LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Strip's newest concert space will open its doors just before the new year with a performance by pop star Bruno Mars
Mars will play shows on Dec. 29 and 31 at a new Eastern European glass factory-themed venue at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, and then return six more times during 2014, casino management announced on Tuesday.
The 3,000-capacity theater, called the Chelsea, features glass chandeliers, brick walls, a grand staircase, high ceilings and a vintage wooden bar.
The Cosmopolitan is touting the space as an "avant garde" venue where fans can get an up-close look at stars who usually play arenas. By contrast, the Coliseum at Caesars Palace, where singer Celine Dion performed her long-running residency, seats 4,000.
CEO John Unwin told The Associated Press earlier in the year that the space would be an antidote to vanilla venues along the Strip. Asked about the project's price tag, Cosmopolitan spokeswoman Alyssa Anderson said the company does not disclose capital costs.
In a statement, Mars warned Vegas to get ready for him and the Hooligans, his eight-piece backup band.
The 27-year-old songwriter and producer turned frontman will lead his audience in the New Year's countdown, taking on a role often performed up and down the Strip by Sin City regulars like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj. Tickets start at $150.