on June 22, 2006
One of the newest and most elaborate hotel/casinos in Las Vegas is the Wynn. After spending just an evening here, my lasting impression is BIG FLOWERS. The lobby had a canopy of blooming trees with big balls of flowers that look like hydrangeas on steroids. This motif seemed to repeat throughout. There are at least 15 restaurants to choose from. If you crave and can afford fine dining, this is the place for you. The restaurant we chose was from their casual dining list. Terrace Pointe Café overlooks the pool and gardens. Tables are spaced far enough apart that conversation at your table can flow freely and your neighbors don’t jostle you. I had an Asian chicken salad that had the coldest crispest lettuce I have ever been served. And it was huge. Shopping at the Wynn is not for the faint of heart. These are high-end designer brand stores. Ferrari, Chanel, Dior, Manolo Blahnik, and Cartier to name a few. I actually did find one shop where I bought souvenirs of “Avenue Q” the musical comedy we attended. The Broadway Theater at Wynn Las Vegas is a $40 million theater built to show Broadway shows rather than the standard Vegas acrobat and magician shows. The first show brought into this theater is the Tony Award winning “Avenue Q”. Two ensemble casts alternate this presentation and I swear we had all the good ones. Humans sing and speak the parts at the same time they manipulate the Muppet-like puppets. Now think about it…that is tricky acting with your face and with your hands to get just the right expression in both places. This is a no kids show, in fact children must be 12 or older to get a ticket. Even then, I would feel uncomfortable bringing kids to see this. Three reasons why: First the language, dialog is sprinkled liberally with naughty words. Second the often-delicate subject matter, it might take more explaining that some parents are ready for. Third the explicit puppet sex, those are imaginative and energetic little beasts! The adults who were in the audience hooted with delight and roared with laughter at songs like: “It Sucks to Be Me”, “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”, and “The Internet is for Porn”. The story is a wonderful moral play about dealing with discrimination, self-doubt, and loneliness. We would go to see this one again. Tickets are listed as $99. We did hear that there was a Mother’s Day special of 2 for 1. Rumor had it that this show was coming to the end of its run. I believe the upcoming show will be “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” If it is of the same quality as the “Avenue Q” production I’m sure it will have a long run at the Wynn.
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