WHAT HAPPENS AT home is happening in Vegas. As an entertainment entrepreneur, I’ve seen firsthand from operating in the Las Vegas entertainment industry that the increasingly corporate approach to live entertainment seems to mitigate risk by putting out only “proven products.” My beloved Las Vegas is one of the greatest victims of corporatization, which has a profound effect on the quality, quantity and diversity of entertainment that is offered to visitors.
In fact, this homogenization has affected the entire city with restaurants and stores that are common in many other cities, as well as residencies that still tour through other markets for a fraction of the price. But proven entertainment is generally not unique and has certainly been seen before in live entertainment, an industry increasingly controlled by a handful of gatekeepers whose decisions tend to dictate the content available. But this problem is not unique to Las Vegas.