Wayne Newton, Mr. Las Vegas, extends residency at the Flamingo
Written by oasis96.3 on August 29, 2023
(USA Today) – Frank Sinatra. Sammy Davis, Jr. Dean Martin. Don Rickles. All names from the heyday of Las Vegas, names that now are but grainy memories on YouTube.
And yet there’s one Las Vegas icon you can still see perform live on the fabled Strip: Wayne Newton.
Newton, 81, recently announced he would continue his ongoing residency at the Flamingo Hotel through next summer. The 62 dates span January 13 to June 12, 2024. Tickets start at $82, not including fees, and are available at caesars.com/shows.
“The residency is what I’ve been doing my whole life in Vegas,” Newton told TODAY hosts Tuesday. “I live there, so why leave, because I’d have to get a job somewhere.”
Newton’s Vegas career started in 1959, when the then 15-year-old Phoenix-area high school student was offered an audition by a talent scout. Initially, Newton’s act included his older brother Jerry. But he eventually went solo on the back of his first big hit, 1963’s “Danke Schoen.”
Since that auspicious start, Newton, who goes by the moniker Mr. Las Vegas, has performed 50,000 shows for upwards of 40 million people.