Caesars hails A New Day!

Oct 22, 2002 6:03 AM

Caesars Palace on Monday allowed visitors a sneak peak at its new Colosseum event center, and revealed the name of Celine Dion’s new show, "A New Day."

"This is a natural for us," said Caesars President John Groom. "We have a winning combination of Celine Dion, the most famous female entertainer in the world, and Caesars Palace, the most famous casino resort in the world."

Dion will debut in A New Day in March 2003. The show was created for, with and about Celine Dion. It will be a subtle balance of concert, dance, theater and multi-media in which the audience will be transformed into a virtual world.

The production will feature the largest indoor LED screen in North America, which will be used to baffle and tease the imagination of the audience, to transport them to Celine’s new universe.

Dion is currently with a cast of 60 dancers, musicians and artists who have been rehearsing in La Louviere, Belgium since June. Rehearsals include dance, aerial, vocal, percussion, acrobatic and theatrical workshops.

"Our goal with this project is to create a spectacle like no other ”” a fusion of song, theatre, dance and technical innovation" said producer Franco Dragone. "I see Celine as a satellite who captures images. She will use the stage to create her own universe and share it intimately with the audience. A New Day will expose Celine’s immense talent in a new art form. We hope to heighten and intensify the senses so that each spectator leaves the show ”˜seeing’ more than they did the day before."

Rehearsals will continue through mid-November in Belgium, after which Celine and the team will re-locate to their new home in Las Vegas, the Caesars Palace Colosseum.

In the meantime, Caesars Palace continues construction of the Colosseum, which is 90 percent complete. A contemporary interpretation of one of antiquity’s architectural wonders, the 4,000-seat entertainment and event venue has been specially created for Dion’s show, but is capable of showcasing other events.

Moreover, the $95 million Colosseum is the centerpiece of a new construction program at Caesars Palace that began when Park Place acquired the resort on December 29, 1999.

"With construction more than 90 percent complete, The Colosseum already is changing the landscape of the Las Vegas Strip," said Park Place President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. Gallagher. "Caesars Palace built its world-wide reputation by presenting the very best. With A New Day at The Colosseum, we’re creating a unique theatrical experience that will live up to that high standard of excellence."

There are a multitude of other innovations that are designed to return Caesars Palace to the lofty perch it enjoyed when it was built in the 1960s, according to George Markantonis, senior vice president of hotel operations.

Markantonis said Caesars’ new Randy Ogden restaurant is scheduled to open two weeks before A New Day, and a replacement for the La Piazza food court is also nearing completion.

"We’re looking at new clubs, bars and restaurants that should appeal to a new and exciting market,’ Markantonis said.

Other expansion includes a huge subterranean parking garage that can be accessed from Flamingo Road, which would include a walking plaza on top and fronting the Strip; and an expanded and modernized race and sports book.

Tickets are currently on sale for A New Day. Based in Los Angeles, the promoter, Concerts West, is one of the world’s largest producers and promoters of live music events and tours. Run by veteran tour promoters John Meglen and Paul Gongaware, the company’s primary focus is indoor arenas and theaters, allowing for increased dates and fewer closings.