Venetian’s Play Ups the Country Ante

A husband-and-wife gig on the Las Vegas Strip: “Baby, isn’t that the way that love’s supposed to be?”

It is when you’re Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The couple announced on Tuesday that their Soul2Soul “limited engagement” in the Venetian Theater will run for 10 weekends, from December to April.

By choosing country’s super-couple, who both have new albums out or in the works, the Venetian is upping the ante on the Strip-goes-country trend. Shania Twain—whose two-year residency opens at the Colosseum at Caesars on Dec. 1—hasn’t released an album in more than 10 years. And Wynn resident Garth Brooks’ latest album is a five-year-old compilation of greatest hits.

It’s all part of big entertainment changes in store at the Venetian. Both Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular and Blue Man Group will leave the Venetian next month, making way for Soul2Soul and the Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. “Substantial and spectacular renovations will then take place,” Venetian COO John Caparella says. Innovative lighting and set design akin to Hill and McGraw’s prior Soul2Soul tours will give the 1,800-seat Venetian Theater a makeover.

What you’ll get with the Soul2Soul engagement is two of country music’s icons onstage in one production. “Together—that’s the theme of the show,” McGraw says. And together, the two will deliver their classic duets in the ballad form their fans know. Hill says they also have some up-tempo numbers in the works.

What you won’t get are new neighbors. Call it the price of dealing with relevant musicians: The couple will not be relocating to Vegas. “It’s not a residency, it’s a moment in time for us,” McGraw says. “We’ll be in and out.”

Soul2Soul, appearing select Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 7-April 27, 8 and 10:30 p.m., Venetian Theater, Tickets on sale Aug. 13, $95.50-$295.50,