By H. Wadowski
On December 17, 2016 rock icons Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders christened the stage of Las Vegas’ newest entertainment venue, Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Part of Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold Tour, the sold-out concert marked the first of several big-name events to be held at the 5,200-seat theater, which will play host to touring acts, sporting events and even conventions and award shows throughout the year as well as multiple-run engagements from some of music’s most acclaimed artists.
“MGM Resorts was missing a mid-sized theater designed for live music as well as a flexible space to host sports and other events,” said Rick Arpin, senior vice president of entertainment at MGM Resorts International, when asked about the decision to build a new theater. “Most of our showrooms and theaters have between 1,000 and 2,000 seats. With the significant demand for artists doing multiple-show engagements like we have seen at The Colosseum [at Caesars Palace]and The AXIS [at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino], we wanted to include a similar-sized theater in our portfolio of venues.”
Costing approximately $90 million, the state-of-the-art theater is one of Las Vegas’ most striking venues, with natural lighting and views overlooking The Park, the Strip and the nearby T-Mobile Arena from its concourse areas. The farthest seat is only 145 feet from the stage, and there are a limited number of high-end tables that offer bottle service for VIP guests. The versatile venue can also accommodate seating on its first level as well as standing general admission.
Bruno Mars and Cher were the first artists to sign on as recurring headliners at the theater, with Mars performing back-to-back dates over New Year’s Eve weekend and Cher kicking off the first run of her new show, “Classic Cher,” in February. Mars will return for his next set of performances on March 11 and 12, with both shows starting at 9 p.m.
In April, Park Theater will welcome Ricky Martin for his first-ever Las Vegas residency. Helmed by legendary director Jamie King, who has directed more than two dozen tours for such superstars as Madonna and Rihanna, the one-of-a-kind show will showcase Martin’s greatest hits as well as his current singles and include multiple costume changes from the Grammy Award winner. Shows are April 5, 7, 8, 11, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.
For more on the venue, visit parktheaterlv.com.
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