to the second decade of the 21st century.”

 

Lucy Woodward is an expressive vocalist and an insightful and witty songwriter, acclaimed as an “International Artist to Watch” by Italian VogueWoodward drew inspiration from a deep well of jazz and pop influences with the release of her third album Hooked!, earning her rave reviews from critics including USA Today, who called Woodward’s music “A steamy, string-kissed slice of retro British pop by a versatile singer/songwriter.”

 

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from their venerable music venue located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary, the band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label.

 

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts:
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that will become the centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus will feature three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-seat Cabaret Jazz and 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater, and will also be home to a 1.7 acre park, which can be used for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus will be the new location of the Discovery Children’s Museum.  The Smith Center will be the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that will educate, entertain and excite the citizens of our great community.  Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center broke ground in May of 2009 with a ceremonial carillon bell casting and ringing. In February 2010, it celebrated its “Topping Out” with the raising of 50 tons of steel. The Smith Center will open in March 2012. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook.

 

The Smith Center Celebrates 10,000th Broadway Las Vegas Season Subscriber

 

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates

10,000th Broadway Las Vegas Season Subscriber

Significant Milestone Surpassed Three Months Prior to Opening

 

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts reached an exciting milestone today as the 10,000th Broadway Las Vegas season subscription package was purchased on December 16, 2011 by Las Vegas resident Gretta Woodington. The Smith Center aimed to have 50 percent of all available seats purchased by season ticket subscribers by the time the season begins in March, which is the general industry standard. As of today, The Smith Center has exceeded that goal and sold 63 percent of all available tickets, with three months left before the performing arts center is scheduled to open its doors.

“We are extremely pleased at our community’s response to the inaugural Broadway Las Vegas series,” says Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “In a time of economic uncertainty in Southern Nevada, this achievement demonstrates that The Smith Center is fulfilling a strong need for world-class performing arts in Las Vegas.”

Woodington purchased her tickets as a surprise Christmas gift to her mother. Earlier this morning, Woodington received an unexpected call from Martin personally thanking her for her purchase and commitment not only to The Smith Center, but also to the arts in Southern Nevada.

“Wow,” said Woodington on the call. “I’ll have to tell my mother about her Christmas gift now, this is too exciting.”

Woodington plans to attend the Broadway performances along with her mother when the season kicks off with THE COLOR PURPLE in early April 2012.

The inaugural Broadway Las Vegas series will feature the best and brightest of Broadway, bringing full-length versions of THE COLOR PURPLE, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and MEMPHIS to the stage in Las Vegas. Season ticket packages and individual tickets on are on-sale now for all titles. In addition, tickets are available for the best in music, dance and theater from around the world, including celebrated musicians the The Cleveland Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma, dance masters the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and much more.

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts:

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that will become the centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus will feature three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-seat Cabaret Jazz and 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater, and will also be home to a 1.7 acre park, which can be used for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus will be the new location of the Discovery Children’s Museum. The Smith Center will be a place that will educate, entertain and excite the citizens of our great community. Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center broke ground in May of 2009 with a ceremonial carillon bell casting and ringing. In February 2010, it celebrated its “Topping Out” with the raising of 50 tons of steel. The Smith Center will open in March 2012. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook.

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHO:                 The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

 

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

 

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

                                                             

The Smith Center Announces Design Your Own Series

 

 

More than 20 Incredible Shows Join the Inaugural Season
at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts


Design Your Own Series Offers Variety Beyond Broadway Las Vegas

 

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will launch its Design Your Own series on Sunday, September 25. The series will include more than 20 titles showcasing a mix of dance, music, and special attractions. The series gives patrons the opportunity to customize their theater experience and save up to 15% when purchasing multiple shows.

The inaugural Design Your Own series season includes titles from dance masters such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and tap dance extraordinaire Savion Glover, to comedian Lily Tomlin and humorist David Sedaris, to celebrated musicians including The Cleveland Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma. The series allows patrons to mix-and-match precisely to their interests, instead of buying a pre-selected dance-only or music-only series. With such a wide variety of world-class entertainment, the possibilities to create the perfect customized series are endless. Titles in the series are slated for March-June 2012. Prices are as low as $24 per ticket, and by packaging three shows or more into a custom series, patrons will save even more.

