Bright Lights, Bigger Residency

From Elton John to Donny & Marie, Las Vegas has been known for hosting an older generation of resident performers. But with an upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood, R&B artist Cee Lo Green is helping buck the perception that the Strip is the place where acts go to retire. (Cirque du Soleil, superstar DJs and the Book & Stage’s mini residencies also deserve credit for this renewal.) The “Lady Killer” is a direct product of today’s music scene—the 37-year-old soul singer/songwriter is a vocal coach on NBC’s The Voice and even won two Grammys last month for his duet with Melanie Fiona, “Fool for You.”

The 28-date show, Cee Lo Green Presents Loberace, offers a playful nod to legendary Vegas musician Liberace, and is a fitting name for the flamboyant entertainer’s new alter ego. The show opens on Aug. 29, and it will transform the resort’s 1,400-seat showroom into an over-the-top extravaganza featuring magic, titillating showgirls and outlandish wardrobes. According to a statement released by Planet Hollywood, Loberace will take guests “through the colorful decades of music, stopping at legendary moments in time, from Prince to Blue Magic to the Rolling Stones, new wave to disco and beyond.”

In our dream scenario, Green’s show would start a trend where obtaining a Las Vegas residency would be like hosting Saturday Night Live—everyone wanting a chance to do it to prove how relevant they are. Liberace would be proud.