3 Days: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday October 15-17
Backstage - Platinum Plus - $1495 ($1695 after 9/14)
Backstage Tuesday and Wednesday - $1400 ($1600 after 9/14)
Backstage Tuesday Only - $700 ($800 after 9/14)
Backstage Wednesday Only - $700 ($800 after 9/14)
Kick off your 2012 LDI experience with Backstage Las Vegas: October 15-17, 2012, a three-day whirlwind tour of some of the hottest shows, attractions, and companies that make Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the United States. From a performance of KA, the most technically challenging resident show by Cirque du Soleil in a cutting-edge theatrical setting, to a bone yard of more than 150 old neon signs reflecting the history of Las Vegas, visits to PRG and Silver State Wire Rope, tours of the beautiful new Smith Center For the Performing Arts and the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, and a look at the sophisticated "plumbing" installations at The Wynn Resort for both Le Reve and Lake of Dreams, plus a performance of Absinthe in the Spiegeltent at Caesar's. Backstage Las Vegas 2012 promises to take your breath away with high-tech innovation, low-tech fun, and a great networking experience as you meet the folks that make it all happen. Produced in conjunction with Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas.
Bus transportation provided to all Backstage events.
Monday evening, October 15
5:30pm: Orientation meeting at Las Vegas Convention Center - Room N238
6:00pm-10:00pm: Dinner and private party at the Neon Boneyard
The Neon Museum collection boasts over 150 donated and rescued signs. The core of this collection is contained in the Neon Museum Boneyard, a rambling park approximately two acres in size. Signs featured date from the late 1930s through the early 90s and represent motels, local businesses, and celebrated casino resorts from throughout the Las Vegas Valley, and offer a glimpse into the storied past of Las Vegas and its most memorable art form.
Tuesday, October 16
12noon-11:00pm - includes lunch and dinner
12noon sharp: Bus leaves Las Vegas Convention Center
Tour of Caesar's Palace Colosseum: Take a look at the high-tech venue that hosts such great performers as Celine Dion and Elton John (where his new show, The Million Dollar Piano, can be seen), and where a large video wall sets the stage for visually exciting performances.
Lunch and tour at Smith Center: This new world-class multi-venue performing arts center opened earlier this year, adding a new venue to the Las Vegas scene. Home to touring Broadway shows and numerous musical events, the Smith Center was designed by David M. Schwarz Architects, with theatre consultants Fisher Dachs Associates and acoustical design by Akustiks. Includes late lunch at 3:30pm.
Visit to Silver State Wire Rope
Tour of Cosmopolitan Hotel (includes a beverage at the Chandelier Lounge)
Dinner at Caesar's Palace
Absinthe at Caesar's Palace:
Absinthe is a critically acclaimed acro-cabaret variety show, performed in the round with unobstructed sightlines and in intimate proximity of the world-class artists performing amazing feats of strength, balance, danger and unfathomable flexibility. The New York Times hails “You’re close enough to see the sweat and grimaces needed to produce graceful, gravity defying stunts,” and sums up the entire “Absinthe” experience as, “Imagine Cirque du Soleil as channeled through ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show.’” With Q&A in the theatre post-show.
Wednesday, October 17
12:00pm sharp Bus leaves Las Vegas Convention Center
Lunch at Wynn Las Vegas followed by a panel in Le Reve's intimate aqua theatre-in-the-round, focusing on "stage plumbing" in a space with fantastic fountains and a mega-size swimming pool. Plus tour Lake of Dreams: Go "backstage" at the outdoor attraction at The Wynn Las Vegas with high-tech video shows and a wall of water on a man-made lake..
Tour of PRG Las Vegas
KA at Cirque du Soleil, an extraordinary high-tech show created and directed by Robert Lepage, with stage machinery and technical systems that are beyond cutting edge. All in a custom-built theatre at MGM Grand.
Dinner and cocktials at Hard Rock Hotel's Lucky's 24/7 to close the 2012 Backstage Las Vegas experience
*subject to change
*Schedule subject to change