MAGICIAN MAT FRANCO, SEASON 9 WINNER OF NBC’S AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, TAKES THE LAS VEGAS STAGE THIS SUMMER WITH NEW RESIDENT SHOW AT THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO
New show at The LINQ begins June 24; tickets on sale April 22
LAS VEGAS – April 2, 2015 – Mat Franco, the first magician to win NBC’s America’s Got Talent, brings his captivating, hold-on-to-your-seat illusions to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip this summer with an all-new resident show at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Tickets will go on sale April 22 in advance of the June 24 first performance in a soon-to-be renovated LINQ Theater at the recently reimagined LINQ Hotel.
For his first-ever Las Vegas headlining residency, Mat offers a fresh, fun, and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. In a full-scale production built on brand-new, never-before-seen material, the 26-year-old magician delivers his most spectacular performance yet—but still keeps his love of getting up close with the crowd at the heart of every show. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and always stunning magic with crowd-guided improv to create a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s completely unique to each audience and entirely unforgettable.
“As a kid I dreamt of having the chance to perform in Las Vegas,” said Mat. “So to have this opportunity is an actual dream come true. I never thought it would happen and now that it has I can’t wait to build a show that’s truly interactive, really engaging and a whole lot of fun.”
Tickets go on sale April 22 at 10am and may be purchased in person at The LINQ Box Office, by calling (855) 234-7469 or online by visiting ticketmaster.com. Fans can visit MatFranco.com for updates, ticket offers and a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is coming together.
Building on his playful, interactive style, the show will bring the best of Mat’s dazzling magic to the millions of fans who launched him into the top spot during Season 9 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. In his journey to victory the phenom had the AGT judges crooning. Howie Mandel said, “Franco is deserving of his own room in Las Vegas and the international recognition…I think a million dollars is going to be a pittance to what I believe that he’s worth in the future.” With Heidi Klum adding, “He’s really good at everything…close up magic (as well as) doing something on the big stage for everybody far away to see.”
“Mat is a one of a kind performer and we are thrilled to bring him to Las Vegas,” said Scott Armstrong, VP and managing producer, BASE Entertainment. “His charming personality and incredible talent have endeared him to people across the country and we are looking forward to creating a dynamic show and venue here in Las Vegas for him to call home.”
“We are proud that an entertainer as talented as Mat has made the reimagined LINQ Hotel & Casino his Las Vegas home,” said Eileen Moore, regional president of the center Strip property. “Last summer, millions of fans voted Mat as the winner of America’s Got Talent, and we look forward to welcoming this wide array of guests to our property to see him perform live.”
This summer Mat will be returning to NBC for a series of primetime specials. Titled “Mat Franco’s Got Talent” the specials will capture Mat traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast as he prepares to open his show in Las Vegas. Along the way Mat will perform magic for big-name celebrities and for family, friends and every day Americans who helped make his dream come true.
About Mat Franco:
As the first and only magician ever to win NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Mat Franco takes an innovative approach to magic-making that’s driven by pure joy. Almost entirely self-taught, the 26-year-old Rhode Island native began developing his own shows before the age of ten and took the stage at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas by the time he was 15. With an improvisation-fueled and humor-laced performance style partly honed through his years as a hugely in-demand college act, Mat is now gearing up for the launch of a headlining show at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas that offers both boundless fun and a stunning sense of thrill and wonder.
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About BASE Entertainment
BASE Entertainment develops, produces, and manages intellectual properties and venues for live entertainment in North America and internationally from offices in New York, Houston, Las Vegas, and Singapore. BASE’s current productions in Las Vegas include Rock of Ages at The Venetian, Jersey Boys at Paris, Absinthe at Caesars Palace, 50 Shades: The Musical Parody at Bally’s and Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s and, opening in June, Mat Franco at The LINQ. In addition, BASE operates the Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the theaters at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. BASE also produces museum quality touring and residency exhibitions including Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, Sea Monsters Revealed and The Alamo Experience. BASE Entertainment’s founders and partners include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger, and Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Clarity Partners. For more information please visit www.BASEentertainment.com.
About The LINQ Hotel & Casino:
As the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino – voted “Best New Hotel” by Vegas Chatter – offers a total of 2,253 newly-renovated rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana suites. Positioned between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller observation wheel. Enjoy celebrated chef restaurant Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Hash House a Go Go and direct access to O’Shea’s Casino, Off The Strip and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. Entertainment and nightlife experiences include 3535, a unique take on the lobby bar, TAG Sports Bar, a state-of-the-art gaming lounge, as well as popular entertainers Jeff Civillico and Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” in The LINQ Theater. Opening late spring 2015, The LINQ Hotel & Casino will offer a re-imagined pool deck featuring two pools, a new 15,000-square foot spa and fitness center, the Vortex Roof Deck, additional retail, as well as meeting space. For more information visit www.TheLINQ.com , like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.