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BWW Reviews: Magician Tommy Wind Takes the Vegas Strip by Storm
July 13, 2015

One thing there are a lot of in Las Vegas is magicians. Most who enjoy those shows have heard of David Copperfield and Penn & Teller, who headline at their eponymous theaters at the MGM Grand and rhe Rio, respectively. The newest magician to have his own show at this own theater is 25 year-old Tommy Wind.

BWW Reviews: Hal Prince's Broadway: An Evening In Word and Song
May 28, 2015

First, a reviewer's confession: Hal Prince is one of my heroes. With him - through his shows - I've been able to travel the world and travel through history. There was ancient Rome (A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum), 1930's Germany (Cabaret) mid-20th century Argentina (Evita), the American South in early 20th-century (Parade, probably my favorite show), New York City during the 1950s (West Side Story), early 20th century Sweden A Little Night Music), and lots more times and places in lots more shows - among them (Follies, Company, Pacific Overtures, She Loves Me, Sweeney Todd.

BWW Reviews: BWW Revisits ROCK OF AGES
May 26, 2015

Rock of Ages opened on Broadway in 2008 and closed last January after 2,328 regular performances and 22 previews. It is still running strong at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The music in the show is drawn from the glam metal and hair bands popular in the 1980s and it tends to be familiar to the audience who often sings along.

BWW Preview: The Smith Center Presents Broadway Las Vegas 2015-16
February 26, 2015

Las Vegas' Smith Center for the Performing Arts is an extraordinary place. It's diverse programs encompass just about all of the performing arts. The building, designed by David M. Schwartz is a Neo Art Deco design and features a 47-bell carillon housed in a 17-story carillon tower. The design, Schwartz said at the opening, was chosen to echo the design elements of Hoover Dam, located 30 miles away. It is the first performing arts center in the United States to be Gold LEED certified. After three years of planning and construction, it opened on March 10, 2012.

January 14, 2015

Since the Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors almost three years ago in March 2012, many Las Vegans have felt less culturally adrift. You see, the arrival of the Smith Center meant that, even off The Strip and outside hotel showrooms, there was world-class entertainment to be seen in the city. This includes Broadway musicals, intimate cabaret fare, a beautiful home for performances by Las Vegas' terrific philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theatre. And, all of this takes place in a breathtakingly beautiful venue - art deco on the level of the Chrysler Building and the Radio City Music Hall. So many who live in Las Vegas are so grateful to have the Smith Center.

BWW Reviews: Travis Cloer: 'Christmas At My Place'
December 15, 2014

BWW Reviews: Martin Kaye 'Should've Been A Doctor'
November 6, 2014

Saturday, November 1, should go down in the history of Las Vegas entertainment as the night Martin Kaye debuted his own show in the city. And it would be smart of some producer to sign him and find him his own regular showroom.

October 27, 2014

Promotional material tells us that at the The Naked Magicians 'Magic + Strip Poker = The Naked Magicians.' But, unlike the show with the same title that has played elsewhere in the world, the cast does wear clothing most of the time (thus avoiding, one imagines, some awkward moments).

BWW Reviews: Eric Jordan Young: SHAKIN'
October 27, 2014

As I've noted here before - and voters in the poll of Las Vegas showgoers have twice decreed when his was twice voted Best Performance By A Lead Actor In A Musical for Vegas! The Show - Eric Jordan Young is a super-talented man.

BWW Reviews: An Evening With Jerry Lewis
October 6, 2014

Jerry Lewis performed at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday night and - for all good reasons - if you were there you'll never forget it.

BWW Reviews: Grand Laughs With Paul Scally
September 15, 2014

BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS at The Smith Center
September 10, 2014

As a native New Yorker who was fortunate enough to go to Broadway shows since the age of five, I can now wholeheartedly and unreservedly say that Las Vegas is, indeed, the 'Entertainment Capital of the World.' And the reason for that is, in three simple words, 'The Smith Center. '

BWW Reviews: Eric Jordan Young 'Once In A Lifetime'
July 1, 2014

Here is clearly a man who loves theater and for audience members like me, the set list - heavy on show tunes and made even more interesting with the inclusion of, for example, 'Downtown,' - was a terrific one. It was a wonderful evening.

June 30, 2014

Jabbawockeez' Prism is so creatively presented that you know if you look away for even a moment, you're liable to miss something very interesting....and lots of fun, too.

June 16, 2014

Those who aren't among the 15,082,028 people (6,398,889 in the United States) in the world's 29,253 congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - the Mormon Church - probably don't know much about that religion. I am one of those people. In fact, the one thing I absolutely believe in is musical theater. I don't claim it as a religion, but I do claim it can cure a host of ills and know that its devotees are fervid in their faith in the curative power of a good musical. I am supremely grateful that I saw my first Broadway show at the age of 5 and that my faith in that art form has never wavered in the least. Now, The Book of Mormon has reinforced that faith.

BWW Reviews: Thunder From Down Under
June 2, 2014

It's billed as 'The Perfect Girls' Night Outback.' And, indeed, it is. Thunder From Down Under is a very happy place to be.

BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Is Back On The Las Vegas Strip
May 20, 2014

Mamma Mia! has become a staple of the musical theater stage. It ran at Mandalay Bay from February 2003 to January 2009, racking up more than 2,100 performances making it the longest-running West End show in Las Vegas. It is now the ninth longest-running show on Broadway. It has played around the world to millions of people.

BWW Previews: LIPSHTICK Is Being Put On at the Venetian, 7/11
May 16, 2014

Comedienne Whitney Cummings (left) visited Las Vegas on Thursday. She was at a press conference at the Venetian Resort and Casino to announce Lipshtick - The Perfect Shade of Standup, a new resident series of performances by female comediennes.

BWW Reviews: A Magical TEMPEST Is A Most Welcome Addition To Las Vegas
April 21, 2014

Teller first became known for magic, working with Penn (Jillette) in the act they formed in 1981. Today, following worldwide success, the duo is in residence at the Rio in Las Vegas. In between shows, Teller found time to direct (and co-produce with Penn) the 2013 documentary Tim's Vermeer. Now, he and co-director Aaron Posner have staged Shakespeare's play The Tempest and it is running at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts through April 27.

BWW Interview: Eric Jordan Young on Leaving VEGAS! THE SHOW to Pursue Other Projects
March 4, 2014

After more than 2,000 performances - 46 months/12 shows per week- actor/singer/dancer Eric Jordan Young has decided to leave Vegas! The Show. His last performance will be Wednesday, March 12.

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