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Old 02-25-2004, 07:53 AM   #1
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Paris Las Vegas Rocks with Smash Hit Musical ''We Will Rock You'';
Rock theatrical based on music of Queen comes to America.

LAS VEGAS, Feb 24, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Paris Las Vegas in association with Tribeca Theatrical Productions co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal and Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor today announced the lavish rock musical 'We Will Rock You'will open at Paris Las Vegas in September. De Ni ro, Rosenthal, and May and Taylor of Queen, are four of the hit show's several producers, who also include original UK producer Phil McIntyre.

The show, which features 25 of Queen's greatest hits -- including 'Bohemian Rhapsody,''We Are The Champions,''Another One Bites The Dust'and 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'-- has played to sell-out crowds and standing ovations at every performance since it opened in London in May 2002, in a smash run at one of the largest venues in London's West End. The show already has played almost 600 performances and to date grossed $75 million. The extended engagement at Paris Las Vegas marks the first run of the show in the United States.

The show will be presented in the Paris Theatre Des Arts, an intimate 1,450 seat venue which will provide an extraordinary setting for audiences to experience the music and dance of 'We Will Rock You,' which also features complex laser light effects and six gigantic plasma screens.

'We Will Rock You'is designed and lit by a team responsible for some of the biggest international theatre productions and rock tours the world has seen: designer Mark Fisher has designed shows for Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Janet Jackson. Lighting designer Willie Williams created the acclaimed U2 multi-media shows.

'Queen's music is timeless,'said Robert De Niro. 'We think this show is going to really rock Las Vegas.'

'Bringing a production show of this caliber to Paris Las Vegas underscores Caesars Entertainment's commitment to entertainment excellence,'said Anthony F. Santo, senior vice-president, Western and Mid-South regions, Caesars Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Paris Las Vegas. ''We Will Rock You'is a great complement to our other entertainment offerings at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the Flamingo and Bally's, and serves to strengthen our position as the heart of Las Vegas entertainment in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.'

''We Will Rock You'has shown that the legendary appeal of Queen's music has never ended,'said Jane Rosenthal. 'We are very excited about the musical's opening in Las Vegas, as Queen has such a huge following of adoring fans here in the U.S.,'she added.

'Paris Las Vegas is excited to host the first U.S. production of this amazing rock musical,'said Bobby Yee, president of Paris Las Vegas. 'As Las Vegas rapidly emerges as the entertainment capital of the country, visitors are looking for more sophisticated entertainment options. 'We Will Rock You'is exactly the type of world-class entertainment experience that our guests expect to find at Paris Las Vegas.'

Ben Elton, the noted comedian, scriptwriter, film director and novelist is the musical's playwright and will adapt and direct the Las Vegas production. Elton previously collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the West End musical 'The Beautiful Game'and won an Olivier award for his play 'Popcorn'which ran in the West End for two years and at present is under option to Ridley Scott for a feature film.

Co-producers Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal had long been interested in working with Queen, and contacted the band's manager Jim Beach eight years ago about the possibility of developing a project together. The end result is 'We Will Rock You,'which features a futuristic world where conformity rules and all musical instruments are outlawed. A group of underground radicals ultimately decides to rebel, and set to the sounds and lyrics of Queen's greatest hits, the story of the battle of the individual against the system is played out in Ben Elton's unique satirical style.

Mark Fisher, production designer for 'We Will Rock You,'has created some of the most memorable rock concerts ever staged, including 'The Wall'for Pink Floyd, 'Steel Wheels'and 'Bridges to Babylon'for the Rolling Stones, and 'Zoo TV'and 'Popmart'for U2. He also has designed two NFL Super Bowl halftime shows, spectacles for Jean Michel Jarre, and 'IllumiNations 25'for Walt Disney World and directed and designed the acrobatic Millennium Show at the Dome in London. Recent work includes Nelson Mandela's 46664 Concert in Cape Town, Shania Twain's latest USA tour, MTV's European Music Awards in Edinburgh, and Robbie Williams''Escapology'European tour. Current work includes the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXVIII, production design of the new Cirque du Soleil show opening in Las Vegas in June, 2004, the design of the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Turin in 2006, and 'Barbarella', a new musical opening in Vienna in March, 2004.

Gill Theatrical Management, Inc., a leader in the Las Vegas entertainment scene, is general manager for 'We Will Rock You'Las Vegas. GTM has managed over 20 major productions on Broadway with a Las Vegas show roster that includes productions of Mamma Mia!, Storm, Chicago, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, Tony 'N Tina's Wedding and Always: Patsy Cline. Upcoming Las Vegas productions include Jerry Herman's Miss Spectacular, The Phantom of the Opera and Larry Hart's Sisterella.

In addition to its triumphant run in London's West End, 'We Will Rock You,'has already completed over 100 shows in Melbourne, Australia, recently opened in Madrid, and will open in Sydney, Moscow and Cologne in the Fall of 2004.

De Niro and Rosenthal's production company, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, is one of three producing entities behind the musical, along with Phil McIntyre Promotions and Queen Theatrical Productions.

In bringing 'We Will Rock You'to Paris Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment was represented by strategic entertainment consultant Sandy Climan, President of Entertainment Media Ventures.

'We can't wait to bring 'We Will Rock You'to Las Vegas,'said Brian May and Roger Taylor, who are also musical directors of the show.

About Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas is a Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:CZR) resort. Caesars Entertainment is one of the world's leading gaming companies. With $4.5 billion in annual net revenue, 29 properties on four continents, 29,000 hotel rooms, two million square feet of casino space and 54,000 employees, the Caesars portfolio is among the strongest in the industry. Caesars casino resorts operate under the Caesars, Bally's, Flamingo, Grand Casinos, Hilton and Paris brand names. The company has its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.

Additional information on Caesars Entertainment can be accessed through the company's web site at www.caesars.com.

NOTE: This press release contains 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of the federal securities law, which are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability provided there under. All statements which are not historical statements of fact are 'forward-looking statements'for purposes of these provisions and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the effect the company's name change will have on the company, the company's ability to enter new or existing gaming markets and develop new gaming projects, the effect of such projects and opportunities on the company, all financial projections, the company's strategy, existing and potential new development and expansion projects and opportunities being pursued, construction projects, the costs thereof and the timing to complete such projects and/or statements of belief Risk factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include the strength of the brand name, limits to entry into new or existing gaming markets, ability to secure gaming and development opportunities within new or existing gaming markets, receiving necessary regulatory approvals for new gaming ventures and matters associated with construction projects, such as construction delays and actual construction costs. Additional information concerning potential risk factors that could affect the company's future performance are described from time to time in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2003, June 30, 2003 and September 30, 2003. The reports may be viewed free of charge at the following website: www.sec.gov. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SOURCE: Paris Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment, Inc. Michael Coldwell, 702-699-8040 ColdwellM@caesars.com or Rubenstein Communications, Inc. Tom Chiodo, 212-843-8289 TChiodo@Rubenstein.com

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YAY BRIAN!!!!!!!!!!

..cuz before I was a U2 fan, there was Queen....

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I would really love to go see this. I saw Queen 3 times in concert and each time they were amazing.
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I wished they had this going on already. I was just in Vegas last week and it would have been AWESOME to go see this production. Another reason to go back this year I guess.
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remember "I Want To Break Free" ? remmeber that "One" was launched around the date Freddie Mercury died? what about the video, feauturing U2 in drag...and what about the fact that Bono said One was about a gay son dying of aids talking to his father...
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...and what about the fact that Bono said One was about a gay son dying of aids talking to his father...

I never knew that..wow.. Bono is an amazing man..

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