Vegas Seven

The Lion King

  • Jobs

    A Former Subject of the King

    By Bob Whitby

    When The Lion King closed at Mandalay Bay in December, about 50 actors lost their jobs. That’s showbiz, and performers accept employment instability as part of the gig. They’ll move on to other productions, here or elsewhere, on other stages. But there are others in supporting roles who are also now out of work—longtime Las Vegas residents for whom the end of a run means changing jobs if they’re lucky or the unemployment line if they’re not.

  • The Deal

    Scarfing at Silverton and singing with Simba

    By Anthony Curtis

    My research for the August Las Vegas Advisor newsletter turned up some terrific deals. Here are the highlights (and one lowlight): • Silverton is offering two-for-one entrées in all of its restaurants, including twofer buffets. No coupon is necessary, but you have to show a Silverton players card and you must be at least 21. Use this one at Twin Creeks to maximize the value.

  • Stage

    Just Can’t Wait to be Queen

    It’s a long way from Nebraska to the Las Vegas Strip, but Samantha Ware made the trek in near record time. It took the 19-year-old less than a year to go from being a sophomore at Doane College—a private liberal arts university near Lincoln—to starring as Nala in The Lion King at Mandalay Bay beginning last month. “It’s been a very surreal experience, I think I kind of blacked out on opening night because there was so much going on,” says Ware, who became the youngest adult member of the cast when she debuted on June 13.

  • Gossip

    Britney Makes It Two Straight

    By Jason Scavone

    Back for a second weekend of action, Britney Spears turned up a few places in town, which, as we all know, basically means she’s planning on moving here and starring in her own six-nights-a-week revue. That’s just how these things work.