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Postby Kamen on 17 Oct 2008 14:11

Las Vegas club revenues and celeb fees down

How does this compare to Miami?
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Postby pod on 17 Oct 2008 14:16

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I'd say the percentages are the same. The losses in Vegas are higher due to the monetary amounts being talked about.

Tao just laid off a bunch of people from my knowledge.
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Postby The Honky Tonk Man on 17 Oct 2008 14:34

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Good article... I agree the mega clubs are a thing of the past. I don't think we'll ever see those again..

Not a great time to own a club and in Miami it's going to be much much worse.
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Postby PlatinumPassportsInc on 04 Nov 2008 01:46

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vegas has over 50 million people visit every year.. this year will be less of course but still good numbers..
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Postby icebaer69 on 20 Jan 2009 18:58

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pod wrote:...Tao just laid off a bunch of people ...

:shock: :x :cry: :shock:

Longtime ‘Folies Bergere’ choreographer says he ‘saw writing on the wall’
Tropicana officials announced last week the show’s 49-year run would end.
Tue, Jan 20, 2009 (2 a.m.)

Legendary choreographer Jerry Jackson wasn’t surprised when Tropicana officials announced last week they were closing “Folies Bergere.”

“I saw the writing on the wall,” said Jackson, who has directed the topless extravaganza since 1975. He knew after a meeting with new bosses in early December that the show’s 49-year run was about to end.

“ ‘Folies Bergere’ enjoyed an amazing and unprecedented run on the Las Vegas Strip,” Tropicana Las Vegas President Ron Thacker said Thursday in a prepared release. “We are extremely proud to have been part of such an iconic Las Vegas production.”

Entertainment Director Lou Walters — father of TV news correspondent Barbara Walters — brought the show from Paris and it opened in Las Vegas on Dec. 24, 1959.

The Tropicana owns the production, one of the last in-house productions on the Strip. It will lay off the 80 showgirls and stagehands when the show closes in March. The financially strapped resort reportedly will soon announce a show to replace “Folies.”

Jackson said he saw a dramatic change in the casino’s support for the show in the past six months.

“I met with former executives last summer and they were so pro-‘Folies,’ ” Jackson said last week from his home in Los Angeles. “They were high on making changes to the show. They asked me to come up with ideas, which I did, and they were bowled over by them.

“But since then, those people have moved to other areas of the hotel and have no say-so over the show. The new people were not that high on it.”

At a Dec. 2 meeting, Jackson was asked what it would take to get attendance numbers up.

“I told them they needed to put some money into the production, buy advertising and change the state of the economy because the numbers for most of the shows are down,” Jackson said. When he walked out of the meeting, he thought: “Well, that’s that.”

Actually, Jackson said, the Tropicana hasn’t spent much money on “Folies Bergere” since 1983.

“Keeping that in mind, I’m surprised it’s lasted as long as it has,” he said. “The reason it has lasted is that there has been such a great audience response.”

Jackson is sad that about 80 people will be out of work —
but not that the show is closing.

“I have no problems with it closing,” he said. “I would rather it close than to continually try to create without any funds. I’ve been able to do it for years but I think I’ve recycled everything in that hotel but the silverware. I don’t know what else I can do. I have taken stones off of old costumes and had them sewn onto new costumes or new fabric — you can only do so much.

“But I’ve always tried to keep up the integrity of the show. I have had wonderful cast members and talent to work with, which has been great. I have a lot of friendships with cast and crew and technicians. I wouldn’t change that for the world. If you judge a man’s wealth by his friends, I’m very rich.”

Jackson claims “Folies” is the longest-running show in the United States.
The economy isn’t helping other shows in town either.

“When I flew up there in December I noticed the airport was empty
and there was hardly anybody in the hotels,” Jackson said.
I’ve been working in Vegas since the ’50s and I’ve never seen it so sparse.”

Jackson did some tweaking of the show last year and was going to make more changes for the 50th anniversary in December, but now he can relax and enjoy the fruits of his decades of labor in entertainment.

“I’ve turned down jobs for the past year or two,” said Jackson, who turned 73 on Wednesday. “I don’t have any desire to do another show. I have done so many. I have pages and pages of credits. So unless something really interesting comes up, or there are people I really want to work with or there’s a project that is really inspiring, I’m not interested.”
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Postby MTmix86 on 21 Jan 2009 18:34

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All I have to say is that Vegas is Vegas and it will still bring in a ton of people no matter where you go. I'm new to the night life in Vegas though.
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Postby pod on 23 Jan 2009 13:19

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Numbers are down in Vegas, but it's so huge that they're doing fine compared to everyone else.
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