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Disney stars, Celine Dion turn the Colosseum at Caesars Palace into Vegas' new hot ticket

Disney stars, Celine Dion turn the Colosseum at Caesars Palace into Vegas' new hot ticket

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There were plenty of stars to be found onstage at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace earlier this week, as Walt Disney Studios took over this venerable Las Vegas venue on Tuesday night to talk up their 2011 & 2012 slates.

What kind of stars are we talking about? Well, Amy Adams from Disney's "Enchanted" and "How I Met Your Mother" 's Jason Segal ...

Amy Adams and Jason Segal onstage at the Coliseum.
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... were on hand to hype "The Muppets," which Disney hopes will do very well over the 2011 holiday season.

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While producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Larry the Cable Guy ...

Jerry Bruckheimer and Larry the Cable Guy smile for the camera.  Photo by Eric
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... were there to talk up Disney's big summer release for 2011, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Cars 2." Meanwhile, the crew from Pixar were in Vegas to promote "Brave ...

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... which will be that animation studio's first-ever fairy tale.

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And speaking of brave ... Let's now talk about the other occupant of the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Which is 5 time Grammy Award-winner Celine Dion.

From March 2003 to December 2007, Celine performed in this 4000-seat arena. 40 weeks a year, 5 shows a week for a total of 700 shows. More importantly (at least from Las Vegas's bottom-line-obsessed point of view), Ms. Dion managed to sell out each and every one of those shows.

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On the heels of that huge success, Celine went off on a world tour. Spending February 2008 'til January 30, 2009 circling the globe, performing in 85 cities on 5 different continents.

And if that wasn't enough, just five months ago, Ms. Dion gave birth to twins, Nelson and Eddy.

Celine Dion with her twins, Nelson and Eddy

Given everything that she's done over the past 8 years, you'd think that this now-mother of three would opt to take a break. Put her feet up. Rest for a while. But no, in a move that some might call brave and others would probably call foolhardy, earlier this month (on March 15th, to be exact), Celine began another three year stint performing in Las Vegas.

Of course, what makes things somewhat easier Ms. Dion is back in the $95 million theater that Caesars Palace built just for her (which is complete with a custom humidifying system that's designed to protect this singer's voice from the dreaded Desert Throat). But she's doing a whole new show this time around. Gone are the 50+ dancers that who used to share the stage with Celine. Not to mention that man who flew his bicycle across the sky as well as the floating piano.

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No, in place of the Cirque de Soleil-inspired "A New Day," Dion is now performing in "Celine."  Which is this elegant tribute to Old Hollywood. Where this acclaimed vocalist stands in front of a 31-person orchestra all clad in black tuxedos & gowns and then sings not-so-old standards like "Beauty and the Beast," Nobody Does It Better" and "Goldfinger."

Which isn't to say that "Celine" (the show, not the singer) doesn't have a few high-tech tricks up its sleeve. Take - for example - that duet which Ms. Dion sings with a hologram of herself. Or better yet, that sequence where Celine is paired with a hi-def projected Stevie Wonder and these two Grammy Award-winners then perform "Overjoyed" together.

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And given how quickly tickets are selling for "Celine," Las Vegas is obviously overjoyed with this new, sleek and sophisticated show at Caesars Palace. Where -- over the course of a tightly packed 90-minute revue - Ms. Dion performs 24 songs and changes her outfit 8 times.

So if you're upset that you missed out on seeing all of those Disney stars while they were onstage at the Colosseum earlier this week for CinemaCon  ...  Not to worry. I know a few folks who can get you great seats at Caesars Palace. So that you can then see the performer who's rapidly becoming a legend in Las Vegas circles, Ms. Celine Dion.

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