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Slow sales shut 2 Vegas shows

'De La Guarda,' 'Venus' close ahead of schedule

LAS VEGAS — Lackluster ticket sales have driven producers to close two of the newest shows in Las Vegas before their one-year anniversaries and ahead of schedule.

“De La Guarda” will shutter Sunday. Although the avant-garde production featuring dancers, bungee jumpers and aerialists is enjoying a successful four-year run in New York City, the show never took flight in the desert city. It opened in October at the Rio All-Suite Hotel.

Plans for “De La Guarda” include reopening in its birthplace of Buenos Aires next month and a debut skedded for Amsterdam in November.

Producer Kevin McCollum said: “We created some wonderful new segments for the show in Las Vegas, which we’ve incorporated into the New York production.”

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” — an original musical based on the book by John Gray — performed its last show Sunday night after an 11-month run. The producers did not renew their contract with the Flamingo. According to the show’s publicist, “Mars” could not make it financially in the local market.

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