'Siegfried & Roy' shutdown leaves void in Las Vegas By Laura Del Rosso / October 16, 2003 Share 1 -- LAS VEGAS -- The cancellation of "Siegfried & Roy," the top-grossing show in Las Vegas, has left a void in the tourism industry here that was stunned and saddened by the mauling of illusionist Roy Horn by one of his tigers. "It's a huge loss for Las Vegas," said a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA).The show was a fixture in Las Vegas, where the two German-born entertainers performed six shows a week, selling out their 1,500-seat theater 45 weeks a year. Ticket prices were $110.MGM Mirage does not release ticket-sales figures, but multiplying the size of the theater by the number of performances, times the ticket price, yields $44.5 million a year.A spokeswoman for MGM Mirage said it is premature to discuss the future of the theater at the MGM Mirage Hotel where "Siegfried & Roy" ran since 1990."The show is closed indefinitely, and we're focusing on Roy and not how the space will be used," she said. Those who purchased tickets for upcoming shows have been given full refunds, she added.The "Siegfried & Roy" show did not contract with tour operators to include tickets in packages so there was limited impact on tour operators.The Mark Travel Corp., which operates the MGM Mirage Vacations tour operation through an agreement with MGM Mirage, booked seats for the show for its clients, but payment was made directly to the show when the client arrived for the performance, according to a Mark Travel spokeswoman.Brian Kaskie, director of entertainment for Tripreservations.com, the inbound division of Prestige Travel in Las Vegas, said that although the closure is a "profound loss" to the city, he did not expect it to impact visitor numbers because the destination offers such a variety of attractions and shows."Everyone is saddened to no end. They were the icons of Las Vegas and one of the top three shows in town," he said.Kaskie said he believes visitors looking for similar entertainment will gravitate to magic acts, such as those by Lance Burton and David Copperfield. However, those two entertainers do not perform year-round as did Siegfried and Roy.The other popular shows in Las Vegas -- the three Cirque du Soleil shows, the Blue Man Group and comic/impressionist Danny Gans -- often are sold out, and it may be difficult for those who do not make plans early to get tickets to replace their "Siegfried & Roy" performance, he said.MGM Mirage also owns the MGM Grand, the Bellagio, Treasure Island and New York-New York, all of which offer other popular, long-term acts.The MGM Mirage spokeswoman said "those shows generally sell out every night, so it might be difficult to absorb those [who would have gone to see 'Siegfried & Roy.']"The popularity of those other shows is due, in part, to "Siegfried & Roy," which helped build Las Vegas into the destination it is today, said the LVCVA spokeswoman."We are lucky, in a sense, because Siegfried and Roy paved the way for a great many entertainers and shows to become permanent fixtures in Las Vegas," she said. "They have left an indelible mark on our industry and we have a plethora of other shows to offer visitors because of them."To contact the reporter who wrote this story, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .