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America’s Premier Shopping Places Add Entertainment To Shopping & Dining

eTN  Sep 05, 2008

Several of America’s Premier Shopping Places are fortunate to be located adjacent to world-renowned theatres with popular shows and performances. Three such centers are Water Tower Place in Chicago, The Grand Canal Shoppes and The Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. These offerings make shopping, dinner and the theatre a perfect combination for travelers to these popular destinations throughout the year. Following is a menu of performances occurring through the end of the year and beyond. Group pricing is available.

Water Tower Place (Chicago) – Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace’s productions of the mega hit musicals Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and Meet Me in St. Louis will be presented at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place. The series will be kicked off in September and will feature the hit musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, previewing September 10, opening September 19 and running through November 2, followed in November by Meet Me in St. Louis, previewing November 12, opening November 19 and running through January 4, which both had sold-out runs during the 2007 - 2008 season at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace.

The first show of the season, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, considered to be the most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical of all time, chronicles the life of one of America’s biggest music icons. Critics and audiences alike have raved about Drury Lane’s electric production, starring Justin Berkobien as “Buddy Holly”.

Meet Me in St. Louis. Drury Lane’s production of this stage version of the 1944 MGM classic motion picture has been described as “Artful, gorgeous, impressive and superb!” (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune); “Exquisitely cast, magnificently designed and ideally staged…” (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times). Meet Me in St. Louis is an utterly entertaining experience that the whole family will enjoy and a perfect holiday outing.

Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place features an intimate 549-seat performance space and spacious lobby. Presenting contemporary plays and musicals as well as classics from Broadway and beyond, Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place is under the leadership of Producers Kyle DeSantis and Jim Jensen, Artistic Director William Osetek and Artistic Advisor Gary Griffin.

For details visit Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place is located at 175 E. Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611. Discounts for groups of 15 or more are available. Individual tickets may be purchased at the Box Office (175 E. Chestnut Street), by calling 312.642.2000 or at

The Shoppes at The Palazzo (Las Vegas) - JERSEY BOYS Don’t miss JERSEY BOYS, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical takes you up the charts, across the country and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Experience electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these guys all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “My Eyes Adored You”, and more. For tickets call 702.414.9000, visit any Venetian box office or

The Grand Canal Shoppes (Las Vegas)
Blue Man Group - Blue Man Group opened in a custom-built 1,760-seat theatre at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in October 2005. Blue Man Group has redesigned and modified their wildly popular show, which combines music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to create a form of entertainment that is totally unique. The show builds to an explosive party atmosphere that infects people of all ages. A special Shop & Show package is available to travelers by visiting USA Today calls Blue Man Group “an absolutely ecstatic experience. The most inventive theatre to come along in ages.” Performing nightly at The Venetian. Call the box office for tickets and show information: 866.641.SHOW

Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular - The Phantom of the Opera, the most celebrated Broadway musical of the 20th century, opened June 2006 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Hal Prince revisit their masterpiece and present it in a custom-built and stunning $40 million theater that will transport the audience to the famous 18th Century Paris Opera House and the Phantom’s candlelit underground lair. It is The Phantom of the Opera as it’s never been presented before, combining a classic story with today’s most innovative technology. Tickets: 702.414.SHOW

Wayne Brady - Improvisational genius, Wayne Brady, has found a home at The Venetian! The Emmy award-winning comedian and one of the most versatile men in show business, Wayne Brady, is now a permanent headliner at The Venetian, appearing in The Venetian Showroom Thursdays - Mondays at 9:00 p.m. Best known for his hilarious improvisational skills, Making It Up, showcases Brady doing just that and critics are raving. Heralded as “pure genius,” “hysterically funny” and “amazing,” Brady’s show is a guaranteed hit. Proving that he is one of the most multi-talented men in show business, Brady structures his show in the classic Variety show style, incorporating improv, singing and even dancing. In true Vegas style, Making It Up brings big production values to the stage, including a three-piece band led by musical director Cat Gray, and a chorus of talented dancers. For reservations call 702.414.9000 or 866.641.7469.

America's Premier Shopping Places is an award-winning branded collection of tourism-oriented shopping centers located throughout the United States which are owned and/or managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. The centers are located in the heart of America's best-loved cities as well as along America's scenic highways and byways, attracting millions of visitors annually from around the world. For a complete listing of destinations and further information, along with high-resolution photos, visit or contact Kathy Anderson, Travel & Tourism Manager at

General Growth Properties, Inc. is the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) based upon market capitalization. General Growth has ownership interest or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 regional shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership interest in master-planned community developments and commercial office centers. General Growth’s international portfolio includes ownership and management interest in shopping centers in Brazil and Turkey. The Company’s portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP.

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