Long John Silver has never seen a pirate adventure like this! Not even after draining a case of rum! In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Treasure Island set sail last Saturday with the maiden voyage of its new pirate battle production, The Sirens of TI.
More than 1,000 invited guests were on hand for the world premiere of the show, which features a clash between a group of tempting sirens and a band of renegade pirates. The show replaces the long-running pirate battle that dazzled visitors for years.
On Saturday night, guests were awed by the music, dance, excitement and seduction in this modern musical-meets-action-movie spectacular.
"We marked TI’s 10th anniversary with the debut of The Sirens of TI, not only to celebrate the 10 years that have past, but also the 10 years to come," said TI President Scott Sibella. "In recent years, we’ve created a number of experiences that energize TI and give visitors reason to return again and again. With the new battle, we have created a show that leaves everyone wanting more and finding it within our resort."
Just a few months ago, TI closed its popular Battle of Buccaneer Bay to make way for the updated, sexier new show.
The Battle of Buccaneer Bay originally debuted in 1993 when Treasure Island opened. The nearly 10-year run and 16,334 performances played to an estimated 35 million people.
To recreate the entertainment extravaganza, Sibella tapped Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega for the project.
In the hands of Ortega, the show was given a fresh new storyline and set to music scored by award-winning record producer and songwriter Emilio Estefan.
While the show features a sexy cache of showgirl-like wenches who battle with a renegade band of male pirates, it retains many of the special effects of the previous pirate battle, such as cannons blazing, masts toppling, powder kegs exploding and stunt actors leaping into Buccaneer Bay, a blue lagoon that’s part of the 18th century sea village replica that fronts the Strip.
The new show is the latest in many changes to the resort. The signature skull and crossed-swords marquee is gone, replaced with a modern marquee featuring the new TI logo and state-of-the-art technology. Plus, the resort’s outer walls have shed the lighter coral color for a deeper-toned terra cotta hue.
The facelift is part of an overall plan intended to bring the swashbuckling hotel into the 21st century.
Translation: More adult themes and fewer attractions for kids. Gone is the video arcade that was once the largest in town. The resort’s famous pirate battle in front of the hotel was closed and scheduled to re-open in late 2003 with new stars: the Sirens of TI (short for Treasure Island).
Next year will bring a new Mexican restaurant by renowned restaurateur Richard Sandoval, a redesigned buffet and an expansion of TI’s Canter’s Deli — the LA icon installed as a counter deli earlier this year.
Also in 2004, a pedestrian bridge will connect TI to one of the country’s best malls, the Fashion Show, which features such high-end anchor stores as Bloomingdale’s Home Store, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Free performances of The Sirens of TI are staged nightly at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. in Sirens’ Cove at the front of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, with VIP viewing for hotel guests.