On the Scene with Brock Radke: Christina Aguilera, 'Heartbreak Hotel' and more
The Next Generation
The current Las Vegas Strip entertainment landscape is not dominated by musical residencies—it’s dominated by women as headliners. Celine Dion has wrapped up her iconic run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which also offers shows from Mariah Carey and Reba McEntire (with Brooks & Dunn) and Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Cher and Gwen Stefani also star on the Strip.
Taking the torch is Christina Aguilera, who recently debuted The Xperience at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood and continues June 13 and 15-16. And she’s a tremendous addition. While Aguilera has always been recognized for her powerful voice, right behind that comes her sense of style and fashion, a visual focus that creates the core of her all-new Vegas production.
Must-See: ‘Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel’
Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert at Harrah’s Showroom takes the best possible approach to creating a new Elvis experience for Las Vegas. The show is all about the music and the cast is absolutely incredible. Broadway vet Eddie Clendening is not playing Elvis as much as he’s fronting a talented, passionate band: Matt Codina torches his guitar; drummer Cole Maxwell and upright bass expert Jonny Bowler control a booming backbeat; singer/guitarist Geno Henderson and pianist/music director Colte Julian splash their own musical personalities all over the proceedings; and “back-up” singers Jackie Wiatrowski, Fana Hughes and Tymara Walker bring powerful pipes to the forefront.
Around the Strip
Superstar couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took a trip to Vegas over Memorial Day weekend to catch one of the final Celine Dion shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. After taking pictures and chatting with the legendary resident headliner, the couple watched the show from the VIP section.
Los Angeles Lakers favorite Kobe Bryant also hit the Strip with his daughter Gianna’s AAU basketball team, enjoying CrazyShakes at Black Tap at The Venetian before snagging courtside seats for the Las Vegas Aces season opener against the Los Angeles Sparks at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Kobe didn’t seem to mind that the Aces beat L.A. as he visited with Vegas players after the game.
Local celebs hit the Flamingo to help producers Matt and Angela Stabile celebrate the 17-year anniversary of “X” Burlesque. Dancers from “X” Country and “X” Rocks were there, as were Anthony Cools, Ricardo Laguna, Murray Sawchuck, Naked Magicians’ Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne and performers from Fantasy.
More party people: Rapper and Drai’s resident artist Meek Mill and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II hit the weekly Worship Thursday party at Tao Nightclub at The Venetian. NBA players Blake Griffin and Chandler Parsons hit KAOS Dayclub at the Palms to catch a set from Marshmello. Emmy Award-winning actor Darren Criss from The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was spotted at Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com.