Manilow Heats Up Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Hot on the heels of the first fifty packed productions of Barry Manilow’s “Music and Passion,” Las Vegas Hilton executives announced today that Manilow has been asked to stay for another 150 shows that will now take him through 2006 and into 2007.

“The success of Barry’s show is a testament to the success of our entertainment policy, which is dedicated to bringing top headliners to the Las Vegas Hilton,” said Rudy Prieto, CEO and general manager of the legendary property. “In extending Barry’s long-term agreement, we are continuing a strong relationship with a superstar of international appeal that offers our customers an experience that they cannot find anywhere else.”

“Manilow: Music and Passion” is a hybrid multi-faceted production that features contemporary hi-tech music and effects intermingled with the classic entertainment values of Las Vegas legends like Sinatra, Presley, Davis, and Martin.

Starring Manilow and a cast and band of 14, “Music & Passion” offers not only a full scale production but also the intimacy of a state-of-the-art 1700 seat theatre, unique “on-stage” seating, and a concert that changes on a nightly basis.

“I’ve always avoided a ‘fixed’ show that repeated the same thing every night,” Manilow said. “I’m glad that the Las Vegas Hilton and ‘Music & Passion’ have given us all the chance to surprise the audience every night. And over the next 150 shows, there’ll be lots of surprises!”

Manilow opened “Music and Passion” at the Las Vegas Hilton on February 23rd, 2005. The show and the Las Vegas Hilton was a perfect next step for Manilow since his sold-out 2004 “One Night Live! One Last Time!” tour was thought to signal the end of his concert career. “One Last Time” played to more than 250,000 fans in 23 arenas throughout the US and the UK.

“In his first ten weeks of performing at the Las Vegas Hilton, Barry has been a top Las Vegas draw, along with Celine and Elton, and he leads the Hilton’s exciting new entertainment roster,” said Ken Ciancimino, executive vice president of administration for the Las Vegas Hilton. “Our entertainment, combined with our new construction and renovation plans, repositions this property as a must-see venue.”

The Las Vegas Hilton ranks among the world’s most famous and popular resort destinations, located blocks from the Las Vegas Strip and adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, offering 3,000 luxurious rooms and suites situated on 59 acres. The property is one of the largest hotels in the world and features top-name entertainment, 15 distinctive restaurants, a full-service health club and spa, Star Trek: The Experience√í and much more.

Resorts International Holdings is a diversified gaming company operating six unique and dynamic casinos in key gaming markets that comprises the Las Vegas Hilton (Nevada), Atlantic City Hilton and Resorts International (New Jersey), Resorts East Chicago (Indiana), Resorts Tunica and Bally’s Tunica (Mississippi).

Tickets for these newly added shows go on sale on August 13 at 10 a.m. “Manilow: Music and Passion” performs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday in the legendary Hilton Theater. Stage seat tickets are $225 (plus tax and service charge). Main orchestra tickets are $145 (plus tax and service charge, $155 after September 2005, $165 beginning 2006); rear orchestra tickets $115 (plus tax and service charge) and balcony $85 (plus tax and service charge, $95 beginning 2006) can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office. Visit www.lvhilton.com or phone 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.

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