Wednesday, October 21, 2020 / by Ken Couture
After nearly eight months since live entertainment temporarily closed because of the pandemic, MGM Resorts announced Tuesday it will slowly begin bringing shows back to its Las Vegas Strip properties.
The company plans to reopen seven shows starting on November 6 with new safety protocols.
The following will return Nov. 6:
- David Copperfield,
- Carrot Top,
- Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club,
- The Australian Bee Gees and
- Thunder from Down Under
MGM Resorts says the shows will have limited capacity. In some cases, that’s requiring the performances to now be in larger theaters, in order to accommodate social distancing.
Some venue changes are as follows:
- David Copperfield will return to the David Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand
- Jabbawockeez will bring its signature moves and “Timeless” show to the MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club will take to the stage in the resort’s Studio A & B Ballrooms
- Carrot Top will perform in the Luxor Theater
- Fantasy will perform in the Luxor Theater
- The Australian Bee Gees will perform in the resort’s Thunderland Showroom at the Excalibur
- Thunder From Down Under will perform in the resort’s Thunderland Showroom at the Excalibur
The state also mandates a maximum audience of 250 guests, and at least 25 feet between the stage and closest audience member.
Despite a few changes coming, many involved with the productions welcome the return of live entertainment.
“The staff and crew, everyone’s excited to get back to work. Just to be on stage, that’s our passion. It’s not a hobby, it’s our life,” Lorena Peril, host singer and headliner of “FANTASY” said.
The MGM Resorts’ website shows the entertainment operational enhancements to its performances. That includes regular cleaning of venues between shows, requiring guests to wear masks and answer health screening questions.
MGM is encouraging digital ticket sales and contactless scanning of them.
“After eight months, it’s time to bring entertainment back to the Entertainment Capital of the World,” said George Kliavkoff, MGM Resorts’ President of Entertainment and Sports. “While there is still a long road in our city’s recovery, the reintroduction of these shows is an important first step. November 6 is going to feel very special as we welcome back team members and guests and bring the curtains up for that first time.”
Caesars Entertainment is also reopening three shows on the Strip soon. “X-Country” plans to welcome guests back on Thursday, Oct. 22. “Absinthe” and “Piff the Magic Dragon” will reopen at the end of October.
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