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Broadway Las Vegas / Inside the Theater

Test Your Knowledge of Broadway Shows at The Smith Center

When The Smith Center opened in 2012, its top goals included bringing the best of Broadway productions to Southern Nevada audiences. The nonprofit did just that with its Broadway Las Vegas® Series, presenting Tony-winning productions throughout each year – including many shows fresh off the Broadway stage.

Performances and Artists / Broadway Las Vegas

Top Five Things You Didn’t Know about (Alexander) Hamilton

Broadway musical phenomenon “Hamilton” has swept the nation with its Grammy-winning score by Lin-Manuel Miranda and its groundbreaking diverse cast, reflecting the nation’s legacy as a melting pot. Many are eager to enjoy this hotly anticipated show on our stage — but how well do they know the real story of Alexander Hamilton?

Community Impact / Broadway Las Vegas

Community Members on Stage in Broadway Musical

Audiences at “Once on This Island” will likely notice a special addition to the Tony-winning production. They will see fellow audience members seated on stage, as part of the national tour’s vision for creating an immersive theater experience, as inspired by the revival’s set design on Broadway.

Broadway Las Vegas / Performances and Artists

Tina Fey Delivers Sharp Wit and Fun Tunes in Broadway Musical ‘Mean Girls’

When Tina Fey watched cast members rehearse the Broadway adaptation of her hit film “Mean Girls,” she says they broke her brain. “It’s like a bunch of baby Timberlakes. Everyone can do everything,” says Fey, a “Saturday Night Live” alumna and creator of hit TV comedies “30 Rock.” A cast would need more than a little talent to perform this comedy musical.

Broadway Las Vegas

How ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Combines Jimmy Buffett With Rollicking Surprises

Audiences can expect one undeniable certainty at Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville, promises Aimee Lane, the tour’s dance captain: It will be a nonstop party. Featuring entirely Jimmy Buffet tunes, including beloved classics such as Come Monday, Volcano and Margaritaville, the show infuses these catchy melodies with full-blown, energizing dance numbers and an uplifting romantic comedy.

Broadway Las Vegas

Think ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ Isn’t For You? Think Again

So, you’ve never seen a single episode of children’s television phenomenon “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Or maybe you grew up with it. Maybe reading the name just makes you confused. No matter which of these applies, you can still fully enjoy the hit Broadway show “The SpongeBob Musical."

Broadway Las Vegas / Performances and Artists

Four Facts That Will Stun You About the Grinch and Dr. Seuss

The Grinch sneaks into most people’s childhoods one way or another. Many kids read about his uplifting transformation in Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book. Some families celebrate the holidays by watching the hit 1966 animated film together. The Broadway musical is bound for Vegas as well. But there is more behind The Grinch than most people know

Supporting the Arts / Broadway Las Vegas

Smith Center Members Have a ‘Wicked’ Good Time Behind-the-Scenes

Members who donated $1,000 or more to The Smith Center, a nonprofit organization, were invited to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience this September with Broadway smash “Wicked,” which included rare backstage glimpses usually enjoyed by just the cast and crew.

Broadway Las Vegas

Five Ways to Test If You are a Parrothead (Jimmy Buffett Fan)

Ever flirt with the idea that you might be a Parrothead? If so, hold this title with pride. With similar passion to Deadheads, these devoted Jimmy Buffett fans faithfully attend his concerts with his melodies memorized… And with parrot hats and Hawaiian shirts happily on display.

Broadway Las Vegas / Performances and Artists

Groundbreaking Broadway Musical ‘Anastasia’ Brings History to Life

Hit Broadway musical “Anastasia” not only tells a story of epic proportions — the production also promises mesmerizing theater magic audiences haven’t experienced before. Based on the popular 20th Century Fox animated film, this acclaimed Broadway production has made headlines for elevating the story to a groundbreaking level of theater.