“We plan to bring the community a wide variety of shows in order to provide cultural diversity for all,” says Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “The Design Your Own series has something for everyone and will allow people to customize a package that fits their interests, while allowing them to explore new acts they may not have otherwise sought out.”

Series tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2011, and will be available by calling The Smith Center’s ticketing office at (702) 982-7805 or by visiting thesmithcenter.com. By purchasing series tickets in September and October 2011, patrons will save based on the amount of shows purchased. Ticket prices begin at $24 per show (not including processing and handling fees). A minimum of three performances are required for savings in the Design Your Own series. Three shows will result in a 5% total discount, five shows in a 7% total discount and seven shows in a 15% discount. Series ticket prices are dependent upon seat location. Individual tickets are set to go on sale for titles in the series in November of 2011.

The Smith Center takes another important step forward on its path to opening with the addition of the Design Your Own series. The center continues to be on-time and on-budget, with an opening date scheduled for March 10, 2012.

TITLES AVAILABLE FOR DESIGN YOUR OWN SERIES INCLUDE:

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
March 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
This Grammy Award-winning quartet doesn’t care much for genres. After all, why do one when you can play five or six genres at once? Fronted by master-banjoist Béla Fleck, the band covers it all from classical and jazz to bluegrass and electric blues, with a touch of Eastern European folk thrown in for good measure. It really is impossible to describe their sound, so just call it amazing.

Imagination Movers
Reynolds Hall – SPECIAL ATTRACTION
March 16, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
The good mood is infectious wherever the Movers appear, whether on stage or on the set of their hit Playhouse Disney series. In 2003, four friends began assembling in a back room after their kids’ bedtimes to write songs and develop ideas for a television series. Now, years later, the Movers are in the middle of filming 25 new shows and are on tour with the songs kids across the country have grown to love.

Canadian Tenors
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
March 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Breathtaking, talented and imported straight from Canada, these four gifted vocalists blend stunning classical sensibilities with toe-tapping contemporary pop to create an evening of magical voices, charming humor and memorable music. They’re so good they’ve already shared the stage with some of the greatest performers of our day, including Andrea Bocelli, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Sting. Come catch a case of tenor fever.

Alvin Ailey American Dane Theater
Reynolds Hall – DANCE
March 20 and 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been heralded as America’s Cultural Ambassador to the World and described by The New York Times as “possibly the most successful modern dance company on the planet.” The Theater is proud to showcase the vision of a new Artistic Director, Robert Battle, with programming that embraces the Ailey tradition of such beloved classics as Revelations and extends the legacy in dynamic new directions.

Straight No Chaser
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
March 25, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) is neither strait-laced nor straight-faced. They have become a phenomenon! Straight No Chaser is the real deal – the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor.

Savion Glover “Bare Soundz”
Reynolds Hall – DANCE
March 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
“A revelation for eye and ear alike.” – The New York Times. Newark’s own Tony Award-winning tap master Savion Glover (“Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk”) has single-handedly redefined the art of tap by combining it with the contemporary idiom of hip-hop. Accompanied by a 10-piece classical ensemble, Glover will lend his distinct, high-energy dance style to works by Stravinsky, Bach, Vivaldi, Bartok, Mendelssohn, Astor Piazzola and others.

The Pink Floyd Experience
Reynolds Hall – SPECIAL ATTRACTION
March 30, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Without question, Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential and legendary rock bands of all time. Now, get ready for THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE! Complete with a dazzling new light show and full quadraphonic sound, six brilliant musicians reproduce all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits, including “Wish You Were Here,” “Time,” “Another Brick in the Wall” and much more…live! Audiences are raving about this epic concert.

Women Fully Clothed
Studio Theater – SPECIAL ATTRACTION
April 13 and 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Martin Short calls them “totally hysterical…funny and smart…” This four-woman show takes the best of these women’s distinctive improv careers and makes one laugh-until-you-cry evening. In a world of Hollywood personas and artificial looks, comediennes Robin Duke (“Saturday Night Live”), Jayne Eastwood (Second City Toronto), Kathryn Greenwood (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) and Teresa Pavlinek (“The Jane Show”) take audiences on a hilarious journey through the lives of natural women, fully clothed.

