"Splash" at the Riviera has reinvented itself again with a $1.2 million renovation that includes totally new opening and closing numbers, $500,000 in new costumes, the latest in entertainment technology, and a new logo. The biggest change has been eliminating the once-novel, giant 20,000-gallon human aquarium and changing the focal point to a custom-designed ice rink set center stage.
With all the changes unveiled early this month, the show stays with its established winning eclectic formula: a rapid-fire series of high-energy dance numbers combined with performances by expert specialty acts.
Two of the show's consistently successful specialty acts, contortionist Undarmaa Darihuuu and motorcycle mania by Bela Tabak's Riders featuring four death defying daredevils racing inside a 14-foot metal mesh sphere, have moved to the end of the show because of their audience appeal.
Other novelty acts rounding out the show are Los Latin Cowboys, an Argentinean comedy duo with drums and bolos, and The Richard Brothers, a comedic juggling trio.
The ice skating is executed by 1998 American Open Figure Skating Pro Championship Gold and Bronze Medalists Irina Grigorian and Mikhail Panin along with Victoria Bilyeu. The exciting death spins that put Grigorian's head just inches off the ice draw gasps from the audiences.
"Splash" has called the Riviera home for the last 14 years and will no doubt continue along its exhilarating path. Shows are at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $39.50 and $46.50, call 702-794-9433.
The Sahara will open its new 75,000-square-foot, 400-seat NASCAR Cafe next week on March 2, coinciding with the Las Vegas Winston Cup Race weekend . The NASCAR theme, which will encase the entertainment complex, includes giant projections television screens equipped with surround sound that will feature NASCAR racing, driver profiles and the latest related news and merchandise.
Nearly 20 authentic NASCAR stock cars will be displayed throughout the largest NASCAR Cafe venue, including the world's largest stock car, "Carzilla," a Pontiac Grand-Prix that weights in at more than three tons.
For those looking for a stock car driving experience, the Las Vegas Cyber Speedway, attached to the NASCAR cafe, will offer race driving excitement with realistic stock car race movement, visual and sound simulation.
Country singer Reba McEntire will bring her Diary Tour to the Las Vegas Hilton, March 23-26. The show, a combination Broadway play and music concert, garnered praise during its 8 « week run in 1999. Tickets are $90 and $100, call 702-732-5755.
McEntire has teamed up with USA Harvest for her shows. Volunteers will collect nonperishable foods before each concert and have the food delivered to local missions and hospices. USA Harvest has volunteer chapters in 118 American cities, and delivers between 355 and 375 million pounds of food to soup kitchens and missions.
Legendary rockers, KISS along with guests Ted Nugent and Skid Row will
perform one show on Friday, March 17, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Tickets are $45, $65 and $85, call 702-474-4000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
The Farewell Tour will be the last opportunity to see the four original members of KISS - Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss - together live on stage. KISS got back together and in makeup in 1996 for the KISS Reunion Tour the highest grossing tour of `96-`97. The band also recorded their first album together in almost 20 years, the Grammy-nominated, "Psycho Circus" which was released in 1998.
In addition to the Farewell Tour, KISS will release "KISS Alive IV," which was recorded on New Year's Eve 2000 at Vancouver's BC Place, on March 28. For more information on KISS, visit www.kissonline.com.
Comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will make a special appearance in the Lance Burton Theater at the Monte Carlo at 9 p.m. on March 17 and 18. Besides touring 40 weeks a year and making many national television talk show appearances, Dunham and his sidekick Walter are in a national Hertz Car Rental television commercial.
Walter is an elderly curmudgeon who speaks his mind about anyone and anything, making him the grump everyone loves to hate. There's even a talking Walter doll on the market complete with eight of his most sarcastic sayings.
Other lovable Dunham side pals include Peanut, the fuzzy purple potbellied "WOOZLE," the endearing lovable terror, Jose Jalapeno a self belittling jalapeno...on a stick, and the newest member Bubba, a laid back country bumpkin with buck teeth and freckles. Dunham's secondary characters include a gorilla, a cockroach, and a worm at the bottom of a tequila bottle.
Tickets to see Dunham's shows are $25, call 1-877-386-8224 or 702-730-7160. For a better look into Dunham's world, check out his website at www.onastick.com.
New York-New York will honor St. Patrick's Day with a spirited parade featuring their mascot Miss Liberty, Mayor Jim, cast members from Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance," and other notable dignitaries to be announced. The procession will start on the Brooklyn Bridge at 12:30 p.m. and proceed through the resort's interior.
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