New deal adds 125 'Red Piano' shows.
Elton John has inked a deal to continue his hugely successful stint at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas through 2008.
John's production, "The Red Piano," was originally scheduled for 75 shows over a three-year period, beginning February 13, 2004. Due to the sellout demand the resort accelerated the initial plan of 25 shows per year, completing the original commitment in fewer than 18 months. The new agreement provides for an additional 150 shows through 2008.
Performed exclusively at Caesars Palace, "The Red Piano" was directed and designed by David LaChappelle for the 4,100-seat Colosseum theatre. Performing with John in the production are his band: musical director Davey Johnstone on guitar; Guy Babylon on keyboards; Bob Birch on bass guitar; John Mahon on percussion; and Nigel Olsson on drums.
Last year, John grossed $33,231,325 and drew 187,240 people to 47 "Piano" performances, according to Billboard Boxscore. So far this year, the show has grossed $16,895,450 and sold 93,808 tickets to 23 shows. Every performance to date has been a sellout.
John is booked by the Howard Rose Agency. Concerts at the Colosseum, including Celine Dion's "A New Day" production, are promoted by Concerts West/AEG Live.