The old saw about Vegas residencies is that it’s where past-their-prime performers go to die. Not so with Soul2Soul, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s 20-show series at the Venetian. This superstar married couple is still at the top of their game: McGraw’s latest album, Two Lanes of Freedom, came out in February, and he’s touring in support of it. Hill has a new music video and single out, “American Heart.” Moreover, they join Garth Brooks and Shania Twain in a line of country stars taking over the Strip.
Welcome to Showstopper: End-of-Year Edition. Or, if you believe the Mayans, Showstopper: End-of-World Edition. Either way, following are review snippets for shows that opened or reopened—and in some cases, quickly closed—in 2012: Evil Dead: The Musical (opened in June at Planet Hollywood): “These actors don’t chew scenery. They gorge on it, swallow it whole and projectile-vomit it back at the audience.”
Passionate and … antiseptic? Odd how a show titled Soul2Soul pours heart into the music but leaves a hole where the soul should be. Launching their 40-show residency at the Venetian Theatre (formerly the Phantom Theatre) on Dec. 7-8, cutie-pie country couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw attempt to refashion their Soul2Soul touring brand into a big-bang Vegas show. Mission: Unaccomplished—though not for lack of bang. Fans will lap up every note and twang, expecting little more. Speaking for the casual showgoer …