Splash turns 20, honors citys 100th with new show

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LAS VEGAS -- Splash, which has made a splash at the Riviera Hotel & Casino for the past two decades, debuted a new show with a centennial theme to celebrate the citys 100th birthday, the 50th anniversary of the Riviera and its own 20th year.

Since it opened in 1985, Splash has featured showgirls, dancers, motorcycle stuntmen and a whole roster of specialty acts.

The new show, which includes dance numbers inspired by the music, movies, shows and personalities that have made up the past 100 years of Las Vegas entertainment, pays tribute to stars ranging from Elvis and Ann-Margret to Usher and Outkast as well as the Broadway productions Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera.

In addition, Splash features:

  • Bela Tabaks Riders of the Thunderdome, four motorcyclists who race at high speeds inside a metal mesh sphere.

  • Mikhail Panin and Margarita Barber, who ice dance and figure skate in the shows custom-designed rink.

  • Los Latin Cowboys, Hugo Latorre and Eduardo Lome, who drum bombos, swing bolos and dance in the spirit of Argentine gauchos, while mixing it up in a comedy routine. 

  • The Richard Brothers, Ricardo, Manuel and David, who juggle clubs, rings, hats and boxes.

  • Irina Grigorian, a USA Professional Ice Skating gold medalist who is taking time off from performing in Champions on Ice.

  • Vitaly, an aerial acrobat whose performances use two long silk sashes suspended from the ceiling.
  • Splash is performed at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in the Splash Theater at the Riviera. Admission is $65; audience members must be at least 18 years old.

    For tickets, call the Riviera box office at (702) 794-9433 or visit www.splashlv.com.

    To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected].

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