Celine Dion knew she wanted to try something different after a two-year break to start a family. Now she is preparing to share a Las Vegas stage with a flying piano and 70 dancers during her upcoming.

Celine Dion knew she wanted to try something different after a two-year break to start a family. Now she is preparing to share a Las Vegas stage with a flying piano and 70 dancers during her upcoming three-year, 600-show engagement at Caesars Palace.

"When I do something, I do it all the way. I've been in show business so many years. I've achieved a lot of things," Dion said yesterday at Caesars. "Once you know that something else is possible ... I want to go there. Now is the time for me to discover something new."

Caesars Palace hopes Dion's stage show -- opening in March 2003 -- will set a new entertainment standard. The hotel-casino thinks so much of Dion they built her a $95 million theater -- the 4,000-seat Colosseum. No seat in the theater is more than 120 feet from the stage.

Dion said the show will be like having a few thousand friends over for a party. Make that one big party with Dion singing her hits, including "My Heart Will Go On" from the film "Titanic," and dancers, acrobats, musicians, and even a piano soaring into the audience.

The show's director is Franco Dragone, a veteran of Cirque du Soleil productions. "I really think we will make people cry and laugh, he said. "And, of course, we will make a party." Dion said she approached Dragone about doing a Las Vegas show after watching "O," a water-themed Cirque du Soleil production at the Bellagio hotel-casino. "It changed my vision of performing," she said.

Dion and the cast begin rehearsing next month in La Louviere, Belgium, where Dragone's company is based. Dion, her husband-manager, Rene Angelil, and their 1-year-old son plan to move to a new home in Las Vegas before the show opens.

Tickets for the first three months of performances go on sale today via Caesars' box office and Ticketmaster, and are set at $87.50, $127.50, and $150.


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