Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.
Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and the Westgate Las Vegas casino-hotel revealed details Thursday of plans for "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" expected to open April 23, 59 years to the day when Elvis first performed in Las Vegas.
Some 28,000 square-feet will house a rotating display of memorabilia and artifacts rarely seen outside Graceland's Memphis, Tennessee, property. In addition, the very showroom where Presley performed several hundred sold-out shows when the casino-hotel was first known as The International and later the Las Vegas Hilton will be revamped by the Graceland crew to look much like it did in Elvis' day, complete with semi-circle booths.
Plans include a revamped Elvis Presley sanctioned wedding chapel, too, inside the Westgate Las Vegas, with Graceland taking over its operations.
Certainly Elvis-themed wedding chapels already dot Las Vegas and there has been no scarcity of exhibits and shows, including a short-lived tribute by Cirque du Soleil in 2012, but organizers say this is the real deal.
Tickets go on sale Thursday. The exhibit is expected to cost $22 and tickets for performances start at $49.
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Posted on Fri, February 27, 2015
by Associated Press