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Caesars Entertainment closing smaller venues, ending shows in Las Vegas

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Posted at 4:39 PM, May 14, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Caesars Entertainment says it is closing down some smaller entertainment venues in Las Vegas and some shows, including Chippendales Theater at Rio hotel-casino and ending the show's longtime run.

A company spokesperson tells 13 Action News the decision was not easy and acknowledges the long history some of the shows have in the city and with the company.

Shortly after Caesars made the announcement, Chippendales said in a tweet that it will return to Las Vegas and more news will be available in the coming weeks.

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Meanwhile, Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace hotel-casino is closing down. Caesars says it is in talks with Wayne Newton to find another location for his show at one of its Strip properties. Dionne Warwick will focus on touring, so her residency will also not return.

The Anthony Cools Experience showroom at Paris hotel-casino is also closing and the shows the "Anthony Cools Experience," "Friends! The Musical Parody" and "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" will not return.

Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood hotel-casino is closing and the shows "Tenors of Rock" and "Crazy Girls" will not return.

Also shutting down is Back Room at Bally’s hotel-casino and "X Rocks," Final Fight Championship at Rio hotel-casino, the "Bronx Wanderers" and "John Caparulo’s Mad Cap Comedy" at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

As for Caesars' shows that are set to return, "Criss Angel Mindfreak" restarts at Planet Hollywood on July 7, "Usher – The Las Vegas Residency" opens at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on July 16, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!" restarts at Flamingo on Aug. 5, "Morrissey: Viva Moz Vegas" will take place at the Colosseum from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5, Donny Osmond opens his residency at Harrah’s on Aug. 31, Judas Priest performs at Zappos Theater on Oct. 8 and "Sting: My Songs" opens at the Colosseum on Oct. 29.

More information about upcoming shows can be found on Caesars.com.

This story was updated after publication to include information about the Chippendales tweet teasing a Las Vegas return following the original Caesars announcement.