Any concerns that Celine Dion couldn’t be replaced as a marquee Las Vegas attraction have disappeared.
Cher and her Caesars Palace stablemate Bette Midler have instantly joined the list of hottest attractions in Sin City, selling out the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for every concert since the departure of Dion.
Midler opened at the Colosseum in February and Cher on May 6. Midler’s initial run was 19 dates; Cher has played 16 concerts in the 4,296-seat venue. The two shows have already grossed about $24 million in ticket sales.
Promoter AEG Live does not release specific grosses, but each sell-out generates about $700,000. Midler’s “The Showgirl Must Go On” and Cher have no comp tickets.
Cher’s opening stanza concluded Sunday and she resumes her residency Aug. 6, performing Tuesdays, Wednesdays and weekends through Oct. 5. As currently scheduled, Cher’s tally for the year will be 50 shows.
Midler is booked Tuesday through Sunday in June and July and for two weeks each in October, November and December. If no more shows are added or canceled, she will play 68 concerts in 2008.