Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Beyonce To Play Gans Theater

[OK, OK. I GOOFED. THESE SHOWS WERE ANNOUNCED WEEKS AGO. MY BAD. WHAT'S NEW ARE THE TICKET PRICES, WHICH AS MILES WOULD SAY, ARE BANANAS. -sf]

It's hard to tell if this was pulled together quickly because of Danny Gans' death or if the announcement was delayed because of Danny Gans' death, but Wynn Resorts announced today that Beyonce will do four dates, July 30-Aug 2, in the Encore Theater at Wynn that was just tragically vacated. Could this be the beginning of Wynn's newest entertainment approach which is also the oldest entertainment approach in Vegas histoire, the headliner?

Interestingly, this will be the smallest -- at 1,500 seats -- venue Beyonce will perform in her 2009 tour and tickets start at $250 for the nosebleeds. Also interesting is this passage from the press release:

The "I AM...YOURS" show will be staged exclusively for the intimate venue at Encore and promises to showcase the artist like never before. Beyonce's extraordinary, all-female band will join her to perform musical hits, classics and surprises. As part of this occasion, Beyonce's "I AM...YOURS" performances will be recorded and produced as an exclusive DVD compilation.

Hmmm. Special Vegas staging. Could that mean, in actuality, a 90-minute version? Is "Vegas staging" code for "shorter with no opening act"?

Also, is it at all awkward to announce this when Gans hasn't even been buried yet?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Steve, These Beyonce shows have been listed for some time on Pollstar.com.Yrs., Richard

Lance said...

I think "Vegas staging" could mean shorter... but more than anything I think it means that the show will be staged differently (as it says) because it has to be.

The 'I am' tour is an arena show in every other market. That means, like any similar tour, the tour rolls into town constructs their stage, hangs their light rig, etc etc.... At the Encore theatre there is a stage, there is lighting. The are fitting their show into an existing performance instead of creating their own (as they essentially do in an arena).

This particular tour has featured a B stage in the audience and has Beyonce flying over the audience to get to it. I suspect that will be ditched in this venue.