Celine Dion Is Vegas Bound

Celine Dion has committed to a three-year, 600-show engagement at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, to debut in March 2003. She will perform in a theatrical presentation directed by Franco Dragone (Cirque

Celine Dion has committed to a three-year, 600-show engagement at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, to debut in March 2003. She will perform in a theatrical presentation directed by Franco Dragone (Cirque du Soleil) at a 4,000-seat venue designed like the Roman Coliseum and built especially for her show.

Los Angeles-based Concerts West will present all shows, which will be produced by CDA Productions, the company owned by Dion and her husband/manager Rene Angelil, in association with Dragone's Creations du Dragon.

To be built as part of a planned expansion of Caesar's, the new $65 million amphitheater will replace the hotel-casino's famed 1,000-seat Circus Maximus showroom, which was demolished last September. A 22,000-square-foot stage will be the centerpiece of the venue.

"To open it with Celine is about the best you could ever imagine," said Tom Gallagher, president/CEO of Park Place Entertainment Inc., which owns Caesars Palace.

Dion, 33, ceased performing last year in order to concentrate on starting a family with Angelil. She gave birth to her first child in January.


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