Liza Minelli to Play the Luxor in Vegas

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Crooner part of 'eclectic' line-up in theater vacated by "Hairspray" until Cirque du Soleil builds a magic show.

Liza Minelli has been signed as part of an "eclectic" rotation of performers to fill in at the theater recently vacated by "Hairspray" until Cirque du Soleil creates a magic show at the Luxor Hotel-Casino, according to a breaking-news edition of the celebrity-interview podcast "The Strip."

A high-ranking official at MGM Mirage revealed to "The Strip" co-hosts Steve Friess (USA Today and Newsweek contributor) and Miles Smith (NBC producer) that Minelli will return to Vegas after a lengthy hiatus to perform. It remains unclear how many concerts or when they will take


The audio of the program can be found at

Friess and Smith also reported on the July 4 special edition that Cirque du Soleil, which now has five concurrent sit-down shows in Vegas, will add a sixth with a magic show at the Luxor and a seventh with an Elvis-scored production at Project CityCenter. Cirque has an exclusive arrangement with MGM Mirage, which owns nine casinos on the

Strip and is building the $7 billion Project CityCenter complex.

In June, "The Strip" was first to break the news that "Hairspray" was closing and in May, "The Strip" broke the news that Cirque was creating the Elvis show for Project CityCenter.

“The Strip,” presently No. 1 in Travel on PodcastAlley.Com, is a breakthrough in podcasting by featuring a litany of major Las Vegas celebrities including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Steve Wynn, Dennis Miller, Charlie Palmer, Harvey Fierstein, Dennis Hopper, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Griffin, Howie Mandel, David Copperfield and dozens of others.


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