Friday, December 19, 2008

Breaking: Elton John done at Caesars in April

Elton John's wonderful Red Piano show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace will end its run this spring after another roughly 25 shows during runs in February and April, Colosseum spokeswoman Kris Lingle just told me.

The production opened in February 2004 and he played his 200th show last July. His initial contract was extended by three years in 2005. I wondered a year ago whether Elton was getting bored with this gig based on some remarks I caught on Larry King Live about some impatience during the show as to when it would be over. By contrast, Elton said, he still gets pumped playing to touring audiences.

No word yet who will replace Elton and be headliners alongside Cher and Bette Midler, but the rumors are constantly out there that Celine Dion wants to retake her throne and perhaps have another child. Here's Lingle's tantalizing comment on that:

"I'm sure Celine has come up in conversations and everyone knows the power of Celine in Las Vegas. But no decisions have been made yet."

Lingle said that Elton may return to Caesars for concerts or such but that "The Red Piano" show as we know it and as David LaChapelle divined it will end in April. Tickets are on sale for the February run but have not been made available for the final April run. Look for a stampede of celebrities and high-rollers for that, so go in February if you don't want to re-mortgage your house.

Between the 2009 closures of Mamma Mia!, The Red Piano and Criss Angel Believe, it's going to be a sad year in Vegas. Oops. Did I just say that?