HOLLYWOOD—Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas $100 million residency will consist of two distinct shows. The main feature will be Lady Gaga Enigma, described as a “brand new odyssey of her pop hits.” She will also perform a regular jazz and piano show, featuring stripped-down versions of her own songs alongside classics from the American songbook.
Gaga, who cancelled her recent world tour over health concerns, will make her Vegas debut on December 28. Announcing the two-residency last year, she promised the shows would be “unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before.” Artwork for Enigma concerts, unveiled on August 7, seems to suggest a futuristic, neon-spattered setting.
Her previous concerts have certainly been marked for their ambition-featuring animatronic monsters, interlocking hydraulic platforms and upwards of 20 costume changes, alongside the usual panoply of dancers, laser lights and pyrotechnics. The European leg of her Joanne World Tour was curtailed earlier this year due to “severe pain” that materially impacted her ability to perform live. In a statement posted on Twitter, Gaga apologized to fans and said she was “devastated,” but needed to put “myself and my well-being” first.
Gaga, 32, suffers from the medical condition fibromyalgia, a chronic long-term illness whose symptoms include extreme tiredness, muscle aches, difficulty-sleeping and concentrating. Hopefully her commitments to a single venue in Las Vegas would help her manage her illness.
The initial dates posted by the MGM Park Theatre suggest she will only perform for a week at a time, allowing for several weeks recovery time between engagements. According to published reports, she has also kept the month of February free-a hint that she’s hoping for an Oscar nomination for her role in the remake “A Star is Born.”
The film, which premieres at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, is directed by Bradley Cooper, and a possible contender for awards season. The deal will earn her an estimated $1 million per show. The city was once famous for hosting the likes of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, it has rejuvenated its image in recent years, with residencies for Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez among others. All the big performers have played there, it’s the land of Elvis, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. Lady Gaga’s tickets for the main show will start at $82, rising to $505 for premium seats, according to pre-sale information on Ticketmaster.
Rose’s Scoop: Margot Robbie will be playing murdered actress and model Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s new film. Robbie will portray Tate, who was killed by members of the notorious Manson Family while she was pregnant in 1969, in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt have roles as a former TV star and his longtime stunt double. The film’s plot is expected to see the pair attempt to make names for themselves in Hollywood against the backdrop of the Manson Family murders. Tate was one of nine people brutally killed by followers of cult leader Charles Manson, atrocities that shocked America. Sharon Tate was married to director Roman Polanski.