Originally scheduled for a 75-show, three-year run, the show will now run on an accelerated pace that will complete the initial schedule in 18 months. The new deal also adds 150 new shows.

Elton John's "The Red Piano" will play Las Vegas through 2008. Originally scheduled for a 75-show, three-year run, the show will now run on an accelerated pace that will complete the initial schedule in 18 months. The new deal also adds 150 new shows.

"The Red Piano" opened Feb. 13, 2004, in the Colosseum, a 4,100-seat theatre the casino/resort constructed specifically to house Celine Dion's long-running residency, "A New Day." John's show, along with special engagements by artists like Stevie Nicks and Gloria Estefan, fills scheduled breaks for Dion's show. This year, "The Red Piano" is next slated to play the venue July 26-31 and Oct. 4-23.

John says he is "absolutely delighted" with the extension of the show, which is directed and designed by David LaChappelle. Guitarist Davey Johnstone serves as the musical director for the performance, which also features keyboardist Guy Babylon, bassist Bob Birch and percussionists John Mahon and Nigel Olsson.

As previously reported, John is gearing up for a July 2 appearance at the Philadelphia edition of the Live 8 concerts, as well as his own free headlining show at the city's Museum of Art two days later.