For astir 9 years with Caesars Entertainment, Damian Costa has been a “Yes, if,” and not a “No, because,” benignant of guy.
“I commencement with, ‘Yes, if’ arsenic an answer, it’s never, ‘No, because,’” Costa said Wednesday afternoon. “I bash deliberation if I’ve accomplished anything, it’s that I look astatine ways to get things done.”
An integral subordinate of Caesars’ amusement team, Costa is splitting the institution effectual Sept. 5. Neither helium nor the institution specified the presumption of his departure. Costa says helium is readying connected opening his ain autarkic amusement operation, with a spouse who tin caput up the operational broadside of the business.
”I judge I marque my ain decisions successful my life, I americium going connected my ain accord, my ain speed, and with the enactment of a institution that has been truly fantastic to me,” Costa said. “There are nary clouds for me. This is not a rainy day.”
Caesars Entertainment confirmed Wednesday that Costa would beryllium leaving the company. He signed connected with Caesars successful January 2013, aft spending astir 4 years arsenic amusement manager astatine South Point.
“While we are atrocious to spot him go, we admit Damian’s contributions to our team, and we privation him the implicit champion arsenic helium moves connected successful September,” Jason Gastwirth, Caesars Entertainment’s president of entertainment, said successful a statement.
Costa began notifying producers and entertainers Monday that helium was leaving. Among those helium spoke with were incoming Harrah’s Showroom prima Donny Osmond (the 2 walked the venue unneurotic arsenic Osmond’s squad loaded in); “Menopause the Musical” producers Alan and Kathi Glist; and Las Vegas amusement fable and Caesars Entertainment stalwart Wayne Newton.
“Damian is simply a people guy,” Newton said Wednesday. “I look guardant to moving with him successful the future.”
From the Glists, who person had arsenic galore arsenic 3 productions simultaneously astatine Caesars: “We are bittersweet that Damian is moving connected from his presumption astatine Caesars. We person ever felt cared for, cared astir and afloat supported, having 3 shows astatine Caesars’ properties. We privation him each the champion successful his aboriginal endeavors and cognize that helium is destined for continued success.”
Costa has helped crook specified unused spaces arsenic league rooms (the Anthony Cools Experience astatine Paris Las Vegas), buffets (The Magic Attic astatine Bally’s) shuttered restaurants (House of Tape astatine Harrah’s) and dormant nightspots (Cleopatra’s Barge astatine Caesars Palace and The Back Room astatine Bally’s) and turned them into amusement nett centers.
But the caller ownership officials from Eldorado Resorts ordered galore of those rooms unopen down. Costa was charged with telling upwards of a twelve shows expecting to reopen that they would close.
“There person been immoderate turns successful entertainment, yes,” Costa said, past swiftly shifted to the affirmative developments implicit the past respective weeks successful Las Vegas. “But if you look astatine Usher, what an acquisition that was, however hard he’s moving onstage, and what an effort it is to enactment connected a amusement similar that Or, spending clip with Donny, what a large accidental helium has to instrumentality the accidental successful Las Vegas.”
Costa says his committedness to seeing the Osmond amusement done its Aug. 31 opening drove the timeline of his departure. Otherwise, helium says helium is focused connected his household (a lad successful the Army, a girl getting joined this November), and a important Immunize Nevada/Caesars Entertainment vaccination run moving from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday astatine Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club astatine Linq Promenade. The pop-up session is unfastened to those ages 12 oregon older who are inactive not vaccinated.
Costa says the existent authorities of Vegas amusement depends connected specified efforts.
“If you privation to speech astir what is happening now, it’s my household astatine location and our amusement household successful Las Vegas,” Costa said. “We speech astir ticketing each the clip successful the amusement business. This lawsuit Saturday is our summons to getting retired of this pandemic. I’m passionate astir this, and astir amusement successful Las Vegas.”
To the Summit
Derek Hough is bringing his creation moves to The Venetian successful September (the amusement had primitively been planned for Flamingo Showroom, pre-COVID). The constricted engagement is successful measurement with a deft portion of choreography from the hotel.
Hough’s “No Limit” creation accumulation opens Sept. 22 astatine The Summit Showroom, recently named, astatine The Venetian. When we saw the archetypal announcement, we’d anticipated The Summit mightiness beryllium the caller sanction of Opaline Theater astatine the hotel. Not so.
The Summit is the caller rubric of Sands Showroom, wherever Human Nature performed successful residency for 7 years. The country has besides been location to specified headliners arsenic Wayne Brady, David Spade, and the “Lipshtick” all-women drama series.
But Incoming owners from Apollo Global Management & Vici Properties Inc. are not permitted to usage “Sands” successful immoderate ceremonial name. The Summit Showroom refers to the shows hosted by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford during the filming of the 1960 caper “Ocean’s 11.”
Hough is to tally 30 shows done Nov. 30. Until helium premieres, the venue volition run arsenic Sands Showroom, for shows already booked, including “The After Party” featuring Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync, AJ McLean and Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys, and Wanya Morris of Boys II Men (Aug. 19-22); and “Debbie Gibson & Joey McIntyre: Live successful Las Vegas” (Aug. 26-29 and Sept. 16-19).
The Miracle theater
During a telephone chat with David Saxe connected Wednesday, I overheard The Jets playing successful the background. The existent band, rehearsing successful Saxe’s backstage showroom successful his Las Vegas headquarters.
Saxe says helium afloat intends to relaunch Saxe Theater astatine Miracle Mile Shops. He and promenade officials person been successful talks to instrumentality amusement to the theater. Shows to beryllium installed, apt successful September, see “Vegas! The Show,” the tribute “BeatleShow,” and magician Nathan Burton. The Jets unfastened down the hallway astatine V Theater, and “Zombie Burlesque” is apt to resume successful August, besides astatine V Theater.
Cool bent alert
Robby Wingfield’s Empire Records — wherever the ’90s are backmost — performs astatine 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday astatine Brooklyn Bowl. Friday is simply a “SoCal vs. Seattle” format. Saturday is themed for songs from ’90s movies. The shows are for ages 18-older, nary cover. Bowling is connected location left, the barroom connected location right. Enjoy.
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