Wayne Newton Up Close and Personal, at Ballys, runs four nights per week at 7:30 p.m. Up Close and Personal is a loosely structured exercise in singing, musicianship, storytelling and what is expected to be lively banter with the audience. His favorite instruments, 13 including banjo, guitar and piano, will be spread out on the stage. - I can play them all, - Newton says, - ...and I will be ready to play any of them. - Enveloped in the format of the show is an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of Newton while he is onstage, and audience members can conjure up questions from any angle. Musically, there is to be no fixed set list, though Newton expects to take on Danke Schoen regularly. The show will consist of music and requests, lasting approximately 80 minutes.
Wayne Newton began his performing career as a child and later became the most popular and highest-paid star on the Las Vegas nightclub circuit. Newton initially performed with his brother Jerry, with whom he captured the first of his lucrative Vegas bookings, as well his many stints on THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW. Jerry had bowed out by 1963, and Wayne subsequently signed a deal with Bobby Darin who oversaw the production of Newton’s earliest hits, including "Heart (I Hear You Beating)" and the eternal "Danke Schoen." Newton continued to record and perform for decades, commanding record breaking fees for his Vegas shows and eventually becoming Sin City royalty as not only a performer, but as a hotel investor as well. He continues to perform his amicable yet glitzy pop almost nightly at marquee casinos around town. ~ Rovi
A lot has come and gone since Wayne Newton first set the entertainment world on fire as a precocious, big-voiced six-year-old. When Elvis Presley was still driving a truck, Wayne almost ten years his junior had already sung before a president, toured with a Grand Ole Opry road show and released his first record.
While the Beatles were still scrambling for their early Liverpool gigs, Wayne, who was two years younger than John Lennon, was playing Las Vegas and appearing on the Jackie Gleason and Lucille Ball television shows. In a business that is, at best, volatile, and success sometimes short-lived, Wayne has performed live, at last count, to more than 40 million people and on television and record, to many times that number.
He has epitomized the talent, glamour and energy that is Las Vegas-the entertainment capital of the world-for so long that he is called “Mr. Las Vegas.” And these days, having established himself both on television and in movies as a fine actor, he’s getting more attention than ever.