Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: March 6, 2007

THE PALMS' Pearl Concert Theater opens its doors on March 17 with a performance from rock group Evanescence. The 2,500-seat venue promises an intimate concert experience: The stage is only four feet off the floor, and no seat is more than 120 feet from the performers. Two 14-by-16-foot video screens at either side of the stage allow for even closer views of performances, and 18 private and semiprivate skyboxes overlook the theater. Other acts scheduled to perform include comedian Carlos Mencia on March 23, singer Gwen Stefani on April 21, rock band Fall Out Boy on April 29 and musician Alejandro Sanz on June 6. For more information, call (702) 942-7777 or visit www.palms.com.

"STOMP," a theater production where performers use household items such as brooms, trash cans and matchboxes to create percussive music, dance and visual comedy, is coming to Las Vegas this month. Preview performances of "Stomp Out Loud" will begin March 24 at the Aladdin Resort and Casino. A 1,500-seat theater, the Stomp Out Loud Showroom, has been built for the show. For more information, call (702) 785-5555 or visit www.stomponline.com.

HARRAH'S ENTERTAINMENT rebranded the Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino as Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon and reopened the property March 1. The casino is named after Harrah's founder Bill Harrah. Harrah's acquired the property from Boyd Gaming Corp earlier this year. For more information, call (702) 737-2100 or visit www.billslasvegas.com.

LE REVE, the acrobatic water show at Wynn Las Vegas, will close March 6 through April 5 for theater renovations. The $8 million upgrade will include a complete theater redesign. The new design will include Art Nouveau floral motifs in red and gold. The number of seats in the theater will be reduced from 2,087 to 1,606, which will allow for additional legroom.

LE REVE will also introduce the VIP Indulgence Package, with complimentary champagne bottle service, chocolate-covered strawberries, lounge seating and video monitors that provide up-close imagery and glimpses of behind-the-scenes action. New per-person pricing for Le Reve shows includes $99 for the Splash Zone (the first two rows), $119 for seating in rows C through K and $159 for the VIP Indulgence Package in the Champagne Circle (row L). For more information, call (702) 770-WYNN or visit www.wynnlasvegas.com.

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