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The Venetian Resort Announces the Return of Live Entertainment With “This Is Christmas!” Holiday Show

The Venetian Resort Announces the Return of Live Entertainment With “This Is Christmas!” Holiday Show
Laura Suzanne Wright

The Venetian Resort announces the return of live entertainment with “This is Christmas!” – a holiday show with a stellar cast of Broadway stars and “American Idol” finalists at The Venetian Theatre beginning November 27.

The show will feature performances from American Idol Season 2 finalist Lou Gazzara, award-winning Broadway star Randal Keith, Las Vegas performer Jaclyn McSpadden, master magician Ben Stone, American Idol Season 3 finalist Jasmine Trias, American Idol Season 5 semi-finalist Laura Suzanne Wright, and acclaimed director, producer and performer Eric Jordan Young.

Tickets ranging in price from $69.95 to $99.95, plus applicable fees, go on sale to the public Tuesday, November 3 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets will be available for purchase online at Venetian.com or Ticketmaster.com, in person at any Venetian or Palazzo Box Office, or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Grazie loyalty members will receive access to a presale beginning Monday, November 2 at noon PST. The presale will end Tuesday, November 3 at 9:59 a.m. PST.

Dates and show times are as follows:

  • Friday, November 27, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, November 28, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Sunday, November 29, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 4, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Sunday, December 6, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 11, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Sunday, December 13, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 18, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, December 19, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Sunday, December 20, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 25, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, December 26, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • Sunday, December 27, 2020 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)

Guests will want to share this joyous holiday celebration with family and friends as the cast brings back memories of the most wonderful time of the year.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Lou Gazzara (Performer/American Idol): Lou started his entertainment career as one the youngest contestants to ever become a finalist on the hit television series “American Idol Season II.” From there he went on to join the silver screen with James Brolin and Annalynn McCord in the 2007 film Bad Girl Island. Lou is also a Broadway World Best Performance Nominee three years in a row. His acclaimed performances have taken him around the world.

Randal Keith (Performer/Broadway Star): Randal Keith is best known for nearly 3,000 performances, starring as Jean Valjean of Les Miserables on Broadway. He was awarded an Ovation award for Best Actor in a Musical for the same performance.  He has also starred in The Phantom of the Opera, playing The Phantom in the First National Tour for six years as well as three years in Las Vegas (Venetian Theater). He opened the Las Vegas production of Spamalot as Sir Bedevere and eventually took over the role of King Arthur. In addition, he has starred in Showstoppers (Wynn Hotel) and could be seen in the starring role of Zidler in BAZ, Star-Crossed Love (Palazzo Theater).

Jaclyn McSpadden (Performer): Jaclyn McSpadden has performed with Lady Gaga, country star Brett Eldredge and Broadway’s Shoshana Bean, as well as opening for Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Jay Leno and many others. Now a Las Vegas resident, she sings with Gaga bandleader Brian Newman. She starred in Postmodern Jukebox (the Mirage Hotel) as well as played Juliet in the smash-hit musical BAZ (Palazzo Hotel).

Ben Stone (Performer/Magician): Master magician and explosive entertainer/singer, Ben Stone has appeared at Royal Albert Hall in London, with command performances for the British Royal family. He has performed at multiple West End theatres in London including Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He has made multiple appearances at the world-famous London Palladium, celebrating its 100th anniversary and an acclaimed tribute to magic superstars Siegfried & Roy. He was personally invited by show business legend, Jerry Lewis, to cohost and perform on the famous ‘MDA Labor Day Telethon’. He currently makes his home in Las Vegas with the love of his life, Jasmine Trias.

Jasmine Trias (Performer/American Idol): Hawaiian born, Jasmine Trias, rose to fame as a Top 3 Finalist on Season 3 of the hit TV show American Idol. Her album, released by Universal Records, soared straight to No. 1, boasting Platinum Record status. She was the first American Idol to headline in Las Vegas. Currently, she is also the featured celebrity guest artist on the premiere episode of the new season of “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings”, streaming now on DISNEY+.

Laura Suzanne Wright (Performer/American Idol): Laura Wright was a semi-finalist on American Idol (Season 5) at the young age of 16. She has performed with Barry Manilow, Arnel Pineda of Journey, as well as the bands Heart and Guns n Roses. She has also starred in the musicals Grease, Hairspray, and 9 to 5 on stages around the world.

Eric Jordan Young (Director/Performer/Broadway Star): Eric Jordan Young is an accomplished Producer, Director, Choreographer, Playwright, Songwriter and Entertainer with Broadway credits (RAGTIME, CHICAGO, SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, LOOK OF LOVE, and ROCK OF AGES). His Las Vegas performances include CHICAGO (Mandalay Bay) and STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Las Vegas Hilton). Eric has also performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and served as the Resident Director of BAZ (Venetian/Palazzo). He is a proud graduate of Ithaca College.

With this return of entertainment comes an enhanced guest experience at The Venetian Theatre, guided by the resort’s Venetian Clean Commitment of more than 800 cleanliness and operational protocols rolled out in response to this year’s pandemic. The set of guidelines, which incorporates guidance from national, state and local agencies, gives guest comfort that the resort is taking the appropriate steps to minimize risk and enhance safety for all Team Members and visitors.

This includes new, physically distanced seating configurations to keep individual parties separate in the theatre, along with staggered entry and the use of e-tickets to minimize queue areas and to allow for contactless ticket scanning. High-touch areas such as seating, lobby bar counters and shared surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to and between each performance, and the use of personal face masks will be required.

To verify its Venetian Clean standards, The Venetian Resort has been certified by Bureau Veritas, a nearly 200-year-old world leader in testing, inspection, and certification.  Bureau Veritas has developed the Safe Guard™ Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label to support the operational activities for The Venetian as it continues to keep safety and hygiene at the forefront. The Cleveland Clinic serves as the Medical Advisor for Bureau Veritas’ health, safety and sustainability programs, including Safe Guard. 

In addition, The Venetian is the only large resort in Las Vegas currently providing ongoing monthly testing for COVID-19 to its front-line Team Members. As of October, The Venetian Resort has provided nearly 52,000 COVID tests since this proactive testing program began.

To provide transparency, top-line changes are shared at venetian.com/VenetianClean.