Sharknado 5 Debuts in Las Vegas, with a Live Show on the Way

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Actress Tara Reid and actor Ian Ziering attend the premiere of "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming" at The Linq.
Actress Tara Reid and actor Ian Ziering attend the premiere of “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming” at The Linq.

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Where else in the world would “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming” debut but Las Vegas? Celebrities and fans swarmed at the star-studded premiere of of the show at the Mat Franco Theater at The Linq on Sunday, Aug. 6.

Syfy’s highly anticipated fifth installment of the “Sharknado” franchise took the world by storm as beloved characters Fin Shepard, April Wexler and Nova Clarke prepared to save the globe from sharks that are bigger, stronger and stranger than before.

The shark storm may have gone international, but the premiere made a splash in the Las Vegas desert. Fin-tastic shark showgirls flanked the blue carpet, as Sharknado stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo and Masiela Lusha made their appearance. Anthony C. Ferrante, director of the “Sharknado” franchise, and screenwriter Scotty Mullen were joined on the carpet by additional Sharknado cast members, Cody Linley and Olympic diver Greg Louganis. Other celebrities in attendance including Kendra Wilkinson (“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” “Kendra on Top”), Jai Rodriguez (“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), Eileen Davidson (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Daniel Maguire and Vinny Ventiera from “Bachelor in Paradise” also dove into the fun.

Fans were able to catch a glimpse of the “jaws”-dropping blue carpet and “sea” the debut of “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming” alongside cast members. Following the premiere, celebrities and fans attended the official after party at The Line Pool.

As rumors circled in the water throughout the night, it was finally revealed that The Asylum, Bernie Yuman of SAY Entertainment, Royal Oak Management, Panacea Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment have joined forces with plans to produce “Sharknado Live.”

“We have watched this niche sci-fi film explode into a worldwide, social media phenomenon and annual TV event, with many families watching together,” said the Sharknado producers The Asylum. “With this devoted co-viewing fan base, we knew it would make an exciting transition to stage, and we are pleased that our producer partners and Caesars Entertainment, the world’s greatest providers of live-event entertainment, agreed.”

The multi-sensory show will be a musical journey featuring humor and intrigue as well as the characters that tens of millions of fans have loved through five films…and yes, lots of sharks. The live spectacle will bring the Sharknado movie franchise to life on the Las Vegas Strip, with more details to come in the upcoming months.

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