Singing a Bittersweet Song

It’s no exaggeration to say that Celine Dion literally changed Las Vegas forever. The French-Canadian diva’s arrival in 2003 with A New Day ... heralded a new era in Las Vegas entertainment, one in which superstar headliners in the prime of their careers embrace (and even actively seek out) Vegas residencies.

The list of music legends who’ve set down roots in Vegas since Dion’s arrival includes fellow Caesars Palace Colosseum headliners Elton John, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, Bette Midler and more, plus pop powerhouses like Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga, among others. Even the Colosseum itself, which has become an iconic element of the Vegas Strip, wouldn’t exist without Dion, since it was built specifically to house her first show.

At the time that A New Day ... launched, Dion was taking what some viewed as a surprising risk, but she saw the future of Vegas (and her own career) better than anyone, and the show became an unparalleled success. With production by Cirque du Soleil co-creator Franco Dragone, A New Day ... ended its run in 2007 as the highest-grossing residency of all time, according to Billboard. Four years later, Dion returned with her current show, Celine, which has proved just as successful as A New Day ..., and has further cemented her as the face of Las Vegas, as indelible as Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley.

The upcoming final Celine shows truly mark the end of an era for Dion and for Vegas. The Colosseum itself will be undergoing renovations after Dion leaves, and the singer will be setting out on her first world tour since 2009. But the city and the performer will leave their marks on each other indefinitely, and if history is any indication, they’ll be reunited sooner than anyone realizes. –Josh Bell

Caesars Palace, 7:30 p.m. May 14-15, 17-18, 21-22, 24-25, 28-29, 31, June 1, 4-5 & 7-8, $55-$500 plus tax and fee. 855.234.7469

The Human Zoo



Experience an evening at Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity. Part acrobatics, part dance, part aerial feats, part balancing act combines with part simulated love- making, part cabaret, part vaudeville, part bondage—all envelope pushing. Seduction, sensuality, same sex, opposite sex—it’s all sex, and a completely captivating evening of theater. –Kiko Miyasato

New York-New York, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 9:30 p.m. show only May 17-18, starting at $69, 18+. 866.606.7111

Plus Fabulous

Celebrate your curves and dress them up in high-end designs at Rene’ Tyler Plus Sizes 12 & Above—everything from evening wear to bridal and red carpet. Sizes at this boutique start at 12 and go up; you can also find fashionable shoes, handbags and accessories. –Kiko Miyasato

The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 702.414.4525

Get a Glow

Spa Bellagio

Spa Bellagio

Bellagio Spa offers a truly indulgent spa treatment, one that leaves skin radiant and toned. The $1,000 Jewel of Bellagio treatment is a seven-step, 110-minute process using French mineral beauty brand Gemology Cosmetics. The products used are enriched with diamonds and white pearls, and the treatment focuses on the entire body and includes massage, body scrub and mask application. –Kiko Miyasato

Bellagio, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 702.693.7472