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Love - The Beatles inspired spectacle from Cirque du Soleil
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06 October 2009

Love - The Beatles inspired spectacle from Cirque du SoleilCirque du Soleil has long been one of Las Vegas’ best performing groups. In recent years, they’ve started joining forces with other popular acts to give show-goers a little more bang for their buck. The Criss Angel experiment might not be working out too well, but now that Cirque has hooked up with The Beatles, if only in spirit for the most part, they seem to be back on track.

Before George Harrison of The Beatles passed away, he had formed a strong relationship with Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte. The two were planning to merge Beatles classics with the awe-inspiring feats performed by Cirque.

The idea was to create a masterpiece using music and the troupe’s unique style of entertainment to form something wholly original. After Harrison’s death, Laliberte continued to work on the theme, and in 2006, Love was launched at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

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A Review of the Las Vegas Show Danny Gans at the Danny Gans Theatre
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17 November 2008

A Review of the Las Vegas Show Danny Gans at the Danny Gans TheatreFor people not overly familiar with Las Vegas, you may not know who Danny Gans is. If not, he’s a singer-slash-comedian who was once a professional baseball player. Danny’s been called “the man of a thousand voices,” “the ultimate impersonator,” and even “the most famous actor who never appeared in Bull Durham,” (an ironic pun to the fact Danny appeared in the hit Kevin Costner film but ultimately had his scenes cut) but is also a very accomplished and funny comedian. Any man who has a theater in Las Vegas named after him must be doing something right. And if you’re feeling the need for a good laugh, Danny Gans is currently at the Danny Gans Theater.

The reigning Entertainer of the Year in Las Vegas welcomes the audience in with some warming commentary before going straight into his act. Although, many have seen his show multiple times and claim Danny has a propensity to switch it around some.

However, a lot of his material, such as the singers he impersonates, remains the same. If you’re looking to be blown away by any showgirl-type kicks or high-flying acrobatics, then you’ve better cancel in advance.

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The History behind the Bellagio Hotel and Casino
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25 June 2008

The History behind the Bellagio Hotel and Casino

The Bellagio is an AAA Five-Diamond rated luxury hotel and casino in Las Vegas, located on The Strip. MGM Mirage holds ownership of this luxurious hotel and casino, and it was built on the site of the demolished Dunes hotel and casino.

Inspired by the Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy, Vegas' Bellagio is famed for its elegance. One of the most notable features of the Bellagio is an 8-acre artificial lake between the hotel and the Strip, which holds the famous Fountains of Bellagio. The Bellagio has been one of Vegas' most famous resorts since its inception. It employs approximately 10,000 people, and is visited by millions each year.

The Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn, an American casino resort developer, and built by his company, Mirage Resorts, Inc. Wynn is often considered as the man who changed Vegas. In 1989, his first major Strip casino, The Mirage, opened, setting a new standard in Vegas, making immediate history.

With his second project, the 1993 Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Wynn proved once again that his vision for Vegas was different. The $450 million dollar resort was another instant smash with the public.

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A mini-bio on Steve Wynn
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30 May 2008

A mini-bio on Steve Wynn

Stephen Alan Wynn was born on January 27th, 1942 in New Haven, Connecticut, and is best known for being an American casino developer. He was thought to be responsible for the efforts of reestablishing Las Vegas in the 90s, spearheading the resurgence and expansion of the Vegas strip.

His companies refurbished and built some of the most widely recognized resorts in Las Vegas to date, such as the Golden Nugget, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, and Wynn. Wynn currently lives with his wife in a suite at Wynn Las Vegas, awaiting completion of their Highlands Golf Club home. He has two daughters, Kevyn and Gillian. Wynn suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, which affects his peripheral vision.

Wynn's father Michael Weinberg ran a host of bingo parlors in the United States. In the late 40s, he changed his name to “Wynn”, a marketing strategy and an attempt to counter anti-Jewish bias.

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