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12 October 2011

The Star Casino; Lyric Theatre To Get Stevie Wonder, Prince Plus Jackpot, by Greg Tingle - 12th October 2011


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Sydney’s mega relaunched land based casino and integrated entertainment complex, The Star (ex Star City Casino) is riding a wave of momentum at the moment, and they appear to have a ton of celebrities and world class performing artists lining up to ride of its renewed good name.

Ok, you've likely heard that Leonardo DiCaprio (in Sydney for at least four months filming The Great Gatsby) is spending a whole lot of time there these days (he occupies an entire floor... with a little assist from a model or two from time to time).

We all know Russell Crowe's connection with The Star... South Sydney Rabbitohs enjoy a somewhat controversial sponsorship deal with The Star (owned by Echo Entertainment). The Star is a "Major Home Corporate Partner", or something to that effect. Hey, its all about entertainment isn't it?

Now we learn that musical genius Stevie Wonder is to hold a one-off concert on 26th October. Yes, that's in less than two weeks.

Mr Wonder (real name Stevland Hardaway Morris) will serve up a intimate concert in the 2,000 seat Lyric Theatre at The Star.

Mr Wonder and his promoter will be looking to cash in as much as possible, and since the concert only seats a few thousand people something had to give. That's the ticket prices - coming in at between $255 to $455 per ticket. No, that's not a misprint.

During his career he has sold over 100 million records worldwide and has earned 49 Top 40 singles and 32 number one singles over the course of his career.. He signed with Motown Records' at 11 years of age, and things have been pretty cruisy by entertainment industry standards, ever since.

It should be no surprise that Wonder has a bush tucker bag of awards and commendations to his name. Try 25 Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe (I Just Called To Say I Love You as seen in The Woman In Red motion picture).

The show at the Lyric Theatre is his only concert in Australia, so if you want to witness his magic in person you will just have to pay the big bucks (unless you know someone, as is sometimes the case in the entertainment and media industry).

Rumour: Prince...

It's strongly rumoured that Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) will also play The Lyric this October or November. It's likely that Prince and his promoters will be watching the success of Mr Wonder's upcoming concert, and ticket purchasing numbers et al. No comment from Prince or his promoter at this stage.

The Lyric: a bit of history...

The Lyric Theatre has a ten year history of welcoming legendary performers from all over the world. Bon Jovi, Michael Crawford, Julio Iglesias and Tony Bennett and a host of others have all graced the stage of Sydney's premiere live entertainment address.

Phantom of the Opera, Oliver, Mamma Mia! and the world premiere of Priscilla Queen of The Desert...all musicals that have dazzled the audiences over the years. That's a strong track record, so if you have the moolah, seriously consider giving them your custom. Heck, any operation prepared to take on James Packer's Crown Casino for your entertainment dollar has a lot of guts and ain't mucking around.

The Star is not, I repeat, Not, an "RSL on steroids" anymore, so come on down and check out the coolest new star in town.

The Star: Casino, entertainment complex, or both?...

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*The writer owns shares in Crown Limited. They are not a shareholder in Echo Entertainment or Tabcorp Holdings. The writer does not represent Echo Entertainment or Crown Limited.

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