Caesars to Cher: We got you, babe

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Cher has been confirmed as the latest headliner at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Through a partnership with concert promoter AEG Live, which oversees programming at the 4,100-capacity facility, the singer will perform about 200 shows during the next three years, beginning May 6.

The booking has long been rumored.

Cher will perform 90-minute concerts at Caesars Palace four nights a week: on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for shows from May 6 through Aug. 31 went on sale Thursday, with prices ranging from $95-$250.

Choreographed by Doriana Sanchez, with lighting, special effects and costume design by fashion icon Bob Mackie, the new show will feature 18 dancers and aerialists.

Cher joins a list of high-profile headliners at Caesars Palace, including Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler, who will launch her two-year stint at the Las Vegas theater Feb. 20. Celine Dion's five-year residency at the Colosseum, which ended Dec. 15, grossed $385 million and drew nearly 3 million people to 717 shows. The $95 million facility opened in 2003 with the purpose of housing Dion's show.

"We've really created a new performance mode for popular artists," said John Meglen, co-president of Concerts West, a touring arm of AEG Live. "(An artist) can shut down their touring for a few years and do a residency like this, and there is no better market in the world than Vegas to do this."

Cher's three-year Living Proof Farewell Tour, which concluded in 2005, played 280 shows in North America, grossing $194.6 million and drawing 2.8 million fans, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Mitchell Peters is a correspondent for Billboard.
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