Steve Wynn is not only a Vegas hotel tycoon, but a taste maker on the Strip. Over a decade ago he was among the first to welcome Cirque du Soleil, recognizing the end of the feather boa and Elvis impersonator era. A few years ago he realized Sin City could attract big time acts and not just homages to them, thus bringing artists of Garth Brooks’ caliber to the stage. Now, he is set on offering a competitor to the Cirque franchise, and he is likely to succeed with Funhouse.
The new show has been kept under wraps and deemed a super-secret, one Wynn gladly blew the lid on at the party following Brooks’ last show at Encore Theatre. He has recruited acclaimed show director Kenny Ortega (of High School Musical and This Is It fame), master puppet designer Michael Curry (of Lion King the Musical fame), and set designer of the rock stars Mark Fisher (who has worked with Pink Floyd and U2 but also has worked on the set of Ka).
The exact details are not yet clear, but Wynn has alluded to a Ziegfeld Follies-type show with a huge dance company, no wires, and a focus on the ups and downs of life. This certainly has piqued the curiosity of a city built on pushing bounds and will keep the city (and the competitors on edge) until Funhouse begins rehearsals in February 2013.