When it was announced a few months ago that Richard Branson bought the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, it meant big changes were coming for the hotel. By April 2019, the property will be branded as a Virgin Hotel. One of the first casualties? The Voice Neon Dreams residency will have to find a new home.
The show was scheduled to open September 17, starring Alison Porter (S10 winner), Mary Sarah (S10), Matt McAndrew (S7), Chris Mann (S2), Matthew Schuler (S5) and Chloe Kohanski (S13 winner).
But, due to widespread renovations the property will undergo to prepare for the spring opening, producers Base Entertainment made the call to scrap the show which was set for a 700 seat theater at the location. Of major concern was whether a brand new production could survive as the entire property was under construction and restaurants were switched out.
“In light of recent developments regarding the scope, timing and impact of the construction and renovation plans for the transformation of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino into a Virgin Hotel property,” reads a statement sent to staffers, “and our unsuccessful efforts to find a way to adjust either the show or the construction plans to make both viable, the decision has been made to cancel the production of ‘The Voice: Neon Dreams.’ “
However, all is not lost. While Ticketmaster is no longer selling tix to the show, Base is reportedly scouting the Strip to find a new venue. The big questions are: Will a new home be found? And if so, when will Neon Dreams finally open?
This news is not surprising at all. Anytime a new owner and or management take over a company, big changes are to be expected.