MOMIX presents “Botanica”
Reynolds Hall – DANCE
April 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Revolutinary dance company MOMIX seemingly defies categorization as easily as its dancers defy gravity. Mesmerizing, magical and imaginative, MOMIX’s newest creation “Botanica” has played to packed houses and rave reviews around the world. Using light, shadow, larger-than-life props, humor and the human body, their spellbinding show transports you to a world of true fantasy and unrivaled beauty.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
April 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. Founded in 1918, the Orchestra continues a nearly century-long legacy of unparalleled excellence and heartfelt commitment to community. With performances across the world and an acclaimed residency in Miami, the Orchestra will be making a special stop in Las Vegas for The Smith Center’s inaugural season.

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott with the Assad Brothers
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
April 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Four of the greatest musicians in the world are coming together for one reason only… to amaze you. Yo-Yo Ma, the 15-time Grammy Award-winning master of cello, is proud to present an evening of awe-inspiring Latin American music featuring sensational Brazilian guitarists The Assad Brothers. They will also be joined by acclaimed British pianist and longtime friend Kathryn Stott for a truly unforgettable event.

Paco de Lucía
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
April 25, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
The Flamenco phenomenon has returned just in time for The Smith Center’s inaugural season. Following five years of creative silence, Paco de Lucía is back to change the face of music again. Known as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Paco de Lucía’s music delicately plays between traditional Brazilian rhythms, jazz and classical music to create a unique sound all his own.

An Evening with David Sedaris
Reynolds Hall – SPECIAL ATTRACTION
April 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of several collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller, as well as a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
April 28, 2012. 7:30 p.m.
The Washington Post calls it, “exemplary.” The LA Times says it’s “stunning.” Even after 50 years, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields continues to astound fans and critics alike. Now with the addition of acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell, the ensemble plans to perform an exquisite all-Beethoven program that, according to The Times (London), “can pierce the soul.”

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK™
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
May 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
In the best and in the hardest of times, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® has come to communities across the U.S. and around the world, raising her voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance. SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® invites her audiences to open their minds and hearts as, out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, she creates a unique and unmatched experience in music and song.

Alan Safier as George Burns in
“Say Goodnight Gracie”
Studio Theater – SPECIAL ATTRACTION
May 11, 2012, 7:00 p.m. and May 12, 2012, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
This hit Broadway play, starring Alan Safier, invites audiences to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian, George Burns, a man who laughingly lived and loved each day for all it had to offer, until he finally went “gently into that good night” to forever reunite with his beloved Gracie. “Say Goodnight Gracie” was Broadway’s third longest-running solo performance show and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for Best play and won the 2003-2004 National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play.

Lily Tomlin
Reynolds Hall – SPECIAL ATTRACTION
May 13, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Lily Tomlin needs no introduction. Her list of iconic comedic characters is a mile long. From her New York comedy club beginnings to her unforgettable Edith Ann and Ernestine characters on “Laugh-In,” to successful film and Broadway careers, Lily Tomlin has cemented herself in history as one of the premier comediennes in America. She now comes to the stage with this must-see, one-woman show, guaranteed to make you laugh until your sides hurt.

“PSY” by Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers)
Reynolds Hall – SPECIAL ATTRACTION
May 15 and 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
“A transfixing circus spectacle that boggles both mind and eye while also relocating your heart to your throat once in a while.” – The Boston Globe. PSY travels through shifting landscapes of wildly entertaining distorted visions, fading dreams and fractured memories. It carefully delves into the surreal underworld of the human psyche to explore and celebrate the darker side of our unconscious, as well as the beauty. Created and performed by the masters of circus nouveau, the Canadian troupe 7 Fingers.

Buddy Guy with Quinn Sullivan
Reynolds Hall – MUSIC
May 19, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. And on his “Living Proof” tour he brings this talent to life by looking back over his remarkable experiences. Joined by 12-year-old guitar phenom Quinn Sullivan, he crafts a blues experience for the ages.

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that will become the centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus will feature three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-seat cabaret-jazz venue and 250-seat studio theater. The campus will also be home to the Discovery Children’s Museum. The Smith Center will be the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that will educate, entertain and excite the citizens of our great community. Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center broke ground in May of 2009 with a ceremonial carillon bell casting and ringing. In February 2010, it celebrated its “Topping Out” with the raising of 50 tons of steel. The Smith Center will open in March 2012. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit thesmithcenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook.