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SPLASH Celebrates 17 Years at the Riviera

On June 21, 2002, the stage spectacular "Splash" will celebrate 17 years of thrilling and exciting Las Vegas show-goers, continuing its reign as one of the longest running shows on the Strip.

Since its debut at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in 1985, Splash has been wowing audiences with its sexy showgirls, dynamic dancers, motorcycle stuntmen, and an ever-changing line-up of the top specialty acts on The Strip. Over the past 17 years, these typically Las Vegas-style entertainment elements combined with the latest technology in lighting and sound, bold and imaginative sets, and lavish costumes have made Splash a total sensory experience not to be missed.

At the core of every Splash performance since its inception have been explosive dance routines: high-energy dance numbers that have captured the imaginations and talent of some of the top dancers in the country. Today it is a showcase of the moves and grooves of Madonna, Cher, and Janet and Michael Jackson and a vivacious series of numbers from the hit musical Cabaret performed by a cast bringing extensive training and experience to the stage.

Throughout time Splash also has featured motorcycle daredevils racing about a spherical steel cage. Initially, the stunt consisted of two motorcycles inside an 18-foot diameter globe. With training, experience, technology and practice, they added a third bike in the late '80s; and then, a couple years later split the globe for the first time ever. - While the riders circled the upper two-thirds of the chamber, the lower one-third of the structure dropped. The space between the top and bottom sections creating the potential for the bikes to fly literally out of the steel structure. - Today, Splash features the unadulterated motorcycle mania of Bela Tabak's Riders of the Thunderdome: Four mad motorcyclists racing at breakneck speeds within a 14-foot sphere of metal mesh. The most fear-defying act of white-knuckle terror ever.

Splash now also features unbelievable ice dance, figure, adagio and show act skating routines performed by World Silver Medallist Cindy Landry-Davis and 2006 Olympic hopeful, Jered Guzman. Performing spirals and spins they enchant the audience with the sheer beauty and grace of their ice dance. Working within the confines of Splash's 35' x 15' custom-designed ice rink they execute astounding feats of strength and skill.

These central elements combined with a show-stopping, ever-rotating roster of talent, for 17 years Splash has kept show-goers coming back time and time again. Today Splash features:

Los Latin Cowboys - Traditional Argentinean entertainers, commonly known as gauchos, Hugo Latorre and Eduardo Lome are highly trained and skilled performers of the rhythmic drumming of bombos, swinging of bolos, and dance for which gauchos are known. Combining their performance of this traditional art with a comedy routine, they have audiences applauding wildly while laughing uncontrollably.

The Richard Brothers - Third generation entertainers, Ricardo, Manuel and David are jugglers extraordinaire. Held over due to their tremendous appeal, The Richard Brothers' act includes juggling of clubs, rings, hats and boxes; as well as an unforgettable routine in which they juggle three clubs while cleverly moving a hat and cigar amongst them.

Six nights a week, the Splash Theater at the Riviera Hotel & Casino comes alive with the total sensory experience that is Splash. Voted "Show of the Year" year after year, Splash is one of the longest running shows in the Entertainment Capital of the World. With the sudden in-flux of Broadway and Hollywood-themed productions over the past decade, Splash is now one of few remaining true "Las Vegas Style" shows on The Strip. Priced at just under $60 it is also in a price range rapidly becoming a rarity in town. Celebrating 17 years at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on June 21st, Splash is the must-see adult revue of the year in Las Vegas.

Splash plays twice nightly Saturday through Thursday (dark Fridays), at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm. All performances are topless, must be 18 years of age for admission. For ticket information, call the Riviera Box Office at (702) 794-9433 or log on to www.theriviera.com.

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