MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel Resort and Casino
Currently home to 4 entertainment venues, The Ka Theater, the Hollywood theater, the Crazy Horse theater and the enormous Grand Garden arena.
In 1995, in an attempt to top the powerhouse Siegfried and Roy show at the Mirage a huge ambitious production show opened called EFX. Starring Michael Crawford of Phantom of the Opera fame. ( the part was originally offered to Rick Springfield but Springfield declined.) The show was a clumsy mish mash of production numbers, for example a blatant attempt to top Siegfried and Roys mechanical dragon saw EFX desperately showcase not one but two dragons. There was a Jules Verne number and several audio animatronic versions of Crawford along the side walls of the theater. Perhaps the most successful element of the show was a creative Houdini segment. On the whole the show was a valiant attempt at an updated Jubilee but in actuality ended up a classic example of excess over creativity proving that the size of the budget ( $45 million dollars ) does not guarantee a great show.
In November of 1996, David Cassidy took Michael Crawford's place in EFX. The part was again offered to Rick Springfield but Springfield stated the timing wasn't right. On January 15, 1999, a re worked EFX premiered with its new star Tommy Tune. Once again, the part was offered to Rick Springfield but Springfield said the timing wasn't right. On January 30, 2001, EFX finally replaced Tommy Tune with Rick Springfield. Springfield signed a one year contract for the show. On August 1, 2001, Springfield suffered a broken arm when he fell while performing in EFX. In one of the last scenes of the second show, Springfield was on a 20-foot high beam that lowered him to the stage when he fell 10 to 15 feet as the audience watched. Understudy Sal Salangsang filled in for Springfield for the rest of the week. The show closed doors in 2002.
In 1999 In its efforts to continually maintain its position as the top entertainment venue on the Strip, MGM Barbara Streisand to appear in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Millennium New Years eve. Almost a complete sellout, with only a limited selection of seats remaining, the Streisand millennium celebration had racked up the highest one-day dollar total of any single performance in the 33 year Ticketmaster history.
On February 15, 1998, the MGM opened its Studio 54 with a private performance by Elton John, drawing dozens of celebrities. This event raised more than $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The MGM was also the first resort on the Strip to have an outdoor seasonal amusement park called Grand Adventures. The park featured rides such as Skyscreamer; Lightning Bolt; Les Bumper Boats; Grand Canyon Rapids; and Pedalin' Paddleboats.The Show Place Junction was an outdoor stage hosting high energy shows, and the Star Steppin' Stage featured soulful sounds.
A more intimate venue in the MGM Grand is the 650 seat Hollywood Theater cleverly utilizes a rotating policy of headliner star names including, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Chicago, and most notably David Copperfield. The venue allows the audience to see huge star names up close and personal.
Imported from Paris, MGM Grand built a special theater to house Crazy Horse Paris, ( originally called La Femme ) The theater is a near identical copy of its Paris original. A modern take on the century old Paris revue. This artistic dance show uses lights, space, shapes, and sound to explore the wonders of the female body. These performers are dancers, not strippers, thereby elevating the topless show to a new aesthetic experience. Interspaced between the dance segments are some variety acts, each specially designed to augment the atmosphere of the show.
In 2005 Cirque du Soleil opened its most technically advanced production thus far in the re modeled EFX theater, with a ground breaking budget of over $200 million dollars KA tells the story of Imperial Twins, a boy and a girl, who embark on an adventurous journey to fulfill their respective destinies. The story is told through a combination of dancers, aerialists, martial arts performers. Acrobatics and puppetry. Also through the use of video projections and immense pyrotechics a saga is told.
Every seat in the K Theater is equipped with a pair of stereo speakers at ear level. The digitally mixed audio system, of over 2,400 speakers can route sounds to these in-seat speakers, which when combined with the main house speaker system, can create a very dynamic surround-sound audio experience.
K is the only Cirque du Soleil production to lack a traditional 'stage', instead relying on floating platforms that rotate and move with the performers on top. This floating stage, 25 x 50 feet (15 m) and weighing 50 tons, twists horizontally and vertically, sprouts poles for performers to climb, and is covered with 'sand' (cork) for actors to hide within.
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|Hotel Name :||MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel Resort and Casino|
|Address :||3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard|
|City/Region :||Las Vegas|