Issue 63
November 20 - 26, 2001
Volume 2
page 2

Rick Springfield Extends His Run At MGM

MGM Grand have announced that Rick Springfield has indefinitely extended his starring role in their acclaimed stage production 'EFX Alive'.

Springfield, who is a singer, songwriter and musician, is a Grammy and American Music Award Winner. He has been entertaining audiences in the Las Vegas resort in a role that was created to showcase the success of his thirty-year career in the music industry.

President and COO of Entertainment and Sports for MGM MIRAGE, Richard Sturm, commented, "Audiences from around the world have responded to Rick's energetic personality and stage presence. We are delighted that he is staying with the show."

EFX Alive' first opened in March 1995 and is now one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas history. The name of the show was inspired by the term in stage and film, which applies to the special effects which give a production its visual impact.

MGM Grand spent $45 million on the production and a further $30 million on its permanent home, the EFX Theatre. The theatre features 6,000 lights, 85,000 watts of computer controlled multi-channel surround sound, NASA computer technology and enough electricity to power 1,440 homes. 'EFX Alive' uses approximately 10lbs of pyrotechnic materials during each

performance.It also features one of the largest 3-D films ever produced and has the biggest show sets in Las Vegas.

Mid-Missouri Town Hoping That Casino Will Reverse Its Fortunes - BOONVILLE, MO - A betting man knows there are no sure things. But around Kansas City, where the people hurt from layoffs and cobwebs collect in Main Street store windows, city leaders are feeling lucky about the arrival of their new neighbor - a $75 million casino, the first in mid-Missouri.

Poised to open December 6, the Isle of Capri in Boonville features all the bells, whistles and orange-and-blue carpeting of a big-city casino: 900 slot machines and 28 game tables, all in a two-story, riverboat-shaped structure slightly smaller than the company's Kansas City property.

The casino also promises to change life in Boonville, a 162-year-old town that has come upon hard times.

Alpha Hospitality Shuts Casino After Sept. 11 Attacks - NEW YORK - Alpha Hospitality Corporation citing hardships facing the travel and hospitality industry after the Sept. 11 attacks, on November 20 said it will temporarily close its Ella Star Casino as a result of falling visitor levels.

The gaming company said the temporary closure of the ship, berthed north of Bal Harbour, Florida, would give it time to review its options concerning the future operation of the facility. Its choices would include reopening the casino if the hospitality industry begins an upswing, or divesting its interest in the operation.

Elton John

Elton John will perform at MGM Grand's Grand Garden Arean on December 8.

Price: $50, $85, $150

Showtimes: 8:00 p.m.

For more information please call: (800) 646-7787
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