May 17, 2001 7:25 PM

Singing sensation Celine Dion has signed a long-term contract to perform at Caesars Palace, the Strip resort confirmed today.

"This alliance brings together an entertainment 'Dream Team' in Celine Dion, Rene Angelil, Sony Music, Franco Dragone, Concerts West and Caesars Palace,'' said Thomas E. Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Park Place Entertainment Corporation, the parent company of Caesars Palace. ``We have had a long and wonderful friendship with Celine and Rene. We are delighted to join them in this all-star coalition to create an extraordinary show."

Dion's performance will be the centerpiece of a spectacular theatrical presentation directed by Franco Dragone, creator of the wildly successful "Quidam," "O" and "Mystere." A brand-new 4,000-seat theatre, designed to resemble the Colosseum in Rome, is being constructed specifically for this concert engagement which is scheduled to run for a minimum of three years beginning in 2003.

The Dion-Caesars alliance was first reported in GamingToday publisher Chuck Di Rocco's Heard on the Strip column on April 10.