Headliners and Headdresses Return to Las Vegas. Will Tourists Follow?
After a forced sabbatical of 421 days, Penn & Teller are performing once again in Las Vegas.
The first shows to reopen face a challenge: It is hard to draw audiences without tourists, but hard to draw tourists without shows.
LAS VEGAS — Penn Jillette, one half of the Penn & Teller magic and comedy act that has helped define nightlife in Las Vegas for decades, bounded onto the stage the other night and looked across a maskless but socially distanced audience scattered across the theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. “We just did 421 days without a live show,” he said, referring to the forced sabbatical that stretched through the end of April, his silent partner, Teller, finally back at his side. “Boy, it’s nice to see people in the theater.” The next morning, less than a mile away, a troupe of acrobats from Cirque du Soleil was somersaulting through the air, all wearing masks, as they warmed up on a steel frame ship swinging over a 1.2 million-gallon pool in anticipation of reopening “O” in July …
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