“Georgia On My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” has been signed to a special six-week engagement Sept. 18-Oct. 29 this fall at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas. This new show by GOMM Productions, LLC features a full host of esteemed stars including: Emmy award-winner Clint Holmes; 10-time Grammy award-winning vocal group TAKE 6; six-time Grammy nominee and DownBeat Vocalist of the Year Nnenna Freelon; and Stella Gospel Award and Grammy award-winning saxophone star Kirk Whalum. The show also introduces the Las Vegas Mass Choir and feature the Las Vegas All-Star Big Band.
This musical show celebrating the genius of American music artist Ray Charles was presented earlier this year at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas by GOMM Productions, LLC that was formed by producer/music entrepreneurs Larry Rosen and Peter Primont for the show. After The Venetian’s run, the show will be presented in concert halls and festivals worldwide.
“This show,” said Rosen, “celebrates the diversity that’s the fabric of America.”
Ray Charles is an American treasure who transcended racism, cultural upheavals, and spread his gospel, blues, jazz and country sound around the world. Charles won every major award from the Georgia Hall of Fame to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, from the Kennedy Honors to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.
“We are excited to bring this unique show to The Venetian and to fans from around the world who visit Las Vegas,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. “It’s a joy to bring audiences back to the golden age of renowned artists performing great songs with a live big band and choir on a world-class stage.”
For popular entertainer Clint Holmes, this show will be his return to a headlining spot on the Strip since eight years ago after his long run with his own show at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
The media was treated to one resounding song with all the musical artists on The Venetian Theater stage where “Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular” played for years and it was truly riveting.
Shows will be Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Friday at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $82.50 to $258.50, call The Venetian Box Office at 702-414-9000 or go online at www.venetian.com.