Monday, September 10, 2007

Becoming SOL

Becoming SOL

I've often said, "If I never go back to Las Vegas, it's too soon."

However, for me, it's best to never say never, especially since I do public relations in the travel industry where my fellow Americans have made this city the top domestic destination... by choice.

Alas, Monday is my day of reckoning when I'll once again be traveling to Vegas for work, as opposed to play. I don't gamble, so I don't really have to worry much about my luck. That is, unless I get punched in the head like I did the last time I was there in a completely unprovoked attack directly outside one of the Strip's top hotels.

Since most of my trip will be spent working, the fanciful idea of being a high roller won't be entertained. However, I do plan on being entertained by taking in three of Vegas' top shows: The Beatles Love, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, and Mystère. Soon thereafter, you can expect to get a full rundown of each show.

And lest I forget, expect to see two additional reviews in this space over the next week: the Off-Broadway world premiere of 100 Saints You Should Know and Disney's The Little Mermaid during its second-to-last tryout performance in Denver.

This is Steve On Las Vegas, er, Broadway (SOB).

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At 10 September, 2007, Anonymous Esther said...

Well it's not this American's top domestic destination. I've never been there and I have to admit, I've never seen the attraction. Las Vegas tries to market itself as family friendly, but it seems to me like it's more about the dark underbelly of the American dream - lots of glitz and glittery lights, a lot of people hoping to get rich quick. Inevitably, they're disappointed and they go home a little poorer than when they came. When you add the freely flowing alcohol, it's not a very savory combination.

Anyway, I'm very relieved that you weren't badly hurt, and I can certainly understand why you're not too crazy about going back. I'll be directing some good, safe, positive energy your way the next couple of days. I like your head just the way it is!

The Beatles Love sounds pretty interesting. So many of their songs are full of fanciful images that I think they might lend themselves pretty well to a theatrical interpretation.

Good luck with work, enjoy the shows, and above all, stay safe my friend!

At 10 September, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther, I don't know that Vegas has been promoting itself as a family destination since the "What goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas" campaign began several years ago.

In the city's defense, it has to be seen to be believed and understood. The people watching alone is something truly unique.

But when I choose where to vacation, this isn't the place for me. I recognize that I'm probably in the minority here.


At 10 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope your show in Vegas give you a real punch!


At 11 September, 2007, Anonymous said...

Steve--thought of you today when I saw an article in the San Jose Mercury News about Vegas "out-spectacling" Broadway.

"As the $5 million, three-tiered chandelier crashed down from the ceiling of 'Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular' to what seemed like just inches above this theater critic's head (very Steven Spielberg!), I had an epiphany about the nature of theater in Sin City. It's all about the eye-candy."

Watch out for crashing chandeliers, and angry gamblers. We look forward to hearing your take on Sin City.

At 11 September, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

MIC - If The Beatles Love is any indication, Vegas certainly does have at least one leg up on Broadway. I was absolutely mesmerized.


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