The coronavirus pandemic has impacted live entertainment worldwide. From performers to production assistants to ticket takers, the industry has taken an absolute shellacking. During this time, show creator/producer/mime Hanoch Rosenn’s positive attitude and input are much in need in a field where many have had their lives turned upside down.
Hanoch is the creator of the hit Las Vegas show WOW – The Vegas Spectacular. The show features the amazing arbalist/past CYInterview guest Silvia Silivia [see here]. It takes place at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and has had over 1000 performances. We spoke with Hanoch Rosenn, Silvia Silvia and Victor Ponce at WOW’s 1000th show milestone in December of last year. You can see that group CYInterview by clicking here.
Once performances are allowed to resume in Las Vegas, a new show from Mr. Rosenn titled Extravaganza is slated to take place on the Las Vegas Strip at Bally’s Hotel and Casino. He tells us Extravaganza will be a tribute to the Entertainment Capital of the World.
If shows are allowed to return to Las Vegas during the pandemic, venues will probably not be allowed to be at full capacity.
With some much-needed positive news for the Las Vegas entertainment community, Hanoch says his shows could resume with audiences that would be between 33 to 50 percent of maximum capacity. Some shows in Las Vegas have stated that having audience limits would prevent them from returning, but that is not the case for Hanoch Rosenn’s two Las Vegas productions. He tells us:
“We are ready to start when it’s possible. We’re even ready to start with a fewer, you know, the audience to allow the social distance. Our show is a big show, is a big production, but we can do it even if the capacity allows to be smaller. It’s one of the advantages of our show. And hopefully the sign will be given soon. We have no idea when, but even if it will take longer, we have the patience.”
Hanoch’s advice for people in the entertainment industry is positive and full of wisdom. He relays that performers have to keep pushing forward until they can go back to work in front of live audiences:
“First of all, I would give advice to try to stay optimistic, not to get depressed. To stay in shape. To be maybe inventive in other ways. You know, to write. This is the time maybe to invent new ideas, to be prepared for the moment and just to survive there. To be ready for the time, the moment, you know, sometimes in history, things take time, you know, things take time. The pandemic 100 years ago took like a year or even more.”
Hanoch called in for this CYInterview from Tel Aviv, Israel where he tells us how they are dealing with the pandemic, what drove him to bring his creative talents to Las Vegas and shared more on the challenges of attempting to have live entertainment during a pandemic.
We look forward to the day when Hanoch’s top shelf shows are back entertaining crowds in Las Vegas.
Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this CYInterview which you can listen to in its entirety below:
Listen to the entire Hanoch Rosènn CYInterview: