Caesars signs Celine Dion to 3-year deal

LAS VEGAS -- Singer Celine Dion signed an agreement for a three-year engagement at Caesars Palace here.

Dion's performance will be the centerpiece of a theatrical musical production, slated to debut in March 2003, that will be directed by Franco Dragone, creator of Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam," "O" and "Mystere."

CDA Productions, owned by Dion and her husband Rene Angelil, will produce the show in association with Dragone's company, Creations du Dragon.

Concerts West, an Anschutz Entertainment Group company that is billed as one of the world's largest producers and promoters of live music events and tours, will present the show, which is scheduled for a minimum three-year run.

At press time, ticket information had not been announced.

The production will be performed in a new 4,000-seat theater designed to resemble the Colosseum in Rome.

Plans call for the $65 million showplace to be 100 feet high and to have a 22,000-square-foot stage.

The theater will be built on land previously occupied by Caesars' Omnimax movie theater and Circus Maximus Showroom.

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