Live, ticketed entertainment, an undeniable part of Las Vegas' allure, is starting to return. By far the highest-profile production resuming is "Absinthe" on Oct. 28 at Caesars Palace.
Capacity has been reduced from 660 to 153, and new cabaret-style seating enables parties of two to five to reserve tables positioned more than six feet apart. The iconic tent venue will be cleaned and sanitized before and after every performance, and a new air purification system has been installed.
Guests will be screened with noncontact temperature testing, masks will be mandatory and table service will be provided so guests don't have to line up at the bar for drinks.
"'Absinthe' is uniquely positioned to allow us to present the same raunchy, hilarious show in a way that should give everybody involved complete confidence to laugh, cheer and watch in wonder," Spiegelworld founder Ross Mollison said. He added that he hoped to make reopening announcements soon for the return of "Opium" at Cosmopolitan and "Atomic Saloon Show " at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
Tickets for "Absinthe" performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays are on sale at Spiegelworld.com.
Among the other shows that are reopening are "Piff the Magic Dragon" at the Flamingo and "X Country" at Harrah's.
Piff and his magic dog, Mr. Piffles, perform in "Piff the Magic Dragon" at the Flamingo.
Accompanied by his showgirl partner, Jade Simone, and magic dog, Mr. Piffles, Piff has performed in Las Vegas for the past five years. He promises to unveil new material for audiences of no more than 250 in the Flamingo Showroom.
"This has been a tough time for all the great performers in Las Vegas," Piff said. "Not to mention the audiences and the city itself. We're going to follow applicable guidelines and take the recommended precautions, and if we can give people a good time and they leave a little bit happier than they arrived, then I think it'll be worth it.
"Also, the dog's run up a huge gambling debt during lockdown so I have bills to pay."
"Piff" will perform at 7:30 Thursdays through Sundays beginning Oct. 29.
"X Country," an adult revue in Harrah's Cabaret, will resume Oct. 22 in time for the show's fifth anniversary. Audiences will be limited to 80 people, and the show will initially perform at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The schedule will expand to Wednesdays through Sundays beginning Nov. 4.
Tickets for "Piff" and "X Country" are available at ticketmaster.com.
The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino reopened its Delirious Comedy Club on Oct. 15. The club features comedians and other special guests at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more information and tickets, visit deliriouscomedyclub.com.
While Cirque du Soleil has not announced resumption of its Las Vegas productions, MGM Resorts International announced on Oct. 20 the return of seven shows to stages at MGM Grand, Luxor and Excalibur beginning Nov. 6.
"After eight months, it's time to bring entertainment back to the Entertainment Capital of the World," said George Kliavkoff, MGM Resorts' president of entertainment and sports. "While there is still a long road in our city's recovery, the reintroduction of these shows is an important first step. November 6 is going to feel very special as we welcome back team members and guests and bring the curtains up for that first time."
David Copperfield, Jabbawockeez and Brad Garrett's Comedy Club will resume production at MGM Grand; Carrot Top and "Fantasy" will be at Luxor; and the Australian Bee Gees and Thunder From Down Under will perform at Excalibur.
Audiences will be limited to 250, physically distanced at six feet between parties, and there will be a minimum of 25 feet between audiences and performers on stage.
UPDATED: This report was updated to include new information on the relaunch of productions at the MGM Grand, Luxor and Excalibur.