This new Vegas show wants you out of your seat. What to know ahead of 'DiscoShow.'
Ross Mollison, who brought the "Absinthe" and "OPM" theater productions to Las Vegas, is tired of paying to sit at shows. He’s betting $40 million that other people are, too.
"I'm sick of paying $250 bucks and sitting in a skinny little seat that was made 150 years ago and watching other people up on stage for two and a half hours," Mollison, the founder and Impresario Extraordinaire of production company Spiegelworld, told USA TODAY. "I want to see the next form of entertainment."
That, according to Mollison, can be found at "DiscoShow," Spiegelworld's fourth Las Vegas production.
The show is set to launch in the summer of 2024, nearly three years after Spiegelworld inked a $75 million partnership with Caesars Entertainment to build three theaters to house new shows in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and New Orleans.
There will be singing, comedy, as well as plenty of dancing among both performers and attendees, according to Mollison. All will be found within a new 500-person, two-level venue that replaces the former Imperial Palace sportsbook in the Linq hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Spiegelworld and Caesars plan to spend the next six months on construction.
"It's a very environmental experience," Mollison said. "They're watching the story of what happened in the early '70s unfold before them and understanding what happened. Why this incredible phenomenon (of disco) developed."
What is 'DiscoShow'?
This will be the second iteration of "DiscoShow," which originally debuted in 2018 as "We Are Here" in New York City. The show features Steven Hoggett, the choreographer behind the Harry Potter stage play "The Cursed Child," on the creative team.
While Spiegelworld had planned to launch "DiscoShow" in Las Vegas in time for New Year's Eve 2022, the timeline was pushed back due to the budget. Estimated costs for the show are around $40 million, about double the original estimate, according to Mollison.
"It took us so long to get the engineering and the architecture right. And then the costs have come with that," he said. "(We're) getting our cost structure right and making sure we spend the money where we need it. So I really think it just took us longer to plan and get the budget right."
What can else customers expect from Spiegelworld?
Spiegelworld will be building a 200-seat French-American diner near the "DiscoShow" entertainment space, inspired by a now-closed New York City diner called Florent.
Like disco, which gave a platform to artists who were women, gay or people of color, Florent had ties to the LGBTQ+ community. The diner was known for attracting a mix of tourists, celebrities, drag queens and prostitutes, and owner Florent Morellet was open about being HIV positive, even sharing his T-cell count updates on the menu board.
Although the diner opened in the '80s, "I just feel like it kind of fits the early-'70s-in-New York vibe," Mollison said.
While a "DiscoShow" ticket isn't required to enter the restaurant, Mollison said he imagines many attendees will be splitting their night between the diner, the entertainment space and the venue's two bars.
Mollison described the entertainment space as "an enormous LED box," with screens covering the walls and floor to make the show feel like a party. Participation isn't necessary, but he said the venue – which will be "dancing room only" without traditional showroom seats – will make people want to move.
"You're going to be involved in this show," he said. "(You're going to be) feeling like you're back in the '70s and listening to some of this music, surrounded by characters who are portraying the people who were experiencing it back then."
Mollison said he was even able to get Gary Selesner, president of development and international marketing at Caesars, moving during a showing in New York.
"The show ends with this entire audience doing the dance that they've learned through the preceding 70 minutes. And I'm just watching Gary and his entourage of Caesar's Palace executives just dancing," he said. "(They're in their) suits just having a blast."
Tickets are set to go on sale in the next few months.
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