Tycoon Steve Wynn has built award-winning hotels and created award-winning shows in Las Vegas, and at age 73 hasn’t stopped yet with his visions. Now he’s the most excited he’s ever been in his life with the creation of his “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” spectacular that has its official opening gala Saturday night, the Las Vegas Sun said on December 18.
This old but new Vegas entertainment at Steve’s Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas returns the Strip to the glory days of huge headliner names, magnificent music and super songs, the Sun said.
Wynn’s 35 singers and dancers backed by an onstage 31-piece orchestra are a stunning ensemble who deliver an incredible collection of Broadway songs that were the showstoppers of their time when they premiered on the Great White Way, according to the Sun.
However, “Showstoppers” is not a dusty vestige from yesteryear that appeals to the walker-and-wheelchair set. Wynn has invested $10 million, so the show is as hip and as modern as it can be, the Sun said.
“Execution of this project has been perfect. If this isn’t a success, the failure is mine alone. This was my idea. I picked my favorite songs. This was my response to Cirque du Soleil. I thought it was time to have no hydraulics, just raw talent and great music and live music. Everybody executed magnificently, ” Wynn said.
The extravaganza with nearly 25 songs from 12 iconic musicals that won 43 Tony Awards is Wynn’s dream.
“I’m not trying to change the world. I just want Encore Theater to be the temple of live music in this town. You’ll go there, it will always be there. That’s why I built that room, which cost me about $25 million or $30 million, and I have never figured out what do to with it, ” he said.
According to Wynn, the show has the potential to be a smash hit.
“Everybody loves it – 99.9 percent of the people who filled out the form said they’d recommend it to their friends. We’ve continually tinkered with it and tightened it and picked up the pace.
“So that’s the truth of what we’re doing in the room. Honesty coupled with great material and talented people. If that’s not enough, we’re in trouble here. These showstopping numbers have a power of their own. They touch some element of human nature and human emotion that transcends all generations, ” he said.