Waukesha native Frank Caliendo will end his stint as a performer at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. Caliendo wants to pursue things that allow him to spend more time with his family.
Here is the official announcement from frankcaliendo.com:
Las Vegas - After a critically and commercially successful run at Monte Carlo, comedian/impressionist Frank Caliendo is leaving the Las Vegas Strip to focus on family and other projects.
The master impressionist became Monte Carlo's headliner in October 2009 and has since been lauded as "the most high-profile impressionist out there," "spot-on," "reinventing the art of impression" and "fall down funny." The show has been called out as "a rare Vegas production that will entertain everyone." Citing the demands of commuting to his home and away from his young family in Phoenix, Caliendo will perform his final show at Monte Carlo this spring
"Performing at Monte Carlo is an experience I won't soon forget. From day one, the support from the staff and fans has been amazing," said Caliendo. "However, the demands of traveling from Phoenix and away from my family have been harder than I anticipated. With this move, I hope to take advantage of opportunities in television and film that will allow me to spend more time as a husband and a father."
"Frank has become a part of the Monte Carlo family over the last year," said Anton Nikodemus, president & COO of Monte Carlo. "We absolutely love having him here, as have our guests, but we understand that family should always come first. We wish Frank every happiness and thank him for the time spent with us."
Known by millions for his dead-on impressions of such celebrities as Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, John Madden, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Dr. Phil, Jay Leno and dozens more, as well as a myriad of television appearances and live stage performances, Caliendo's show is a dynamic mix of high-energy comedy and fast-paced impressions enhanced by live music, video sketches and much more.
Tickets for the remaining shows are on sale now and can be purchased at the Monte Carlo Box Office, by calling (702) 730-7160 or (877) 386-8224 and by visiting montecarlo.com. Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
When I was out there recently, tickets to his shows were really being discounted big-time. Perhaps his shows weren't doing as well as expected and both sides decided it was time to move on.
I vaguely remember when his Vegas deal was announced. Wasn't it something absurd like a 5-year deal? That's asking a lot, even for Vegas.
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