Wayne Newton Is Back on the Vegas Marquee

It doesn't get more brand-harmonious than "Mr. Las Vegas" on the Vegas Strip.

It’s been a landmark month for “Mr. Las Vegas.”

On Sunday, April 3, Wayne Newton celebrated his 74th birthday. On Wednesday, April 6, the veteran of some 30,000 Las Vegas performances played in front of his largest-ever crowd in Sin City, 13,000, at the official opening of the T-Mobile Arena. And tonight at Bally’s, Newton will kick off his first show on the Strip in five years, a Wednesday-Saturday residency that he promises will include a generous helping of personal anecdotes. As well as, most unusually, a nightly Q&A with audience members.

And let’s not forget one other noteworthy event on the Newton April calendar. From a report by John Katsilometes in the Las Vegas Sun:

Newton was at Symphony Park [April 7] to help trumpet the formal opening of Project Neon, the Nevada Department of Transportation’s expansion of I-15.

Newton was joined by Gov. Brian Sandoval, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Rep. Joe Heck, among other dignitaries, and accepted a “Mr. L.V.” license plate from Sandoval.

Perfect. Newton’s return to the Las Vegas stage is framed by his recently signed three-year agreement with the Las Vegas Musicians Union. For 10 years prior, thanks to a 2006 falling out, he was on the “Unfair” list of parent association the American Federation of Musicians, meaning that musicians playing with him in the U.S. had to either be non-union or resign their AFM membership.

Last fall, when Newton’s longtime residence Casa de Shenandoah reopened as a museum, he walked the Los Angeles Times through five highlights. For those contemplating the ultimate Newton-themed Vegas weekend, the attraction lies seven miles southeast of Bally’s.

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