“For the Record,” the series of indie theater productions that have become fan favorites in L.A., is heading to Vegas this summer, with its latest venture, “Baz — Star Crossed Love” opening at the Palazzo Las Vegas in June.
A cabaret-style mashup of movie music, “Baz” takes its inspiration from Baz Luhrmann films including “Romeo + Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Strictly Ballroom” and “The Great Gatsby.” Earlier versions of the show (pictured above) have played in limited runs around the country; the Vegas incarnation will have new story elements as well as a song from Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix series “The Get Down.” The show’s Vegas venue also has been designed around the show’s format, according to reps for the production.
Musical theater can be a tricky proposition in Vegas, which is dominated by tourist audiences that respond best to big-name properties with a high international profile. “Baz” hopes to draw theatergoers based on the Luhrmann name and on audience familiarity with his well-known strong of movie hits.
Anderson Davis, the co-creator and artistic director of “For the Record,” will stage “Baz” in Vegas, with choreography by Nick Florez and RJ Durell. The show begins previews June 21 ahead of a June 25 opening at the Palazzo.