“The Cocktail Cabaret” will resume performances at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
“We’ve created a knock-your-socks-off musical tour de force, so we’re more than excited that Caesars Palace is home to The Cocktail Cabaret,” stated Keith Thompson, director, arranger and co-producer of PK Entertainment. “Thanks to all of our fans, friends and colleagues for supporting us and believing in us.”
“The Cocktail Cabaret” focuses on musical virtuosity and humor brought to life by a small cast of power-house singers featuring the show’s spectacular regulars, Niki Scalera (“Hairspray,” “Tarzan,” “Footloose”), Eric Jordan Young (“Rock of Ages,” “Vegas! The Show,” “Ragtime,” “Chicago,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Look of Love,” “Dreamgirls”) and Maren Wade (“America’s Got Talent,” “Confessions of a Showgirl,” “Pin Up,” “50 Shades! The Parody”).
The fantastic four-piece band is led by co-producer and renowned pianist Philip Fortenberry (“Behind the Candelabra”), drummer Don Meoli (“Jersey Boys”), bassist Josh Jones (“Million Dollar Quartet”) and Saxophonist Eric Tewalt (“Celine Dion’s orchestra).
A new, rotating line-up of special guest stars scheduled to appear will include rising vocalist James D. Gish on Nov. 21 – 24, Travis Cloer (“Jersey Boys”) on Dec. 5 – 12 and Ron Remke (“Vegas! the Show,” “BAZ”) Dec. 26 – 29, and Savannah Smith (The Moonshiners) will fill in for Scalera who’ll be on vacation Nov. 21 and Nov. 23. The show will also feature special guest emcees Broadway star Brent Barrett (“Chicago,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Grand Hotel,” “Phantom, The Las Vegas Spectacular”) and veteran comic Tony Arias on various dates throughout the holiday season.
“Our original idea when we opened the show last November was to present a modern musical twist to a show reminiscent of ‘Vintage Vegas,’ a time when the great and popular entertainment happened in the smaller venues on the Strip. Specifically, we celebrate the cocktail hour with an elegant and fun show that gets our audience ready for dinner or a night-on-the-town,” said Thompson.
“The Cocktail Cabaret” was recently honored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards, earning 2018’s Best Lounge Show (Silver) and Best Value Show (Bronze).
Over the course of the show, original cast member classical/pop singer Daniel Emmet made it all the way to the finals of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and Fortenberry recently completed a three-week, 14-city solo concert tour of China.
“The Cocktail Cabaret” is the first show on the Strip created and produced by PK Entertainment, a Las Vegas-based entertainment company founded by powerhouse musical team Thompson (“Jersey Boys,” “Idaho! The Comedy-Musical” and “The Composers Showcase” at The Smith Center) and Fortenberry, the critically acclaimed pianist who is a veteran of 10 Broadway shows, eight national tours (“Cats,” “Ragtime,” “The Lion King”), a concert headliner with his newest release, “Give My Regards” and was the Liberace hand/body double in HBO’s biopic, “Behind the Candelabra.
The audience can expect a variety of songs performed by the stellar talent, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “That’s Life,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a cocktail medley, a tribute to the blues and many more. Three of the show’s songs, including the title song, were written by Thompson.
Truly a piece of Caesars Palace’s storied history, Cleopatra’s Barge offers a classic vintage-Vegas experience. With its intimate size and red and gold décor, the luxurious floating barge is an ornate replica of the graceful craft that transported the royalty of Egypt on the Nile River in the time of Julius Caesar.
Performances are scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, dark Sunday through Tuesday. The show will be dark on Nov. 28 – Dec. 1 and Dec 12 – 15 and Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.
Tickets are on sale now for shows starting Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. and priced at $39 per person for general admission and $59 for VIP seating, plus tax and applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CocktailCabaret.com, in-person at any Caesars Entertainment box office, or by calling 702-777-2782 or toll free 855-234-7469.