Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 20 inside the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The vibrant production dazzled audiences with its talented cast of 35 singers and dancers, backed by an on-stage 31-piece orchestra.
“In the 45 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve never felt as proud or as satisfied with any project I’ve ever been involved with as much I am with this one,” said Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts and executive producer of ShowStoppers. “I was beginning to miss the magic and delicious joy of watching gifted artists perform with great music, and so I hope the public loves the show as much as I do.”
The 72-minute show with spectacular scenery and costumes is composed of many quintessential musical numbers from some of the most celebrated composers and lyricists to ever grace American theater stages. From Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim and Marvin Hamlisch, the geniuses behind the creative works presented in ShowStoppers set the standard to which all other theater composers and lyricists aspire.
From staple grand opening chorus numbers to intimate duets, ShowStoppers pays homage to the many lasting anthems of musical theater. The production includes a hand-picked selection of Steve Wynn’s favorite numbers that make audiences literally stand up and cheer — true show stoppers.
ShowStoppers was inspired by a birthday gift Wynn gave to his wife, Andrea. The stunning company of musicians, singers and dancers connected with the audience and created a sense of excitement and joy. In the afterglow of the overwhelming reaction, Wynn knew he wanted to give this gift to everyone that visited his resort.
Wynn assembled an all-star and award-winning creative team to turn the inspiration from the birthday party into what has become ShowStoppers including director Philip Wm. McKinley, most recently with Spiderman: Turn off the Dark; choreography by three-time Emmy Award-winner Marguerite Derricks; costume designer Suzy Benzinger, recently the head costume designer for the Oscar award-winning film Blue Jasmine; Emmy Award-winning musical director David Loeb; and hair and makeup designer Luc Verschueren.
Created with the same unmistakable elegance and style that is uniquely Wynn, ShowStoppers is backed by a full orchestra and features a collection 18 songs from more than 10 iconic musicals. Numbers include “One,” from A Chorus Line, “Razzle Dazzle” and “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, “Willkommen” from Cabaret and more.
Combined, the musicals that comprise the scene-stealing catalog of ShowStoppers have earned a multitude of Tony Awards and made the 46th Street and St. James Theater famous.
Ticket prices are $100, $125 and $150 plus Live Entertainment Tax (LET) and can be purchased through the Wynn Ticket Office, by calling 702-770-9966 or visiting wynnlasvegas.com.
ShowStoppers performs Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with no performances on Sundays and Mondays. All guests must be five or older; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.