February 20, 2007

Is Jersey Boys Heading to Vegas in Spring 2008?

February 20th, 2007

MSNBC.com provides a roundup of the hottest shows in Las Vegas. Within the list, the reporter highlights many of the Broadway productions that have come to the Strip. The longest-running Broadway production on the Strip, Mamma Mia! continues to be its most popular and successful musical. In June, the Venetian unveiled a $40 million theater for a special production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s perennial favorite, Phantom – A Las Vegas Spectacular. Cut down to 95 minutes, the show includes enough mind-numbing special effects to dazzle the least Broadway-literate show goers. In addition, Broadway West is also fertile ground for new shows that have enjoyed recent success in New York and on national tours. Since opening on February 9 at Paris Las Vegas, the truncated, 90-minute version of The Producers, starring David Hasselhoff, has received positive reviews. On March 8 Spamalot will open at the special Grail Theater in the Wynn. This production is freshened up by a star turn from John O’Hurley and legendary director Mike Nichols.

The piece looks into the future: Looking even farther ahead, a production of Jersey Boys is supposed to open in spring 2008!!

Where will Jersey Boys play? In one of the well-established megaresorts? In one of the new casinos that’s under construction? Will it replace Mama Mia, which is scheduled to close in Vegas in 2008 after a very successful five-year run at Mandalay Bay?

What are the odds of Jersey Boys setting new box office records on The Strip?

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